One of 4S Bay Partners’ favorite activities of the year is partnering with Mano a Mano every December to bring holiday cheer to the local families they serve, helping to create access to opportunity and paths to success for all.
Mano a Mano’s mission is to empower immigrants and their families to become full participants in their community. Their work is guided by organizational values of collaboration and community building, education, excellence, equality of opportunity, stewardship, and respect for human dignity.
Mano a Mano serves as a nexus of the local immigrant community, offering a one-stop-shop for health resources and services, educational classes and workshops, and immigration legal services for some of the hardest-to-reach, most vulnerable families and individuals. Serving over 4,500 individuals every year, Mano a Mano is the only immigrant-serving agency in all of Lake County that provides a comprehensive array of culturally competent supportive services to our growing immigrant communities.
They accomplish their mission through four key programs: Healthy Families, Engaged Citizens, Productive Parents, and Successful Children. All of the children receive gifts while taking part in fun and connective activities such as face painting, art projects, photos with Santa, and story time.
We are proud to partner with the amazing Mano a Mano staff, who not only do amazing work but have been a crucial resource to the community throughout the pandemic. This was the first time our team could volunteer in person since 2019, and we could not think of a better way to close out an impactful year by seeing all of the children’s smiling faces again.
All of us at 4S Bay wish you a Happy New Year and hope you and your communities have a healthy and blessed year ahead.