The South County Collaborative
Composed of local non-profit community-based organizations, schools, hospitals and clinics, and public agencies that serve South Santa Clara County’s most vulnerable populations. The Collaborative advocates to increase the quality and quantity of human services in southern Santa Clara County as well as making them more accessible, efficient, and effective.
The South County Collaborative
The Collaborative was founded in 1991 to oversee a Healthy Start grant for the Gilroy Unified School District. When the grant expired, there was still a need for a collaborative forum, so members continued to meet and expanded the geographic service area to include San Martin and Morgan Hill. Committees and projects over the years have included the Integrated Services Committee (later replaced by the Health & Safety Alliance), Before & After-School (tutoring for students at risk), Senior Focus, Roads to Success (later replaced by Family-to-Family – Child Welfare System improvements), South County One Stop (Workforce Reinvestment), Neighborhood Outreach, and Restorative Justice (First Offender Program). In 1996, the Collaborative received the Human Relations Award from Santa Clara County based on its outstanding contributions in human services.
From 2006 – 2016 the Collaborative presented Gilroy Community Health Day, a health fair held in East Gilroy for under- and uninsured South County residents. With the County’s Public Health Department, the Collaborative presents the Binational Health Conference which features local national and international speakers. The Conference is intended to foster understanding of the special psychological, health education, and health care needs of Latino immigrants.
In 2009 the South County Collaborative added a Youth Summit focusing on health and nutrition, healthy relationships, and substance abuse prevention to the month’s events.
From 2005 – 2015 the Collaborative wrote and published a comprehensive resource referral guide to South County services for use by law enforcement, schools, cities, and nonprofit staff.
The South County Collaborative received three multi-year grants totaling $600,000 in 2006
From the Santa Clara County Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Services to form coalitions to address alcohol and substance abuse issues in South Santa Clara County. The Coalitions spearheaded passage of social host ordinances in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, and the County as well as a state reclassification of the tax on alcopops to reduce underage drinking. As a result of this work, the Collaborative was awarded a 3-year federal grant in 2008. Communities United in Prevention, funded by the grant, passed a smoke-free parks ordinance in 2012.
The South County Collaborative incorporated in 2007 and became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. It is governed by an all-volunteer board. The Collaborative hosts monthly informational presentations and maintains a listser to share resource information among member agencies who advocate for policies that support housing, health, employment, safety and basic needs of South County residents.
All are welcome to join us for our monthly community meeting. You do not have to be a registered member of the South County Collaborative to attend a meeting.
Every 2nd Thursday of the month
2nd Floor, Community Room
350 West 6th Street, Gilroy 95020
Thank You to Our
Anthem Blue Cross
Bay Area Legal Aid
Bay Area Wilderness Training
Bill Wilson Center
Catholic Charities – San Jose
California Employment Development Department
City of Gilroy
Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County
Community Health Partnership
Eden Housing Resident Services
Gardner South County Health Center
Gilroy Compassion Center
Gilroy Unified School District
Healthier Kids Foundation
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
City of Morgan Hill Housing Program
Ana Morante – Resilient Families
National Center for Youth Law
On Lok Lifeways
Parents Helping Parents
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Rebekah Children’s Services
Santa Clara County Continuum of Care (in-kind)
Santa Clara County Public Health Department
Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Santa Clara County Office Education – Head Start
Santa Clara County Reentry Resource Center
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, South County
Santa Clara Family Health Plan
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Siren Bay Area
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center
YMCA Silicon Valley