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Benefits - Good Deeds - Causes

The most valuble gift you have is your time...VOLUNTEER - attend a BENEFIT for a Good Cause - CONTRIBUTE Funding...there are many ways to create a better world for all of us. Please let our readers know of needs they can fulfilll - email vesta@sonic.net
Seedlings - Plant Redwood Seedlings in the New Year! Plant Redwood Seedlings in the New Year
January 4, 2017

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.

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Free Dental Services For Low Income Kids Free Dental Services For Low Income Kids
January 1, 2017
Community Action Partnership Sonoma County (CAPSC) is pleased to announce the 13th annual GIVE KIDS A SMILE event. As a result of CAPSC’s dental programs and their community partners, more than 9,400 children have received preventive dental services. 
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THANKS for Giving - Sonoma County - Give Locally THANKS for Giving - Sonoma County - Give Locally
November 1, 2015
We asked our readers WHO do they support with their time and money - here is a list of ther choices to GIVE LOCALLY. You may add to this list any time - please send your suggestions to vesta@sonic.net
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Homeless man living out of a grocery cart Ending Homlessness in Sonoma County by 2025
January 1, 2016
The faces of the people living “on the streets” of Sonoma County aren’t the faces we see in the mirror. Although we don’t recognize or often acknowledge them, the people who are unsheltered are, in fact, a part of our community. A forgotten and often scorned part of the community, they struggle to survive. Whether by factors beyond their control – untreated diseases, financial calamity, or past traumatic experiences – or for other reasons, people who are homeless are often stigmatized.
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Bodega Bay Ambulance Fund Bodega Bay Ambulance - Meeting a Funding Challenge
November 1, 2014

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.  

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Sonoma County Dance Beat's April Foolery Sonoma County Dance Beat's April Foolery
March 1, 2017
Sonoma County Dance Beat celebrates three years of bringing Sonoma County a free, valuable, live-music calendar. April Foolery is an annual movable feast, celebrating live, local music and funding the free calendar. 
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Sonoma Humane Society Partners with Pets of the Homeless Sonoma Humane Society Partners with Pets of the Homeless
March 1, 2017

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.  

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Russian River Sister Grant Applications Open for 2015 Russian River Sister Grant Applications Open for 2017
March 1, 2017

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. 

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Funky Fridays at Hood Mansion, Sonoma Valley Funky Fridays $50,000 Benefit Local Parks
March 1, 2017
Funky Fridays, the beloved summer concert series staged in 2016 at Hood Mansion, raised $50,000 for the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. The Parks Foundation staff and board members have reviewed funding requests and will provide support for the following projects:
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Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Rotary: 100 Years of Life and Service
February 1, 2017

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.

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Sonoma Coast Beach Cleanup February 4 at Goat Rock Sonoma Coast Beach Cleanup February 4 at Goat Rock
January 16, 2017
The B-Rad Foundation, in partnership with Russian Riverkeeper, Sonoma Coast Surfrider, the Clean River Alliance, and the Rock Ice and Mountain Club, is proud to announce that our Sonoma Coast Stewardship Day will once again be held at Goat Rock Beach on February 4th, 2017. Join with us and celebrate our amazing coastline where the Russian River meets the Pacific for a day of stewardship, community, and fun. Last year we were able to remove over 2000 pounds of trash and debris from our beloved Sonoma Coast State Beaches and this year the beach needs our help once again.
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Flooded Road in Forestville Sonoma County Storm Clean-up and Follow-Up
January 15, 2017
Although there is always room for improvement, this flood, although not at record levels, had much less damage and need for emergencies services than past floods. However, there are some landslides that took out rural roads that will be very expensive to repair. There are culverts that could have been kept clear but were clogged with debris that could have been cleared out prior to winter rains. But all-in-all, this winter storm resulted in much less damage that in previous years and that’s the result of pro-active efforts on the part of many people and county services.
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Emergency Relief for Flood Victims in Healdsburg Emergency Relief for Flood Victims in Healdsburg
January 8, 2017
Due to the storm moving through Sonoma County, hundreds of individuals have been displaced.  In particular, the homeless population who live along the Russian River have had to quickly move into safer areas. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Healdsburg, California has immediately responded, providing food, clothes, bedding and temporary shelter. In cooperation with North Sonoma County Services, (NSCS), volunteers have created a coordination location for donations and outreach for those needing support.
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Petaluma Elks Lodge hosted ‘Holiday Fest’ Concert of the Schools Petaluma Elks Lodge hosted ‘Holiday Fest’ Concert of the Schools
January 4, 2017
Music was provided by Petaluma High School Jazz ensemble, Petaluma Junior High Choir and the Petaluma High School Choir. There was a pasta and meatball dinner, raffle and holiday sing alongs.
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A Season for nonviolence in Sonoma County A Season for Nonviolence
January 4, 2017

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.   

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Steve and Lewis Griffith Forestville Family honored on Rose Parade Float
December 28, 2016
Last month I got a call from a woman in Texas who wanted me to know that her brother and nephew are about to be honored by being on the American Heart Association float in the Rose Parade on January 2nd in Pasadena. She wanted it to be a surprise for her brother to see the news in the Gazette, the paper from his hometown, Forestville. We placed it in our Forestville, The Good Life column and waited until he read it. Great surprise, Sis! 
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Redwood Credit Union icon Redwood Credit Union Recognized for Community Efforts
December 20, 2016
Redwood Credit Union (RCU) received honorable mention for the Community Credit Union of the Year award at the recent Credit Union National Association (CUNA) conference in Dallas, Texas. The Community Credit Union of the Year Award celebrates community credit unions that best demonstrate the fundamental values of the credit union movement, and who have a positive influence in the communities they serve. BayPort Credit Union from Virginia and RCU were the two credit unions recognized in the category of $250 million in assets or greater. RCU received the award based on its commitment to member service; community and nonprofit sponsorship and volunteer efforts; and extensive fire relief support to Lake County in the wake of devastating wildfires in 2015 and 2016.
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Annual Tree Planting by Forest Unlimited - Carl Wahl Annual Tree Planting by Forest Unlimited at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker
December 20, 2016
This January, Forest Unlimited will be planting approximately 1,150 redwood seedlings for reforestation and erosion control at the Wildwood Retreat Center in the hills above Guerneville.   All we lack are volunteers to help plant the trees.  Supervised children are welcome.   
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