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Foster care, & a bowl of soup

Cherie Schroeder, Humberto Izquierdo & his daughter Julieta, Sammie Corbacho with Soup’s On Host Supervisor Don Saylor, Adriana Perez, Dave Storms and his family, Mary Beth Gustafson holding daughter Olivia. Photo courtesy of Laurie Friedman

 NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

From the Woodland Community College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program

It was a recipe for success.  Begin with a great cause, mix in dozens of volunteers, over 60 delicious homemade soups and a silent auction. Next, open the doors to the public for about four hours and voila! Serve up a fabulous event to assist Yolo County’s most vulnerable children.

What started eight years ago, in Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor’s home with three pots of soup, burst the Davis Community Church’s capacity on January 26th as the 8th Annual Soup’s On benefit was held in support of local foster care.

  Over 350 guests enjoyed homemade soup, live music by Neon Lite and guitarist David Hafter, and a bountiful silent auction, organized by Woodland Community College President Dr. Angela Fairchilds.  A wonderful time was had and best of all – when the adding machines quieted, the tally for the evening was well over $22,000.  These funds will be used to give local foster children the opportunity to shop for new clothes and essential items when first brought into care, plus the chance to earn high school or college credits at the Woodland Community College with curriculum to “Open Doors to Success”.

“The message of this evening is that foster parents look like you and me”, said Cherie Schroeder, Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education program director and the county’s coordinator for foster care recruitment and retention.

Foster-to-adopted youth Jessica Shockey expressed her gratitude and joy saying “I love foster-care,” and proud mother, Lynne Shockey, standing by Jessica’s side, concurred and spoke about the joy of fostering and watching the miracle of positive change.

Supervisor Saylor thanked the community for their incredible support saying “These are our kids.  Together, we can transform their lives for the better.”

The organizers of the Soup’s On benefit want to thank all the individuals who volunteered their time, businesses for generous contributions, and those who gave so whole-heartedly in these tough fiscal times.   A special thank you goes out to Supervisor Saylor for his inspiration and to his amazing support team lead by Deputy Diane Parro and Assistant Deputy Emily Henderson.

For information about becoming a foster or foster-to-adopt parent in Yolo County, please go to www.yolofostercare.com or give Cherie Schroeder a call at (530) 574-1964.

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Court restores tobacco tax money


First 5 Yolo – a local agency funded with tobacco tax money – believes it is on track to distribute $2.5 million in additional money to Yolo organizations that support kids up to age five and their families over the next three years.

The money was held up after the passage of state legislation that attempted to shift the revenue to the state in order to help balance California’s budget. But a court decision blocked the assembly bill.

The state has until March 19 to decide whether to appeal, said a First 5 Yolo spokesperson.

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Free food every Friday on Anna St.

Volunteers pass out fresh produce on a sunny December day Photo courtesy of Lori Aldrete/First 5 Yolo & Yolo County Children’s Alliance


The Yolo County Children’s Alliance and First 5 Yolo remind you that fresh fruits and vegetables are given away at 10 a.m. every Friday at the Alyce Norman Elementary School site of the Alliance’s offices.

The program receives $15,000 per year from First 5 Yolo (chartered with using tobacco tax money to serve children up to age five) as well as donations from Kaiser Permanente and others.

“The produce distribution has been a great success,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the Alliance, in a press statement. “Families are coming on a regular basis and are benefiting from healthy food.”

  Volunteers help pass out the goodies in this two-year old program.

To donate or to help as a volunteer, call the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 1-866-607-4030, or visit the Alliance’s offices at 1200 Anna Street, Room 21, West Sacramento, or at 600 A Street, Suite Y, in Davis.

To become eligible to pick up food, residents must demonstrate eligibility, have kids 18 or younger at home, and prove they live in West Sacramento.

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Food bank distributes free food today


The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food in West Sacramento and Clarksburg on Feb. 21.

The schedule will be:

Starting at 9-10 a.m. at the county building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse. Please bring a bag, and attend only one site.

For info, call (530) 668-0690.

Adopt a dog or cat and save


The Yolo County Animal Shelter is offering half-priced adoption fees for dogs and cats, between Feb. 21-25.

Adopt a dog for $75 or a cat for $55 between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or 2-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, or on Saturday 10-12:30 or 2-3:30. The shelter is at 2640 E. Gibson Rd. in Woodland. To adopt, show proof you own your own home, or provide a copy of your lease stating you may keep a pet. Browse the prospective pets: visit www.petfinder.com.

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Celebrating a pioneering children’s story


The Yolo County Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book “The Snowy Day,” which “was one of the first books to feature an African-American child in a main role that appeals to all children.”

Storytime programs at the West Sacramento branch, 1212 Merkley Avenue, will feature the book as follows: for kids age 1-3, visit “Mother Goose on the Loose at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21; Russian storytime for kids age 3-6, 6:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 22; age 0-1, “Hug-a-Bye Baby,” at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 23; preschool storytime for ages 3-6 at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24; and bilingual English/Spanish storytime for kids age 2-6 at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 25.

For information, visit the library or www.yolocountylibrary.com.

Scholarships for high school volunteers


The Yolo Community Foundation is looking to honor local high school seniors who have volunteered with a Yolo nonprofit for at least 60 hours during their junior or senior years of high school. Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a Yolo Youth Service Award; the nonprofit they support will receive $500.

Deadline to apply is March 19. For information, visit www.yolocf.org, email info@yolocf.org, or call (530) 312-0593.