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Hands-On Heroes

Adela Hernandez, a social worker with the Woodlake Family Resource Center, will be honored for her dedication to making a difference in the lives of local children.

First 5 Tulare County will host the annual Hands-On Heroes dinner to honor local heroes who make a difference in the lives of Tulare County children ages zero through five.

The third annual event will be held at the Visalia Holiday Inn on Thursday, April 18. Reservations are required by calling First 5 Tulare County at 622-8650, or email info@first5tc.org.

Hernandez was selected for the award category “Parent Eduaction/Strong Families.” The Woodlake Family Resource Center offered a variety of family support, health, and parent education activities to children and families in the community primarily through classes offered at the center and case management services with a focus on home visiting. Through 2011, Woodlake Family Resource Center offered some type of case management for 206 families and a total of 586 individuals.

Other Hands-On Heroes winners in each category are:

• Outstanding Provider: Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council

• Exceptional Volunteer: Maria McElroy, Court Appointed Special Advocate

• Health and Wellness: Patricia Delima, MD, Family HealthCare Network

• Early Care and Education: Rebecca Luhdorff, preschool teacher, Oak Grove Elementary, Visalia Unified School District

• Exceptional Volunteer: Starla Harlow, Court Appointed Special Advocate

The Hands-On Heroes awards will be presented during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, followed by dinner, at the Visalia Holiday Inn. RSVPs are required by April 8 by calling First 5 Tulare County at 622-8650.

“Tulare County is fortunate to have wonderful early childhood programs and amazing staff and volunteers,” said Janet Hogan, executive director of First 5 Tulare County.

“This annual event is our way of shining a much-deserved light on people who tend to be private and unheralded.”

First 5 Tulare County is an independent public agency aimed at promoting, supporting and improving the early development of children during their first five years of life. The Commission accomplishes its goals by partnering with the community — organizations and agencies both large and small—to develop new programs and link existing programs in innovative ways to ensure children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school.

First 5 Tulare was created when California voters passed Proposition 10, the Children and Families Act of 1998, adding a 50 cents per pack tax on tobacco products. With about $6 million a year in Proposition 10 funds, First 5 Tulare has created a number of hands-on programs with impressive results that target physical and mental health, literacy, parenting skills and school readiness.

Since its inception, First 5 Tulare has allocated more than $78 million to schools, community groups, hospitals and day care centers, all working together to strengthen Tulare County, one child, one family at a time.

First 5 Tulare County is funded by Proposition 10. For information, contact First 5 Tulare County at 622-8650 or visit www.First5tc.org.

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