The Season of Giving
SOUTH MODESTO PARTNERSHIP
The South Modesto Partnership is an organization geared towards mobilizing faith, neighbors, private and public, partners and inspiring them to act together and support the health and well-being of the community. They do this by developing partnerships among South Modesto residents and leaders as well as developing a platform and infrastructure for community development efforts. For more information, visit www.smpmodesto.com.
Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas. Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, and pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the Federal poverty level. For more information about local Head Start groups, visit www.headstartprogram.us/city/ca-modesto.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian housing ministry founded in 1976, connecting people from all faiths and walks of life to work in partnership with families in need, and to help eliminate poverty housing in our community and worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus is an affiliate and is an autonomous, nonprofit corporation with its own board of directors and committee structure founded in 1989. One of the founders, Ruth Sesser, was so dedicated to affordable housing and convinced that Habitat constructed sustainable homes, that she built her home right in the middle of one of their subdivisions. Habitat symbolizes what can be done when a community comes together bringing hope, changing lives, and making a real difference in our community.
Family Promise of Modesto focuses on three main areas of support, making an impact and difference on the homeless community. Specifically, the Interfaith Hospitality Network is an opportunity for people from many faiths and backgrounds to provide shelter, meals and hope to local families in need. The program works to address the individual causes of homelessness and connect families to resources that will help them make the journey to a permanent home and a self-sustaining life. Over 80 percent of the guest families they serve have obtained stable housing. Once a family finds a place to live, they continue to help them transition to a self-sufficient lifestyle. Their approach of keeping families together, identifying their strengths, and partnering with the community for solutions means that families are at much lower risk of returning to homelessness.
The Community Christmas Tree Project is a one-on-one gift giving project sponsored annually, which commences the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through December. The project asks individuals to donate and participate in a gift-giving program for disadvantaged Modesto youths, from birth to 17 years, which is a true partnership between the community and businesses to make a difference in Modesto. As a direct result of this project, thousands of youth in Modesto have received Christmas gifts. For many of these children, the gifts they receive through this project are the only gifts that they will receive for Christmas or any other time of the year. For some, it is the only new clothing they’ll get, since they are used to wearing hand-me-downs or other used clothing. It is also an opportunity for many of these children to receive warm coats, shoes, blankets, and to receive a new toy purchased especially for them!
NOV. 22 | 3 P.M.
MODESTO GOSPEL MISSION
1400 YOSEMITE BLVD., MODESTO
Each year, on the day before Thanksgiving, the Mission serves a traditional meal with all the fixings to nearly 1,000 needy men, women, boys, and girls. They also provide each guest with free warm winter wear like coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, and scarves. Volunteers for this special day help decorate, set up, clean up, serve dinner, and distribute coats and clothing.
SANTA SHARES BREAKFAST
DEC. 2 | 8 – 11 A.M.
1000 I ST., MODESTO
Rediscover the wonder this holiday season! Join the Friends of Community Hospice as they transform The Gallo Center for the Arts into a winter wonderland filled with designer-decorated trees, unique holiday gifts, tasty treats, and a special visit from Santa. This event benefits the Community Hospice Foundation, an integral organization in our community. For reservations, please call the Community Hospice Foundation at 209-578-6370 or visit give.hospiceheart.org.
DEC. 3 | 5 P.M.
SUTTER HEALTH MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
CORNER OF COFFEE RD. & BRIGGSMORE AVE., MODESTO
The Friends of Community Hospice Annual Light Up a Life Holiday Tree lighting at Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center will take place on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. The big evergreen tree at the corner of Coffee Rd. and Briggsmore Ave. in Modesto is lit to honor, celebrate, and remember loved ones. Symbolic lights and ornaments are available for a nominal donation. Immediately following the ceremony, refreshments will be available at a free community reception. If you are interested in purchasing a symbolic light or ornament, please call the Community Hospice Foundation at 209-578-6370. The event is free to attend and open to the community.
THE WOMEN’S AUXILIARY BALL
DEC. 8 | 6:30 P.M.
THE CENTURY EVENT CENTER
927 10TH ST., MODESTO
This event benefits the Academic Scholarship Program. Come on down and enjoy a Night of Elegance with dinner, dancing, a silent auction, live music, and more. Tickets are now $70. For more information, call Synthia Loften at 209-543-5769.
DEC. 9 | 8 A.M.
10TH ST. PLAZA
1010 10TH ST., MODESTO
Come and enjoy the run—and don’t forget to bring your mittens, because it ‘will’ be snowing in Downtown. There will be a free 1/4 Mile Kids Fun Run where you can help Santa run the Grinch out of Modesto! This includes a free children’s photo with Santa. Entry is $30 for adults and $15 for those 12 and under. Santa will be there, too, so don’t forget your camera! Please support Modesto Gospel Mission by bringing canned food or monetary donations and receive raffle tickets to win great prizes. Every registered runner will receive a participant medal featuring artwork by local artist Gloria Diane Bartels. Packet pickup is Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.modestospiritofgiving.org.