October 14, 2022 | Events

Women's Fund Financial Workshop Series

According to a 2019 survey by Laurel Road, a national online lending company, the lack of basic financial skills is felt more acutely by women. Only 66% of women reported having an emergency fund versus 82% of men, and women were also twice as likely as men to not have any money saved for retirement. To help provide women with the necessary tools to be in control of their financial well-being, the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation for San Benito County assembled a Financial Health and Well-Being workshop series. This was the second series that the Women’s Fund had done; the first was a successful online event in 2020. This year, a 3-day workshop was completed in person at the Community Foundation Epicenter. All guests were gifted a binder full of informational worksheets, templates, and other resources to follow along with the series and take home. Each day consisted of a different guest speaker passionate about helping women succeed in their financial journey, and covered a new financial topic. Guest speakers and their topics include: • Shannon Wilkinson, CPA, on how to budget, important documents to keep, debt management, and more. • Alexis Winder, Financial Advisor/ Edward Jones. On investing, retirement accounts, and life insurance basics. • Marla Pleyte, Estate Planning Attorney, on estate planning, family trusts, and asset protection for you and your family. Twenty-five women attended the morning or evening sessions of the workshop with a majority reporting the time spent was valuable, and all of whom said they felt the speakers were knowledgeable. The workshop series was highly recommended by all of our participants, many of whom stated it was a “good foundation” and “important information for better planning”. One remark was that it was “very helpful – [the workshop] encouraged us to think about what we have in place.” An additional budgeting-specific workshop taught in Spanish by Laura Garcilazo, CPA, was held at Youth Alliance for 19 people. “Excellent. Very professional, to the point,” “Such good information,” and “I loved the session and would have liked a longer session” are only a few of the many positive comments made about the Spanish workshop. The Women’s Fund made it a goal to provide a safe and supportive place to learn and ask questions to professionals in the financial field and help women forge a solid financial future with the new skills learned to put into practice. Financial health is essential and the information shared should be circulated more widely among women. For this purpose, each of the workshop sessions in English was recorded for anyone interested in still learning the information but didn’t get a chance to attend in person. For more information on the Women’s Fund, email Brenda at [email protected].

October 14, 2022 | Events

Food Insecurity in San Benito County

The Community Foundation for San Benito County hosted an informational meeting to bring awareness to the significant unmet need for food assistance affecting thousands of homes across San Benito County. According to a report on Food Insecurity in San Benito County by UC Santa Cruz’s Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise & Participatory Governance, one in four San Benito County residents may be at risk for a food shortage. The report was written by Blum Center Director Heather Bullock and a team of graduate researchers, David Amaral, Emily Hentschke, and Eva Bertram. Data from 2016-2017 annd 2019-2020 was analyzed using a “food insecurity index” developed by the Blum Center, which at an aggregate level, estimates the number of meals being missed after considering meals purchased and food assistance provided. Leaders of food agencies and elected officials in San Benito County were invited to come together at the Community Foundation Epicenter to listen to the presentation, ask questions, and brainstorm strategies for reducing food insecurity and to start fostering some collaborative efforts. To get a current position on food insecurity impacting county agencies, Bill Lee, Executive Director of Martha’s Kitchen, and Sarah Nordwick, CEO/Executive Director of Community Food Bank of San Benito County, both gave a brief statement of their perspective on present trends in their field. Lee stated that the “demand for food has not gone down” in recent months. Nordwick added that an increase of 50 or more families a week had signed up for services at the Food Bank since January of this year. “This is our community, it’s our county, and none of us could make this better unless we all work together,” she said. The Community Foundation plans to host a follow-up meeting at the start of next year to coordinate action plans to further support nonprofits and agencies that work to combat food insecurity in San Benito County. Click on the link below for a digital copy of the report.

June 29, 2022 | Events

Financial Education Workshop Series

Family wealth transfers sometimes fail, damaging sibling relationships and affecting the impact you want your assets to have. Join us for a seminar to learn about common mistakes to avoid. We will also discuss tools and resources to help aid the family wealth discussion and how to communicate with clarity.

June 20, 2022 | Events

Migrant Health Fair Back again for 2022

This year’s Migrant Health Fair will be on June 24th from 11 AM to 3 PM at 3235 Southside Road, Hollister, CA (at the Migrant Center)! Every year, farmers and their families migrate to the San Benito County area to do seasonal fieldwork during the summer months between May and November. San Benito County provides subsidized housing at the Migrant Housing Center in Hollister to migrant families during their temporary stay. The Migrant Health Fair has been held every summer since 2008 at the Migrant Center to offer the children living there with health screenings from various clinics that come to Hollister. The fair also lets families know of the many services and resources that can be found within Hollister and San Benito County. Early intervention in a child’s physical and mental health prevents and mitigates long-term harm and helps a child to improve themselves and their abilities. The health screenings help to detect health concerns, such as visual impairments or developmental delays, that may be hindering a child’s skills in performing well at school or socializing with their peers. In addition to the health screenings, and access to information on available local resources, there will also be free food and fun activities for children of all ages. The Community Foundation is proud to have provided the Migrant Health Fair with funding through a grant. We support the focus on preventative care that helps those in our community and wish the event lots of success. Those organizing the Migrant Health Fair would like to give a very special thanks to Cathy and Tony Alameda, Tami Erickson and family, Tracy and Thomas Taggart, R & R Labor, Jose Rodriguez, Juan Morales from Amazon Latinos, the Community Foundation for San Benito County, Super Taqueria, La Michoacana, and two anonymous donors. Your generosity has made it possible to put together this event and has been an immense help in bringing all the resources that will be at the fair. Thank you for the work, time, and contributions you have put into assisting us to build up the fair and look after the welfare of our Migrant families. Muchas gracias por todo su ayuda. ¡Esperamos verles este 24 de junio! Trae sus niños y pasen un bien tiempo a la feria de salud de migrantes. Van a tener educación y exámenes de salud, actividades divertidas por los niños, y comida gratis.