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Black background with white letters "Black Lives Matter"
The cure for racism is ACTION. Fresno EOC is a Community Action Agency (CAA) and was born from the Civil Rights Movement. The Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were passed by Congress and CAAs were formed across the nation. The Economic Opportunity Act stated in part: “It is, therefore, the policy of the United States to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in this nation
Person getting vaccinated
As lines grow to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Transit Systems is helping agencies and groups make the ride a bit easier. Later this month, vehicles will help take clients from United Cerebral Palsy of Central California (UCPCC) to help get them vaccinated.    “When UCPCC mentioned they have about 150 – 180 clients they needed to transport, we thought of how we can help,” said Tom Blackmore, Transit Supervisor.    Before the pandemic, Transit Systems
Transit Systems
Transit Systems continues to meet the needs of local organizations and agencies in need of reliable bus transportation. With Transit vehicles, The Arc of Fresno and Madera Counties can drop-off and pick-up materials for clients with developmental disabilities.   “Considering we were transporting clients to their programs before the pandemic, it’s nice that we can drive staff to their client’s home and watch them say hi through the window,” said Tamara Derleth, Transit Driver. “By bringing materials
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Kathleen Shivaprasad is retiring as the Early Care & Education Director after over 20 years with Fresno EOC Head Start 0 to 5. Since 1994, she has made a lasting impact on the 0 to 5 children, families, and staff she has touched during her time with us. She will be missed for her strong leadership and dedication to early childhood education. Rosa Pineda previously worked alongside Shivaprasad as Assistant Director and will be taking on the position of
SOUL Students deliver wreaths
This year, most students had their world turned upside down. Students at Fresno EOC School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL) felt the changes as well. SOUL students wanted some way to celebrate the holidays and keep up with festive traditions. Students have transitioned to minimal in-person sessions and the SOUL Interact Club teamed up with the  Cultural Arts Rotary to decorate wreaths for a local convalescent home. “The kids were excited to decorate wreaths because even
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Head Start mask donation
A generous family from Arizona donated cute and child-friendly masks to Fresno EOC Head Start 0 to 5. Jennifer Soriano and her family were impressed with what the program does to help low-income families get access to education and wanted to give back. “We greatly appreciate the masks that came to us from Arizona,” said the Head Start 0 to 5 Leadership Team. “Our children and their families are blessed to have masks that were
Head Start
Covid-19 testing event
At the beginning of December, Fresno EOC coordinated its first Healthy Harvest COVID-19 testing event with the help of a local employer in the food production industry. The Healthy Harvest program is a multi-county initiative to protect essential food production workers and their families in the San Joaquin Valley.      The event was a success; with an original goal of getting 150 tests administered, Fresno EOC Health and Dental staff provided 352 COVID-19 rapid tests
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Bank of America generously donated 46,000 masks to Fresno EOC. These masks were able to help families in rural areas and farmworkers hit hard during the pandemic. “As COVID-19 cases rise across the region, personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential to help prevent the spread and protect essential workers. As a business partner in the community, Bank of America is doing its part to help protect our most vulnerable members during these unprecedented times,” said
Together We Give
GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, taking place on December 1, 2020. The day was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. This year, Fresno EOC asks you to donate to our agency and give back to our programs making
Homeless Project
Homeless people in our community are often unemployed and lack access to training and career opportunities. Thankfully, two Fresno EOC programs, Sanctuary Support Services and Local Conservation Corps are partnering to provide Fresno’s homeless paid job training through funding from the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP). With this program, homeless people can learn valuable soft skills while learning basic landscaping. Sanctuary and Support Services identifies eligible homeless individuals, and Local Conservation Corps provides paid job
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