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Sponsor A Family 2021

‘TIS THE SEASON

There are so many opportunities to be a part of  Sponsor-A-Family 2021 and bring Christmas cheer to our neighbors in Redwood City. Last year, we partnered with caring neighbors to bring holiday blessings to 75 families. We have many more families still facing the ongoing challenges and effects of the pandemic and every little bit helps during this season. See how you can be a part of spreading the joy of this season to our community. 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.

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!

Gift Wrapping @ Kairos Church

Friday, December 17, 2 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, December 18, 8 am – 12 pm (flexible timing in that window)

Gift Delivery (and assisting families picking up)

Saturday, December 18, 12 pm – 4 pm

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

Drop off at Kairos Friday afternoon

Click the button below to indicate your participation.

Click here to help!

“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 $50,000 Match Campaign

Our annual match campaign is underway and #GivingTuesday (11/30) 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 match giving opportunities!
For a list of items needed, see our Amazon Wish List or check the list on our donation page.

November News 2021

We have so much to be thankful for!

On Monday, November 1, we honored our loved ones who’ve passed with a Day of the Dead celebration.

 

It was a beautiful time of remembrance and we are especially thankful to our friends at Cake4Kids for the lovely and delicious treats!

Choose one (or more) of the ways to participate: Join us, bring a dish to share, donate a main course (turkey, ham, etc), or make a financial contribution towards the event. We need everyone’s help to make this event one to remember! Click below to donate OR to let us know how else you can participate.

October News 2021

New Academic Enrichment Center OPEN!
After many years of operating our academic support services and literacy program out of schools and local community partner locations, we have a location to call our own! We are overjoyed to have a dedicated space to serve our community with Redwood City Reads and additional programs. We are thankful to the faithful donors and dedicated volunteers who have helped to make this possible. Our phenomenal staff has been working hard to open this space and we have some highlights from our Grand Opening (Ribbon Cutting).

Grand Opening 2021

Thank you to all who helped us get the new Academic Enrichment Center ready for students and families! We are so expectant for what this new space will hold and how our programs will reach even more people in our community. Please click through the slideshow below for highlights from our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting!

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

Thank you! Match Met AND a New Site!

New Site launching THIS month!

We are thrilled to announce that we have secured a location to host our Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) and community activities. Generations United has provided educational programming for over a decade to NFO families. We are grateful to continue to provide quality instruction, fun, and community at our new location on the corner of 2nd Street and Bay Rd. This center will be accessible to the community all day as we relaunch Music, ESL, Dance, Computer, Redwood City Reads, and so much more. Our mission to empower children and families continues to expand just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month!
There are so many ways for you to help our students in need:
  • Sign up to be a volunteer reader! We need caring adults and youth to commit to one hour per week of reading and academic support
  • Help us beautify our space: We need all hands on deck to get our space ready for students. Email Keith or call him at (602)388-3414 to join the team!
  • Don’t miss our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, September 17 at 4 pm. Refreshments will be available until 7 pm.

Thank you so much. I look forward to seeing you at our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 17!

Angie Ibarra Miller
Founder and Executive Director
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Volunteer Opportunities

Food Distribution
We always need drivers! Join the team that looks forward to seeing our families in the community every Tuesday. It’s about an hour of work but so worth it. Sign up using the link below
Work with a child
With the new school year upon us, we will continue serving children and families as we have for 14 years. There is always a need for volunteers to come and spend an hour a week with a student and support their reading and other academic needs.
I want to help!

Summer 2021 News

Summer has kept us busy. We sang, played, read, and so much more! As we say “so long” to some team members, we added more to our fold. Please read and share.

Beloved friends, partners, and faithful supporters,
Summer comes to an end for many students and many in North Fair Oaks will return to school on Aug 12, 2021; it’s incredible how this summer has flown by! I find myself thinking about the amazing community that we serve and love through food distribution, financial support, and educational opportunities. I also think of everyone who helped Generations United meet the needs of this community and the many relationships that were forged and strengthened.
At the same time, it’s overwhelming to consider the challenges so many of our families still face. Food distribution continues and it’s a blessing to be able to provide 145 families with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and more!
We find ourselves a bit exhausted as many volunteers head out to visit family or just go on a much-needed vacation! We are in need of more volunteers to help on Tuesdays to deliver this great food!
It’s an incredible blessing to fulfill our dream of empowering many in our community to succeed.
Be on the lookout for our 2021 impact report in the mail. We are asking for many to invest in our mid-year match campaign where every gift up to $40,000 will be matched through August 31! Our biggest needs for the remainder of 2021 are:
  1. Recruit additional volunteers to work with children in the coming school year! Distance learning impacted children in our community and set many of them back even further than prior years
  2. Support for the many children who remain at home this summer and the incredible gap they will face as they head into the 2021/2022 school year
  3. Secure funding to provide mental health services to children and families
  4. Hire a new teacher for the school year 2021/2022
We have a vision for continued proximity to the pain in our city by reaching out to the most economically challenged families in our city. Thank you for being a part of our story! Please read this article that we believe will give you a glimpse into the community:

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

Lidia Raquel Orduña-Ruiz Lidia is passionate about music, learning, and helping others to succeed. She joined us at the beginning of the summer to support our Academic Enrichment Center at Verbo and will continue through the summer and into fall. Click for full bio

Monserrat Zamora joined us last month in the role of Social Media Coordinator and will provide Administrative Support as well. She is also using her Early Childhood Education background to provide support on-site for summer camps.

THANK YOU TO THE TAPELUS AND MS. JULIA

We have been so blessed to have additional team members to support all of our efforts this summer. As we transition to the fall, we say “so long” to Kopo & Crystal Tapelu and wish them all the best in their new adventures as a family in Samoa!

Julia Sanchez will be able to complete her study abroad program this fall in London as part of her law degree and we are excited for her to live out this dream!
THANK YOU for all you have done to support our community and the families that we serve!

What an amazing Summer we have had!

Volunteer Opportunities

Food Distribution
Summer months mean folks are on vacation and we need drivers! Join the team that looks forward to seeing our families in the community every Tuesday. It’s about an hour of work but so worth it. Sign up using the link below
Work with a child
With the new school year upon us, we will continue serving children and families as we have for 14 years. There is always a need for volunteers to come and spend an hour a week with a student and support their reading and other academic needs.
I want to help!

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.

Sign up here:

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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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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
Click here to help!

$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.