Redwood City Together

Cultural & Social Awareness: Redwood City Together

Redwood City is a highly diverse community, with growing Latino immigrant populations. To help all community members foster empathy and understanding for each other’s unique challenges, we are working to provide opportunities for community members to get to know each other and work collaboratively. By building and recognizing efforts to include all community members, we are creating a more welcoming, inclusive environment for all who live, work and study in Redwood City.

Current Activities

•Highlighting the diversity of our community and building connections among all people through art, culture, and conversations
•Hosting community dialogues to share our unique stories
•Creating avenues for participants to become welcoming leaders and collaborators
•Hosting a “welcoming café” event with art and conversation to create empathy and action
•Supporting youth development and empowerment through conferences and dialogues
•Celebrating what makes us feel most welcome in Redwood City

Current Funders
RWC Civic Cultural Commission
Welcoming America

•Initiative started in spring of 2012
•Faces of the Community portraits opened in an exhibit in October 2012
•Successful unveiling of powerful 6 word memoirs & silhouettes created by immigrant youth in  November 2013
•2 youth empowerment conferences in 2013-2014
•150+ participants in 10 dialogues in 2013-2014
•40+ participants in first ever “Redwood City Café” in May 2014
•Redwood City is one of two cities in California to be an official Welcoming America affiliate

Current Needs
•A gap analysis of Redwood City high schools in the Sequoia Union High School District to identify strengths and challenges in delivering social services.

•A long-term funding strategy that maximizes existing funding sources and secures additional funding from private and public sources.  
Active Partners
Cañada College
City of Redwood City (Fair Oaks Community Center, Parks and Recreation)
Institute for Local Government
International Institute of the Bay Area
Kainos Home and Training Center
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
San Francisco Organizing Project/Peninsula Interfaith Action
Redwood City Library, Downtown Branch
Redwood City Elementary School District (community schools)
Salvation Army
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, CARON Program
Sequoia High School (Dream Club and Immigrant Youth Action Team)
United Methodist Church
Welcoming America