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June #sipsupport charity is Home of Guiding Hands

During the month of June, we are highlighting Home of Guiding Hands as our #sipsupport beneficiary. For every bottle or glass of CUCINA private label wine sold during June, CUCINA urbana will donate $1 to them!

Home of Guiding Hands
Home of Guiding Hands mission is to improve the lives of those they serve. They are committed to providing quality community support, critical housing and life skills training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Diego County over the past 47 years. They maximize the independence, productivity and quality of life for individuals with autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Currently, HGH provides a multitude of services ranging from
Early Start. Early intervention services for infants 0-3 years old
Respite. Respite workers go into the clients home and provide care for the client to provide a break from care for the caretaker/parents.
• Independent Living. Clients live on their own and have counselors who help them throughout the week.
Transportation Services drives clients to work, school, and day programs.
Counseling and Family Support. Counseling for clients and for those who support the client.
Residential Services. There are 31 homes in San Diego County where clients live, serving over 1,000 people.

We encourage you to learn even more about this exceptional program at guidinghands.org. Volunteers are always needed for mailings in the office, to adopt a home, and at fundraisers. Become a Home of Guiding hands volunteer.

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Words Alive is the May beneficiary of #sipsupport

This month at CUCINA urbana, we will be celebrating Words Alive as our #sipsupport beneficiary. For every glass or bottle of CUCINA private label wine sold during the month of May, we will donate $1 to them!
Words Alive
Words Alive’s mission is to open opportunities for life by inspiring a commitment to reading. They provide volunteer-led reading experiences for children, education opportunities for parents, scholarships for continuing education and provide access and ownership of quality reading materials to help their cause. Their work to foster a love of reading in children, teen and families is having a huge impact throughout San Diego County.

Early Literacy Services
Reading is a foundational skill, and its development begins early in life. Research has shown steadily that the most powerful way to prepare our children for school success is to share books and read aloud to them often before they enter kindergarten. Our Early Literacy Services focus on creating literacy rich lives for children from undeserved communities by increasing access to read aloud experiences in the classroom, parent education and age appropriate books. Other programs include Early Literacy Intervention, Family Literacy Program and Libraries Project.

Rolling Readers
Our Read-Aloud program focuses on kindergarten through third grade education. This program motivates children to develop a passion for reading and literature. Every week, hundreds of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers devote time reading to the same classroom(s) of children, and other sites during the school year. These sessions go far beyond just reading a story, creating life-long readers and life-long learners.

Teen Services
Words Alive provides essential literacy services to San Diego County’s teen population aged junior to senior in high school and early college through our flagship Adolescent Book Group program and the Westreich Scholarship. Partnering with the San Diego County Office of Education, the Juvenile Court & Community Schools and several local colleges and universities, Words Alive creates opportunities for these teens to realize academic and social success.

Community Reading Initiatives
Believing that coordinated efforts best serve the literacy needs of our community, Words Alive is proud to partner with fellow community based agencies to deliver literacy programming throughout San Diego County. Access to books is an important part of cultivating a love of reading. Yet, more than 60% of children and youth from low-income communities do not own a single book. What do we do with book donations? Build Lending Libraries! One of our favorite methods of bridging families’ access to books is creating on-site Lending Libraries, where families can borrow books from a place they visit everyday. Daily access to a variety of reading materials is a proven, effective way to bolster interest in and habit of reading.

We encourage you to learn even more about this effective literacy program at wordsalive.org. Volunteers are always needed. Become a Words Alive volunteer.

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CUCINA urbana + Puesto Taco Collaboration

CUCINA urbana tacos at Puesto

Tonight kicks off the month-long San Diego Taco Trade collaboration with Puesto! Tacos will be made with our roasted suckling pig + frisée + pork crackling + sherry mustard sugo using corn tortillas made by our amigos at Puesto. They will be available every Thursday evening in May for Local Thursdays. Join Puesto at their newest location in The Headquarters at Seaport District in downtown San Diego.
Also collaborating is Sea & Smoke with a lamb taco and Herringbone with a fish + chips taco.

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April #sipsupport beneficiary

During the month of April CUCINA is supporting Promises2Kids as our #sipsupport beneficiary. For every bottle or carafe of CUCINA private label wine sold during April, CUCINA will donate $1 to them!

Promises2Kids is a leading nonprofit organization originally founded over 30 years ago as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County. Since 1981, Promises2Kids has responded to the needs of foster children and the fight against child abuse and neglect in San Diego County.

Promises2Kids annually provides over 3,300 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance they need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into healthy, happy and successful adults. Promises2Kids supports these children through our four core programs: Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars and Foster Funds.

The Polinsky Children’s Center was designed as an emergency shelter to better care for these children in need of a loving and nurturing place to heal.

Camp Connect reunites brothers and sisters who are separated from each other while in foster care. The monthly camp activities are often the only opportunity siblings have to spend quality time together.

Guardian Scholars supports our foster youth who wish to obtain a university, community college, or trade school education. This vital resource provides students with the financial assistance and support to fulfill their dreams of attaining higher education.

Foster Funds includes money for The Something Special Fund, The Birthday Club and various Community Drives to collect items school children need throughout the school year.

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Festa Della Donna is March 8

Festa della Donna is celebrated in Italy on March 8th, also International Women’s Day. Each year CUCINA urbana and CUCINA enoteca Del Mar acknowledges this special occasion with a month-long celebration. We feature unique food and beverage selections, special events and the sale of our signature yellow t-shirt – all to raise money for the Center for Community Solutions.

History of Festa Della Donna

This civil holiday was born as a political event, and over the years blended into the culture of many countries. In some celebrations, the day had since lost its political flavor and become simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them.

Women’s Day has its roots in two events that took place outside of Italy. On March 8, 1857, a strike by garment workers in New York led to the formation of the first women’s union in the United States. Sixty years later Russian women led a strike calling for “bread and peace” during the horrors of World War I and the Russian Revolution. Then in 1945, the Union of Italian Women declared that this special date, March 8, should be set aside to celebrate womanhood across the country.

In Italy on the 8th of March, the symbol of the day is the yellow mimosa and expression of female solidarity. The exact origin of the custom is lost, but it is said to have started in Rome after World War II. Men began giving the mimosa to their partners, friends and co-workers. Families gave these blossoming branches to their significant others, colleagues, mothers and sisters. The scent of mimosas filled the air and reminded everyone not only of the day’s significance, but also that spring is near.

While men show all their love for women, society as a whole remembers the importance of women, their contribution to the betterment of our society and their sacrifices. On this day, all celebrate their achievements. Cultural demonstrations and political rallies remember the fights women have to endured for their rights and what is still left to do in order to provide every member of society, male or female, equality.
Commemorative Festa della Donna tshirts
Please enjoy this special yellow signature t-shirt, and each time you wear it think about all the wonderful women in your life and those millions more around the world!
Center for Community Solutions
The Center for Community Solutions helps more than 11,000 adults and children each year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by rape, domestic violence, and elder abuse. CCS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities.

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March #sipsupport beneficiary

During the month of March, we are highlighting the Center for Community Solutions as our #sipsupport beneficiary. For every bottle or carafe of CUCINA private label wine sold during March, CUCINA will donate $1 to them!

The Center for Community Solutions helps more than 11,000 adults and children each year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by rape, domestic violence, and elder abuse. CCS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities.

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February #sipsupport beneficiary

Our February #sipsupport beneficiary is Baja Dog Rescue. For every bottle or carafe of CUCINA private label wine sold during the month of February, CUCINA will donate $1 to them!

Baja Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates unwanted, abandoned and neglected dogs from the streets and local pound to find them loving, happy homes. Housing almost 200 rescued street dogs in their facility, all receive medical attention, food and love needed to be ready for adoption in San Diego. These dogs can be found every Saturday at their Adoption Events at Petco in Point Loma, between 9am and 2pm.

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