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Phase One Health and Housing Campus Opens in Live Oak

The first phase includes a 11-chair dental clinic serving 6,000 low-income patients annually; a 20,000-square-foot primary care health center serving 10,000 annually; a public plaza and a native garden and art walk.

(Nov. 18, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Community Action Board Launches Fundraiser

For more than 55 years, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County has launched programs to help people experiencing poverty across Santa Cruz County and the Pájaro Valley, including homelessness prevention, employment and mentoring services for youth and adults, immigration legal services, and crisis response.

(Nov. 14, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report

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Aromas Community Park donors honored with monument

AROMAS—Two decades ago, a fundraising drive was held to install dedication bricks at Aromas Community Park. However, even after a number of community members had already donated to the effort, the project came to an abrupt halt. “It was kind …

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Veterans, Second Harvest Food Bank work together to ease hunger

People come together every Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial Building (VMB) in Santa Cruz to serve the community.  Many military veterans can’t afford the food they need. The Santa Cruz American Legion Post 64, part of a nationwide veterans’ service …

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Santa Cruz Gives 2022 Kicks Off

Meet the annual holiday campaign’s 63 local nonprofits and learn about their projects

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Food bank eyes 5 million meals for those in need

APTOS—Second Harvest Food Bank well surpassed its goal of 4.5 million meals during its 2021 holiday drive. But when it came time to organize the 2022 effort, organizers floated the idea of lowering the goal, given the rising costs of …

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City Council Split Over $50K Worth Of Grants For Local Nonprofits

After having supported setting aside funding for local nonprofits, during the Scotts Valley budget process earlier this year, Councilmember Randy Johnson joined Vice Mayor Jim Reed in opposing the move during a test run for regular in-person City Council meetings, …

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Second Harvest holding drive-thru food distributions

WATSONVILLE—Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) Santa Cruz County is hosting five more drive-thru food distributions throughout the holiday season. The distributions are being held every other Monday, rain or shine at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave. …

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Artist raises $1,000 for Ukrainian children through Open Studios

APTOS—Local artist and Pajaro Valley Arts exhibit coordinator Hedwig Heerschop recently raised $1,000 during the Open Studios Art Tour for children in Ukraine. Heerschop, a fine art photographer and printmaker, raffled off one of her photograph etchings, depicting a blue …

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Farm Discovery at Live Earth raises $87K for education, produce programs

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville-based organization Farm Discovery at Live Earth announced that it raised $87,800 at its annual benefit dinner on Sept. 24. “Mesa: Farm Discovery Fall Feast in the Fields” was held at Live Earth Farm in Watsonville, and drew attendance from …

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Volunteers clear truckloads of trash from Pajaro River

WATSONVILLE—Armed with grabbers, cans, garbage bags and gloves, more than 25 volunteers gathered at Murphy Crossing Road early on July 29 for a community cleanup of a portion of the Pajaro River on the outskirts of Watsonville. The volunteers picked …

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