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City Council Recognizes Latest Welcoming Star Award Recipients Redwood City Public Library and Fair Oaks Community Center

Redwood City 2020 Program "Redwood City Together" Awards a Welcoming Star for Local Groups' Efforts to Create a More Inclusive Community

Post Date:01/06/2017 1:11 PM
Jan.  6, 2016
Media Contact:
Jeanne Sullivan, City Manager's Office
City Council Recognizes Latest Welcoming Star Award Recipients Redwood City Public Library and Fair Oaks Community Center
Redwood City 2020 Program "Redwood City Together" Awards a Welcoming Star for Local Groups' Efforts to Create a More Inclusive Community
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.-The City Council of Redwood City and Redwood City 2020's welcoming initiative, Redwood City Together, will shine a spotlight on its latest Welcoming Stars Award recipients -- Redwood City Public Library and Fair Oaks Community Center-Jan. 9 with a special recognition during the City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
The Welcoming Stars Award, given by Redwood City Together, honors local pioneers and programs which help build an inclusive and respectful community. Redwood City 2020 is a community collaborative working across sectors to ensure the safety, health, and success of all children, youth, and families in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks.
Redwood City Library
The Redwood City Public Library inspires learning through innovative and visionary programming and services-literacy programs, support for school success, access to technology, safe, inviting spaces for youth and families, and gathering places that connect the members of the community with a love of reading and learning.
Several key services earned the Welcoming Star for the Library, such as the Project READ literacy program, a wide variety of cultural and educational activities for children and families, and partnerships with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and the San Mateo County Bar Association to provide bilingual tenants' rights workshops and "Lawyers in the Library" programs. Project READ, with the assistance of countless volunteers, has helped thousands of adults to improve their reading and writing skills, in addition to helping countless children improve their grade level reading abilities through intergenerational, dual-intervention tutoring programs. The Library welcomes all of the community's children to experience the joy of reading and develop a love of learning, not only through traditional programs like story times and summer reading, but also through multicultural celebrations including Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Diwali, Día de los Muertos, and many more. The workshops with local attorneys support community members with free consultations on topics like family law, housing, employment, and immigration.
"We take great pride in our long tradition of welcoming all people to the Library, not only to connect with resources and ideas as individuals, but also to experience inspiration and education together with others. The Library is a place of learning, a place of opportunity, and a place of inclusion for our entire community," said Redwood City Library Director Derek Wolfgram.
Fair Oaks Community Center
The Fair Oaks Community Center also seeks to create community, providing facilities, personnel, and programs necessary to support and coordinate social services for the diverse populations within Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. These aim to educate and empower their community, serving as a bridge to resources for families and individuals who need them.
The programs which won the Welcoming Star for the Fair Oaks Community Center range from senior nutrition and childcare programs to shelter referrals for the homeless, food assistance, immigration and citizenship services, and legal assistance. In the long-term, the community center hopes to help end homelessness, maintain the diversity of the community by supporting the long-term self-sufficiency of vulnerable populations, and support the wellbeing of very low and extremely low income families and individuals in the community.
"It's important that people feel safe and supported when seeking basic services to support themselves and their families," said Teri Chin, human services manager for the Fair Oaks Community Center - which is part of the City's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. "It is difficult enough to ask for help.  People of all backgrounds and abilities need to feel that they are welcome to seek services and get the help they need to thrive and even contribute to our community."
To obtain more information on the Welcoming Star Award, including how to nominate a new program, please visit or contact Jemima Oso at (650) 423-2200 ext. 3467 or

About Redwood City 2020
Redwood City 2020 is a collaborative comprised of eight non-profit and public core member organizations and hundreds of community-based affiliate organizations whose vision is that all people living in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks are healthy, safe, and successful.  As a community collaborative, Redwood City 2020 approaches complex challenges by bringing community residents together with local organizations and public agencies to develop and implement a wide range of projects that are focused on addressing acute needs and building on strengths in our community. Redwood City 2020's goals are to reduce the impact of poverty, improve the academic success of students, increase community engagement, improve health and wellness, and enhance safety in our community.  For more information, visit Redwood City 2020's website at or follow @rwc2020 on Twitter.

About the City of Redwood City 
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City will mark its Sesquicentennial Year with celebrations beginning in May 2017.Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow Redwood City on Twitter@Redwood City, and on Facebook.
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