NeighborWorks America and Self-Help Enterprises

In October 2014 Fairmead Community & Friends received a grant for board members and Fairmead residents to attend a three-day training event at the NeighborWorks America – Community Leadership Institute in NeighborWorks America Self Help logoCincinnati, Ohio. The training aims to strengthen the voices and skills of community, resident and volunteer leaders.

Groups that attended were eligible for an additional $2,000 grant for projects that they discussed at the training event. Fairmead Community & Friends was awarded this grant too!  We are so grateful to have had this learning opportunity and the grant writing support of Eddie Ocampo at Self-Enterprises, Visalia.

Thank you Eddie!

Dorothy & Fred Williams

Dorothy FB and Web 100_5063Fairmead Community & Friends wish Fred and Dorothy Williams well in their new adventures. We are proud to have worked side by side as board members and as friends.




Fred and Dorothy has made an effort to better the community they live in for many years, and they have always done it with worship, wisdom and respect for others. We’ll miss them.



 First African American Ladies Club • 1968

First African American Womens Club of Fairmead_Dorothy Williams

Back row from Left to Right; Ollie B. Tate, Lillie Knott, Elnetta Mitchell, Anna Bell Betrand and Dorothy Williams.

Front row from Left to Right; Barbara Williams, Marlene Amey, Jessie James and Cora Williams. There wasn’t a name for this Fairmead social group of ladies. One name that they thought of was the “Fairmead Improvement Club”.

Fairmead Community & Friends at the Interfaith Intercultural Festival • January 29, 2015

You want culture? Joins us at The Madera Coalition for Community Justice’s 19th Annual Interfaith Intercultural Festival on Thurs. January 29th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the Madera Fairgrounds. Fairmead Community & Friends will be there with a booth representing Fairmead’s history. It’s a FREE family event with food, music, dance and cultural exhibits!

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Fairmead: A Century of Change by Michael Eissigner

Michael Eissigner authored a small history book about the first 100 years of our unincorporated community of Fairmead. Michael originally wrote this book for Fairmead’s June 2, 2012 centennial celebration where he donated all future proceeds going towards our community’s improvement projects.

In 1912 the Co-operative Land and Title Company set out to build a model farming community near the center of California. For one hundred years, this unincorporated community of Fairmead has been home to a diverse group of immigrants including African American and Hispanic farm workers. This book chronicles many of the changes during the community’s first century.

Th Chowchilla Elementary School District plans on using this book as a text book as part of a local history project with all 5th graders in the district. Besides being available at on-line booksellers, the book is available through our Fairmead community organization “Fairmead Community and Friends”. Click here to order Fairmead: A Century of Change

If want more details or want to share some Fairmead history email us at

It’s another Fairmead Flea Mkt!

Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sinclair Dr. in Fairmead.
Sell your used/new household items, tools, clothes, toys, books, plants, crafts, etc.
Come down to rent a space for $15 and sell all those odds and ends laying around.
If you don’t want to sell items just come that day to eat, browse around and buy more odds and ends.

Fairmead community is right off Hwy 99, 4 miles south of Chowchilla.
Snacks and beverages will be available through Fairmead Community & Friends committee, funds go toward Fairmead’s Centennial events on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

For vendor space reservation and more details email

Join Fairmead Community & Friends for a “Sweetheart of a Deal!”

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Fairmead Elementary School. We’re selling Tacos & Nachos lunches, eat here or get a TO GO plate. We’ll also have a raffle with prizes and fun entertainment. Raffle tickets are $1 each lunches are $3 and $5.

All proceeds go towards Fairmead’s 100th year Celebration on June 2, 2012. Donations greatly appreciated and are tax deductible, email for details.