Building a better represented community in Valley West

Our Purpose: We believe that by focusing on community engagement and strategic collaboration, we can collectively work towards building a better represented Valley West.

Our Vision: As we begin to build trust with our city government, community residents, and local businesses. Our bilingual group hopes to develop a resource center so that community members can have access to essential services. The goal is to continue to identify community needs in order to create services, outlets, and employment for parents, youth, and other community members who are in need of support.

We are working towards developing community relationships in hopes to collaboratively create a resource center that also acts as a resilient hub, community gathering space, and educational resources for all.

 

 

First time in nearly three years~
The City of Arcata in partnership with Community United of North Arcata and CUMBRE Humboldt bring you a FREE BIKE RODEO for ALL ages on Sunday, August 28th at Valley West’s Carlson Park. Come join the fun to include education, demonstrations, entertainment, food trucks, raffle prizes and more!
Primera vez en casi tres años ~
La Ciudad de Arcata en asociación con Community United of North Arcata y CUMBRE Humboldt le traen un RODEO EN BICICLETA GRATIS para TODAS las edades el domingo 28 de agosto en el Parque Carlson de Valley West (Arcata). ¡Únase a la diversión para incluir educación, demostraciones, entretenimiento, camiones de comida, premios de rifas y más!

Tianguis (Latinx Style Flea Market)

Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 11:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Valley West’s Carlson Park at the Mad River Parkway off Giuntoli lane

CUNA (Comunidad Unida del Norte de Arcata/Community nited of North Arcata) in collaboration with the City of Arcata is hosting a Tianguis (Latinx Style Flea Market) Saturday, June 25th at Valley West’s Carlson Park at the Mad River Parkway off Giuntoli lane. Artists, artisans, crafters, food vendors, individuals selling stuff come bring your wares to sell at our Tianguis! For more information to table or be a vendor call (707) 633-3867 or (707) 633-8802 (Español) or email cuna@cooperationhumboldt.com

Calling artists and aspiring artists of all ages:

For more information or to sign up call Kimberley at (707) 633-3867 or email cuna@cooperationhumboldt.com.

Spring Events 2022

Here are all the events happening via CUNA and the City of Arcata in Valley West/North Arcata. You will find a newsletter outlining all the spring events to the right and below are links to signing up to participate in the events. If you need help with sign up or have questions please contact Kimberley White (707) 633-3867 (English) or Eibar Romero (707) 633-8802 (Español).

Aquí están todos los eventos que suceden a través de CUNA y la Ciudad de Arcata en Valley West/North Arcata. Encontrará un boletín que describe todos los eventos de primavera a la derecha y debajo hay enlaces para registrarse para participar en los eventos. Si necesita ayuda para registrarse o tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Kimberley White al (707) 633-8802 (inglés) o Eibar Romero (707) 633-3867 (inglés/español).

Tianguis/Latinx Flee market: Read more here and if you are a vendor or tabler and want to participate please Sign Up Here! Lea más aquí y si usted es un proveedor o un jugador de mesa y desea participar, ¡regístrese aquí! 

Dance Classes/Clases de baile: Read more here/Leer más aquí - Sign up here/Registrate aquí

Theatre Classes for kids/Clases de Teatro para nin@s: Read more here/Leer más aquí - Sign up here/Registrate aquí

Teen Meetups/Encuentros de adolescentes: Read more here/Leer más aquí - Sign up here/Registrate aquí

Mural Workshop/Taller de murales: Read more here/Leer más aquí - Sign up here/Registrate aquí

 

Valley West/North Arcata Newsletter being sent to all residents of North Arcata!
¡Se está enviando el boletín informativo Valley West/Norte Arcata a todos los residentes del norte de Arcata!

Accomplishments

Participatory Budgeting

We finished our Participatory Budgeting process! Here you can find more information on the winning projects. Now we have sent the results on to the Arcata City Council to vote on. These projects are going to see a rather fast implementation, with all of them done by the end of June. We are all looking forward to seeing these improvements to the Valley West community.

Two people filling out voting ballots at a table.

Ongoing Community Support Events

Trash clean up Sunday (once a month on the second to last Sunday of the month)

Date/Fecha:  10/24

Location/Localización: Madriver PKWY E, Arcata

 Time/Horas: 11 am - 1 pm

Apoyo en Español :

This months Sponsor: Los Giles (Providing free meals for all volunteers)

 

Upcoming events

 

News!

We are writing a feasibility study for a Resilience Hub/Community Resource Center in Valley West and want your input! Join us at the Valley West Block Party Putluck on 4/23, 11-3 and let us know what your needs and desires are. You are also welcome to take our survey, to let us know what your needs and concerns are.

Spring is here in full force and CUNA is in full swing planning and organizing for the coming 3 months. Next thing coming up is a block party potluck for the North Arcata neighborhood on the 23th of April, from 11 to 3. The focus is to get to know our neighbors, and talk about emergency preparedness and community resilience, in the worst drought year on record, well ahead of fire season.

We are inviting all sorts of community organizations that are active in a disaster, and planning for it, to share with the Valley West residents. We want to help foster connections between the neighborhood and the emergency services and volunteer organizations, so that we all can feel safer and more prepared to help each other and ourselves. This kind of mutual aid is important to supplement the government's efforts in a future of increasing climate fueled disasters. 

We are throwing this block party for our community to get prepared, but also so they can give us input in a very exciting project we are working on: a feasibility study to create a Community Resource Center, that can act as a Resilience Hub in case of an emergency. If you want to participate in the feasibility study, but can’t make it to the blockparty, we also offer an online survey on our homepage. On the other hand, if you are not a resident, you are still welcome to the block party. Don’t forget to bring a dish for the potluck!

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​​La primavera está aquí con toda su fuerza y CUNA está en plena planificación y organización para los próximos 3 meses. Lo próximo que viene es una fiesta de barrio para el vecindario de North Arcata el 23 de abril, de 11 a 3. El objetivo es conocer a nuestros vecinos, y hablar sobre la preparación para emergencias y la resiliencia de la comunidad, en el peor año de sequía registrado, muy por delante de la temporada de incendios.

Estamos invitando a todo tipo de organizaciones comunitarias que participan activamente en una catástrofe, y que planifican para ella, para que lo compartan con los residentes de Valley West. Queremos ayudar a fomentar las conexiones entre el vecindario y los servicios de emergencia y las organizaciones de voluntarios, para que todos podamos sentirnos más seguros y más preparados para ayudarnos entre nosotros y a nosotros mismos. Este tipo de ayuda mutua es importante para complementar los esfuerzos del gobierno en un futuro de crecientes catástrofes provocadas por el clima.

Estamos organizando esta fiesta para que nuestra comunidad se prepare, pero también para que pueda darnos su opinión sobre un proyecto muy interesante en el que estamos trabajando: un estudio de viabilidad para crear un Centro de Recursos Comunitarios, que pueda actuar como un Centro de Resiliencia en caso de emergencia. Si quiere participar en el estudio de viabilidad, pero no puede acudir a la fiesta del bloque, también ofrecemos una encuesta en línea. Por otra parte, si no es residente, sigue siendo bienvenido a la fiesta del barrio. No se olvides de traer un plato para el potluck.

 

 

Past Events

  • Art & Artisan Market, Dec. 18th, 2021
  • Calabazas Embrujadas, Oct. 31st,2021
  • Adopt-A-Park Carlson Park, July 25th, 2021
  • Pequeño Gran Río, Bilingual Fun, July 11th, 2021

Our Team

Kimberley White: Project Co-coordinator

I am a consultant, a mother of a teenage daughter, and a proud Valley West resident. I received my master's degree in Sociology with an emphasis in affordable/cooperative housing from HSU. My passion is serving my community. Currently, I have the honor to serve the City of Arcata as a planning commissioner.

Soy consultora, madre de una hija adolescente y orgullosa residente de Valley West. Recibí mi grado de maestría de HSU en Sociología con énfasis en vivienda asequible/cooperativa. Mi pasión es servir a mi comunidad.  Actualmente tengo el honor de servir en la Ciudad de Arcata como Delegada de Planificación.

Eibar Romero: Project Co-coordinator

Eibar Romero:(she/they) is a bilingual Humboldt native who grew up in the Valley West community of Arcata. She is super happy to be a member of CUNA and help make ideal decisions for her childhood community. She holds strong connections with businesses and Latinx residents in Valley West. She is currently a student at Cal Poly Humboldt majoring in Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies. She hopes to tie lived experiences, connections and education in assisting the forgotten part of Arcata.

Eibar Romero (elle), es una nativa bilingüe de Humboldt que creció en la comunidad de Valley West en Arcata. Eibar está súper feliz de ser miembro de CUNA y ayudar a tomar decisiones ideales para la comunidad de su infancia. Elle tiene fuertes conexiones con los negocios y los residentes Latinx en Valley West. Actualmente es una estudiante en Cal Poly Humboldt que se especializa en Estudios Críticos de Raza, Género y Sexualidad con énfasis en Estudios Étnicos. Eibar espera vincular las experiencias vividas, las conexiones y la educación para ayudar a la parte olvidada de Arcata.

Laura Muñoz: Project Co-coordinator
Laura Muñoz  (she/ella) is a bilingual dance and theater maker, educator, somatics practitioner, and community organizer. Laura loves serving in CUNA and is honored to be part of a grassroot effort to make the Valley West community's vision for itself a reality.
Laura Muñoz (ella/elle) es una creadora de danza y teatro bilingüe, educadora, practicante de somática y organizadora comunitaria. A Laura le encanta servir en CUNA y se siente honrada de ser parte de un movimiento de base para hacer realidad la visión de la comunidad del Norte de Arcata.

Delo Freitas and Gillen Martin: City of Arcata Liaisons

Delo Freitas and Gillen Martin work in the City of Arcata’s Community Development Department. Gillen hosts monthly community litter pickups in Valley West on the first Sunday of every month (email gmartin@cityofarcata.org with questions). Both Delo and Gillen are grateful to provide a point of connection between grassroots efforts in the neighborhood and Arcata’s City staff.

Webster Ross: Participating Volunteer

Contact us

Kimberley White

cuna@cooperationhuboldt.com

Get Involved

 

Monthly meetings: Contact us for links and invite to meetings

New meeting times are at 4:30 pm last Thursday of the month