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Fresno EOC, a social justice organization serving Fresno County, CA,seeks an entrepreneurial CEO who will continue the 50+ years of advocacy, community leadership, and program excellence. Click on the date to view the event on Facebook.  Region Date Time Location Northwest City 5/22 5:30 PM Fig Garden Library3071 W Bullard Ave, Fresno Southwest City 5/23 5:30 PM West Fresno Resource Center1802 E California…

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Let’s have a contest to find out! $350 First Prize                  May 15, 2019  6:00-8:00pm $100 Second Prize                 Veterans Memorial Hall $50 Third Prize                      22001 W. Manning, San…

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Natalie Hernandez knew she wanted to be in the medical field, but didn’t want to be a nurse. She has a history with Phlebotomists in her life, most of them were at Valley Children’s Hospital where she received treatment for her rheumatoid arthritis. The hospital staff as well as Fresno EOC Employment and Training allowed Hernandez to make a career in Phlebotomy possible. When she was 16 years old her rheumatoid arthritis worsened, forcing her to make biweekly visits to the hospital…

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Michael Cortez graduated from the Valley Apprenticeship Connections (VAC) program in July 2017 and ever since then his life changed for the better. In the apprenticeship program, he learned on the job skills and gained the confidence to succeed in the field of construction. What Cortez calls a history of bad decision making, resulted in prison then to parole and looking for a jump start into a career. “I knew a job at Walmart wouldn’t cut it so I went to a meeting at the parole…

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Maria Sanchez, clerical assistant, Fresno EOC Employment and Training, was recognized as the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board’s 4th Quarter Award Winner at the Fresno City Council meeting last week. Staff nominated Sanchez because of her success in the program, motivation to succeed, and ability to overcome all obstacles. After being unsuccessful in previous job search attempts, she was referred to Employment and Training in August by a friend who also went through the program…

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Our 6th Annual Hippity Hoppity Spring Event by Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission at Trolley Creek Park was a success!  Families enjoyed community entertainers, received free photos, played fun games, visited resource booths, and had a chance to win an Easter basket. Please take a look at our photo album.  Performances by local community groups: Purpose II Dance by God’s Property Hula in the Sun – Polynesian Dancers Niños Aztecas – Mexican…

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[Photo Above: Michael Reyna, left, with other REEL Pride Board Members in front of Tower Theatre in Fresno.]  [Photo Right: Michael Reyna in front of Tower Theatre in Fresno.] This year, 2018, marks a first for the LGBTQ community, it is the first time that we have a representative from an LGBTQ organization serving on the Fresno EOC board. The Fresno EOC Board is comprised of representatives from 3 different sectors. Commissioners can be directly elected from their target area, they can…

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Women Lead at Fresno EOC

Posted on Mar 07, 2018

(Photo from left: Angie Isaak, Linda Hayes, Debbie Darden, and Deanna Mathies)   After more than 30 years, Fresno EOC once again has a woman serving as Board Chair. Linda Hayes was elected to the role by her peers to serve in this leadership capacity for 2018. Hayes is the second woman to be elected for chair and the first African American woman in the role. This year also brought us another first, all board leadership positions are held by women. Alongside Hayes are 3 other women…

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DACA, our agency in solidarity

Posted on Sep 08, 2017

In solidarity with the thousands of Dreamers in Fresno County, the following letter was sent to our congressional representatives urging them to adopt a pathway to citizenship for these young people. September 7, 2017 Dear members of Congress representing Fresno County: On behalf of the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission I respectfully add my voice to urging your support for the hundreds of thousands of kids who, through no fault of their own, face the grim prospect of being forced to…

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Valley Children's Hospital just welcomed their first class of their Pediatric Residency Program. In addition to the regular components of a residency program, they wanted to make sure these future pediatricians were exposed to the unique circumstances many of our families face and how they affect the lives of our children. The vision is to educate and empower the residents to be advocates for kids throughout their career. In order to achieve this vision Valley Children's Hospital reached out to…

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