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September Newsletter 2022

Happy Hispanic Heritage month! Our summer was incredible and the school year has been a whirlwind. Thank you so much to the many volunteers, partners, and donors for an amazing 2022 so far! By now, you should have received our 2021/2022 Impact Report. If you would like a copy, please let us know. Here is a link to it online. As we consider Redwood City’s Latino population, which today makes up nearly 40 percent of the community’s population, Latinos have played an integral role in our city’s growth even before it was founded. Fernando Vega was the first Latino to serve on the Redwood City Elementary School District Board and the first to serve on the City Council in the early 1970s. Priscilla Marquez Mosher followed Fernando, joining the school board in 1977. Ruben Barrales became the first Latino elected to a countywide position as a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1992. In 2001 Maria Diaz-Slocum joined Alicia Aguirre on the school board, making it the first time two Latinas served together in the City. Aguirre subsequently served on the City Council and was elected Mayor of Redwood City in 2011, the first Latina to serve in this vital role.* Alicia was part of the mural festivities celebrated this summer! We invite you to read below and catch up on all we have going on this Fall and we hope to see you soon!

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.

Our work together has been so much fun and incredibly rewarding for our students and families. Just this past week we were able to collaborate on a new project that will be displayed at the new Community Space on behalf of CZI and the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation. Thank you as always to Sheena Wilton for her dedication and passion!

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 began on Monday, 9/12. We have weekday opportunities from 4:00-5:30 pm (you choose 1 hour that works for your schedule). Please join us AND consider telling a friend! We welcome High School students who are 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 the button for more information or to sign up.
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$25,000 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!

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.

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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CZI Art Project

Generations United has been selected to be a part of Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation at the CZI Community Space. We have space for 31 students to participate in this incredible opportunity. Please read the details below and click the button for the date that your student is able to participate.

Generations United ha sido seleccionado para formar parte de la Fundación de Parques y Artes de Redwood City en el Espacio Comunitario CZI. Tenemos espacio para que 31 estudiantes participen en esta increíble oportunidad. Lea los detalles a continuación y haga clic en el botón para la fecha en que su estudiante puede participar.

Use the buttons below to register/Utilize los botones abajo para registrar

Please choose Monday OR Tuesday. The art project will be from 4 – 5:30 pm.

Favor de escoger lunes O martes. El proyecto de arte será de 4 a 5:30 pm.

The forms below will automatically close once the attendance limits have been reached. Contact Julia to be added to the waitlist.

June Newsletter 2022

Dear Friends and Partners,
It’s been an incredible school year. Now that the 2021/2022 school year is out, our organization takes a bit of a “break” from our day-to-day work with children to regroup, clean up, and plan. It’s always bittersweet, but there is always lots of activity in the center! We’ve had a heavy-duty June already and we aren’t going to let that stop us! Our staff has worked tirelessly to ensure we honor the beautiful space we have been graced with since September 2021. I want to express a special thanks to Monse Zamora who has been with us in the thick of revamping our look, running our Academic Enrichment programming, taking photos, updating social media, and being an overall blessing. She has demonstrated such a level of commitment to ensuring we look good. The transformation of our space has been a lot of work and we truly appreciate the beautiful touches Monse has contributed! Students and volunteers loved working with her this school year. Her handiwork is seen here in our latest Impact Report. Please take a read, enjoy the pictures, and join us as we head into summer camp season 2022! Every year families and children anticipate a great time of learning during the summer. This year, we join together for VBS with our partners Calvary Church of San Mateo, and the Salvation Army. We welcome volunteers to continue to work with children and will make our center available for you to join us Monday-Thursday! Please let us know if you have any questions or just want to join in the fun! We are looking forward to seeing you!
Blessings and gratitude,
View our 2021/2022 impact Report

Happy Fathers Day!

We are grateful to all who love our students and send a special shout-out to the dads in our community. We love you and celebrate you this weekend!

On Father’s Day, Angie spoke at Sequoia Church in Redwood City at @10:45. All were inspired and encouraged as she shared in a film series about the movie I Am Sam. Take a listen to her last message on the Last Supper at Sequoia in April.

We’d love to see you this month!

There are many opportunities for you to support our students and be a part of events:

Congratulations to these business owners!

GU celebrates our inaugural class for North Fair Oaks business owners and entrepreneurs: Business and Social Media Marketing. Fifteen (15) businesses completed the 5-week course which included logo development, website design and launch, and Social Media enablement. Read More

We are so excited to unveil our mural next month! Our precious students’ artwork will be featured in downtown Redwood City! Our partnership with Laurel Street Arts has been a tremendous success and a huge blessing to our students! Sheena Wilton is a dedicated and talented business owner with a heart for these families.
Join us for the unveiling:
Youth Mural Alley Project Unveiling Celebration, Sunday, 7/10 12p-2p RSVP HERE

Volunteers in Action

Thank you never seems enough! From working with students to Food Distribution and setting up our new venue at 895 2nd Avenue, your time, talents, and treasure mean the world to Generations United and the families we serve! Thank you!

Volunteers needed for Summer Camp

Summer Camp starts next month! We have 35 students signed up! We also welcome more volunteers to join us! We are so excited to partner with Calvary San Mateo again this year. We will also work with the Salvation Army! We know it will be a meaningful and joyful experience for all! Please pass the word on to friends, family, and coworkers!

Summer $20K Match

Summer is the time when most non-profits face financial giving declines. Would you consider a summer gift that will be matched by a generous donor!
Double your impact TODAY
We encourage donations via Facebook or Zelle (no fees!). We also accept ACH, Venmo, and PayPal.

2021 Impact Report

Thank you to all the people and organizations who have supported our work in 2021 and 2022. We remain committed to the important work ahead of us: to keep hard-working, immigrant families in our community and to help them to thrive!

Please use the “FULL SCREEN” (frame icon in the bottom right) option for best viewing

Dia de las Madres 2022

Generations United presents our annual Mother's Day Celebration!
Presentamos Nuestro celebracion anual para dia de las madres!

We welcome volunteers and donors to help us make this a successful event. Click below to donate.

Call Gabe Vargas to volunteer: (650) 418-0006

Make a Donation

Please remember that using Facebook or Zelle to make donations incurs no fees to GU. We also can set up ACH. Visit the donation page for more details.

May Newsletter 2022

As we head towards Mother’s Day, I am eternally grateful for the gift of motherhood. My life has only been better since God allowed me to be a mother of 2 amazing women. The funny thing is, I’ve been a mother for most of my life. Growing up as the eldest daughter in a single mom home meant that I had the great honor of caring for my siblings from a very young age. Those who know my story have encouraged me to write a book. Perhaps I will (in my spare time). For today, I count it a blessing to be known as “Mama Ang” to many sons and daughters. I wish all Moms the BEST day ever!
YOU ARE LOVED.
Join us this month as we celebrate the completion of the renovations of our new home at 895 2nd Avenue, Redwood City, and our plan to provide summer camp for 50 students! Join our 360 club with a $30/month gift. We are grateful to you for being on our journey!
Blessings and gratitude,
Join our 360 Club Today!

Easter Celebration

We celebrated Easter with some fun at the AEC, an egg hunt, a viewing of “The Chosen”, and a special service on Sunday morning. Our very own Angie Ibarra Miller delivered the message. We are excited to continue the Sunday gatherings once a month. Our next service will be on 5/22 at 10 am.

We’d love to see you this month!

There are many opportunities for you to support our students and be a part of events:

Día de las Madres

You are invited to join us as we celebrate the Mothers of our community. May 10th is the day that most Latin American countries celebrate Mother’s Day and we will honor our mothers on that afternoon.
We will have music, sweet treats, and a special performance by Danza Colibri!
Join us to celebrate the amazing women of North Fair Oaks. We also welcome your financial support.

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Sponsor a Summer Camp Student

Summer brings a lot of free time for our students which creates an opportunity for us to help support them. “Summer slide” is a very real and pressing issue for our students as they miss out on dedicated academic support and instruction. Our summer camps allow for them to have fun AND engage in some academic activities to help keep their brains sharp and their imaginations growing.
Most summer camps in Redwood City are $250-$650 weekly. Generations United’s program is $350 per child for a month-long program.

Last year due to covid we hired more staff to manage the program, food, and transportation. The financial help you provide is a huge blessing and bridges the financial gap as we increase to longer hours versus after-school programming. We also welcome more volunteers to join us! We are so excited to partner with Calvary San Mateo again this year. We will also work with Salvation Army! We know it will be a meaningful and joyful experience for all! Please pass the word on to friends, family, and coworkers!

Join us any time!

As we head into the final few weeks of school, we are calling on all volunteers to support our students in finishing the school year strong! We need your help to play games, read, do art projects, and just be present with our students at our AEC. Can you spare an hour or two in the coming weeks?
Our center is open Mon-Thurs from 3-6 pm. Click below for more information.

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Thank You video to all who served with us on the AEC renovations team! We are forever grateful!

We welcome your financial support and encourage donations via Facebook or Zelle (no fees!). We also accept ACH, Venmo, and PayPal.
Details are on our website, click below.
DONATE

We are Hiring!

With programs expanding and team members transitioning, we are in need of some passionate and experienced professionals to join our team in our Academic Enrichment Center and support our summer programs. Click on the photo to view the open positions on our website. We welcome your referrals, so please forward this email to anyone who may be interested in working with us.

April Newsletter 2022

Fifteen years ago, I was on this corner ministering to a family whose father was murdered at the location that Generations United occupies (there were 3 men killed). I had forgotten about this until a volunteer reminded me that I had shared the story with them last summer – while pointing towards this location.
Who would have known that we would be in this spot providing love and ministry to children, families, and a community in need? Now, six months later we have converted the bar into an expansion to provide more services for more people. Wow! We are grateful for God’s redemption.
Thank you to the amazing volunteers who helped us put the finishing touches on this expansion. The joy of seeing so many come together to paint, clean, plant, spackle, drive nails, assemble desks and set up office space has been so encouraging. We still have work to do, but we are truly grateful. Our precious staff has been hard at work, and we encourage you to come out and see the transformation!
As people are asking lots of questions about how to be about God’s work, our center is a perfect place to do a mini-mission trip – to minister to others – and you don’t need to pack a suitcase, buy a ticket, or have a passport!
On Sunday, April 3, I was the guest speaker at Sequoia Christian Church here in Redwood City. We will also be holding a special service on Easter Sunday for families who do not attend church regularly, if ever! We are so grateful to partner with a Spanish-speaking pastor! Thank you for your continued support; I hope to see you soon.

Beautiful Day

Welcome to our new space!

What was once a bar steeped in darkness has been made LIGHT by the love and care of our staff and volunteers!
We invite you to join us as we continue to beautify this new classroom/office. We are still welcoming volunteers to serve or you can click the cart icon to donate items on our Amazon wishlist.
A HUGE THANK YOU for the generous donations that have been given so far! A 70″ TV, a basketball hoop, and so much more! Click below to support our new space.

This expansion has been a step of faith and has cost $7500 so far. We welcome your financial support and encourage donations via Facebook or Zelle (no fees!). We also accept ACH, Venmo, and PayPal. Details here.

Welcome to the team!

Gabriel Vargas Program Manager

 

Gabriel Vargas

Gabe Vargas joins the team to provide leadership and strategy for our existing and future program offerings. Growing up in the Bay Area with immigrant parents, he is excited to be a part of our organization. After receiving his BA and MA from USF, we are thrilled that he is sharing his gifts and heart with our community.
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Holly Stewart Volunteer Coordinator/AEC Support

Holly, a Redwood City native, has joined us in a temporary role assisting with volunteers and in our AEC. We are grateful for her experience and her heart to serve the youth and families of North Fair Oaks.

Edwin Galicia Program Associate

Edwin Galicia has been connected to Generations United for over 5 years and we are fortunate to have him part-time as he completes his degree at SJSU. As a program associate, he will provide administrative support as well as assist with student programs.

We have been so blessed to have Sheena Wilton of Laurel Street Arts join us in art projects throughout the year and our amazing staff member, Monse has taken on this beautiful artistic expression outside of our building. We are so thankful to have such talented people serving with us. for a special mural in our new space. Our students are entering the mural into a contest to be featured by the City of Redwood City!

Join us any time!

We would love to have you at our location as a reading buddy or to help us put the finishing touches on our beautification projects. There is also still a need for Food Distribution volunteers on Friday afternoons. Click the button below for more information.

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Work Days Spring 2022

Generations United’s Mi Hacienda – Community Outreach Center

An Opportunity to Invest in Families in North Fair Oaks & Redwood City, CA

Join us for additional work days!

We’ve acquired additional space at 895 2nd Avenue, Redwood City and have already seen a tremendous transformation of the space. As we continue to make the place our own, we need help!

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!

Help transform our new classroom. Lots of opportunities to serve in the following capacity.

We have some shifts available throughout the week or you can join us during Spring Break the week of 3/28! When you sign up, please let us know what time(s) you are available.

  • Painting classroom
  • Carpet tile
  • Sheetrock
  • Planter boxes
  • Decorate new classroom
  • Hang pictures/TV/Smart board
  • Map of the US & Latin America

Please click the button below to let us know when to expect you

Work Day (3/31 & 4/1) 12pm-4pm

Prayer Meeting (4/1) 9:30 am

Food Distribution (4/1) 2pm-4pm

Click here to help!

Amazon Wish list

We still need lots of help to fill our space and decorate it for our students. You can be a part of making a difference right from your computer!
For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our donation page.
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Volunteer Workshops 2022

Join us on a journey of becoming proximate with our neighbors!

THESE WORKSHOPS WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE…STAY TUNED!

You may already be aware of what’s happening in the news, of systemic issues that impact marginalized communities, and of the greater historical context which affects our current events today. If you are not aware, we encourage you to start learning in those areas. But part of this journey towards proximate living also involves listening to people’s stories, engaging with people you may not normally talk to, and getting to know them personally. Begin to push beyond the familiar into a new way of seeing the world and asking how we as Christians are to engage it, and our hope is that this discussion time will help you to do so.

In order to seek awareness, embrace proximity, and lean into the life of justice, we must constantly be paying attention to who we are, what we bring, why we react the way we do, and what our history is. If we can cultivate this self-awareness and humility it will allow us to further embrace others’ stories and see our own role in the road to justice.

Angie has previously shared some thoughts on the Power of Proximity, but we have included an updated video below.