San Geronimo Valley Organizations
Nonprofit San Geronimo Valley organizations offer programs, services, and facilities of all sorts, and testify to the creative diversity and heart of Valley life.
Please note: Every effort has been made to include all relevant nonprofit Valley organizations whose primary focus is to support the welfare, activities, and interests of Valley residents. We apologize for any inadvertent omissions.
In Support of Paralytics In Really Intense Times
2 Grant Avenue, Woodacre
Box 383, Woodacre 94973
President: Aneice Taylor, 415-488-0477
Hours Open 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday
IN SPIRIT is a nonprofit organization that assists quadriplegics in receiving the attendant care and other essential services they need to live independently and safely in their homes. It serves quadriplegics throughout Marin County and provides grants for attendant care, adaptive equipment, peer support and resource information. With grassroots support, it was formed in 1987 by Valley resident Aneice Taylor after she received a spinal cord injury in the storm of 1982.
LEAP – Lagunitas Schools Foundation
Lead, Enrich, Achieve, Progress
LEAP is the Lagunitas School District’s non-profit, all volunteer, fundraising foundation. We raise the funds that close the gap between what our district receives from state and federal funding and what our kids truly need for a well rounded education. Our goal is to provide all of the kids in our small, progressive district with access to high quality enrichments; particularly in the areas of art, music, environmental education and sciences. We believe the future of our world is in our classrooms today.
Rotary Club of West Marin
Around the world, there are at least 1,200,000 members in 33,000 Rotary Clubs located in more than 200 countries. Its members form a global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit. Each club is autonomous, non-governmental, non-political and non-religious.
Rotarians enjoy fun and fellowship while addressing critical issues locally, nationally and internationally. Rotary is only limited by the imagination of those wishing to make a difference.
Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S)
(A program of the Transportation Authority of Marin)
Contacts: Safety issues Wendi Kallins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-488-4101
In-school programs Gwen Froh: email@example.com 415-456-3469 x104
Safe Routes to School is a safe, fun and educational method of encouraging more children to find green ways to school, including walking, biking, carpooling or bus. School volunteers organize regular Walk and Bike to School Days, and are provided materials to run challenges within the school, and to compete with other schools to increase green trips. The Teens Go Green Program empowers middle- and high-school students to foster change in their communities. Trained instructors teach bicycle and pedestrian safety during PE. Safety issues are identified, and SR2S makes recommendations to the local jurisdiction to address these issues.
SGV Affordable Housing Association
The San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association owns and operates three shared housing units rented to six low-income seniors on Sage Lane and the Forest Knolls Trailer Court with 20 affordable homes. Our mission is to create, preserve and manage affordable housing in the San Geronimo Valley and beyond. We envision a culturally diverse and vibrant San Geronimo Valley community that retains its unique rural and natural qualities while offering housing opportunities for people of all income levels and walks of life. In the future, it is our intention to develop and preserve additional affordable housing in the Valley. We welcome your involvement in our organization and your financial support via tax-deductible contributions or a property donation.
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
PO Box 195
San Geronimo 94963
Contact: Dave Cort, Executive Director
415-488-8888 ext. 224
Since its founding, the Community Center has served the four villages of the San Geronimo Valley—Woodacre, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls and Lagunitas—and Nicasio and the surrounding communities in western Marin County. The Center has become a focal point for programs in the arts, youth programming and human services, as well as community events and activities. The Center’s Human Services Program is now the home for the Tina Action Project (TAPS).
San Geronimo Valley Land Trust
Contact: David Bernard
The San Geronimo Valley Land Trust serves the Valley by acquiring parcels of high natural resource or community value to conserve and protect them, in perpetuity. The Land Trust works with Valley property owners who may wish to donate or sell land, or easements over land, and may be able to provide tax benefits to property owners. The Land Trust owns several parcels and is currently focused on the preservation of streamside parcels and Blueberry Ridge.
San Geronimo Valley Lions
Contact: Allison Puglisi
Since 1958 the Lions have helped to make our Valley a better place to live and work by participating in community events and contributing to local organizations such as The Emergency Fund, Valley Toys and Joys, IN SPIRIT, LEAP, Drake Senior Scholarships, West Marin Senior Services, the SGV Community Center and many others. Our projects include annual blood drives, Food Bank donations, Christmas in April, and Recycle for Sight. We raise money by hosting an annual crab feed and auction, and we co-host the Fourth of July Dickson Country Fun Day and Parade. If you are interested in keeping our Valley community vital and strong, please give us a call!
The San Geronimo Valley Stewards work to represent property owners in restoring our creeks through collaborative volunteer efforts. The Stewards are working to talk to the entire SGV to develop a clear picture of the residents’ needs, desires, and abilities for creek restoration; build a diverse community coalition as a resource to support Valley residents’ responsible improvement of their properties; rally around individuals so no one feels bullied, or that they don’t have a voice in the future of their home; bring information and resources to the Valley because we trust our neighbors to make wise decisions if they have resources and good information.
San Geronimo Valley Emergency Readiness Group – VERG
Contacts: Vicki Chase, San Geronimo Valley Disaster Coordinator/VERG Co-Chair 415-250-5491
Brian McCarthy VERG Co-Chair – 415-613-6435
VERG is our volunteer citizens’ disaster preparedness group under the direction of the San Geronimo Valley Disaster Coordinator and Marin County Fire Department. We serve the Valley by organizing and educating people living and/or working in the San Geronimo Valley to prepare for and respond to emergencies within the Valley. We create, maintain, train and deploy volunteer teams in coordination with the Marin County Fire Department during and after a disaster.
Arroyo Area Stephanie Fein firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Knolls Mary MacGabhan MaryMVERG@gmail.com
Lagunitas Jim Fazackerley jimf.verg@gmail.
San Geronimo Don Holmlund email@example.com
Woodacre Lani Bjork firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodacre Garden Club
Visit our Oval Garden on Park Street demonstrating water-wise gardening and plants suitable for Valley habitat. The Garden Club is open to everyone with an interest in gardening. We landscape and maintain the bus shelters and common areas of Woodacre. You are welcome to join in garden tours, seminars, seed and plant exchanges, and social gatherings. Our volunteer activities are supported by neighbor contributions and donated plants and materials. Please contact us if you would like to help keep Woodacre beautiful by donations, by adopting plants to water, or by joining us for a few hours on monthly workdays at our pocket parks.
Woodacre Improvement Club
1 Garden Way Box 405
Contact: Carol Foti, Manager
415-488-0708 Fax: 415-488-0787
The Woodacre Improvement Club (WIC), a private membership-supported nonprofit center located in the heart of Woodacre. Facilities include a 60-foot swimming pool, a baby pool, two tennis courts, a ballfield, a small gym, a yoga room, a volleyball sandpit, basketball courts and a children’s playground. A gym trainer and swim/tennis lessons are available. The main hall is a multipurpose space with a stage–excellent for classes, member events and meetings. It is the local polling location and is designated as a community’s emergency disaster center.
HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Coastal Health Alliance
Box 910, Point Reyes Station 94956
Rooted in West Marin, the Coastal Health Alliance (CHA) is committed to providing quality, comprehensive primary health care services to all. CHA operates Community Health Centers in Point Reyes Station, Bolinas, and Stinson Beach (see locations below). CHA provides (bi-lingual) primary care, including medical, dental and behavioral health services; accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare and most major forms of insurance, including Kaiser Permanente; and offers a sliding fee scale for those of limited income.
• Point Reyes Community Health Center
3 Sixth Street, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
• Bolinas Community Health Center
88 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA 94924
• Stinson Beach Community Health Center
3419 State Route 1, Stinson Beach, CA 94970
San Geronimo Valley Emergency Fund
Box 242 San Geronimo 94963
Contact: Zoila Berardi 415-488-1906
The SGV Emergency Fund is dedicated to providing financial respite to qualifying individuals with hardship due to unforeseen circumstances. Our intention is to assist Valley residents with needs that aren’t covered by other county agencies. This fund can cover car repair, pay for a winter tank of propane, or help to subsidize the costs of an illness by paying for adaptive equipment or a medical bill. Our disbursement committee decides awards on a case-by-case basis. This is a grassroots effort to formalize what our community has been doing for so many years.
Valley Toys and Joys
President: Barbara Hernandez
PO Box 496, Woodacre 94973
Valley Toys and Joys is a nonprofit trust created to bring the magic of the holidays to local children. We assist low-income families and those who are in temporary crisis. We are funded by wonderful individuals who are suddenly transformed into holiday elves capable of making all kinds of dreams come true. This is a very personal program. We attempt to fulfill the wishes of the children, whether it be a bike, jacket, book, or Barbie doll. Santa Claus is alive and well in the San Geronimo Valley.
West Marin Community Mediation
Call (415) 868-3032
West Marin Community Mediation is an independent non-profit organization of trained, volunteer mediators providing free conflict resolution services to anyone living or working in West Marin. We can help with conflicts between: neighbors, friends and families, housemates, landlords and tenants, organizations, employees and employers, merchants and consumers and more.
West Marin Senior Services
For over 40 years WMSS has helped older adults remain safe with dignity in West Marin by providing a range of in-home, assisted living, and community services for persons 60+ years that fosters independence and participation in our community. Services include comprehensive, confidential care management, individualized plans of care, adult social services coordination, caregiver referrals, family member respite, transportation assistance, meals, home care equipment, home-safety repairs, community education and wellness programs. If being cared for at home is no longer the best option, WMSS offers assisted living for up to eight seniors at Stockstill House, a state-licensed residential care home located in Point Reyes Station.
Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN)
SPAWN works to protect endangered salmon in the Lagunitas Watershed and the environment. SPAWN’s approach to accomplish our mission includes grassroots action, habitat restoration, policy development, research and monitoring, citizen training, environmental education, strategic litigation, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies. SPAWN offers walks to view spawning salmon, homeowner consultations on creek restoration and protections, educational seminars, training and volunteer and internship opportunities. Please join us!
San Geronimo Valley Planning Group
We are the oldest environmental organization in the Valley serving the community and are all-volunteer. We played a major role in the development of the 1977 Community Plan (updated in 1997) that guides us in advocating our mission to protect and preserve the Valley’s natural resources and village rural character. The annually elected Steering Committee represents the membership. Meetings include county requests for design reviews and open discussions about community projects and programs. We organize educational presentations by experts, host a Speaker Series and work closely with the County of Marin and Marin Municipal Water District. Members receive a monthly agenda and vibrant newsletter. The membership meets at the Wilderness Way Environmental Center, at 1 Lagunitas School Road, the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30pm from September through June. Membership is required to vote. Valley residents are welcome.
Wilderness Way is an environmental organization serving the Lagunitas School District, community and other schools. The Valley’s creeks and unique preserves provide opportunities for hands on experiences that create a deep understanding and lifetime connection to the Valley environment that surrounds where students live. Activities revolve around salmon, steelhead trout, native and non-native plants, wildlife, habitat restoration and maintenance. These activities evolve into art, crafts, music, poetry, literature, math, science projects and film documentaries. Ongoing programs include a tracking program in the Larsen Preserve, watershed programs, creating and installing salmon crossing signs and a Native American studies program that includes stories, games, pump drills, cordage, arrowheads, tule boats, flutes and overnights. Wilderness Way recently created a library that includes environmental books and films for all ages including teacher resource materials.
Zen of Weeding
Samuel P. Taylor State Park Volunteer Habitat Restoration Program
Weeding the Woods since 2010
Contact: Nancy Hanson, Volunteer coordinator 415 488-4202
We do relaxing, restorative weeding the second Friday and second Sunday of every month at our neighborhood state park. Easy work in a gorgeous setting. Enter the park at the main gate by the Camp Taylor sign on Sir Francis Drake. Tell the kiosk staff you are a volunteer to get your parking pass. Inquire at the kiosk to find our location if you come late. Meet our group at the far end of the main picnic area a little before 1pm. We finish at 3pm. Zen Mission: To improve the health of our redwood forest and enhance the enjoyment of native riparian habitat for every park visitor, including the fish, birds and insects, by eradicating invasive weeds.
Gan Halev, the Jewish Congregation of the San Geronimo Valley
We come together in community to celebrate Jewish life, to worship, educate, and socialize, and to share and explore our religious and cultural heritage. Membership in Gan Halev involves a desire to participate in a vital community and a commitment to make this unique community continue to thrive and grow. We gather for High Holidays, Shabbats and Jewish holiday celebrations throughout the year. Gan HaLev is a member of the Marin Interfaith Council and the Marin Organizing Committee. Our members are active participants and volunteers for local Valley nonprofit and social service organizations.
St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Lagunitas, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nicasio
Founded: 1912, St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Lagunitas; 1867, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nicasio
Contact: Father Phan 415-488-9799
Our mission: to be Nurtured by Christ’s Word, Supported by a Faith Loving Community, and to Serve the Needs of Others as Called to Minister.
Operating as one parish, St. Cecilia’s of Lagunitas and St. Mary’s of Nicasio each serve their own community in many ways. Both have Sunday, holy day, and weekday Masses, religious education classes, and participate in local food and Christmas toy drives. There are also many special events throughout the year that provide opportunities for fellowship. Sunday Mass at St. Cecilia’s is 9:30 am and at St. Mary’s is at 11:15 am.
San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church
We offer peace, joy and fellowship for you to explore your faith and spirituality. We also offer support for your family, we share love and forgiveness, and we provide opportunities to put your values into action, such as helping with Valley food distribution. We meet every Sunday at 11am for worship and Christian nurture. We host special services for the entire Valley at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. We welcome everyone into our church family and have a special love of children. We support local and regional hunger programs, a community benevolence fund, preschool scholarships, and other Valley activities like 12-step programs. Our choir invites everyone who loves to sing harmoniously!
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Box 169, Woodacre 94973
415-488-0164 ext: 234
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the Vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight of Vipassana meditation, is at the heart of all activities at Spirit Rock. One does not have to be a Buddhist to practice mindfulness meditation. We offer a range of ongoing classes, daylong and residential retreats.
SAN GERONIMO VALLEY PRESCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS
Director: Liz Vial
San Geronimo Childcare Center
Director: Sharon Dahme
Location: San Geronimo Valley Community Presbyterian Church
West Marin Montessori
Co-Directors: Alyssa Gleason and Lhasa Yudice
Location: San Geronimo School Campus
YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS
Contact: John Beckerley
St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Lagunitas sponsors the CYO basketball programs for the San Geronimo and Nicasio valleys. The program is open to boys and girls in the 4th through 8th grades. Practices start the first week of November. Games begin the first weekend of January and end the second week of March. St. Cecilia’s also offers an Instructional League for 3rd grade boys and girls. St. Cecilia’s CYO Basketball has been entering teams from the Valley for the last 40 years.
West Marin Little League
Box 1168, Fairfax 94978
West Marin Little League offers an exciting and fun co-ed instructional league for kids ages 5 to 14 with both a Spring Season (March-June) and a Fall Ball Season (July-August). The goal of the program is for kids to develop a love of the game, make new friends, learn new baseball skills, and experience the rewards of being on a team. The League welcomes players throughout West Marin from San Anselmo to Pt. Reyes. Board members and committee leaders organize all families in the league to help maintain and improve the fields, operate the snack shacks, manage the registration process, coach, cheer on the teams, and have fun!
West Marin Youth Soccer League
P.O. Box 84
Contact: Dylan Arroyo
WMYSL is the designated California Youth Soccer Association affiliated League for the San Anselmo/Fairfax, San Geronimo Valley/Nicasio, Point Reyes/Inverness, and Bolinas/Stinson Beach areas. Teams in our League come from West Marin communities that have wonderful soccer fields and great local support. Our teams are divided by age and skill levels, and coaches evaluate players in each age group and seek to achieve team balance by selecting players from all skill levels. Regardless of skill or past playing experience, all players receive significant playing time, and sportsmanship is emphasized throughout our program.
Halleck Creek Ranch
Molly Scannell, Interim Executive Director
P.O. Box 159
For nearly 40 years Halleck Creek Ranch has used the powerful therapeutic benefits available through horseback riding in nature to create a better quality of life for children and adults with disabilities, and for the people who care for them. As one of the largest and oldest weekly therapeutic riding programs in the Bay Area, Halleck Creek Ranch is a pioneer in the field.
For more information visit: www.halleckcreekranch.org/
The Nicasio Design Review Board
For information on Development and Design Guidelines, Horse Management Guidelines, and Membership, visit www.nicasio.net/ndrb
The Nicasio Design Review Board (NDRB) is a committee appointed by the Nicasio Land Owners Association. Its purpose is to review development proposals in Nicasio from the perspective of the Nicasio Valley Development and Design Guidelines. The NDRB provides comments to the Marin County Community Development Department as part of their public comment process, and often works with applicants to modify projects to bring them into conformance with the Design Guidelines.
Nicasio Disaster Council (NDC)
Like other communities in West Marin, Nicasio has a disaster plan; it has been developed by the Nicasio Disaster Council in conjunction with the Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department and West Marin Emergency Services.
The Plan establishes 17 geographic neighborhoods in Nicasio, as shown on the Site Map page on our website: within each are two volunteer “Neighborhood Liaisons” whose role is to help prepare for a disaster by keeping a neighborhood record of properties, their residents and any emergency skills and equipment.
To download a copy of the Current Disaster Plan, and for information on how to be included, trainings, and useful links, visit: www.nicasio.net/ndc
Nicasio Historical Society
Museum on the Nicasio Town Square
Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00pm or by appt.
P O Box 111, Nicasio 94946
Contact Elaine Doss, President, email@example.com
or Martha McNeil 415-662-2307
We are a non-profit, public benefit California Corporation that already has significant archives consisting of photographs, documents, and written and recorded material relating to life in Nicasio during the past century and a half. Our entire Board of Directors is a dedicated group of unpaid volunteers who are devoted to pursuing our Mission: Researching, documenting, preserving, sharing, and celebrating the rich history of the Nicasio Valley.
The Nicasio Historical Society welcomes anyone who has an interest in Marin history.
Nicasio Land Owners Association
Contact Stephen Lewis, NLOA Board President
When the Nicasio Land Owners Association, Inc. (NLOA) was founded in 1961, it stated the following key goals in its Articles of Incorporation:
To aid in the preservation of the beauty of the Nicasio area
To study the possible future development and planning of the Nicasio area so as to take advantage of the natural beauty and topography of the area
To assist so that the Nicasio area may develop in a pleasing, well-planned and orderly manner
While recognizing that the development of the Nicasio area is inevitable and while not desiring to impede progress, to aid so that the future development is accomplished in a manner that will enhance the value of the community and preserve as much as possible its natural beauty.
Nicasio Land Preserve
The Nicasio Land Preserve (NLP) is a charitable corporation under the umbrella of the NLOA. The NLP is the vehicle through which the NLOA conducts specialized efforts of land and land rights acquisition. The NLP gives the NLOA and the Nicasio Valley a focused tool for preserving key features of Nicasio.
Community members created the NLP when they determined that the town needed a more active way to preserve the ambience of the community. In special cases, written standards were insufficient to preserve unique characteristics of the town atmosphere and landscape. As such, the NLOA spearheaded a community-based effort to purchase key properties whose development could disproportionately affect the ambience of the community.
Nicasio School District
Nicasio School serves approximately 50-60 students in grades TK-8. Students learn in multi-grade classrooms with highly skilled teachers and support staff who prepare them for transition to high school and life outside of Nicasio. While many graduating 8th graders attend Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, many others attend private high schools in Marin County and San Francisco.
Nicasio School belongs to one of the few remaining single-school public school districts in Marin. The district itself was established in 1866 with the first Nicasio schoolhouse constructed in 1867.
Nicasio School Foundation
The Nicasio School Foundation (NSF), an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1996 by a group of parents who were committed to maintaining essential enrichment programming that had disappeared out of California public school budgets. Driven by the belief that children deserve a well-rounded and complete education, these parents started the Foundation to seek charitable donations to bridge the gap between what the state sees as acceptable for children and what our community believes is best for children.
Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD)
Contact: Eric Blatz, Chief, firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1946, the Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD) is the only all-volunteer fire department in Marin County. The NVFD supports the Marin County Fire Department on emergency calls within the Nicasio response area and, because most of our ten members live in the community, we are often first on-scene to help those in need. Our diverse membership includes long-time residents as well as newer transplants, men and women, hi-tech professionals and professional firefighters, young and, well . . . less young. In addition to our training for medical and fire related emergency-response what unites us is our shared commitment to serving the Nicasio community and to helping those in need. If you might be interested in becoming a volunteer, or wish to learn more about the NVFD visit www.nicasiofire.org
Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
An important part of the NVFD responder team is the NVFD Ladies Auxiliary, the organizational engine for a range of important fundraising and community-building activities.
The Auxiliary first convened in 1959 to raise funds, feed and otherwise support our firefighters. The Auxiliary has since evolved into a major community-building organization. The group provides an opportunity for new neighbors to get acquainted and involved; and for founders to share and inform community history and tradition.