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The Community Foundation of San Benito County focuses on wellness and quality of life for individuals and families. The foundation provides resources and funds to nonprofit groups and causes to that serve the community.

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Chamber of Commerce Announces Honorees for 2022 Annual Awards Dinner

The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Foundation announced the Man, Woman and Businesses of the Year to be honored Nov. 12 at Léal Vineyard’s Olea. This year is the chamber’s 101st Annual Awards Dinner.

(June 24, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
BirchBark Foundation Helps Humans Help Their Pets

Dr. Merrianne Burtch established BirchBark Foundation to assist people facing financial obstacles in caring for pets. “The vision driving our organization,” she said, “is that financial hardship should never cause the loss of any family pet.”

(June 5, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report

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Orthodontists provide scholarships to students

Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics presented $2,000 scholarships to five seniors from area high schools. In Hollister, Julien Garcia of San Benito High School received a scholarship. Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics’ history of philanthropy dates back to 1988 when Dr. Bas W. Wafelbakker …


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Groups raise funds for student internet access

Headed by the San Juan Bautista Rotary and the Aromas-San Juan Community Schools Foundation, a coalition of community groups have raised $40,000 needed to secure a $200,000 federal grant to upgrade equipment to provide internet to local schools. The 4-1 …


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California’s Reparations Could Include Tuition, Housing Grants

California’s first-in-the-nation task force to identify reparations said business loans, housing grants, tuition, wage and job protections could provide redress for African Americans.


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Gavilan College receives anonymous $40K gift

An anonymous $40,000 donation made to Gavilan College recently was also the largest one-time gift it has ever received, according to the college. The check, which arrived in April, was addressed to President/Superintendent Kathleen Rose. The donation seemed at first …


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Virtual run promotes tourism, scholarships

The San Benito County Chamber Foundation and Pinnacles National Park are organizing the first-ever virtual Pinnacles National Park Adventure Run.  The public is invited to hike, walk or run anywhere from 5k to 10k throughout the year, with the goal …


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SBC foundation awards grant for veterans’ dental services

The Community Foundation for San Benito County has awarded a $5,000 grant to Dentistry4Vets, a nonprofit that treats military veterans in need and suffering from a lack of dental care. Dentistry4Vets, which is located at The Montage Wellness Center in …


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Mental Health and the Homeless: Newsom’s CARE Court Plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new CARE Court plan aims to get homeless Californians experiencing mental health problems into treatment and off the street. But can it actually work?


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What’s the Best Way to Celebrate César Chávez Day?

Californians have the perfect opportunity to remember César Chávez by making March 31 a day of service.


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Perez recognized for service in AmeriCorps program

Christopher Perez of Hollister is being recognized for his service to the National Civilian Community Corps as part of AmeriCorps week, which takes place March 13-19.  The NCCC is a 10-month, full-time AmeriCorps program, says a press release. Founded in …


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Epicenter nears completion before opening for business

The latest installment of “Project Revitalize” in downtown Hollister is nearly complete after the Epicenter opened its doors last week.   Community Foundation for San Benito County President/CEO Gary Byrne was the official tour guide Feb. 12, allowing the public to …


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