Santa Cruz County Local News: Community Service & Support


All Local Community Service & Support News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

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12/25/2023
State audits of the University of California and the California State University found both systems have failed to comply with decades-old state and federal laws mandating the return of Native ancestral remains and cultural artifacts. Only UCLA and Cal State Long Beach have returned a majority of their collections.

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12/22/2023
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Bank of America honored Housing Matters for work advancing economic mobility and building up underserved neighborhoods in Santa Cruz County.

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12/21/2023
The financial aid application for undocumented students is cumbersome and confusing, and many students aren’t completing the forms. A new law streamlines the process.

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12/20/2023
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Thanks to Neftali Espino of Honeymoon Surfboards and efforts by CHP staff, Aaron Ching got a handcrafted redwood surfboard upon his retirement.

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12/20/2023
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These nonprofit groups participating in Santa Cruz Gives find creative ways to bring shelter animals and people together, and also help owners keep their pets.

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12/19/2023
Federal funding for domestic violence shelters and housing programs is declining. Advocates want the state to step in, but with a record projected deficit new spending is unlikely.

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12/15/2023
All but two California counties are delaying their implementation of a new law that makes it easier for a court to place someone in involuntary confinement if they can’t care for their own medical needs or personal safety.

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12/15/2023
During its Holiday Food & Fund drive for Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County, the Twin Lakes congregation raised $512,725.07 — the largest sum ever donated by an organization during the drive.

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12/15/2023
With fellow classmates, Iman Moshari collects underused bikes, repairs them and give them to people who apply.

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12/11/2023
For the past 48 years, Barry and Joyce Vissell have been devoted to helping other people through their nonprofit, The Shared Heart Foundation.

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12/09/2023
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Ryan Okrant and Valley Churches team up to deliver care packages in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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12/09/2023
Image for display with article titled Santa Cruz Welcoming Network Helps Immigrants

In an interview, two members of an Afghani family of 13 who recently found community and support talk about building a fund that would support legal assistance for asylum seekers.

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12/07/2023
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Curtis Reliford, who collects food and supplies for those experiencing poverty, had his own belongings stolen two weeks ago.

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12/05/2023
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These nonprofits are fighting climate change at a time when it’s more important than ever to do so, as warming temperatures and acidification in the world’s oceans break records.

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12/04/2023
The California Faculty Association is seeking a 12 percent pay increase, while university officials counter with 5 percent in each of the next three years.

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12/03/2023
San Diego-area nonprofits and faith organizations struggle to provide for tens of thousands of migrants border agents have released on San Diego streets.

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12/03/2023
In 2020, the state agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed too many students were not learning to read. As part of that agreement, the state spent over $50 million on 75 schools with the lowest reading scores.

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11/30/2023
Image for display with article titled Toys For Tots Santa Cruz County Drive in High Gear

Every year, a group of volunteers works to make sure that children in need have a toy to unwrap on Christmas day. This behind-the-scenes work It requires wrangling donations of cash and items to build a stockpile of 21,000 toys.

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