As we begin this new year, we thought it an appropriate time to thank all of you who have helped make this, the first year of the Amigos de La Cruz website, such a resounding success.
We are truly humbled by how well received we have been and it is entirely thanks to all of you who have come to our website and spread the word through emails, word of mouth and Facebook that we continue to grow.
Because, first and foremost, we are about Amigos de La Cruz, we wanted to update you on a shift upward in our focus for the coming year. We have determined that the committee system that we initiated last year, which was a much needed step to drive many projects forward, has served its purpose and we will be better served as we progress to focus on the projects themselves.
Each project will have a project head to direct and coordinate and as needed, volunteers to aid in the implementation of the project. Most, but not all projects have budgetary needs,and therefore depend on the general operating funds of Amigos. More specifically, as a supporter of Amigos de La Cruz, you are supporting these projects through your memberships and contributions.
As always, we would like to encourage you to donate, either through membership, a monetary donation to a specific project or general fund, and/or by volunteering your time and energy for one or more of the following projects.
Amigos de La Cruz Projects 2011-2012:
The Friendship Club is here to help a young girl hear for the first time in her life by providing exams and a hearing aid and to help a young man see how beautiful his mother is by providing medical assistance and eye surgery and to sustain a young adult's life by providing costly chemotherapy treatment. The Friendship Club provides medical and financial assistance and prescription drugs to residents in need (funded separately).
The Emergency Response Service is a source for aiding residents or visitors encountering medical or other personal emergencies.
Friends on Boats welcomes our floating neighbors in the Marina and at anchor to the community by offering the Cruiser Card and other services and information.
Taste of La Cruz is a celebration of all things La Cruz. A Fair/Festival showcasing the businesses, services, restaurants and musicians of La Cruz in cooperation with the Marina.
Library Project follows up with petitions to the Municipal government to request a permanent location for a library in La Cruz, researching options and facilitating construction as needed and coordinating with local government.
Our Summer Program employs teachers for a 3-week summer program for 60 elementary school children with sessions on the environment, wildlife, maintaining a clean town, art and other subjects (often in cooperation with PEACE).
English Conversation Classes are Amigos volunteering to teach English to town residents.
Computers, Books & School Supplies Project consists of soliciting incoming residents and visitors for contributions to the local schools and library.
Our Recycling Project solicits funds from the membership and through media to privately fund the program, providing the production, labeling/signage and distribution of recycling bins throughout town, monitoring the location and maintenance of these bins and acting to maintain a sufficient number of drop off points in town are all part of this project.
For Street Cleaning, Amigos employs two street cleaners that do a daily street trash pick-up in the village center. The "Adopt-a-street program" encourages members to participate in maintaining clean streets in their neighborhoods.
Street Maintenance & Beautification goes beyond the issue of litter. Trash pick-up and disposal "habits" are an ongoing issue as insufficient containers coupled with a confusing trash pick-up schedule result in the accumulation of piles of garbage made worse by energetic, plastic tearing dogs. Education and neighborhood solutions such as informational signage are needed.
Garbage Cans Project, as an independent annex to the Street Cleaning & Beautification, is the procurement, labeling/signage and distribution of garbage cans (tambors) throughout town, monitoring the location and maintenance of these bins and acting to maintain a sufficient number in town.
In our Work For Food Project, we coordinate with PEACE to provide cleaning and maintaining to other areas of town by giving 9 women work in exchange for provisions and food. This in an effort to keep the streets of la Cruz the cleanest in the Bay area.
Graffiti Removal includes our goal to keep the town graffiti free.
Arroyo, Highway & Beach Clean Ups coordinates with local schools to conduct clean-ups of the local arroyos, culverts and beaches. This project is ongoing and in need of people who love working with kids and come naturally to organizing people and projects.
Planning and Zoning investigates and reports government actions which affect the quality of life in the village, such as water quality and availability, sewage, waste management, beach access and zoning.
Buenos Vecinos (Neighborhood Watch, Community Awareness, & Community-Police Cooperation Program is an inaugural project currently without a contact person.
Communications summarizes and reports on all of the above and shares news and information about La Cruz and the activities of Amigos de La Cruz using the Amigos de La Cruz website, Facebook, newsletter and through various other media. Also, providing all promotional and informational media, brochures, signs, cards, etc. for group events.
Membership coordinates with the Executives, Asociados and all project contacts as well as the general members. This project focuses on increasing and maintaining membership through existing events, functions and media as well as by using personal contact and social media. Equally important, the ongoing need for creative means of soliciting funds independently of membership dues.
Again, we appreciate your support and look forward to another exciting and successful year for Amigos de La Cruz.
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