Friends of Downtown holds an annual scholarship fundraiser which benefits students of San Diego City College. The fund-raising efforts, through the generosity of members, guests, and corporate sponsors, have allowed the group to provide nearly $500,000 in scholarships.
Friends of Downtown is an organization that unites leaders committed to enhancing Downtown San Diego through community service, education and networking.
The Board of Directors and fellow members work to collect non-perishable food and other items such as blankets, books, socks, and toiletries to fill 100 large gift bags for senior shut-ins and those with limited incomes. During the first week of December, members of the group prepare the gift bags at the Mary and Gary West Senior Center, which distributes them via its home meal delivery program.
Educational lunch programs are held monthly with high-profile speakers from the downtown community. The programs provide members with the opportunity to network and learn what is happening in San Diego.