Nature lovers looking to kick off 2017 with a good deed might consider volunteering to plant redwood seedlings for Forest Unlimited’s annual reforestation project.
This year, the group will plant seedlings Friday and Saturday, January 6th and 7th, at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker, a protected 580-acre retreat center originally intended for terminally ill children to spend time in a healing environment of a “magical” forest community. Most of the land that was acquired recently had been badly logged. The redwood planting will help reforest these areas.
By Vesta Copestakes
Back in the spring, Bodega Bay residents were asked to increase their fire service tax assessment to meet budget limitations. At community meetings and on a community internet bulletin board, the issue was hotly debated. The end result was that the ballot measure was rejected. That put the local fire department into a serious financial situation.
Sonoma Humane Society was welcomed by the national nonprofit, Pets of the Homeless as a new Donation Site. Donations of pet food and supplies can be taken to 5345 Hwy 12 West, Santa Rosa that will be delivered to a local food bank, homeless shelter or homeless encampment. The program is an ongoing national effort to regularly supply donated pet food to local people who cannot afford to properly provide for their pets.
The Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are now accepting financial grant applications. The Russian River Sisters organize and assist at many fundraising events throughout the year to raise the funds that go into the Grant Fund, and the monies from this fund are made available in grant form to local charitable groups and organizations that receive little, if any, government or mainstream funding. If your organization is in the Sonoma County area, it may be eligible.
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, clubs have been asked to identify someone in their community who is 100 and deserves to be recognized for outstanding service to the community and the world. Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary found the process exhilarating and the selection of a recipient not difficult.
Many of us are wondering how to rebuild our sense of community as division and polarization seem to be the theme of our nation. How do we respond with love and compassion while standing and acting for essential human values? As many of us seek practical ways to engage proactively in these challenging times, the practice of nonviolence can provide valuable and time-tested tools and resources.