United Womens Group - Strengthening Neighborhoods

United Womens Group


Strengthening Our Neighborhoods

Nominated by

Serena Makofsky

Presented by

Grace Villafuerte, Merit Awards Committee


United Womens Group / Grupo de Mujeres Unidas is “a group of women that have seen needs in the community and want to be a part of the solution to make things better for the future.” As a collective, they provide resources in their community, share information with one another, and advocate for their neighborhood’s needs. The group is based in Roseland and has accomplished so much in a short time.

The group began as a few women meeting regularly to discuss the needs of their community and then implementing an action plan on how to meet these needs. They value collaboration and invite politicians, law enforcement, numerous community-based organizations, health care professionals, and more into their efforts to ensure their community is served equitably and efficiently. The many organizations they collaborate with include the 4 C’s, Roseland Library, Nuestra Communidad, Santa Rosa Police Department, Latino Service Providers, CAPS, the Center for Wellbeing, and Santa Rosa Health Clinic.

Evette Minor, part of the core group of Mujeres Unidas, emphasized the importance of having all the stakeholders at the table when discussing the community’s needs. She highlights the importance of valuing the skills and knowledge the members possess. Because group members are families and individuals living in the neighborhood, they understand and are passionate when serving their community.

Recent successes include hosting vaccine events, distributing emergency radios, advocating for a permanent civic building in the Roseland community, regularly discussing emergency preparedness, teaching how to access Nixle in Spanish, and regularly sharing information with the community. They host a weekly public meeting via zoom, with speakers to discuss topics relevant to the community.

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