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!
‘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.
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
- Mon/Thurs 4-5pm
- Friday between 1-4
$80,000 Match Campaign
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.
Program Director – Kingdom Equity Partners
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
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.
Welcome to the Team!
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 email@example.com.
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.
PCC/World Vision Partnership
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
Food Distribution and Generations United transition
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.
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!
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
Generations United, Inc.
Volunteer during the school year:
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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
- Contractor Needed!
We are in need of a kitchen remodel at Centro Destino Stewart Chapel AME Zion
Please refer any leads to:
Angie Ibarra firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday, 11/9 – Serve Your City
25 to 30 volunteers – Invite staff, volunteers and families – 2 shifts.
Register here: http://menloserves.online/
Our NFO families will provide breakfast, snacks and lunch (pan dulce, pupusas, tacos)
- Monday, 11/11 – Veterans Day Holiday
- Tuesday, 11/12 – KIPP/Staff development day
- Thursday 11/14 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
GU annual Thanksgiving dinner!
A time when the community comes together in
a cross cultural community focused gathering.
Centro Destino – Stewart Chapel AME Zion,
536 Hurlingame Avenue, Redwood City.
Click here to volunteer.
- 11/25-11/28 – No school Thanksgiving holiday