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The Ecosystem to Cultivate Latino Generational Wealth and Power Building

Co-authored by: Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Integrated Services Manager Ernesto Martinez Business Development Program Manager Edwin Rodriguez Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver Community Real Estate Project Assistant Juan Diego Castro With hundreds traveling from across the country to convene in San Antonio for the National Association of Latino Community…

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MEDA’s Ernesto Martinez Chosen for NALCAB Colegio Fellowship

Christopher Gil, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2018 MEDA’s Ernesto Martinez Chosen for NALCAB Colegio Fellowship Program fosters next generation of Latino leaders San Francisco, Calif. — The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) just announced that Integrated Services Manager Ernesto Martinez of the Mission Economic…

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¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration Brings Together Community, Generates Record Donations to Strengthen Mission Latino Immigrant Families

As 300 attendees were greeted by the mellifluous sounds of a 12-person mariachi band, ¡VIVA MEDA! got off to a rousing start on Oct. 19. The venue was the San Francisco Design Center. Thirty-three valued sponsors generously made this gala possible. (See list of sponsors following blog — click to enlarge.) The evening’s theme was…

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Community Lends Its Support to the Mission Promise Neighborhood Scholarship Fund

At crowd-filled Cease & Desist last night, the community came together to Start & Donate at the first of a trio of planned 2017 fundraisers for the Mission Promise Neighborhood Scholarship Fund. This initial event was called “Tips for Tuition.” The result? A terrific start, with $3,000 raised. (Donate on Razoo.) The need The Mission…

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Gus’s Community Market Works in Partnership with MEDA to Better Serve the Mission

[Update 9/22/17: We are sad to report that Gus Vardakastanis was struck by a car and passed away today. Our condolences to his family and staff. The stores do remain open for business.]  A new addition came to the Mission last January – with a sidewalk of brightly colored produce seemingly chasing away dreary winter…

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How to Help Those Affected by the Mission and 29th Streets Fire in San Francisco

MEDA is providing services and addressing the needs of those affected by the June 18, 2016 fire at Mission and 29th streets. Here is how the community can get involved. TENANT NEEDS There were 58 tenants displaced by the fire at Mission and 29th streets. The main thing that most people can provide to support these…

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MEDA Holds its First “Bilingual Small-Business Resource Fair”

Plenty was happening back in 1973. President Nixon’s Watergate scandal dominated the headlines. Troops came home from Vietnam. Bell-bottom jeans and long sideburns were in vogue. And in San Francisco, a nonprofit named the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) was formed. The goal: asset-building for the low- and moderate-income Latino community of San Francisco. To…

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MEDA Helps Tax Client Get First Refund Ever — One-Third of Annual Income!

“I almost fainted when I saw how much money I was getting back!” says decade-long Mission resident Angelica Maldonado of the $4,110 refund she received when getting free tax preparation at MEDA. Not surprising, considering that this is one-third of her annual $12,000 income. Turns out 40 minutes can change a life. That amount came…

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Why I Give Wednesday: MEDA Workforce and Tax Specialist Ernesto Martinez

To celebrate this season of giving and thankfulness, every Wednesday we will showcase staff, Board members, volunteers and clients telling what this Mission District, San Francisco nonprofit brings to their lives. I started off looking for an economic-development nonprofit when I graduated from San Francisco State last December. I searched for the best and most-effective agency that was…

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MEDA May 2015 Volunteer of the Month: Ernesto Martinez

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: Ernesto Martinez Program: Workforce Development Why did…

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