Community Development

Promoting sustainable development that capitalizes on Borrego Valley's spectacular beauty.

Borrego Springs' evolving paradigm for economic development capitalizes on the community’s unique geographic location in the center of a world class wilderness area -- the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Borrego Springs is the gateway community to over 1,000 square miles of pristine desert habitat. Dark skies, vast vistas, Borrego sheep, and -- rarest of all -- stillness and quiet are just a few of the assets this region is famous for. Despite many attributes and advantages, many of Borrego Springs’ full time residents-- working class, youth and seniors--face many challenges that underscore the importance, relevancy and timeliness of the BVEF’s Community Foundation initiative. 

According to U.S. Census data the median household income (MHI) in Borrego Springs is $34,046. This is almost 50% less than the san Diego County MHI of $66,529 and the State of California MIH of $63,783. The MIH qualifies Borrego Springs as a Severely Disadvantaged Community by the State of California as well as an Economically Distressed Area.  An estimated 11.5% of residents live below the poverty line.     

Our goal is to raise sufficient funding to create a thriving community foundation that supports local nonprofits, (in select instances can also be individuals or private business), who launch initiatives and implement programs that sustain and grow the community of Borrego Springs, serve our vulnerable seniors and youth, and sustain our environment. The BVEF aspires to focus funding on areas that are of critical importance to the Borrego region including, but not limited to: Senior Citizens, Youth & Education, Health and Wellness, Work Force Development & Skills Training, Food Security, Affordable Housing,  Transportation, Governance.

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