Community briefs, May 3, 2019

Bay Federal grows to $1 billion in assets

CAPITOLA  After more than 60 years, Bay Federal Credit Union, Santa Cruz County’s largest locally-owned financial institution, has officially hit $1 Billion in assets. The credit union achieved that milestone on March 31 of this year.

Bay Federal started in 1957, when eight teachers believing in the philosophy of “people helping people” applied for a credit union charter. The credit union changed its name to Santa Cruz County Schools Credit Union in ’79 before changing its name to Bay Federal in ’83. In ’97, Bay Federal was granted a community charter allowing all people who live, work, worship and attend school in Santa Cruz County to join.

The credit union now serves nearly 77,000 members and 1,200 local businesses throughout Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.

“This is a wonderful milestone for our membership and our staff,” said Carrie Birkhofer, President and CEO of Bay Federal. “I am so proud of our organization and look forward to continuing our legacy of making a real difference to the people of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties in the years ahead.”


Red Cross urges blood donations to help trauma patients

There’s no way to predict when or where an accident will happen. That’s why the American Red Cross needs donors to give blood and platelets during Trauma Awareness Month this May and throughout the year to help ensure that trauma centers are prepared the moment an injured patient arrives. 

Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross now through June 10, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email. More information are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-23:


5/15: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 220 Elk Street


5/17: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pajaro Valley Health Trust Hall, 85 Nielson Street.


2020 Census count goes online

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Santa Cruz County residents wishing to learn more about 2020 Census activities can visit The site offers information about the importance of the Census, the local Complete Count Committee, opportunities to volunteer and possibly find a job with the Census Bureau, a community-based calendar of events for local Census-related events and a countdown clock to the 2020 Census.

The 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. The Census guides more than $675 billion in annual funding, including $77 billion in California alone. Uncounted persons can cost communities thousands of dollars over the next decade. Responding to the Census helps create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, build schools, roads and hospitals and more.

California includes a large number of populations considered at risk of being undercounted. Those include foreign-born residents, renters, individuals living in homes without Internet access, people living close to or below the poverty line and young children. Under federal law, all information collected is strictly confidential.


SCBHS welcoming comments for Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Santa Cruz Behavioral Health Services the Santa Cruz County Suicide Prevention Task Force is seeking input on its draft Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan, which was released earlier this month.

The plan envisions a system of prevention, intervention and postvention through priorities that include the establishment of new programs and services, an improved understanding of local strengths and needs and better information sharing and collaboration.

View and download the plan at under “Suicide Prevention Draft Strategic Plan 2019.”

Comments on the draft can be submitted through May 16 directly through that website under “Submit a Public Comment” or at 763-8203. The Task Force will hold a town hall meeting to receive additional feedback May 16, 5:30-7 p.m. at 1400 Emeline Ave., Building K, Room 206-207, Santa Cruz.


$35,000 in grants available from NMCF

The Northern Monterey County Foundation (NMCF), an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, has $35,000 available to grant in 2019. Nonprofit organizations and groups serving the Northern Monterey County communities of Aromas, Bolsa Knolls, Boronda, Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale, Royal Oaks or Santa Rita are encouraged to apply.

Grant applications are due May 31, 2019 by 5 p.m. and decisions will be announced in late July. Applications can be found online at Grants are expected to range from $1,000-3,000. For questions contact Brian Thayer, Community Foundation for Monterey County Senior Philanthropic Services Officer, at 375-9712 x144 or [email protected]

Pacific Coast Charter School 20th anniversary

Pacific Coast Charter School will hold its 20th anniversary celebration on May 16 at the school from 5-8 p.m. The event will include games, food, a student drama performance and a student work showcase.

For information, visit


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