Vibes & Smiles

Our ultimate mission is to bring back the roots of love, kindness, and positivity in all communities by being of service to others. We are dedicated to cultivating & fostering growth of positivity through community actions. From music, families, the homeless, education, sports organizations, underserved neighborhoods, and many more communities, we are always looking to collaborate in ways that create change and make a positive impact. Vibes & Smiles works with businesses, i.e. nonprofits, small businesses, restaurants, schools, etc., and holds events to motivate and inspire others to participate in making a positive impact wherever they can. In this day in age, willingness to help others is often overlooked, but is much needed. Good people bring out the good in people. Join us as we make a difference. Pay it forward!

Wildfires ignite California insurance”¦

9/12/21 As if California needed another crisis, the state’s seemingly perpetual wildfires are forcing millions of homeowners in fire-prone areas to pay skyrocketing premiums for insurance coverage ” if, indeed, they can buy it at all.
As the number and severity of wildfires increase, insurers are increasingly reluctant to renew policies and even if they do, premiums often double or triple.
Insurance is required for most homeowners since their mortgage lenders demand it. And if they cannot obtain regular coverage, they are forced into the insurer of last resort, FAIR, that has very high premiums and limits on coverage.

Bosses to U.S. workers- Vaccination or termination

8/30/21 Corporate leaders have clearly become impatient. They’ve decided to use their freedom and workplace muscle to choose what risks are worthwhile for their enterprises. Unvaccinated workers have become a no-go.
Yes, the workplace vaccination drive isn’t simply a health concern for a company’s communities. There are monetary motivations, too. Healthier nation, healthier profits. Key Words: Pandemic

The Delta Variant Is a Grave Danger to the Unvaccinated

6/23/21 First detected in India, Delta has at least a dozen mutations, including several … that make it vastly more contagious and possibly more lethal and vaccine-resistant. In India, the Delta variant contributed to the most devastating coronavirus wave the world has seen so far;
Delta drives an even wider wedge between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. They have already been living in separate worlds, facing vastly different risks of illness and death; now, their risk levels will diverge further. People who’ve been fully vaccinated can, by and large, feel confident in the immunity that they’ve received. But those who remain susceptible should understand that, for them, this is probably the most dangerous moment of the pandemic.

How to master the vaccine-appointment website- A guide for everyone

2/10/21 Scheduling coronavirus vaccine shots online is causing panic for eligible Americans and the children and grandchildren helping them. That includes me and my parents, hunting for scraps of information on supply and pressing reload at all hours on poorly designed websites. By the time you type in all the required information, available appointments have vanished.
An estimated 42 percent of Americans over the age of 65 don’t even have a wired broadband Internet connection at home, according to a new report. Online vaccine appointment systems are particularly under-serving minority and low-income communities.
2021 has made being a computer whiz a matter of life and death. Shame on America for asking seniors to beta test bad vaccine logistics software.Key Words: Pandemic, COVID-19, Vaccination

South Bay Mutual Aid

8/3/21 COVID-19 Update
Due to an overwhelming number of requests we are temporarily closing the request form to allow our volunteers to catch up, we will reopen this form in September, thank you for all your support!
We are a coalition of students, workers, and community members organizing mutual aid in the South Bay (Santa Clara County) Monterey and San Benito County. Assistance with groceries, medical and cleaninig supplies, facemasks, transportation to medical appointments, Key Words: COVID-19, Pandemic Multi-language: Spanish

SJ Airport Help for People with Disabilities

12/21/20 Mineta San Jos̩ International Airport Introduces Sunflower Lanyard Program to Ease Travel for People with Disabilities РBy wearing the lanyard, travelers with invisible or less visible disabilities identify themselves as being in possible need of extra assistance or service. Offered in conjunction with the California State Council on
Developmental Disability (SCDD). Key Words: AFN

United Policyholders joins 1500 other non-profits to help solve an insurance crisis hitting our sector

6/20 A record number of Americans are in dire financial straits and relying on charitable sources for their meals. The food banks and meal delivery services providing those meals are non-profit businesses.
So is United Policyholders and the many partners we work with to provide free services to disaster survivors. Like all businesses, we non-profits need liability and property insurance in order to operate legally and safely. We need insurance to protect our facilities, workers, drivers, assets and the people we serve.
But even before the pandemic, liability and property insurance options for non-profits had sharply decreased with a dwindling few companies left for us to buy from. This has been particularly impacting non-profits that serve and deliver food.
Nonprofit Property Protection Act
Key Words: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disaster

Union Plus Benefits

Union Privilege is a nonprofit organization founded by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to provide benefit programs exclusively to union members (current and retired) and their families.
We pass along the exclusive benefits we’ve negotiated on behalf of union members directly to you. Also Disaster Relief Grants, Mortgage Assistance, Advocacy, and more. These benefits and programs are FREE to union members and their families. There’s no membership “if you’re a current or retired union member or a family member ” you’re in.

Sex Worker ER Grant Fund

BAWS (Bay Area Worker Support) is re-introducing one of our community care structures by offering emergency grants for sex workers experiencing hardships during COVID-19. We are able to give small grants of $50 – $200. If you have a larger expense or ongoing needs we will gladly promote your crowdfunding campaign on our social media, or help you set one up.
QUALIFICATIONS: These grants are only available to current sex workers in the Bay Area who depend on sex work to pay their bills and do not have other forms of support.

PG&E  Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

If severe weather threatens a portion of the electric system, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity for several days, in the interest of public safety. Enroll in the Medical Baseline
program if you rely on power for medical needs to receive extra notifications in advance of a PSPS and a lower monthly rate.
Multi-language:
Spanish
Vietnamese
Chinese
Tagalog
Korean
Russian
Key Words: Access and Functional Needs, AFN, Special Needs, Disaster

VTA ACCESS paratransit service

VTA ACCESS paratransit service is provided to eligible individuals with disabilities who cannot use conventional accessible bus and light rail transit service due to their physical, visual or cognitive disabilities. Paratransit is shared ride public transportation, operating within the same service area and service times as VTA bus and light rail service. Fees = double current transit route fees. Multi-language:
English Brochure | Spanish Brochure | Vietnamese Brochure | Chinese Brochure | VTA ACCESS PARATRANSIT Rider’s Guide Key Words: AFN,

PG&E Financial assistance support for our residential utilities customers

Ongoing California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE). A monthly discount of 20% or more on gas and electricity. Participants qualify through income guidelines or if enrolled in certain public assistance programs. Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA). A monthly discount of 18% on electricity only. If you have recently lost your job, even if you are receiving unemployment benefits, you may qualify for a reduced energy rate through our CARE or FERA programs. Multi-language:
Spanish |
Chinese |
Vietnamese |
Tagalog |
Korean |
Russian |
Key Words: Utilities

Crisis Text HOTLINE

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line’s Crisis Counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis. Multi-language: Spanish
Key Words: Mental Health, Stress, Anxiety, coronavirus, COVID-19,

Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS)

6/19 As a safety precaution, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) monitor local fire danger and extreme weather conditions across California and evaluate whether to turn off electric power.
While Public Safety Power Shutoff events are more likely to occur in high fire-risk areas, all Californians could be impacted by emergency events and need to be prepared with a plan.
Customers should update their contact information with their energy company so they can receive notifications. People with no PG&E account can call 1-877-900-0743 to enroll for notification.
Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese |
Korean | Key Words: Disaster

Portuguese Historical Museum

The Portuguese Historical Museum opened on June 7, 1997, just a few days before Portugal Day, which is commemorated on June 10 annually. The museum is one of the major attractions of History San José. In keeping with the theme of the historical park, it depicts life as it was in the Santa Clara Valley (now known as Silicon Valley) at the turn of the 20th century.

Bay Area families are opening their homes to asylum seekers: ‘It’s a bold act of resistance’

12/9/18 Sorce, 32, and Matzke, 40, are among hundreds of Californians who have volunteered to host asylum seekers in the past year, opening their homes and their personal lives to immigrants who have just set foot in an unknown land, carrying just a few personal belongings and the trauma of their journeys. At a time when the country’s asylum system has deeply divided the nation ” and as the administration of President Donald Trump works to keep out thousands of members of a migrant caravan stuck in Mexico ” a growing number of Bay Area families are giving them a chance.

Somos Mexicanos – Help at Mexican Consulate for Mexicans Planning to Return

An initiative of the Mexican government, to provide Mexicans who have voluntarily and involuntarily returned to Mexico with comprehensive care, through an inter-institutional and coordinated model to assist with short term to their social integration. Spanish
Un Iniciativa del INM que tiene como objetivo brindar a los mexicanos que han retornado voluntaria e involuntariamente una atención integral, a través de un modelo interinstitucional y coordinado que contribuyan en el corto plazo a su integración social.

Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE)

The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education is a national network of community colleges dedicated to giving immigrants and refugees full access to higher education in order to accelerate their success as new Americans and enable them to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals.
The CCCIE is fulfilling that role through its strategic partnerships, awareness and outreach initiatives, and Promising Practices database.

AIRBNB Donation for Afghan Refugees

8/24/21 Many Afghan refugees are being temporarily relocated to military bases in Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin for asylum. Other countries have also vowed to take in Afghan refugees. To help alleviate the global refugee crisis, rental company Airbnb announced Tuesday that it would house up to 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide for free or at a discounted rate.
There’s an urgent, unprecedented need for emergency stays for refugees arriving from Afghanistan. Join Airbnb.org in supporting Afghan refugees. Key Words Housing, Afghanistan

Choosing My Way video game

Choosing My Way is a video game where players decide how to respond to opportunities and challenges after refugee resettlement in the US. Players choose goals, collect resources, and respond to situations. The goals and situations change every time, so the game is never the same. Key Words: Refugee

English for My Job

Website for people who work in restaurants, bars, hotels, cafes, airports, and anywhere else where you might have to talk to customers in English. .All of the exercises are free. Part of the LearnEnglishFeelGood product line. Key Words: ESL, Distance Learning, Student Resource, English as a Second Language, Vocational ESL

California Japantowns

Through this website, we hope to engage new audiences and educate visitors about the historic legacies of Japantowns, or Nihonmachis, across the state. We introduce you to the vibrant communities of the three remaining Japantowns in California and the results of Preserving California’s Japantowns, the first statewide project to document historic resources of pre-World War II Japantowns. explore Japantowns in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo through interactive maps that highlight the historic and contemporary features of these vibrant communities.

PumaRosa

Free bi-lingual Spanish phonics-based,
interactive (with voice) ESL website. Its graded structure can be easily adapted for teaching English to
students whose first language is not Spanish. Key Words: Student Resource, English as a Second Language.

Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

BestColleges.com has identified some of the unique challenges faced by Latinos who are increasingly heading for higher education. Information on scholarships and how to fill in application forms for aid. Financial Aid and state tuitions for Undocumented Students, links to directories of scholarships, and a list of scholarships specifically for Hispanic students. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Education,