- Ben Cheever
- Communications Director
STOCKTON – Assemblymember Villapudua (D-Stockton) this morning presented the Woman of the Year award to Heather Green, Executive Director of Oasis City Center.
“The work that Ms. Green and Oasis City Center have done for our community this past year represents humanity at its best,” said Assemblymember Villapudua. “When our lives were upended last March, they stepped up to the plate to provide essential aid to thousands of families and individuals, many of whom never expected to be in such dire circumstances.”
Oasis Cares, a nonprofit program launched in February of 2020 under Oasis City Center, was intended to be a small program that supplied local students with snacks throughout the week. However, along with the rest of the nation, they were quickly thrust into a position of needing to adjust strategies as we learned to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. A month after starting up, they modified their plans in a way that expanded operations to a full-scale distribution effort.
Under the leadership of Heather Green, Oasis Cares established a drive-thru food distribution that provides staple pantry items – ranging from food to essential supplies like toilet paper, water, and cleaning products. Coming into a full year of public health restrictions, Oasis Cares has used their distribution center to provide needed resources and hope to over 250,000 individuals and over 50,000 families while giving away over 1 million pounds of product.
“The devastating effects of this pandemic have been felt far and wide, but organizations like Oasis City Center have made it just a little bit easier for our community to get through this,” said Assemblymember Villapudua. “I am honored to recognize Heather as our Woman of the Year for Assembly District 13.”
The Legislature will be celebrating the annual Woman of the Year event in a virtual format this evening with the rest of the legislators and their honorees.