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Back to School Drive 2024

Hello GU Family!

We are excited for the upcoming school year. Can you believe that summer is here, and we will launch our 2024-2025 Academic Enrichment Center in just a couple of months? There is still so much work to be done with packing up our current site, finding a new home, and MOVING! We will not stop our efforts and initiatives to support students and their families even in the midst of so much change within our organization. Your gift of school supplies helps support students as they enter a new school year. We also welcome gifts of $100 to support each of our families with everything they need to start the year on a successful note!

Give today!

Donation Sites

Peninsula Community Center

3623 Jefferson Ave.

Redwood City, CA

Peninsula Covenant Church

3560 Farm Hill Blvd.

Redwood City, CA

Sequoia Christian Church

233 Topaz Ave.

Redwood City, CA

Backpack Filling Parties

Once we collect supplies, we will need volunteers to help fill backpacks for our Back to School Celebration. Check back for more information and to sign up.

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June Newsletter 2024

Dear Friends and Partners,

The end of the school year is always bittersweet. It is full of celebration because we are so proud of our students and their hard work this year, and sadness because we will miss our dear children over the summer. Please let us know if you’d like a summer prayer card as we continue to lift up these young ones even while they are out of school. We are grateful for this wonderful space we’ve called home on 2nd and Bay.

We will be packing up and would love to have you over for a visit and encouragement as we continue to identify a new location to serve families in NFO. We still have big questions about this displacement and continue to ask them. We encourage everyone to listen to those in the community without access to the beautiful spaces built around them. We have lifted our voices and will continue to do so. Our families deserve better. We attended the Preschool to Prison Pipeline Conference and are still reeling over the incredible challenges that were presented. Please take a moment to listen (click to view the presentation) as the disparity in our county alone is challenging. Many systemic issues in our education system need to be revamped, and there are too many to cover in this newsletter. We urge you to continue learning about these issues and consider partnering with Generations United to support our work in bridging communities. Come out for a visit – call me today at 650.619.1300 or reply to this email to set an appointment.

The disparity is only growing and we need the community to rise up. I realize this is not easy and I am sensitive to the many demands on people’s time, but we have committed ourselves to being bridge-builders in Redwood City and making a difference. God has given insight to us on how to mobilize together… let’s do it!

Developing Story: A devastating fire occurred just down the street from us on June 3. These apartments had been slated for affordable housing for those facing extreme poverty. Our hearts break for the families currently impacted and the 170 households that would’ve benefited from the affordable housing that burned down. This is affecting the community we reside in and serve daily. Some residents have immediate needs due to water damage on their property.

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Photo by Braden Cartwright

We will keep you posted as we identify what the needs are. We have been working with other organizations and partners to offer support as we become aware of additional needs. We initiated a cleanup effort on June 8 and continue to meet with neighbors to identify their most pressing needs. Click the photo below for a recap. Please reply if this is something you would like more information about.

Mother’s Day Celebration

We enjoyed a wonderful celebration with our mothers and mother figures last month! It has been a blessing to partner with Stanford and have use of the park around the corner. Thank you to all of our dedicated staff and volunteers for all of your hard work and support.

We celebrated all of our graduating students with a celebration at our AEC. We are so proud of our hard-working young men and women!

Art camp with Teacher Brayden and Teacher Kopo was a great success!

GU On the Move

As we wrap up our time at our current location, we are still actively pursuing all leads for a new facility. In the meantime, we are having “packing parties” at our site this month to prepare for our move. Click here for more information on how and when to help. If these times don’t work for you, please reply and let us know when you can stop by! We need help purging, cleaning, and boxing up our supplies and furniture. If you want to be added to our “move team”, please click here to email Candice and we will reach out to you when it is time to start taking things over and setting up.

Summer at the Center!

While our hours of operation are limited during the summer to pack up, we still host tutoring sessions for reading partners and students. We still need friends to come by and help keep things looking good and running smoothly: clean-up, gardening, small projects, organizing books and materials, and packing up! Are you available next week? Sometime this month? Join us!

Mission Opportunity – VBS with Salvation Army is set and we need you! Click the button to help out.

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.

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Dia de las Madres 2024

Generations United's annual Mother's Day Celebration!
Nuestro celebración anual para dia de las madres!

Volunteer to bring joy to our mothers! There are opportunities from 2 pm until 7 pm and we need all hands on deck

  • sign in
  • games
  • food
  • gifts

Click the photo or button to sign up!

Sign up here

RSVP Today for your family/Responde hoy para su familia

Spring Newsletter 2024

Friends,

This year, Mother’s Day holds a special weight for many families in our community. Some moms won’t get to see their mothers, grandmothers might miss out on precious time with their grandchildren, and some families are grieving mothers lost due to the challenges of immigration.

But here’s the beautiful truth: families come in all shapes and sizes, and love is the language that binds us together.

That’s why we need YOU! We’re hosting a special Mother’s Day event on Friday, and it’s the perfect opportunity to shower our community with love and support.

By volunteering, you can be the bridge that connects mothers with their children, grandmothers with their grandkids, and families facing loss with a caring community.

Imagine the joy on a child’s face when they get to participate in a fun activity with a caring volunteer like you. Think of the comfort you can bring to a grieving mother by simply offering a listening ear and a warm hug.

This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the love that transcends distance, loss, and circumstance.

We can’t do it without you. Sign up to volunteer today and be part of something truly special!

Love always,

Mama Angie

For those who are in the know, my claim to fame is that I’ve been known to many as “MamaAng”

I wear this badge of honor tirelessly and with humility!

P.S. Did you know that in México, Belize, El Salvador, and Guatemala, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10th? It’s a beautiful reminder that love for moms comes in all forms, and across all cultures.

10th Annual

Día de las Madres 2024

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Día de las Madres

You are invited to join us as we celebrate the Mothers of our community. May 10 is the day that many 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.

Join Us

Our Match Campaign is heating up! Thanks to our generous donors, the money given is doubled up to $50K! We are inching closer to our goal and every gift brings us closer to our goal. Thank you!

 

We’d love to see you this month!

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

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 before we close for a break on 5/24. Can you spare an hour or two in the coming weeks? Our center is open Mon-Fri from 3-6 pm. Click below to sign up.

Join Us!

Important Dates in May

  • 10 – Mother’s Day/Día de las Madres Celebration at Stanford RWC Lawn
  • 13 – Happy birthday to Keith Miller
  • 24 – Last Day of AEC – End of the Year Celebration

Click here to view our current AEC Calendar

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.
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April Newsletter 2024

Friends,

In just a few short months, our time at 895 2nd Ave. will end, and we will be in a different location by the start of the next school year. Although we had high hopes and planned to make this location our long-term community space for our families, gentrification and displacement are affecting us at a critical time. We believe it is a blessing in disguise.

We are in discussions with a property owner whose building keeps us in the vicinity of one of the largest schools in our area. This has been our hope! Please stand with us through this transition at the end of September. We are believing for a miracle to purchase the building at some point, but that requires a bit more time and strategic conversations with funders. We are trusting God to make this dream a reality! As of now, we are looking to lease a detached section of this building, and we hope to stay in this location and not have to transition again.

We are calling on all our friends to join us in this endeavor. Let’s spend time together encouraging our community. Stop by and introduce us to people who might want to be a part of our amazing story!

We are thrilled to have a $50,000 match from a generous donor and are more committed than ever to empowering and advocating for families. Join us for prayer this Friday, 4/19 at 895 2nd Avenue at 9:30 a.m. as we trust Him for our next location.

Give Today

We hosted our annual Easter egg hunt on Thursday, 3/28, at Stanford Park across the street and had a great time! Thank you to our incredible volunteers, partners, and families who showed up to help us and drop off donations. Special thanks to SM County Sheriffs Javier Acosta, Rodney Reed, and Joaquin Moren. Thank you to SAL (Sheriff’s Activity League), Mason Lok, and the youth team, who blessed the event with volunteers. Our staff worked hard to make this event successful for all families who joined us.

Click to see a video here.

Welcome, Raissa & Ana Betty!

Raissa Marchetti-Kozlov
Teacher Raissa joined us as a volunteer to lead the youth choir and quickly pivoted to making it official as our newest staff member! We are blessed to have her filling in the gaps in various capacities – event coordinator, program coordinator, and even stepping in to help lead the AEC! Raissa is trilingual (French, English, Spanish) and has lived in Mexico (Baja California). Please help us give her a warm welcome! Click the photo for more information.
Ana Betty Lopez Rodriguez
Folks around here know Ana Betty for her infectious laughter and can-do attitude. As a mother of many students who’ve passed through Generations United, she is intimately acquainted with the work that we do and has been a dedicated volunteer for many years. We have welcomed her to our team and she has jumped in with full force! Bienvenida!

Our 2023 Impact Report is here! Check your mailbox for a physical copy of the amazing things we have done this year with the continued support of our dedicated staff, faithful volunteers, and loyal supporters. For a sneak peek at the digital version, click the button below or the photo.

Click to see the Impact Report

If you did not receive a physical copy, please click here to provide your mailing address, and we will send one right to you. You can also stop by 895 2nd Ave. and pick up one for yourself and one for a friend to spread the word!

Important Dates
Click here for this month’s AEC calendar with important dates and reminders.
  • Saturday 4/13 – Happy Birthday, Gabriela Gochez!
  • Friday 4/19 – Prayer at 9 am, 895 2nd Ave. Redwood City
  • Friday 5/10 – Día de las Madres (Mother’s Day) Celebration
  • Monday 5/13 – Happy Birthday, Keith Miller!

Volunteer Call to Action

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 playing games, reading, doing art projects, and being present with our AEC students. Can you spare an hour or two in the coming weeks? Our center is open Mon-Thurs from 3-6 pm.

Join Us
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 donation page, click below.
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2023 Impact Report

Thank you to all the people and organizations who have supported our work in 2023. We remain committed to the important work ahead of us: to keep hard-working immigrant families in our community and help them thrive!

Dearest Generations United Partners,

For 17 years, Generations United has radically lived out compassion by advocating for children and families in North Fair Oaks, Redwood City, and East Menlo Park. We have faithfully served the most vulnerable, providing essential support despite economic hardship.

Over many years, gentrification has impacted our community. GU has now felt this pain directly.

In December, we were advised that the land on which our Academic Enrichment Center sits was sold, and medical labs will be constructed on eight parcels. This displacement means we must find a new home for our center by September 30th.

We remain committed to our students and families and are excited by the unforeseen opportunities this challenge presents. We are actively searching for a new location within our service area. This may present a rate increase, as we currently enjoy under-market rent. We are resolute and impassioned by our vision, believing this move is a blessing in disguise.

Thank you for your commitment to caring, giving, volunteering, supporting, and praying for a good outcome as we move forward. This Impact Report details what we have accomplished collectively to help those struggling daily with losing hope.

Here’s how you can make a difference:

  • Donate now: Help cover moving costs and continue summer camps
    • Sponsor a Student for Summer Camp – $400 per student/5 weeks $50,000
    • Help GU Move! Anticipated yearly rent increase of $30,000
    • Set up a new facility and help with location tenant improvements (paint, carpet, etc.) $50,000
  • Visit us: Volunteer or visit the Academic Enrichment Center before we relocate or see our potential new home
  • Spread the word: Share our story and encourage others to get involved

Together, we can ensure a brighter future for our community. Stand with Generations United!

“He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints, Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.” Proverbs 2:7-9

Please use the “FULL SCREEN” (4-arrows icon in the bottom middle) option for best viewing

Download a digital copy here

Additional resources on gentrification in Silicon Valley

Click to read an article from 2022 in the San Mateo Daily Journal on development in the area.

Three-story research building approved in Redwood City

The Bay Area Equity Atlas provides research and data about our region and gives tremendous insight into the issues our families face. Click the buttons or photos to explore the facts about housing shortages and who is most impacted.

Housing Burden Comparison

In 2020, Latino, female renters in San Mateo County, CA were the most burdened by housing costs with 65% spending more than 30 percent of income on rent.

UrbanDisplacement.Org has additional resources on gentrification in our area.

Gentrification in North Fair Oaks

March Newsletter 2024

As we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, I’m filled with gratitude for the many women who have influenced and shaped my life. So many have encouraged, mentored, and motivated me to fulfill the call of God in my life. This call has made me a better wife, mother, friend, leader, and colleague. I pray my life will do the same for others. It is a high calling to serve people, and so many have modeled sacrifice and a life of service to me. Please take a moment to thank the women in your life for their great love and investment. I’m thankful for the ladies in my life. May we forge the way forward for those who come behind us.

We have some critical updates about GU 2024, and you will receive our Impact Report 2023 by the end of the month and a copy online.

Important information and updates will also be shared at our monthly prayer gathering this Friday, 3/15, at 9 am. Join us, please. We have lots to share and pray about.

Join us for the 12th Annual OYE Latinx Youth Conference. OYE is a fantastic youth leadership event that I will have the opportunity to speak at on Saturday, 3/23. Join us when 450+ students, parents, and presenters unite to encourage the next generation.

Easter comes early, and we would love for you to join us on Thursday, 3/28, 3 pm – 6 pm – we need lots of help. We will be across the street from our center on the Stanford campus lawn. Details below.

Summer Internships

Daniela

Welcome to the interns joining us, thanks to our partnership with Redwood City Together. They are busy supporting students, helping around the AEC, and learning valuable leadership skills in many areas including:

  • Administrative
  • Facilities/Inventory
  • Educational
  • Events

Love Week

Thanks to Ms. Karen Johnson for leading Valentine-themed stretches with students! We love having you!

Valentine’s Day Fun

Our students enjoyed making crafts and cards for Valentine’s Day.

Happy Birthday Angie!

Today (3/13) we celebrate our amazing founder and Executive Director, Angie Ibarra Miller. You can reply to this email to send well wishes and click below to donate in her honor.

Happy Birthday Donations

Easter is coming!

Our annual Easter egg hunt is back! Join the fun on March 28 as we have some spring fun. Festivities will take place at the grassy [Stanford] field just North of Andrew Spinas Park. We need the help of many friends to make this event special for all of our little (and big) ones.

Click the flyer to sign up today!

Generations United Choir

 

This month, we had our first choir gathering with Ms. Raissa! We are excited for this new music partnership which further expands our offerings in the Arts.

Important Dates

Click here for this month’s AEC calendar with important dates and reminders.
13: Angie’s birthday, Ms. Daniela’s birthday
15: Prayer at the AEC 9am
28: Easter Event 3pm-6pm
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!

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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 2023 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