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YPN Spotlight:

Zach Green, Visalia’s newest documentarian
written by Paul Meyers, Sun-Gazette Newspaper

Zach Green, founder and owner of Zach Green Films, has been making promotional videos for business and school districts around Visaila for the last few years. But now he is pointing his camera at locally tragic issues.
This month Green’s short five minute documentary on local law enforcement efforts to thwart sex trafficking in the Valley will premiere at the Tower Fox Theatre in the Fresno Tower District. His partner in shining the light on crime is Visalia Convention Center General Manager Shelly Ellis. She originally inspired Zach’s documentary when she explored the topic in the 2017-2018 Visalia Chamber of Commerce Leadership Visalia class.
“A lot of people think it’s a third world country problem, but we are talking about it here in Tulare County and a lot of organizations are transparent about it and it’s happening everywhere,” Ellis said as a guest with Green during an interview on episode 78 of the Paper Trail Podcast.
“We learned a lot of human trafficking in the leadership session…and that’s when I was introduced to heavy hitters in the Valley and I didn’t know it was happing this much. It was shocking,” Green said.
While this is Green’s first documentary, he has already become a successful videographer as his work with the Visalia Unified School District has earned him notable regard. Work Based learning Coordinator for VUSD Kim Batty says he has been a wealth of knowledge for upcoming students trying to break into media.
“He’s created dozens of videos for the VUSD Linked Learning Academies. His work brings life to the otherwise static career focused academy videos. The videos beautifully highlight what the kids will be doing during the course of the four-year academy as well as what they can expect to do in their respective career of choice,” Batty said.
Drawing emotion from film is what Green has managed to do best, and one project he did for Habitat for Humanity truly sticks out. The project was meant to show what Habitat for Humanity does around the globe for villages, and why it is important that people contribute to their local chapter.
“I think we created a piece that was pretty compelling. I enjoy watching those because it moves something inside me. I’m not setting out to make people cry but I’m setting out to make people feel something,” Green said.
The Fall networking mixer will include drinks from Rocky Hills Brewing, food by Bodacious Bite, live music and Coat drive benefiting the Kings Tulare Homeless Alliance.
Saturday, November 10th
11:00 am
Plaza Park
Bring a friend, food to share and your favorite beverage
YPN Featured Non-Profit... Valley Oak SPCA

Who are you, and what is your non-profit about?
Valley Oak SPCA is a non profit, no kill animal rescue. We operate a large pet adoption center in Visalia as well as a low cost vet clinic. We have also branched out to Southern California where we have staff and volunteers overseeing the adoption of cats and dogs 24/7.

What are some things you are doing in our community?
Valley Oak SPCA rescues animals from overcrowded city and county municipal shelters; we also take in owner surrenders, abandoned, sick and injured animals.
We offer low cost vaccination clinics with no appt needed Mon - Fri from 9-12 and Thurs from 4-6. We also have Saturday vaccination clinics and low cost dental procedures the first Saturday of the month. 9405 W Goshen Ave is our clinic location.

What specific asks do you have of young professionals?
Valley Oak SPCA runs off of donations and grants. Helping to spread the word that we are a no -kill rescue and not affiliated with any animal control facilities is important. We are run by a board of directors and are currently recruiting new members. We also have a constant need for volunteers and foster parents. We have flexible hours and duties and welcome a wide range of skill sets from marketing and events to animal handling and construction.
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The Chamber will host the first Annual Leadership Conference, March 21, 2019 at the Visalia Convention Center. The conference includes a nationally recognized keynote speaker (announcement coming soon) plus breakout sessions focused on leadership skills and workforce development. Details and registration information will be available soon.
Did You Know ...

  • D’Gala Hair & Spa Salon and a new pizza concept are being proposed at the old Trish Café location at 4141 W Noble Ave.

  • Best Buy will be moving across Mooney to the old Sport Chalet building in early 2019.

  • Top of the Third, current owners of the Visalia Rawhide have announced that the team is for sale. No movement or relocation is current planned.

  • The City of Visalia is tackling homelessness. With the inception of the HOPE (Homeless Outreach & Proactive Enforcement)Team there have been 9,202 transient related calls for service. The HOPE team handled 44% of those calls providing mental health resources, substance abuse resources, housing placement and more.

  • In 2017 the City Council authorized the Environmental Cleanup Opportunities project, which focuses on unemployed individuals who are experiencing homelessness to assist with getting them documents and to help them be job ready and reintroduced into the work force. 
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