The Open Hearts Foundation awards $ 120,000 to the ongoing efforts of the Emergency Relief Fund


The Emergency Relief Fund is inspired by the philosophy of Jane Seymour’s mother, Mieke Frankenberg.

Mom and child with masks served by the Association to Benefit Children in New York

Families served by the association for the benefit of children in New York

Guardian Ad Litem volunteer helps infant in Florida neonatal intensive care unit

Guardian Ad Litem volunteer helps infant in Florida neonatal intensive care unit

Jane Seymour, co-founder, award-winning actress and philanthropist, urges the community to continue doing what we can to help each other.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge vulnerable communities who still need the most basic human services. I urge all of us to continue doing what we can to help each other. “

– Jane Seymour, Co-Founder and Board Member, Open Hearts Foundation

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA, USA, Aug 10, 2021 / – The Open Hearts Foundation, co-founded by award-winning actress and philanthropist Jane Seymour, OBE, has announced continued investments totaling $ 120,000 from the Emergency Relief Fund. Twelve charities serving vulnerable women and children across the United States will each receive a $ 10,000 grant to continue their rescue programs in the face of the persistent COVID -19 pandemic and the spread of its variants.

Charities on the front lines of the pandemic are not seeing a decrease in requests for help as emergency government and other aid programs decline. Even as the pandemic comes and goes across the United States, the urgency of needs remains high for the most vulnerable communities seeking to survive, rebuild and stabilize their families. The Open Hearts Foundation’s response to this need takes a unique approach, continuing to stay in touch with its charitable partners through its internal auditing and reporting processes and getting dollars where it’s needed most quickly. The Foundation will award grants to twelve of its charitable partners for this grant cycle with the intention of investing more in a November grant cycle. These twelve charities provide essential and essential human services to foster children, victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, children with life-threatening medical conditions, families in low-income communities facing job loss or food insecurity; and mental health services for adolescents and young adults. in juvenile justice systems.

Tim Mallad, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, said: “In 2020, the Open Hearts Foundation stepped up to help those facing adversity through our grant and volunteer programs and this year n is no different. I am very proud to be part of an organization that is so responsive to current needs and so deeply committed to helping those who are continually at risk in this pandemic. “

Jane Seymour, Co-Founder and Board Member, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge vulnerable communities who still need the most basic human supplies, resources and services. I urge all of us to continue to come together as a community and do what we can to help each other. I am delighted that the Open Hearts Foundation can support these charities and bring immediate relief to women and children in this protracted pandemic. I am also eternally grateful to our generous donors and partners who join us in our mission. We must continue this important work.

For this grant cycle, the Foundation is pleased to award grants to the following charities:

– Alliance for Children’s Rights: $ 10,000 grant to support the Transition Aged Youth program that meets the most basic needs such as housing, mental and physical care and food assistance for adolescents and young adults in the system foster care in Los Angeles, California.
– Association for the Benefit of Children: $ 10,000 grant to continue supporting COVID-19 disaster response efforts with a focus on food and supplies distribution, immunization awareness efforts, and mental health services for vulnerable children living below the poverty line in East Harlem and the South Bronx, New York.
– Children’s Lifesaving Foundation: $ 10,000 matching grant to continue supporting the Step Forward Family Emergency Fund, which provides at-risk children and families in their Vita network with shelter, groceries, financial allowances and other basic needs.
– City Youth Now: $ 10,000 matching grant to directly support food and housing that promotes stability, personal growth, and academic and career success for youth through the Placement Systems Personal Empowerment Program in San Francisco foster home and juvenile justice.
– Claire’s Place Foundation: $ 10,000 grant to support children with cystic fibrosis and their families across the United States with extended stay allowances, medical supplies, workforce development resources and emergency needs due to COVID-19.
– Creighton Community Foundation: $ 10,000 grant to continue supporting several hundred low-income community children in the Creighton School District area of ​​Phoenix, Arizona, with a weekly distribution of nutritious foods from boxes of 40 books for needy children and their families.
– Foster Angels of South Texas: $ 10,000 matching grant to directly benefit children placed between 0 and 21 years of age and provide them with food, recreational items, therapeutic care, new beds with bedding, clothing and items hygiene.
– Lending Hearts: $ 10,000 matching grant to directly support social and emotional services to children and young adults living with cancer, including monthly breakfasts, mental and behavioral health services, art therapy and the Comprehensive Integrative Pediatric Oncology Wellness Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
– Mending Kids: $ 10,000 matching grant to support the continued emergency distribution of medical supplies to clinics, doctors and nurses on the front lines of this pandemic, as well as the vital medical needs of children from underserved populations in the region of Greater Los Angeles.
– Safe Alliance: $ 10,000 matching grant to directly support domestic and sexual violence services, as well as to provide basic necessities such as clothing, soap, toiletries or toiletries. cleanup to help families make a successful transition from its shelters in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
– The Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach: $ 10,000.00 grant to directly support the Food For Kids pantry and donations, as well as Connect, a mental and social health program for adolescents in communities in low income South Bay. and the Los Angeles County port area.
– Voices for Children: $ 10,000 grant to provide emergency assistance for basic needs such as food, clothing, beds / bedding or toiletries for infants and children in families home to the Guardian ad Litem program in Hillsborough County, Florida.

The Open Hearts Foundation is committed to carefully managing the contributions of our donors and asks each non-profit organization to submit a brief final report explaining how the funds were used and the impact they had. The Foundation accepts donations, large and small, from the public to raise additional funds and future grants from the Emergency Relief Fund.

More detailed information on the Foundation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at

Trena pitchford
Open Hearts Foundation
+1 805-852-1367
[email protected]

Jane Seymour urges community to help in continuing COVID-19 pandemic


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