Sunflower Hill Receives Pleasanton Rotary Club Foundation Grant

April 14, 2021

Organization will use grant to support programming at Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch

Sunflower Hill announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Pleasanton Rotary Club Foundation. The grant, totaling $2,500, will be used to purchase supplies for programs at Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch, which provide opportunities for learning and enrichment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Completed in September 2020, Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch in Pleasanton, California, is the first residential community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Tri-Valley area. This 1.64-acre innovative, GreenPoint Rated Gold affordable residential community includes 31 one and two-bedroom independent living apartments.

The community at Irby Ranch offers inspiring programs and activities to ensure a full and meaningful life for its residents. Programs and activities are currently taking place via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Pleasanton Rotary Club Foundation stated that they are “grateful to Sunflower Hill for the human services they provide for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are pleased to support their humanitarian efforts in our communities.”

The grant will enable Sunflower Hill to purchase craft supplies, which will allow residents opportunities to creatively express themselves and improve their fine motor skills. In addition, the grant will provide funding for Sunflower Hill to introduce a Pen Pal program, which will allow residents to practice letter-writing, and further develop social interaction skills and a sense of community. The program will also encourage participants to strengthen relationships with their community as they build their own support system. Additionally, grant funds will be used to purchase materials to support the sensory needs of residents while they are engaging in enrichment programming.

“The Pleasanton Rotary Club Foundation is a longtime supporter of Sunflower Hill, and we are incredibly thankful for this grant,” said Edie Nehls, Sunflower Hill Executive Director. “This grant enables us to offer program-specific supplies to our residents that will provide them with opportunities to further develop social interaction skills, help them improve their fine motor skills, and so much more!”