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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.

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