Discover the people, events, and organizations that echo in Santa Cruz County in our latest issue!
February Echoes: 64th Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts, Sheriff’s Office-Dare to volunteer, Startup Unidos, Volunteers are the heart of the organizations, Women in Santa Cruz County who “echo” Stephanie Bermudez, SCV35 Teacher Contributes to National Drone Curriculum Program-Shannon Enciso, National Cancer Prevention Month, Mayor’s Corner-February, Sheriff’s Round-Up
The non-profit sector contributes to strengthening communities by providing educational, health, and social services that citizens cannot access from the government. Nonprofit organizations, however, can only fulfill their missions with the help of dedicated and passionate individuals who give their time, talent, and treasure to volunteer and serve on nonprofit boards of directors.
As a result of the COVID pandemic, many non-profit organizations in Tubac have lost their volunteers, making it difficult for them to operate. Volunteers are essential to the success of non-profit organizations, so the lack of volunteers has had a significant impact on their ability to provide services to their communities. This has caused many organizations in Tubac to struggle with recruiting volunteers and has put a strain on their operations. Without volunteers, non-profit organizations cannot operate effectively and efficiently.
We have had difficulty finding volunteers to work with local non-profit organizations in the past few months. There is a shortage of volunteers in these organizations, which makes it difficult to carry out our work. Prior to COVID, we had people who were willing to volunteer their time. However, after COVID, a number of the volunteers stopped coming or did not see the importance of volunteering.
Dennis Eshleman, community member from Destination Tubac-Tumacacori, said, "Volunteers are the backbone of any nonprofit organization. There are a variety of opportunities available throughout the year for volunteers to match their passions, skills, interests, and areas of development."
Volunteers are greatly needed in our community in order to help with the various capacities that organizations lack the necessary staff and funding to carry out. Therefore, I would like to encourage people to volunteer their time and energy to these organizations. There are many organizations that are looking for volunteers to help with opportunities outside of their primary focus areas or with more general functions. Your support will have a major impact on the success of these organizations, and it is greatly appreciated.
Volunteer opportunities in the following organizations:
Tubac Center of the Arts (520) 398-2371- Karin Topping
Tubac Presidio (520) 398-2371 - Julie Robinson
Tumacacori National Historic Park (520) 377-5060 - Mike Medrano
Tubac Nature Center - (520) Jim Karp
Anza Trail Coalition (520) 841-6944 - Karol Stubbs
Friends of the Santa Cruz River (520) 403-2823 - Rich Kiker
Tubac Chamber of Commerce (520) 398-2704 - Antoinette Frey
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help those in need. It can also be a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, and gain valuable experience. Volunteering can be a great way to make a difference in the world, and it can also be a great way to feel a sense of accomplishment. People should volunteer because it can help them build relationships, learn new skills, and gain valuable experience. It can also be a great way to make a difference in the world and help those in need. Volunteering can be a great way to make a positive impact in the community and make a difference in the lives of those around you.
La Castellana Café & Bakery recently remodeled their facility and added new menu items. Founded in 2008, they have been in business for a decade.SCTP was asked by the State to find jobs for its members and integrate them into their communities. A combination of border issues and high unemployment has complicated the economy in Nogales. As a result, we had difficulty finding jobs for our members in the community. So was born the dream of owning a coffee shop. Additionally, we would be able to teach socialization to our members, increasing their self-esteem.
Nogales residents and those visiting from out of town are able to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our members with disabilities. We currently serve about 160 orders a week. Mexican food is their specialty, particularly tacos dorados, chilaquiles, and chiles rellenos. The restaurant employs 7 staff members and 13 members.
“As a result, our members have the opportunity to train and practice cooking, baking, and waitressing skills. Furthermore, we would be able to teach socialization to our members, increasing their self-esteem in the process,” said Malena Rodriguez/Employment Services Coordinator.
“Reviews of our little café have been very encouraging, stating that it is cozy, unique, has excellent service, and is filled with delicious authentic Mexican dishes.”
In my role as the Employment Services Coordinator, I supervise the staff and ensure that they are reaching their maximum potential in developing the skills needed for work in this environment. As a cafe that serves the community, Rodriquez says, we are achieving our mission of being integrated into the community.
Special thanks to the great staff and members who have made this dream come true, said Marina Galhouse Program Director for the Santa Cruz Training Programs.
Ma Magdalena Rodriguez – Employment Services Coordinator
Bakery Supervisors: Ana Livier Garcia, Denisse Suarez & Ma Antonieta Yepiz
Bakery Members: Ariana Lizarraga, Angela Hernandez, Diana Beltran, Irma Robles, Marla Leal, Ruth Rivera, Nohemí Lira Yamille Romero
Kitchen Supervisors: Carolina Jimenez, Lucy Martinez, Sylvia Canez,
Kitchen Members: Jesus Duarte, Jon Marc Dibene, Lupita Rios, Meyva Vega
Café supervisor: Alizda Garma
Café Members: Theresa Rivera & Krystal Garcia
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