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March 2021 Spring News

We are anticipating lots of new things and welcoming staff, programs, and more! Please read and share.

This time last year we moved quickly to provide essential food to families in the midst of a global pandemic. This was no easy feat and indeed we are grateful for the fact that this pivot allowed for a greater sense of community. Relationships forged a deeper connection and proximity to the pain. Our vision of empowering families by connecting them to caring community members has grown tremendously and given many a sense of purpose in the midst of the pain. For this, we are fortunate to develop deeper connections with families and volunteers alike.

As we move forward with anticipation, we are expanding our Academic Enrichment Centers (AECs) which currently serve 50 students. We are grateful for a grant to provide an additional opportunity to work with 51 more students. These students will have the opportunity to receive direct support as they wrap up the school year. Our Academic Enrichment Center at Connect Charter School will serve additional students and we are adding a new location with our partner Familia Cristiana Verbo for a full-time effort.

As our organization expands, we are thrilled to welcome new team members to our efforts

The Tapelu Family – Verbo AEC

Crystal Tapelu has been on staff in a contract capacity and moves to full-time on-site staff alongside her husband, Kopo Tapelu. With over 15 years of experience in working with families, students, and community organizations, they bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passionate love for our neighborhood. After seven years in Hawaii with their first daughter, they have relocated to California temporarily before completing the adoption of their second daughter overseas. They will launch our AEC at Verbo and we are excited to have them!

Melany Romero
Family Engagement

Melany Romero joined us in the early part of this year and has hit the ground running. As our Family Engagement point of contact, she interfaces daily with parents, students, volunteers, and staff to ensure the effective flow of communication and availability of resources. Melany’s extensive experience in nonprofit work and community outreach are an asset to GU and we look forward to all that we will accomplish together! Melany was raised in Redwood City and she also supports food distribution and our Academic Enrichment Centers.

WE HAD A BUSY FEBRUARY!

Thank you, Jenn Wong, and your PCC high school small group for preparing Valentine’s Day treat and cookies for our students to decorate and enjoy!

New office in San Carlos!

The expansion of Generations United’s services and staff have afforded us the opportunity to move to a new office location. We are so thankful for our community partners, First Baptist Church of San Carlos, for the opportunity to have some much-needed office space. This community has supported our Sponsor-A-Family initiative and has generously donated to various efforts within our organization. You can find us here but our mailing address stays the same (PO Box)

We believe that this partnership will grant us the opportunity to reach more families and continue to engage many in the vision of forming a community with our neighbors. Thank you, Jerome & Dave! Stop by to say hello anytime! 787 Walnut St., San Carlos (parking lot on laurel across from Bianchini’s).

We have IMMEDIATE volunteer opportunities!

As we expand our engagement with children 1/1 or in small groups for our focus on learning and literacy through Redwood City Reads. We are seeking people to join us as children have missed critical learning and are in dire need of support to engage as they attempt to stay connected. We have various sites and times available and can even set up virtual sessions.

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Food Distribution Marches On

We continue to deliver food to families in need on Tuesdays from Peninsula Covenant Church in the parking lot. We now serve 140 families weekly and always in need of volunteers to prep food on Mondays and to help with sorting and delivery on Tuesday. We always accept food donations at our delivery location. Please click the link below for more information or to sign up.

I want to help!
The Emergency Fund and General Fund continue to provide financial support to our neighbors as they continue to be in great need as they recover from devastating losses in the wake of pandemic shutdowns and job loss. Your monthly and one-time contributions make an immediate and lasting impact in our community. Thank you!
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2020 Annual Report

2020 was unlike any other year any of us had experienced or expected.  We remain committed to the important work ahead of us: to keep hard-working, immigrant families in our community and helping them to thrive!

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Thank you End of 2020

We are so grateful to each and every one of our loving neighbors.
Over 500 people were impacted this year with gifts, toys, clothing, and holiday meals.
This would not have been possible without the faithful support, tireless commitment, and loving dedication of our donors and volunteers.

Please watch the video below for highlights from our Holiday initiative: Sponsor-A-Family. Thank you for your support!

December News

‘TIS THE SEASON

We have so many opportunities to spread joy to our neighbors in Redwood City! In person or from a distance, please see below for more information on how to sign up to Sponsor-A-Family.We have already matched more than 20 families with caring neighbors to receive a holiday blessing this year. Ongoing challenges and effects of the pandemic have brought even more hurdles during this season. See how you can be a part of spreading good cheer at the end of this unique year. In addition to shopping for gifts and making a financial contribution, you can also choose to provide a homemade holiday meal. Click the image below for details.

Holiday Blessings

Thank you to the generous volunteers at Menlo Church for making gift baskets to give away to families for Christmas! The baskets included ingredients for a sweet treat and Mexican hot chocolate, plus books for the kids! We love partnering with Serve Your City!

Academic Enrichment Centers

Students are able to have academic support while doing their distance learning at AECs. Volunteers and staff are there to provide guidance and additional help.
We are still in need of volunteers to help at our AEC at Connect Community Charter School (635 Oakside Ave., Redwood City). Can you come at one of the times listed below(1 hour blocks)?
  • Mon/Thurs 4-5pm
  • Friday between 1-4

“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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$80,000 Match Campaign

Our annual match campaign is underway and we have already raised $25,000 to provide rent support, educational services, food, bill payments and more! Join us today as we bring lasting change to the communities that we serve! Click here to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation. Inquire with your employer about match giving opportunities!
We are always accepting donations of fresh food, dry goods/non-perishables, toiletries, and more at our office location: 2555 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City. For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our donation page.

November News

We have so much to be thankful for!

We wish you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Thank you Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Community Fund!

For the FOURTH year in a row, Generations United was selected as a recipient of the CZI Community Fund Grant. We are so thankful for this partnership which allows us to continue to offer support and assistance to our students and families.
Link to CZI Grant Recipients

Welcome to the Team!

Julia Sanchez – Student Support Teacher

Julia is excited to join Generations United as a support teacher at Connect Community Charter School. She has previously worked as an educator in New York City with elementary and middle school students in public and charter school settings. She is also studying law at the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Keith Miller
Program Director – Kingdom Equity Partners

Keith joins us from Vancouver, WA with a broad background in business development, leadership, and entrepreneurism. He has joined us to partner and provide small businesses support in the challenging Covid19.
Keith is Dad to two adult daughters and recently married our Executive Director, Angie Ibarra Miller.
Give today to make a difference now! We rely on the support of caring individuals and organizations to do the important work of supporting these families every day. Click here to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation. Inquire with your employer about match giving opportunities!
We are always accepting donations of fresh food, dry goods/non-perishables, toiletries, and more at our office location: 2555 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City. For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our website.

September News

Be on the lookout for incredible stories as we partner with friends @ Connect Community Charter School, Street Life Ministries, Noah’s Bagels, and Peninsula Food Runners! You can help fill in the learning gaps in our most vulnerable community!

Click to Learn More

Many volunteers have come to help us distribute the supplies and food from World Vision. Please join us every Tuesday morning at PCC. For more information contact Cynthia Nava
Cynthia@generations-united.com.

 

 

To date, we have given $85K to families in need by paying rent, utility, and additional bills. We have also purchased personal hygiene supplies, non-perishable food, and provided coins for laundromat services. Please continue to support our efforts as families affected by this pandemic are struggling to make ends meet daily.

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Welcome to the Team!

Mary Martinez – Program Director

Please join us in welcoming Mary Martinez to our staff as the Director of Programs! Mary has been a longtime partner of Generations United and has been on our Board for two years. Prior to joining us as a staff member, she has spent twenty years working in North Fair Oaks, most recently with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activity League. Click here to view her full bio. Mary will be supervising many day to day operations including tutoring sites, food distribution, events, and more. It is such a blessing to have her leadership on our team and we look forward to the great things that GU will accomplish with her help! You can reach her at mary@generations-united.com.

Jackson Mooney – Student Advisor

Jackson Mooney has been a part of our team as a volunteer and prayer partner for some time before hopping on board to work during our Summer STEAM Camp in July 2019 & 2020. He officially is the Student Advisor for our AECs, helping students with whatever support they need in their school work and distance learning.

latino man with sunglasses at the beach with golden gate bridge in the backgroundHenry Villar – Board Member

Henry joins the board after 6 years of serving in a volunteer capacity, primarily with teaching TaeKwonDo to our students but also in our Redwood City Reads program. We are thankful to have someone with his dedication on our team.

Vera Quijano- Board Member

Vera Quijano is a native of Redwood City, having been raised by her immigrant parents and attending local schools. She has walked the road that many of our families have and serves as a leader within our community. An accomplished teacher, she is also a continual learner and we are blessed to have her.

With the evolution of our AECs, Benita has transitioned to a position on our Board of Directors. We are thrilled that our 30+ year relationship has found us continuing to care for children and families together!
Meet the Team

PCC/World Vision Partnership

We still need help distributing donations to families in need. Please click to watch a video from our ministry partners at Peninsula Covenant Church and see how you can get involved!
Make a Difference Today!
Give today to make a difference now! We rely on the support of caring individuals and organizations to do the important work of supporting these families every day. Click here to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation. Inquire with your employer about match giving opportunities!
We are always accepting donations of fresh food, dry goods/non-perishables, toiletries, and more at our office location: 2555 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City. For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our website.

August News

Summer Camp 2020

Our Summer Camp in the park was a success! Click the photos and see below for a little recap of what our days looked like. We limited the number of students per group and our staff took extra care to adhere to all safety and health protocols. We will continue STEAM CAMP in Mezes Park in the afternoons for 3 additional weeks in August. Be on the lookout for our announcements for the Fall offerings to continue teaching children. We will have one-on-one tutoring opportunities (while adhering to the Covid19 guidelines for safety).

  • Mondays: we became Math Detectives with Paige and Chris and identified the various ways we use math on a daily basis.
  • Tuesdays: we made colorful tie dye shirts, masks, and bandanas with Marilyn Lynch and learned boxing moves with Fabian of Melendez Boxing.
  • Wednesdays: Leon gave us an introduction on Robotics and how clear we need to be with instructions in order to make the robot move accordingly.
  • Thursdays: we explored the Tank and discovered its history. Jackson joined us later for an afternoon Bible study. We had fun in the sun with water balloon relays and racing down the tarp for our slip n’ slide.
  • We also made cute yarn llamas for arts and crafts provided by Heather, and finally ended our week with a pizza party!
Click here to see how your gifts can make an impact today!

Be a good neighbor – Read with students!

You can make a difference in the lives of families right here in Redwood City in a number of ways. We need volunteers to read one on one with students! Many of the parents of students are unable to support literacy efforts with their children due to language barriers and work schedules. Just one hour a week can make a HUGE difference in the lives of these young ones. If you prefer a virtual or distanced option, you can deliver a food box, read a story on video chat, or helping us sort through donations. Visit our website to see how you can join our team.

Click here to join us
Give today to make a difference now! We rely on the support of caring individuals and organizations to do the important work of supporting these families every day. Click here to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation. Inquire with your employer about match giving opportunities!
We are always accepting donations of fresh food, dry goods/non-perishables, toiletries, and more at our office location: 2555 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City. For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our website.

July 2020 Newsletter: Summer is HERE!

We are seven months into one of the most historic years in history! We continue to be nimble and effective as we have transitioned to being an essential needs organization for families. Four months of shelter in place…we are living in an unprecedented time when families are beginning to return to work after months of lost wages. We continue to empower families by providing food, encouragement, teaching, and financial support. Adjusting to the new “normal” has taken a toll on our community leaving many questions unanswered. Will work continue? Should we stay? Do we choose between watching our children or going back to work? Thank you for staying the course as we launch into Summer Camp 2020 RESPIRA – BREATHE. We welcome your prayers and financial support more than ever. Take a moment to check the July edition of CLIMATE magazine. We are grateful for the acknowledgement and of course support of Peninsula Covenant Church location. Please sign up here to work with a child 1/1 or in small groups as we head into the critical time of return to school.

COVID-19 Webpage Update

Our website has gotten a little update with a landing page for all things related to our response to the needs of our neighbors in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. There we will post current updates, resources for families, answers to frequently asked questions, and more. Please stop by and share with your friends!
Click here to see our new webpage!

Food Distribution at PCC

June marked the start of a new food distribution location. We have been so blessed to have the continued support of Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) as we have transitioned there to do our weekly food distribution. We continue to receive deliveries from the Facebook Community Mobile Market through a partnership with Good Roots . 125 families receive fresh organic food weekly. This sustains them for this long haul of figuring out how to budget in the midst of caring for their families needs.

With the changes in group gatherings and in an abundance of caution, we have shifted our plans for our summer STEAM camp. Since our students are still in great need of academic and social support, we are planning to have camps in smaller group settings while still adhering to recommended guidelines. Campers will participate in academic activities, art projects, sports, and more! There are many ways that you can partner with us, including giving towards a camper’s tuition for camp. $350 is the cost per camper weekly and our goal is to provide camp for 144 students in East Redwood City! This means we need just over $50,000 to support this camp. Can you help?

Be a good neighbor – Support a Camper

With a new summer camp model in partnership with Redwood City Parks and Recreation, we have had to scale back the size and schedule of our camp to 12 campers per session and half-day camp offerings in order to serve more families. We are in need of volunteers to sponsor, prepare and serve lunch (to be supervised by parents), and more. Click below for more information and to sign up.

Click here to sponsor a camper!
Thanks to your generous gifts, faithful dedication, and encouraging prayers and kind words, we have been able to come alongside our neighbors with love and provision. This summer we will continue to provide for families in need of rental assistance, utilities and essential services. Our sense is this will be the case through the end of the year (or longer).
Give today to make a difference now! We rely on the support of caring individuals and organizations to do the important work of supporting these families every day. Click here to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation. Inquire with your employer about match giving opportunities!
We are always accepting donations of fresh food, dry goods/non-perishables, toiletries, and more. Contact Cynthia Nava to arrange a time/location. Redwood City. For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our website.

June 2020 Newsletter: Neighbors Together – Mothers’ Day / Dia de las Madres

Neighbors Together – Mothers’ Day /
Dia de las Madres

We have been so blessed to partner with Mary Martinez for 6 years!

This year we joined the Sheriff’s Activity League to bring joy and love to the mamás/madres/moms of our community on Dia de las Madres in North Fair Oaks (NFO). We saw many smiles and emotional scenes as the patrol cars stopped at every corner to ensure we could drop off flowers. There was a mariachi serenading beautiful and familiar music and Generations United brought lovely beauty care gifts for the mamas. Tears flowed as so many have felt isolated and forgotten in the time of SIP. Many live in very close quarters so to step outside or open the door to flowers and gifts was so life-giving! Thank you Keith Miller for joining me in this journey. It was a joy to have your help with all of our packages!

To date, the Emergency Fund has given over

Thanks to your generous gifts, faithful dedication, and encouraging prayers and kind words, we have been able to come alongside our neighbors with love and provision. In May we gave over $50k to help over 30 families during this difficult time thanks to our partnerships with New Community Church, Menlo Church, Kiwanis and a very special financial outpouring from Peninsula Covenant Church and their benevolence fund. Dozens of individual donors and businesses have given and allowed us to write checks for rent, telephone bills, cable, utilities, gas cards, and groceries. It is truly more blessed to give than to receive!

Our goal is to give another $60,000 to support families in June. We have been meeting one on one with single moms and heads of households to get to know the challenges they face. This is difficult and exhausting work. Will you stand with us in this? 65% of our families lost their employment and had no reserves in place. How will they pay rent? Keep their phones turned on? Meet the daily needs of their families?

This is what we are using our Emergency Funds for!

Click here to see how your gifts can make an impact today!

Food Distribution and Generations United transition

Beginning March 15, GU pivoted our work to ensure we met the felt needs and essential needs of families. Our staff transitioned swiftly to create a beautiful model of love. We are in partnership with Facebook Market/Good Roots who have graciously provided fresh organic produce and food to make meals in boxes and bags. We have been serving 125 families directly every week. It feels like Christmas weekly as volunteers from our community deliver the food to the doorsteps of community members.
It’s such a beautiful time of love, joy, and encouragement. Families have fresh food and a sense that they have not been forgotten during this pandemic. Families also come and serve with us weekly to sort clothes, toys, diapers, wipes, oatmeal, bags of beans and rice, laundry detergent, and even quarters being donated so they can do laundry. We are not wasting one thing or gift as we pursue empowering families!
This week we are strategically moving to a new location at our longtime community partner and supporter – Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC), 3560 Farmhill Blvd. in the front parking lot.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Julia Dugan for allowing us to transform the American Academy of Dance into our emergency relief hub since March when we made this shift. We are forever grateful for this time and how quickly we could set things in motion! Our hard-working staff – Cynthia Nava, Andrew Cruz, Candice Bún, Benita Hopkins, and Crystal Tapelu have stepped up to serve and transition during this wild ride! We are so grateful for their hearts, their expertise and their love as they’ve done so much in these past few months and have not missed a beat!

Be a good neighbor – Become a pen pal or volunteer

We have hundreds of children who would love to hear from you! If you’d like to join us by writing a note of encouragement to children, we would be honored and have made it easy to get communication to children.

You can make a difference in the lives of families right here in Redwood City by delivering a food box, reading a story on video chat, or helping us sort through donations. Visit our website to see how you can join our team.

Click here to join us

Feet on the Street

Community members continue to make masks with Marilyn Lynch

Our food distribution is moving to PCC! Join us or give today!

Give today to make a difference now! We rely on the support of caring individuals and organizations to do the important work of supporting these families every day. Click here to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation. Inquire with your employer about match giving opportunities!
We are always accepting donations of fresh food, dry goods/non-perishables, toiletries, and more at our office location: 2555 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City. For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our website.

Empower Children and Families in Redwood City in 2020!

older man teaching a young girl
group of children with adult woman
3 children at a table

As we reflected last week on the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. I spent most of the day listening to his words.

group of children

“For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.”

 

We are now at the end of the first month of the year with 4 days left to raise an additional $24K. Generations United has BIG goals for 2020 and we are so excited about them. In the coming months, we will have more to share about new initiatives, enhancing programs, and growing our team! Our match campaign is going amazingly well but there is still work to do! Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who have generously given so far. We set a HUGE goal this year to raise $100,000 which will be matched by 2 amazing donors. $200,000 will go a long way to serve the students and families that we reach.
Every gift makes an impact!

Tony gapastione and angie ibarra recording a podcastAngie on Holy Cannoli Podcast
I invite you to listen to a podcast recorded last year with my longtime friend and community partner, Tony Gapastione, that shares my heart around why I felt called to launch this organization and how we see this work impacting lives daily. The children and families in our city need to know that they are cared for and that they are not forgotten. In this conversation, I express how my life experiences contributed to my understanding of this pain of abandonment so well. I would love to hear what stood out to you in this episode and how it impacted you.
Click to Listen

 

There are many ways to partner with us:

  • Make a one-time tax-deductible donation before the end of the month and have it DOUBLED by our match campaign
  • Become a monthly giving partner with a recurring donation of $25, $50, or any amount you choose
  • Share this email with a friend to spread the word
  • Join us as a reading volunteer at one of our campuses in Redwood City
  • “Like” us on Facebook and share our content
  • Ask your employer about donation match opportunities

artistic quote from angie

 


Angie Ibarra
650-619-1300
Executive Director
Generations United, Inc.
http://generations-united.com

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“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove, but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a child.”

—Forest E. Witcraft