In addition to recognizing our honorees — Blanca Alvarado and Rod Diridon, Sr. — four special entities will be accepting mini grants from Green Foothills at Nature’s Inspiration on Sunday, October 3rd.
Leveraging our annual celebration to highlight and support tribes and community-based organizations, the following entities were selected to receive 5% of proceeds generated through the event: the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective, Ayudando Latinos A Soñar, and Rotary Club of San Jose Climate Action Committee. We are hoping to raise at least $4,000 for each of these groups.
About Their Good Work
Over the past 10,000 years, the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe has resided in the San Francisco Bay Area. With an enrollment of over 600 Bureau of Indian Affairs’ documented members, the tribe represents all of the surviving lineages aboriginal to the entire East Bay, Santa Clara Valley, and San Francisco/San Mateo Peninsula. Despite the colonization of their aboriginal land and the absence of reparations to date, the Muwekma Ohlone people have persevered and are keeping their culture and language alive. Today, the tribe is working to form a nonprofit land trust in support of their work to protect their ancestral heritage sites, advocate for the natural areas and waterways in their territory, advise in the development of educational exhibits on the tribe’s history and heritage, and provide community education. More information here.
The ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective is composed of five established and respected organizations working in the Mayfair community located in East San José. Mayfair is a vibrant and historical neighborhood that has a deep legacy of social services, community organizing, and social justice movements. By coordinating and aligning the work of their organizations, the SSPC envisions a rooted and thriving community where resilient families have confidence in their gifts, choices and dreams. In no specific order, the organizations in the collective are: SOMOS Mayfair, Amigos de Guadalupe, School of Art and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, Veggielution, and Grail Family Services. More information here.
Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS) is a Latino centered non profit in Half Moon Bay that is dedicated to supporting the youth and families of our beautiful coastal community. They offer cultural arts and social services programs including culturally centered mental health services, wrap around case management, immigration and social justice advocacy as well as an educational program. Their work honors the cultural strengths that thrive in the latino community and believe that cultura inspires and heals the soul, opening doors for community leadership and engagement. More information here.
Rotary Club of San Jose’s Climate Action Committee has an objective to encourage each Rotarian, and those in the broader community, to personally do all that’s possible to combat climate change. The Rotary Club of San Jose is the largest, most active and well-known service organization in the community. Members include local business, nonprofit, professional and civic leaders. More information here.
As with our honorees, we are thankful for the people who lead the work of the tribe and groups within our community. We invite you to dive deeper into their work and impacts and join us on Sunday, October 3rd to hear from them as they accept this small token of our appreciation for what they do.