Puente de la Costa Sur, the only community resource center in the San Mateo County south coast region, works to make its communities healthy, inclusive and sustainable. For 16 years, Puente has been working to improve quality of life for all south coast residents and to help ensure that the children of farm workers go on to become first in their families to go to college. During SVGives 2014, a Puente supporter offered a $35,000 anonymous match, and the organization raised nearly $37,000 in one-time funds from 175 donors.
Ben Hernandez, a 65-year-old rancher who donated last year to Puente has this to say: “It took me two generations to realize my real potential,” says Hernandez. “Puente gives this same realization to the community they represent, without having to wait decades to accomplish each individual’s potential.”
Puente’s core services touch more than a thousand residents each year. It offers subsidized health insurance, access to fresh, affordable food, academic scholarships and school supplies for families who can’t afford them, as well as safety net services. This year, Puente has scheduled about $3,200 so far in gifts and hopes to raise more than it did last year to support the community.
Image and Ben Hernandez’s quotes courtesy Puente