David Gonzalez (middle) joins other graduates in applauding during the ceremony. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Nonprofits

LULAC youth councils remain active during the pandemic

While most activities have been virtual, members also coordinated in-person events such as graduations and food drives.

Linda Lampe and volunteers help load a truck and a trailer with toys next to Santa Claus to be delivered on Dec. 24. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Hollister Community Outreach distributing toys for the holidays

Local nonprofit seeks donations of boys toys.

Women's Club of Hollister member Kimberley Kimber with the 'Flocking Good Recipes' cookbook. Photo courtesy of Kimberley Kimber.

San Benito Lifestyle

Women’s Club of Hollister publishes cookbook in time for the holidays

It features treasured family recipes and new favorites.

Packs pick up by Irma Torrez with CPS. Photo courtesy of the Women's Club of Hollister.

Children and Youth

Women’s Club provides care backpacks to families in need

Items include quilts, clothes and hygiene essentials.

Baler Community Service Program founder Faith Fernandez next to the 12 barrels of nonperishable food collected by a recent canned food drive. Photo courtesy of Faith Fernandez.

Education / Schools

Baler Community Service Program brings student volunteers to nonprofits

Recent canned food drive with Community FoodBank yielded 1,200 nonperishable items.

A float in the 2019 Lights On Parade. File photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle

Annual Lights On Parade with a twist

Hollister Downtown Association to host modified celebration at airport.

Behind the scenes photo of a video shoot for 12 Days of Giving, featuring Esther Curtice (CASA), Patrice Kuerschner (Emmaus House), Patrick Ellis (Chamberlain's Youth Services), Nancy Frusetta (FoodBank) and Anna Foglia (Sun Street Centers). Photo courtesy of Lori Arnold.

Nonprofits

12 Days of Giving benefits local nonprofits

Campaign kicks off Dec. 1 and will help raise funds to support CASA of San Benito, Chamberlain's Youth Services, Community FoodBank, Emmaus House and Sun Street Centers.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Food / Dining

SBC Arts Council to host pick-up benefit dinner

Farm-to-your-table event will consist of food prepared by local chef Becky Herbert of Farmhouse Cafe.

Former CYS Resident Andre (middle) with Lupe (left) and Rachel (right). Photo provided by Chamberlain's Youth Services.

Nonprofits

From a Strong Heart: The Journey of Andre Jones

Former Chamberlain's Youth Services resident shares experiences.

Pet Friends board members and volunteers at Be True Cafe: Kristen Wynn, Linda Hilden, PJ Arata, Alexis Winder, and Barb Ament. The organization is participating in the San Benito Gives online auction alongside 40+ nonprofits. Photo courtesy of Pet Friends.

Nonprofits

Nonprofits band together for online auction

San Benito Gives fundraiser shifts gears during the pandemic.

A pre-COVID food distribution. Photo courtesy of the Community FoodBank.

Nonprofits

Community FoodBank overwhelmed by generosity

Large donation enables the local nonprofit to provide meals through the end of the year.

2020 Census poster at a bus stop on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

Art & Culture

Local artist lends a hand in census efforts

Bryan West creates posters in English and Spanish to help spread the word with just two weeks left in the nationwide survey.

Mike Fisher, chief volunteer cook for Soup for Seniors. He returns to teaching culinary classes at SBHS on August 13. Photos courtesy of Becky Herbert.

Food / Dining

Soup for Seniors program receives Slow Food grant

$500 award will help with food distribution in San Benito County.

Previous Chamberlain’s resident Alimah with her son Khaine and husband Vincent on a recent visit. Photo provided by Chamberlain's.

Nonprofits

Chamberlain’s Youth Services staff reunites with former resident

At 21 years old, Alimah is currently trekking her way through school and doing a good job managing the challenges life throws us all.

Stuff the Bus, put on by United Way of San Benito County. File Photo.

Nonprofits

United Way calling for ‘Stuff the Bus’ volunteers

Volunteers will be given a timeframe to help fill backpacks, in order to comply with social distancing requirements.