We're glad to be back! We had an issue with our newsletter email server that has been resolved and we'll begin sending out our newsletter again biweekly.
 
I hope you will join me for a District 3 Holiday Open House on December 6th in my Brentwood office. See the link below for options to RSVP.

See you soon,

                       


Please join me for a Holiday Open House!

December 6, 2018 
4:00PM - 6:00PM
3361 Walnut Boulevard 
Brentwood, CA 94513

Click here to RSVP through Eventbrite
or send an email to:


Please help feed families this season and consider bringing a donation.
For every $1 you donate, the Food Bank can distribute two meals to those in need. 
All donations to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano are tax-deductible.  


Are You a Nonprofit Director?
Please join me for the next  East Contra Costa Nonprofit Roundtable meeting. 
 
All local nonprofits (any cause) are encouraged to participate and explore fundraising and volunteer options. The roundtable is intended for groups based in or serving East Contra Costa County and will continue to meet on a quarterly basis.

We have identified several priorities and subjects of interest to most nonprofits like fundraising, volunteer, leader and board development, etc.  We continue working to identify common purposes, promote cooperation among groups, and offer opportunities for collaboration. 

These informative meetings include advice from experienced and successful leaders in the nonprofit sector.
 
Panel Discussions
These informative meetings include advice from experienced and successful leaders in the nonprofit sector. with panel discussions on topics such as building a strong nonprofit board, overcoming common obstacles, etc. with Q/A after. 
 
Presentations
We'll have representatives from organizations like the IRS, Franchise Tax Board for tax exempt status information and CPA experienced in nonprofits for a review of legal status and financials. Additional topics covered include volunteer recruitment and funder requirements.
 
We schedule these meetings through Eventbrite. Limited seating is available so RSVP quickly.   Please feel free to share this event with other nonprofits. 

Please follow this link to RSVP:
 
If you are interested in learning more about the East County Nonprofit Roundtable meeting, please contact District 3 Representative Dawn Morrow at  dawn.morrow@bos.cccounty.us .
 

The next 
East Contra Costa Nonprofit Roundtable
is scheduled for:

Monday, December 6, 2018
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Brentwood Community Center

 
Giving Tuesday

Dear Family Justice Friends:
 
As winter approaches and we reflect on what we are thankful for, the Family Justice Center asks you to join us in making hope and healing a reality for families in crisis. 

This year, Giving Tuesday will be on November 27, 2018. We are asking YOU to join the global giving movement on Giving Tuesday and show that you care about our mission of ending violence in our homes. 

If you care about our work of building safer and stronger communities, please  CLICK HERE to give. 
Homelessness Awareness Toolkit

This year's Homelessness Awareness Toolkit is  full of events including advocacy, volunteer and donation opportunities, as well as resources for concerned community members. Use this great tool to  get informed and take action to help address homelessness in your community.
To get a copy of the toolkit, go to:   https://cchealth.org/h3/coc/pdf/Homeless-Awarenes-Toolkit.pdf

Council on Homelessness Seats Open
A friendly reminder that if you're planning to apply for any of the open seats on the Council on Homelessness to get your applications in before November 30th!

The following seats are accepting applications:
  • CoC/ESG Program Grantee Must be from agency funded by CoC or ESG funding
  • Community Member Must live or work in Contra Costa
  • Employment and Human Services (EHSD) Representative Must be employed by Contra Costa EHSD department
  • Faith Community Representative Must be affiliated with the faith community as an employee, volunteer or congregant
  • Health Care Representative Must work in the health care field
  • Public Housing Authority Must be an employee of a Public Housing Authority in Contra Costa County
See below for more information about how to apply. 
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What is the Council on Homelessness?
The Council on Homelessness is an advisory board appointed by the Board of Supervisors. This Council provides a forum for the homeless Continuum of Care to communicate about the implementation of strategies to prevent and end homelessness. The purpose of the forum is to educate the community on homeless issues and advocate on federal, state, county and city policy issues that affect people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The Council on Homelessness also establishes the local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing project applications for funding in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeless Assistance Grant Competitions, including the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.

Who Can Apply?
All Council members must reside, or be employed, in Contra Costa County. Applicants who wish to be considered as a Consumer for the Consumer/Consumer Advocate Seat must have a lived experience of homelessness (i.e., be homeless or formerly homeless). Applicants who wish to be considered as a Consumer Advocate for the Consumer/Consumer Advocate Seat are not required to have lived experience of homelessness.

How long would I serve?
Council on Homelessness members serve for a two-year term, which may be renewed.

What do Councilmembers do?
Members of the Council assist with and provide guidance to the development and implementation of long-range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues in Contra Costa County. They attend monthly meetings, participate in subcommittees, and attend quarterly General Membership meetings as required.

What is the time commitment?
The Council on Homelessness meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in varying locations. Continuum of Care meetings take place on the 3rd Friday of the first month of each quarter from 10 am - Noon in varying locations.
Where can I learn more about the Council on Homelessness?
cchealth.org/h3

How do I apply?
If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Council on Homelessness, please contact:

Jaime Jenett, Continuum of Care Planning and Policy Manager
Contra Costa Health Services: Health, Housing and Homeless Services
Tel: 925-608-6716 
Cell: 925-464-0152 
District 3 Committees and Commissions
The Board of Supervisors receives valuable input and community participation from numerous citizen advisory boards on a range of issues. Boards usually meet monthly on a regular basis.

Candidates for these positions must live in District 3 or any specified boundary area for special districts. District 3 is comprised of the cities of Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood, and the unincorporated communities of Blackhawk, Diablo, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen and Discovery Bay.

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District III Committee Openings
 
  Mental Health Commission
1 Consumer seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
To review and assess the community's mental health needs, services, facilities, and special problems, in order to advise the Board of Supervisors concerning local mental health services and programs.
 
The Commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. located at 550 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill.
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Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Fire Advisory Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
To review and advise on annual operations and capital budgets, review Fire District expenditures; advise the Fire Chief on district service matters; and serve as liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the community served by the fire district.
 
The Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December located at the Administration Building, 2010 Geary Road in Pleasant Hill.
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County Library Commission
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian; provides a forum for the community to provide input concerning Library operations, and recommends proposals to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian which may improve the Library.
 
The Commission meets on the 4th Thursday of every other month at 7:00pm located at 777 Arnold Drive in Martinez.
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Family & Children's Trust Committee
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
Conduct a bi-annual needs assessment on family and children's services in the County.
 
The Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. located at Employment and Human Services Dept., 40 Douglas Drive in Martinez.

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Emergency Medical Care Committee
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Emergency Medical Care Committee (EMCC) reviews the operations of each of the following at least annually: 1. Ambulance services operating within the county. 2. Emergency medical care offered within the county, including programs for training large numbers of people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and lifesaving first aid techniques. 3. First aid practices in the county.
 
The Committee meets quarterly on the second Wednesday of the month at 4pm located at the Contra Costa County Schools Insurance Group, 550 Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill.
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County Service Area, P-2A Citizen Advisory Committee (Blackhawk)
3 seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department regarding community desires in the area of extended police protection.
 
The Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. located at the Blackhawk Police Department office in Blackhawk.
 
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County Service Area, P-6 Citizen Advisory Committee (Discovery Bay)
2 seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
To make reports and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on extended police protection services which shall include, but not limited to, enforcement of the State Vehicle Code where authorized by law, crime prevention, and litter control.
 
The Committee meets quarterly at 6:00p.m. located at the Discovery Bay Community Center, 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd. in Discovery Bay.
 
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Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
Provides input to the County and the cities of the County on bicycle projects for Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds to construct bicycle/pedestrian projects and also provides advice to cities and the County on bicycle planning matters.
 
The Committee meets annually or on an as-needed basis.
 
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Byron-Brentwood-Knightsen Union Cemetery District
2 seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
To establish rates to be charged for burials within the cemeteries of the district will allow the graves to be maintained on a self-supporting basis, prepare and maintain maps detailing information about the lots, and keep records of all remains interred in the cemeteries.
 
The District meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the District Office, 11545 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, CA 94513

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Boards usually meet monthly on a regular basis.

Candidates for these positions must live in District 3 or any specified boundary area for special districts. District 3 is comprised of the cities of Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood, and the unincorporated communities of Blackhawk, Diablo, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen and Discovery Bay.

You may also download an application from the County's website at http://contra.napanet.net/maddybook/

 
Applications should be submitted to the Clerk of the Board's office (925-335-1900) located at 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553.

For more information, including on how to apply, you may contact Supervisor Burgis' Deputy Chief of Staff, Lea Castleberry at 925-252-4500 or Lea.Castleberry@bos.cccounty.us
Friendly Visitors Needed
WHAT DOES A FRIENDLY VISITOR DO?
You visit your senior friend once a week for about an hour. You can meet at a time that works for both of you, even in the evening or on the weekend. During your visit, just enjoy spending time together and have fun. You can play games, read books, go grocery shopping, or simply share stories.

When you sign up to be a volunteer, we'll ask you about yourself and what you like to do. Then, we'll match you with a senior who shares your interests and whom we think you'll enjoy.

We have a long list of seniors who are waiting to be matched with a Friendly Visitor.

HOW DO I LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEERING?
You can apply  online here , call our Volunteer Specialist at 925.937.8311, email  info@mowdr.org  or download the  Volunteer Application Form  and fax to 925.946.1869.

1300 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 1-925-937-8311
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