Hello neighbors! The West Modesto Community Collaborative wants to welcome you to our e-newsletter, The Collaborative Bulletin. On this platform, we will keep you up to date with community events, program information, and resources. Through this, we hope to continue spreading awareness about the resources in Modesto.
"November 2023 brought families together to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, remember our past family history, to being Thankful for our families during Thanksgiving. December 2023 is the month we celebrate the joy of giving and sharing the spirit of helping others in need. The agency has been blessed by the support we have been receiving to support our Christmas Toy Drive. We have 158 families signed up, which represents 496 children waiting to receive toys from Santa Claus. Yet Christmas should be honored every day of the year with so many families seeking assistance from housing, food, clothing, and employment. What is so challenging is that many of our families are working to support the household. They just cannot keep up with the cost of living expenses. Here is a story I want to share with the reader of the WMCC Newsletter.
ATTENTION TO ALL PARENTS WHO NEED TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA 🎅:"
"October 2023 was a month to remember; WMCC’s Octoberfest was a success, seeing happy faces of children playing games and a surprise visit from the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff's Officers handed out candy to the children at the center. Our Mark Twain program has been the highlight of the agency's effort to provide services to Mark Twain Middle School students. Activities included mental health education, social media safety, and self-esteem. These activities were presented by our two interns from Stanislaus State University, Victoria Torres and Elizabeth McCoy. Andrea Prado, LCSW, has provided guidance and learning experiences for both interns. "
"September was a good month for our agency, we received the EL Concilio La Raza Award for the agency's work in meeting the needs of the communities we served. The WMCC Team deserves the credit for making this possible. The Month of October has always been an exciting time for the agency we are implementing CWOP 4.0 outreach throughout Stanislaus County regarding health and safety at the workplace. Collaboration with UC Merced Labor Center and 10 other non-profits in the Central Valley on Climate Resilience and Economic Development and Valley Sustainable and Equitable Economic Development (VSEED) Project. El Plan del Pueblo (The People’s Plan) has been launched, and more information will be forthcoming."
"West Modesto Community Collaborative is heading to new and exciting programming and events for September. September – October is Hispanic Heritage Month. (September 15th thru October 15th) Saturday, September 16th, Mexico’s Independence Day, WMCC has organized a Family Health and Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We expect large numbers of community attendees, services to be provided are health screens, vaccines, school backpacks, and various resources from different agencies that will be in attendance. We will also have music, raffles, and much more."
"Wow, we just flashed through July and are now entering August, known for Dog Days of Summer, National Watermelon Day (Aug 3), and National Smile Week (August 5-11). So, my message for August is to smile everyday. Life is too short to wait to show your wonderful smile. I leave you with this final message, “I don’t pray for God to take my problems away, I pray only for God to give me the strength to get through them.” So smile, and I promise you will feel great."
"We made it through the month of June, a very busy month. The community People’s Plan/El Plan del Pueblo, meeting brought together community members together plan the road map for El Plan del Pueblo. Dr. Manuel Pastor's USC and Dr. Ed Flores from UC Merced helped set the tone of the meeting. We had over 100 community members in attendance. The community listed what this Plan should include: Mental Health, Job/Training program, Housing, Education, Environmental Justice, Environment, Public Safety, Economics 101, Infrastructure, and Art/Culture."
"May is an exciting time with Mother’s Day remembering all the great and difficult times. The Mother is the one who holds the family together. Stakeholders meeting giving an overview of the People’s Plan “Stanislaus County’s El Plan del Pueblo” and why this plan is important for the community voices. Finally, Memorial Day honors the many heroes who gave their lives to protect the democracy of our country. As a country and community, we must always remember the great sacrifices of family and friends who served our country."
"May is Mental Health Month, a time when we must prioritize our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. In the face of many challenges, it's crucial that we support our loved ones not just during this month, but every day of the year. It's important to note that loneliness has been declared a Public Health crisis by the CDC, so let us not forget those who may be struggling and lack a support system. Our mental health is just as essential as our physical health, and we must make it a priority."
"March was filled with exciting programming and services, including the Luck of the Collaborative event on March 18th. The event was a huge success, with 220 families participating and 40 vendors showcasing job information, healthcare, children’s services, public safety, and more."
"To begin February was an excellent month! PlanetBaby! had a site review that went well. We have a number of outreach activities within our organization and throughout the community of West/South Modesto and county-wide! On March 18th “The Luck of the Collaborative” community resource fair is taking place with over 40 plus booths, entertainment, games for children, COVID-19 vaccines, and career information.
March 2023 will be an exciting month for WMCC! Check out all of our March events in the Calendar below! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope to see you at our March 18th event! "
"January 2023 was a very busy and successful month! The agency implemented new programs, the Youth Theatre Project, UC Davis COVID-19 Survey and Focus groups sessions. As well as hosting the Martin Luther King Luncheon and a very successful Crab Feed and Tri-Tip Fundraiser at the Stanislaus County Veteran Center. We sold out and had over 240 individuals at the event. Most noticeable at the event included MSC Superintend, Modesto City Council members, Modesto Police Chief and other representatives from the community. Now with the introduction of our newsletter with a lot of information. See you next year at our Crab Feed!"
West Modesto Community Collaborative
601 South Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Modesto, California 95351, United States
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