Post volunteer opportunities and search for opportunities on the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County’s online database: Volunteers can create a profile, search for opportunities, and view your upcoming events. Community-Based Organizations can post their opportunities to share with potential volunteers. Register your organization here or register yourself as a volunteer or search for opportunities here.
Local actions urgently needed for increasing access to early care and education: As you may know, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors priorities for 2015 included ‘Universal Access to Preschool’. The Board has a retreat planned for January 29th where they will be deciding their priorities for 2016. Hearing from their constituents is important. If you would like to see this continue to be a priority in Sonoma County, you can take one or more of the following actions: Before January 29th, email or call your supervisor and ask them to keep Preschool and Early Care and Education a priority for 2016. On February 2nd, First 5 Sonoma County and the Department of Health Services will be on the Board of Supervisor’s consent calendar for a Preschool Facilities Fund item. This item requests approval for First 5 to accept additional funding into the Facilites Fund from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and the Fort Ross Education Foundation. Stakeholders are encouraged to show support for the Preschool Facilities Fund as well as support for increased access to high quality early education for all young children in Sonoma County.
West County Health Center Homeless Healthcare Services FAQ document: The document addresses some topics related to Health Center’s Homeless Healthcare Services, as well as the broader topic of homelessness. Link to FAQ document. The Health Center’s new Homeless Healthcare
Register Now! Sonoma County Food Forum, March 17th: It’s been 4 years since Sonoma County’s landmark Healthy & Sustainable Food Action Plan (FAP) became our shared vision for our local food system. We invite you to join your fellow community leaders to celebrate what has been accomplished to implement this vision, and to help shape the next phase of the FAP. Learn more and reserve your spot HERE.
RRARA Website Launch: The Russian River Area Resources and Advocates (RRARA) is excited to announce the official launch of our website at http://www.rrara.org/. Please have a look and let us know if you have any suggestions. Also, if you would like to add your organization’s logo to the Partner page please respond to this email. We look forward to identifying how this website can best serve ours the community’s purposes. We would also like to thank Anselm McClain with Extremely Heavy Industries for his help with developing the site.
Homeless arrests up since town meeting: Sonoma West Times and News: Several street people in Guerneville and Monte Rio were arrested or cited last week on charges that included vehicle theft, drug use, obstructing a law enforcement officer and occupying a condemned building. The arrests came in the aftermath of a town meeting and a demonstration in Guerneville last week addressing problems associated with homeless Russian River residents. Coincidentally on Friday, a rally in the Guerneville town plaza drew about four dozen demonstrators protesting what they say is an influx of people committing misdemeanors including littering, public drinking, drug use and trespassing. Passing drivers on Main Street. last Friday evening honked in support as demonstrators waved picket signs that said “Save the River,” “Save Guerneville” and “We are taking back our town.” Article here.
BUILDING A DREAM CENTER: KRCB Video: How do people come together to create positive change in our community? Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) was founded in 1971 to serve homeless youth with housing and career development opportunities. As the need grew for larger facilities and expanded programs, SAY created unique partnerships to open the “Dream Center,” repurposing the former Warrack Hospital in Santa Rosa. Many area residents were concerned about this addition to their neighborhood. This video explores how people with differing opinions and viewpoints can work together for the civic good and find solutions and pathways to success for a stronger community. Watch video here.
How to Bridge That Stubborn Pay Gap: New York Times: More than a half-century after President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, the gender pay gap is still with us. Women earn 79 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the Census Bureau.So what might work to close the gap? Social scientists and policy makers have some ideas, as do companies that have been trying to combat the problem in their work forces. Article here
The unbending arc: America’s race gap is stuck: Brookings: America is in danger of becoming stuck, with insufficient social, geographical, or economic mobility. Poverty persists across generations. Half of the black children born on the bottom rung of the income ladder (the bottom quintile) will stay there as adults. A boy who grows up in Baltimore will earn 28 percent less simply because he grew up in Baltimore. Sixty-six percent of black children live in America’s poorest neighborhoods, compared with six percent of white children. Link to article