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Welcome to this edition of the California Local Community Group newsletter, delivered to the nonprofits listed in our Community Group directory.

Our brand of journalism involves telling stories of community-building across the state. That includes stories of groups like yours.

Here is our entry for , which is listed under in our database of Yolo region community groups:

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Making the Community Better

At California Local we draw inspiration from the work of community groups such as . As I’m sure you are aware, one of the best-kept secrets in the Yolo region is the remarkable network of nonprofit staffers, volunteers and donors who are working together to make things better.

We think it’s important to tell the stories of these individuals and groups, both to raise awareness of their work, and to show what’s possible when people Discover, Connect, and Act— together.

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.

Many of your organizations are engaged, or preparing to engage, in a pledge drive or "giving period" in your communities, with a call to action to local donors and volunteers to support your work.  We want to help you spread the word.

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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?

Contact our publisher, Mike Gelbman, to find out how we can help tell your story.

Nonprofits in the News

A roundup of news about nonprofits from around the state.
Grief Support During the Holidays
By: Hanna Nakano

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Ski Butlers Brings Snow Sport Equipment to Customers
TAHOE CITY, Calf. – This winter, guests who ski or ride in the Tahoe region can skip the rental lines and have equipment delivered directly to their door through Ski Butlers. The rental delivery company is also donating 20% of rental fees for reservations made through the Tahoe Fund portal to support environmental improvement projects. 

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Tahoe Fund

Youth Alliance Announces Blanket Drive
Youth Alliance has announced its second annual Blanket Drive to benefit local youth during the winter season, partnering with local businesses in Hollister to collect blankets during November.

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Youth Alliance

Valhalla Tahoe Names New Executive Director
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Valhalla Tahoe, the historic estate on Lake Tahoe's South Shore, is in the planning stages for the venue's centennial year in 2024 with a new executive director at the helm. Meg Peart was named to the role last month by the nonprofit's board of directors. Peart, formerly the human resources and grants manager at the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, is well acquainted with the organization. With an extensive background in the community performing arts scene, Peart also directed and produced the summer play "Men on Boats," at Valhalla's Boathouse Theatre.  (

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Valhalla Tahoe

El Teatro Campesino Stage Manager Milt Commons Dies at 96
The longtime stage manager and associate of San Juan Bautista’s El Teatro Campesino was respected for his work in Teatro founder Luis Valdez’s landmark play “Zoot Suit,” as well as “La Pastorela” and “La Virgen de Tepeyac.”

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El Teatro Campesino

Girl Scout Refurbishes Children’s Room at Emmaus House
Delaney Drew has redesigned the children’s room at Emmaus House, the only temporary emergency shelter in San Benito County for families who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking.

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Emmaus House

Community Bridges Assists Pajaro Families Facing Eviction
In the wake of approximately 24 families facing evictions from a Pajaro apartment complex as the property's owners prepare to work through violations cited by Monterey County, Watsonville-based nonprofit Community Bridges has intervened to assist those families.

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Community Bridges

United Way Teams with PNC to Expand Yolo County Early Childhood Book Program
One thousand more Yolo County children will receive a free book every month from birth through age five from United Way California Capital Region, which manages the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Yolo County.

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United Way California Capital Region

New Fund Offers a Helping Hand
Shelbi’s Helping Hand Fund, a new fund under the El Dorado Hills Area Foundation, was created to impact the lives of thousands into the future.

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El Dorado Hills Area Foundation

Visit Santa Cruz County CEO Eyes International Markets, Expanded Business Travel
As the new head of Visit Santa Cruz County, Terence Concannon is not only aiming to bring in visitors from emerging markets but also to help build South County’s tourism infrastructure—all without alienating county residents in the process.

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Visit Santa Cruz County

New Exhibit Reaches Great Heights
Arts and Culture El Dorado’s newest exhibition at the Switchboard Gallery in Placerville showcases the history of climbing in the region.

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Art & Culture El Dorado

Homeowners Share Holiday Spirit for Fundraiser
Assistance League Sierra Foothills announces the return of its seasonal fundraiser, Homes for the Holidays. Taking place Dec. 2-3, the tour features five festively decorated private homes, a raffle, and gifts, food and beverages for sale.

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Assistance League

Every Day is Veterans Day at Places Like the American Legion
“How do you come back from counting yourself as dead?”

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American Legion Post 41

Bread & Broth Seeks Donations for 34th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Bread & Broth has purchased the food and volunteers have been enlisted to host the annual Thanksgiving dinner on Monday, November 20 from 4-6 p.m at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Grace Hall at 1041 Lyons Avenue, South Lake Tahoe.  

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Bread & Broth

Time Is Almost Up for Matching Donations to Tahoe Meadows Ramp Project
State route 431 levels out for about a mile or so just after summiting Mount Rose. The trees give way to grass and shrubs that roll out on both sides of the road. On busy days, signs flash, warning drivers to slow down for visitors enjoying the Tahoe Meadows.

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Tahoe Fund

Climate Profile: Hunter Holman
Welcome to the Climate Profile, a feature brought to you by the North Tahoe chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, which explores the stories of local citizens and how climate change has affected their lives.

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby - Nevada and Placer Counties

Mother Lode Exhibition Winners Emerge
Placerville Arts Association’s expectations for the 57th National Mother Lode Exhibition were blown away as the MACC gallery rooms filled with patrons of the arts huddled in groups to express their artistic observations.

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Placerville Arts Association

Monterey County Gives! Grows One Donor at a Time
The cliche “the new normal” became common in our vernacular just a few years back—expressing how previous uncommon events were suddenly commonplace, a new baseline.

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Community Foundation for Monterey County

Yolo Community Foundation Honors Five Residents
On Nov. 6, Yolo Community Foundation recognized five Winters residents for their efforts to benefit the overall community.

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Yolo Community Foundation

Meals on Wheels Opens New Senior Nutrition Center in Winters
The 5,300-square-foot facility provides the organization with cooking space, cool storage and a warehouse that will double its production capacity from 800 to 1,700 meals daily in combination with its existing Woodland-based kitchen.

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Meals on Wheels Yolo County

Pacific Autism Center for Education Wants to Sell a Group Home. Cupertino Won’t Allow It.
“All that money that’s tied up in a vacant house is money that’s lost opportunity for us to do good in the community,” says PACE’s executive director.

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Pacific Autism Center for Education