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Second Harvest Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Honors Retiring CEO

As Willy Elliott-McCrea gets ready to retire and new Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez comes on board, the Santa Cruz County organization will throw a 50th anniversary party July 21 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.

(July 5, 2022) → Read the full Edible Monterey Bay report
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast Pinched by CORE Funding Cut

For the first time in four decades of working with the county and city of Santa Cruz, the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast did not receive funding for its mental health programs and services.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Over 50 Organizations Approved for County Funding

Still, several Santa Cruz County nonprofits, including the Harm Reduction Coalition, left flailing in the face of a broken system

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Nonprofits Push Back on County Funding Plan

Organizations like Community Bridges and those similar in size face losing a considerable amount of county assistance

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Local “justice warrior” dies

Laura Segura, whose leadership at Monarch Services topped off a lifetime of service to the community in which she grew up, and who was as known for her fierce advocacy as she was for being an athlete, artist, friend and—for …

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Community Bridges worried about funding reductions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will consider allocating some $5.8 million to dozens of social services and programs countywide over the next three years. This includes just over $770,000 for United Way’s Cradle to Career, $436,221 for …

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Nonprofit kicks off First Friday in Seascape Village

A series of First Friday art shows will kick off in Seascape Village this summer thanks to Stable Life Services (SLS), a nonprofit aiming to support individuals with special needs and their caregivers. First Friday is a monthly art tour …

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Driscoll’s donates $1.75M to help save Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project (PVHD) announced Thursday that Watsonville-based berry company Driscoll’s will donate $1.75 million to help save Watsonville Community Hospital.   PVHD is currently fundraising in order to meet a July 1 deadline in order to purchase …

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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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Climate of Hope forum returns May 26

WATSONVILLE—In spring 2018 Watsonville nonprofit Regeneración: Pajaro Valley Climate Action held a special event to announce results of a landmark community survey.  The event brought together a number of agencies and residents, and its success prompted the organization to kickstart …

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Chamber Honors Scotts Valley’s Top Volunteers, Businesses

The stars were out in Felton on May 6 as the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce held its Community Awards Gala at Roaring Camp’s Brett Harte Hall. Overall, Chamber Executive Director Danny Reber said he couldn’t be more excited about …

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Meals on Wheels facing eviction

LIVE OAK—Meals on Wheels (MOW) is looking for a new home after being served an eviction notice by Live Oak School District, which has been leasing its location to the organization for more than four decades. The district has told …

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