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shandi

New Uniforms for Underprivileged Students in San Francisco

The Fall 2022 semester of the San Francisco Unified School District was to begin on Monday, August 15, with all K-12 students returning to class. Since some students from low-income families don’t have new uniforms to wear, Tzu Chi USA Northwest Region’s San Francisco Branch ordered more than 1,600 brand-new uniforms for children in the Bayview-Hunters Point school zone in advance, and distributed them in the community on August 13.

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shandi

A Free Clinic and Food Distribution Brings Relief in East Palo Alto, California

Before seven in the morning on Saturday, June 11, 2022, a truck loaded with food from Second Harvest Food Bank in Northern California’s Silicon Valley slowly approached Costano Elementary School in East Palo Alto, where Tzu Chi volunteers provide semimonthly food distributions. After the driver unloaded the truck, Tzu Chi volunteers skillfully sorted the different kinds of food in preparation for distribution. Meanwhile, local community residents queued up to register, bringing shopping bags or carts to pick up food that would last them for the next few weeks.

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shandi

A Gift of a Mobile Kitchen to Help Tzu Chi USA Offer Hot Meals

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank donated a new mobile kitchen to Tzu Chi USA Headquarters on May 25, 2022. The mobile kitchen, costing $80,000 to $100,000, will be used for Tzu Chi’s future emergency relief work in the United States. It will make it easier for volunteers to cook directly at disaster sites and distribute hot food to survivors. The mobile kitchen is inside a converted 20-foot-long container and contains a complete and practical set of home kitchen facilities. Four additional wheels allow a vehicle to tow the kitchen to where the hot meals are needed.

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Laura Travin

Health, Wellness, and Peace of Mind: Tzu Chi Medical Free Clinics Return to In-Person

The pandemic halted in-person services for Tzu Chi Medical’s clinics, leaving underserved communities without the critical care they had grown to rely on. Though the team was able to send medications via mail and help in any way possible, the two-year stall was difficult to navigate. Residents in San Bernardino and Cupertino were grateful to be able to schedule appointments and visit the clinics for in-person care.

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Tzu Chi Young Leaders

Tzu Chi USA’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Continues at the El Monte Service Center

On February 12, community residents had their income tax returns prepared for free by trained Tzu Chi volunteers at the El Monte Service Center in CA. With this year’s tax season approaching fast, Tzu Chi volunteers know how daunting filing income tax returns can be for many people, including for our community members who have recently immigrated to the United States, and who may face language barriers. Community members who earned less than $58,000 last year can have their income tax returns prepared for free via Tzu Chi USA’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

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