Who are We

We are a multi-cultural group of volunteer parent and resident leaders creating healthy, safe, and equitable communities for young children and families. All West County residents who care about children are welcome to participate.

Mission Statement

To make West County healthy, safe, and family friendly through parent-led advocacy and policy change.

Advocacy Projects: Park Equity and Safety

Our Park Improvement and Equity Project to increase access to safe and fun parks for all young children. After assessing conditions at San Pablo parks, the WCRG and its partners secured $537,000 from the City of San Pablo to improve the city’s most neglected park: Davis Park. To date, new lighting, family amenities, and surveillance cameras have been installed.  We hope to see even more park improvements in 2017!

We continue to work with residents, city staff and police departments to make these parks safer for families.


Safer Streets for Kids and Families

Together with our partners, the WCRG’s walk audits and advocacy helped secure over $10 million in improvements for San Pablo Avenue and Rumrill Boulevard to make them safer and more walkable and bikeable for children and families. The new routes will include increased accessibility, protected crosswalks, bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping.

The WCRG is working with the City of San Pablo to inform a citywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that prioritizes safe streets in highly transited, low-income neighborhoods.

Park Programming & Low Cost Sports Classes

The WCRG works with city recreation departments to sponsor low-cost sports classes for young children. Since the program began in 2009, we have served nearly 2000 low-income children in West County. We offer many sports programs at local parks to promote increased park use and safety among families.

 

Community Organizing and Leadership Development

San Pablo Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force

The WCRG is a member of the city commissioned San Pablo Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force (COPTF) to advocate for improved access to healthy foods and active environments.  We currently work with the City of San Pablo to increase green space, physical activity and optimal nutrition through programs and policy change.

If you want to advocate for the health and safety of young children, learn leadership skills, and join a fun, committed group, contact: Gabi Rivas at (925) 771-7320.

Officers

  • Chair: Gwen Buchanan
  • Co-Chair: Mariela Cuellar
  • Secretary: Leydi Maldonado
  • Treasurer: María Elena Juárez

Click on the links below to learn more about each Regional Group.