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The Season of Giving

This is a time of year when the fortunate reflect on their good fortune, and are moved to give back to the community that has nurtured and sustained them.

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Hunger, Food Insecurity and Foodbanks

In this editon of our nonprofit community group newsletter, we look at the problems of hunger and food insecurity in California, and the organizations, volunteers and donors stepping up to keep the community fed.


Setting the Table for Social Change

Second Harvest CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez (at right) with a group of local Rotary members who helped wrap Holiday Food & Fund Drive barrels.
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez looks at food insecurity as a symptom of an underlying disorder—one that can be cured.

California’s Oldest Food Bank Pays It Forward

Working together with many volunteers, this crew feeds 65,000 people in Santa Cruz County every month.
For the food-insecure community in Santa Cruz County, Second Harvest Food Bank feeds the need.

Hunger and Food Insecurity in California: What It Is, What to Do About It

Almost half of all low-income Black adults in California experience food insecurity.
Hunger and food insecurity have become persistent problems in California. With the world’s fifth-largest economy, what steps can we take to make sure that everyone has enough to eat?



Nonprofits in the News

A roundup of news about nonprofits from around the state.
Gary Byrne Leaves Community Foundation
07/16/2024
This month, Gary Byrne stepped down as CEO of the Community Foundation for San Benito County to take a break before seeking another job.

Mentioned in this article:
Community Foundation of San Benito County


Truckee Fourth of July Parade Winners Announced
07/10/2024
The Truckee 4th of July Parade, produced by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, proved that our little town knows how to have a great time!

Mentioned in this article:
Truckee Chamber of Commerce


Silicon Valley Homeless Nonprofit CEO Steps Down Amid Turmoil
07/09/2024
HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton is stepping down, leaving questions about the future of one of Santa Clara County’s largest homeless support service providers.

Mentioned in this article:
Home First


Make It Happen for Yolo County Partners With King High to Provide Bicycles for Youth
07/09/2024
Local nonprofit Make It Happen for Yolo County is partnering with the Martin Luther King Jr., High School Bicycle Repair Shop in Davis to ensure underserved transition age youth across the county have refurbished bicycles for transportation to work or school.

Mentioned in this article:
Make It Happen


Nearly $111K in Grants Awarded to Local Arts and Culture Projects in Monterey County
07/08/2024
The Arts Council for Monterey County has announced that it has awarded $110,520 in Arts and Cultural Impact Grants to 23 local arts organizations and nonprofit organizations with art programs.

Mentioned in this article:
Arts Council of Monterey County


CASA of San Benito Says Farewell to Executive Director
07/05/2024
Nonprofit says Rosy Segura’s contributions have been invaluable.

Mentioned in this article:
CASA of San Benito County


Arts Council for Monterey County Reveals the 2024 Champions of the Arts.
07/05/2024
The Arts Council for Monterey County announced the 2024 Champions of the Arts awardees. These five extraordinary local individuals will be recognized at Arts4MC's Annual Champions of the Arts Awards Breakfast on Friday, Aug. 9.

Mentioned in this article:
Arts Council of Monterey County


Northstar’s Vail EpicPromise Fixes Donner Lake Rim Trail Pedestrian Bridges
07/05/2024
The winter of 2022-23 was one for the record books, and all that snow helped make for a great ski season, filled our lakes, and brought about a great summer wildflower show. But also left Truckee Donner Land Trust with a little cleanup last summer.

Mentioned in this article:
Truckee Donner Land Trust


Public Input Sought on Ramsay Park Nature Center Design
07/02/2024
The City of Watsonville, Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW), and Community Arts & Empowerment are teaming up to design and install a new mosaic mural for the entrance wall of the new Nature Center scheduled to open in Ramsay Park in late 2025.

Mentioned in this article:
Watsonville Wetlands Watch


Take Your Health to the Next Level With New Trails Rx Program
07/02/2024
Sempervirens Fund launches a new Trails Prescription Program for the Santa Cruz Mountains. This program aligns with regional Parks Rx efforts and offers curated trail guides and health insights to enhance outdoor experiences and well-being in the region.

Mentioned in this article:
Sempervirens Fund


Help Fund Hotel Demolition
06/28/2024
Tahoe Fund is launching a fundraising campaign to fill a $200,000 funding gap in California Tahoe Conservancy’s efforts to demolish the Motel 6 building, restaurant and parking lot that sit within the Upper Truckee River watershed in South Lake Tahoe.

Mentioned in this article:
Tahoe Fund


Community Foundation for San Benito County CEO Steps Down
06/24/2024
Gary Byrne has been leading the organization for 22 years.

Mentioned in this article:
Community Foundation of San Benito County


Mayor is Guest Speaker at Woodland State of the City Dinner
06/22/2024
Woodland Mayor Tania Garcia-Cadena delivered remarks as a special guest speaker at the annual Woodland Chamber of Commerce State of the City dinner held on June 20.

Mentioned in this article:
Woodland Chamber of Commerce


Free During Summer? Acres of Hope Seeks Volunteers
06/21/2024
With kids out of school for the summer, Acres of Hope, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping women and children break the cycles of homelessness and trauma, is seeking volunteers to help in its children’s center.

Mentioned in this article:
Acres of Hope


Groundbreaking Held for New Health Center
06/21/2024
A groundbreaking was held on June 20 at the site where the new 10,000 square foot Encompass Community Services mental health and substance abuse services facility is to be constructed in Watsonville.

Mentioned in this article:
Encompass


Clampers Support the SLV Museum
06/20/2024
San Lorenzo Valley Museum Collections and Exhibitions Curator Lisa A. Robinson and SLV Museum Executive Director Laura DeAngelis accepted a generous donation from members of E Clampus Vitus Branciforte Chapter 1797 in a ceremony at the museum on Wednesday afternoon, June 19, 2024.

Mentioned in this article:
San Lorenzo Valley Museum


Sacramento’s Office of Arts and Culture Hosts Listening Session for Proposed Guaranteed Income Pilot Grant for Artists
06/20/2024
Curiosity was in the air when the City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts and Culture hosted dozens of local artists at a guaranteed income community listening session on Monday, June 10 at Celebration Arts.

Mentioned in this article:
Celebration Arts


Blending Art and Nature: Celebrating 20 Years of Trails & Vistas Art Hikes and Creative Expression
06/20/2024
As Trails & Vistas celebrates its 20th anniversary, the nonprofit organization continues to blend art and nature through its unique art hikes, weaving together community engagement and artistic expression.

Mentioned in this article:
Trails and Vistas


2024 Truckee Tahoe Airport District Agency Partnership Program Opens July 1
06/19/2024
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation is working again with the Truckee Tahoe Airport District on their 2024 Agency Partnership Program. 

Mentioned in this article:
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation


San Benito Health Foundation Receives $1.38 Million
06/18/2024
The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Center Program.

Mentioned in this article:
San Benito Health Foundation


Free Food for Children; Bread & Broth 4 Kids Summer Program Begins June 26
06/18/2024
The 2024 St. Theresa Bread & Broth 4 Kids Summer Program begins June 26 and will continue every Wednesday through August 21st.

Mentioned in this article:
Bread & Broth


Tahoe Fund Launches Fundraising Campaign to Demolish Former Motel 6
06/18/2024
The Tahoe Fund is launching a fundraising campaign to support one of the most important restoration projects in Lake Tahoe's history.

Mentioned in this article:
Tahoe Fund


Sierra State Parks Foundation Celebrates 50 Years
06/17/2024
The Sierra State Parks Foundation was born when a group led by local women of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, persuaded the Department of Parks and Recreation to scrap its plans for razing the 1903 Ehrman Mansion after it was acquired by the state in 1965. As a result, the concept of creating formalized public-private partnerships to improve the management of the state’s park system was formed.

Mentioned in this article:
Sierra State Parks Foundation