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The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County supports low-income people with emergency and sustaining services. The organization “eliminates poverty and creates social change through advocacy and essential services.” Its 40 employees and more than 500 volunteers have served over 85,000 participants.

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Local Couple Turns Grief Into Helping Others

After their 12-year-old son was swept away by a sneaker wave, Sharmistha Chakraborty and Tarun Pruthi have used their grief to power change. New life rescuing stations are now installed at three local beaches.

(Jan. 4, 2022) → Read the full KQED Public report
Bytheal Ratliff Left a Large Legacy for Students

Bytheal Ratliff, a mentor and coach at Shoreline Middle School, passed away at age 49. Now parents are raising money to install new floors and rename the gym in his memory.

(Dec. 27, 2021) → Read the full Times Publishing Group report

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Anonymous donor gifts rescue horse to CASA Santa Cruz
AROMAS—In June of 2020, a horse named Rooster arrived at The BackStretch, a nonprofit ranch in Aromas that aims to provide a haven for abandoned, abused and neglected horses. The 16-year-old Quarter Horse had finally found his “forever home” after …

Key Community Hero Retires
Valley Churches United (VCU) has been assisting members of the San Lorenzo Valley community since 1985. From financial support to a plentiful food pantry, residents who have fallen on hard times have turned to VCU in times of trouble, finding …

PG&E to Hold Meeting on CZU Fire Wood Removal Program
The San Lorenzo Valley Post published details on a Jan. 12 meeting for homeowners affected by wood debris left behind by PG&E after the 2020 CZU Fire.

Public Library Friends Join Santa Cruz Gives
​​Since 2015, Santa Cruz Gives, the digital holiday fundraising program for local nonprofits, has provided financial support to an array of agencies that do good work for others. Whether providing meals, financial assistance or access to job opportunities, the 501c3 …

Valley Churches United Participating in Santa Cruz Gives
Lynn Robinson, the executive director of Valley Churches United, has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. In addition to the success of their Sidewalk Holiday Gift Shop, the nonprofit has a new list of benefactors with whom …

Ben Lomond Residents Get First Look at Vets Village
Gabriel Barhell, 56, is a former Air Force medic from Tennessee who served in the first Gulf War. He came to Santa Cruz with his girlfriend, a traveling nurse. And when they broke up, he ended up living in the …

Barrios Unidos Among Santa Cruz Gives Groups Helping Youth
Your Future is Our Business, Girls Inc. and Ecology Action also seek to fund projects for young people.

Image caption: Stacy Caldwell, right, says the annual Give Back Tahoe campaign has become a “collective giving engine.”
Give Back Tahoe’s Biggest Season
A conversation with Stacy Caldwell, CEO of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

Image caption: There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained
Community service districts can do most anything a city government can do. Here’s how they work and how to start one.

Santa Cruz Gives Kicks Off Its Biggest Campaign Ever
After upsurge in donations in 2020, the number of participating groups doubles to 80.

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