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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."
- William Arthur Ward
We are grateful for our dedicated volunteers, like Lorenzo and Mario, who graciously assist us with our work - including washing over one hundred place settings daily.
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  • SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH US! Planning ahead for the holiday season? Email Cecilia for holiday volunteer opportunities.
Wish List

  • Hygiene Kit Items: New Pairs of Socks, Razors, Soap, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
  • Needed Foods:
    • Canned Chili, Stews, and Soups 
    • Ready-to-eat and pop-top canned goods
    • Protein bars

Volunteers Makeover PVLF with Murals and Facility Upgrades

Local artists (left to right) Priscilla Martinez, Jaime Sanchez, and Venessa Ledesma with their murals.

This summer, the dining and storage areas of Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes received a beautiful makeover, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Volunteers painted our food storage building, installed new canopies and mesh fencing in our overflow dining area, installed signage, and completed a facility clean up and yard work. They also worked with local artists Priscilla Martinez, Jaime Sanchez, and Venessa Ledesma (pictured above) to "paint by numbers" the mural panels they had designed for installation in the dining shelter. Each panel depicts a real-life member of the PVLF community - including program participants, volunteers, and staff (see larger images below).

The donor also generously funded additional facility upgrades, including the installation of pavers on the back part of our lot, as part of the project. We are truly grateful to the donor, artists, and volunteers for beautifying and enhancing our facility. Our staff, volunteers, and program participants all take pride in the facility improvements. We offer special thanks to our Board member Casey Wu for coordinating this project.

Board Members Brooke Sampson (left) and Lin Colavin (right) with guest of honor, Bob Montague.

Annual Fundraiser Fills
Empty Bowls in Our Community

Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes hosted our 15th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner and Auction at the Lagoon House at Pajaro Dunes Shorebirds on Saturday, September 15th. The event raised over $82,000 to sustain our food pantry and kitchen programs throughout the year, including funds to continue our successful pilot of specialized pantry bags for recipients who lack access to cooking facilities. Attendees viewed an emotionally moving slideshow featuring Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes program participants prepared by local photographer and volunteer Roger Vail, with words by former Executive Director, now Board member Brooke Sampson (the presentation, "Our Beloved Community," is available on our website).

Guests enjoyed appetizers catered by Monterey Bay Caterers, a selection of Hermitage Brewing Company beers, and local wines as they selected a hand-crafted ceramic bowl, browsed the raffle and silent auction tables, and listened to acoustic music by local duo, the Brothers Worden. Our Kitchen Manager Maria Gonzalez and her team of volunteers prepared a trio of homemade soups - including Maria's popular pozole - for dinner, which was accompanied by salad prepared with locally-grown lettuces donated by Dobler & Sons LLC. Attendees enjoyed fellowship with friends at colorful tables, decorated with orchids. A simple dessert of Driscoll's berries and an assortment of Monterey Bay Caterers' cookies concluded the meal.

Longtime volunteer Bob Montague was the guest of honor. Brooke Sampson spoke about Bob's contributions to the organization over the years - including transporting and stocking more than 4.5 million pounds of food - totaling over 35,000 hours of service. We recognized Steven Henderson (see Volunteer Spotlight article below) as the recipient of our annual Bob Montague Volunteer Award. 

Board member Arnulfo Figueroa served as master of ceremonies and conducted a live auction to conclude the evening's program. We are grateful to our guests for giving so generously and making the event such a success. 
Kitchen Manager Maria Gonzalez
Executive Director Joann Godoy
Feed Our Community

MANY THANKS for Your Support of Empty Bowls 2018

Our annual Empty Bowls event is a community effort! We offer our sincere thanks to all our participating artists, sponsors, donors, and volunteers for making this year's event a success. It is the generosity and support of our community makes our work possible.

Charlotte Colavin & Phil Ortiz
Enrique Mendoza
Phair Properties
Richard & Mary Solari Charitable Trust
Taylor Farms

Lin Colavin
Dobler & Sons, LLC
Louis Jemison & Janice Manabe - Zen Bai Butoku Kai
Bob & Bev Montague
Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Corrine Flanagan & Rich Rubin
Jacob Young Financial Services
McGee Family Fund
Ginny Solari Mazry
Paul & Marlyn Tashiro
Wells Fargo Bank

Bank of America
Adela Feran & J. Matt Wallace
Joann & Marc Godoy
Carol & Jim Heitzig
Lars Laslett & Laurie Winthers
Kristin & Baldo Marinovic
S. Martinelli & Co.
Rowland & Patricia Rebele
Brooke & Warren Sampson
Santa Cruz County Bank
Marsha Zeitlin

Facilities Sponsors
Monterey Bay Caterers, Ken Schwan
Pajaro Dunes Company
Pajaro Dunes North Association
Beer & Wine Sponsors
Hermitage Brewing Company
Stanley & Maria Bispo
Louise Buckingham & Chris Suter
Adele & Glenn Eberhart
Joann & Marc Godoy
Alycia & Bill Kennedy
Geri & Paul McGillicuddy
Cita Rasul
Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Resort
Food Sponsors
Dobler & Sons, LLC
Sumano’s Bakery
Watsonville Coast Produce
Maria Gonzalez
Jeff Raimundo
Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes Staff
4 Winds Growers
Alladin Nursery
Stanley & Maria Bispo
Capitola Yoga - Janet Russell
Cecilia Cervantes
Lynn Clough
Lin Colavin
George Dymesich
East End Gastro Pub
Candice Elliott
Jim Enloe
Corrine Flanagan
Friend of PVLF
Joann & Marc Godoy
Hermitage Brewing Co.
Teri Jacobs
Jean Johnson
Mary McKenna
Palapas Restaurant y Cantina
Pelican Ranch Winery
Nancy Quickert
Rocket Farms
S. Martinelli & Co.
Jaime Sanchez
Santa Cruz Warriors
Staff of Life
Trader Joe’s
West End Tap & Kitchen

Denice Austin
Ed Austin
Chris Barker
Sandy Barker
Toty Beale
Vicky Bicknell
TJ Boyd
Trudi Burney
Lee Cavanaugh
Lin Colavin
Cassandra Corbin
Franco DiMajo
George Dymesich
Barbara Finkle
Susie Heady
Rebecca Herzog
Tom Herzog
Mary Knudsen
Venessa Ledesma
Julie Mariottini
Linda Muehlhauser
Kelly Murray
Lee Myers
Nancy Perkins
Nancy Quickert
Bernice Palmtag
Jane Reyes
Kelsey Rice
Terry Rock
Gabby Salazar
Billy Silavo
Jerry Spodick
Terry Spodick
Jessa Steinman
Jessamyn Tardiff
Brenda Townsend
Grace Townsend
Susan von Schmacht
Diana Webber
Pam Wellish

Watsonville / Aptos / Santa Cruz Adult Education ceramic artists
George Dymesich, Santa Cruz campus
Jane Reyes
, Watsonville campus
Trudi Burney and ceramic artists Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild
Nancy Quickert and ceramic artists San Mateo County
Special thank you to all our Volunteers and Servers!
Cita Rasul, President
Ram Tipton, Vice President
Lin Colavin, Secretary
Lars Laslett, Treasurer
Louise Buckingham
Arnulfo Figueroa
Tony Gregorio
Brooke Sampson
Casey Wu
Jeanette Arias, Pantry Coordinator
Cecilia Cervantes, Operations Manger
Maria Gonzalez, Kitchen Manager
Joann Godoy, Executive Director

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

In Memory
Tom O'Brien by Audrey Kim
Judith Capaldo by Roy Capaldo
Jim Rosewall by Ruth Rosewall
Peter Ciccarelli by Billie Trawle
Simona Ortega by Rudy Ortega
Adriana Kell by Charles and Karen Greenleaf
Tom O'Brien by Lois and Philip Bookman
Anna Antos by Norma Stanetz
Chris Farmer by Jerald and Terry Spodick
Cecile Mills by A. Richard and Patricia K. Anthony
Paul Parenti by Denise Ward
Paul Parenti by Mary Evans South
Paul Parenti by Karen Hall
Paul Parenti by Patricia Giuntini
Paul Parenti by the Aberdeen Fund at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Paul Parenti by Don Lane
Tom O'Brien by Sue and Michael Brandy

In Honor
Dave DeBoer by Michael K. Fox
Bob and Bev Montague by Michael Archer and Nan Montague-Archer
Marc Godoy by Sharon Avery
Watsonville Public Library Staff by Carol C. Heitzig
Glenn and Adele Eberhart by Paula and Rusty Leffel
Sophie Folger by Jane Crowley
Brooke Sampson by Rudolph and Margaret Pedulla
Candice Elliott by Donna Elliott
Bob Montague by Stanley and Maria Bispo
Bob Montague by Brooke Sampson
Will Field by Jane Crowley
Bob Montague by Hugh and Karol Voris
Bob Montague by Resurrection Church
Carol Ortega by Rudy Ortega
Lin Colavin by Kristen and Baldo Marinovic

Honor a friend or loved one with a gift to Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes.
Your donation will provide nutritious food to local community members in need, and your honoree will be recognized in our e-newsletter and receive an acknowledgment by mail.
Donations can be mailed to us at 150 Second Street, Watsonville CA, 95076, or made through our website.

Volunteer Spotlight
Annual Bob Montague Volunteer Award Recipient

Steven Henderson

Steven Henderson, CPA, of Henderson & Co. of Watsonville.
Steven Henderson is the recipient of this year's annual Bob Montague Volunteer Award, which recognizes dedication and significant contributions to our mission and the community we serve. A long-time local resident and business owner, Steven has supported Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes since its beginning as an outreach program of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Initially, he was a monthly donor, contributing funds to support our feeding programs.

In 2006, when former Executive Director Brooke Sampson joined PVLF, she and then-bookkeeper and Board officer Bob Montague met to discuss a pressing issue. PVLF's tax preparer had failed to file the organization's federal tax return on time and was being unresponsive to the organization. Quick action was needed. Brooke reached out to Steven, a CPA and Principal of Henderson & Co., to ask for his assistance. He agreed, advised her to draft a letter to the IRS, and met with Bob to put the tax return together promptly. The IRS accepted the letter and tax return filing without levying a penalty.

Steven has continued to prepare our annual tax return pro bono every year since, generously giving many hours of his time. The filing assures our compliance with the federal government and serves as a crucial document for grant seeking and fundraising purposes. It not only enumerates our finances and assets, it also accounts for all of the in-kind food donations we receive and outlines our mission and programmatic activities. It is a public record available to anyone interested in our organization's work, and is routinely submitted to foundations and governmental funders considering a grant to the organization.

About his service to PVLF, Steven simply says, "I like to help people in need when I can. If there's something I can do, I like to do it." A local Rotarian, Steven serves the community in many other ways as well by participating in his club's activities. We appreciate Steven sharing his professional expertise and time with us over the years. His counsel and contributions have strengthened our accounting practices and fundraising capabilities, sustaining our organization so we can continue in our mission.

Bob Montague (right) presents the Bob Montague Volunteer Award to Steven Henderson. 

Volunteer Appreciation

Our work feeding local residents in need would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers that generously give their time throughout the year. In August, our Board of Directors hosted an ice cream social to thank our volunteers for their service. Board members served ice cream scoops and novelties, cookies, Driscoll's berries, and beverages to the volunteers in our festively decorated dining shelter. Volunteers also participated in a raffle and won prizes. Thanks to all the volunteers who joined us for this fun afternoon.

Volunteer Opportunities

Turn your compassion into action.
Take a look at our opportunities and find where you can help!
Pantry, kitchen, and office shifts are available Monday through Friday. We especially need help in the afternoons.
HOLIDAY volunteer opportunities are also available - we will be open Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Pantry Assistants
Mon-Fri  9:00am-11:30am


Kitchen Assistants
Mon-Fri 9:00am - 11:00am
1:00pm -  4:00pm


Lunch Service
Mon-Fri 11:30am -1:30pm

Operations & Facilities
Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm

Contact us for more info or to sign up to volunteer!
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