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Russian River Area Resources and Advocates - January 2016


Russian River Area Resources and Advocates - January 2016

Next meeting Reminder- Wednesday January 20th, from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville

Community Activities and Opportunities

Call to Action - Schools of Hope Volunteer Tutors Needed: Schools of Hope has been making an incredible impact on student reading proficiency; and that can't be done without the help of volunteers who spend nearly 10,000 hours per year in the classroom with K-3 students. Volunteers are currently being oriented for a February start, but so far they only have 15 of the 150 needed. If everyone we sent this to recruited one or two friends, neighbors or spouses, we would meet our community’s need for the year. Anyone who is interested in volunteering 30 minutes per week for Schools of Hope can learn more here.

Screenings of Paper Tigers - Examines the hope of trauma informed communities: Paper Tigers follows six troubled teens over the course of a year at Lincoln High School, an alternative school in rural Walla Walla, WA, that specializes in educating traumatized youth.  Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest development science is proving: that one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life. For more information about Paper Tigers, Click Here When: January 12, 2016 6:00 PM Where: Elsie Allen High School. To register for this event click Here When: January 14, 2016 3:30 PM Where: Santa Rosa High School To register for this event click Here

Russian River Area School Readiness Vision Implementation Planning Meeting: January 26th from 9-10:30am at Guerneville School. Russian River area early education stakeholders will be discussing and planning to implement the School Readiness Vision. You are invited to attend if interested in participating. Guerneville School, 14630 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446 (707) 869-0362

Updated Interim Countywide Resource Guide, complied by HealthCorps : Attached is a guide to resources in a pdf format organized according to type of resource. HealthCorps will update the guide on an annual basis.  It will likely be updated soon to be more easily accessed and searched online.

Volunteer to help with Russian River Resident interviews: St. Joseph Health Community Organizers are planning to do door-to-door outreach in Guerneville on Jan 19th, 2016, from 3:00-5:00 pm and Jan 20th, from 2:00-4:00 pm.  On Jan 19th they will do outreach to parents at the Guerneville school, and Jan 20th will mainly do door-to-door outreach in the neighborhoods close to downtown Guerneville. Community members will be asked about things such as what they think of their community, what issues they see, changes they would like to see as well as if they would like to be involved in community efforts. For more information, please email Ernesto Garay @

RR Empowerment Center Final Newsletter of the year: Learn more about some of what the Empowerment Center offers and highlights from the past year.

Economic Development Board - 2016 State of the County: Annual Report to the Community. Wednesday, January 27th, 7-9am. Learn more here

SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND 2015/16 COMMUNITY GRANTS: Sonoma County 501c3 nonprofit organizations may apply for a Community Grant for either program or project support up to $25,000. Grant application closes January 15th, 2016 at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Free, quality tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income community members to maximize tax return: To qualify for FREE tax help, and receive the maximum refund you deserve, your household income must be less than $54,000. Being a U.S. citizen is NOT a requirement. Visit for more information or call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment near you. Share the attached EKS Flyer. River to Coast Children’s Services at 16300 1st St, Guerneville will be a local tax preparation site Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm.

The Sonoma County Early Learners Conference: A day of learning for all those working with children ages birth to twelve years: Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teachers, Family Child Care Providers, Transitional Kindergarten Teachers, Afterschool Staff, ECE students, etc. Saturday, March 28, 2015 8:30am - 4:00pm @ Sonoma State University.

Sonoma County Library calendar of early literacy activities: Children’s librarians at the Sonoma County Library created a calendar of early literacy activities to offer children aged 0-5 and their caregivers a starting point to practice pre-reading skills. Sonoma County Library early literacy calendar:…/early-li…/early-literacy-calendar

First 5 Mini-Grants - First 5 Sonoma County’s Mini-Grant Program provides small grants up to $5,000. There are two mini-grant application periods: June 1 - July 15 and December 1 - January 15. More info here.

Homeless Advocacy Meeting Location Change: The next monthly homeless meeting on Wednesday, January 6th will be at a larger venue and extended from 12:30-2:30pm due to the Russian River Health center fire. The meeting will be at  Fife Creek Commons community room @ 16376 fifth St. Guerneville. The meeting has been expanded from 12:30-2:30. Updated information about services at Russian River Health Center can be found here:

ESL class for adults - "Write Your Story": The class is designed for those who can speak a little English, can write basic sentences in English, and want to improve their English speaking ability while writing special memories from their life. The class will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m., beginning January 12 at El Molino High School in Room H2. See the attached Spanish and English language flyers and share with anyone who might be interested.

Tent-city rally to bring attention to the harsh reality of student homelessness: Over 800 students currently attending Santa Rosa Junior College are homeless.  A group of students is planning the rally. They would appreciate your participation. Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 10 am - 3 pm @ Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus

Russian Riverkeeper is hiring a Restoration Technician: Looking to make a difference on the Russian River’s health and spend time working outside and getting dirt under your nails? Riverkeeper's growing organization seeks a full-time Restoration Technician to implement, maintain and monitor restoration sites as well as a variety of other field duties. This is an entry-level position with opportunities for learning new skills that can lead to advancement in the future. Application deadline is January 11th, interviews scheduled from Jan 12th – 18th and new position will start as soon as possible.  More details here.


Department of Health Services Awarded Farm to School Grant from USDA: Press Release: DHS’ Farm to School program, the only USDA funded program in the Western Region to exclusively focus on preschool children and their families, is a collaborative project solely focused on expanding farm to school activities at 15 early care centers serving low-income children and their families in six cities in our community. Read more here

Sonoma County gets grant to fight childhood-trauma impacts: North Bay Business Journal - Sonoma County was selected as one of 14 communities across the country to take part in a project to expand its innovative work in addressing adverse childhood experiences.It’s an opportunity to expand local solutions to prevent traumatic childhood experiences that are linked to poor health outcomes later in life, according to county health officials.Sonoma County Department of Health Services Public Health Division will work with Sonoma County Upstream Investments and community partners to implement the project, called Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities, or MARC. Read more here.

Using Equitable Transportation Investments to Support Healthy and Prosperous Communities - Policy Link Blog: Where we put transportation investments has such an enormous impact on communities economic and health outcomes. For example, low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately face conditions that contribute to higher rates of asthma related pollution due to living in neighborhoods located near busy highways and bus depots. Limited access to sidewalks and dedicated paths for biking and walking also make physical activity extremely dangerous and deadly. Moreover, as a result of declining physical activity, rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are much higher in these communities. Read the article here