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Mind the Gap: Strengthening safety nets in San Mateo County

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San Mateo County, CA

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Income inequality in the Bay Area is among the nation’s highest, with families on the high end of the income spectrum earning 11 times more than families on the low end — making it the third most unequal region in the U.S. Low-income working families are struggling to get by, too often forced to make impossible choices among food, housing, healthcare, and child care. In addition, their economic well-being can be affected by sudden and unpredictable events, such as illness or job loss. Coupled with increased housing burdens and compensation that does not reflect the higher costs of living in the Bay Area, more and more families are driven into poverty.

Join HandsOn Bay Area this fall for our San Mateo County Teamworks series. In this series, we will be learning about income inequality in the South Bay and the challenges that vulnerable households face, as well as explore San Mateo non-profit agencies that function as critical safety nets for families in need. We encourage you to join us in service to learn more about how you can contribute to strengthening and supporting safety nets in your community in order to help low income families prosper.

Series of Events:

Project 1 - Collective Roots, September 6, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Project 2 - Family Connections, September 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Project 3 - Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Homeless Help Center, September 20, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Project 4 - Project READ, September 25, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

***HandsOn Bay Area is working hard to promote family volunteering (one person over 18 and one person under 18 volunteering together), so feel free to invite your younger friends and family along!

REGISTER by September 4 to enroll in the series

Fee Waiver Option
While we do ask participants to pay a fee to cover just a small portion of the costs associated with the program, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds, If you would like to request a fee waiver, please apply for one here.

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