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Social Enterprise at Work: Mission Techies Tackle a Taxing Task

After a productive 2014 tax season–with almost 3,400 clients served at no charge and more than $5.3 million in refunds garnered–MEDA’s seemingly tireless Free Tax Preparation staff and 120 volunteers were a bit worn down. Unfortunately, so were some of the tax department computers. Action was needed to get these laptops refurbished for the reminder of…

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Press Release: MEDA Accepts In-Kind Donation From Google

  Christopher Gil, Media Communications Specialist (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2014 MEDA Accepts In-Kind Donation From Google 460 Nexus Devices Donated to Help Financially Challenged Mission District Latinos San Francisco, CA–Google Inc. has made a one-time, in-kind donation to the nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). Google will be…

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Hidden Mortgage Clause: Predatory Loan Issues Continue in SF

You may think issues around nefarious predatory lending from a few years back (aka the “Great Recession”) have all but disappeared. MEDA knows this is definitely not the case, as each week a number of clients still come to its Homeownership program for foreclosure assistance. “We still see people in trouble from predatory-lending practices. These…

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MEDA Partners for Success

It’s always great when synchronicity occurs. This was definitely the case recently for MEDA Job Developer Orrian Willis. How so? Willis had attended a job fair, where he met two recruiters for UCSF, with their niche being temp to perm administration positions in the medical field. Willis nurtured this relationship so that MEDA Workforce Development…

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MEDA July 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Alex Surdilla, Development and Marketing

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers—the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Alex Surdilla Program: Development and Marketing Why…

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NCLR Conference: Senator Warren Speaks on National Level; MEDA’s Granados Speaks on Local Level

It’s a long way from working-class roots as the daughter of a maintenance man in Oklahoma City to becoming a Harvard Law School professor and now a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who is beloved by progressives. Elizabeth Warren’s success story is laudable, plus her championing the message of economic prosperity for all Americans is welcomed…

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Shop Locally and Support Lourdes Boutique at MEDA’s Mission District Small Business Incubator, El Mercadito

El Mercadito, located on the first level on the right-hand side of Plaza Adelante, serves as an incubator for microbusinesses started by MEDA clients. There are currently six small businesses in the Mission District El Mercadito, plus a cozy Peruvian eatery in Plaza Adelante’s paseo. There is even a new Tenderloin El Mercadito, which currently…

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Mission Techies Give Unanimous Thumbs Up to Visit to Facebook Campus

Mission Techie Yaritza opened her weary eyes this morning upon awakening in her Mission District home, the 17-year-old Lowell High senior not sure what her day would bring. She and 18 other Mission Techies, from MEDA’s third cohort of its free young adult program, had been graciously invited to tour the campus of tech giant…

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LAM Honors MEDA as “The Community Organization of the Year”

MEDA was honored to rack up a “W,” as in a win, at the W Hotel in San Francisco Friday night. This was the stylish venue for the “2nd Annual LAM Community Awards,” with MEDA being chosen “The Community Organization of the Year.” LAM deemed the winner in that category as “that special organization that…

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Mentoring for Success: The Name Says it All

The definition of a mentor is an “experienced and trusted advisor.” The definition of success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Put these two terms together and a powerful San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) program called Mentoring for Success means that there are currently 620 schoolchildren in the city being afforded a…

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