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Summer is here, and fall is right on it's heals.

Amazing how time flies

So many things happening with HCCD and Highway City Thrift, it is our hope that you would like to be involved with us in one of the many upcoming serve or give opportunities.  

The Thrift store will be going through a mini-remodel to open up more selling space.  If you have time to volunteer for our painting project and to move racks so our clothing/items are protected, please let us know. 
We need your gently used, but un-needed items to sell at our store. Please be our advocates and spread the word for us. Selling your items at Highway City Thrift gives people work experience, builds independent life skills and job training. As many as 20 people a month come through - some short term, others longer.  Being able to work with us, is life changing for many and has led to permanent employment for others in the community.  Your donations are tax deductible.

Our two Learning Centers work with over 80 children year round.  As we approach another new school year, we are in need of all basic school supplies as well as help in the area of technology.  We are looking for docking stations and charging platforms for all the students who will now have tablets.  However, if they get to the Learning Center after school and their tablet is dead, it will definitely be harder for them to do their homework while they have help available.  If can help with these items or have resource ideas, we'd love to hear from you.  Email Admin@centralcc.net or send us an email on the website:  www.highwaycitycd.com.

 

Our Summer Enrichment programs are well underway, serving through 3 programs at 2 sites with children in Preschool through 8th grade.  The programs are focusing on Pre-K/Kinder readiness and not having any Summer learning loss, as well as art and games and other enrichment activities.  Fun contests let the older kids earn prizes for the books they are reading, while for the younger set its reading and learning their sight words!  
 
We will be looking for a dynamic person to oversee our Learning Center/Afterschool program at our Courtyard site for the next school year.  The Site Coordinator assists in the development, coordination and implementation of the after school program for students and community members including academic enrichment, recreation, nutrition, etc. The Site coordinator recruits and/or engages students, volunteers and parents in after school and summer activities, as well as becoming a community liaison understanding the needs of the community.
Skills necessary include:
A desire to serve in youth development and education.
Enthusiasm for the community
Ability to work flexible hours, mostly part-time afternoons
Excellent organizational and independent working skills.
Background or college credits in education or social services a plus.
9-12 hours per week.  $9-12 per hour determined by experience and education.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:  Admin@centralcc.net
Summer in the Park is a community outreach for the families in the Highway City area as a safe, fun and cool way to get out of the summer heat.  Our first event had kids saying they were thrilled with having a fun way to cool off, and this week should be a true heat reliever with temperatures predicted to be 108. Many of the families that live in our area don't have air conditioning so, this provides an alternative and compliments our summer enrichment opportunities currently in place.  Program runs through July 30th.
Please visit us at: 
Highwaycitycd.com & Highwaycitythriftstore.com
For more noteworthy news, to donate, and see our latest great finds.
June was a busy month for donations at the store. This meant a lot of fun for our customers:
Central Unified Schools – Our truck went to several of the schools in the district and picked up their “Lost & Found” items that had been left at the end of the school year.
Northwest Church’s Youth had a yard sale in the church’s parking lot to raise money for their upcoming camp expenses. They also rented booths to other vendors and we were able to collect a lot of donations at the end of the sale.
Road trip to Cupertino – as our store was asked to pick up donations at an apartment in Cupertino for a friend of Sue’s who’s mother had passed away. The truck went up and brought back a lot of beautiful furniture, decorative items and clothing.

Interview:
Felix Calderon has been working at the store on the Work Experience Program since the end of May.  He is working in the warehouse with Robert and Richard and catching on quickly. He say he likes to assemble things or check the donations out to see if they work. When asked, “What is the best part of working here?” Felix responded, “I like the people. The customers and staff are so nice here”.  Everyone is enjoying getting to know Felix.
In his spare time Felix says he likes spending time with his girlfriend and son who just turned a year old and skateboarding.  Welcome aboard Felix.
 
Success Story
We have been working with CVTC (Central Valley Training Center) for several years. The clients come for one to two hours a week during the school year and they learn valuable job skills. We get the extra help and we get to know some wonderful people.
One of those people is Gracie. She came to work with us approximately three years ago. She has now been hired by Home Depot. Way to go Gracie- We are proud of you!!
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