Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation: Health & Safety Resources


In support of nonprofit organizations serving Southeastern San Diego during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation will provide emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting these communities. More specifically, 501c3 organizations that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences, including those serving food and providing educational services, transportation, senior support, mental health services and other emergency needs. The Southeastern San Diego COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund expects to move an initial round of grants within the next week with funds released on a rolling basis. Special thanks to JCNI Board Member Laila Aziz for her leadership of this initiative. This program was made possible thanks to grant support from The San Diego Foundation. The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of charitable giving by mobilizing philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement.

Non-profit organizations can apply at: rapidresponse.fund.

For more information, email us at info@jacobscenter.org.

Community Resources

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Page
  • For the latest updates regarding the coronavirus in San Diego County, please visit coronavirus-sd.com
  • California’s daily COVID-19 updates are available on the Department of Public Health website
  • City of San Diego Coronavirus Information & Updates and Business Relief & Support
  • San Diego Unified School District’s COVID-19 Updates
  • City of San Diego District 4 Councilmember Monica Montgomery’s website
  • District 4 Emergency Operations Resource Center
  • 2-1-1 San Diego’s COVID-19 Resources
  • San Diego Youth Services offers resources for youth who have experienced or are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation or human trafficking
  • Voice & Viewpoint – the newspaper is FREE to the community during this vital time
  • NAACP San Diego chapter has a COVID-19 information page accessible here
  • KIPP Adelante Charter School’s latest updates (located next to the Jacobs Center)
  • Internet for All Now – The California Emerging Technology Fund can provide assistance determining if your household qualifies for an affordable home internet offer; call toll-free 1-844841-INFO (4636), or visit http://www.internetforallnow.org/get_affordable_internet_today.
  • Everyone On – To see low cost internet offers for which you may qualify based on zip code and household circumstances call 1-855-EVRY1ON (3879166), text CONNECT to 30364, or visit https://www.everyoneon.org.
  • Human-I-T – A non-profit organization available to help those who are not connected to or unable to afford internet services. Fill out an internet request form at https://www.human-i-t.org/requestinternet or text 1-562-372-6925 for assistance accessing internet services.  Assistance is also available to help with affordable device access.
  • Computers 2 Kids – C2K is a program that donates computers to families in need at a reduced cost. Each computer received includes one free year of technical support and is loaded with Microsoft Windows and Office Suite software. Apply online at https://www.c2sdk.org/; only one application permitted per household. Call 1-858-200-9788 with questions.

Health Resources

  • Fresh Food Bank, Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Pick-up at the Jacobs Center, hosted by I Am My Brothers Keeper, Urban Alchemy 360 and San Diego Urban Sustainability. Sign up here.
  • Stay Home SD, a grocery assistance program for seniors 65+. Visit website or call 619-800-3252.
  • San Diego Hunger Coalition’s food assistance programs and resources
  • The Alzheimer’s Association’s dementia and Alzheimer’s caregiving tips
  • The American Heart Association has resources to help maintain a healthy lifestyle while at home

Nonprofit Resources

  • San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI) is requesting applications for Health and Racial Equity mini-grants (applications are due May 15)
  • What’s in the CARE Act for Nonprofits? from the National Council of Nonprofits
  • Article: “How Nonprofits Can Utilize the new Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19” from Nonprofit Quarterly

Business & Financial Resources

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Updates

  • The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation cares about the safety and wants to maintain a safe workplace and environment for its customers, visitors and community. We would like to make the community aware of the following updates in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) beginning Monday, March 16:
  • Jacobs Center staff will be working remotely to the extent possible as a precautionary measure. The information line for the center will remain open and someone will be answering inquiries that come through the general phone number: (619-527-6161)
  • The Arts Park @ Chollas Creek and the Writerz Blok program is closed until further notice.
  • We are currently not taking new reservations for the Community Room and Market Creek Amphitheater on the Jacobs Center Campus. For existing reservations or inquiries, please contact Alvenesia Sims at asims@jacobscenter.org or 619-527-6161 ext. 189.
  • Most events scheduled between now and the beginning of April through Kitchens for Good (at Celebration Hall and other venues at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center) have been postponed or cancelled. For information about specific events or any of their other programs, please contact info@kitchensforgood.org so that your question can be directed to appropriate staff.
  • For any other organizations located in the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center building, please reach out to them directly for updates.


CONNECT ALL @ The Jacobs Center: Temporary Closure, Program Moved Virtual

Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 31

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center, in partnership with the City of San Diego, has decided to temporarily close the business accelerator beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of the month.

All scheduled workshops, office hours and cohort member collaboration will be virtual.

Similarly, our Business Resource Center’s physical location will be closed, but we are happy to help virtually. Contact Selena Ellis-Vizcarra at sellisvizcarra@jacobscenter.org.

Applications for the next cohort are still open through Monday, March. 30. Please contact info@connectallsd.org with any questions.

Apply now! 


California Humanities Appoints Vice President of Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation as New Board Chair

California Humanities, the statewide public humanities grantmaker and programming nonprofit, announces Bennett Peji as its new Board Chair, effective February 6, 2020.

Peji, a board member of California Humanities for over four years, is Vice President at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego. He directs the community affairs work as well as the business accelerator, branding, marketing, and public relations. Peji is an international brand consultant, designer, and frequent speaker on inclusive, community-centered design. He co-founded Connect All @ the Jacobs Center, the first city-funded, low-to-moderate income, and diversity-focused business entrepreneurship center and accelerator in San Diego.

In addition to his California Humanities board service, Peji also serves on the boards of Tijuana Innovadora and the UDA Foundation. Appointed by the Mayor, he served as a Commissioner of Arts & Culture for the City of San Diego from 2003 to 2012. He also served as President of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Asian Business Association.

“We’re grateful to Bennett Peji for his years of service and we’re pleased to announce the continuation of his support in this new role,” said California Humanities President and CEO Julie Fry. “After many years working within the San Diego community, supporting entrepreneurs and neighborhood development, we know he will bring an innovative mindset, strong relationships, and his charismatic leadership qualities to this statewide position.”

“I believe strongly in civic participation at the neighborhood and city level, based on deep research, community engagement, and collaboration,” said Bennett Peji, “As the new Chair of the California Humanities Board of Directors, I will use this perspective to support California Humanities as it continues to engage communities through high-quality public humanities experiences across the state.”

For more information on members of the California Humanities Board, visit calhum.org/about-us/board-of-directors/.


California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities — focused on ideas, conversation and learning — as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect people to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more, visit calhum.org, or like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Jacobs Presents: Preview of Common Ground Theatre’s “Little Rock”

On Saturday, Feb. 29 at 4 p.m., Jacobs Presents’ FREE Black History Month Celebrations will culminate with a preview of Common Ground Theatre’s “Little Rock.”

Directed by Yolanda Franklin, “Little Rock” tells the true story of the nine black students who integrated into the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School after the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education. The play highlights how these brave students suffered and what they ultimately achieved.

Based in Southeastern San Diego since 1963, Common Ground Theatre’s mission is “to produce classics and new works by and about people of African descent that entertain, educate and connect with audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.”

Don’t miss the final Jacobs Presents: Black History Month event at Celebration Hall!

Please RSVP here.


Jacobs Center Salutes San Diego Actors at Craig Noel Awards

On Monday, Feb. 10, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle celebrated San Diego’s own version of the Tony Awards, the 18th Annual Craig Noel Awards for Theatrical Excellence. Hosted at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 29 awards were presented for 2019’s top achievements from professional San Diego County theaters.

Below, we’ve highlighted a few of the diverse winners:

Cashae Monya received the coveted “Actor of the Year” award for four performances at three theaters in 2019: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at Diversionary Theatre; “A Jewel in the Crown City” at Lamb’s Players Theatre; and “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Intimate Apparel,” both at New Village Arts Theatre.

Tamara McMillian was honored in the category of Lead Performance in a Play for “Intimate Apparel” at New Village Arts Theatre. She dedicated the award to the memory of her late brother.

Kevane La’Marr Coleman (third from the left) was among the team of actors who won the Outstanding Ensemble category for their combined performances in Cygnet Theatre’s “Angels in America,” Parts 1 & 2.

(All photos courtesy of Ion Moe).

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is proud to support San Diego’s arts, culture and theatre initiatives. Congratulations to all the winners!


Jacobs Center’s Facilities Concierge Alvenesia Sims Completes Certified Property Manager Certificate

Congratulations to Jacobs Center’s Facilities Concierge Alvenesia Sims who recently completed a Certified Property Manager (CPM) certificate from IREM® and received the “Community Jewel Award” at the 27th Annual Kuumba Fest Black 2 Excellence Celebration.

Alvenesia joined Jacobs Center as an in-house security guard in 2013 and has been an integral part of the team ever since. Jacobs Center is grateful for Alvenesia’s dedication to Jacobs Center’s work and the betterment of Southeastern San Diego.


Jacobs Presents: African-American Women in Film

On Feb. 25, enjoy a FREE screening of Netflix’s “Never Heard” & “Together,” as part of Jacobs Presents: Black History Month Celebrations!

To commemorate African-American women in film, we’ll be screening scenes from Netflix’s “Never Heard” by local filmmaker Tamera Hill and the film short “Together” at Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by “Black &” Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chida Rebecca.

Never Heard” tells the story of a father who is incarcerated for a crime he swears he did not commit and his son who is lured into Los Angeles’ merciless drug world and forced between God and gang life.

A family must make a critical decision that will change their lives forever in the film short, “Together,” featuring Efé, winner of the 2019 D.C. Black Film Festival Actress of the Year award.

RSVP here.


Second Service: Live Gospel Music & Food

On Sunday, Feb. 16, enjoy a *FREE* and highly-entertaining SUNDAY SERVICE performance including live gospel music, rap, comedy and more!


  • Eddie Baltrip & Fulfillment
  • M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Recording Artist Men 4 Christ
  • Rapper Lyrik
  • Comedian Saleem Yeargin
  • and more

Food available for purchase. Menu selection includes Catfish & Chips.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 1-4pm at Joe and Vi Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall

Click here to RSVP; RSVP is required.

Hosted by: Evangel & Walter Ko, GODRadio1.com

This event is part of JACOBS PRESENTS: BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS, an event series saluting theater, film and music.


Jacobs Presents: Black History Month Celebrations

In celebration of Black History Month in February, we’re hosting three events at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, Celebration Hall that are free to attend and open to the public. Pay homage to African-American theater, film and music with special performances and cultural experiences on Sunday, Feb. 16, Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 29.


More info. coming soon!

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