RRARA Community Update: 2/26/16

By February 26, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments


Next meeting Reminder- Wednesday, March 16th from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville

March Meeting Speakers: Learn about and discuss important issues with:

Jennielynn Holmes, Catholic Charities Director of Shelter and Housing

Pauline Richardson, Manager Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Home Visiting Programs Sonoma County Department of Health Services

Other meeting agenda items:

  • Community Updates.

Community Activities and Opportunities

Russian River Area Volunteer Opportunity Database: To capture more volunteers and help connect them with meaningful volunteer opportunities we will be working with the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County to develop a Russian River Area Volunteer Opportunity Database. We are optimistic that we will be able to get this database ready by mid-March and if so we will most likely plan a volunteer recruiting event in April, which is National Volunteer Month. If you have not already and would like to list volunteer opportunities on the list please reply to this email.

Recruiting for Community Organizing Model Workshop: RRARA would like to take a team to the North Bay Organizing Project’s workshop to introduce their regional community organizing model that “engages congregations, unions, environmental justice organizations and other community institutions in a struggle for fairness and equity. This workshop will provide the tools necessary to build a team that undertands the needs and concerns of the people, identifies and recruits talented leaders and, ventures into the public arena to address local issues of inequity.” The workshop is Saturday, March 5th from 10am-2pm at the United Church of Christ in Santa Rosa. If you are interested in learning more or being involved, please reply to this email. See the attached flyer for more info

Guerneville Aging Together with Pride for LGBT Seniors: To support LGBT seniors’ optimal aging, the Sonoma County Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division is hosting an eight-week group, Aging Together With Pride. Each session allows LGBT older adults to share thoughts and experiences in a safe environment, while developing strategies for accessing local resources and services comfortably.When: Saturdays, April 9-May 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: Russian River Senior Resource Center, 15010 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. Cost: A $20 fee for the series is requested, and no one turned away. Register at (707) 227-6935. For flyer click HERE

Sonoma County Community Development Committee public hearings: Two public hearings will be held to consider proposals for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Community Services Funding (CSF), and Low- and Moderate-Income Housing Asset Fund Services Funding (LMIHAF-Services) Programs for FY 2016-2017.Tuesday, March 8, 2016 ~ 8:30AM ~ Hearing Room at the offices of the Community Development Commission. 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA

Oscar Party at the Rio Theater: Sunday February 28th, starting at 4pm. Open House to celebrate the Oscars with free admission and concessions available for sale.Watch the Oscars live on the big screen. Dress up, dress casual, or dress like a character from your favorite film! More info here.

2015 Annual Health Action Chapter Report and Health Action Impact Report: The 2015 annual report from the Health Action Chapters around the county can be found attached along with the Health Action Impact Report that includes updates from the last quarter in regards to actions and outcomes that are currently occurring within Health Action on their three main focus areas health care, education, and economic wellness.

Job Announcement: West County Community Services Executive Director: Working under the oversight of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides overall management, planning, vision and leadership for the organization. Link to the job desciption.
Job Opportunity- Program Coordinator for Redwood Community Health Coalition: Redwood Community Health Coalition is seeking a bilingual candidate to coordinate outreach to immigrant communities in Sonoma County.  Please see job description, attached, and forward to your contacts as appropriate.

The Graton Day Labor Center (Centro Laboral de Graton) is hiring for the position of Workforce Development Coordinator in Graton, CA.  The Workforce Development Coordinator is responsible for workforce development trainings, program management, and job development through marketing and outreach to prospective employers. The Workforce Development Coordinator is also responsible for hiring and job dispatch and serves as one of the staff organizers engaging workers in Centro Laboral de Graton’s (CLG) social justice campaigns, civic participation, worker leadership development, andcommunity relations and engagement. Full job description attached.
Social Advocates For Youth (SAY) hiring for several positions: Positions include Chief Financial Adviser, Team Lead Supervisor, Building Maintenance & more! For more information visit: https://www.saysc.org/employment-opportunities/

Several current County of Sonoma job openings for entry and professional level jobs: New jobs are posted every week, so visit the website on a regular basis.New positions include:Community Engagement Manager, Account Clerk, Administrative Coordinator – Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review & Outreach, Voter Registration Clerk, & many more! Visithttp://www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org/ and click on Current Job Opportunities to view listings.

Volunteer opportunity: Become A Tutor, Change A Life: Join more than 600 of your friends, colleagues and neighbors as a Schools of Hope tutor and make a difference in a child’s life today! Schools of Hope is an early intervention model for children who are struggling with reading. Volunteer tutors spend 30 minutes per week tutoring a 1st or 2nd grade student in Sonoma County including schools in: Cloverdale, Cotati, Geyserville, Guerneville, Forestville, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Windsor. To learn more about the importance of education and United Way’s Schools of Hope visit:  www.unitedwaywinecountry.org or contact Education Program Officer Andrew Leonard at 707-528-4485 x141 or Andrew.leonard@unitedwaywinecountry.org.

Volunteer opportunity: Help others Earn It! Keep It! Save It!: A little of your time can help local hard working individuals and families see a big return. Volunteer opportunities are available at tax sites in Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Cloverdale, Guerneville, & Sonoma Valley. They are actively recruiting volunteers to become Tax Preparers, greeters, interpreters, resource coaches, and outreach volunteers. who assist taxpayers with their tax returns during tax season. Learn more about the program and how to volunteer, by visiting www.unitedwaywinecountry.org or calling (707) 528-4485


Income gap growing in Sonoma County: Press Democrat Article:  The gap between the wealthiest people in Sonoma County and everyone else is not only vast but also has widened significantly over the past quarter-century, according to a new report. The top 1 percent of households in Sonoma County saw their average annual income rise 40.8 percent between 1989 and 2013, while the remaining 99 percent of households saw their average incomes decline 10.4 percent during the same period, according to the report by the California Budget and Policy Center, a Sacramento think tank.  Read more here:

Debate Over Homelessness Grows In Guerneville: CBS News Video and article: But, while there’s a real sharp and often bitter divide over what caused the problem, and how to fix it – there is one area of consensus. “It’s about the river, and taking care of the river and keeping the stuff from going out into the ocean.  It’s the environment that getting impacted,” Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Basurto said. See more here

Novel Healdsburg program would improve properties while keeping rents down: Press Democrat Article: With Healdsburg officials reminded by activists at nearly every meeting about the high cost of housing, the City Council is considering a novel program that would loan landlords money for critical repairs to their properties as long as they didn’t exorbitantly raise rents. “It’s a great first effort,” Mayor Tom Chambers said of the rental unit rehabilitation program that would offer landlords as much as $3,500 per unit for repairs, up to a maximum of three units per property owner, and forgive the debt if they don’t raise the rent more than 3 percent annually over three years. Read article here

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