Under the theme of “Building Bridges of Unity” the Townsend-Raitt and Myrtle communities of Santa Ana came together for the first time to host a joint Community Resource Fair. The free 4-hour event featured resource booths, musical performances, and food. As a member of the Townsend-Raitt and Myrtle Street Taskforces, Senator Janet Nguyen joined local moms to make sandwiches for the hundreds of children attending the event and hosted an interactive resource booth.
Traditionally, the Townsend-Raitt and Myrtle communities each celebrate separate resource fairs in the spring and summer. However, this year, KidWorks, the nonprofit organization that coordinates these fairs, combined both events in an effort to bring these neighboring communities closer together.
“While they are geographically close, the Townsend-Raitt and Myrtle communities seldom have an opportunity to interact,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “This joint fair created an environment for children and families of both communities to come together to meet their neighbors and to begin working together for the betterment of the larger community.”
In addition to community building, the fair sought to provide residents with access to valuable resources. More than 40 resource booths hosted by non-profits, community organizations and local law enforcement agencies were on site to share information about their programs and initiatives. To complement the resource area, residents also enjoyed musical performances from local talents that enlivened the atmosphere, as well as sandwiches prepared by neighborhood moms and volunteers. Fair attendees also participated in a raffle where they won prizes, including tickets to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific.
“Bringing two communities together for an event of this magnitude takes hard work and dedication. I commend KidWorks for their continued legacy of leadership development and community service,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.
For over ten years, Senator Nguyen and her staff have been active in the Townsend-Raitt and Myrtle communities as members of their respective taskforces. These collaboratives work with local residents to combat gang activity through leadership development, health education and community engagement.
This article was released by the Office of Senator Janet Nguyen.