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Santa Cruz Holiday Parking Program Donates Over $39,000 to Hope Services

Post Date:02/11/2020 1:30 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Feb. 11, 2020

 

Contact: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166

                 

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Santa Cruz Mayor Justin Cummings awarded $39,984 to local nonprofit Hope Services on behalf of the City of Santa Cruz and the Downtown Association's Parking for Hope Program at today’s City Council meeting. The check was accepted by Hope Services workers and staff including Program Manager Sheryl Hagemann.

The funds were collected from Dec. 18 through 25 in the sixth annual Parking for Hope downtown holiday parking program. The usual parking rates applied, however, the proceeds from street meters during these eight days were designated for donation to Hope Services, a Santa Cruz organization that provides training and support services to adults with developmental disabilities and has helped to keep downtown streets clean for over 20 years.

“Over the last five months, our downtown crew has been collecting an average of four 30-gallon bags of litter and leaves every single day on Pacific Garden Mall!” said Hope Services Program Manager Sheryl Hagemann. “This work wouldn’t be possible without the Parking for Hope funds. The work not only gives our clients a sense of responsibility and community involvement, but also greater financial independence, an expanded social network and on-going development of their skills.”

Parking for Hope began as a pilot program in 2014 and has been well received by the public. Over $182,000 in total has been donated to Hope Services over six years. The funds increase opportunities for workers who help to keep downtown streets cleaner and welcoming.

More information on the holiday parking program can be found at www.cityofsantacruz.com.

 

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