On Jan. 10, the Santa Cruz branch of Friends Outside hosted a fundraiser at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery. A portion of the drinks purchased between 12–10 p.m. went to the California-based nonprofit, which is dedicated to providing support not only to those who are incarcerated, but also to their families.
Local non-profit Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International is implementing new domestic violence prevention programming, thanks to a $90,000 grant it received from the Verizon Foundation. Watsonville police chief Manny Solano and executive director of Kidpower Irene van der Zande are partnering to address “people safety” in the Santa Cruz community and internationally.
Besides recently achieving national certification and a win for their first bout of the season, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls are a self-sustaining league. The team is a grassroots organization and currently features 100 derby girls keeping the league alive.