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Santa Ana Team Raises Awareness of Domestic Violence on Make a Difference Day

December 1, 2014 webteam Mentee Spotlight: South Kern

The Santa Ana team of the Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps Program raised awareness of domestic violence in their community during a Community Fair held at the Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club on Make a Difference Day, October 25. The purpose of the project was to identify the many ways domestic violence can be perpetrated on a victim – physical, mental, emotional, economic – and provide resources for residents and potential victims to prevent, report, and recover from violent incidents. The Boys & Girls Club, Human Options, the Santa Ana College of Continuing Education, and over 90 youth and adult volunteers collaborated with the Santa Ana team to stage the event.

Photo Caption: AmeriCorps Member Jazmine Espinoza shares information on domestic violence with a community member.

South Kern Team Promotes Disaster Planning on Make a Difference Day

December 1, 2014 webteam Mentee Spotlight: Santa Ana

On October 25, the South Kern Team of the Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps Program served on Make Difference Day by promoting ways for households to prepare for natural disasters at a Fall Festival in the Greenfield community. The event was held at McKee Middle School and included engaging activities to encourage families to plan for unexpected emergencies. The AmeriCorps team partnered with the South Kern Building Healthy Communities Initiative, McKee Middle School, McKee Club Live, Greenfield Family Resource Center, Bakersfield Police Department’s Life Interrupted, the American Red Cross, and Champions for Change, and over 70 volunteers to stage the festival.

Photo Caption: AmeriCorps Members Mia Sandoval and Izebel Ramirez work with a family to plan an escape route from a home.

Ruth Martinez

November 5, 2014 webteam Mentor Spotlight

Ruth Martinez


South Kern

Number of Years as BHC Member


Service Site

Greenfield Middle School

Where were you born?

Delano, California

Where did you grow up?

Wasco, California and Nuevo Leon, Mexico

What college did you attend?

CSU Bakersfield

What do you enjoy most about service?

Knowing I have the opportunity to empower youth

Favorite Music Artist

Neutral Milk Hotel, Arcade Fire, Beirut

Favorite Book

Pride and Prejudice

Favorite Quote

“Let go or be dropped” (A Zen proverb)

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