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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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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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November Newsletter 2023

A Note From Angie

There are less than two months left in this year, and Fall is underway. We are filled with gratitude daily as we spend more time with our families. The Academic Enrichment Center is busy with wonderful student volunteers from local high schools as well as our caring adults from nearby. Our friends at Little Flock Church hosted their second annual Fall Festival and we all enjoyed games, yummy food, and lots of laughter; what a treat to celebrate in our neighborhood. We barely had time to breathe before another celebration at our AEC. Día de los Muertos is always a highlight here at Generations United; we celebrated the lives of those who have gone before us and enjoyed tasty treats and dancing from our favorite dance group, Danza Colibri. This past weekend, we hosted our friends from becomenew for lunch, and it was such a delight! We are heading straight into a fun-filled holiday season. Our Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held on November 12, and we also began registration for our Sponsor a Family Initiative. We will wrap presents at Sequoia Christian Church on December 8 and distribute them on the 9th. All the details are below, and we look forward to seeing you this Christmas season as we work together to empower the families in our community. Be on the lookout for our year-end fundraising letter and match campaign!

Dates to Remember

  • 11/15: Generations United turns 16!
  • 11/17 – Candice Bún’s birthday
  • 11/20-11/24: No AEC Programming – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 12/8 & 12/9 – Sponsor A Family & Christmas Celebration

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

This event is a big hit every year. Where else can you enjoy a community dinner with turkey, tamales, ham, and pupusas? We shared a meal together and kicked off the Holiday Season at Generations United. Many friends signed up to bring food and serve, and we had an amazing time. Stay tuned for pics and video!

Fall Festival

Our staff and families enjoyed the 2nd Annual Fall Festival at Little Flock COGIC. We played games, ate treats, and had a blast. It was a beautiful picture of community right here in North Fair Oaks.

There were costumes, sack races, pumpkin carving, and all the Autumn joy we could contain. Thank you to our neighbors at Little Flock for hosting an amazing event!

Día de los Muertos

On November 1 & 2, we honored the memory of our loved ones and celebrated our rich cultural history with a joyous Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Thank you to all of the families and friends who joined us in sharing this tradition.
Special thanks to Sheena & the Laurel Street Arts team for helping us make frames for our ofrenda!

High School Helpers

It has been a joy and a blessing to have students join us from local high schools. Students from Woodside Priory, Serra, Menlo, and Everest have been giving their time in the afternoons to support our AEC students: reading, games, academic activities, crafts, and more. We hope GU students are inspired to give back and be high achievers with sights set on big things – just like the students who volunteer with us. Do you have a high school student with community service hours or a project to complete? We still need more volunteers (youth and adults) to read and spend time with our students after school. Click below for more information and to sign up.

Congratulations, Kat!

Congratulations to our talented and passionate AEC Staff Member, Katya Alvarado, on graduating from the Medical Assistant program through JobTrain. Kat has been connected to Generations United for many years and continues to invest in our students now that she has completed her schooling. We are so proud of you and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Happy Birthday, Candice!

A very special happy birthday (11/17) to our longest-serving staff member, Candice Bún. She is a superstar in every sense of the word. Not only does she remotely manage so much of the day-to-day efforts at GU, she is a wife, mom, worship leader, business owner, gardener, and friend!

We are thrilled to watch Can excel at everything she does and doubly happy she is part of our team.

Hope you have an amazing birthday month! We love you!

Sponsor a Family

Every Christmas, Generations United hosts a celebration to bless the families of our community. In years past, we have had massive gift/toy drives to serve the numerous families we impacted through our food distribution and AEC programs. This year, we’ve received a very generous gift of toys through our partnership with TBC.

Additionally, we will focus with intention on the families we serve through our AEC and on-site programs. As we do this, we will match families with generous donors to provide some extra Christmas cheer for them. You can participate by providing a Holiday Meal (or a gift card) or purchasing from a family’s wish list. Volunteers are needed to help with shopping, wrapping, and distributing presents. We are honored to partner with Sequoia Christian Church to host this event. Please see the flyer below and click it for more information and to sign up.

Giving Tuesday
Remember that the Tuesday after Black Friday is #GivingTuesday and is the biggest giving day of the year for nonprofits! Please consider a generous gift in honor of our 16 years of service to the community, and we need your help to spread the word! Share Generations United with your friends. Tweet, add to stories, TikTok, LinkedIn, or Facebook…whatever you do, join us as we expand our reach.
Click here to view our AEC Calendar and stay up to date!

Fall Events 2023

Stay up to date with events and opportunities around our community. See below for more information on Fall events in Redwood City, activities, resources, and more.

Fall Festival With Little Flock COGIC

Día de los Muertos at Generations United

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

This annual event is a highlight of our holiday season. We would love to see you there! Click below to RSVP and sign up to help or bring food. This family-friendly event begins promptly at 4 pm with volunteer shifts starting at 3 and others finishing at 7.

Use the arrow to view the flyer in English / Use la flecha para ver el imagen en español.

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Our annual Christmas event is coming! Stay tuned for more information on donation and volunteer opportunities!

Cultural and Community Opportunities

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Generations United!
Explore the culture around our city and find ways to get and stay connected to our neighbors in Redwood City.

We’ve added a map below for some of the suggested locations. Have fun exploring!

1. EL ELOTE Fiestas Patrias in Downtown Redwood City – Sun. Sept. 17 3 pm – 8 pm

2. EL PAVOJoin us in our Community Thanksgiving Dinner in November (details to follow)

3. LA IGLESIA Peninsula Covenant Church will host a Glocal Ministry Fair on Sunday, Sept. 24. 3560 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City.  Attend a Spanish-speaking church (Kairos Church or Verbo) Comunidad Familiar Cristiana, Familia Cristiana Verbo, Templo La Luz

7. LA MÚSICA Listen to Spanish worship music or attend a concert in Spanish

10. EL PAN DULCETry a warm concha or a Mexican snack (Panaderia Michoacán)

11. LOS TACOSTry a new restaurant/food (pupusas, tamales, caldo, birria, etc) or from a region you’ve never tried (Cuban, Puerto Rican, Peruvian)

15. EL MERCADOVisit a Hispanic Market (Mi Rancho, El Mercadito Latino, Chavez, etc.)

16. LA CALAVERA– Attend Redwood City’s Día De Los Muertos Festival (details to follow)

17. LA BANDERA– The Mexican flag will be raised for the first time in Redwood City Downtown at 10 am.

24. LA DANZAGo to a cultural presentation (Danza Colibrí), an art exhibit, or join us for our Danza & Music classes on Fridays (4:45pm-5:45pm) or Mariachi lessons on Sundays (9:00am-1:00pm)