The idea of the Friends of the C.I.D. originated in 1984. Authorization was given for Friends of the C.I.D. to operate as a non-profit corporation by the State of California Secretary of State was received on August 28th, 1985. The Federal Government non-profit 501( c) 3 status was granted by the IRS on January 15th, 1987. The first meeting of the Board of Directors occurred on January 30th, 1986 at the C.I.D.
A Board of Directors serves as the moving force for the Friends of the C.I.D. The number of directors is limited to no more than 20 members. The actual number has ranged from 7 to 17. The Officers of the Board are President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. This is a “Working Board” that is actively involved in fundraising activities, and marketing for the C.I.D. and its programs. The C.I.D. Manager/Recreation Therapist is an employee of the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation, and Community Service Dept. This person serves as the Liaison between the City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreation Dept, C.I.D. and the Friends of the C.I.D.
The Friends of the C.I.D. board meets on a monthly basis at the C.I.D. The people that make up the board are a lively, spirited group that is very positive and focused in their support of the C.I.D. The Friends sponsor several events throughout the year in order to raise funds for the C.I.D.; C.I.D. Awards Reception, Grapes & Gourmet, C.I.D. Talent Show, Harvest Haunt, and C.I.D. Walk-A-Thon. The board also raises money through the writing of Grants and donations from local business.