UC Merced Writing Project

UC Merced Writing Project

Dr. Pauline Sahakian

5200 North Lake Road Merced

For more information call:(209) 381-6559

See our website at: - - - -http://writingproject.ucmerced.edu/

The UC Merced Writing Project, or "UCMWP", is a collaborative program of the University of California, Merced, and Merced County school districts, dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines.

The UCMWP works as a growing network of exemplary classroom teachers, kindergarten through university, who conduct professional development programs for teachers and administrators and engage in their own professional development through continued reading, writing, and research.

The UCMWP is considered a site of the California Writing Project and an affiliate of the National Writing Project. Teachers who attend our programs find that our professional development model of “teachers teaching teachers” provides hands-on experiences focused on building teacher knowledge and valuing teacher expertise.

Providing ongoing professional development in literacy and the teaching of writing for student success is the sole goal of the WritingProject. The UCMWP believes that knowing how to write well — to express, explain, argue — is a powerful predictor of success not only in college but also in the world of work. This belief has long been corroborated by researchers in both academic and public forums and served as the impetus for the birth of the National Writing Project which grew out of the 1974 Bay Area Writing Project in Berkeley.

Rotary Club of Winton Nuevo Latino

Rotary Club of Winton Nuevo Latino

Vicky Solis, President

7093 Walnut Ave


For more information call: (209) 643-5347


The vision of the Rotary Club of Winton Nuevo Latino is to have a strong, healthy, educated and vibrant community committed to the success of one another.

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Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Salvador Vazquez

800 W 20th St, STE D,  Merced

(209) 384-9537


The Hispanic Chamber is fundamentally about assisting businesses in maximizing their marketing profile into a local economy.

From a business development perspective, this translates into retaining existing businesses and encouraging their expansion while attracting new business into Merced County.

(MCCV) MARINES: Central California Veterans

(MCCV) MARINES: Central California Veterans

R.R Villegas, Jr. (MCCV) Coordinator & Co-Founder

Post Office Box 3944  Merced

For more information call: (209) 726-5308

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Mission Statement:  Said Committee is formed of local Marines and Independent of any other Organization.

Its Main Goal is to protect Marine Corps Heritage and to provide a Safe & Clean Environment for Marine Corps Traditional Events in our Area. 

The purpose is to Organize a better Foundation for Serving our Marine Brotherhood and being an Active Veterans Group within our Community. 

We are open to assist all Veterans by maintaining and constantly updating our Knowledge and Connections with other Veterans Groups. 

Always Striving to be a Positive Influence, We will continue in our Education and Commitment to Marines, Veterans and Community.

Merced Bicycle Coalition

Merced Bicycle Coalition

Justin Hicks, Chair

731 E Yosemite Ave, Ste B # 427 Merced

For more information call:(909) 709-6980

See our website at: - - - -www.mercedbicyclecoalition.org

We're a local non-profit with a goal of: "Making our community safer, our air cleaner and our citizens healthier by promoting bicycling as a safe and normal means of everyday transportation and recreation."

South Pacific Dance Company

South Pacific Dance Company

Rebecca Manandic

2400 Martin Luther King Jr. Way


For more information call:(209) 383-1435

See our website at:http://www.kikiraina.com/

South Pacific Dance Company is announcing open enrollment for students - girls and guys, ages 4 - adult in traditional dance, music and culture of the islands of Hawaii and Tahiti.

Here in the central Valley for over 35 years, the dance company performs for many community events, local Senior homes, fraternal organizations and corporate Luaus. I

f you are interested in the islands, would be interested in learning performance skills, want to get some exercise or would like to meet some really nice people, come on over and try a free class.

Wayward Ponies’ Home, Inc.

 Katsuro & Lou Ann Exum Sakaki; Mary Exum Griffin, Directors

 PO Box 336, Catheys Valley CA 95306

For Information Call: 209-742-6808

For Information Email: help@waywardponies.org

Website of Organization: http://www.waywardponieshome.org/

Wayward Ponies’ Home is a small equine sanctuary, established as a 501(c)3 in 2009. Our mission is to provide a permanent home for a limited number of horses and ponies and to promote compassionate care for all.

Merced ShakespeareFest

Merced ShakespeareFest

Heike Hambley

Address/City 28 W. 27th St., Merced, Ca.95340

For Information Call: (209) 723-3265

For Information Email: hhambley@sbcglobal.net

Website of Organization


Merced Shakespearefest provides Free Shakespeare in the Park every August and a classic Shakespeare play every winter to reasonable prices.

The Alliance Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Website:  https://www.valleysierrasbdc.com/ 

UC Merced Venture Lab

1735 M Street, Suite 111
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 386-1008
Open Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Who is the SBDC?

The Alliance Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a member of the UC Merced Regional SBDC Network in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Our mission is to assist entrepreneurs and business owners through free business counseling and research and low-cost training.

Whether a start-up business or an established company, we provide planning, counseling and resources in all areas of operating a business.
Expert help is available through one-on-one sessions, workshops & seminars, our extensive website resources, and professional research support.
Established in 1992 as Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center, in 2003 we became part of the Stanislaus Economic Development And Workforce Alliance. We assist entrepreneurs and new businesses with start-up procedures, regulations, to help secure funding.

We assist existing businesses in all aspects of operation, management and expansion. Our expert professional consultants are here to help you resolve your business challenges from everyday issues to the most technical of business problems.

Why use the SBDC?

Because there’s a lot to know about operating a business. A company can significantly increase its chance of success with proactive planning and on-going education.

In other words, know what you have to do and where you are going with your business. The SBDC offers extensive resources to help you understand the business challenges and help you plan for your future success.

Atwater 4th of July Committee

Atwater 4th of July Committee

Greg McDaniel
P.O. Box 4 Atwater, Ca. 95301

Contact Phone Number: 209-258-2260
Contact Email: gregmcdaniel55@yahoo.com
Website of Organization: atwater4thofjuly.com

Non-Profit Organization formed decades ago to preserve the Atwater 4th of July Celebration. We meet once a month to organize and plan the Parade, Festival, Run-4-Independence, Concert & Fireworks Show.

Atwater Chamber of Commerce

Atwater Chamber of Commerce

Kayla Moon, Director

1181 Third Street, Atwater, California 95301

Contact Phone Number:   209-358-4251

Contact Email:  info@atwaterchamberofcommerce.com

Website of Organization: http://www.atwaterchamberofcommerce.com/

The Atwater Chamber of Commerce was established as a resource and support organization for the City of Atwater and it’s surrounding areas. Our mission is to promote economic opportunities and strengthen the business community in the greater Atwater area.

We are dedicated to helping businesses thrive in today’s competitive marketplace and promote the City of Atwater as an excellent place do to business.

Building Healthy Communities – Southwest Merced / East Merced County

 Tatiana Vizcaíno-Stewart, M.A., Hub Manager

 658 W. Main St., Merced, CA

For Information Call: 209-580-6067

For Information Email: tatiana@unitedwaymerced.org

Website of Organization: http://www.facebook.com/BHCMerced

 Building Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion plan of The California Endowment. In connection with staff-led, statewide policy initiatives, 14 communities, including Southwest Merced/East Merced County, are taking action to make where they live healthier.

They’re doing this by improving employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, access to healthy food and more. The goal: to create places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Ultimately, we’re aiming at nothing less than a transformation in the way all of us think about and support health for all Californians. For more information, please visit www.calendow.org/healthycommunities

The Building Healthy Communities: Merced Hub is a partnership made up of community residents, public agency leaders, community benefit organizations and other interested individuals and organizations. The HUB will be coordinated and managed by the host agency (United Way of Merced County) and the HUB Steering Committee.

The Building Healthy Communities initiative has been funded by The California Endowment. The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. From 2010-2020, The Endowment will focus the majority of its resources on its 10-year strategic plan Building Healthy Communities.

For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org.

California Health Collaborative

California Health Collaborative

800 W 20th Street, Suite D (call for appointment)


For more information call:(209) 725-8240

See our website at:healthcollaborative.org

The California Health Collaborative (Collaborative) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to enhancing the quality of life and health of the people of California, particularly the underserved and underrepresented.

The Collaborative has established strong partnerships at the local, regional, and statewide levels, enabling its programs and services to be linked into broader systems of prevention and care.

In the Merced office, we offer Tobacco Control services and SnapEd education for the youth and residents of Merced County.

If you are a health-oriented youth, please contact us!

We will love to have you join one of our coalitions and be part of a youth team to help solve health disparities in the Merced County.

Center for the Humanities

Center for the Humanities

UC Merced

5200 N Lake Road  Merced

For more information call:(209) 228-2453

See our website at:http://crha.ucmerced.edu/

The UC Merced Center for the Humanities is committed to stimulating individual and collaborative research and scholarly work which explores both human experience and human consciousness, as well as the cultural products – art, literature, music, material culture – that record, reflect, and express them.


The Center supports the exchange of intellectual and creative ideas and activities among faculty, students, and the broader regional community. We accomplish this through a wide array of forums, from lectures and seminars to exhibits and films.

The Center enriches imaginations by deepening explorations of our interconnected lives.