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RRARA community updates and mark your calendar- 11/22/16

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Next RRARA Meeting- Mark your calendar: Thursday, December 15th, 2016 from 8:30-10AM at Fife Creek Commons at 16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville Ca.

2017 RRARA Meeting Schedule: You can find the meeting dates on our website-

Community Activities and Opportunities

New LGBTQ Group Starting in Western Sonoma County at the Forestville Teen Clinic: This Youth Group, open to 13-25 year olds, will serve as a weekly education and support group for young people who identify within the LGBTQ community or anyone who is struggling with sexuality or gender related issues. Allies (supportive friends) can come too! This group meets weekly Wednesday evenings 5:30-7pm. To join the group, folks can either just show up on a Wednesday evening or call to confirm they will be there so they are on our group list for the week (707-887-0427). If you have any questions, please email Erin Elo (

Winter Shelter meeting to be held Nov 23, 12-1 at West County Community Services: RSVP if Interested. This meeting is intended to serve as an update on: 1) preparations in place to serve the shelter community from Dec 1-March 31 2) steps taken to better serve both the shelter community and the community at large 3) rules for the Winter Shelter 4) how you can help or be involved if you wish. They can hold 30 or so people in their conference room. Please feel free to invite other community members that you think would benefit from this. Please RSVP if you/they are able to attend at

Volunteers Needed for Schools of Hope Literacy initiative: Last year, over 500 tutors spent 8,000 hours in the classroom with K-3 students who need help reading. United Way is currently orienting tutors for a February 6th start date and need your help recruiting tutors this year. Word of mouth is by far the most effective outreach strategy for programs like Schools of Hope. Anyone who is interested in volunteering 30 minutes per week for Schools of Hope can contact volunteer coordinator, Emmanuel Moon, at (707) 528-4485 ext. 103 or for more information. A drop-in orientations is scheduled for Tuesday, 1/10/2017 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at the Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

Envisioning an Age Friendly Sonoma County: Planning for our Aging Population- Communities for all Ages: Over the next 15 years, more than 2/3 of Sonoma County’s population growth is projected to occur in the 65+ age group. By 2030, more than 25% of our county’s adult population is likely to be over 65 – the largest percentage ever. Maintaining our quality of life while adapting to these major changes will require responsible visionary planning. Breakfast event to learn about the coming “age wave” – what to expect and how to prepare for it – from experts in the fields of aging and land use planning. There is no cost to attend. Fri, December 9, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST at Redwood Credit Union Community Room More information and Registration here.

2017 Homeless Count Volunteer Registration Now Open: This year’s count will take place on January 27th, 2017 from 6am-10am in various locations throughout Sonoma County.The link for registration can be found here: More information, as well as frequent updates on training dates and other logistical details can be found on our Homeless Count Wiki at:

DINING OUT FOR LIFE to support Food For Thought: On Dec. 1 90 participating restaurants will be donating 25% to 50% of proceeds that night to support Food For Thought, the local foodbank in Forestville that provides year round, free, healthy food to people suffering from HIV/AIDS or other chronic illnesses. Click here for a list of restaurants.

Holiday Meals: Attached is a list of resources for holiday meals – this was pulled off of the 211 website and may not have ALL offerings throughout the county.

Winter Concert at El Molino: Featuring performances by the Guerneville Elementary Band and Choir, the Forestville Academy Band, Choir and Guitar Ensemble as well as the El Molino High School Band and Choir. The Winter Concert will be held at El Molino High School on Saturday, December 10th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Admission is 10 dollars.

Dancing Art at El Molino: El Molino’s Dance Department premieres the first dance production of the year, Dancing Art, on Thursday, December 1st in the Cafe Theater at 7:30 pm. The Showcase will continue Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd also at 7:30 pm, and features the El Molino Dance Company along with dance students in the Intermediate and Advanced Dance and Choreography classes. A variety of dance styles including jazz, modern, musical theater, and hip-hop will be presented in this entertaining evening of mostly student-choreographed works.

Want a FREE Film Made for Your Organization? Help out a Documentary Filmmaking course at SSU by volunteering your organization to be the subject of a 5 minute social issue documentary. There is little commitment on your end; students will film for one day and possibly meet to discuss beforehand. Contact the Center for Community Engagement ( to let them know you’re interested.

December 2 Health Action Council Meeting: The Health Action Steering Committee has invited all of the Health Action Chapters to participate in the December 2nd Health Action Council Meeting. Health Action Chapter Representatives will have tables/booths with information about each Chapter. The Health Action Council Members and public will be instructed to rotate between tables in an organized way. The meeting begins at 8am while the networking session starts at 7:30 am.

November 2016 Health Action Impact Report: A quarterly “Impact Report” summarizes the actions and outcomes that are occurring as a result of or strengthened by Health Action in the three focus areas. The Impact Report will be organized by the ReThink Health pillars of sound strategy, active stewardship, and sustainable investment and financing. The report can be found online on the Health Action website here.

The Opportunity Summit: Activating the Power of 9 Counties to Create Opportunity and Shared Prosperity for All: Date: Friday, February 3, 2017. Time: 9:00 a.m. –3:30 p.m. Location: Nile Hall, 1233 Preservation Park Way Oakland, CA 94612 Co-sponsors: California Forward, Kiva, Northern California Grantmakers, REDF, Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality, and United Way Bay Area. Reserve your place here.

Spring Health Career Symposium for Youth: January 27th. Save the Date! Latino Service Providers & Santa Rosa Junior College in cooperation with community sponsors, invite students to a Spring Health Career Symposium for Youth, “Mi Futuro esta en Carreras de Salud: My Future is in Healthcare Careers.” Flier for more information.

Registration Now Open for Sonoma State University’s 2017Career Fair: On March 1, 2017 Career Services will be hosting Sonoma State’s Spring CareerFair from 11AM to 4PM. Students from all majors will be filling the Student Center seeking employment and internship opportunities. The Spring Career Fair is the largest career event on campus and the only fair hosted by SSU’s CareerServices. Come connect with students and meet some great talent! Click here to Register for the Spring Career Fair!

Information and News

Bay Area Voters Approve Affordable Housing Measures, Mostly by Wide Margins: The dire need for more affordable housing in cities like San Francisco wasn’t a huge talking point in the presidential election. However, in the pricey Bay Area, the issue was front and center on a number of local ballots. Voters are embracing local measures that promise to create new housing for low- and middle-income residents. Link to KQED article here.

West County Health Centers 2015 Annual Report to Our Community: Learn more about WCHC’s advances in Behavioral Health
Integration, Homeless Healthcare, Fire Recovery, Innovation Hub and Quality Improvement, Wellness Center, and more. Link to report HERE

Summarizing the Landscape of Healthy Communities: A Review of Demonstration Programs Working Towards Health Equity: This report explores existing efforts by organizations focused on healthy communities. Over the past four decades, the healthy communities movement has transformed the way we define and address health. Driven by the disconnect between health spending and health outcomes, growing awareness of the importance of the social determinants of health, and the need to address poverty as means of improving health, communities across the US are bringing cross-sector partners together to ensure that good health is happening where we live, learn, work, and play. Read the report here
Neighbourhood-Based Strategies that Reduce Poverty: The Parkdale People’s Economy Project. This is a terrific presentation that provided an overview of lessons and challenges that relate to how diverse organizations have worked collectively to move beyond organizational boundaries and build more equitable local economies. Using the Parkdale neighbourhood in Toronto as a rich example, Victor and Nancy were able to speak to some of the specific issues that a neighbourhood-based strategy can tackle in an effort to reduce poverty. The recording of the conversation is now available online and the slides from the presentation are available here. Please share this webinar with your networks, colleagues and friends!

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