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Immigration forum held in Santa Cruz County – KION News Channel 5/46, March 2017
[As] fear and anxiety over the President’s new immigration policies continue, tonight [offered] another change for local immigrants to learn about resources. Experts focused on kids this event, and what parents can do to help. At [Community Bridges’] forum for undocumented immigrants, Michele Favis, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, recommends parents talk with their kids and tell them what’s going on… Taking care of yourself can be just as important as having your documents in order. Therapists are now offering counseling services. You can go to Community Bridges for referrals.
Officials support Meals on Wheels as program faces cuts – Register-Pajaronian, March 2017
Elected officials help with meal deliveries as part of [Community Champions Week], which [Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County] says is a way to experience firsthand the impact such services have… Run by Community Bridges, Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County has served nearly 9 million meals to 60,000 local seniors since its inception in 1976. Some 200 volunteers work to serve around 150,000 meals per year… “This is a true safety net,” he said of the program. “We’re trying to ensure that our community feels supported.”
Undocumented Parents Prepare for the Worst – Good Times, March 2017
Community Bridges devotes itself to serving the needs of all immigrants, regardless of legal status. CEO Raymon Cancino says providing helpful information is important, since the Trump administration has not been particularly clear on who will or will not be impacted by president’s campaign promises.
Putting Community First for 40 Years – Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 2017
Happy Birthday to Community Bridges, which celebrates 40 years of service this year. One of Santa Cruz County’s largest nonprofits, the agency’s 10 human services programs include, among others, Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County, Lift Line and four family resource centers. With 20 locations throughout the county, Community Bridges serves 27,000 local children, families and seniors each year. Raymon Cancino, the [fifth] chief executive director since Community Bridges’ inception, said that throughout its history, Community Bridges has stood for equity, inclusiveness, support, and collaboration.
Community Bridges Celebrates 40 Years! – Times Publishing Group, March 2017
Over the past four decades, Community Bridges has maintained its core function of nutrition services and health care for the most vulnerable members of the community. Thanks to the dedicated support of the public, the agency’s programs have continued to expand to serve an even wider population… Today, Community Bridges’ core services empower seniors to live with independence and dignity, increase access to medical care and quality nutrition, prevent child abuse through parent education and support, and work to close the academic achievement gap through subsidized preschool programs and after-school and summer support for grade-school children.
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 celebrates 40 years of service
Mountain Community Resources Phone-a-thon Fundraiser
Food from the Heart: Celebrating Meals on Wheels
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