South32 Hermosa Community Fund Awards $70,000 to Santa Cruz County Nonprofits

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is pleased to announce that the South32 Hermosa Community Fund has awarded $70,000 to 8 nonprofits in Santa Cruz County.

The South32 Hermosa Community Fund, a fund held at Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its geographic affiliate, the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations based in Santa Cruz County where South32’s Hermosa project is located. Supported areas include arts, culture and history, environment, health and welfare, recreation, and civic enhancement. Grants are awarded after review by a committee comprised of South32 employees and Santa Cruz County community members.

South32 Hermosa Community Fund Grant Recipients:

Sky Islands Tourism Association is working to create a welcome center that honors Patagonia’s history. Linda Shore, President, shared, Thanks to the generous grant provided to the Sky Islands Tourism Association by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona from the South32 Hermosa Community Fund, the dream of a 1940 Southern Pacific caboose that once ran through Patagonia being used as a welcome center in the town park is becoming reality.

Shore further stated, A train car serving as a welcome center for tourists in a town whose history is rooted in mining and the railroad, is proof that history repeating itself can be a good thing.”

Patagonia Creative Arts Association (PCAA) works to support, advance, promote and educate cross-cultural awareness, participation and expression in all areas of the arts including visual, literary and performing.

PCAA shared, “We are appreciative of the funding from the South32 Hermosa grant. The grant we received will be spent strengthening our long standing after school programming as well as support our efforts to build on and maintain our connection with the community.”

The Patagonia-Sonoita Rotary Club Foundation Inc. utilized South32 Hermosa grant funding in 2021 to help save the Patagonia Pool from permanent closure.

Club Director, Susan Archibald, shared that this round of funding will be used to, “…recruit, train, and certify additional lifeguards to keep that Patagonia Pool open for a full summer of swimming lessons, aerobics, lap swimming, and public swim hours. People in the Patagonia region are invited to come enjoy the cool water, excellent health benefits, and the fun of swimming.”