Partners | Funders
The Center for Working Families® (CWF) is a new approach to help low-income families reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder. Pioneered by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and now supported by other major funders, the CWF offers an innovative framework for how families can increase their earnings and income (“Earn It”), reduce their financial transaction costs (“Keep It”), and build wealth for themselves and their communities (“Grow It”). The United Way of the Bay Area SparkPoint Initiative is based on the CWF model. SparkPoint at Cañada College is part of the Annie E. Casey’s Centers for Working Families Community College Network.
SparkPoint at Cañada College and Career and Technical Education (CTE) services receive funding from the California Community Colleges. Through the Career Pathways Initiative (funded by SB70 / SB1133), "the community college system is assisting K-12 in building and aligning coordinated CTE pathways that lead to postsecondary programs of study to prepare students for high-skill jobs with high wages." Regional Community Collaboratives are a central component of the Career Pathways Initiative. SparkPoint at Cañada College administers the San Mateo County Community Collaborative.
San Mateo County Human Services Agency provides programs and resources that support children and families. Programs include:
- SMC Works: Employment Services
- Child Care
- Children & Family Services
- County Veterans Services
- Food & Financial Assistance
- Family Self Sufficiency Teams
- Health Insurance
- Other Programs
To see if you qualify for benefits, go to MyBenefits CalWIN – San Mateo County or contact SparkPoint for assistance.
Cañada College partners with the San Mateo County Office of Education's Career Technical Education (CTE) program to improve CTE pathways for students in middle schools, high schools and community colleges. The partnership supports curriculum alignment and articulation of CTE coursework to improve students’ transitions from high school to college. Additionally, the partnership creates high quality professional development activities for educators designed to enhance CTE pathways for students in San Mateo County.
SparkPoint at Cañada College partners with San Mateo Credit Union (SMCU) to provide access to quality banking services and resources which include:
- Second chance checking accounts
- Potential access to a SMCU loan to help reconcile banking fines / fees
- Debt counseling services, with potential access to SMCU loans to support a debt restructuring plan
- Credit repair
- $25 reward to open a checking account ($10 membership fee waived)
Second Harvest Food Bank is the primary source of donated, surplus, and purchased food for non-profit agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. In fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017), Second Harvest distributed more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to low-income people in need. They provide food efficiently through their innovative direct-service programs and by collaborating with a network of 300 partner non-profit agencies, and operating at 905 different food distribution sites, including SparkPoint at Cañada College.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) partners with the best organizations in our region to create change. It awards grants to address the most challenging problems in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, by partnering with innovative nonprofit organizations. SVCF grant-making strategies are Economic Security, Education, Immigrant Integration, Regional Planning and Safety-Net Services. SVCG supports SparkPoint at Cañada College through its Economic Security Initiative.
United Way of the Bay Area is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways out of poverty with a goal to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020. They focus on helping working families and individuals, ensuring they can meet all of their basic needs, while creating opportunities for them to achieve lasting financial stability. Establishing SparkPoint Centers throughout the region is essential to achieving this goal.