JJ's Burgers owner Jesus Zavela. The burger joint is one of three San Juan Bautista restaurants participating in the Great Plates Delivered program. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Great Plates Delivered lends a hand to seniors and restaurants

State-sponsored meal program runs through mid-June and aims to provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Intero Real Estate in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Local real estate group gives back

Intero of Hollister provides relief funding for community nonprofits.

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Staff from Hazel Hawkins Memorial and St. Louise Regional hospitals were happy to receive their new supply of KN95 protective masks. Photos provided by Ana De Castro.

Nonprofits

Community Foundation helps with relief fund

$45,000 approved in disbursements so far, including emergency financial assistance, as well as support for immediate public health needs to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in San Benito County.

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Prior to the COVID-19 restrictions being put in place, BenitoLink board members, journalists and staff met to discuss news coverage and the budget during their annual retreat in March. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Appreciation and support for local news expands during COVID-19

Four-hundred newsrooms, including BenitoLink, get boost of $5,000 for additional coronavirus-related reporting for their communities thanks to Facebook, Lenfest Institute and local news funders.

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Nonprofits

SNIP Bus receives additional medical vehicle

Donation will expand low-cost veterinary services.

Kids get exercise during a health and fitness lesson at the Emergency Pop Up Camp hosted by the YMCA of San Benito County. Photos provided by YMCA.

News

YMCA provides childcare for essential workers

Emergency Pop-Up Camp helps parents during COVID-19 outbreak.

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Carlos P., 6th grader at HDLA school, participated in the Feb. 29 canvassing around Hollister. Photo courtesy of Youth Alliance.

Nonprofits

Youth Alliance canvasses in preparation for upcoming 2020 Census

More than 30 volunteers walk door-to-door to reach over 1,600 homes in Hollister.

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Art & Culture

San Benito Stage Company to host third annual Casino Night

SBSC brings back popular event to support fundraising opportunities for actors, camp attendees and students.

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Nonprofits

Friends of the Library to host 10th annual Tea and Treasures fundraiser

Fundraiser to feature brunch, raffle and silent auction.

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Nonprofits

Pet Friends offers low cost spay and neuter program

The program offers residents a lower co-payment for services through a voucher system and/or direct financing.

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San Benito Lifestyle

Bethany Community Church to honor four at Martin Luther King Jr. awards breakfast

Honorees include deacon John Payne, Gavilan College President Kathleen Rose, Indian Canyon chairperson Ann-Marie Sayers and El Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez.

Christy Schroeder with Anderson Homes gives a check to Gary Byrne (left) and Tracy Taggart (right), both with the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Photo by Sharlene Van Rooy.

Nonprofits

Anderson Homes gives back

Several nonprofits benefit from campaign which introduces new homebuyers to local programs and projects.

The Esperanza Center, located at 562 San Benito Street, is San Benito County Behavioral Health's wellness center. File photo.

Children and Youth

Esperanza Center holds grand opening for new youth drop-in program

Drop-in center is aimed at supporting young people ages 14-21, particularly at-risk or systems-involved youth residing in San Benito County.

A few BenitoLink team members in downtown Hollister. Left to right: Leslie David, Carmel de Bertaut, Laura Romero, Nicholas Preciado, John Chadwell, Becky Bonner and Noe Magaña. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

BenitoLink reporters reflect on 2019

Several BenitoLink reporters share stories that they feel either impacted the community or meant something to them personally to work on.

Donated items at the 2019 KSBW Share Your Holiday drive. The local event was held at the Heritage Bank in Hollister. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Nonprofits

‘Share Your Holiday’ benefits Salvation Army

Heritage Bank in Hollister hosts annual KSBW holiday donation drive.