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Inequitable Job Growth Hurts San Francisco Latinos Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Senior Analyst Ryan Fukumori One of the most tragic aspects of COVID-19 is how the pandemic has exacerbated existing racial and class disparities across the United States. Black and Latino communities nationwide have suffered the health and financial consequences of the pandemic, facing heightened rates of illness and death from the novel coronavirus as…

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Employers Who Can’t Fill Positions in San Francisco: MEDA Makes Free Connections to Qualified Jobseekers

“It’s a no-brainer: Nonprofit MEDA has almost 100 qualified jobseekers in our pipeline and there are employers needing workers right now. My job is to connect the dots,” explains Workforce Development Manager Miguel Velasco. This is a major shift from a year ago. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the Latino and immigrant community…

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MEDA’s Legacy of Support and Advocacy to Foster the Growth of Small Businesses

When nonprofit MEDA opened its doors in a small space in San Francisco’s Mission District way back in 1973, there was a sole purpose: strengthening small businesses. The origin of that work was fostering the creation of an asset for the new waves of immigrants coming from Mexico, Central America and South America. MEDA’s support…

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What is in YOUR Next Chapter? Find out by Joining MEDA’s VITA Tax Team in 2020!

by MEDA’s Marcail Distante In addition to catching yourself scratching out “19” on different forms, papers and documents, 2020 comes with a new chapter in your book of life. Now is the ideal time to think about what unknown stories, learnings and networks lie ahead of you with each available opportunity. That’s why you should…

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With a Goal of Unity, Jose Vazquez Prepares Taxes for his Community in the Mission

(Español sigue Inglés) by MEDA’s Marcail Distante  At the turn of the millennium in 2000, Jose Vazquez emigrated from Mexico looking for new opportunities and a new chapter in his life. He found an apartment in Downtown San Francisco and got started doing the two things he enjoys the most — learning and working. Jose…

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MEDA Tax Volunteer Jimmy Ng Empowers Low-Income Seniors while Prepping his Mom for Retirement as a Tax Preparer

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante As a Project Manager at Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC), Jimmy Ng works closely with the process behind the scenes of affordable-housing units in San Francisco. Jimmy had always heard of MEDA: The pair of organizations collaborate on developing and providing housing for low-income families in San Francisco….

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MEDA Tax Volunteer Teresa Beatty Tests Her Skills, and her Spanish, and Nets $40K in Refunds for the Low-Income and Immigrant Community

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante When two of Teresa Beatty’s friends started working at MEDA, they eagerly encouraged her to start volunteering with the organization. She looked into the different volunteer programs available, deciding upon the VITA program.  Working some time as an ESL teacher in France, Teresa was familiar with how difficult it…

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From the Land of Green to Green for Clients: MEDA Tax Volunteer Sander Bruens Empowers Clients with Financial Knowledge

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante When Sander Bruens arrived in the U.S. from Ireland, he was ready to dive into a new culture, and career. What enticed him to head to the San Francisco Bay Area was a web developer position at tech giant Google, where he would be tasked with designing software tools…

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Retired MEDA Tax Volunteer Rick Adams Bring Happiness to All — and $144K in Refunds to the Community

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante Rick Adams came to San Francisco in 1988. He got his MBA at the University of San Francisco, and after making the most of an annual ski pass at Squaw Valley, ventured down a new pathway as a consultant. He started a successful consulting business and moved up and…

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From DC to the Bay Area, MEDA Volunteer David DyTang Tackles Taxes

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante Washington D.C. resident David DyTang took a plunge into the unknown in 2016 by venturing to the Bay Area. He decided to make this move after being offered a risk management position at Uber, at the time a scaling startup looking to generate global impact.  Though David had a…

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