San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Covid-19 Update

May 28, 2020

 

Dear Community,

 

Together we are moving into June and into our summer months as we navigate our lives in the COVID-19 pandemic. In the next few weeks we have graduations to look forward to, Father’s Day, and our summer solstice where we celebrate the shining light in our beloved community.

 

At this time we do not have a timeline when the Community Center building and the Community Gym will reopen. Our focus will remain on providing food, funding, and essential services to our residents. We have brought a tremendous amount of our programming online in the areas of youth, senior, and arts and events programming. Last week there were hundreds of views of our weekly talent show. Please check out our revamped website www.sgvcc.org

 

Last week we sent out our second round of Covid-19 Emergency Fund grants totaling $48,500 to local San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio residents. These $500 grants are available to assist San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio neighbors with rent or mortgage payments, bills, grocery expenses, medical expenses, or other essential needs. We continue to be incredibly grateful for the support of the entire community as we create new ways to help each other and be of service. As of last week we have dispersed $89,945 in Emergency Assistance grants to our community members. We recognize that Covid-19 will have long term ramifications for individuals and families and we are here to help. We are preparing to open applications for a third round on June 1st. Please apply if you are in need or contribute to the fund if you are able to. Thank you San Geronimo Valley Emergency Fund and San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association for partnering with us on the Fund.

Our drive-through Food Pantry will be open again today from 11am-2pm. There is no registration or proof of eligibility necessary. Please drive up, stay in your car, and a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family. As you drive through, another volunteer will place your groceries into your trunk. We encourage you to come today if you need food. We continue to be thankful for our partnership with the SF Marin Food Bank.

It is graduation season, though unfortunately because of the coronavirus pandemic, this June our local graduates are being met with graduation cancellations instead of Commencement ceremonies and anticipated rites-of-passage. The class of 2020 graduations from pre-K to graduate school will be unlike any graduation before this time.  These special moments matter. There are a few ways we as a community can help honor and celebrate our local graduates.

 

  • Drake High School is inviting all families, starting this weekend, to celebrate our Graduates by decorating your homes and businesses with PIRATE PRIDE!! Drake Pirate Flags will be available at grocery stores this weekend for you to proudly display AND add to them! Thank you for showing your Drake spirit and support of our class of 2020! 

 

  • Drake High School is also inviting the entire Drake community to come outside on June 12th at 6:00 p.m. to CHEER on our GRADUATES!! We’ve been howling in solidarity with our first responders and essential workers, let’s come together and cheer as loud as we can for these incredible young adults.  Stay tuned for more information on a graduate parade June 13th at noon through the Valley!

 

  • The Lagunitas 8th grade graduate TED talks will be a live event via Zoom on June 4th at 5:00 pm. Middle school teacher Katherine Sanford and her students are inviting community members to join in this event. The TED talks are a milestone moment for 8th graders at Lagunitas as they represent the culmination of this class’s yearlong Change Projects. All graduates will stand in front of their community and deliver a speech as a closing of their 8th grade experience. The Change Project is a yearlong project that connects students with local causes they believe in and empowers them to make a difference. Created by Sanford, the project provides students an early connection to giving back to their local community. We encourage all of you to join this inspirational and moving event. This year it will also be a sweet sendoff for our local eighth graders. Check back here in next week’s update for ZOOM details.

 

  • We are gearing up for a special Valley Talent Show celebrating and featuring our local 8th graders on June 19th at 6pm. Until then our Valley Talent Series is on hiatus, but if you have not watched last week’s edition please visit our Facebook page. Truly heartwarming, exceptional local performances.

 

  • Look for our special graduate pages in Stone Soup — coming to your PO Boxes end of June!

 

Please mark your calendars as well for Valley Garden Day. Our gardener’s version of Valley Art Day happening all day, Friday June 26th, on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Show us your prized blooms, pandemic victory gardens, incredible succulent pots, tremendous rose blooms, your abundant kale patches. We want to see what you have been growing! We will include details next week on how to have your garden photos featured on our social media. Show us your garden!

 

Stay safe and stay cool,

 

Dave Cort

Executive Director

 

P.S.  On Monday June 1st at 1:00pm the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships (MHYP), in partnership with the West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth is excited to be hosting a virtual community screening of The First Day film followed by Q&A with a local panel.

YAC is a group of high school students from across Marin whose goal is to stimulate positive community change by promoting awareness, education, and legislative action regarding underage substance use and misuse. For more information, also see: https://www.marinhealthyyouthpartnerships.org/youth-advisory-council?mc_cid=ff78508424&mc_eid=d87fbf618c

 

P.S.S.  Please fill out your 2020 census. The West Marin response rate remains low – roughly 30%. Responding to the census affects the amount of funding our community receives, how our community plans for the future, and our representation in government. Data from the census is used to ensure public services and funding for our schools, hospitals, and fire departments. These crucial funds will be needed as we rebuild after this pandemic. You can fill out your 2020 Census right now, here.

 

 


Past updates

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Covid-19 Update

May 21, 2020

 

Dear Community,

Throughout the Shelter In Place order over the past ten weeks, I often look at my daily planner and notice something that I had scheduled that was cancelled and is still on the calendar. Today, May 21st, would have been our 13th annual Golf Tournament and Oyster Feed, an event that has supported the San Geronimo Valley Community Gym and the LOFT Youth Center since it opened in 2009. This is always a super fun day for the golfers and the community members who join us after golf for the oyster feed. It’s disappointing to have to cancel the Golf Tournament, as well as our Spring Art Show, our Talent Show, along with all of our regular daily programming at the Community Center and the Community Gym, but I am so proud to be part of a community that continues to prioritize the health of all of our community members by staying home, wearing our face coverings, and doing all we can to inhibit the spread the virus.

At this time there is not a scheduled reopening of the Community Center building or the Community Gym. We are working closely with the Lagunitas School District, Marin County Public Health, and reviewing the www.marinrecovers.com website to guide these decisions. The Community Center’s main focus will continue to be providing direct service through our weekly drive-through food distribution, providing emergency funding to local residents through grants, delivering food boxes to residents who are unable to get to the market, and to bring as much of our programming as possible online.

 

 

This week we will be sending out our second round of Covid-19 Emergency Fund grants totaling $48,500 to local San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio residents. 97 local individuals and families will each be receiving $500 grants to assist with rent or mortgage payments, bills, grocery expenses, medical expenses, or other essential needs. This Covid-19 Emergency Fund has generated over $150,000 in contributions since the fund was established in April. We are grateful to the incredible support of the Marin Community Foundations, the County of Marin and the dozens of individual donors that make these much needed grants possible. As of this week we will have dispersed $89,945 in Emergency Assistance grants to our community members. We recognize that Covid-19 will have long term ramifications for individuals and families and we are here to help. On June 1st we will open our third round of Covid-19 Emergency Fund applications. Please apply if you are in need or contribute to the fund if you are able to.

 

SF Marin Food Bank truck arriving with healthy,nutritious food for our community. (photo: B. Hoefle)

 

Our “Pop up” drive through Food Pantry will be open again today 11 am-2 pm. There is no registration or proof of eligibility. Please drive up, stay in your car, and a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family. As you drive through, another volunteer will place your groceries into your trunk. We encourage you to come today if you need food. We continue to be thankful for our partnership with the SF Marin Food Bank.

 

Some weekly community reminders!

 

  • Don’t forget that every Monday, 2:30-3:30 pm, the Rollin’ Root food truck is in the Community Center parking lot stocked with seasonal fruits, vegetables, and dairy products from the farmers market. Their goal is to ensure that all members of our community have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, regardless of transportation or economic barriers. The Rollin’ Root accepts EBT, Market Match and credit cards. And their produce is amazing.

 

  • The Friday night talent shows are so fun! Tune in to our Facebook page at 6 pm. The Valley Talent Series has been awesome, and growing and changing each week, but our submissions were all grownups last week. Not a bad thing, we just miss those kid performers! We want any kids or families who might be happy to have a project and a laugh to at least know about this fun option and that it is super easy and low stakes. Sing, dance, craft photos, jokes, tricks (pet and human), family plays, tell a funny story, show us your pandemic art piece, etc. We want to see your talent! Submission is easy. Just send a video in and we put it in the show! Please email Jasper Thelin if you want to participate – jstarfiret@hotmail.com

 

  • Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see our Shop Local Saturday posts, featuring a different local small business every week. If you or someone you know has a local business they would like featured, please email Rebecca Teague.

 

  • Once more with gusto – please fill out your 2020 census. The West Marin numbers are low – roughly 30%. Responding to the census affects the amount of funding our community receives, how our community plans for the future, and our representation in government. Data from the census is used to ensure public services and funding for our schools, hospitals, and fire departments. These crucial funds will be needed as we rebuild after this pandemic. You can fill out your 2020 Census right now, here.

 

Missing seeing you all,

 

Dave Cort

Executive Director

 

PS. On Monday June 1st at 1:00 pm the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships (MHYP) and in partnership with the West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth is excited to be hosting a virtual community screening of The First Day film followed by Q&A with a local panel. YAC is a group of high school students from across Marin whose goal is to stimulate positive community change by promoting awareness, education, and legislative action regarding underage substance use and misuse.

 

The First Day documentary chronicles the life of Chris Herren, a former NBA basketball player, and his struggles with substance use that led to addiction. Chris says, “The focus oftentimes is about the worst day when it comes to speaking about addiction and not the first day. Kids need to understand how this begins rather than how it ends.”

 

This movie is provocative and intense and demonstrates many of the struggles young people face. In addition to substance use, this documentary tackles some weighty issues and strong emotions. It gets to the core of some of the underlying feelings that often drive the unhealthy behaviors young people may resort to in an effort to cope with other problems.

While Marin County has some of the highest rates of underage substance use in the state and country, self-reporting data shows that not all youth will use substances. In fact, approximately 4 out of 5 ninth graders and 2 out of 3 eleventh graders report no current use of alcohol or marijuana. Yet, most of our young people know someone who fits in the categories of substance use/abuse or other challenges.

 

The recommended viewing audience is incoming 9th – 12th grade students, parents and caregivers as well as school administrators, teachers, coaches – anyone who works with or has a relationship with a young person. We hope this film will amplify the dialog, create connections and become a part of the ongoing conversations around this issue.

 

We are excited to support the Youth Advisory Council’s screening of this important film and look forward to participating in the community conversation. Please visit our website for more information about this event.

 

If you, or someone you know, is looking for support, please see the resources on our website.

 

Please register for this great online screening and discussion here.

 

San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Covid-19 Update

May 14, 2020

 

Dear Community,

It is no easy task, guiding the priorities of an organization in a time of such great uncertainty, in a community with so many diverse needs. As you know, our main focus since mid-March has been to provide our residents with food, financial support, and even emotional support while we all shelter in place. I am so proud of our entire Community Center team as we have been able to provide critical safety net services and to bring much of our programming online. All the decisions we make are focused on the health and wellness of our residents, our staff, and our volunteers. In a meeting that I was participating in last week someone said “what we are experiencing is just like trying to build an airplane while you are already flying it”. That quote really rang true for me.

A major focus for all of us both locally, around the country, and across the planet is how we approach the complicated process of reopening. The Marin Recovers website is full of information for our County. Be sure to go to this link: www.marinrecovers.com to learn about the latest Marin County Public Health directives and guidance. At the Community Center we are closely in touch with our partners at the Lagunitas School District and at the County of Marin’s Public Health Department to make considered decisions around the type of programming that we can begin to offer at the Community Center and the Community Gym. For now, our facilities are closed and will remain closed as we continue to understand best practices and digest guidance from the Lagunitas School District, the County of Marin and State of California. 

I wanted to address some of the societal impacts we are seeing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what the Community Center is doing to help—and what you can do too. Certain populations face different levels of exposure and risk as well as ongoing complications related to the Covid-19 pandemic. While we are all feeling the effects, community members with disabilities, immigrants, seniors who live alone or have chronic health problems, lower-income families, frontline workers, and gig economy workers are often the ones getting hit the hardest.  These community members are our most vulnerable and our most needed. By keeping everyone healthy, well-fed and economically secure we ensure that our community remains vibrant, diverse and that our society works for all.

 

We have set up systems within our staff to check-in and reach out to local seniors who live alone or might need more assistance. We continue to make more of our communications and information available in Spanish, and our website now has the ability to be translated into 12 languages. We continue to safely provide our weekly food pantry, which has quadrupled in size to meet our community’s needs. We offer financial and rental assistance grants, available to everyone in need (application information below). We continue to expand our online programming to reach everyone at home, bringing our community center to you. We have pivoted, and will continue to do so, firmly guided by our mission to foster healthy communities in the San Geronimo Valley, Nicasio, and beyond.

 

Ways you can help our community today:

 

–    Fill out your census. Responding to the census is not only our civic duty, it also affects the amount of funding our community receives, how our community plans for the future, and our representation in government. Data from the census is used to ensure public services and funding for our schools, hospitals, and fire departments. These crucial funds will be needed as we rebuild and rethink after this pandemic. You can fill out your 2020 Census right now, here.

–    Shop local. Small businesses are an important part of our community, and many are facing immense challenges during the COVID‑19 crisis and right now, every sale helps. Please shop local first—order local take-out, order local goods online, enroll in a local exercise class, buy local gift cards. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see our Shop Local Saturday posts, featuring a different local small business every week.

–    Call your elderly neighbors.  Social isolation is real, especially for our senior community. During these unprecedented times it’s important to check in with our neighbors.

–    Give blood. If you are in good health, giving blood is a great way to support your community during this time of need. The American Red Cross announced that due to blood drive cancellations across the nation, there is a blood shortage across the nation. Find out where to give blood here.

–    Be kind. During tense times it can be really hard to feel connected to people, but being kind can help bring us together. Most grocery store employees, delivery folks, and medical professionals are overworked and exhausted. They’re out there, dealing with the public during a really chaotic time. Showing them a little patience and kindness can make a world of difference, so do your best to be kind. We’ve seen some amazing acts of neighborly kindness over the last 8 weeks. Thank you San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio residents for showing us that we are stronger together.

 

 

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for a grant through the San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio Covid-19 Emergency Fund. We encourage everyone, including previous applicants, to apply if you are in need. In partnership with the San Geronimo Valley Emergency Fund and the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association, this Covid-19 Fund provides $500 grants to individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic. These funds can be used to assist with rent or mortgage payments, bills, grocery expenses, medical expenses, or other essential needs. We recognize that Covid-19 will have long term ramifications for individuals and families and we are here to help. The deadline for applications for this second round of funding is tomorrow May 15th. To apply, you can find more information and applications here. We once again would like to thank the Marin Community Foundation and the County of Marin and local contributors for their generous and continued support of our mission and community.

Volunteers preparing bags for our drive through food bank.

 

Our “Pop up” drive through Food Pantry will be open again today 11 am-2 pm. There is no registration or proof of eligibility. Please drive up and stay in your car, a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family. As you drive through another volunteer will place your groceries into your trunk. We encourage you to come today if you need food. We continue to be thankful for our partnership with the SF Marin Food Bank.

Valley Art Day was awesome! We are so grateful to everyone that participated in this online only event. People of all ages showed us their art! We flooded the Community Center’s social media with paintings, photos, drawings, ceramics, sketches, wood creations, creatures, knitting and more.  Valley Art Day felt like a true celebration of our local creatives and the incredible talent that resides in our community. If you have not yet, we encourage you to check out both our Facebook and Instagram pages to see the beauty your neighbors have been creating. Next up, Valley Garden Day! Stay tuned.

Valley Talent Show is back this week with Jasper Thelin and Alexander McQuilkin!  Friday night’s Valley Talent Show on Facebook is heartwarming and so fun. If you’ve got a song, a dramatic monologue, a pet trick, tiktok dance, stand-up routine, or a new magic trick you would like to share please reach out to Jasper Thelin at jstarfiret@hotmail.com.

Thank you all for all you do,

 

Dave Cort

Executive Director

P.S. The West Marin Coalition for Healthy Youth (WMCHY) has been hard at work, continuing to focus on preventing underaged substance use and abuse. We are participating in a community wide virtual screening of The First Day Film, streaming on June 1st and followed by a live panel of experts that can address questions from parents and students alike. Stay tuned for more information on the screening, and email adavidson@sgvcc.org if you would like to be involved. In the meantime, the WMCHY encourages parents to use this time to be mindful and intentional about what types of coping skills we are modeling – and how we are caring for ourselves and others.

Here are 8 tips for supporting youth in your household in not using drugs and alcohol during Shelter-in-Place: 

  1. Self-care is key. Ask your teen, “How are you feeling? Do you want a glass of water or a cup of tea? Have you eaten any protein today? Do you need to take a break and step outside? Is there anything you need help with.” Teaching self-regulation and helping our teens identify what they need in the moment can be helpful.
  2. De-emphasize “productivity”. We can support our child’s responsibility to complete their homework and fulfill their responsibilities, but it is not the time to add any additional pressure.
  3. Focus on safety. Remind your child that it is your number one priority to keep them safe and healthy.
  4. Be of service and support your community. Discuss ways that you can help others – Whether it’s picking something up for a neighbor on your grocery run, or supporting a local restaurant by ordering take-out. This can give our sons/daughters a feeling of purpose and a chance to think beyond themselves.
  5. Stay connected. Do you have relatives, grandparents or friends with whom you can schedule a weekly phone call or virtual gathering? It can enhance feelings of security to see that we have a support system and we are all in this together.
  6. Model healthy ways to deal with stress. You can help make the connection by saying, “I’m feeling (anxious, unsettled, frustrated, etc) – I’m going to (go for a walk/run, meditate, talk to a friend, do a puzzle, bake).
  7. Avoid connecting stress relief with substances. If you have a drink – avoid using language like, “I need this after my day,” or “I deserve a quarantine cocktail,” or “smoking helps me relax”.
  8. Discuss the facts. This can also be an opportune time to get real with your teens about the risks of substances including how alcohol can compromise the immune system.

 

 

 

Centro Comunitario del Valle de San Gerónimo

Actualización Covid-19

14 de mayo de 2020

 

Querida comunidad,

No es una tarea fácil, guiar las prioridades de una organización en un momento de tanta incertidumbre, en una comunidad con tantas necesidades diversas. Como saben, nuestro enfoque principal desde mediados de marzo ha sido proporcionar a nuestros residentes alimentos, apoyo financiero e incluso apoyo emocional mientras todos nos refugiamos en el lugar. Estoy muy orgulloso de todo nuestro equipo del centro comunitario, ya que hemos podido proporcionar servicios críticos de redes de seguridad y poner en línea gran parte de nuestra programación. Todas las decisiones que tomamos se centran en la salud y el bienestar de nuestros residentes, nuestro personal y nuestros voluntarios. En una reunión en la que participé la semana pasada, alguien dijo “lo que estamos experimentando es como tratar de construir un avión mientras ya está volando”. Esa cita realmente me pareció cierta.

Un enfoque importante para todos nosotros localmente, en todo el país y en todo el planeta es cómo abordamos el complicado proceso de reapertura. El sitio web de Marin Recovers está lleno de información para nuestro condado. Asegúrese de ir a este enlace: www.marinrecovers.com para conocer las últimas directivas y orientación sobre salud pública del condado de Marin. En el Centro Comunitario estamos en contacto cercano con nuestros socios en el Distrito Escolar Lagunitas y en el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Marín para tomar decisiones consideradas sobre el tipo de programación que podemos comenzar a ofrecer en el Centro Comunitario y el Gimnasio Comunitario. Por ahora, nuestras instalaciones están cerradas y permanecerán cerradas a medida que continuamos entendiendo las mejores prácticas y la guía del Distrito Escolar de Lagunitas, el Condado de Marin y el Estado de California.

Quería abordar algunos de los impactos sociales que estamos viendo como resultado de la pandemia de Covid-19, y qué está haciendo el Centro Comunitario para ayudar, y qué puede hacer usted también. Ciertas poblaciones enfrentan diferentes niveles de exposición y riesgo, así como complicaciones continuas relacionadas con la pandemia de Covid-19. Si bien todos sentimos los efectos, los miembros de la comunidad con discapacidades, los inmigrantes, las personas mayores que viven solas o tienen problemas de salud crónicos, las familias de bajos ingresos, los trabajadores de primera línea y los trabajadores de la economía de conciertos son a menudo los más afectados. Estos miembros de la comunidad son nuestros más vulnerables y más necesitados. Al mantener a todos sanos, bien alimentados y económicamente seguros, nos aseguramos de que nuestra comunidad siga siendo vibrante, diversa y que nuestra sociedad trabaje para todos.

Hemos establecido sistemas dentro de nuestro personal para registrar y contactar a las personas mayores locales que viven solas o que podrían necesitar más ayuda. Continuamos haciendo más de nuestras comunicaciones e información disponibles en español, y nuestro sitio web ahora tiene la capacidad de ser traducido a 12 idiomas. Continuamos brindando de manera segura nuestra despensa de alimentos semanal, que se ha cuadruplicado en tamaño para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestra comunidad. Ofrecemos subvenciones de asistencia financiera y de alquiler, disponibles para todos los necesitados (información de la aplicación a continuación). Continuamos expandiendo nuestra programación en línea para llegar a todos en casa, trayendo nuestro centro comunitario a usted. Hemos girado y seguiremos haciéndolo, firmemente guiados por nuestra misión de fomentar comunidades saludables en el Valle de San Gerónimo, Nicasio y más allá.

Formas en que puede ayudar a nuestra comunidad hoy:

Complete su censo. Responder al censo no es solo nuestro deber cívico, sino que también afecta la cantidad de fondos que recibe nuestra comunidad, cómo nuestra comunidad planifica para el futuro y nuestra representación en el gobierno. Los datos del censo se utilizan para garantizar servicios públicos y fondos para nuestras escuelas, hospitales y departamentos de bomberos. Estos fondos cruciales serán necesarios mientras reconstruimos y repensamos después de esta pandemia. Puede completar su Censo 2020 ahora, aquí.

Comprar localmente. Las pequeñas empresas son una parte importante de nuestra comunidad, y muchas enfrentan enormes desafíos durante la crisis de COVID-19 y en este momento, cada venta ayuda. Primero compre en el local: solicite comida para llevar local, solicite productos locales en línea, inscríbase en una clase de ejercicio local, compre tarjetas de regalo locales. Asegúrese de seguirnos en Instagram y Facebook para ver nuestras publicaciones de Shop Local Saturday, que ofrecen una pequeña empresa local diferente cada semana.

Llama a tus vecinos mayores. El aislamiento social es real, especialmente para nuestra comunidad de adultos mayores. Durante estos tiempos sin precedentes, es importante consultar con nuestros vecinos.

Donar sangre. Si goza de buena salud, donar sangre es una excelente manera de apoyar a su comunidad durante este tiempo de necesidad. La Cruz Roja Americana anunció que debido a las cancelaciones de la donación de sangre en todo el país, hay una escasez de sangre en todo el país. Averigüe dónde donar sangre aquí.

Se amable. Durante los tiempos tensos puede ser muy difícil sentirse conectado con las personas, pero ser amable puede ayudar a sacarlo a la superficie. La mayoría de los empleados de supermercados, repartidores y profesionales médicos están sobrecargados de trabajo y agotados. Están ahí afuera, tratando con el público durante un tiempo realmente caótico. Mostrarles un poco de paciencia y amabilidad puede marcar una gran diferencia, así que haz tu mejor esfuerzo para ser amable. Hemos visto algunos actos sorprendentes de bondad vecina en las últimas 8 semanas. Gracias a los residentes de San Geronimo Valley y Nicasio al mostrarnos que somos fuertes juntos. Por favor sigan siendo amables el uno con el otro.

Mañana es el último día para solicitar una subvención a través del Valle de San Gerónimo y el Fondo de Emergencia Nicasio Covid-19. Alentamos a todos, incluidos los solicitantes anteriores, a presentar una solicitud si lo necesita. En asociación con el Fondo de Emergencia del Valle de San Gerónimo y la Asociación de Viviendas Asequibles del Valle de San Gerónimo, este Fondo Covid-19 brinda subsidios de $ 500 a individuos y familias que están experimentando dificultades financieras directamente relacionadas con la pandemia de Covid-19. Estos fondos se pueden usar para ayudar con los pagos de alquiler o hipoteca, facturas, gastos de comestibles, gastos médicos u otras necesidades esenciales. Reconocemos que Covid-19 tendrá ramificaciones a largo plazo para individuos y familias y estamos aquí para ayudar. La fecha límite para las solicitudes para esta segunda ronda de financiación es mañana 15 de mayo. Para aplicar, puede encontrar más información y aplicaciones aquí. Una vez más, queremos agradecer a la Marin Community Foundation y al Condado de Marin y a los contribuyentes locales por su generoso y continuo apoyo a nuestra misión y comunidad.

Voluntarios preparando bolsas para nuestro viaje a través del banco de alimentos.

 

Nuestra unidad “Pop up” a través de Food Pantry volverá a abrir hoy de 11 de la mañana hasta las 2 de la tarde. No hay registro ni prueba de elegibilidad. Conduzca y quédese en su automóvil, un voluntario desde una distancia segura le preguntará cuántas personas hay en su hogar / familia. A medida que conduzca, otro voluntario colocará sus alimentos en su maletero. Le recomendamos que venga hoy si necesita comida. Seguimos agradecidos por nuestra asociación con el SF Marin Food Bank.

¡El Día del Arte del Valle fue increíble! Estamos muy agradecidos con todos los que participaron en este evento solo en línea. ¡Personas de todas las edades nos mostraron su arte! Inundamos las redes sociales del Centro Comunitario con pinturas, fotos, dibujos, cerámicas, bocetos, creaciones en madera, criaturas, tejidos y más. Valley Art Day se sintió como una verdadera celebración de nuestros creativos locales y el increíble talento que reside en nuestra comunidad. Si aún no lo ha hecho, le recomendamos que consulte nuestras páginas de Facebook e Instagram  para ver la belleza que sus vecinos han estado creando. A continuación, Valley Garden Day! Manténganse al tanto.

¡Valley Talent Show regresa esta semana con Jasper Thelin y Alexander McQuilkin! El Show de talentos Valley del viernes por la noche en Facebook  es conmovedor y muy divertido. Si tiene una canción, un monólogo dramático, un truco de mascotas, un baile tiktok, una rutina de pie o un nuevo truco de magia que le gustaría compartir, comunícase con Jasper Thelin en jstarfiret@hotmail.com.

Gracias a todos por todo lo que hacen,

Dave Cort

Director ejecutivo

 

PD. La Coalición West Marin para la Juventud Saludable (WMCHY) ha trabajado arduamente, continuando enfocándose en prevenir el uso y abuso de sustancias menores de edad. Estamos participando en una proyección virtual en toda la comunidad de The First Day Film, transmitida el 1 de junio y seguida por un panel de expertos en vivo que puede abordar las preguntas de padres y estudiantes por igual. Manténgase en sintonía para obtener más información sobre la proyección y envíe un correo electrónico a adavidson@sgvcc.org si desea participar. Mientras tanto, WMCHY alienta a los padres a usar este tiempo para ser conscientes e intencionales sobre qué tipos de habilidades de afrontamiento estamos modelando, y cómo nos cuidamos a nosotros mismos y a los demás.

Aquí hay 8 consejos para ayudar a los jóvenes en su hogar a no usar drogas y alcohol  durante el Refugio en el lugar:

  1. El autocuidado es la clave. Pregúntele a su adolescente: “¿Cómo te sientes? ¿Quieres un vaso de agua o una taza de té? ¿Has comido alguna proteína hoy? ¿Necesita tomar un descanso y salir? ¿Hay algo con lo que necesites ayuda? Enseñar la autorregulación y ayudar a nuestros adolescentes a identificar lo que necesitan en el momento puede ser útil.
  2. Resalte la “productividad”. Podemos apoyar la responsabilidad de nuestros hijos de completar su tarea y cumplir con sus responsabilidades, pero no es el momento de agregar ninguna presión adicional.
  3. Centrarse en la seguridad. Recuerde a su hijo que su prioridad número uno es mantenerlo seguro y saludable.
  4. Ser de servicio y apoyar a su comunidad. Discuta formas en que puede ayudar a los demás, ya sea que esté comprando algo para un vecino en su supermercado o apoyando a un restaurante local ordenando comida para llevar. Esto puede dar a nuestros hijos / hijas un sentimiento de propósito y una oportunidad de pensar más allá de sí mismos.
  5. Mantente conectado. ¿Tiene parientes, abuelos o amigos con los que pueda programar una llamada telefónica semanal o reunión virtual? Puede aumentar la sensación de seguridad al ver que tenemos un sistema de apoyo y que todos estamos juntos en esto.
  6. Modele formas saludables de lidiar con el estrés. Puede ayudar a establecer la conexión diciendo: “Me siento (ansioso, inquieto, frustrado, etc.) – Voy a (ir a caminar / correr, meditar, hablar con un amigo, hacer un rompecabezas, hornear) .
  7. Evite conectar el alivio del estrés con sustancias. Si toma una bebida, evite usar un lenguaje como “Necesito esto después de mi día”, “Merezco un cóctel de cuarentena” o “Fumar me ayuda a relajarme”.
  8. Discuta los hechos. Este también puede ser un momento oportuno para ser realistas con sus adolescentes sobre los riesgos de las sustancias, incluido cómo el alcohol puede comprometer el sistema inmunológico.


San Geronimo Valley Community Center

COVID-19 Update

May 7, 2020

 

Dear Community,

 

Greetings to all of you as we are experiencing a beautiful spring during the first week of May. Sheltering in place for a second month continues to be surreal. I deeply miss working on site at the Community Center and at the Lagunitas School. On a daily basis I would be surrounded by hundreds of people; Center and School staff, community members who participate in Center programming, students and their families, and friends and neighbors who I’d run into going to the post office or at the store for lunch. Like all of you, if someone told me at the beginning of March that almost all of my personal contacts would be through my computer I would not have been able to process that. But here we are and there are aspects of my new reality that I am keenly aware of. Being at home throughout the day this spring I am overwhelmed by the number of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds that are feasting on the plants in my yard. The sky seems so clear and blue. I’m not sure if it is caused by so few planes that are passing through the Valley on the way to our airports or the huge decrease of cars on the road, but the day and night skies are quite amazing. I am looking forward to experiencing the full moon tonight.

 

I also want to wish all of the moms in our community a very Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. Like so many activities in our lives over the past two months, it will be an unusual Mother’s Day celebration and I am sure that every family will be finding creative ways to celebrate with shelter in place currently continuing in our lives.

 

Our “Pop up” drive through Food Pantry will be open again today 11 am-2 pm. There is no registration or proof of eligibility. Please drive up and stay in your car, a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family. As you drive through another volunteer will place your groceries into your trunk. We encourage you to come today if you need food. Our staff is grateful to be of service to our community in this way and we continue to be thankful for our partnership with the SF Marin Food Bank.

Fresh produce from last week’s food pantry.

On May 1st the second round of San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio Covid-19 Emergency Fund applications opened and everyone, including previous applicants, are welcome to apply. In partnership with the San Geronimo Valley Emergency Fund and the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association, this Covid-19 Fund provides $500 grants to individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic. These funds can be used to assist with rent or mortgage payments, bills, grocery expenses, medical expenses, or other essential needs. We recognize that Covid-19 will have long term ramifications for individuals and families and we are here to help. The deadline for applications for this second round of funding is May 15th. We stand with you in this unique and challenging time. To apply, you can find more information and applications here. We once again would like to thank the Marin Community Foundation and the County of Marin and local contributors for their generous and continued support of our mission and community.

Join us online tomorrow May 8th, 2020 to take part in and celebrate our local creatives through Valley Art Day! This is an online-only event, and we are encouraging people of all ages to show us their art. Please photograph or scan a piece you would like to share. Write a small description of the piece, or what it has been like for you creating during the pandemic, or a place that inspired the piece, etc. We would also love to see a photo of the artist or the studio the piece was created in. We want to flood the Community Center’s Facebook and Instagram with incredible art on May 8th. You can either post the photos and writing on our Facebook page tomorrow or email them to Larry Rippee at lrippee@sgvcc.org. We have already received many pieces and they are awesome!

 

Support Local Saturday launched last week—we featured the Woodacre Country Market & Deli. Small businesses are an important part of our community, and many are facing immense challenges during the COVID‑19 crisis and right now, every sale helps. These same local business owners who helped others are now on the receiving end of assistance and support. Let’s be there for them now. If you are in a position to support a small business, please do what you can. Please shop local first-order local take-out, order local goods online, enroll in a local exercise class, buy local gift cards. If you or someone you know has a business they would like to have featured, please reach out to Rebecca Teague: rteague@sgvcc.org.

 

If you have not yet, please complete your 2020 Census. Even now, while the nation is dealing with a crisis, the census is crucial to our local government’s function. You can do your part by filling out your census form online (www.2020census.gov) as soon as possible. Responding to the census is not only our civic duty, it also affects the amount of funding our community receives, how our community plans for the future, and our representation in government. Data from the census is used to ensure public services and funding for our schools, hospitals, and fire departments.

 

For you. For us. For San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio. Everyone counts in the 2020 Census.

 

I appreciate being in this community so much.  Thank you all for continuing to practice social distancing protocols. Enjoy Valley Art Day tomorrow here and here, Valley Talent Night here and please continue to shop local. Stay healthy, be well and again Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms!

 

All my best,

Dave Cort

Executive Director

 

PS. Don’t miss one of the Community Center’s Youth Job Training interns, middle school student Dante Canela, on KWMR this morning at 9:00 am. His show is always fun!  You can stream KWMR online at kwmr.org, or tune into FM radio 92.3 in the Valley, 90.5 in Pt Reyes and 90.5 in Bolinas.  Listen to Dante, and stay for the day– this West Marin station offers incredible homegrown programming; news, music, talk shows, etc. We love KWMR!

 

PSS. This Saturday (5/9) is the INSPIRIT Plant Sale! Did you notice we are in a new location?

 

Bring your mask and your social distancing skills and follow School Road to the upper campus ( also known as the San Geronimo Campus) of the Lagunitas School District.  The sale starts at 1 pm and runs til 5—absolutely no early birds.  We will be letting people injudiciously, so be prepared to wait as you do at the Good Earth, the Farm Stand, etc. It will be worth it!

 

Parents are welcome to bring children to help choose the best tomato, but note that the play structure will not be available, and your child needs to stay with you at all times.

 

There will be hundreds of plants to brighten your Valley homes and provide food for you and yours.  We have vegetable, flower and herb starts from A (well, a couple of artichokes)  to Z  (zinnias!) and many many kinds in between.  You’ll choose from over 20 kinds of tomato varieties–those that make little cherries (even if you only have 6 hours of sun) to those that will give you huge beefsteaks (if you garden on the sunny side of the Valley!).  Prices for vegetables will start at $1 for really little guys like the peppers who are taking a while to get going this year, $4 dollars for most seedlings in 3 or 4-inch pots, $5 for 6 packs, up to $8 for some of our glorious tomatoes and squash that are BIG and itching to start producing.

 

Of course, there will be lots of other plants grown locally, with prices all over the place, depending on their size, value, and condition–flowering perennials, succulents, shrubs, and small trees ready to grow big in your backyard.  You’ll find a few items related to gardens and flowers, but mainly this year we are focusing on the plants themselves.  All proceeds go to Aneice Taylor’s INSPIRIT which supports care for people who are quadriplegic.  Check out the website at http://www.inspirit-marin.org/pages/about.html

 

PSSS.  Our schedule of Community Center online programming. We love bringing people together.

 

Core and Strengthening Fitness Class 

Teacher: Susan Chavez

Mondays Wednesday Friday — 8:45-10:00 am

ZOOM class

Registration & Info: Email Susan at susanchavez1@yahoo.com

 

NextGen Co-working Hours — ages 18-30

Work together from home!

Mondays — 2pm-4pm

Thursdays — 10am-12pm

ZOOM Room

For details or ZOOM invite: Email Cory Vangelder corylvg@gmail.com

 

 

The LOFT – ages 4th grade and up

A safe and fun place to see each other, play games, virtually hang out with friends, a stopover after the school week and heading into the weekend

Fridays — 3:00-4:00 pm

ZOOM Room

For more details and ZOOM invite: Email Nicole Ramirez nramirez@sgvcc.org

 

Zoila’s Day Care – ages Kindergarten through 3rd grade

Missing your buddies?  We are offering a virtual way to see each other and have a weekly show and tell. Made some great creations you want to share, the brownie you made with your brother or a book you got from your grandfather? We want to see them– every Friday morning on ZOOM.

Fridays — 11:00-11:30 am

ZOOM Room

For more details and ZOOM invite: Email Nicole Ramirez nramirez@sgvcc.org

 

NextGen Peer Counseling — ages 18-30

Filling our cups through a virtual peer counseling session! We come together weekly to remain connected and continue to build and grow our NextGen community.

Fridays — 10:00am

ZOOM Room

For more details or ZOOM invite: Email Alexa Davidson adavidson@sgvcc.org.

 

Community Center Monthly Art Show

Our March and April gallery shows are online!  Please check out the beautiful work of artists Kathy Piscioneri, Kathy Beckerley, Neriah Levin and Michael M. Miller.

Open 24 hours a day

Our Online Arts & Events website section here: https://www.sgvcc.org/posts/arts-events/

For more information on our arts programming: Email Larry Rippee lrippee@sgvcc.org

 

Friday Night Valley Talent Shows 

Jasper Thelin and Alexander McQuilkin are our Captain MCs bringing us all together – virtually! This event features kids, grownups and sometimes whole families! Witness the awesome magic tricks, melodious singing, top-notch piano playing, elegant ukulele playing, guitar shredding, utopian poetry reading, 8 pm-Howl theories, it’s all in this event.

Fridays — 6pm

SGVCC Facebook page — here: https://www.facebook.com/sangeronimovalleycommunitycenter/

To participate or for more details: Email Jasper Thelin jstarfiret@hotmail.com

 


San Geronimo Valley Community Center
COVID-19 Update
April 30, 2020

 

Dear Community,

This week we all received the news that our Shelter In Place orders are extended through the month of May. I am sure that this was not a huge surprise to most of the members of our West Marin Community. Our Community Center Team has the great fortune to work closely with the County of Marin Public Health Officers and we feel that all of their decisions have been well thought out and in the best interests of all of our community members. Along with my family, friends, and neighbors we feel very blessed to be living here in the Valley in these unprecedented times. While sheltering in place is extremely challenging for all of us, having the gift of residing in our homes that are surrounded by such a beautiful environment where a healthy walk is right outside our front door is not to be taken lightly. In fact I just returned from a very nice hike through my neighborhood in Lagunitas. I am doing my best to emotionally hang in there and I hope you are too!

Last week the San Geronimo and Nicasio Covid-19 Emergency Fund awarded a total of $41,445 to 83 local individuals and families. Our committee received applications from a diverse range of people, serving our seniors, NextGen young adult community, families, Spanish speaking residents, and every demographic in-between. We are already setting in place our system to be able to receive applications for a second round of Emergency Funding that will open on May 1st and close on May 15th. We welcome you to apply to our second round of Emergency Fund grants and reapply if your need for financial and/or rental support persists. Thank you to everyone that has donated to this fund and our great partners the Marin Community Foundation and the County of Marin for making these emergency funds possible.

Our “Pop up” drive through Food Pantry served 300 families last Thursday, April 23rd. We will be open again today 11am-2pm. There is no registration or proof of eligibility. Please drive up and stay in your car, a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family. As you drive through another volunteer will place your groceries into your trunk. Our staff are grateful to be of service to our community in this way. We continue to be incredibly thankful for our strong partnership with the SF Marin Food Bank.

Mario Castillo from Marin Interfaith Council came to last Thursdays food
bank to give information about the Census. He was great!

This Saturday, May 2nd, we will be launching our Support Local Saturdays on the Community Center’s Instagram and Facebook  pages. As we know, small businesses are being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, including many local businesses in our community. Adapting to this new reality, the best way that we can keep ourselves safe and support our awesome small businesses is to shop local (online or over the phone) whenever possible. The Community Center wants to lead by example in encouraging our community to support local businesses by highlighting a local business weekly. Please shop local first—order local take-out, order local goods online, enroll in a local exercise class, buy local gift cards. If you or someone you know has a business they would like to have featured, please reach out to Rebecca Teague.

In the face of COVID-19 and missing our beloved Spring Art Show, the Community Center is hosting a virtual, open call, non-juried, fun, local artists, online, all-day exhibition on our Facebook and Instagram pages we are naming Valley Art Day. Join us online May 8th, 2020 to take part in and celebrate our local creatives! Valley Art Day is an online only event, and we are encouraging people of all ages to show us their art. Please photograph or scan a piece you would like to share. Write a small description of the piece, or what it has been like for you creating during the pandemic, or a place that inspired the piece, etc. We would also love to see a photo of the artist or the studio the piece was created in. We want to fill the Community Center’s Facebook with incredible art on May 8th. You can either post the photos and writing on our Facebook page the day of or send them to Larry Rippee at lrippee@sgvcc.org. We have such a creative wonderful community and are so excited to share everyone’s art.

Beautiful signs of hope in the Valley.

We continue to bring more programming online. We had our first ever ZOOM LOFT hangout last Friday and the kids had a blast! This week kids will be sharing their shelter-in-place art creations with each other during the virtual hangout. VAST is offering open tutoring sessions that can break off into other ZOOM rooms for more one on one tutoring. The Lagunitas Chess Club is booming and the kids are loving the ZOOM chess puzzles. Friday night’s Valley Talent Shows have been very special. This week’s challenge is to share a photo of your pandemic shelterpod—the space you and possibly your family are spending your shelter-in-place! If you’ve got a dramatic monologue, dance or stand-up routine, new shelter-in-place craft, or a photo of that shelterpod please reach out to Jasper Thelin at jstarfiret@hotmail.com.

Onward together,

 

Dave Cort

Executive Director

PS. The San Anselmo Recreation Department is asking any interested children to make a 15 second to 1-minute skate video. What type of skating they do in the video is up to them if both safety and social distancing are factored in. Upon completion send your video to gmihan@townofsananselmo.org along with the name and age of the skater. Deadline is Friday May 1st at noon.

PSS. For you. For us. For San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio. Everyone counts in the 2020 Census. Everyone has the power to do it. Every answer helps ensure our community—and communities around ours—get proper services in our town. So claim your power. Count yourself in at http://my2020census.gov.

The 2020 Census counts for us all!

PSSS. Please continue to check our website for useful links, Covid-19 Fund information and fun things to do with your family while at home.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center
COVID-19 Update
April 23, 2020

Dear Community,

Well, who is counting? Howie and I have been at home for 43 days! We are super busy with Community Center work and the days fly by with ZOOM meetings, Facetime, phone calls, online activities and responding to our community needs. We really enjoy our daily walks around our neighborhood in Lagunitas. We have been wearing our cloth face coverings so we can get used to another new norm that we will begin to experience. As I write this I am watching Governor Newsom on television saying that there is not a date set for any changes in our stay at home orders. It will be interesting to see the new public health protocols from the state and the county that will begin to roll out when these decisions are made. I think I can speak for many of us that we are feeling very good that we are living in our beloved Valley at this unprecedented time in our lives.

If you are a community member worried about paying your rent, mortgage or your PG&E bill this month, you are not alone. All of us here at the Community Center stand with you through this difficult time. We are extremely mindful that the coronavirus pandemic will have a disproportionate impact on our neighbors with the least ability to meet it. With this in mind, The San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio Emergency Fund Committee is honored to announce that we have awarded our first round of local grants this week.

Our first round of Emergency Fund applications closed Wednesday April 15th. Our Emergency Fund Committee met last Friday on a ZOOM call. The application review process began with gratitude for where we live, our generous donors and our continued intentions to hold our community through this pandemic. We awarded a total of $41,445 to 83 local individuals and families. 55 were financial assistance and 28 were rental assistance. In financial assistance we distributed a total of $27,444.44 (we had one grantee request $444.44, so that’s what we gave him)! In rental assistance we distributed $14,000. We received applications from a diverse range of people, serving our NextGen young adult community, families, seniors, spanish speaking residents, and every demographic in-between. We are proud to be able to offer a second round of Emergency Funding and send out a huge thank you to our donors and partners at the Marin Community Foundation and County of Marin for financially supporting our communities in this way. The second round of applications will open on May 1st and will close on May 15th. We welcome you to apply to our second round of Emergency Fund grants and reapply if your need for financial and/or rental support persists.

Applications are available at www.sgvcc.org

Food Bank today 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Today the “Pop up” food pantry will be open 11 am-2 pm in the Lagunitas School District parking lot. Our hours have changed to meet the needs of our community, and our incredible volunteers. There is no registration or proof of eligibility. You drive up and stay in your car, a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family.  You will then drive through, pop open your trunk and your groceries will be placed into your trunk. Thanks to everyone that continues to drive through and respect our social distancing protocols! We are grateful to be of service to our community in this way. This style of food pantry will remain in place into the foreseeable future. We continue to be incredibly grateful for our strong partnership with the SF Marin Food Bank.

We continue to implement temporary changes to our programming to meet the needs of our sheltering in place community. We also really love bringing people together. We are so excited to now offer the following programs virtually:

NextGen Peer Counseling on Fridays

Core and Strengthening Fitness Class
Teacher: Susan Chavez
Mondays and Wednesdays — 8:45-10:00 am
ZOOM Room
Registration & Info: Email Susan at susanchavez1@yahoo.com

NextGen Co-working Hours — ages 18-30
Work together from home!
Mondays — 2 pm-4 pm
ZOOM Room
For details or ZOOM invite: Email Cory Vangelder corylvg@gmail.com

NextGen Crafting Nights — ages 18-30
What Shelter in Place projects are you working on!? Join us for weekly crafting nights!
Tuesdays — 8:30 pm
ZOOM Room
For details or ZOOM invite: Email Anna DeBenedictis annawdebenedictis@gmail.com

The LOFT – ages 4th grade and up
A safe and fun place to see each other, play games, virtually hang out with friends, a stopover after the school week and heading into the weekend
Fridays — 3:00-4:00 pm
ZOOM Room
For more details and ZOOM invite: Email Nicole Ramirez nramirez@sgvcc.org

Zoila’s Day Care – ages Kindergarten through 3rd grade
Missing your buddies?  We are offering a virtual way to see each other and have a weekly show and tell. Made some great creations you want to share, the brownie you made with your brother or a book you got from your grandfather? We want to see them– every Friday morning on ZOOM.
Fridays — 11:00-11:30 am
ZOOM Room
For more details and ZOOM invite: Email Nicole Ramirez nramirez@sgvcc.org

VAST
We are putting in place a free online Tutoring Support program for local students. For more information contact Robin Nelson at vast@sgvcc.org

NextGen Peer Counseling — ages 18-30
Filling our cups through a virtual peer counseling session! We come together weekly to remain connected and continue to build and grow our NextGen community.
Fridays — 10:00 am
ZOOM Room
For more details or ZOOM invite: Email Alexa Davidson adavidson@sgvcc.org.

Community Center Monthly Art Show
Our March and April gallery shows are online!  Please check out the beautiful work of artists Kathy Piscioneri, Kathy Beckerley, Neriah Levin and Michael M. Miller.
Open 24 hours a day
Our Online Arts & Events website section here
For more information on our arts programming: Email Larry Rippee lrippee@sgvcc.org

Friday Night Valley Talent Shows
Jasper Thelin and Alexander McQuilkin are our Captain MCs bringing us all together – virtually! This event features kids, grownups and sometimes whole families! Witness the awesome magic tricks, melodious singing, top-notch piano playing, elegant ukulele playing, guitar shredding, utopian poetry reading, 8 pm-Howl theories, it’s all in this event.
Fridays — 6 pm
SGVCC Facebook page — here
To participate or for more details: Email Jasper Thelin jstarfiret@hotmail.com<

Stay safe, and let’s continue through this together.

 

Dave Cort
Executive Director

P.S.  You count. You matter. You can do this! Many West Marin residents have not submitted their 2020 Census info. Let’s change that today. Filling out the census is easy and you can fill out your entire census in under 10 minutes. Programs like CalFresh, MediCal, WIC, childcare, free school lunches, Section 8 Housing, and more are counting on an accurate Census count. Support those who rely on public benefits by doing the 2020 Census! Check the link to learn more or get help from your benefits worker. You should have already received a postcard from local organizations with instructions on how to do the census online here or over the phone. However, no postcard, pin or ID number is required. The Census is just nine simple questions and does NOT ask about your income or citizenship status. Data provided is safe and secure, and the U.S. Census Bureau is required by law to keep responses confidential. The 2020 Census counts for us all!

Learn more here.

P.S.S. Some words of hope from local, world renowned writer Anne Lamott:
“Most of us have figured out that we have to do what’s in front of us and keep doing it… Every time we choose the good action or response, the decent, the valuable, it builds, incrementally, to renewal, resurrection, the place of newness, freedom, justice… We live stitch by stitch, when we’re lucky. If you fixate on the big picture, the whole shebang, the overview, you miss the stitching. And maybe the stitching is crude, or it is unraveling, but if it were precise, we’d pretend that life was just fine and running like a Swiss watch. This is not helpful if on the inside our understanding is that life is more often a cuckoo clock with rusty gears. In the aftermath of loss, we do what we’ve always done, although we are changed, maybe more afraid. We do what we can, as well as we can. A great truth, attributed to Emily Dickinson, is that ‘hope inspires the good to reveal itself.’ This is almost all I ever need to remember. Gravity and sadness yank us down, and hope gives us a nudge to help one another get back up or to sit with the fallen on the ground, in the abyss, in solidarity.”

 

 


San Geronimo Valley Community Center Update

April 16, 2020

Dear Community,

Starting Friday, March 13th our daily routines shifted drastically. Many of us began working from home, some lost their jobs, students began learning via virtual classrooms, young adults moved back home from college much earlier than expected, and all of us were asked to make sacrifices to protect our communities. Seems like a lifetime ago now. I was reminded this week of a sentiment that remains true– in emergencies, our community cooperates, collaborates and works so well together. We’re going to need to continue to work together as the effects of this shelter in place ramp up. In order for our community to thrive, not just survive, we will have to continue to be kind, open and understanding. We have an opportunity for us to come together again— and recognize that really, we have always been connected — and continue to help each other.

Each day, our Community Center team adapts, tackling challenges with innovation and thoughtfulness – an effort I am so proud of. We have been very much in this day to day mode addressing the challenges that are facing our community residents.  Now, in week five, I am, along with all of you, beginning to think about the future and how this pandemic will shape our personal and our professional lives in the next two months, six months and eighteen months. Following the news it is still very difficult to envision our move out of quarantine. I don’t know when I am going to be able to visit my mom in Cleveland or when I will be able to see my daughter in Portland.

At the Community Center we know that the way we deliver our programs and services will be forever changed in the short and long-term. While nothing can replace the human touch, our team is having fun offering classes, tutorials, and hosting virtual hangouts for our programs to continue and even grow. Last week the Growing Old Gracefully peer counseling group met via Zoom for the first time, Susan Chavez hosted her hardest and largest workout class yet, students from Zoila’s aftercare participated in a hilarious show and tell, NextGen held a virtual makerspace, and staff members Howie and Alexa walked us through their favorite recipes with online cooking classes. Offering online programs and services have allowed us to expand our reach and increase access to what we do at the Community Center. We can’t wait to see each other again and we imagine that virtual access will remain a part of our organization moving forward.

Today the “Pop up” food pantry will be open 12 pm-3 pm in the Lagunitas School District parking lot. There is no registration or proof of eligibility. You drive up and stay in your car, a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family. You will then drive through, pop open your trunk and your groceries will be put into your trunk. Thanks to everyone that continues to drive through and respect our social distancing protocols! We are grateful to be of service to our community in this way. This style of food pantry will remain in place into the foreseeable future. We continue to be incredibly grateful for our strong partnership with the SF Marin Food Bank.

The first round of San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio COVID-19 Emergency Fund applications were due yesterday April 15, 2020. Decisions will be made by April 22, 2020 and distributions will be made immediately. We will make a future announcement regarding a second round of applications depending on funds available and demonstrated need from the community. Applications received after April 15, 2020, will be accepted on a rolling basis and processed accordingly. In partnership with San Geronimo Valley Emergency Fund and the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association, we are here and stand with you in this unique and challenging time.

Please don’t miss tomorrow night’s Valley Talent Show on our Facebook page! Truly fun and heartwarming. Jasper Thelin and Alexander McQuilkin are our Captain MCs bringing us all together – virtually! This event features kids, grownups and sometimes whole families! Witness the awesome magic tricks, singing, piano playing, utopian poetry reading, short gymnastic videos, 8 pm-Howl theories, it’s all in this event. Please visit our Facebook page here  6 pm Friday nights. To add your talent to this show, please email Jasper at jstarfiret@hotmail.com. Thank you to everyone that has participated in this excellent event!

Warmest,

Dave Cort

Executive Director

 

Ps. You count. You matter. You can do this! It’s not too late to do the #2020Census. You can do it in about ten minutes without leaving home! You should have already received a letter from the Census Bureau with instructions on how to do the census online here or over the phone. However, no letter, pin or ID number is required. The Census is just nine simple questions and does NOT ask about citizenship. Data provided is safe and secure, and the U.S. Census Bureau is required by law to keep responses confidential.⠀

Learn more here.

 

 


San Geronimo Valley Community Center Update

April 11, 2020

Dear Community,

Greetings from the beginning of week five of the shelter-in-place order. Like so many of you, Howie and I continue to remain at home and physically separated from our friends and family. After some adjusting and learning of new tech, we are now adept in connecting with our loved ones even as we follow social distancing health and safety guidelines. We are enjoying our daily morning coffee with our friend Alexander McQuilkin and his family over FaceTime. We are joining Saturday night ZOOM social gatherings (virtually of course) with close friends and family from around the world. We are gearing up for a virtual game night, and this past week, we even participated in our first cyber Passover! We also loved watching the Spring Talent Show last week on the Community Center’s Facebook Live. We take daily walks and wave hello to neighbors. As a self-professed extreme extrovert, this is extremely challenging and we are all riding an emotional roller coaster. I hope you all are finding what will keep you feeling connected during this time and most important, staying healthy!!!

I have found immense comfort in hearing from friends and neighbors who call to let me know they are thinking of me. There is power in reaching out and I encourage each of you to make a spontaneous phone call to let someone know you are there with them. In these times, I am especially aware of our elders and aging community members who are navigating this pandemic – let’s work together to ensure we are supporting our most vulnerable!

Updates: 

On April 1st, we launched the San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio Covid-19 Emergency Fund, which provides financial assistance to those who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are accepting applications through April 15th and encourage all in need to apply. You can find the application and details here. We continue to communicate with our funding partners to build the Emergency Fund and plan on a second round of funding in late April.

Last Thursday, April 9th, we served 500 people through our drive-through “Pop-up” Food Pantry. Close to 150 cars drove through and we worked with West Marin Senior Services to deliver food bags to community members who could not make it to the drive-through food distribution. While we do not know the true number of unemployed and newly unemployed people in our community, we are seeing a significant increase in those accessing our food bank each week. We are so grateful for our strong partnership with the SF/Marin Food Bank, who is supporting us in scaling this service to meet the growing need in our community. We hope this food distribution is offering some buffer for community members against the sudden loss in income.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about using the San Geronimo Valley Food Bank during the Covid-19 crisis:

 

  • How many times a week can I come to the San Geronimo Valley Food Pantry? We have traditionally served people twice a week. Now, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we distribute food once a week on Thursdays from 12 pm-3 pm. We continue to explore the possibility of providing additional food pantry hours. If you are in immediate need and require more food than we can provide, please see the information below.

 

  • What is the process of obtaining food?  We have partnered with SF Marin Food Bank to distribute food at the Lagunitas Middle School parking lot between 12 pm-3 pm on Thursdays. There is no registration or proof of eligibility. You drive up and stay in your car, a volunteer from a safe distance will ask you how many people are in your home/family.  You will then drive through, pop open your trunk and your groceries will be put into your trunk.

 

  • Can I access the San Geronimo Valley Food Pantry at other times? No. Due to the shelter-in-place order, please do not come to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center at any time. We are following the shelter-in-place order set by Marin County and the Lagunitas School District and no one is allowed in our building.

 

  • What should I know when coming to pick up my groceries? Please stay in your vehicle and 6 feet away from others at all times. If you are on foot you will be served and asked to leave the area immediately to protect the health and safety of everyone.

 

  • I am afraid to leave my home. Do you provide home delivery? At this time, we offer home delivery to some of our senior and homebound neighbors. If you are unable to drive through the food pantry, please reach out to Laura Sherman at West Marin Senior Services at laura@wmss.org.

 

  • Should I wash my groceries when I take them home?  We currently suggest that everyone wash or sanitize their food items for 20 seconds before using them.

In an effort to simplify some support systems for our community, we have compiled a list of some critical resources. It is by no means comprehensive, but we will continue to update our Resources page on our website as new information comes to our attention. You can find this list at the bottom of this email.  We hope it is helpful!

Please continue to stay at home. By staying home the virus is less likely to spread in our community. Physically distancing especially helps those who are more at risk to get seriously ill from Covid-19.  We also encourage all of you to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. We are doing our best to bring all of us to all of you. Show us how you are #stayingathomeinthesgv — we want to see your garden project, your shelter-in-place favorite recipe, your 8 pm howl, the crochet piece you are finally finishing, the view from a family hike by your home, your kid mastering a tiktok dance (you might be in there as well)! We will add your videos to our Instagram story to bring us all closer together as we shelter apart.

Thinking of you all,

Dave Cort

Executive Director 

 

Critical Community Resources

Other food resources in Marin:

Residents can search for their nearest food pantry or emergency food distribution location using San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s Food Bank Locator. In addition, information on food resources, services and assistance specifically for older adults (age 60 and over) and persons with disabilities can be obtained by calling (415) 457-INFO. Those who are unable to access these resources and have no other safe means to access food can call (415) 473-7191 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. to speak to someone about possible food options.

Latest Updates on COVID-19:

To stay on top of the latest information, make sure you bookmark and go to the Marin Health & Human Services website on a daily basis.

Subscribe here to receive Health & Human Services Status Updates by email

Nicasio/San Geronimo Valley COVID-19 Emergency Fund

This fund provides one-time, $500 grants to individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic in San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio. To find out more and apply, please click here.

Unemployment Insurance

Those unable to work during this time are able to apply for unemployment insurance. For more information, please click here.

Disability Benefits

Those infected by COVID-19 may apply for disability insurance.  Please click here.

Public Assistance Services

This site has information on County Medical Services Program, CalFresh/SNAP, CalWorks and Medi-Cal Benefits. Please click here.

 


San Geronimo Valley Community Center

COVID-19 Update; April 6, 2020

Dear Valued Community Members,

Today’s update is short and sweet and reflects how quickly we all have adapted to the new challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have seen members of our local villages demonstrating immense warmth, resiliency and compassion, and our Community Center team has worked during the past weeks to innovate our approach to delivering service to our communities–transitioning our programs online, virtually collaborating with other agencies across the County, and developing new offerings to meet the immediate needs of our most vulnerable community members.

On April 1st, we launched the San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio Covid-19 Emergency Fund, in partnership with the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association and the San Geronimo Valley Emergency Fund. This fund provides one-time, $500 grants to individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are accepting the first round of applications between April 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020. Decisions will be made by April 22, 2020 and distributions will be made immediately. These funds can be used to assist with rent or mortgage payments, bills, grocery expenses, medical expenses, or other essential needs. Applying for funding does not require proof of citizenship or a social security number. We encourage all members of the community, whose income has been affected by COVID-19 to apply. You can get all the details and download your application by visiting sgvcc.org/posts/emergency-fund/.

If you are not in need of financial assistance and are interested in supporting your neighbors in this way, you can make a financial contribution to the San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio Covid-19 Emergency Fund by making a donation here.

The Marin Community Foundation and the County of Marin provided the seed money for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. In the past two days we have received additional contributions to the Fund from local community members. Thanks so much much to all of you who have given to this fund already and thank you for caring for our community.

Now more than ever we must remain connected, even as we physically distance. There’s the old saying ‘It takes a village’, and in this case we are seeing our five villages come together in brand-new, previously unimaginable ways to support and help each other through this time. I am so proud to be a member of the San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio communities!

With warmth and gratitude,

Dave Cort

P.S. On Friday, April 3rd, the Community Center hosted its first Facebook Live Event – The Spring Talent Show! MC’s Jasper Thelin and Alexander McQuilkin Zoomed in with Valley young folks who shared their talents — poem reading, music performances, videos, and more! While the tech had its glitches, it was incredible to see our community tuning in to see each other and support our young people. We are excited to perfect this process and livestream many more events to your living rooms!


San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Community Center COVID-19 March 31, 2020 Update

March 31, 2020

Greetings from my kitchen table/home-office here in Lagunitas. I hope everyone in your family is safe and healthy. Today marks Day 18 that Howie and I have been home. We enjoy our daily afternoon walks around our neighborhood and staying in close touch with family and friends locally and around the world through incredible tools like ZOOM and FaceTime, which we have learned and embraced. Like all of you, we are missing the in-person, human touch. I know that when this crisis resolves itself we will so deeply appreciate so much that we have taken for granted.

From the most recent update by the County of Marin our COVID-19 public health order to stay at home will remain in effect until May 4th, to continue to battle the spread of the Coronavirus. With this public health order, the Community Center and the Community Gym will remain closed for all activities. To support all of our residents the Community Center will be doing the following:

  • We will continue to partner with the SF Marin Food Bank and the Lagunitas School District to provide a “pop-up” drive through food distribution site. Last Thursday we served nearly 200 families in West Marin. This drive through system will remain in place at the Lagunitas School District parking lot every Thursday 12pm-3pm until further notice. Community members will not be asked to demonstrate eligibility requirements or to sign in. The number of individuals in each household will determine the amount of food distributed to each person. Our drive through system worked well to protect our most vulnerable community members. Additionally, Community Center staff members safely delivered bags of food to seniors and immune compromised neighbors in San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio that were sheltering in place.
  • We are also partnering with the Valley Emergency Fund and the San Geronimo Affordable Housing Association to support vulnerable community members with rental assistance and financial support for basic needs. With an increase in hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our organizations have built this fund to help local individuals and families in this critical time. COVID-19 Emergency Fund applications will be available online later this week in both English and Spanish.
  • Until we are able to welcome you back to the Community Center and Community Gym, we will continue to innovate and evolve our programs to be accessible online at sgvcc.org. We hope our virtual programs and resources will offer you valuable tools to connect to the community spirit in these challenging times.

Food Bank Distribution Thursday, March 26, 2020, 200 Families Served!

If you need food, please come to the SF Marin food bank pop up on Thursday. If you need help with rent or bills, we will be sending out emergency fund application information later this week. If you need a distraction, please check out the Arts & Events page on our website for some great ideas.

I want to take a moment to say a huge and heartfelt thank you. These are difficult and uncertain times for all of us, but there’s also so much hope. Hearing the howling through the Valley every night reminds me again that we are all in this together. Our West Marin pack is strong.

Warmest,

Dave Cort

 

More Updates:

  • Doing our part to reach all of our neighbors! As of this update, we will be translating our email updates – and soon our website – into Spanish. We are continually striving to communicate and serve all of our West Marin neighbors. Expect to see both English and Spanish updates in your inbox as we work to reach everyone in our community.
  • Lagunitas Chess Club is an online chess club offered by San Geronimo Valley Community Center team member Jack Sayers. Serving kids in the San Geronimo Valley, Nicasio and West Marin, over 40 kids have signed up since launching last week! At any given time there are 2-12 kids playing a game online. Contact Jack Sayers at chess@sgvcc.org for information about how to sign up.
  • Fairfax Scoop delivery! If you need some delicious SCOOP ice cream, our wonderful friends and supporters, Ray and Mindy Martin will be delivering ice cream to the Valley every Tuesday starting April 7th. To place an order go to their Facebook @fairfaxscoop or call 415-453-3130.
  • West Marin Senior Services is on the front lines working diligently to keep our older adults supported as we cope with this unprecedented event together. Their Care Managers are available to assist anyone over the age of 60 with their program services and referrals. Please see phone numbers below. Their staff is ready to answer questions as well as to enroll those in need of the WMSS home Delivered Meals Program, available to seniors over 60 years who live in West Marin.

Please be advised of their (telephone only) office hours below as WMSS is not an emergency service:  Monday – Thursday 9-5, Friday – 9-3, Saturday & Sunday – closed

Care Managers:

Point Reyes Station, Inverness: Susan Deixler 415-663-8148 x105 susan@wmss.org

San Geronimo Valley, Nicasio: Laura Sherman 415-663-8148 x102 laura@wmss.org

Tomales, Marshall, Dillon Beach: Terri Sylvain 415-663-8148 x111 terri@wmss.org

Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Muir Beach, Olema: Stephen Simac 415-663-8148 x110 stephen@wmss.org

Home Delivered Meals Program – all areas of West Marin:

Amena Hajjar 415-663-8148 x104 amena@wmss.org

Stockstill House and all other inquiries: Pam Osborn 415-663-8148 x101 pam@wmss.org


San Geronimo Valley Community Center
March 25, 2020

The collaborative response across the County and within our Community Center team has been swift and innovative. In just 10 days we have drastically shifted how we are delivering services and continue to build community while practicing responsible social distancing–an effort to be proud of!  With all of this said, and on behalf of the entire Community Center team, we miss seeing you in person! We appreciate your continued support, patience, and compassion as we all adjust to this “new normal.” We thank you for being diligent in your social distancing practices and for working as a community to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Community Center’s Food Bank Update:

The SF/Marin Food Bank in partnership with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and the Lagunitas School District will provide a “Pop Up” Food Bank Distribution on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from noon to 3 pm in the Lagunitas School Parking lot.

This Food Bank distribution will be a full drive-up operation. All recipients of food will remain in their cars and their food box will be placed in their trunk or backseat. If food recipients do not have a car and walk-in or ride their bicycles they will be served and will be asked to move on right away.

The SF/Marin Food Bank staff will be handling the distribution and they are experienced and well-trained to provide this food in the healthiest and safest way. The SF/Marin Food Bank began these “Pop Up” Food Bank distribution sites in both San Francisco and Marin County last week. Sign-ins or income eligibility will be waived.

We recognize that the COVID-19 crisis will hit our food insecure and lower-income families the hardest. Additionally, many people in our community are facing new hardships due to the pandemic—loss of work, income, and benefits.  This is why we are working so hard to get our most needed safety net service, the Food Pantry, up and going, safely. While the way that we deliver services must change, we are committed to being there for our most vulnerable.

At this time, the Community Center is not ready to receive volunteers, though we appreciate the generosity of offers. Please visit the Volunteer Information page to learn more. There is a volunteer self-screening tool that will allow you to make a responsible choice when choosing to volunteer during this time.

Even with the uncertainty we are all living in, love and compassion continue to shine through. Countless community members have left voice messages at the Community Center and emailed us, all asking how they can help. We’ve seen neighbors learning how to safely check in on our elders, Community Center volunteers asking to return, local businesses offering supplies and food. That is love. That is our amazing community. We are all grateful for the many demonstrations of goodness and compassion we see during this unbelievable time.

The safety and health of our community means everything to us, so lastly, we ask that you please continue to wash your hands, stay home, especially if you’re sick, and continue to practice social distancing so we do not spread the COVID 19 virus.

Sincerely,

Dave Cort
Executive Director

More Updates:

  • Our Community Center Team continues to work closely with the San Geronimo Valley Emergency Fund and San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing to create a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support vulnerable community members with rental assistance and financial support for basic needs. We will be announcing the application process for this in the coming days.
  • We are also in communication on a daily basis with West Marin Senior Services to coordinate regular check-ins with Seniors who are at home. West Marin Senior Services continues their home food delivery program. Community Center staff members are making phone calls to our volunteers and clients to say hello, especially those who do not use social media. The phone calls have been greatly appreciated.
  • Our Community Center’s emergency preparedness team continues to be in daily contact with the Lagunitas School District, Marin County’s Public Health officers, the Office of Emergency Services, and local disaster coordinators at VERG and Marin VOAD. Across the County, coordinated efforts are underway to provide food, financial assistance, resources, and community building.
  • We continue to look for additional ways to support our community during this time–some ideas include streaming exercise classes, workshops, cooking classes, arts and events, an online chess club and more. Our website has new resources for individuals and families during this time that support our mission of fostering a healthy community. Please visit the following pages for more information: Stay Healthy, For Families, Arts and Events, and Mental Health. We will continue to corral useful and compelling information for all families in the San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio as we update our site often. If you have an idea to engage the community please let us know how we can support you.

 

March 20, 2020

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center stands with you, committed to supporting our incredible community during this extraordinarily challenging time. Our team is working diligently in coordination with the County of Marin, the Lagunitas School District, VERG, West Marin Senior Services, the Marin Community Foundation, and many local organizations and nonprofits to provide a safety net during this unprecedented moment. Collaboration, coordination, and communication have never been more important.

The health and safety of our community members, our staff, and volunteers is our priority. We have taken measures to keep people safe and are constantly reevaluating as new information becomes available. Our entire team is committed to modeling the necessary and challenging behaviors of social distancing and staying at home so we do not spread the Covid 19 virus. We ask you to join us in this effort.

Updates:

  • We are in daily contact and collaborating with the SF Marin Food Bank to open a “pop up” food distribution site for our most vulnerable community members. The SF Marin Food Bank is working very hard to have this distribution take place late next week, but they have to ensure that the food distribution will be safe for both the people distributing the food and the community members receiving the food. We will let you know the day and time as soon as it is confirmed.
  • Deep appreciations to the Honor Pantry at the San Geronimo Valley Presbyterian Church who had a very successful and well-planned food distribution on March 18 and are planning a distribution on Sunday, March 22 from noon to 5 pm. This food distribution is intended for seniors and families who are experiencing economic challenges in buying food.
  • Our Team is working closely with the San Geronimo Valley Emergency Fund and San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing to put in place a Covid 19 Emergency Fund to support vulnerable community members with rental assistance and financial support for basic needs. Watch for updates as this plan develops.
  • The Community Center website www.sgvcc.org has been revamped to become a hub of information, including updates on our Food Bank, where to apply for unemployment, ways to help your kids stay engaged in learning, and resources for families and individuals to stay healthy while responsibly practicing social distancing.
  • Many of our programs have moved online. The NextGen program held its first virtual meeting this week, the 6th and 7th grade Empowerment group also met virtually earlier this week, and our tutoring program (VAST) is gearing up to offer online tutoring and learning. We are closely in touch with our local schools who have made an amazing transition to online learning. All of our elementary, middle school, high school, and college students are completely engaged in their online classes.
  • We continue to look for additional ways to support our community during this time – some ideas include streaming exercise classes, workshops, cooking classes, arts and events, an online chess club and more. If you have an idea to engage the community please let us know how we can support you.

People always find a way to be points of light and will continue to do so. We know this virus cannot stop the human spirit. While the way that we come together must change, the Community Center will serve our community with creativity and kindness, as we always have.

With much warmth,

Dave Cort
Executive Director

 


San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Like so many of you, the staff at the Community Center are doing everything we can to “flatten the curve,” and to keep ourselves and our families healthy.  At the same time, we remain fully committed to supporting our community members’ needs and to react to the extraordinary circumstances in a way that’s true to who we are and to our mission to serve the community.

Updates:

  • The Community Center and Community Gym will remain closed to April 7, 2020 for all programming as we follow the Shelter-In-Place Order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
  • We fully understand that a critical service for residents in need is our Food Bank program. Because of the Shelter in Place requirements, our Food Bank will not be open this week. We are working closely with the SF/ Marin Food Bank and the Lagunitas School District to provide food next Thursday March 26, 2020. We know that food is of utmost importance, but we want to ensure that we can distribute food safely.
  • If you are in need of food now, please call 211 or 415-457-INFO.
  • As an organization, we are committed to our staff and every resident in our community. Our Board of Directors have assured our staff members that they will not go without pay during this challenging, quickly changing time. Our staff members are working “outside of the box” to use online tools such as chat rooms, Instagram, and other social media tools to bring community together and create a sense of belonging and safety for everyone. Examples include our VAST program gearing up for online tutoring, our youth empowerment team having an online Girls and Nonbinary Group, the West Marin NextGen supporting each other through sharing resources and online activities, our collaboration with West Marin Senior Services to contact seniors to support their needs, and our arts team sharing art book and film recommendations with patrons to enjoy while at home.
  • Our Community Center’s emergency preparedness team members are in conversation daily with the Lagunitas School District, Marin County’s Public Health officers, the Office of Emergency Services, local disaster coordinators, and the SF/Marin Food Bank. As we navigate the ever-changing normal, the Community Center is working on ways to keep our community healthy and if we can, help everyone feel a sense of belonging even if we can’t be together physically.

Please check www.sgvcc.org  for regular updates. We are committed to creating a sense of community even as we shelter in place.

For COVID 19 updates:

https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/

415-473-7191

Sincerely,

Dave Cort, Executive Director

dcort@sgvcc.org