Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 25, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

We will be having our major fundraiser April 26th  to benefit Second Harvest. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining. Save the date and plan to attend.

Today we welcomed Dagmar Leguillon to the club!

Our Polio Plus campaign begins on the first of March and runs thru  April 30th. The goal is for every Rotarian to donate $50. This will be matched on a 2:1 basis by the Gates foundation.

April 6th is the district training assembly from 8-2 at the Biltmore hotel in Santa Clara. See Pam for more information.

The area 7 speech contest will be Mar 6th at SLV high school at 3:30 in the afternoon. Come and support our winner Holden!

Mar 15th (The Ides of March) is Rotary Day at the Warriors. A link will be posted on the Santa Cruz Rotary web site for ticket purchase. 

April 14th is the Lacy J. Dalton concert at Roaring Camp in Felton. It begins at 1:00 and ends at 5:00. Tickets will be available on line thru the Scotts Valley Rotary website. There is a rumor that if come you will see our own Thomasjohn on the bass!!

The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.

 

Today our speaker was Ray Cancino the executive director of Community Bridges Puentes de la Communidad. He spoke to us about all the programs offered by this agency which is one of the largest non-profits in Santa Cruz County. Among these are Meals on Wheels, Liftline, four family resource centers, the WIC program (Woman Infant and Children health support program) and ElderDay (Adult Day Health care).

 

 

He began by showing a brief video about their programs, emphasizing LiftLine which is a free transportation program for those who qualify in terms of health conditions and income. It operates seven days a week during the day from 9:00 to 4:30.

He then went on to speak about the human care alliance (HCA) wage equity campaign. HCA is an advocate for health and human services in Santa Cruz County. It supports a just and equitable economy where working people do not have to live in poverty. This includes the workers themselves. 71% of the non profit workers in the county report having more than one job during the day and 76% of the workers are extremely low wage workers. 61% of our employees rely on public benefits to survive. In other words the new face of poverty is our staff.

What can we do? HCA requests non-profit boards to discuss the issue regularly and identify strategies to increase compensation. They cans lo sign up to make presentations in the community and discuss this material with your own funders.

For more information on this or HCA campaign or HCA in general go to hca@humancarealliance.org