Youth Services

Tyler Vargas and mom with Susan Brennan and Judi Engel

The arts are important for our community, our world and our soul. The Odd Fellows provides special scholarships for young adults pursuing higher education in the performing, visual and mechanical arts. Your gifts help us assist students like this promising musician.

We're helping Tyler follow his muse.

tyler“I’ve always had an affinity for music. Ever since eighth grade I was writing my songs. I used these songs to help me cope with my fits of anxiety throughout my school years. Although I still hold that fear, I keep it close to me, knowing that whatever happens, in college I'll be choosing the path I want. While I might not be great at it yet, I believe that if I am passionate about it and work hard, it could be my future.”

Tyler Vargas
Half Moon Bay High School Class of 2021

Giving makes us human.

100% of your contribution to our Youth Services Program will go to underserved Coastside students. The HMB-ODD Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and you will receive documentation that your year-end gift is tax-deductible.

With thanks,
Susan E. Brennan
Chair, Youth Services Committee

 

Twelve excited people gathered on the evening of Monday August 16, 2021 at the Odd Fellows Lodge to celebrate and award a scholarship to Jacqueline Nabor-Gomez. Jacqueline was the Odd Fellows choice to be the HMB Odd Fellow delegate to the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Pilgrimage for Youth in 2020.

Due to serious concerns about Delegate safety due to the Covid Pandemic, the 2020 Pilgrimage was cancelled. Then the 2021 Pilgrimage was cancelled, for the same reason.

The cancellations were a huge disappointment to Jacqueline and HMB Odd Fellows. During the long period of application, monitoring status of the pilgrimage and eventual disappointment, Jacqueline showed patience and understanding. This demonstrated the maturity that favorably impressed Odd Fellows when reviewing her essay and interview in the delegate selection process.

Remember Carmen, the Nursing Student who received a scholarship from Odd Fellows in spring of this year? Here is a review and update on what is happening with Carmen…

It started four years ago with a chat between two people sitting beside each other at a wedding reception in Half Moon Bay. One person was Carmen, Licensed Vocational Nurse and the other was Katherine, member of the Youth Services Committee of Odd Fellows in Half Moon Bay.

Susan Brennan with check

The Odd Fellows are dedicated to the philosophy that an educated society is essential to a healthy community. That’s why we host the concerts and public events that you have enjoyed over the years at the Odd Fellows Hall in Half Moon Bay.

When you make donations at our events, your dollars directly support our Scholarship Program, which for decades has helped locals who otherwise may have been denied post-secondary educational opportunities.

Help Us Help Others

Coastside youth are depending on us to meet their educational goals in 2021 and beyond.

We’re hoping to quickly raise $10,000 to retain five scholarships. Without these additional funds, we will have to cut our programs by half at a time when they are needed more than ever.

The Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Lodge #143 is offering scholarships for students wishing to further their education after graduation from High School.

To be eligible for consideration, you must be:

  1. a resident of the Coastside Community (Montara to Pescadero);
  2. a student planning to attend an accredited college or university for the 2021 – 2022 academic year, or;
  3. a student planning to enroll in a certified program at an accredited trade school for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

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Ocean View Lodge 143
526 Main Street
PO Box 712
Half Moon Bay
CA 94019

Phone: 650-712-0718