Opportunities

 

Scholarship Grants

Concilio attends every high school senior awards night to give five scholarships. Concilio services numerous schools in Yolo County: Woodland HS, Pioneer HS, Cache Creek Continuation HS, Davis HS, Da Vinci Charter, King HS, Esparto HS, Winters HS, River City HS, Yolo HS and Delta HS. Concilio also provides scholarships to college students attending Woodland Community College and UC Davis.

They also give scholarships to Blacks for Effective Community Action (BECA), Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, and to other organizations that supports scholarships.

 
 

Assistance to the Neediest in Yolo County

Programs that help this segment of the population include: Food Bank, Elderly Nutrition Program, Food Closet, CommuniCare, the Wayfarer Center, Yolo Family Resource Center, Yolo Family Service Center (Y.E.S.), Yolo Hospice, Davis Community Meals, STEAC, Families First, Blacks for Effective Community Action (BECA), Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, Dia Del Los Ninos, Latino Community Council, Cesar Chavez Conference (Woodland Community College), Folklorico Latino de Woodland and their scholarship program, and others.


 

Press Releases

Concilio also supports the Migrant Summer Soccer league. These games are played during July and August. Teams have coaches, uniforms and are co-educational. Those migrant centers are located in Davis, Dixon, Madison and Winters. Additonal teams are in Woodland and Knights Landing. This league culminates with a final tournament that is played at the Rick Gonzales Sr. Park in Woodland each year. The Migrant Summer Soccer League is operated and supported by the following organizations: Yolo Housing, the Yolo Inter-Faith Immigration Network (YIIN), the Yolo Family Resources Center (YFRC), the Health Education Council and the Concilio of Yolo County.

29th Annual Concilio Recognition Dinner/Dance & Scholarship Fundraiser

Concilio-2013-Community-Awards

Saturday, October 19, 2013 marked the 29th annual Concilio Recognition Dinner/Dance & Scholarship Fundraiser where the proceeds from the event go to scholarships to help provide assistance to low-income local residents go to college.

Those being recognized this year include: Landy Black and G Richard Yamagata with the Board of Directors Award; Bob Ekstrom of the Yolo Family Resource Center and Marge Lee of CommuniCare Health Centers with the Community Award; Marlene Bell of CTA and Sandra Olszewski, a teacher at Woodland High School with the Education Award; owners Richard Cruz and Ismael Resendiz of Master Tech of Woodland with the Business Award; Norma Alcala with the PilarAndrade Award and Carlos Alcala with the Rick Gonzales Sr. Award.
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27th Annual Concilio Award 14 Students with Scholarships
Written by David Greenwald

Saturday marked the 27th annual Yolo County Concilio Recognition Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser. On this evening, 10 members of the community were awarded for their work and 14 Latino Students from seven high schools across Yolo County received a scholarship.

The proceeds from the event on Saturday night will go toward awarding scholarships to deserving Latino and other students in June. Two years ago they awarded eighty scholarships. They also fund 30 adult grants and non-profit program sponsorships in Yolo County.

The event was hosted by Viviana Paez, the Mistress of the Ceremony, the News Anchor from Univision 19.
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Our President

Rick Gonzales, Jr., President

I grew up in Woodland, California graduating from Woodland schools before joining the US Army in 1964. I was stationed in Germany before serving one year in Vietnam. Upon discharge from the military, I enrolled at Sacramento City College earning an AA degree and then transferred to California State University, Sacramento, graduating with a BA and Secondary Teaching Credential. My entire career was in education, teaching at Sacramento High School and coaching men's and women's soccer. In 1974, the men's team was ranked number one and invited to the California State Soccer Championships in La Jolla, California. During the twenty years that I coached soccer, we sent fifty students to CSU, Sacramento for playing soccer at Sac High.

In 1993 I enrolled at CSU, Sacramento and earned an Administrative Credential. Upon completion of my Master's degree, I became a Vice Principal at Luther Burbank High School. Just prior to my retirement, I taught Elementary PE in several schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District. In 2008, I retired after thirty-six years of teaching. I am married to Erlinda Gonzales and we live in Davis. We have four children and five grandchildren. All of our children and grandchildren attended or are currently attending Davis schools. Our oldest granddaughter is currently attending CSU, Sacramento.

In 1995, I joined the Concilio and was appointed to the Board of Directors where I was later voted vice president and then president. My father Rick Gonzales, Sr., a co-founder of the Concilio, mentored me until his death in 2004. This collaboration and the commitment of Concilio members and Board of Directors has led to its present day success. The scholarship program which began with two scholarships in 1998 has grown to 700 scholarships and adult grants over the past fourteen years. At the annual Concilio Recognition Dinner/Dance held in October, we honor two students from each comprehensive high school in Yolo County. We also honor adults who have made a positive contribution to their respective community. This event, which is also the Concilio's largest scholarship fundraiser, is held the third Saturday in October at Waite Hall in the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. Concilio awards more scholarships than any other organization in Yolo County.

Currently, I serve on the Board of the Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County, on the Board of the Yolo Family Resource Center, the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN), the Davis Democratic Club, the Progressive Business Exchange, the Davis Odd Fellows and The Achievement Gap (TAG) within the Davis Joint Unified School District. My main focus is on the Concilio where we help the greatest number of people. I feel blessed to be a part of an organization that has a positive effect on the people of Yolo County. ¡Que viva El Concilio!

 

Grantee Testimonials


Ana Rivera

I am extremely grateful and honored to have received this scholarship.

 

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