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Yolo County Community Service & Support Digest

Sacramento State to Host Office for Black Student Advancement


Sacramento State will be home to the central office for the $10 million Black student advancement drive on all 23 California State University campuses.

These California Schools Connect Kids to Community Services. Will They Survive Budget Cuts?


Gov. Gavin Newsom launched the community school initiative with $4.1 billion in grants to connect students and their families to medical care, counseling and other services.

Yolo Community Foundation Announces Endowed Fund


An initial donation of $1.3 million established a new All Things Right & Relevant endowment for grants to support career development for those living with mental health diagnoses.

Big Day of Giving Raises $13 Million


The Sacramento Region Community Foundation announced the May 2 Big Day of Giving had raised $13.2 million in donations to 826 nonprofits in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties.

May Day for Palestine’ Event Held at UC Davis


Hundreds of people attended a May 1 event held in the quad outside the Memorial Union on the UC Davis campus.

Davis Seeks Commission Applicants


The City of Davis is seeking local residents to fill openings on city commissions.

First 5 Yolo Celebrates New Welcome Baby Program


After its first year in operation, First 5 Yolo reports on the progress of its Welcome Baby program.

Sutter Health Helps Fund Mosaic Center


Sutter Health invested $569K in West Sacramento's Mosaic Village for for people impacted by substance-use, homelessness and mental health illness.

Applications Open for Community Services Action Board


The Yolo County Community Services Action Board is seeking applicants to join in its mission to combat poverty by promoting the health, safety, stability and self-sufficiency of low-income residents of the county.

Teacher of the Week: Science and Technology Academy's Nani Wall


Meet the Daily Democrat's Teacher of the Week, Nani Wall of the Science and Technology Academy in Knights Landing.

Yolo Community Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline April 5


Yolo County student applications for Yolo Community Foundation scholarships of up to $10,000 are due by April 5.

Mikuni Donation to Help Yolo County Youth


The Mikuni Charitable Organization donation of $5,000 to Make It Happen for Yolo County is in support of local, under-resourced youth making the transition to independent living.

Applications Open for Yolo County Community Services Action Board


The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is seeking to fill openings on its Community Services Action Board, with the stated mission "to combat poverty by promoting the health, safety, stability, and self-sufficiency of low-income persons residing in Yolo County. "

Yolo County DA Accepting Applications for Citizens Academy


The eight-week Citizens Academy is designed to involve diverse communities in learning about the criminal justice system with the goal to improve relationships between Yolo residents and the criminal justice system.

Woodland Host Lions Club Set to Host Annual Student Speaker Contest


In the contest, open to all high schoolers in and around the Woodland area, students can win up to $22,000 in cash and scholarships.

Young Teens and Adults Lead Florin Road Litter Abatement Efforts


Spending an early morning picking up parking lot trash only to return in a few days to it being just as litter-filled is a defeating feeling, according to 19-year-old clean-up participant Darius Jacobs.

Burrowing Owls Get Eagle Scout’s Attention


Parker Christensen, a local Eagle Scout candidate, has selected his Eagle service project aimed at aiding the repopulation of the threatened burrowing owl, which once flourished in Yolo County.

Nonpartisan Yolo County Election Information Resource a Click Away


VOTE411, a leading digital platform dedicated to election information, offers voters in California a streamlined and intuitive way to research candidates, understand ballot measures, and prepare to vote confidently.

Yolo County Supervisors Approve Members for Second Year of Yolo Youth Commission


The Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of 15 teenagers to serve as the members of the 2024 Yolo Youth Commission.

Woodland Police Department’s Strategic Plan Addresses Community Concerns


The Woodland Police Department’s 2024-26 strategic plan included participation from all city department staff with the goal of addressing public safety and quality of life issues.

CAPIAA Welcomes New Executive Director


Khydeeja Alam was sworn in by Speaker Robert Rivas as the new executive director of the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs.

Why California Community Colleges Struggle to Create Diverse Faculties and Staff


“Progress remains slow,” according to a recent report on faculty diversity at California’s community colleges. For Nikia Chaney, the sole full-time Black faculty member at Cabrillo College, the experience is personal.

How One California School System Raised Test Scores for Black Students


Emery Unified took a targeted approach, including paying teachers extra to stay after school and tutor students.

Winters Chamber Honors Community Members, Businesses


The official selections are in for the Toast to Winters honorees, chosen by the Winters District Chamber of Commerce.

Bailes Named Brinley Award Winner


Davis resident Shelly Bailes has made an impact on the LGBTQ+ community in Yolo County and beyond. Her work in obtaining respect and acceptance for the community earned her the honor of being the 2024 recipient of the Brinley Award.

California Presses Universities to Return Thousands of Native American Remains and Artifacts to Local Tribes


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.

New Law Could Help Undocumented California College Students Get Financial Aid


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.

Domestic Violence Shelters Play a Key Role in Fighting Homelessness. Now They Face Deep Funding Cuts


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.

Supervisor Angel Barajas Secures $65,000 for Woodland and Rural Communities


The Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved a total of $75,000 in projects using the American Rescue Plan Community Benefit Fund.

Woodland Joint Unified Trustee Receives Champion Estrella Award


Deborah Bautista Zavala, trustee of the Woodland Joint Unified School District, was honored with the Champion Estrella Award by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Davis’ Progress Ranch Honored as Nonprofit of the Year


Davis' Progress Ranch Treatment Services for Children received this year’s Yolo County Nonprofit of the Year Award for its excellence in mental health care and commitment to serving some of California’s most vulnerable children and youth. The organization provides mental health services to boys ages 6 through 13.

Newsom Blasts Counties for Dragging Feet Over New Mental Health Law


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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