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RRARA Community Update: 6/27/16 – Next meeting is Wednesday, July 20th

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Next meeting reminder/Mark your calendar: Wednesday, July 20th from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville

Community Activities and Opportunities
Free Summer Meal Options for children under the age of 18: For anyone whose child is not attending summer school and seeking additional food resources for children in the household, please see attached list of summer meal options. There are two options in Sebastopol and one in Guerneville along with several in Santa Rosa. If looking for resources outside of the West Sonoma County Union High School District, additional summer meal sites can be found at

8th Annual Forestville School BBQ and Resource Fair: Forestville School is planning their back to school BBQ and resource fair for August 12th, from 4-6pm. They had a very successful Early Literacy Fair and wanted to make sure to invite everyone back to start the new academic year. Fran Oliver is coordinating this event and is the contact person- Please share if you can think of any other contacts that would be interested in having a table at the resource fair.

Opportunity to ensure the California budget Supports Child Care Funding: The Legislature recently approved a budget increase for early care and education. The budget adds more than $450 million to help families pay for child care and to help providers earn a livable income. If you support child care and early education, this is an opportunity to show your support. Simply call 916.445.2841 and you could say something like “I am a child care advocate in Sonoma County and I implore you to support the proposed budget for child care and early education in California.” According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education, efforts in California and other states to raise the quality of child care and preschool programs are being undermined by the low wages that workers earn in jobs that now require more skills and education.

Request for Volunteers – Sisters Bingo benefitting the Russian River Dental Clinic on Saturday, July 9th at the Guerneville Veterans Hall: The set-up and breakdown involves heavy lifting of tables and chairs etc. so volunteers need to be able bodied, if they are under 18 they will have to leave during the bingo game time (7-9pm) because volunteers and guests must be at least 18 years old to be present in the Hall during games. Volunteer opportuniities are: 1.) 4pm-6pm, set-up Bingo, heavy lifting # of volunteers: 6. 2.) 6pm-9pm, work the concession stand during Bingo. 3) 9pm-10pm, breakdown Bingo, heavy lifting # of volunteers: 6. Volunteer Duty Details can be found here To volunteer contact Jennifer Neeley at (707) 869-5977 ext. 3313 or The WCHC Fundraising Events Schedule for 2016 can be found here

Walk Your Way to Health: Join the iWALK Challenge: The iWALK Challenge is designed to help you Live Your Life Like Every Moment Matters! This challenge encourages at least 150 minutes of exercise per week in any physical activity, with an emphasis on walking. To register for the challenge, follow the attached instructions to form a team. Team captains register at For more local walking resources including maps and toolkits visit or HealthyHabits.

North Bay Heart Walk 2016! For 90 years, heart disease has been the #1 reason we lose our loved ones. Changing the rank of heart disease is closer than ever before because of your dedication to a healthier life, a healthier community, and to Heart Walk. Register today to walk or volunteer.

1st annual Youth Camping/ Youth Environmental Activist Summit at Pomo Canyon Campground: The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods will be helping put on this Summit at Pomo Canyon Campground near Jenner from July 28th-31st. This 4 day – 3 night community-based Youth Camping Summit provides a fun, safe and challenging experience for incoming high school juniors to develop their leadership skills, explore potential careers in the outdoors, and learn about the challenging environmental issues facing our community. (There is a $35 participation fee for a supervised kayaking experience, only.) Copies of the Application are attached. Please feel free to distribute the applications to participants who may be interested. Link to Webpage

United Way of the Wine Country is hiring a Volunteer and Corporate Engagement Coordinator to start in July: This position is a great opportunity for someone outgoing, organized, tech savvy and interested in starting a career in the non-profit field. Bilingual (Spanish/English) is preferred but not required for this position. See the attached job description.

Community Bulding Initiative Lead Coordinator position available: CAP Sonoma is looking for a 1.0 FTE CBI Lead Coordinator for their Roseland Community Building Initiative. This position works under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Community Engagement and is the holder of the CBI process for CAP Sonoma. The ideal candidate is able to engage and build strong relationships with Roseland residents. Other desirable attributes and skills include: Bilingual (English/Spanish) – read, write, speak. Ability to breakdown high level concepts. Passionate about connecting with people. Ability to work with diverse populations. Encourages people to take leadership roles in their community. Enjoys connecting with hard to reach populations. Experience in community organizing helpful. To learn more contact CAP Sonoma’s HR Department or visit their website at


What income qualifies as a North Bay ‘living wage’? North Bay Business Journal: Using MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, the website Zippia has calculated how much it would cost to support a small family of two adults and one child in each county and state in the U.S. By their calculations (, the living wage in California is $57,315. In North Bay counties, annual pretax income needs to be $51,168 in Lake, $65,866 in Marin, $51,849 in Mendocino, $58,483 in Napa, $55,064 in Solano and $58,902 in Sonoma. Read the article here.

Sebastopol nonprofit uses grant to help farmers sell produce to low-income neighbors: Press Democrat: Faith-based groups in Sonoma and Marin counties will help farmers sell fresh produce to both their congregants and to low-income neighbors, thanks to a $155,000 federal grant to a Sebastopol nonprofit.The new program by the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative includes a matching component where local food stamp recipients can double the value of their purchases. All such clients need do is use their electronic benefits transfer cards to buy produce through a participating farm stand or a farmer’s subscription service, typically known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. Read the article here. Note: An in-clinic farm stand will be launched at the Forestville Wellness Center this summer offering a dollar-for-dollar match for CalFresh participants to purchase CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes and produce.

Low wages undermine efforts to improve the quality of preschools, federal report says: Efforts in California and other states to raise the quality of child care and preschool programs are being undermined by the low wages that workers earn in jobs that now require more skills and education, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Education released Tuesday. The report found that while education and training requirements have increased for early education teachers, workforce pay has not. The national median annual wage for preschool teachers is $28,570, about half of what kindergarten teachers earn, and the report found that early education teachers with a bachelor’s degree earn less than half of the annual earnings of all U.S. workers with a bachelor’s degree. Link to article

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