SECOND ANNUAL SISKIYOU DEMOCRATS (DCCSC) SCHOLARSHIP
TO BE AWARDED IN 2023.
The Democratic Central Committee of Siskiyou County (DCCSC) believes that an educated society is the best way to develop a strong
democracy and that education is one of the best means for individuals to improve not only their own lives, but contribute to a healthy society in diverse and productive ways. To support these beliefs, we are offering the second annual one-thousand-dollar ($1000) scholarship to a Siskiyou County high school graduate to be used for education at either a community college, college/university or business/technical/trade school .
Click here to download a 2023 DCCSC Scholarship application.
The deadline for submission is 5pm on March 31, 2023. Applications may be mailed, emailed or hand-delivered. Call 530-859-1231 for more information regarding the application or submission. (All high school, charter school, home school and continuation school graduates are eligible to apply for this award).
The winner of our first annual college scholarship was Sam Shelly who graduated from Mount Shasta High School. Sam was a very impressive candidate who is studying astronomy this fall at the prestigious Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. We are so proud of him!
If you are interested in helping support future scholarships, please click here. Donations can also be mailed to: DCCSC PO Box 4 Mt Shasta, CA 96067.
WOMEN RUNNING FOR SUHSD BOARD WIN BIG!
As many of you are aware, the California GOP had a goal of overtaking school boards in the state and California Republicans bet big on local board races.
The Siskiyou Union High School District (SUHSD) was one of the districts targeted. As a result of significant non-partisan campaign efforts, the three strong women we supported won there! Thanks to all who knocked on doors, made phone calls, and spread the word. It paid off!
SUPPORTING FIRE VICTIMS
Supporting Fire Victims: On November 21, DCCSC members (l. to r.) Karen Zeigler, Pattie Crossen, and Carolyn Miller presented a $1,000 check to Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative (SCRC), to support longterm fire relief efforts. Receiving the contribution were (r.) SCRC Board President Ken Palfini and (c.) Program Director Steve Bryan. Here, all pause to enjoy applause from seniors attending the Monday Senior Lunch, held weekly at the Weed Community Center. Siskiyou Dems regularly serve an average of 65-75 community participants. SCRC coordinates and administers the event, and Weed City provides funds. Thanks to all our Dem donors, who made this donation possible.
SISKIYOU DEMS SERVE SENIORS
Since May 2021 Grassroots Democrats have served lunch to between 65 and 75 seniors at the Weed Community Center every Monday.
Administered by the Siskiyou Community Resource Collaboration, the program was closed for 20 months during the pandemic. Previously set up as a buffet lunch, post Covid safety precautions required sit down service, masks until seated, maximum four per table and proof of vaccination, all of which have since been relaxed in 2023. The re-opening was made possible in partnership with the Community Engagement Committee of South Siskiyou Democrats, providing volunteer staffing sit-down service.
Meals are provided by four different local vendors: Ellie’s and Pizza Factory in Weed or Mt. Shasta Market and Casa Ramos in Mt. Shasta. Paid for by ¼ cent sales tax passed by the City of Weed, the senior lunch is open to all seniors in the area.
The sit-down service, enthusiastically embraced by the seniors, provides a relaxed atmosphere for connection, extended conversation and enjoyment of the delicious meals. Announcements at the beginning of each meal include an acknowledgement of Siskiyou Democrats’ on-going service, which always receives hearty applause. Our regular volunteers are an energetic team enjoying their participation with each other and the participants, while setting the tone for positive socialization.
SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence: Each year, Siskiyou Democrats give personal necessity gift bags to the Siskiyou Domestic Violence and Crisis Center (SDVCC). At left, DCCSC Chair, Alice Rogers (right), presented the gift bags to the SDVCC Director, Carla Charraga, who expressed the center’s gratitude for our support. The Center provides a number of services to the community, including a 24-hour hotline and crisis response, emergency shelter, sexual assault advocacy, counseling and information/referral. If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact the office at 530-842-6629 or toll free at 877-842-4068
FOOD COLLECTIONS FOR OUR COUNTY FOOD BANKS
The DCCSC grassroots committee conducts an annual food drive in late spring in both North and South County. A total of about 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food was provided to local food banks and community resource centers in 2022.
Siskiyou Democrats are committed to continue working against food insecurity in Siskiyou County, which stands at #2 in the state with the highest hunger and mal-nutrition rate. In 2022 food insecurity impacted 16.2% of our population overall, 48.6% higher than the national average, while the child food insecurity rate was even higher at 22.5%, 54.1% higher than the national average. These numbers can be expected to increase in the current year due both to the expiration in February, 2023 of federal supplemental food benefits provided during the pandemic and continuing higher than normal costs of food.
Thanks to all who generously donated, all of our volunteers and our amazing organizing teams!!