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January 2015 Nonprofits


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Working Together

Since 1971, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) has been working on behalf of Sonoma County youth, offering housing, counseling and employment programming with a particular focus on those “aging out” of the foster care system. Its ability to carry out its mission became even stronger last October, when it merged with Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), which offers leadership, college and career readiness, and youth empowerment programming for teens.
 
By welcoming TLT into SAY (all three TLT employees are now on the SAY payroll, and some board members have joined as well), both organizations can share administrative costs and work together to empower and inspire the next generation. “Tomorrow’s Leaders Today has a long history of empowering Sonoma County’s youth and encouraging them to become thoughtful, engaged citizens,” said Matt Martin, SAY executive director, when announcing the merger. “Their program is a great fit for our organization and will bring a strong element of youth-helping-youth to SAY.”
 
 

Banking on Our Future

Last October, Union Bank Vice President and Senior Community Relations Officer Molly Fedorchak and Sonoma Branch Manager Robin Gold (back row, third and fourth from left) began teaching Operation HOPE’s award-winning youth financial literacy program, Banking on Our Future, to members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. The five-week course culminated with a recognition ceremony to celebrate the students’ completion of the program on October 29.
 
The Banking on Our Future curriculum uses hands-on calculations and real-world examples to teach about budgeting, checking and savings accounts, and the fundamentals of credit, saving and investing. 
 
“It’s been gratifying to see the students engage in this curriculum each week,” says Fedorchak. “We’re excited to return to teach even more elementary school students Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program. We remain committed to providing financial education through volunteer service.”
 

They’re Tops

According to independent business ratings company The Prime Buyer’s Report, here are the top community and nonprofit organizations in each North Bay county:
 

Marin

 

Napa

 

Sonoma



 

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Growing Pains

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Vineyards as Firebreaks

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The Search for Seasonal Workers

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