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Meals on Wheels
Local high school students send Valentines to Meals on Wheels recipients
"It's just like the Valentines we used to make when I was a kid," said John, a recipient in Capitola. John received a card from a young woman heading off to college. "I enjoyed it immensely."
"We were thrilled to receive more than 400 cards for our clients," said Lisa Berkowitz, Program Director of Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County. "As many connected to Meals on Wheels know, we deliver so much more than a meal. These adorable cards have warmed the hearts of 400 homebound seniors in Santa Cruz County, and we extend our gratitude to DoSomething.org's thoughtful volunteers."
Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County partnered with DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals On Wheels Association of America in a campaign called Love Letters, that encouraged teens to make handmade Valentine's Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression.
Child Development Program
Will Swim for Food
There are numerous ways our community works to help alleviate hunger in Santa Cruz County. In recent years, an innovative approach was taken by Nick Alaga, founder of "Will Swim for Food". Each year, since 2009, swimmers have taken to the frigid December waters to swim around the wharf at Cowell's beach. This year, 80 swimmers took to the 47 degree water to raise money for Food Banks across the United States. Our own, Myriam Scally, CACFP Program Director, and 1 of the original 6 swimmers from 2009, joined in to once more participate in this happy affair.
As a part of her fundraising, she decided to donate 50% to Second Harvest Food Bank, and 50% to the Child Development Division (CDD) at Community Bridges. The money she raised for CDD will be used to implement a "garden to table" project with the children. By allowing children to experience firsthand the growing of fruits/vegetables, she hopes they will be more interested in eating healthy food. "The way I see it, the Child and Adult Care Food Program and CDD have a potential to really influence child nutrition. I can't wait to see the gardens and children grow."
From left: Ray Cancino, Lisa Hindman Holbert, Nick Alaga and Myriam Scally
Welcome! from new CEO Raymon "Ray" Cancino
Dear Community Members,
It is with great enthusiasm that I write to you today as I have officially started the position of CEO for Community Bridges. I look forward to meeting you personally at one of the many local community events. If you happen to recognize me please do come and introduce yourself as I would love to get to know as many community members and supporters as possible. It is truly the people of this community that makes this county so great.
Child Development Program
Highlands Park Child Development Center Open HouseInnovative new options for childcare are now available at the refurbished Highlands Park Child Development Center under the new management of Community Bridges. The site was previously occupied by the Children's Center of San Lorenzo Valley for 35 years.
The transfer happened last fall and since then the families who had been enrolled, along with an all new staff, have been working together to spruce up the old building, according to Maia D'Andrea, site supervisor. Saturday's event showcased the result of their efforts with an open house.
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Longtime Ben Lomond child care center re-opens under Community Bridges