Carlos Vieira Foundation was founded by local businessman and race car driver Carlos Vieira. In 2007 “Team 51 Fifty” utilized their popularity and public outreach to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Central California.
In 2008 the race team increased their fundraising efforts and raised close to $25,000 for the Challenged Family Resource Center in Merced, CA, an organization dedicated to helping families living with Autism in the local area.
In 2009 Carlos Vieira Racing, Inc. started a fundraising campaign called Race for Autism which has become an iconic platform for autism awareness. The team dedicated their entire racing season toward raising money for Autism Awareness. They donated all proceeds from their race winnings and held multiple events towards reaching an ultimate goal of raising $51,500. At the end of the season they not only had reached their goal but surpassed it. The money raised was donated to three different organizations, Autism Speaks, F.E.A.T (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) and Challenged Family Resource Center.
On February 5, 2010 the Carlos Vieira Foundation was born. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that not only helps families living with Autism but dedicates their time and energy to helping support other local organizations.
As the years changed so did the Carlos Vieira Foundation. Though the Foundation helps many organizations with our Race 2B Drug Free campaign and our work with raising money to help Children’s Hospital of Central California, our primary focus is on providing families living with Autism in Central California with the educational tools, medical supplies and services a child needs to flourish and live a healthy, happy life. The Foundation has created a grant program that directly helps families living with Autism. Social workers, child care providers, school nurses, health technicians, families and more work directly with the foundation to provide children in need with the specific aids that will directly work with the child’s autism spectrum disorder.
In order to protect and help the children of Central California the Foundation relies on charitable donations from corporate sponsors, event fundraisers, community service organizations, and individual donations from loyal contributors to continue our work.