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Flu Shots

Public health officials are urging Californians to get their flu shots this fall to help prevent a potential "twindemic" in the state. Locally, the Dignity Health Medical Group-Merced has made it convenient for residents in Merced, Atwater and other surrounding communities to get their flu shot. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and can be scheduled over the phone ahead of time by calling the main line at 209-564-3700.

CASA  Needs You

Under normal circumstances, children in Foster Care do not feel loved, do not feel wanted and do not feel connected to others. Now more than ever, these children need a caring and consistent adult to show them they are not alone. Consider changing a child's life for the better today: visit CASA of Merced County at the website: merced-casa.org to sign up for a VIRTUAL information session today!

Veterans Memorial Bricks

Show support of our Nation's Vetrans. For more information contact Margarita Saavedra at (209) 357-6239.

Merced County Senior Services offer the following programs throughout the County

For information on any of the following programs, please call (209) 385-7550

Adult Protective Services (209) 385-7371 and after hours, weekends and holidays (209) 722-9915.


Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center

(209) 388-9176

Brown Bag: (209) 723-4565

HICAP: (209) 385-7550

Meals on Wheels: (209) 358-0681

Mature Driver’s Class: (209) 381-6540

Information and Assistance:

(209) 385-7550

In-Home Supportive Services:

(209) 385-3105

Legal Assistance: (209) 385-7376

Linkages: (209) 385-4550

Ombudsman: (209) 385-7402

Public Guardian/Conservator:

(209) 385-3105

Respite Program: (209) 725- 3527

Transportation:  (800) 345-3111

Senior Companion Program:

(559) 498-6377

Senior Employment:

(209) 385-2026 ext. 2026

The Family Resource

 Center announced

We are pleased to announce that the Family Resource Center is now located on the Merced County Office of Education complex, at 632 W. 13th Street, Building H in Merced.


The Family Resource Center serves families by opening doors for a brighter future. Our mission is to connect our families and community partners in a safe, respectful, and trusted environment. We nurture these services by networking, building relationships, and collaborating with our community partners. We serve and support our families with case management, individualized plans, and locating and providing services. We lead our organizations, families, and individuals by facilitating learning and providing professional development.


Although we are limiting physical interaction with the public at this time, it is our intention to continue serving the community and providing resources to families. If you encounter a family in need of assistance, please direct them to our office.


We value being part of the MCOE family and believe in the shared mission to Nurture, Serve and Lead in our community.


We sincerely thank you,

Dennis Haines, Family Social Services Supervisor

Carrie Schaller, Parent

Resource Specialist

Shavon Roach, Parent

Resource Specialist

Merced County Office of


Family Resource Center

632 West 13th Street, Bldg. H

Merced, CA 95341

(209) 381-5980 – Phone

(209) 381-5979 – Fax


2019-2020 Merced NAACP Calendar

This is the calendar for our local Merced NAACP Chapter. All General Membership Meetings are open to the public and we highly encourage you to attend.




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Santa Day Toy Drive 2020

Saturday, DecembeR 12, 2020 at 10 a.m.

360 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340



Join us for the 12th Annual “Santa Day” Toy Drive event!


All though this year’s event will run a little different, its still going to be a fantastic time. There will be goodie bags for children and hot chocolate to keep you warm and Santa will be available for pictures as you drive through the parking lot.


This event is a great opportunity to donate a new unwrapped gift for an amazing cause. Every gift donated, no matter how big or how small, is truly appreciated and will be used to bring smiles and joy to the children, youth, and families in the Merced County community. For each gift you donate during this event you will receive an entry to raffle prizes which include goodies such as coffee, candy, sweaters and more!


Santa Day Toy Drive is a tradition that started many years ago and continues to put the “Happy” in Happy Holidays! We hope that you too can be part of this year’s magic and help us in spreading the holiday joy! See you rain or shine!


For event inquiries or donation information, please contact Officer Eric Zuniga at (209) 356-6628.


2nd Annual Fire and Police Holiday Toy Drive

Registration for toys is just around the corner, please keep your eyes peeled. If you have questions you can email toydrive@atwater.org or call 209-357-6320. Registration will be held at the Atwater Community Center 760 E. Bellevue Rd. (Across from Osborn Park). Registration will end December 04, 2020. Our City of Atwater Fire Department will hold their annual Tri-tip dinner fundraiser on December 5, 2020. For more information about the Tri-tip Dinner please call 209-357-6724.


Play tennis year round on two lighted and recently resurfaced tennis courts. To obtain access to these two nicely maintained courts, a key must be purchased from the Recreation Department. New keys are available for purchase on March 1st of

each year.

Atwater Senior Social Club

The Atwater Senior Social Club meets every Tuesday at the Atwater Community Center. Each week, the club members eat lunch and play bingo from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Legal Services

Legal assistance is available to senior citizens through Merced County’s Area Agency on Aging. These services are available by appointment only.


For an appointment, please call:

(209) 385-7376.


Atwater Chapter of the AARP

The Atwater Chapter of the AARP meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Atwater Community Center. For more information, call (209) 357-7391 or (209) 358-6293


Mature Driver’s Class

Be a safer driver. This course covers safer driving techniques for older adults.


Students who are age 50 and older may be eligible for an auto insurance discount with certificate of completion. Please check with your auto insurance for more information.


Classes are held once a month at the Atwater Community Center located at

760 E. Bellevue Road, Atwater, CA 95301.


If you are interested in taking this class, you must pre-register by calling:

(209) 381-6540.


There is a $2.00 state certificate fee.

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