The Jamul Indian Village of California, which owns and operates California’s Jamul Casino, has announced its 2020 year-end donations, which has seen $75,000 in contributions made to local healthcare agencies.

These donations include a $45,000 donation to Sharp Grossmont Hospital, as well as a $15,000 contribution to the Southern Indian Health Council, and $15,000 to Indian Health Council.

Scott Evans, chief executive officer of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, stated, “We are incredibly grateful to Jamul Indian Village Tribe for their generous support of Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. 

“The funds will go directly to support our efforts to care for our East County community and our caregivers as we continue to fight the pandemic.”

An SIHC spokesperson commented that JIV’s “generous donation will be used by SIHC to provide additional support, services, and activities for the Indian Child Social Services Department to promote stability and security for American Indian children and families.”  

The year-end healthcare donations come in addition to JIV’s annual fall philanthropy and community outreach campaigns, which included contributing more than $40,000 to non-profits for breast cancer research and awareness, veterans’ programs, and other local causes

JIV, one of 13 federally recognized tribes that are part of the Kumeyaay Nation, says that the donations reflect its desire to give back to the community in impactful ways, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has particularly challenged front-line workers in the healthcare industry.

Erica Pinto, JIV chairwoman, stated: “As we reflect on the past year, the Tribe wanted to give back to those who have been impacted by COVID-19. We are donating these funds to honour the courage and resilience of our front-line healthcare workers and to support the children and families who are suffering as a result of the pandemic. We are truly grateful for the extraordinary and tireless efforts of each of these organisations and their workers.”