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SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS -2023
July/julio 17-21: Salvation Army. 9am-3pm, Concert/concierto 7/23 11am. Ages/edades 5-12 (Free/gratis)
Salvation Army: Monday-Saturday $40/per week/lunes – sábado $40 por semana
June/junio 19-24: Discovery Camp (ages/edades 8-12, 4 spots available/espacios disponibles)
June 26-July 1: Discovery Camp (8-12 yo, 5 spots available/espacios disponibles)
July 3-8: SAY/Junior Music (7-11 yo, 5 spots available/espacios disponibles)
July 10-15: SAY/Teen Music (12-17 yo, 5 spots available/espacios disponibles)
Discovery Camp/ Campamento de Descubrimiento
6-day camps that offer a variety of experiences, including swimming; arts and crafts; archery; slingshots; campouts; campfires; hiking, outdoor education; cabin activities; chapel time and devotions, and much more. Through this camp experience campers will have the opportunity to discover the depths of God’s love for them and the wonder of his creation.
Campamentos de 6 días que ofrecen una variedad de experiencias, incluida la natación; Artes y manualidades; tiro al arco; tirachinas; campamentos; fogatas; senderismo, educación al aire libre; actividades de cabina; tiempo de capilla y devociones, y mucho más. A través de esta experiencia de campamento, los campistas tendrán la oportunidad de descubrir las profundidades del amor de Dios por ellos y la maravilla de su creación.
Music and Worship Arts Camp – ages 9 to 13 years old:
Campamento de música y artes de adoración – edades 9 a 13:
is a 7-day camp that provides campers with opportunities for vocal ensembles, creativity through gospel arts, and playing musical instruments. The camp concludes with a concert that will be open to campers’ families, friends, and Corps members. Also, campers will be able to participate in regular camp activities, such as swimming, arts and crafts, and more!
es un campamento de 7 días que brinda a los campistas oportunidades para conjuntos vocales, creatividad a través de las artes del evangelio y tocar instrumentos musicales. El campamento concluye con un concierto que estará abierto a las familias, amigos y miembros del Cuerpo de los campistas. Además, los campistas podrán participar en actividades regulares del campamento, como natación, artes y manualidades, ¡y más!
Salvation Army Youth (SAY) Camp, ages 7 to 12 years old:
Campamento para edades 7 a 12:
is a 6-day camp that is part of the Salvation Army Sunbeam, Girl Guard, and Adventure Corps programs which take place at The Salvation Army Corps throughout the year. Campers will earn emblems for participation in camp activities, electives, and classes while also experiencing regular camp activities and having the opportunity to discover the depths of God’s love for them through His creation.
es un campamento de 6 días que forma parte de los programas Sunbeam, Girl Guard y Adventure Corps del Ejército de Salvación que se llevan a cabo en el Cuerpo del Ejército de Salvación durante todo el año. Los campistas ganarán emblemas por participar en las actividades del campamento, las electivas y las clases mientras experimentan las actividades regulares del campamento y tienen la oportunidad de descubrir las profundidades del amor de Dios por ellos a través de Su creación.
MOUNT HERMON (Santa Cruz Mtns): Sunday-Saturday $40 refundable deposit per week
domingo a sabado $40 inscripción por semana
July/julio 30-Aug/agosto 5: 2nd -6th grade/2o -6o grado
August/agosto 6-12: 4th-6th grade/4o grado – 6o grado
Volunteers make a big difference in helping to manage the amount of students who participate in camp at the Salvation Army. You can choose a day/time, one full day, or a recurring time. We still always need readers to meet students during the summer.
Sign up on our volunteer page and indicate your availabilityVolunteer this summer!
I am filled with gratitude for the beautiful gift of being a mom to two incredible women of God, and for being known as “MamaAng” to my extended family. Mother’s Day holds true significance for many, but it also can be a hard time for some. We acknowledge that and hold space for those who face this day with mixed feelings. In the midst of the grief of loss and the pain of estrangement, we also recognize that there are women who have demonstrated love in our lives in extraordinary ways. For these women, I am extremely grateful.
This month, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! My own family tree has roots in the Philippines and several of our staff members (Tapelus, Bún) will celebrate and share their AAPI heritage with us throughout the month. As we honor our history and elevate the stories of our AAPI community, we welcome your stories and experiences. Please contact Julia for more information on how to share your story or tradition with our AEC students.
We invite you to celebrate Mother’s Day on Dia de Las Madres – Wednesday, May 10. Details below.
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
We love our volunteers!
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. We could also use some snack donations if you prefer a food donation! Click below for more information.
Thank You to all who served with us on the AEC Spring Cleaning team!
April was volunteer appreciation month and Julia (our Volunteer Coordinator) made this wonderful video featuring our students. Enjoy and be sure to follow us while you’re there!
Sponsor a Summer Camp Student
Your financial help 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 Salvation Army again this year! We know it will be a meaningful and joyful experience for all! Please pass the word on to friends, family, and coworkers!
North Fair Oaks (NFO)
Business 101 Class
Graduation: May 20, 2023
Follow us for more updates and save the date for May 20 when we will celebrate the graduation of FIFTY small business owners!
10 – Mother’s Day/Día de las Madres Celebration at Stanford Park
13 – Happy birthday to Keith Miller
14 – Mother’s Day – Outreach Opportunity at Sequoia Church. Join us for a special time of preparing Blessing Baskets for mothers in our community. 10:45 am 233 Topaz St. Redwood City
15 – Happy Birthday to Julia Fior
20 – Business 101 Class Graduation
26 – Last Day of AEC
Click here to view our current AEC Calendar
Join us THIS WEEK!
Our beloved staff member, Kopo Tapelu was 11 years old when he came to the United States. He has come a long way from that child who spoke no English & has worked so hard to provide the best for his family and remain true to himself. Last month, he took the big step to become a U.S. Citizen. He has always been so proud to be Samoan & now he is also a proud American.
Thank you to all who came to our Volunteer Training last week! Julia put together a wonderful time of learning and sharing to help us all as we serve our community.
Special thanks to one of our Student Volunteers, Olive, for introducing a math contest for our students. Please be sure to join us next time! The next date will be at the end of the summer as we prepare for Back-to-School. Stay tuned!
The Business Class is in full swing! We are so proud of this partnership and can’t wait to see what these entrepreneurs
Thank you, Adela of Marketea for your leadership and this video!
Welcome to the team!
After many months of searching for the right people to join our team, we are thrilled to welcome FOUR new staff members! Two are students from our community who are assisting in the AEC after school: Gabriela & Daniela. Both wonderful ladies attend Everest High School and have been a part of our programming for close to a decade! We are so grateful for them and their wonderful families.
Isis Cedeno and Amy Muñoz have joined our team and you can read more about them by clicking on their photos below.
- Nearly one in four new businesses is Hispanic-owned.
- The nearly 5 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States contribute more than $800 billion to the American economy annually.
Our students worked on these for Valentine’s Day.
March 8, 9, and 10, the AEC will be open EARLY at 1 pm to accommodate parent-teacher conferences. We have some significant needs for that week and would love your support. Please contact Julia ASAP if you are able to help.
Lunch & snack donations daily (these can be prepared at home and dropped off)
Volunteers to read (do you have friends, family, or co-workers who can join us?)
Lead activities or sports (art, crafts, music, field games)
Click here for this month’s AEC calendar with important dates and reminders.
13: Angie’s birthday
30-31: AEC Closed
This month we celebrate the incredible achievements of women across history. We are proud to be a Latina-led and founded non-profit and to have the support of so many incredible women. We’d love to have more mentors for our students and business leaders; reply today to be a part of our work!
This month we are celebrating love and friendship, of course! We are also honoring the contributions of Black leaders and community members for Black History Month. Students will hear about the Underground Railroad and its connection to (and extension into) Mexico. Click here to read the article.
As we continue to support local entrepreneurs, we are seeking business-owning mentors to work with our Business 101 students throughout the Spring. Click here for the flyer (in Spanish)
Spread the Love
Friend, 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 are blessed to have so many wonderful people who support our work and contribute in very meaningful ways. We wanted to give a shout-out to The Wong Family. When there is a need, they are always there to bless GU. In December they hosted a night of community with a taco truck! It was a chilly night and many friends joined us. Jenn made cookies and other sweet treats. Thanks to all who came out for the fun!
Remembering Mary Lou Grunigen
Flood Relief Update
As we look forward to Spring and Summer, we welcome new and returning reading buddies. Join us one hour per week to make a significant impact on a student’s academic success. We have weekday opportunities from 3:30-5 pm. 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. Click for more information or to sign up.
Share a meal and Share the LOVE
Providing lunch or snacks for 15 students would mean a great deal to our Academic Enrichment Center. You can sign up to make or donate one time or regularly. The greatest needs are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Fresh-cut fruit, sandwiches, packaged chips or cookies, and more are great ideas.
We are so grateful for our partnership with Cake4Kids! Local bakers donate their tremendous talent and provide sweet treats for our students. Please click the photo for a sweet video highlighting their work.
There are additional ways to help:
- Provide meals/refreshments for a fall event. A lunch box, a value pack of chips, a container of cookies, or a bag of apples goes a long way to help keep our students, volunteers, and participants engaged.
- Sponsor a student to attend the Zoppe family circus. We have been fortunate to take a group every year thanks to the generosity of donors.
- Volunteer! We still need reading tutors for students and helping hands for community events – especially the Community Thanksgiving Dinner next month. Contact Angie if you would like to help with coordinating this event
Dates to remember:
February 17 & 20: AEC & Generations United Offices closed
February 21-24: Students are on Winter Break, regular tutoring can be scheduled at the normal time.
March 13 – Angie Ibarra Miller’s Birthday
What’s next in 2023?
2022 brought so many challenges our way and we are so proud of the way that our team and our community faced them with tenacity. Families overcame huge hurdles in joblessness, homelessness, entrepreneurship, and continued changes in family dynamics. The work that we do is made possible by the generosity of monthly donors and one-time gifts (including corporate grants and matches). Our year-end initiative included a generous gift from Central Peninsula Church to expand the mental health support that we offer to our community. Won’t you join us in our mission to empower the students and families of this region?
Thank you to all who were a part of Sponsor-A-Family 2022 and bring Christmas cheer to our neighbors in Redwood City. This year, we partnered with caring neighbors to bring holiday blessings to 65 families. We have many more families still facing the ongoing challenges and effects post-pandemic and every little bit helps during this season. We are grateful that you chose to be a part of spreading the joy of this season to our community. In addition to shopping for gifts and making a financial contribution, some also chose to provide a homemade holiday meal. There are still many ways to partner with us as a volunteer or donor. We invite you to share with friends and invite others to join you! Use the hashtag #GUChristmas22 to share your own memories!
Take a look at the video below for highlights from 2022!
$75,000 Match through 12/31/2022
Christmas At the Fox
We are incredibly grateful to Brandon Pasion for sharing his gifts and allowing Generations United to be the beneficiary of his annual concert at the Fox Theatre in Downtown Redwood City. It was an incredible night and we were so honored to be a part of it.
The video below was featured on this night and we couldn't be more grateful
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that means it’s time for our annual Christmas Celebration! We will have a gathering at our AEC location (895 2nd. Ave. Redwood City) on Saturday, December 10 where families can pick up their gift packages. More information is below.
Gift giving and Delivery
Every dollar goes a long way to help bring Christmas cheer to our students and families. It’s our joy to partner with our generous community to do this. You can help by donating any amount to the Sponsor-A-Family fund. You can even donate a holiday meal or bring a treat to share at our Christmas Celebration.
We’d like to extend a BIG “THANK YOU” to all who joined us for our Thanksgiving meal. We enjoyed a beautiful time at Little Flock church 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 so grateful to each and every one of our loving neighbors.
This year we provided meals, gave away clothing, provided academic support, and spread so much love to our students and families.
This would not have been possible without the faithful support, tireless commitment, and loving dedication of our donors, volunteers, and community partners
Thank you from our students, staff, and community. Please view a short video below with some highlights of the year!