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Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award

The Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award annually recognizes and rewards a local individual for outstanding efforts in advocacy and caring for local people in San Luis Obispo County. This award is also designed to highlight and encourage those who follow in Mrs. Ruiz's footsteps to remain committed to community organizing and advocacy to improve the lives of everyone in San Luis Obispo County.

For more information about the Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award, contact Janice Fong Wolf, Director of Grants and Programs at (805)543-2323 ext. 13. 

2013 Award Recipient William Castellanos

The award was presented to William by David Ruiz, Isabel's son, and Napoleon Ruiz, Isabel's husband.

The Community Foundation presented the 7th Annual Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award to Community Action Partnership's (CAPSLO) Director of the Child, Youth, and Family Services Division on October 22, 2013. The award was presented at San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor's meeting.

Castellanos supervises CAPSLO’s Regional Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, State Child Development, and Child Care Resource Connection programs. His efforts have helped thousands of children and low-income families by ensuring that high quality childcare and education are being offered through the programs, along with initiating programs that teach fathers parenting and communications skills.

“We all must remember that our Head Start children who are born to the poorest families have the same potential to succeed as those born to the richest families,” said Castellanos, who has dedicated his life’s work to serving children and families in San Luis Obispo County for nearly four decades.

Castellanos passion for helping our community extends beyond the children and families to the teachers who implement CAPSLO’s programs. His mentoring and advocating skills are responsible for 239 Head Start teachers achieving a higher level of education.

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