Increased Funding for Santa Cruz Nonprofits

Two early education students at Community Bridges' Child Development Division. If the CORE funding plan is implemented, our community's early childcare facilities will be forced to compete for funding.

Pictured: Two early education students at Community Bridges’ Child Development Division.

The Santa Cruz City Council recently proposed a new “Community Partners CORE funding plan” that had the potential of severely reducing funds for nearly every community service program and nonprofit in Santa Cruz.

Under the proposed CORE funding plan, programs that serve a certain population or that fulfill unique, but equally vital roles, would have been placed in jeopardy.

But we spoke, and our City Council listened. 

We flooded their voicemail and email inboxes. Then, on Tuesday, November 22, hundreds of community members, including children, parents, social workers, professors, and SEIU members, came out to the Santa Cruz City Council meeting in support of our local nonprofits. After over an hour of public comment, the council was moved to not only stop the funding cuts, but voted to increase nonprofit funding by $250,000 – a 25% increase! 

When we stand strong and united, we win. Thank you for signing our petition, calling our elected officials, speaking up, and showing up, in support of our crucial community programs. Now more than ever, community organizing and solidarity are vital to the health and well-being of our city.
Santa Cruz Meals on Wheels participants embrace at a local senior center.

Santa Cruz Meals on Wheels participants embrace at a local senior center.

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