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Yolo County Community Service & Support Digest

Border Patrol Dumped 42,000 migrants on San Diego Streets. The County Needs Help to Help Them


San Diego-area nonprofits and faith organizations struggle to provide for tens of thousands of migrants border agents have released on San Diego streets.

Local Organization Provides Free Food to the Community


Volunteers continue operations of historic Food Not Bombs chapter in Davis.

California’s First Black-led Conservancy Acquires Land in Placer County


The 40 Acre Conservation League has recently acquired hundreds of acres of land in Placer County, 70 miles northeast of Sacramento—a significant step toward making outdoor experiences more inclusive.

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.

Woodland High School Students Work to Beautify Campus


After hearing their school compared negatively to other area schools, Woodland High School students Ava Pedroia and Karen Canchola decided to take the initiative to do something about it.

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.

Yolo Community Foundation Honors Five Residents


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

Supervisor Angel Barajas Holding Annual Christmas Toy Distribution


Yolo County Supervisor Angel Barajas, along with the Dunnigan Fire Association, has organized this toy distribution for the children of Dunnigan, Yolo and Zamora since 2021. Last year, over 100 children received a toy.

Volunteer for Yolo Reads This Family Literacy Month


The Yolo County Library’s Adult & Family Literacy program, Yolo Reads, is seeking tutors for English-speaking adult learners in need.

Meals on Wheels Yolo County Celebrates Opening of Winters Senior Nutrition Center


After hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new administrative office in downtown Woodland earlier this year, Meals on Wheels Yolo County will hold another grand opening celebration for its Winters Senior Nutrition Center.

All Leaders Must Serve Hosts Annual Fundraiser


Local nonprofit group All Leaders Must Serve hosted its seventh annual fundraiser at the ALMS Club House and Training Center, serving both dinner and inspiration. The event theme was Changing the Trajectory of Young People.

Yolo Philanthropy Awards Celebrate Volunteers and Donors


The Yolo Community Foundation has announced the outstanding recipients of the 2023 Yolo Philanthropy Awards—a group of 32 individuals and organizations has been recognized by local nonprofits.

Community College Student Services: An Urgent Need. But Has California Law Kept Up Since the ’60s?


State law requires community colleges to spend at least half their general fund on instructors. But administrators say they want more flexibility to pay for the growing need for student services.

City Council Celebrates Woodland Host Lions


The Woodland City Council honored Woodland Host Lions for its 100 years of service to the community through several efforts, including its literacy program.

Woodland City Council Celebrates Yolo County Hero Paul Bridge


In honor of “Extra Mile Day” on Nov. 1, a day meant to recognize people fueling positive change in the community, the Woodland City Council recognized Bridge’s accomplishments through a mayoral proclamation.

UC Davis Club Supports Charities Through Annual Zine


The Cherry Tea Collective—a club of artists, writers, photographers and other creatives—publishes a zine related to a specific charity organization. This year’s choice is Sacramento Loaves and Fishes.

Tiny Homes for the Homeless—Do They Help Solve the Problem?


Tiny homes are increasingly California cities’ shelter option of choice — but how far they go in solving homelessness is a contentious question.

California’s Broadband Plan Sold Low-Income Regions Short, Advocates Say


After years of planning a broadband system to bridge California’s digital divide, officials deprioritized some low-income areas due to unexpected costs. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s committed to funding the entire network, but advocates are skeptical.

California Student Test Scores Remain Low


Despite an influx of money to counter learning loss during the pandemic, English language arts and math test scores remain low.

Committee Announces Youth Day Theme Contest, Seek Volunteers


The Winters Youth Day committee launched its annual contest for the 2024 Youth Day theme.

Colleges Take Steps to Weed Out AI-Written Application Essays


With the growing use of AI, campus officials are trying to set clear guidelines for college application essays.

Climate Change Took Them to ‘Dark Places.’ Now These Californians are Doing Something About it


The facts of climate change can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair. Some California activists are creating communities for people to talk about those feelings.

Thousands Attend Yolo County Growers and Farmworkers Festival in Woodland


In an attempt to show its appreciation to the county’s farmworkers—migrant or not—the city of Woodland partnered with Brown Issues to hold the 2nd Annual Yolo Growers and Farmworkers Festival.

Public Utilities Commission to Vote on Plan That Could Make it Harder to Power Homes With Solar


The CPUC is considering a rule that would gut the payments that solar panels on apartment buildings receive, and many housing groups are blazing mad about it.

Snack Drive to Benefit Clients of Public Defender, Probation


The Yolo County Public Defender’s Office and Probation Department are partnering on a snack drive to build non-perishable pantries in their offices to benefit their shared clients.

California Community College Enrollment On the Rise, But One Group Lags Behind


After a historic decline in community college enrollment during the pandemic, students are returning to school again, according to the state’s most recent data. But students between the ages of 20 and 30 are lagging behind.

Paul Bridge Named First-Ever ‘Yolo County Hero’


The Daily Democrat honored the Woodland resident for his tenacious commitment to his cause despite how busy his life already was.

Larry Love Reflects on Years of Community Service


The fifth and final person on the list of the Daily Democrats' top five nominees for “Yolo County Hero” is former longtime Woodland pastor Larry Love, now retired.

California Sues ‘Crisis’ Pregnancy Centers That Promise ‘Abortion Pill Reversal’


Several anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers are advertising abortion pill reversal. California Attorney General Rob Bonta calls the claims false advertising that mislead vulnerable patients.

Davis Joins Global Climate Strike to End Fossil Fuels


On Sept. 15, Davis joined groups across the world in the Global Climate Strike. After grabbing signs, participants of all ages slowly marched down 14th Street, leading chants to alert the Davis public of the climate emergency.

What’s 916 Day? Here’s How the Holiday Began


The city of Sacramento is encouraging residents to celebrate 916 Day by volunteering at park events.

California Health Care Workers Would Get $25 Minimum Wage Under New Deal


A last-minute legislative deal would raise pay for California health care workers while giving medical providers a guarantee that they won’t have to battle local measures on employee compensation.

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