River Tree Volunteers Receive Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The Guarantee Good Will Network showed its support of keeping the San Joaquin River clean and safe by making a $1,000 to the River Tree Volunteers.

The River Tree Volunteers have removed over 7,600 tires and tons of trash from the San Joaquin River since 2003.  Their efforts help thousands of people enjoy the beauty of the river and has improved water quality.  The RT Volunteers also remove invasive weeds, plant trees, conduct educational programs, and offer guided canoe tours. 

The GGWN donation will be used for replacement of worn out life jackets, and broken canoe seats, as well as purchase of tools, dumpsters, & native plants.

The San Joaquin River is one of our area’s finest natural resources.  And thanks to the River Tree Volunteers we are better able to access and enjoy its beauty.  Learn more about the RTV on their Facebook page facebook.com/RiverTreeVolunteers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Receives $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The Guarantee Good Will Network is glad that MADD is active in our community.  Since MADD was established in 1980, drunk driving has declined by more than 40%.  MADD has been instrumental in educating the public about the dangers of drunk driving and has helped prevent needless deaths and injuries that can occur when someone gets behind the wheel after they have been drinking.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving also offers support to victims of alcohol related crashes. Some of their services include providing emotional support, advocacy in the criminal/civil justice systems, and connecting survivors who have similar experiences.

Learn more about MADD or about how to become a MADD volunteer, visit their website http://www.madd.org

Hope Now For Youth Receives $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

Hope Now For Youth has taken over 2,000 gang members and at-risk youth off the streets of Fresno and helped them establish productive lives.  This evening (2/27/14) at their Annual Banquet, some of these men will share how their lives have been changed forever by this program.  Hope Now For Youth has an impressive 85% success record and has taught troubled young men to become husbands to their wives, fathers to their children, and dependable employees who make positive contributions to their families, friends, and communities.

The Guarantee Good Will Network is proud to be a supporter of Hope Now for Youth.  Learn more about the great work they are accomplishing; check out their website, hopenowforyouth.org.

Local Girl Scouts Receive $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

Through programs that teach practical life skills and leadership, Girl Scouts aims to give every girl access to life-changing experiences that enable her to reach her full potential.  Every year, Girl Scouts of Central California South give more that 10,000 girls in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties the opportunity to grow, learn, and have fun. 

Our local Girl Scout programs help young women by:
  • Increasing their self-esteem and their ability to make wise choices
  • Teaching financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills
  • Offering activities that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), encouraging young women to consider these areas as a future career
  • Emphasizing living in wellness, healthy choices, physical fitness, obesity prevention, and safety
  • Protecting our environment, sustainability, and advocacy
  • Respecting others, embracing our heritage, and celebrating diversity

Learn more about our local Girls Scouts programs from their web site, girlscourtsccs.org

Naomi’s House Receives $1,000 Donation from Guarantee Good Will Network

The reason each woman arrives at Naomi’s House is varied.  Many suffer from severe, persistent mental illness, others from drug or alcohol abuse.  Each has a different story to tell.  But they all have a commonality and that is homelessness.  The Guarantee Good Will Network has helped provide a safe overnight shelter for these homeless women by making a $1,000 donation to Naomi’s House.

Naomi’s House at Poverello specifically targets homeless women, offering them an overnight shelter in a relaxed atmosphere, where there is structure, but it is minimal. The first and most important task with these women is the development of a trusting relationship. Only through trust can these women begin to address the path that led to homelessness and begin to reconstruct their lives.
Naomi's House works in conjunction with Poverello House and the Holy Cross Center for Women to also provide meals, showers, laundry, and medical/dental care.  Naomi’s House also offers needs assessment, goal planning, health and personal living education, social service advocacy, case management, and limited transportation.  Their goal is to be the starting place to help homeless women find their way back to a productive, healthy life.

Learn more about Naomi’s House on their web site 

American Red Cross Receives Donation from Guarantee Good Will Network

The Central Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross recently received a $1,000 donation from the Guarantee Good Will Network. The local chapter provides services to people in Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Tulare, Kings, and Kern Counties.

Last year Red Cross volunteers assisted 545 families in the Central Valley when they were forced from their homes due to a disaster, which most frequently occurred due to a fire.  These families received help securing temporary shelter, meals, clothing, emotional support, and health services in order to begin the recovery process. 

In addition, Red Cross volunteers prevent tragedies from occurring at home and at the work place by teaching life saving skills of CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Training, and Babysitter Training.  The Red Cross also educates people about disaster preparedness.  And they provide emergency communications and assistance to military personnel and their families.

You can register for life saving classes, or sign up to become a Red Cross volunteer on their local web site  http://arccentralvalley.org.  

Boys and Girls Club Receive Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The Guarantee Good Will Network recently made a $1,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County.  The donation will support programs in Fresno, Clovis, Huron, Dinuba, Parlier, Madera, Sanger, Firebaugh, Orange Cove, Mendota, Del Rey, and Pinedale, where over 12,000 youth participate annually.

Clubs are open every day M-F after school when kids have free time and need positive and productive activities.   Core Boys and Girls Clubs programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable them to reach their full potential. Clubs offer program activities in several areas: Good Character & Citizenship, Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, The Arts, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and Technology. 

Learn more about the programs the Boys and Girls Clubs offer or how you can get involved from their website, bgclubfc.org .

Rescue Mission Receives Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The Guarantee Good Will Network’s $1,250 donation will help the Fresno Rescue Mission  provide services to the homeless, transients, and drug & alcohol addicts.  The Rescue Mission’s programs include:
  • Food and a warming center for the homeless
  • Emergency overnight shelter, “First Steps”
  • “Next Steps,” temporary shelter, work therapy, and case management
  • “The Academy” 18 month residential rehabilitation and recovery program for men
  • “Transitional Apartments” for single men who have completed 12 months at the Academy and are either employed or going to school full time

To learn more about the Fresno Rescue Mission, visit their web site at fresnorescuemission.org

Community Food Bank Receives Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The Guarantee Good Will Network gave the Community Food Bank (CFB) a hand in helping feed local hungry families with a donation of $1,250.

The Community Food Bank distributes food to more than 180 nonprofit distribution partners located throughout Fresno, Madera, and Kings CountiesThe CFB serves 160,000 people every month and distributes over 25 million pounds of food each year.  For every $1 donated, the CFB can purchase $8 worth of food.  Every $10 donation provides food for a family of 4 for a week.

CFB programs include the BackPack Program that provides weekend meals for children, a Mobile Pantry fresh food distribution, USDA - (EFAP) Emergency Food Assistance Program, a farmers market-style produce distribution called Neighborhood MarketsNutrition on Wheels (NOW) which is an nutrition education mobile kitchen, Partner Pantry Program, and CalFresh Outreach.

Find out more about the Community Food Bank on their website, communityfoodbank.net.

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $1,250 to the Poverello House

Poverello House is dedicated to serving the hungry and homeless in our region.  They provide 1,400-1,600 meals a day, 7 days a week.

Poverello also provides temporary shelter for the homeless at the Village of Hope and Community of Hope. In addition, Poverello distributes clothing to the homeless and provides showers, laundry, transportation, mail, and other services.

The Poverello House is a day shelter and safe haven for people on the streets.  They house a 28-bed residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, and a five-bed transitional home.

Learn more about the Poverello House on their website www.poverellohouse.org

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $1,000 to Fresno Survivor's of Suicide Loss

Fresno Survivor's of Suicide Loss (SOS) recently received a $1,000 donation from the Guarantee Good Will Network.

SOS provides emotional support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide through support group meetings, a mentoring program, and a survivor support team.  

Also SOS helps prevent suicide by  educating the community about suicide which is the third leading cause of fatal injuries in Fresno County.  Their volunteer speakers bureau educates more than 5,000 high school students in Fresno County annually.  They educate young people about warning signs, risk factors, depression symptoms, where to go for help, how to help a friend, and mental wellness coping skills.  Of those 5,000 students, SOS refers an average of 250 for additional help immediately following the presentations; evidence that they are making a significant impact in guiding young people to help and saving lives.  In addition, their workplace program educates nearly 1,000 adults annually who serve high risk populations.  

Get more information on the SOS website http://www.fresnosos.org/ .

Break the Barriers Receives $1,250 Guarantee Good Will Network Donation

The vision of Break the Barriers is to allow children and adults, regardless of mental or physical handicaps, to participate together in sports and arts where they have the opportunity to celebrate all levels of victories and achievements.  Having started in a backyard, BtheB now provides gymnastics, swim, martial arts, dance, archery, & sign lessons to more than 3,000 students each week in their 32,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility.
Their mission is to demonstrate Inclusion through Ability Awareness Outreach & Education performances and presentations. They recognize the gifts and talents of people with various abilities.  Their performances have softened the hearts of audiences and generated hope for all people.

Break the Barriers has changed the lives of people around the world, and has been recognized as a National Role Model for Inclusion. Break the Barriers is dedicated to accelerating awareness, understanding, acceptance and education for all people with various abilities.

Learn more about Break the Barriers programs and classes on the web site breakthebarriers.org

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $1,000 to Inspiration Park

Inspiration Park is a collaboration between the City of Fresno and 12 other organizations including Resources for Independence Central Valley, ARC Fresno, Break the Barriers, Tree Fresno, and Central Unified School District. 

They have raised funds and obtained grants and donations valued at $7.4 million to build Inspiration Park, an 8 acre sports & recreation area at Gettysburg & Polk which will be the first of its kind in California; a park that will be TOTALLY accessible for handicap as well as able bodied children and adults. While some recreational facilities are partially equipped for handicap use, Independence Park will allow people with disabilities to access ALL areas including special surface playing fields, basketball courts with adjustable hoop heights, splash pod, sensory garden, skate park, and community building equipped with computers. 

Ground breaking should take place in early 2014.  The park with be built by the City of Fresno.  The City will not however maintain the park.  The $1,000 Guarantee Good Will Network donation will go towards the costs for maintaining the park during the first year.

Click HERE to learn more about Inspiration Park

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $1,000 to the Fresno Historical Society

Amongst other things, the Fresno Historical Society administers Kearney Mansion Museum where the largest Civil War reenactment in the Western United States will be held on October 18th - 20th, 2013.   At Civil War Revisited you can:

  • Watch battle reenactments
  • See demonstrations of era crafts by period artisans
  • Learn about California’s role in the War
  • Stroll through a military encampment
  • Walk around a civilian township
  • Hear stories from historical characters
  • Enjoy period entertainment
  • End the day dining at either Camp Night or the General’s Dinner

Click HERE to learn more about the Civil War Revisited

The Fresno Historical Society (FHS) tells the story of California’s Central Valley, one of the five most fertile valleys in the world.  FHS
  • celebrates the Valley’s cultural diversity,
  • traces the development of agriculture and agribusiness,
  • documents the region’s immigrant story,
  • teaches our children how to learn history’s lessons,
  • provides a community gathering place,
  • and uses history to help develop plans for the Valley’s future

Learn more about the Fresno Historical Society on their website, valleyhistory.org.

Marjaree Mason Center Receives Donation from Guarantee Good Will Network

The Guarantee Good Will Network helped provide shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence by making a $2,000 to the Marjaree Mason Center (MMC). 

The MMC operates 3 shelters in Fresno County.  The Emergency Shelter in Fresno provides 93 beds in 40 rooms.  Homeward Bound, is a transitional living center with 23 beds in Fresno that prepares women for independent living.  And the 18 bed home in Reedley provides both emergency & transitional living.  In addition to shelter, MMC also provides legal assistance, counseling, education, and 24 hour hotline support.

Marjaree Mason Center will be holding their annual Top Ten Business and Professional Women’s Luncheon on Friday, October 18th, 2013 at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall.  If you’re interested in purchasing tickets to this fundraising event, call them at 487-1360.  Learn more about the important service MMC is doing in our community on their website, http://mmcenter.org/