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​​Gilroy Assistance League accepting grant requests for 2023

The Gilroy Assistance League is accepting grant requests through Feb. 24. 

Each year, Gilroy Assistance League accepts grant requests that will benefit youth organizations, programs and schools. Any South Santa Clara County youth-related organization or school is eligible to apply for a grant. Funds will be distributed in late April. 

The Gilroy Assistance League is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the welfare and development of youth in South Santa Clara County through their annual grant cycle. Proceeds from their Annual Home + Garden Tour & Boutique fund these grants.  

Since 1993, GALs has distributed more than $360,000 in grants to local programs.

“In 2022, the Gilroy Assistance League was thrilled to award over $21,000 in grants to eight very-deserving organizations,” said Gilroy Assistance League President Lori Kent. “But the news gets better. In 2023 we are increasing our giving by 50%. We’re projecting to grant over $31,000. That’s quite an increase and all due to the incredible generosity of our Annual Home + Garden Tour supporters, sponsors and participants.”

“We’re calling on youth organizations throughout South Santa Clara County,” said GALs Grants Committee Chair Paula Goldsmith. “Think of the wish list you have for your organization. Is limited funding keeping your goals from becoming reality? Gilroy Assistance League grants can provide youth-oriented organizations with an opportunity to fund an existing need or expand outreach or services. If your mission meets our criteria, please consider applying.”

A formal grant request proposal must be completed and returned no later than Friday, Feb. 24. Forms can be downloaded at

For information, contact Goldsmith at [email protected].

Exhibit highlights artwork by incarcerated men

Gilroy Center for the Arts, Carry the Vision, Santa Clara County Reentry Resource Center and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office are sponsoring a mural and art exhibit called “Rising.”

The exhibit is on display through Jan. 31 at the center, 7341 Monterey St.

The mural was created by incarcerated men at Elmwood Correctional Facility and formerly incarcerated men living in South County.

The theme of the men’s mural project is centered around exploring experiences with fatherhood.

The artists participate in Carry the Vision’s Living on Purpose Program which teaches universal life skills through leadership development, deep listening exercises, journaling, meditation and art. 

A reception will take place Jan. 24 from noon to 4pm.

For information, visit

Program raises awareness over violence against indigenous women

The AAUW Morgan Hill branch will host a free program on the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 West Main Ave. The program is scheduled for 7-8:30pm Jan. 25.

According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, violence against indigenous women far exceeds the national averages.

“The complete storyboard for this crime pattern is not two individuals and a crime scene but all of the above—the government, culture, and economics—layered upon the lives of Native women and Indian nations,” says the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. “Understanding the legal and social infrastructure that place Native women in harm’s way are essential to changing this crime story of the last 500 years. It also requires reeducation of mainstream America to understand both the past and present truths of American Indian Nations and the women of those Nations. This two-fold process of legal reform and cultural reeducation can direct the changes required at the national, state and county levels.”

The goal of the Jan. 25 program is to raise awareness of the epidemic of violence against indigenous women, and discuss the next steps in how to respond to the crisis.

The program at the Morgan Hill Library will also be streamed online via Zoom at

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