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Sonoma Children’s Charities accepting grant applications [Sonoma Index-Tribune]

The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is accepting grant applications from Sonoma County nonprofit youth groups for its 2019 grant cycle. According to a press announcement from Speedway, qualified grant applicants must be youth-focused nonprofit groups serving Sonoma County. To focus efforts on Sonoma County youth in need, say Speedway officials, priority will be given to programs that concentrate on education, financial hardship, literacy, medical needs, nutrition, social...

New Petaluma nonprofit building English-Spanish bridges [Petaluma 360]

At a Spanish language poetry reading that Emilie Thomas organized in Petaluma recently, a woman proudly read a work by Pablo Neruda, who is from her native Chile. Afterward, the woman told Thomas that she has lived in Petaluma for 25 years, and no one has ever shown interest in her homeland. “She said, ‘This is what I have been craving,’” Thomas said. “Our Latino friends, they light up when you value them for who they are.” The exchange encapsulated the purpose of Cafe Puente, a new...

Gov. Newsom's early childhood advisor describes 'whole-child, whole-family, whole-community' strategy [edsource.org]

For the first time, a California governor has created a position in his office focused on early education. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Giannina Pérez as his Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood. Peréz previously worked for Early Edge California and Children Now, both well-known children’s advocacy organizations. As an advocate, she worked to expand training for preschool teachers and child care providers to better support children who speak languages other than English at home. She also...

Documentary follows Santa Rosa woman’s quest to know her prison inmate father [Press Democrat]

Shortly after Jessica Stillman celebrated her ninth birthday in the mid-’90s, her father went to prison. She has spent much of her life after that just trying to get close to him. Her story is at the center of “Invisible Bars,” a new documentary by Benicia filmmaker John Beck about the children of incarcerated parents, airing Tuesday through Thursda y on KQED-TV in San Francisco and April 15 on KRCB-TV in Rohnert Park. The film follows Jessica behind bars for a rare sit-down interview with...

West County Health Services grapples with physical, mental toll of Guerneville flood [Press Democrat]

Now that the floodwaters have receded, a new challenge faces one of the largest providers of health care services along the Russian River. West County Health Centers, which operates clinics in Guerneville, Occidental, Sebastopol and Forestville, is helping its patients recover from the physical and mental toll left by the region’s worst flood in two decades. The clinic in Guerneville suffered $200,000 in missed appointments, a damaged furnace and cleanup costs, said Jennifer Neeley,...

Virtual Screening of Broken Places on March 21st & Registration for ACEs Connection Members!

Please join us on Thursday, March 21st for a special virtual screening of Broken Places , the latest U.S. documentary on early childhood trauma and resilience. The film will be offered via a private Vimeo link with passcode to all registered members of ACEs Connection, for free, accessible in the United States and internationally. REGISTER TODAY: To register, please visit : https://goo.gl/forms/apdoINwgtQmydEXK2 The viewing portal for the film will open on Vimeo at 6am EST and close at 11pm...

Free Documentary Film Screenings: Dolores Huerta Labor Leader & Civil Rights Activist

The 2019 Dede and David Del Monte Lecture Dolores Huerta Labor Leader & Civil Rights Activist Monday, April 22, 12PM Santa Rosa Campus, Newman Auditorium Video-conferenced to Petaluma Campus, Mahoney, Room 726 Free Documentary Film Screenings Dolores Link to clip: Documentary 2 min clip Bertolini Student Activities Center Thursday, March 28, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm Monday, April 8, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Calling all California health departments and community-based nonprofit organizations interested in the Community Reinvestment Grants Program!

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is soliciting input and feedback from interested stakeholders on the details of the California Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) Program Draft Grant Solicitation. I really encourage all interested stakeholders to provide their feedback to GO-Biz early so they can best serve the needs of your organizations and ultimately build resilient and flourishing communities. Stakeholders may submit feedback by email, CalCRG@gobiz.ca.gov ,...

SRJC expands its Dream Center, legal services for undocumented students [Press Democrat]

On a wall at Santa Rosa Junior College’s newly expanded Dream Center is a framed, whimsical drawing of a woman with her eyes closed and hair windswept, surrounded by dozens of monarch butterflies. Above her head, white letters read: “My dreams are not illegal.” For many of the 1,800 students at the college who are undocumented, monarchs, which migrate thousands of miles between Mexico and Canada, symbolize hope. “When students walk into the center, I hope that they see the empowerment and...

Parent Voices Sonoma: Tell Your Story: How to Give a Public Testimony

Our next workshop will be on March 5th 5:30PM at Cook Middle School - Rm. 44, Santa Rosa. We welcome anyone interested to join us regardless of your experience, passion and you do not need to be a parent, but a child advocate!! ¡Reserva la fecha! Nuestro próximo taller será en marzo 5 en la escuela Cook Middle - salón 44 en Santa Rosa. Damos la bienvenida a cualquier persona interesada en unirse a nosotros, independientemente de su experiencia, pasión y usted no necesita ser un padre, ¡sino...

Sonoma County Human Services integrates ACES science training in New Employee Orientation (NEO)

On January 30, 2019 the County of Sonoma took a significant step towards becoming a more trauma informed organization by delivering a 1 hour over-view of ACES science to newly hired staff. With this framework now embedded in NEO training we hope to give staff a solid foundation on the key concepts behind trauma informed care. We are re-focusing our efforts towards educating all staff on the link between toxic stress and health outcomes and behavior. This training is the result of...

Helping Homeless - How Do Advocates for the Homeless Stay Motivated [Sonoma County Gazette]

Homelessness is one of Sonoma County’s most intractable problems. Despite the efforts of local activists, nonprofits, and government agencies, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, and in improvised shelters remains largely unchanged from year to year. The problem has been going on for decades and the situation has only grown worse as housing prices continue to rise. An annual federal report on homelessness found that Sonoma County had the third largest homeless population...

California Counties Encouraged to Apply for Mental Health Wellness Grants [Sonoma County Gazette]

“There is no better investment we can make today than in the next generation of adults who will be the workers, parents, leaders, and caretakers of the world,” Treasurer Ma said. The deadline for counties to apply for grants is Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Non-profit corporations also are encouraged to contact their counties to apply jointly. The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA), chaired by Treasurer Ma, will distribute the funds through the Investment in...

‘Tapping’ brings stress reduction to Sonoma’s fingertips [Sonoma Index Tribune]

To some people the word “tapping” may no longer involve dance steps or metal taps on shoes. Tapping now also refers to a holistic technique that relieves pain, stress and anxiety. Those interested in learning more can attend a workshop on “Tapping,” which will be held at Presentation School on Feb. 28 as part of the school’s yearly Speaker Series. “The school has been introducing students to ideas such as growth mindsets and mindfulness and stress reduction for years,” said Scott Parker,...

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