Jan 5, 2018
by Mark Emmett, River Community Advocates
Are you a local worker making less than $18,550 per year (one person/other household limits apply) that needs emergency help with rent or utilities this winter to prevent you from becoming homeless? Do you know somebody that is? Help is on the way within the in the next few weeks.
On Tuesday 12/10/17, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the Lower River Community Workforce Fund that was recommended by the Homeless Task Force. The Russian River Alliance has been approved to receive a one-time $50,000 start-up grant from the County beginning in January 2018.
100% of these funds will be used to directly assist local workers that need emergency assistance with rent, rental deposits, or utilities, in an effort to prevent them from becoming homeless.
Applications will soon be available on our website at russianriveralliance.org, and will be distributed to many of the local businesses. We will be beginning private fund raising efforts to make the fund self-sufficient moving forward.
We are currently working on the printing/technology for distributing donation information and applications, as well as coordinating the fundraising efforts at this time. Feel free to contact us using the contact information listed below if you have any questions or would like to help. We will soon have a donation button available on our website, and we will make hard copy donations forms available for those that prefer them.
We are working with Timberline to begin hosting a “Workforce Wednesday” event on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning in February. Timberline has committed to giving back 10% of any proceeds to the Workforce Fund. We hope the local workers themselves can participate in the Workforce Wednesday events by coming out to have a good meal and/or cocktail, and a good time, while also supporting their own fund.
We hope there will also be many community members that would like to support our local workers who will join us. We’re planning some fun entertainment, and we will be inviting special guests from time to time. Timberline is a great community space, and we hope this will become a great community event each month.
We are also pleased to announce we have partnered with Andorno’s Pizza to promote “Pizza Mondays”. Andorno’s has committed to donating 10% of their proceeds from Monday night pizza sales every Monday to the Workforce Fund. Helping the local workers struggling with the high cost of rent can be as simple as ordering a pizza from Andorno’s on Monday!
A big thank you to the owners of Timberline and Andorno’s, Larry Boeger and Suzy Kuhr, for your willingness to step-up and support our local workers!
Please help us spread the word and stay tuned. Happy New Year from the Guerneville Community Alliance #guernevilleworkers
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