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THANKS for Giving to Sonoma County Non-Profits

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THANKS for Giving to Sonoma County Non-Profits

All year long Sonoma County residents volunteer their time to help others in so many ways. At the end of the year local non-profits hope to generate income as well through tax-deductible contributions people make for holiday gifts ... and just because. We asked our readers who they support with ther time and money - here are their suggestions for you as well. 

Any time you want to add to this list - please send your favorite organization information to: vesta@sonic.net

Reader Choices to Give Locally

The Living Room welcomes homeless and at-risk women and their children into a warm and safe environment during the day when overnight shelters are closed. Whether homeless for some time, newly homeless, or on the verge homelessness, women of all ages and mothers with children are greeted with love and understanding. Mother’s appreciate the child-friendly environment where they receive support while their children engage with toys and learning activities. thelivingroomsc.org

Clean River Alliance’s mission is to remove trash from the Russian River Watershed and to educate citizens about the problem of river trash in our waters by creating more public river clean-up events. cleanriveralliance.com

Russian River Senior Resource Center A warm and wonderful gathering place for older adults living near the Russian River.  cfsa-sonoma.org/

Earle Baum Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired is regional community center serving people with sight loss from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. They teach independent living skills such as shopping, financial management, clothing color matching, and more. earlebaum.org

The Forestville Education Foundation funds music, art, classroom supplies, computer technology, PE, sports, assemblies, field trips, and drama at Forestville School and the Forestville Academy. forestvillefoundation.org

Crossing the Jordan is a residential program for women that provides treatment and job training through their program and resale shops.crossingthejordan.org

The Occidental Center for the Arts exists to provide a welcoming and accessible venue for the performing and visual arts in Occidental. Theie mission is to enrich the community by providing diverse cultural experiences that inspire, educate, and entertain. occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Ceres Community Project provides support to individuals dealing with serious illness with free, delivered and nutrient-rich prepared meals, nutrition education, and a community of caring. Young people serve as volunteer gardeners and chefs, giving them direct, hands-on experience of the difference that fresh, healthy foods and community make, and of their own capacity to contribute. ceresproject.org

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. cci.org