CARe - Community Aid & Resources Spring Quarter Independent Study Seminar

April 12, 2013

Contact: Yasmin Peled, Outreach Coordinator <> (510) 334.9686

Yesterday afternoon, several CARe members volunteered as foot washers at Project Homeless Connect, Santa Cruz (Jimmy and Sean featured in the photo attached). It was a wonderful first time for our organization to collaborate in providing services at this huge annual event, and we look forward to doing this again in the future.

Yesterday the Winter 2013 CARe End-Of-Quarter Report was published and is viewable here. This is a detailed account of our activity last quarter, and ought to serve as a good resource for people who want to learn more about what we do.

This Monday, April 15, CARe will assemble its first Small-Scale Clinic of Spring 2013 at the Red Church (formally known as the Calvary Episcopal Church). The clinic will feature hair cuts, foot washes (with socks), and distribution of hygiene products. CARe volunteers will also participate in the Kresge Day Of Service on Saturday, April 13, which will entail cleaning of Del Mar Elementary School in Live Oak from bottom to top.

We are in the process of organizing a campus-wide clothes drive, a canned food drive at local grocery stores, and a benefit dinner at a local restaurant. We will be assembling a full-scale clinic (as we do every quarter) in which we offer additional services like doctor and dental consultations in late May, as well as additional small-scale clinics before then.

Yesterday evening was also the first meeting of this quarter's CARe Seminar, a 3-credit, student-led independent study sponsored by Kresge College at UCSC. We will be doing community projects while inquiring into such themes as Homelessness/Poverty, Health Disparities and Health Care in the United States and Santa Cruz, Mental Health, and What We Can Do. It is not too late to sign up for this course, please direct interested students or possible guest speakers to Matt Musselman <>.

Special THANKS to our existing partnerships with UCSC Student Volunteer Center, Kresge College, Kresge Service Learning, Global Bridges Foundation, the Homeless Services Center, Project Homeless Connect Santa Cruz, and all other supportive individuals and groups. We seek collaborative support from the community. Please do contact us if you would like to work together to help the underserved of Santa Cruz County better address their health needs.

ABOUT COMMUNITY AID & RESOURCES: CARe is a group of students devoted to providing free health services and advocacy for the underserved people of Santa Cruz County. Our action-oriented team assembles free health clinics throughout Santa Cruz county, co-immersing the UCSC community with a variety of the county communities, gathering around individual empowerment and solving social problems like homelessness, unemployment, and health disparities.

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