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February Newsletter 2024

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We love YOU! We are grateful and blessed to spend time in community every day! Families, volunteers, partners, and donors – what a joy sharing this journey with you is. It’s been an eventful 2024 and we have lots to share in the coming days. Join us for our monthly prayer gathering at 895 2nd Avenue, Redwood City, Friday the 16th: Prayer at 9 am.

We love watching our students make their Valentines and share stories about how they show love. We launched coffee dates with moms and have had amazing life conversations. We’ve also continued to encourage college-aged students to intern with GU, and it’s been a blast to have Enrique Rodriguez, Daniela Gochez, and Yordi Chavez! All three graduated from high school last year. Generations United has also been blessed with the BEST volunteers. It’s been amazing to see the children come alive, as the center has been full every day! Relationships are formed and nurtured as they play games, dance, read, and do math and art. We also have three students attending Wyldlife Woodleaf Weekend Jr. High camp this weekend! A big thank you to Kim Yuen from the Salvation Army, who has helped us secure weekly food for snacks and additional food for the families. Our wonderful moms also make great food for the children, and our dear Sharon King brings amazing baked goods monthly and leads our prayer efforts!

We can only do what we do working together with YOU!

 

This month, we are celebrating love and friendship and honoring the contributions of Black leaders and community members for Black History Month. We invite you to visit our center for “Tacos & a Tour” – a chance to see our work in North Fair Oaks and how you can be a part of the big things happening in our community. We anticipate lots of changes in the coming months, and caring friends can help our students feel secure and loved amidst these shifts. Read below for ways to be involved.

Spread the Love

One of our favorite partnerships is with Cake4Kids, a national organization with regional chapters. Each chapter has volunteer bakers who make up sweet treats for birthdays and special events.

Please click the button below or the photo to the right for a fun video highlight of the cakes our students have received this year.

Cake4Kids on IG

Volunteer opportunities

We welcome new and returning reading buddies as we look forward to Spring and Summer. Join us one hour per week to significantly impact a student’s academic success. We have weekday opportunities from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. We also need support for special events, crafts, celebrations, and Summer camps! Please consider joining us AND telling a friend! We welcome High School students interested in completing community service hours or seeking a service project during Spring Break. Our upcoming calendar is below, and updates are always available on our website.

THIS WEEK: Friday is an early dismissal day, and we welcome additional helpers to support our staff and students on this longer day. Walking with students after school is a great opportunity to get to know them and help them to feel safe as they head to our AEC. Click below for more information or to sign up.

Volunteer Today!

Volunteer Spotlight:

John Becker

John leads missions internationally for a good portion of the year and comes to Generations United AEC when he is not traveling. John doesn’t just make time to come to the center and work with students, but he recently also picked up a few of “his boys” and took them to the movies (with pops Keith) to see a Marvel movie, Blue Beetle.

 

In December, he took them to the ice skating rink in SF. We are grateful for his love, his witness, and his commitmentto loving the children and families of North Fair Oaks. Thank you, John! We are so grateful for you!

Impact Report

2023 was one for the books and we have so much good news to share. Stay connected with us on social media and email list to get the latest news. We will publish our Impact Report this month!

Share a meal and Share the LOVE

Providing lunch or snacks for our 17 students would greatly benefit our Academic Enrichment Center. You can sign up to make or donate one time or on a regular basis. The greatest needs are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Fresh-cut fruit, sandwiches, packaged chips, or cookies are great ideas. On early dismissal days like this coming Friday, a hot meal (like mac & cheese pictured here) goes a long way to warm students’ bellies and set them up for homework success.

Email Cindy to Help

Calendar:

Feb 19 – AEC Closed (Presidents’ Day)

March – Business Classes Resume

3/2 Saturday – GU Choir launch w/teacher Raissa

3/13 – Angie’s Birthday

3/15 – Prayer

3/28 – Easter Celebration!

View the Calendar Here

Our work is fuled by dedicated staff, faithful volunteers, and generous and caring donors. Please consider a financial gift in any amount and click below. Donations on Zelle and through ACH have zero fees. Both Facebook and PayPal offer the option to give an additional gift to offset the processing fees.

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December News

December is here, and we are already almost to Christmas! It’s our most exciting time of the year, and we are still basking in the afterglow of our two most significant events of 2023! We had a successful Community Thanksgiving Dinner last month, inviting members of nearby churches, families from our Academic Enrichment Center (AEC), and volunteers from our various programs to celebrate Thanksgiving. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal together, and the event’s highlight was Danza Colibri’s performance.

Earlier this month, we had our annual Christmas event – Sponsor-A-Family- held at Sequoia Church in partnership with many community organizations. Please keep reading the section below, which highlights this fantastic event and details what a blessing it is for everyone involved.

With just over two weeks left until the end of the year, we are working hard to wrap up things at our AEC program before Winter break. We appreciate all your donations that allow us to provide programs for our families and the North Fair Oaks community. We are blessed to inform you that a generous donor doubles any donation received in the next few weeks! We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve the North Fair Oaks Community for 16 years now, and we anticipate what 2024 will bring. Each year is filled with challenges & opportunities to serve our community in more extraordinary ways, and we look forward to all that can be accomplished with what God has given us.

Sponsor-A-Family

We had an incredibly successful Sponsor-A-Family event on December 9. Sixty volunteers of all ages came together to wrap presents, decorate, package gifts, bake treats, and shop family wish lists. We were able to bless roughly 200 individuals across more than 40 GU families through more than 30 sponsors. In addition, we had so many wonderful gifts, beauty products, and toys donated that we were able to bless even more families through The MultiCultural Institute. Special thanks to Sequoia Church for hosting and recruiting so many volunteers.

Christmas Recap

Please watch this fun recap video with scenes from our volunteer day and gift delivery day!

Family Spotlight

A new family joined our community recently as recent immigrants from Guatemala. Mom, Dad, and three little girls received the blessing of the year with clothes, toys, household goods, and so much more from a generous sponsor.

She said, “I know how hard it is to leave home and move to a new country, and I can’t imagine having to do it under any other circumstances other than for fun.
I want to be there for her and the kids.”

Thanks to our partnership with caring bilingual individuals and families, we can facilitate an ongoing relationship with this family to support them as they transition to life in the United States.

What a merry Christmas for all!

Mom said “We just arrived and this is our first Christmas here. I wasn’t expecting to have anything this Christmas and this is so wonderful!”

Yesterday (12/20), we wished a happy birthday to Crystal Tapelu. She has worked as a part of the Generations United team on and off for several years, taking us through pandemic after-school programs, summer camps, and more. Now, she serves as the Social Media Coordinator and Administrative Manager remotely from Samoa! Please join us in wishing her a blessed birthday!

Click her photo to send her a note.

Generous donors will match gifts at the end of 2023 and will go towards expanding the program offerings at GU. Business classes, AEC support, and additional staff are high on our wish list for 2024!
We are always accepting donations from our Amazon Wish List.

Thank you!!

We’d like to extend a BIG “THANK YOU” to all who joined us for our Thanksgiving meal last month. We enjoyed a beautiful time at the Fair Oaks Community Center with volunteers and families from our community.

As a small token of our gratitude, we put together a short video with some highlights from this year so far. Please take a moment to relive the moments from Easter, Mother’s Day, Summer, Fall Festival, Día de Los Muertos, Thanksgiving, and more.

WE ARE HIRING!!

We need a Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested or know someone who would be a good candidate, please send an email to jobs@generations-united.com

Up Ahead:

AEC Closed 12/22-1/8

View our AEC Calendar here

November Newsletter 2023

A Note From Angie

There are less than two months left in this year, and Fall is underway. We are filled with gratitude daily as we spend more time with our families. The Academic Enrichment Center is busy with wonderful student volunteers from local high schools as well as our caring adults from nearby. Our friends at Little Flock Church hosted their second annual Fall Festival and we all enjoyed games, yummy food, and lots of laughter; what a treat to celebrate in our neighborhood. We barely had time to breathe before another celebration at our AEC. Día de los Muertos is always a highlight here at Generations United; we celebrated the lives of those who have gone before us and enjoyed tasty treats and dancing from our favorite dance group, Danza Colibri. This past weekend, we hosted our friends from becomenew for lunch, and it was such a delight! We are heading straight into a fun-filled holiday season. Our Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held on November 12, and we also began registration for our Sponsor a Family Initiative. We will wrap presents at Sequoia Christian Church on December 8 and distribute them on the 9th. All the details are below, and we look forward to seeing you this Christmas season as we work together to empower the families in our community. Be on the lookout for our year-end fundraising letter and match campaign!

Dates to Remember

  • 11/15: Generations United turns 16!
  • 11/17 – Candice Bún’s birthday
  • 11/20-11/24: No AEC Programming – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 12/8 & 12/9 – Sponsor A Family & Christmas Celebration

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

This event is a big hit every year. Where else can you enjoy a community dinner with turkey, tamales, ham, and pupusas? We shared a meal together and kicked off the Holiday Season at Generations United. Many friends signed up to bring food and serve, and we had an amazing time. Stay tuned for pics and video!

Fall Festival

Our staff and families enjoyed the 2nd Annual Fall Festival at Little Flock COGIC. We played games, ate treats, and had a blast. It was a beautiful picture of community right here in North Fair Oaks.

There were costumes, sack races, pumpkin carving, and all the Autumn joy we could contain. Thank you to our neighbors at Little Flock for hosting an amazing event!

Día de los Muertos

On November 1 & 2, we honored the memory of our loved ones and celebrated our rich cultural history with a joyous Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Thank you to all of the families and friends who joined us in sharing this tradition.
Special thanks to Sheena & the Laurel Street Arts team for helping us make frames for our ofrenda!

High School Helpers

It has been a joy and a blessing to have students join us from local high schools. Students from Woodside Priory, Serra, Menlo, and Everest have been giving their time in the afternoons to support our AEC students: reading, games, academic activities, crafts, and more. We hope GU students are inspired to give back and be high achievers with sights set on big things – just like the students who volunteer with us. Do you have a high school student with community service hours or a project to complete? We still need more volunteers (youth and adults) to read and spend time with our students after school. Click below for more information and to sign up.

Congratulations, Kat!

Congratulations to our talented and passionate AEC Staff Member, Katya Alvarado, on graduating from the Medical Assistant program through JobTrain. Kat has been connected to Generations United for many years and continues to invest in our students now that she has completed her schooling. We are so proud of you and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Happy Birthday, Candice!

A very special happy birthday (11/17) to our longest-serving staff member, Candice Bún. She is a superstar in every sense of the word. Not only does she remotely manage so much of the day-to-day efforts at GU, she is a wife, mom, worship leader, business owner, gardener, and friend!

We are thrilled to watch Can excel at everything she does and doubly happy she is part of our team.

Hope you have an amazing birthday month! We love you!

Sponsor a Family

Every Christmas, Generations United hosts a celebration to bless the families of our community. In years past, we have had massive gift/toy drives to serve the numerous families we impacted through our food distribution and AEC programs. This year, we’ve received a very generous gift of toys through our partnership with TBC.

Additionally, we will focus with intention on the families we serve through our AEC and on-site programs. As we do this, we will match families with generous donors to provide some extra Christmas cheer for them. You can participate by providing a Holiday Meal (or a gift card) or purchasing from a family’s wish list. Volunteers are needed to help with shopping, wrapping, and distributing presents. We are honored to partner with Sequoia Christian Church to host this event. Please see the flyer below and click it for more information and to sign up.

Giving Tuesday
Remember that the Tuesday after Black Friday is #GivingTuesday and is the biggest giving day of the year for nonprofits! Please consider a generous gift in honor of our 16 years of service to the community, and we need your help to spread the word! Share Generations United with your friends. Tweet, add to stories, TikTok, LinkedIn, or Facebook…whatever you do, join us as we expand our reach.
Click here to view our AEC Calendar and stay up to date!

Thank you 2023

This season of giving and receiving has us filled with gratitude for all of the love and care you have given. Thanks to so many amazing people, our beautiful Community Thanksgiving Dinner was a smashing success!
It was wonderful to have our community together, enjoying delicious food and joyous entertainment. This would not have been possible without our donors, volunteers, and community partners’ faithful support, tireless commitment, and loving dedication.

This year, we have had many wonderful moments with the North Fair Oaks residents and caring neighbors who engage with us. From the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) & tutors to the art projects with Ms. Sheena of Laurel Street Arts, Mother’s Day celebration and Summer Camps, Business Class 101 graduations, and so much more, we couldn’t be more proud of the work that we have accomplished together!

Thank you from our students, staff, and community. Please view a short video below with some highlights of the year!

Our Year-End Match Campaign is underway!
Sponsor-A-Family season is here and you can be a part of it!

Click the photo for more information

Sponsor A Family 2023

‘TIS THE SEASON

Sponsor-A-Family 2023 brought Christmas cheer to our neighbors in Redwood City. This year, we partnered with caring neighbors to bring holiday blessings to over 50 families. The day-to-day rising costs of living in Silicon Valley are evident to everyone here, and every little bit helps during this season. So many people were a part of spreading the joy of this season to our community! In addition to those who shopped for gifts and generous sponsors who made a financial contribution, volunteers wrapped presents and decorated our Christmas space. We invite you to share with friends all the joy that we shared! Use the hashtag #GUChristmas23 to spread the word!

Details for volunteer options are below. To make a donation, please visit the donation page AND fill out the form so we can keep track of the campaign and send updates!

Thank you to Sequoia Christian Church for partnering with us and hosting this year’s events!

Gift Shopping

November 30 – December 7

Gift Wrapping

Friday 12/8 & Saturday 12/9 (before 12 pm)

Delivering gifts to families (and assisting families picking up)

Saturday 12/9

Make or donate baked goods, hot chocolate, or coffee for the gift wrappers

Drop off at Generations United (895 2nd Ave. Redwood City) prior to 12/8

Click the button below to let us know how you plan to get involved.

Click here to help!

Take a look at the video below for highlights from last year

“It’s very clear that there are so many needs in our community. My family and I desire to have a part in meeting some of those needs in a way that makes sense. Sharing our Thanksgiving meal traditions with a family was just a small way we could meet one of those needs. We wanted to partner with Generations United to support the multi-faceted way Angie and her team are caring for those most vulnerable among us. It was our joy to serve in that way and we welcome any future partnership with GU in whatever ways our community needs.”
– Anne Gaddini, volunteer
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#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday (11/29) is an opportunity everyone can participate in! Click here to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation. Inquire with your employer about matching giving opportunities!
For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our donation page.

October Newsletter 2022

As we head into the final quarter of the year, we continue to witness the faithfulness of God. We have had a year of great blessings amid some pretty chaotic times. I don’t think a year has passed so quickly that we could barely catch up. We are thankful for new staff, community events, and proximity to our families. As we head into the end of the year, we are reminded that the cold weather means reaching out with a greater emphasis on meeting felt needs. Many initiatives and events are coming up when the support of our volunteers and donors is critical. As you prepare for a season of celebration and giving, we invite you to join us in giving thanks, remembering, and rejoicing in new life. This weekend marks the close of Hispanic Heritage Month, though we continue to elevate the stories of our community year-round. Please read the stories below of the many lives being impacted daily by our work.
We look forward to seeing you soon at our AEC after-school programming, fall events, and Sponsor-A-Family. Thank you for your continued support and prayers – we can’t do it without you!
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older man teaching a young girl

Student/Volunteer Spotlight

This pair has been working together for years. It’s such a sweet partnership as our volunteer is on staff at Stanford University. His weekly chats and work with his student have been a joy to observe. They have lots of fun while she is learning and focused on being successful. She has even helped as a Leader in Training (LIT) with some of the younger students. We are so grateful!

AEC Is Open

Students are excited about coming to our site daily for after-school homework support, reading, art, dance, music, and tutoring. We still need 5-7 volunteers to dedicate just 1 hour per week to help our students succeed. Of course, if you want to come for more, we’d love that too!

Click for more information and to volunteer

Join us this Fall!

As the weather cools, fall festivals pop up around our community. We are excited to partner with Little Flock Church again and celebrate with our students at their 2nd annual Fall Festival on Oct. 31.

On November 1 and 2 we will open our space for a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead/All Souls Day) celebration. The altar will be decorated and available for our community members to bring photos, food, and items to honor their loved ones who have passed. On Wednesday, 11/2 we will have a community gathering from 4-6 with food, music, and cultural celebration.

Our families have also been invited to the Zoppe Family Circus through a generous partnership with the City of Redwood City.

On Sunday, November 12, we will host our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Fair Oaks Community Center. Please click the photo for more information and sign up to volunteer or attend any upcoming events. Donations can also be made to help support the costs of these community gatherings. Year-end giving opportunities will be sent next month!

Click for Fall Event Info

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Impacting Tech Spaces

Angie spoke as part of a Hispanic Heritage Month event hosted by the Splunk employee resource group Somos. Our board member, Henry Villar, invited her to share about the work that Generations United is doing in Silicon Valley and offer hope and insight into how people can be involved.If you have time, take a listen to this great interview.

Calendar:

  • 10/31 – Fall Festival Little Flock (click for info)
  • 11/1 – preparation for Día de Los Muertos: community members are welcome to bring photos of loved ones who’ve passed to our AEC as we prepare remembrance altars. We will have a celebration on 11/2 from 4 pm – 6 pm.
  • 11/12 – Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • 12/8-9 – Sponsor a Family & Christmas Celebration

AEC Calendar can be viewed here

Save the Date for Sponsor a Family! We are gathering information from our families and looking for volunteers to help with shopping, wrapping, and delivering. We also are collecting donations towards the gifts now. Click to give today.

Donate to Sponsor A Family

Fall Events 2023

Stay up to date with events and opportunities around our community. See below for more information on Fall events in Redwood City, activities, resources, and more.

Fall Festival With Little Flock COGIC

Día de los Muertos at Generations United

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

This annual event is a highlight of our holiday season. We would love to see you there! Click below to RSVP and sign up to help or bring food. This family-friendly event begins promptly at 4 pm with volunteer shifts starting at 3 and others finishing at 7.

Use the arrow to view the flyer in English / Use la flecha para ver el imagen en español.

Sign Up/RegístrateSign Up/Regístrate
Our annual Christmas event is coming! Stay tuned for more information on donation and volunteer opportunities!

Back to School Newsletter 2023

Hello GU Family!

Fall is in the air! I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your fall season. We are excited for the upcoming school year. Can you believe that summer is gone, and we launch our 2023-2034 Academic Enrichment Center next week? We are so grateful for all the support we received over the summer for our summer camps and our successful backpack giveaway – Thank you to all our volunteers and donors who made this possible. As we begin our new AEC school year, we would love it if you partnered in prayer with us for each student; we have 17 signed up so far! We hope you can join us this school year as a prayer partner, volunteer at the center, or at one of our events. Check out our volunteer section below for more info; please share with any friends or churches who may be interested as well!

Hispanic Heritage Month started on September 15 and runs through October 15; please check out our website for ways to celebrate with us and our community. We hope to see you at any one (or more!) of these events.

The many contributions of Hispanic/Latino leaders are evident in America. We recommend reading up on so many notable contributions. A featured movie that just came out on Amazon Prime is our recommendation for viewing this month! Jose M. Hernandez’s powerful and sweet story is a must-see! Click the photo for an article highlighting his story and the subsequent movie.

Back To School

Our students have been settling into the new school year and we are excited to launch this week. Please read below for some tangible ways that you can support our students and families, including volunteering, prayer team, and donations.

Can you help a student this year?

Now is a great time to engage with our community by reading with a child. Just one hour a week makes a difference in the lives of our students and families. Our fall programming begins on Monday, 9/25. We have weekday opportunities from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (you choose 1 hour that suits your schedule). Please join us AND consider telling a friend! We also welcome High School students interested in completing community service hours or seeking a service project. Our upcoming calendar is below, and updates are always available on our website. Click for more information or to sign up.
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Welcome to the Team!

Cindy Santana

Cindy Santana has joined the team as our Family Engagement Coordinator and will lead our Academic Enrichment Center (AEC). A native of Sinaloa, Mexico, she is a valuable member of our organization with much experience in working with children and families. Please click her photo to see her whole bio. You can reach her at cindy@generations-united.com or 650.422.1658

Kat Alvarado

Kat Alvarado is a native of the Bay Area and has spent many years connected to Generations United. She is working in the medical field and will be working with us in the afternoons at the AEC. Please click her photo to read more about her.

ExploraDios

 

We are excited to launch a new community group in the heart of North Fair Oaks. We appreciate your prayers as we prepare to meet and explore life’s questions and faith in God.

We’ll meet on Saturdays beginning September 23 and culminate with our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Please join us for that celebration on Sunday, November 12.

$30,000 Match

Our fall match campaign is at 38% with $9,535 raised so far! Every gift is DOUBLED so please help us start this school year off with a BANG!

Give Today
We encourage donations via Facebook or Zelle (no fees!). We also accept ACH, Venmo, and PayPal.
Details are on our website, click the button above.

With programs starting up, we need some passionate individuals to join our team. We welcome your referrals, so please forward this email to anyone interested in working with us.

Click for more information

Calendar:

9/23 ExploraDios begins

9/24 Glocal Ministry Fair at Peninsula Covenant Church (3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City)

9/25 First Day of AEC

Here is our AEC calendar should you like to join us for the fun! We have added Danza Colibri to our Wednesday programming! The children are loving this! We continue dance and music with Fridays and Sundays as well as Taekwondo on Thursdays at 5:30 at Salvation Army.

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Cultural and Community Opportunities

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Generations United!
Explore the culture around our city and find ways to get and stay connected to our neighbors in Redwood City.

We’ve added a map below for some of the suggested locations. Have fun exploring!

1. EL ELOTE Fiestas Patrias in Downtown Redwood City – Sun. Sept. 17 3 pm – 8 pm

2. EL PAVOJoin us in our Community Thanksgiving Dinner in November (details to follow)

3. LA IGLESIA Peninsula Covenant Church will host a Glocal Ministry Fair on Sunday, Sept. 24. 3560 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City.  Attend a Spanish-speaking church (Kairos Church or Verbo) Comunidad Familiar Cristiana, Familia Cristiana Verbo, Templo La Luz

7. LA MÚSICA Listen to Spanish worship music or attend a concert in Spanish

10. EL PAN DULCETry a warm concha or a Mexican snack (Panaderia Michoacán)

11. LOS TACOSTry a new restaurant/food (pupusas, tamales, caldo, birria, etc) or from a region you’ve never tried (Cuban, Puerto Rican, Peruvian)

15. EL MERCADOVisit a Hispanic Market (Mi Rancho, El Mercadito Latino, Chavez, etc.)

16. LA CALAVERA– Attend Redwood City’s Día De Los Muertos Festival (details to follow)

17. LA BANDERA– The Mexican flag will be raised for the first time in Redwood City Downtown at 10 am.

24. LA DANZAGo to a cultural presentation (Danza Colibrí), an art exhibit, or join us for our Danza & Music classes on Fridays (4:45pm-5:45pm) or Mariachi lessons on Sundays (9:00am-1:00pm)