Long before the first settler came upon the majestic mountains and bountiful valleys of what is now San Bernardino County, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians lived in harmony with the land.
In spite of the many adaptations they’ve been forced to make over the course of history, they’ve stayed true to the call of “Yawa,” a Serrano word that means “to act on one’s beliefs.”
Central to their beliefs is the spirit of giving. In keeping with that spirit, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recognized and honored the Operation School Bell program with a $5,000 grant.
For more than 30 years, Operation School Bell has provided clothing and shoes for thousands of local school children who may otherwise have never had the chance to start the school year with a new outfit or a pair of shoes that fit.
According to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, this is what makes this flagship program so special. “It provides basic needs and services to underserved children in San Bernardino County.”
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians believes that Operation School Bell “aligns with San Manuel’s program focus area of economic and community development, which supports providing basic needs to individuals in the San Bernardino County community.”
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians state that “San Manuel recognizes the positive impact that Assistance League is doing in the high desert community.”
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians partners with various local organizations to better the lives of local residents, and champions Native American causes nationwide. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Charitable Giving program looks forward to partnering with outstanding groups that continue to make a positive impact in the community.