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City CouncilCouncilmember Karina Dominguez kickstarts initiative to deliver PPE and essential items to...

Councilmember Karina Dominguez kickstarts initiative to deliver PPE and essential items to Milpitas residents

With many Milpitas residents on the waitlist for free Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Councilmember Karina Dominguez decided to start a project to provide the additional equipment, with the help of many volunteers.

The mission, named Project Inspire, was started when Dominguez volunteered to help the City of Milpitas staff at the community-sponsored Covid-19 testing site, where she realized the massive need for PPE, particularly for Milpitas’ working class: “These were people who needed to return to work because they had no other means of income,” states Dominguez.

After finding out that there were at least 1,500 people on the waitlist for Covid-19 PPE, Dominguez went to work partnering with volunteers, non-profits, and private entities to provide more at-home essentials for Milpitas residents. 

This mission has been funded partly by Dominguez donating her stipend from serving as a Milpitas City Council Councilmember. Meanwhile, many community members have also stepped in to donate. Dominguez states that “It’s really a dream come true to be able to provide the PPE that our community really needs and our community is stepping up in a way that I have not yet seen in order to make sure that we care for our most vulnerable families and make sure we don’t leave anyone behind.”

When it comes to how they distribute the PPE, there is a link available to every Milpitas citizen that allows for individuals to sign up for PCR testing, an at-home test, and other essential items. From there, a volunteer will deliver the pack directly to their home, distributing all of the needed items. Currently, the group of over 75 volunteers has delivered 5,113 safety kits throughout the City of Milpitas. Through the mentioned link, Dominguez and other supporters of Project Inspire have been able to gather data in order to better understand Milpitas community needs. 

Project Inspire also plans to host a Milpitas Lean In Circle on March 13th. This workshop will educate women on supporting themselves and their families through possible economic challenges. The workshop will especially focus on supporting women through personal entrepreneurial ventures, and will address challenges that women may have on the way to reaching their business goals.

If you would like to sign up to have free PPE or other essential items delivered directly to your home, go here



Maria Denise Cuenca
Maria Denise Cuenca
Maria Denise Cuenca is a Senior at Milpitas Middle College High School. As part of the inaugural class, she’s the editor for the student newspaper, the Stepping Stone, and works concurrently as the President of the school’s She’s the First Chapter, an organization that supports girl-centered programs throughout the world. As a writer for the Milpitas Beat, she has the opportunity to write about issues relating to homelessness, local politics, and women’s rights. For over a year, she’s been a proud intern for Camp ButterFLY, where she organizes meetings, designs flyers, and does marketing for the organization to further their mission of teaching women to be leaders and find a path towards a career. During her free time, she enjoys watching shows on Netflix and reading the news.


  1. The entire country is now dropping the mask requirements and now, after 2 years, she’s just STARTING a distribution program? Day late and a dollar short. Not gonna have much to do dear bec we’re not required to wear them any more. Why don’t you start a program to pick up any of the discarded masks and PPE which litters EVERYWHERE? We could use that a LOT more than more litter distribution.

    • We also had false starts and liars (Trump, Fauci, Republicans, and Democrats) during the pandemic. So, who’s to say that this is another false start or even more dangerous covid/virus strains are coming in the pipelines? I bought my N95 masks during the Napa fires just right before Covid, when it was cheaper and available. I have asthma and I will do anything for my family to protect them from smoke inhalation, covid, Republican and Democrats, and whatever is next. I do not personally know Councilmember Dominguez but I’d rather commend her for doing something regardless if its late or not, rather than those “armchair” talkers.

      • Yeh, yeah. You drank the Koolaid. None of what you say negates what I said. Protect your family and friends, by all means. But what is this program going to *really* accomplish? Waste taxpayer dollars and increase litter? Why not just have a supply ready in City Hall and let those who want it come get it. I’ll be interested to find out what quantity was actually distributed and to who.

        • And what Koolaid will that be, Comrade? Trump’s, Fauci’s, Republicans’ or Democrats’?

          Unlike you I don’t just listen and fall-in like a lemming and follow any of what Trump, Fauci and these two groups’ narrative.

          Can you send me the proof that she used taxpayers’ money? And if so, is this money allowed to be used in any legal way she can or not?

          She lives in a free and a republic country and can use her money (if its her money) whenever she wants to.

          No armchair talker, dictator, communist should dictate what she can and cannot do with her money.

          • Here you go, Comrade.

            “This mission has been funded partly by Dominguez donating her stipend from serving as a Milpitas City Council Councilmember. Meanwhile, many community members have also stepped in to donate.

            As you were saying Comrade Armchair?

          • E Lee, come into 2022 where we can talk about a failed President, not a past successful one. You do understand the meaning of “funded partly” right? What about the rest of it?
            You know you’ve won the debate when your opponent has to resort to personal attacks. I’ll do my victory dance now.

  2. Wah…. Comrade, nowhere in this article ever mentioned that Dominguez or Trump or Fauci are failed president … blah blah blah…. Focus on the article and your lame comment. Stick to the article which you have commented on. Cause this is what this is all about. Lol

    Whaaatt? Your first comment said that the funds are ALL from City of Milpitas. Now, you are saying its just “partly funded”. Didn’t you read the article before you should post a generalized statement, comrade? Sooo, why dont you prove to us that the Ahem…. “funded partly” is from the City of Milpitas and does she have legal authoritahhh to use it for such purpose, event, etc? Law breakers (and hopefully posters who post fake news) should be sent to Siberia.

    Nyet, comrade armchair. I didn’t attacked you on my first comment. But you attacked me directly when you mouthed off … drinking the “Koolaid”. So you could dance the fake victory dance while I do the real victory dance, comrade armchair.

    What do you think, Comrade?

    • You’re the one who first brought up past Presidents (” (Trump, Fauci, Republicans)” to quote you) so Dr, heal thyself. “Your first comment said that the funds are ALL from City of Milpitas.” Where did I say “all”? Might want to clean your glasses. Since the program is “funded partly” by Dom, etc. where did the rest of the funding come from? I’ve asked that twice now. Got an answer? I’ll wait. And more victory dancing.

      • You mean this: We also had false starts and liars (Trump, Fauci, Republicans, and “DEMOCRATS”) during the pandemic. So who else should I add here & has had major impact during the pandemic? Did I included your name, Herr Comrade?

        So, going back to your insult…. who’s Koolaid did I drank if I didn’t missed anyone? Or you just want to insult me cause you feel that only you can insult someone (Dominguez) and no one should question or stand up to your bullying?

        Oh, so now its her funds? Why and who are you to disrespect not only a charitable woman but also dictate someone who is using her own money?

        Is she a member of the Democratic party which is another reason why you are targeting her charitable work?

        Lol … Who are you to dictate to her, where and how to spend her money? No one asked you. That’s what Nazis, Communists, dictators do.

        And why did you excluded Democrats or can’t spell Democratic party (Is that what Dom means or something else)?

        Lol, The ball will always be in your court including proving where is the rest of funding came from, especially after you criticize someone who is just trying to do something for the community. You can never escape this fact.

        Do you have proof that she used and misused city funds? If not then why did you criticize not only a female but someone who also put her own money into this.

        Is it because she is a woman and you smelled like she a Democrat (I dont know if she’s affiliated with any party), that you think she is a fair target?

        • Dude, stick to the subject of the OP. For the third time, where does the money come from that isn’t part of the “funded partially”? I see you are avoiding answering the questions and keep pointing down rabbit holes. You now te answers, you just don’t like them.

          Since your post contains no wit, intelligence, relevance or rebuttal, and is purely anoetic blather reduced to name calling, I will not waste my time on you. Since you have no cognizant reply to my argument, I will assume you concede my point. I hope you learned something. You’re welcome.

          • So how did you came up with your first posting, Sherlock?

            Surely, what you want to convey, conclusion, message must have been backed up by facts, right Hardy Boy? It could’nt have just come out of your A_ _ right after you woke up..

            Otherwise, what would be your motivations for posting hatred?

            1. Envy cause she is famous and not you?

            2. Hate, Racism and Anti-feminist

            3. Possible hint of being a Democrat or member of Democratic Party

            4. Masculinity is threatened?

            5. Did I already wrote Democrat or Democratic Party (Yes! I can write these words in FULL!)

            Sir, Just apologize to Council member Dominguez.

            We all know what you wrote was wrong and misleading. Its full of hate, racism, sexist, and others. Partisan and biased politics have no place in this charitable based article.

            Just apologize to her and to the readers. You can even add that you apologize to everyone except to me. I’m fine with this.

            Just apologize Sir….

        • Oh yeah ….. I win each time :), I post and you post 🙂

          Cause they will look back at your original posting and the keywords/phrases that they will remember will be:

          Charitable woman
          Used her own money for charity
          A minority woman used own money
          Ignored the demand (1,5K people- waitlist)
          Armchair poster smelled opportunity to:
          Racist against lady who might be a minority
          Lady might also be Dom (Does it mean Democrat or Democratic Party?)
          Still an armchair quarterback (wouldn’t start a program to pick up any of the discarded masks and PPE)
          Democrat (Did I already mentioned this?)
          Democratic Party (How about this one?)

          Mister, at the end of the day, you know your original post is wrong. You dug a smelly hole and you still kept digging even though all that nasty stuff in all over you now.

          May I suggest that you should just apologize to Councilmember Karina Dominguez.

          • My apologies to Mr. Mercado (Your Highness), Councilmember Dominguez, and to the readers.

            I just realized that Dom means Dominguez (Why can’t he write her full name? Is it pride or hate?).

            This is what I get for multi-tasking and not paying close attention.

            Whew, there…. It wasn’t that bad….. Glad I realized my mistake and dug a hole before it got deeper 🙂 Can’t say about the other guy…..


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