by Adriana Fernandez Arriaga In the fall of 2021, the San Mateo County Parks Foundation created a new small grants program called Enhancing Equitable Access. The goal is to fund and support organizations that increase opportunities for people of color and low-income youth and their families to enjoy the many benefits of being in parks. Now in our second year of funding, we are pleased to announce that five organizations have been awarded grants up to $4,000 each. Read on to learn more about these outstanding organizations that are expanding access to our parks, trails and coastal areas for those who face barriers, such as a lack of transportation or a lack of awareness about the parks themselves.
I love this time of year – the winding down of one year and the looking ahead to a new one. A New Year is a blank canvas, a time to think about cultivating good habits and kicking bad ones to the curb. Winter is a time to slow down, reflect and replenish. Lately, I have been reflecting a lot on two things: gratitude and joy. Tis the season!