December, 2014

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Our proud partner United Way of Merced County are teaming up with Walgreens to help fight the flu!
Free flu shots are provided by Walgreens, at the United Way office, for those who are without health coverage or unable to afford a flu shot. Recipients must be 7 years of
age or older.

December 9, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

658 W. Main Street, Merced CA


For more information, call United Way of Merced County at 209.383.4242.

Calendar of Events Calendar
Tuesday, December 9th
Free Flu Shots at United Way of Merced County
658. W. Main Street Merced, CA 
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, December 10th

1405 California Ave. 
Dos Palos, CA
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13th

At Mariposa Art Co
1637 M St, Merced 
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 13th
Merced Madness All-Hmong Basketball Tournament 

Le Grand High School
12961 E. Le Grand Rd.

Registrar your team and win a plethora of awesome gifts. Or bring out the family and enjoy a night of excitement. Click the image for more detail.  
Thursday, December 18th
BHC Hub Committee Meeting 
Merced County Office of Education 
Clark Newhall Rm
632 West 13th Street Merced, CA
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 19th

Merced Senior Center 
755 W. 15th Street 
Merced, CA 95340

If you are interested in being part of the celebration, be sure to RSVP by Dec. 15th with Jeremy @ 209.354.9393 or
Share your upcoming event with us on our BHC Merced Calendar to be highlighted in our next newsletter and on our website!
Submit your events here. Or send information about your event to
Past BHC EventPastEvents
BHC Community Grant Reception 

(October 26h)
Last month we introduced our BHC Community Grantees for Fall 2014.

Past BHC EventPastEvents
BHC Community Circle -Harvest Fest 

(October 21st)
Last month, BHC held their 4th quarterly BHC Community Circle in the Beachwood Franklin area. With the "Harvest Fest" theme, over 100 families, residents, and children came out to support the positive work happening within the community. #1Merced. 

Building Healthy Communities Merced
658 West Main Street Merced, California 95340

We'Ced Media: Youth Highlightyouthhighlight
Police Relations - Not Just a Black Urban Issue

(By We'Ced Youth Media & The kNOw Youth Media photo: We'Ced)


We'Ced Youth Media and The kNOw Youth Media asked youth reporters in rural, and predominantly Latino, areas of Merced and the Central Valley to survey people in their community about how they perceive local law enforcement. This is what they had to say...


In the News: InThenews
[Merced Sun Star] BY: Ana B. Ibarra 
Award-winning photojournalist David Bacon stopped by Merced on Monday night to start a local conversation about the growing crisis of migrant children in California..
In the News:
[Merced Sun Star] Ana B. Ibarra 
Merced was one of 43 cities to stage peaceful protests Wednesday in a show of solidarity with 43 students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, in September...
Community Highlight: Planada En AccionCommunityHighlight 
Annual Planada Senior Christmas Program

Planada En Accion, a community action in Planada hosted their annual Senior Christmas Program this past Saturday. With over 120 seniors, residents, and young people in attendance, the night was filled with prizes, smiles and surprise attendance and contribution from Merced County Supervisor John Pedrozo. 

(Photo by Entre Amigos Publication)

A special thank you goes out to all who were able to attend the event and to those who were able to contribute. A big thank you goes out to the partners that made this event happen, CRLA, Merced County Human Services Agency, Building Healthy Communities, Entre Amigos, and many more. 
Community Grantee Highlight: Mariposa Art Co. GranteeHighlight
Mariposa Art Company

Mariposa Art Company, one of BHC's newest community grantees for Fall 2014 is changing the way children view art in Merced. With the help of local partners and friends, MACo believes every child benefit when given a healthy outlet to express themselves. 
(Photo by: Mariposa Art Company)

Mariposa Art Company has been able to offer a plethora of workshops to local children ranging in ages 2-13. With art programs ranging from arts & crafts to story building, MACo is giving the necessary outlets children need to grow healthy lives while expanding their creativity and leadership skills. 

"The children also held a cookie drive and made 100 cards to be sent to Valley Children's Hospital, Fresno during the holiday season with the "You're One Tough Cookie" project led by art student Natalie."
Keep up the great work!

For information or to register, please contact Miss Patty @
(209)354-6067 or visit the Mariposa Art Co Facebook page here.

Grant Opportunity: City of Merced Housing Division GrantOpportunities

The City of Merced Housing Devision has announced that it is accepting applications for their Community Development Block Grant. 
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday the 10th at 5:30 pm at the Sam Pipes Room, City Hall 678 W. 18th Street.  

Affordable Health Care #GetCoveredMerced #Health4All ACA
Seeking assistance for affordable health insurance shouldn't be a job. 

Get enrolled. Get informed. Spread the word about the all the Agencies in Merced County that offer enrollment services for free. 
Building Healthy Communities Merced is a proud partner of United Way of Merced County.