Voices from the Community

FoodWhat?! Youth Cultivate Community, Leadership, and Empowerment at Local Farms

Over the past three years FoodWhat has received nearly $150,000 from the Community Foundation, thanks in part to contributions from donor-advised fundholders like John M. Sobrato. This has allowed the nonprofit to serve more youth without sacrificing the quality and depth of their programming.

Music Education as an Instrument for Youth Development

The Founder and Executive Director of El Sistema Santa Cruz has worked for more than six years to show that music classes can be an effective instrument in improving kids’ grades, confidence, and sense of values and social responsibility.

2018 Burton Scholarship Awardee: Germain Medina

Germain Medina believes in education as a door-opener. So far, that attitude has taken him from Watsonville to UC Davis, Cabrillo College, and Suzhou, China. Germain is charting his own path as a leader in the classroom so that someday, his office door reads: Dr. Medina.

Supporting Corporate Philanthropy: Driscoll’s Inc.

At Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, we have the opportunity to see firsthand how different types of philanthropy benefit community life. Businesses—both big and small—have always been a key part of the philanthropic fabric in our community, but one Watsonville company’s dedication to giving back has been handed down for generations.

Why We Exist

In 1982, a storm dropped 25 inches of rain on Santa Cruz County over three days, causing devastating flooding and mudslides. Generous people looking to help were searching for a central organization to send donations to—one that would support the long-term recovery efforts. But, such an organization didn’t yet exist. Community Foundation Santa Cruz County was formed to meet that need.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pioneers TransMentoring Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pioneers TransMentoring Program

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