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 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. 

In 1996, the Collaborative received the Human Relations Award from Santa Clara County based on its outstanding contributions in human services.


Committees and projects over the years

Integrated Services Committee
(replaced by the Health
& Safety Alliance)

Before & After-School
(tutoring for students)

Senior Focus

Roads to Success
(replaced by family-to-family, child welfare system improvements

South County One-Stop (workforce reinvestment)

Neighborhood Outreach

Restorative Justice
(first offender program)

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 list serve to share resource information among member agencies who advocate for policies that support housing, health, employment, safety and basic needs of South County residents.

Gilroy Community Health Day

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

Youth Summit

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.

Resource referral guide

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.

Thank you to our members

Anthem Blue Cross

Bay Area Legal Aid

Bay Area Wilderness Training

Bill Wilson Center

Breathe California


Catholic Charities – San Jose


California Employment Development Department

City of Gilroy

Child Advocates

Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County

Community Solutions


Community Health Partnership

Eden Housing Resident Services

Four Cs

Gardner South County Health Center

Gavilan College

Gilroy Compassion Center

Gilroy Library

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

New Directions

On Lok Lifeways

Parents Helping Parents

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Project Sentinel

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



Work2future Foundation

YMCA Silicon Valley

Youth Alliance

Meeting information

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.


Gilroy Library

Every 2nd Thursday of the month
11:30-1:00 pm

2nd Floor, Community Room
350 West 6th Street, Gilroy 95020