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Planning underway while Santa Cruz County awaits Measure D sales tax revenue – Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 2017
Local jurisdictions and service providers are due to receive their portions of the proceeds, set by a formula laid out in the Nov. 8 Measure D ballot measure, [once] each have approved their own five-year priority projects plan, which will be subject to public comment. …Community Bridges will have until June 30 to complete [its] five-year plan, then needs to publicly update the documents annually thereafter, [RTC Executive Director George Dondero] said.
Meals on Wheels Tenth Annual Coin Drive – Times Publishing Group, February 2017
Community Bridges’ Meals on Wheels in partnership with Bay Federal Credit Union is conducting its annual Piggy Bank Coin Drive throughout the month of February. Local residents are being asked to pitch-in their coins to “adopt a pig.” Bring at least $7 to any Bay Federal branch in the month of February to take home a cute boxed ceramic pig. Branches are located in Aptos, Capitola, Freedom, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and Watsonville.
Caroline’s Thrift Shop Gifts $275,000 to Local Nonprofits – Times Publishing Group, February 2017
Cbeen working to ensure that no local senior goes hungry.aroline’s Nonprofit Thrift Shop gifted $275,000 to help fund 24 non-profits specializing in children’s programs. The shop was founded by Christina (Christy) Licker. Its primary mission is to raise funds for Santa Cruz County non-profits that have programs and/or services for children with special medical, developmental, or psychological needs.“The money we donate benefits thousands of local children and families each year,” said Christy. “It’s all happening because of one person who had a tremendous impact ― my daughter, Caroline.”
Inauguration spurs Hands Around the Plaza event – Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2017
About 200 people gathered in Watsonville Plaza Thursday at sunset in a peaceful demonstration to foster community solidarity on the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. “There’s a lot of scared people in our community,” said Ray Cancino, executive director of Community Bridges. “These people do not need to stay in a shadow. I am the child of an immigrant family. I have privileges because I am a citizen but for those who are not, it must be an odd feeling to feel not wanted.”
Santa Cruz County residents support local causes on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2017
Upstairs at the church, volunteers crafted Valentine’s day cards for Jacob’s Heart — a local nonprofit supporting children with cancer — and Meals on Wheels, a program that provides food to homebound seniors. Put on by the nonprofit Community Bridges, the card-making event is in its fourth year and was led by AmeriCorps member Brittany Friedman, 25.
Aptos thrift shop donates $275,000 to local nonprofits – Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2017
Caroline’s Nonprofit Thrift Shop.. has done it again. This year, they gave away $275,000 to fund children’s programs of 19 local nonprofits. “What these organizations have in common is that all have programs and services for local kids with special need ― kids with terminal or life-threatening illness or injuries; kids in foster care; kids with physical or cognitive disabilities; and hungry or poorly nourished children,” [founder Christy Licker] said.
Bringing positivity to the community – Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2017
[Yolanda] Provoste-Fuentes is a long-time parent educator at Live Oak Community Resources in Santa Cruz. She is originally from Chile, where she was an elementary school teacher in a poor neighborhood called Region 9 and then at a rural school in the countryside, leading to a lifetime of child advocacy.
Community Bridges: One Donation to Benefit Us All – Beach Neighbors Spotlight, December 2016
One gift to this nonprofit supports the most vulnerable in our community, from our youngest babies to our oldest adults, through a variety of crucial services. But during the holidays, your donation will go even further. Until December 31, 2017, the Community Bridges Board of Directors is matching up to 20% of all donations received.
Days after election, community-service and kindness event draws dozens of families – Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 2016
A Nov. 13 afternoon of community service… was in response to the recent election, with the aim of bringing the community together to demonstrate the values community members want to instill in the younger generations. With only a few days notice, participants were asked to bring items to donate and sort. The group, which grew to about 140 people… created more than 50 placemats to accompany dinners delivered by Meals on Wheels.
Santa Cruz County certifies tight, record-breaking 2016 election – Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 2016
Measure D, which needed more than 66.6 percent, passed with 67.77 percent of voters’ support. “Voters countywide said ‘yes’ to a historic, sustainable transportation plan for Santa Cruz County,” said campaign co-chair John Leopold. “With a projected turnout of approximately 80 percent and “yes” votes totaling more than two-thirds of those cast, the message is clear: Santa Cruz County residents support a new direction in local transportation planning.”
Guide to Smart Giving – Times Publishing Group, December 2016
“Every year during the holiday season, I get questions from friends and family on how to ensure their donation is being used effectively,” [writes Raymon Cancino, Chief Executive Officer of Community Bridges.] “In the wake of recent events, I know many are looking to give back, and thought this advice would be useful for others to see as well. As a non-profit chief executive officer and a donor, I have been on both sides of the fence. Here are the five most important things I’ve learned about smart giving.”
What’s next for Measure D in Santa Cruz County? – KSBW, November 2016
Measure D in Santa Cruz County is expected to pass once all provisional votes are officially certified by the election’s office… “Several things will move quickly, some of the bigger capitol projects will take longer to manifest,” said Santa Cruz County Transportation Chair and Santa Cruz City councilman Don Lane. Funding for Metro service and Community Bridges will mean no layoffs, and the potential expansion in bus services.
Measure D supporters claim victory – Register Pajaronian, November 2016
The transportation measure held onto its required two-thirds majority as the Santa Cruz County Elections Department counted the votes. As of Monday, 79,340 voters had given their thumbs-up, just over the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass the tax… Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transportation District will get $2.75 million every year, and Community Bridges Lift Line Paratransit Service would get $680,000 per year.
Coast Lines, Nov. 24, 2016: Santa Cruz adjusts community funding – Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 2016
The Santa Cruz City Council stepped back from a plan to significantly reduce its annual community programs funding for early childhood care and senior after significant public pushback. The target funding goal for upcoming budget discussions will set aside 16 percent of city funding for… early childhood care, [and] 7.5 percent of aging-related programs. The council also directed city staff to plan to add an additional $250,000 into the community programs pot next year.
Santa Cruz community grant funding redistribution plan adds programs, reduces others – Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 2016
The new funding model would increase city support for substance abuse, mental health and youth violence prevention programs. To support the funding shift, cuts would need to be made from traditionally funded early childhood education, senior, homelessness housing, prevention and diversion and health improvement programs. … “All of these services are important. But to cut half of them is to ignore the interconnectedness of all these issues,” Morain said. “Youth violence and substance abuse and mental health — all of that is affected by a strong foundation for children. Funding early education is the first step in solving all of these problems.”
Coast Lines, Nov. 13, 2016: Day of Community Service Sunday – Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 2016
An Afternoon of Community Service event… was organized by a group of parents after the election as an opportunity for people to come together and take action locally in a variety of small, meaningful ways. Activities will include… decorating placemats to accompany meals distributed by Meals on Wheels.
Editorial, Oct. 25, 2016: Yes on transit tax Measure D, once again – Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 2016
The 30-year half-cent hike in the sales tax would raise an estimated $500 million, with 30 percent going to neighborhood projects such as local road repair, 25 percent to Highway 1 improvements, 20 percent to transit for seniors and disabled, 17 percent to the coastal rail-trail and 8 percent for railroad maintenance and an analysis of rail as a transit option.
Santa Cruz County Democrats see record voter registration – Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 2016
Voters will decide the fate of Measure D, a half-cent sales tax to apply countywide for 30 years. The measure, which needs a two-thirds yes vote to pass, would raise an estimated $17 million annually… [including] to maintain transit for senior citizens and those with disabilities and preserve rail options. So far, five people have booked a ride to the polls with Community Bridges’ Lift Line, a service that would get funds from Measure D.
SLV & SV Meal and Food Programs: November 2016 – Times Publishing Group, November 2016
Mountain Community Resources (a Community Bridges program), Thursdays, 11-12, Food Distribution, 6134 Highway 9, across from Rite Aid, Felton. 335-6600. Closed Thanksgiving, Nov. 24… Meals on Wheels (a Community Bridges program), hot meals at dining centers in Ben Lomond (M-F, 336-5366) and Scotts Valley (Wednesdays, 438-8666). Reservation required, $2.50 requested donation, for age 60+ (limited exceptions). Meals delivered if eligible, 454-3180.
2016 Local Measures for Capitola Soquel Times – Times Publishing Group, November 2016
Measure D, Santa Cruz County. Half-cent sales tax for 30 years, raising approximately $17 million annually for local transportation projects. Requires 66.67% (2/3) YES to pass. Percentage Allocations by the SCCRTC [includes] 20% Transit for Seniors and People with Disabilities: Santa Cruz METRO (16%), Community Bridges Lift Line Paratransit Service (4%). Comment – Will qualify the SCCRTC for matching Federal and State funds for county projects.
Transportation Funding Measure Coming to November Ballot – Times Publishing Group, October 2016
One of the key funding elements of the measure (20% ~ $3.3M/yr.)* is for mobility access services to help maintain senior and disabled transit service. This funding includes Santa Cruz METRO’s ParaCruz service and Community Bridges Lift Line service as well as general funding for the METRO (bus) system.
Free Election Day transportation offered in Santa Cruz County – KION, October 2016
[Community Bridges] is offering voters free transportation to their polling places on Election Day…. The service [is provided] through its Lift Line program in hopes of increasing voter turnout among groups who historically and disproportionately fail to vote. “We hope that by providing a free ride, we will remove barriers to voting and transition what may be viewed as a chore into civic pride,” says Raymon Cancino, Chief Executive Officer of Lift Line.
Ofrecen transporte gratuito para el día de elecciones en el Condado de Santa Cruz – KMUV T23, October 2016
Una organización sin fines de en Santa Cruz está ofreciéndole a votantes trasportación gratuita a los centros de votación el día de las elecciones. La organización Community Bridges proporcionará el servicio a través de su programa Lift Lines con la esperanza de aumentar el número de votantes entre los grupos que históricamente y desproporcionadamente no votan. … Para programar su trasporte puede llamar al 831-688-9663.
Voters to consider Measure D – Register Pajaronian, October 2016
Supporters estimate the measure would raise about $500 million, which would be distributed over five key areas… Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transportation District would get $2.75 million every year, which supporters say would help provide transit services for seniors and people with disabilities. Community Bridges Lift Line Paratransit Service would get $680,000 per year.
Santa Cruz County median rent: $2,914 a month and rising – Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 2016
[Steve McKay] will present the results of a six-month studies of renters in the City of Santa Cruz… The event, “No Place Like Home,” will include art, statistics and testimony on how local renters experience the housing crisis and possible steps forward. … The study was a joint endeavor of four UCSC entities and local nonprofit Community Bridges.
Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission spotlights Measure D importance – Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 2016
If Measure D passes, then Lift Line will be able to add service on weekends, and cover areas that ParaCruz, a similar service provided by Santa Cruz Metro, no longer reaches due to cuts in 2015. Those areas include parts of the San Lorenzo Valley and the Pajaro Valley, said Ray Cancino, CEO of Community Bridges, which oversees Lift Line. “We need to humanize Measure D, because the impacts are in community and will impact real people,” Cancino said. “It’s really about those affected by not passing this, including the most medically frail in our community.”
Measure D gains broad support, some opposition to Highway 1 projects – Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 2016
Most of the county’s major environmental groups, including Ecology Action, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and Bike Santa Cruz County, have endorsed Measure D. … “This is a comprehensive measure that would give a lot of resources to the community, Metro, Lift Line, trails, public works, local streets getting paved, fixing potholes, more bike lanes,” Montesino said.
Raymon Cancino: Measure D: An extra half-cent sales tax well spent – Santa Cruz Sentinel, September 2016
I plan to support Measure D in November, and I hope you will, too. Just as Xochitl can’t afford the cost of transportation to dialysis, our community can’t afford the cost of inaction. The obvious benefits this will bring include significant — and very welcome — improvements to our local roads and infrastructure. But that’s just the beginning.
Local Businesses Build Dreams for our Community – Times Publishing Group, September 2016
Big Creek and Graniterock announced the beneficiaries of their Santa Cruz County Fair charity raffle fundraiser: Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County, Meals on Wheels of Santa Cruz County and Monarch Services. At this year’s Santa Cruz County Fair, Sept 14-18, a “Dream Backyard” has been created to raise money for local charities. All money from raffle ticket sales will be given to the organizations.
November Transportation Ballot Measure – Times Publishing Group, September 2016
Based on vast community input, the 2016 Transportation Improvement Measure boosts transit funding, especially for seniors and people with disabilities, and pares down projects in the rail corridor to only include property management/maintenance and a transparent public analysis of future transportation uses of the corridor.
Taking Care – Good Times, September 2016
Community Bridges received a grant last week that should make 70 low-income seniors more comfortable and happy every day. A local Medi-Cal nonprofit awarded the group $35,000 to upgrade equipment and technology at Elderday Adult Day Health Care, which is located in Santa Cruz’s Harvey West area. Empowering local seniors to remain mobile and independent, it’s the only program of its kind in the area.
Grant to Upgrade Care for Seniors – Times Publishing Group, September 2016
The Central California Alliance for Health, the locally governed nonprofit managed care plan that administers Medi-Cal in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced Counties, approved a $35,000 grant to upgrade equipment and technology at Elderday Adult Day Health Care, one of Community Bridges ten nonprofit programs.
Empowering local seniors to remain mobile and independent – Good Times, August 2016
A local Medi-Cal nonprofit awarded Community Bridges $35,000 to upgrade equipment and technology at Elderday Adult Day Health Care, which is located in Santa Cruz’s Harvey West area. Empowering local seniors to remain mobile and independent, it’s the only program of its kind in the area.
Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development – Growing Up in Santa Cruz, August 2016
The 10th Annual Breastfeeding Walk will take place on Aug 12, from 3-6pm at the Watsonville Plaza (corner of Main & E. Beach St.) Sponsored by Community Bridges/WIC and supported by the Santa Cruz County Breastfeeding Coalition, the walk is part of a free, family event with t -shirts, raffle, healthy snacks, community resources, face painting and more.
10th Annual Breastfeeding Walk, August 12th, Watsonville Plaza – Santa Cruz Sentinel YouTube page, August 2016
“We’ll have fun, family events, tables talking about community programs, and we’ll be walking down Main Street at 5pm to promote and celebrate breastfeeding.”
Raising Awareness Breastfeeding Walk – Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2016
Dozens march from the plaza and through downtown Watsonville on Friday afternoon during the 10th annual Community Bridges’ WIC Breastfeeding Walk. The event aimed to raise awareness and educate the public about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Santa Cruz County to expand mental health crisis services – Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2016
Heard from moms and staff at Community Bridges Women Infants Children thanking supervisors for a proclamation declaring August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month and inviting them to the 10th Annual Breastfeeding Walk at Watsonville Plaza at 3 p.m. August 12. “I pray and hope that breastfeeding will become the norm,” said Rebeca Cervantes of Ben Lomond, who teaches at Women Infants Children. “The benefits of breastfeeding last a lifetime.”
Farm to Fork Gala Dinner – Santa Cruz Waves, August 2016
The Community Bridges Farm to Fork Gala Dinner was held on Saturday, July 30 at Aptos Village Park. This event featured live music from Olde Blue, a life auction (including a signed Steph Curry jersey), beer from World Beer Cup winners Discretion Brewing, wine from our region, and a multiple-course, locally sourced dinner by Chef Jonnatan Leiva, a Chronicle Rising Star Chef honoree.
Community Bridges Highlight – Human Care Alliance Newsletter, July 2016
Community Bridges is one of 500 nonprofits in Santa Cruz County. They stand out for their scope and depth of services, ranging from early childhood education to elder care, with a focus on core basic needs including transportation, education and nutrition.
Eat, drink, and make a difference at Community Bridges’ Farm to Fork Gala Dinner – Santa Cruz Waves, July 2016
Community Bridges invites the public to enjoy a locally sourced, gourmet dinner by renowned Bay Area Chef Jonathan Leiva, along with live music and award-winning wine and beer. This is Community Bridges first agency-wide event, providing support to all 10 of the organization’s programs that together, serve 27,000 children, families and seniors in Santa Cruz County each year.
Santa Cruz Mountain soul on display at Makers’ Market – Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 2016
On Sunday, dozens of local artists, crafters, chefs and musicians gathered along Highway 1 to showcase and sell their goods while benefiting Mountain Community Resources, the Community Bridges program that brings food, care and transportation programs to the residents of the San Lorenzo Valley.
‘Swimmerships’ aim to keep kids in the pool – Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 2016
The Friends of Harvey West Pool have established “swimmerships” for children at Mercy Housing and Nueva Vista’s summer program participants to pay entrance and swimming lesson fees. Thanks to all who helped raise these funds. Keep swimming!
Building Bridges in our Community – Growing up in Santa Cruz, July 2016
You have seen the green shuttle busses, or you’ve attended a parenting class at a family resource center, or your child has played in a sports league, or your grandparent received meals from a volunteer. These programs have touched nearly everyone in our county, directly or indirectly, yet you may not be aware that they are all under the umbrella of one important agency: Community Bridges.
Bridges – Gary A. Patton, May 2016
I am a long time supporter of Community Bridges, a Santa Cruz County-based nonprofit organization that provides a wide variety of human service programs in the three-county area that includes Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and San Benito County. You, too, can be a Community Bridges supporter.
Seth McGibben Named to New Post – Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2016
Community Bridges, a nonprofit agency with 10 human services programs across Santa Cruz County, announced the appointment of Seth McGibben as its new chief administrative officer. McGibben comes to Community Bridges with extensive experience providing legal council to individuals, corporations and municipal entities.
Community Bridges Wins Workplace Award – Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2016
Community Bridges, a nonprofit with 200 employees in 20 locations in Santa Cruz County, received the California Breastfeeding Coalition’s Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Award on Tuesday in Sacramento.
Good Idea: Mother Lovers – Good Times Santa Cruz, April 2016
No one wants to let down his or her mom by forgetting about Mother’s Day and simply gifting her a last-minute candy bar with a sheepish shrug. That’s why Live Oak Community Resources is hosting its second annual Mother’s Day Gift Fair one week before Mother’s Day.
Beach Flats Residents Get Helping Hand From City – Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 2016
“We kind of come every year, get people together, start helping folks in the Beach Flats neighborhood,” said Ray Cancino, CEO of Community Bridges. “Help get rid of items for spring cleaning and getting rid of hazardous materials in the community.”
Community Bridges, Stronger Together – Beach Neighbors Spotlight, April 2016
Community Bridges is made up of 10 human services programs that operate in 20 different locations throughout Santa Cruz County. You’ve probably heard of a few-like Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County, Lift Line and WIC. What they accomplish together, however, is nothing short of amazing.
Aiding the Aging – Register Pajaronian, March 2016
Watsonville Mayor Felipe Hernandez and city council members Lowell Hurst and Rebecca Garcia joined Meals on Wheels to celebrate Community Champions Week. Meals on Wheels sends about 60,000 meals out to Watsonville annually, with 40,000 of them home delivered. The deliveries help with nutrition and in preventing isolation.
Santa Cruz County Meals on Wheels asks politicians to witness service – Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 2016
This week marked “Champions Week” for each of the program’s five dining sites, in which elected officials were invited to volunteer and witness the importance of the program for the roughly 1,800 Santa Cruz County seniors it serves each year.
Community Champions Week highlights work of Meals on Wheels – Times Publishing Group, Inc., March 2016
Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County joins the Meals on Wheels Association of America in celebrating Community Champions Week, March 21-25 to increase awareness and encourage support for senior nutrition needs and services.
Community Bridges Celebrates 40 Years of Meals on Wheels – Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 2016
In celebration of 40 years providing local seniors with daily nutritious meals at their homes, Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County — a program of Community Bridges — hosted its third annual fundraising event “Food from the Heart” at the Chaminade Resort & Spa on Friday afternoon.
Food From the Heart, Celebrating 40 Years of Meals on Wheels – Santa Cruz Waves, February 2016
The 3rd Annual Food from the Heart event, benefiting Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County, was held on Friday, February 5 at the Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz. This event celebrated Meals on Wheels’ 40th year serving seniors in Santa Cruz County with nutritious meals and vital human contact.
New Beach Flats Community Mural Process Kicks Off – Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2016
Thursday’s mural visioning kickoff comes 18 months after a 21-year-old Beach Flats mural was painted over in June 2014 by the city in what officials said was an effort to update an aged and fading piece of art. Many in the neighborhood, however, felt the project was not inclusive and represented a kind of cultural whitewashing.
Faces of the Sea Odyssey – Santa Cruz Waves, January 2016
Jack O’Neill’s wetsuit innovations have helped generations find a love of the ocean through surfing, and by starting O’Neill Sea Odyssey he’s also introduced thousands of students to a life-long love of that ocean. On Friday, February 5, noted photographer David Dennis will hold a public exhibit of the faces of young people as they find that love while sailing Monterey Bay.
San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley Meal and Food Programs – Golden State Newspapers, January 2016
Meals on Wheels, a Community Bridges program, hot meals at dining centers in Ben Lomond (Monday – Friday, 336-5366) and Scotts Valley (Wednesdays, 438-8666). Reservation required, $2.50 requested donation, for age 60+ (limited exceptions). Meals delivered (if eligible).
Pam Fields takes the lead in rebranding West Marine – Profile Magazine, December 2015
Pam Fields gives back by getting involved in her community: Last year, Pam Fields joined the board of Community Bridges, a nonprofit umbrella organization for ten family programs in Santa Cruz County in California.
Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope – Golden State Newspapers, December 2015
If we are able, we might wish to donate to one of the organizations running these programs, knowing that our gift will directly benefit individuals struggling in this expensive county.
Santa Cruz Gives: A look at the organizations we’re asking you to support in our new holiday giving campaign – Good Times, November 2015
Improving Life Through the Arts: Elderday’s goal is to grow a therapeutic arts and music program that provides more health benefits to those with complex medical needs than medication alone ever could. [Click here to view the full issue in PDF]
Holiday giving: Bay Area community groups seek donations to help needy – San Jose Mercury News, November 2015
During the holiday season, people around the world come together to make a difference in their communities. By giving to Community Bridges, you’re reaching 10 percent of ours.
Name Dropping: Mountain Faire a fun way to raise funds – Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 2015
The annual event raised $59,000, benefiting 23 local non-profits, community and educational groups, including Mountain Community Resources.
5.4 percent unemployment in Santa Cruz County – Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 2015
September’s jobless rate in Santa Cruz County fell to 5.4 percent, down from 6.8 percent a year ago, and the lowest in eight years.
2015 Redwood Mountain Faire Steering Committee announces record breaking donation – Press Banner, September 2015
On the weekend of May 31, the 2015 Redwood Mountain Faire was held at Roaring Camp in Felton. The benefit was held to provide funds for 23 local non-profit organizations that provide community and educational services for our valley.
Beach Flats neighbors come together over vandalized mural – Santa Cruz Sentinel, September 2015
Community Bridges offered to pay for supplies for the restoration project, with contributions from local art supply businesses.
Santa Cruz community cleans up mural – KSBW, September 2015
Community Bridges donated funds to purchase supplies, and solicited further donations for the project from generous community partners Palace Art Supply, Lenz Arts, and Art Supplies, Ink.
Serving her community – Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2015
Longtime community advocate Yolanda Henry has been given a new title: Program Director of the Community Bridges Family Resource Collective. Henry will oversee Community Bridges’ four family resource centers across Santa Cruz County…
Breastfeeding Awareness Walk – Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2015
Bianca Barrera and her daughter Jordyn, 2, march through downtown Watsonville on Friday afternoon during the ninth annual Breast Feeding Awareness Walk.
Lending a Brand – Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2015
Scotts Valley-based Gorilla Branders has donated more than $50,000 in in-kind support this past year to “create a unified identity” for Community Bridges.
Breastfeeding Awareness Walk on Friday – Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2015
The ninth Annual Breastfeeding Awareness event will occur at the downtown Watsonville Plaza from 3-6 p.m. Friday. … It is hosted by Women, Infants & Children in Santa Cruz County, one of 10 nonprofit programs of Community Bridges.
The San Lorenzo Valley & Scotts Valley Meal and Food Programs – Press Banner, July 2015
Thursdays, 11-12. Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, across from Rite Aid, Felton. 335-6600. Food Distribution. … Meals on Wheels, hot meals at dining centers in Ben Lomond (M-F) and Scotts Valley (Wednesday).
Stamp of Disapproval – Good Times Santa Cruz, July 2015
Groups including Live Oak Community Resource Center, Mountain Family Resource Center in San Lorenzo Valley, and the La Manzana Community Resource Center in Watsonville have been leading people through mybenefitscalwin.org to expedite their CalFresh applications.
Bridging Community Service: Community Bridges Unites Some of Santa Cruz County’s Most Important Nonprofit Programs – Bay Area for Sale, July 2015
Community Bridges is a nonprofit organization that operates ten community programs benefiting the Santa Cruz County-area. Open since 1977, Community Bridges serves more than 27,000 local residents each year.
New director named to Community Bridges – Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2015
Community Bridges announced that Yolanda Henry, long time community advocate and leader of the Familia Center and Beach Flats Community Center, will serve as the new program director of the Community Bridges Family Resource Collective, effective July 1.
Kids kick off summer with soccer program – Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 2015
Leaders of the Aptos-based nonprofit group Community Bridges organize the free Live Oak Sports League with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Police Activities League. It started in 2007 partly as a response to gang violence in Live Oak…
Watsonville approves mandatory water cuts, funding drops for social services – Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2015
Watsonville City Council Tuesday approved a mandatory 20 percent water use reduction… The council also approved nearly $12,867 of cuts to social services programs that serve low-income children, families and seniors.
Elderday wins boost in Medi-Cal reimbursement – Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 2015
Officials say the increase — $8 per participant per day — helps alleviate the structural deficit and lessens the burden faced by Elderday’s employees, who accepted pay cuts, salary freezes and loss of wage differentials in order to keep the center open.
Music, merriment for good causes at Redwood Mountain Faire – Press Banner, May 2015
The 2014 event benefitted 20 local nonprofit organizations, like Mountain Community Resources, Valley Churches United, and others. In the end the Faire brought in $10,000 more than the year before.
Triple P launches new program to encourage positive parenting – Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 2015
Called the Positive Parenting Passport, the program hands families checklist of nine things for parents to do with their kids and on behalf of their kids.
Makers Market set for May return to Felton – Press Banner, April 2015
Makers Market has teamed up with Mountain Community Resources for the second year in a row to host the event in the parking lot of MCR, located on Highway 9 in Felton.
Elected officials deliver meals to seniors – Register Pajaronian, March 2015
As part of a national campaign, Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County is inviting local officials to gain a first-hand look at its programs and the senior nutrition issues the county faces.
Mountain Community Resources afterschool program commences – Press Banner, March 2015
Mountain Community Resources’ new afterschool program began this week, giving teens a safe place to hang out after a long school day.
Thanks to the Givers – Good Times, January 2015
On behalf of Community Bridges’ Board of Directors, we wish to thank all those who participated in this year’s Good Times Holiday Giving campaign, which yielded $6,000 for Community Bridges Mountain Community Resources.
Dominican Awards More Than $160K to 10 Local Nonprofits – Santa Cruz Patch, January 2015
This year’s grantees include: Community Bridges Collaborative for its Health Access Project, which supports health benefits and preventative health care for families across Santa Cruz County, primarily targeting low-income, Latino farmworkers/service workers and their families.
Senseless vandalism an occasional reality – Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2015
Senseless vandalism is an occasional reality. And accidents unfortunately do happen. But an organization that aims to help some of Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable residents was dealt a quadruple whammy recently.
Family of Santa Cruz County service agencies struck by misfortune – Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2015
Four properties in Watsonville and Santa Cruz, each falling under the umbrella of the Community Bridges family of services, have separately faced vandalism, vehicle damage and theft in less than a month.
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