Water squeeze extends to community’s roots
The California drought is a narrative of subtraction. On the South Coast, some agricultural producers – particularly row crop farmers and those who raise animals – started the season with less water than they’ve ever had and are finishing the summer with even less... Read more.
I never really felt I had it in me: Puente’s summer youth program changes lives
The end of summer is always a little sad at Puente. It’s when the youth interns who worked with Puente’s summer program – officially the Youth Leadership Development and Employment Program – are ready to go back to school. The Puente offices, filled with their energy and laughter, start to empty out... Read more
Hilario Rosales: a farmworker with a thirst for learning
Hilario Rosales is a farm worker. But if you find him at Puente on a weeknight, he might be sitting at a table, staring at a laptop screen with a look of intense concentration... Read more.
Why I give to Puente: Lori McMillan
Lori McMillan is a doting grandmother, and there is nothing she loves more than spending time with her young granddaughter, Jordy. So it’s no surprise that Puente’s childhood programs are one of her main reasons for donating. “Where you’re born and what life you have – it’s just because of luck,” says McMillan, noting that not all children born on the South Coast are equally lucky... Read more.
Last call to buy your ticket for Fall Harvest Fundraiser, September 14!
On September 14, Puente will hold its first Fall Harvest Fundraiser on the charming premises of Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Pescadero. The event marks the first time Puente will charge for tickets, and it will benefit Puente’s childhood and older youth programs... Read more.
Upcoming events at Puente
Join your neighbors for Puente’s first-ever community health fair in October. It’s a one-stop way to get fit for fall, with a free flu vaccination clinic, breast exams for women over 50, STD testing, and free eye exams, dental check-ups and hearing tests. Speakers will share the latest information about health insurance. There will be a raffle and a bike rodeo for kids... Read more.
What Puente needs this month
Puente is seeking a new “Puente mobile” – a mid-mileage, well-maintained Jeep-type vehicle – for our back roads travel as well as gently used mountain bikes for farm and nursery workers... Read more
Call for volunteers!
This fall, Puente needs several short-term tutors, fluent in Spanish, to mentor adults preparing to take their driver’s license written exam at the DMV. Puente is also committed to supporting our local youth all the way through high school and college... Read more.