September, 2018 - In This Issue:
From the Desk of Our Executive Director
Stephanie, Jennifer, and I having a "berry" good time at a celebration in their honor.
September has been an incredibly busy month for 4Cs full of transitions, celebrations, and exciting new programs! The beginning of the month began with a very bittersweet goodbye to our dear colleagues Stephanie and Jennifer as their work with our Child Health and Nutrition Department came to an end. Jennifer has earned a very well-deserved retirement after almost a decade at 4Cs, and Stephanie's next adventure will be in a new state, leaving behind more than 25 years of 
dedication to our agency. We wish them all the best! 

As one door closes, another opens, and we are excited to share with you about both 4Cs' new Hayward Promise Neighborhoods programs and our new free diaper giveaway for families in the 4Cs community. You can read about these exciting programs below and we hope that you will share them with your networks, families, and friends. 

Speaking of friends, 4Cs Board of Directors hosted a wonderful evening of friends, community members, and supporters celebrating 4Cs of Alameda County's 45 years of service to the  community. Thank you to everyone who joined us for an evening of inspiration, fun, and festivities. You can view photos from the event here. Cheers to 4Cs past, present and future!    

Be Well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Free Diapers Monthly for Families
Registration is October 3rd and 4th

4Cs of Alameda County is excited to announce that we are partnering with First 5 Alameda County and to provide FREE diapers monthly for families in our community. See flier below for all of the information that you need to know to receive free diapers for your little one. 

Hayward Promise Neighborhoods Programming Begins
Serving South Hayward Families
4Cs HPNs Team:
Celia, Lizbeth, Cynthia, and Diana

Hayward Promise Neighborhoods (HPN) is a federally funded collaborative of residents, local schools, colleges, government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that are interdependently aligned to provide children and families high-quality programs and resources supporting development from from cradle, to college, to career.
4Cs is an HPN partner agency and leads the Early Learning Network. Our agency will be providing three programs for families with children ages birth to eight years in the South Hayward area. 4Cs HPN team, pictured to the right, is made up of Celia Goetz (HPNs Manager), Diana Cortes (HPN Project Coordinator), Lizbeth Gonzalez (Family Navigator), and Cynthia Fernandez (HPN Project Specialist). The team will be coordinating the following HPN programs:
Parent Promise Academy: Comprehensive 10-week Spanish/English parenting education and support program for parents with children ages 0-8. Once per week in the evenings, child care and dinner provided. Contact: Diana Cortes, and 510-584-3105

Toddler Play and Learn:  Five week bilingual (English-Spanish) playgroup program with a trained facilitator for families with children ages 18 months to 4 years old who are not using formal child care or early learning programs. Once per week during the day for two hour sessions. Contact: Diana Cortes, and 510-584-3105
Family Navigation: Individualized, strength-based navigation services for families with children 0-8 years. Family navigator will schedule a consultation with families to conduct needs assessment and provide referrals and connections to an array of programs and services. Contact: Lizbeth Gonzales, and 510-584-3133  
Play & Learn
Popular Playgroup Begins in September
4Cs of Alameda County is bringing back Play & Learn, a playgroup for little ones  and  their family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. Join us for mornings of fun and learning for children ages 0-5 years old and their caregivers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, other family members & friends. Prizes in every session & snacks provided! Register today and join us for one or all of the sessions in this  8-week series on Friday morning from 9:30-11:30am beginning September 21st and ending November 9th in Hayward. Contact Ariana at or (510) 690-2159 to register.   
VITA at 4Cs Seeking Volunteers
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Volunteers Needed!

Do you like helping people? Do you enjoy serving your community? The n the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program may be just what you are looking for. VITA is a program that involves volunteers from many walks of life to help taxpayers who cannot afford professional tax assistance. For over 1 6 years, 4Cs' VITA program has helped low-income families prepare and file Federal and State taxes for free . VITA volunteers prepare income tax returns and provide information and referral to programs and services available at 4Cs.

There are many volunteer opportunities with VITA, even if you are not interested in preparing taxes. We need tax preparers, greeters, and translators (we are especially looking for volunteers who are fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, Punjabi, Farsi and American Sign Language). Volunteers must attend training sessions and devote 3-5 hours per week from January to April 15, 2019. Opportunities are available in Hayward. If you are interested in learning more about VITA volunteer opportunities, please contact Joni Chantigian, VITA Site Coordinator at (510) 690-2150 or to set up a VITA information meeting.
4Cs is Hiring
Career Opportunities at 4Cs

Join our team of dedicated, energetic, and caring professionals. Click here to find out why 4Cs was recognized by the NonProfit Times as a " 2017 Best Nonprofits to Work." More opportunities at 4Cs are coming soon! Check our " Career Opportunities at 4Cs" webpage to stay up-to-date on available job openings.