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9.  The Community Interpreter® (TCI): Medical Edition


Our Sonoma County community has been devastated by the wildfires. Many Latino families have been severely impacted by the fires, including Latino Service Providers staff.  The Latino Service Providers is accepting donations for fire victims as a part of the organization's mission to build a healthier community by serving Latino families and children. The funds will help address the immediate needs of Latino families that have lost their homes and their belongings.  Latino Service Provider's Executive Director Wanda Tapia has been community leader in Sonoma County for over 28 years, and will assist in distributing the funds.

Some evacuation centers may close throughout the day, however sheltering will be available throughout the night. Please check for updates.

SHARE Sonoma County
Emergency Home Shares

PPSC's SHARE Sonoma County will be arranging for Emergency Home Shares in Sonoma County. Based on our successful homeshare model, we hope to be able to find temporary housing for those displaced by the fire.

If you are willing to host an evacuated individual or family in your home for a few days, few weeks or few months, please contact PPSC SHARE Sonoma County at, an information sheet and application will be sent to your immediately.

If you are looking for short term temporary shared housing, please contact, for more information and an application, or contact PPSC 707-765-8488 on Tuesday morning.

If you want to volunteer to help with the phones, we will need assistance starting at 7:00am on Tuesday morning at PPSC's main office, 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma. Please email or call and let us know that you can volunteer.

It is all about community,
Petaluma People Services Center and our entire SHARE Sonoma County.

 Sonoma County Office of Education assistance for K-12 students displaced by fires.

The Sonoma County Office of Education is here to support families that have been displaced from their homes because of the fire. We can provide assistance to families to get their children in school as soon as possible.

If you have uncertain housing, a temporary address, or no permanent physical address you are guaranteed enrollment in school by the federal McKinney-Vento Act and California state law.  You can enroll immediately even without the documents normally required, such as proof of residency, immunization records, school records or legal guardianship papers.

Your child may continue to attend the school in which s/he was last enrolled even if you have moved away from that attendance area and receive transportation to and from the school or origin if you request it.  Your child automatically qualifies for school nutrition programs.

La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Sonoma está aquí para apoyar a familias que han sido desplazadas de sus hogares debido al incendio. Podemos brindar asistencia a las familias para que sus hijos vayan a la escuela lo antes posible.

Si tiene una vivienda incierta, una dirección temporal o una dirección física permanente, se le garantiza la inscripción en la escuela mediante la Ley federal McKinney-Vento y la ley estatal de California. Puede inscribirse inmediatamente incluso sin los documentos que normalmente se requieren, como comprobante de residencia, registros de vacunas, registros escolares o documentos de tutela legal.

Su hijo puede continuar asistiendo a la escuela en la que se inscribió por última vez, incluso si se ha mudado de esa área de asistencia y recibe transporte de ida y vuelta a la escuela u origen si lo solicita. Su hijo califica automáticamente para los programas de nutrición escolar.

Comuníquese con el enlace de su hogar sin hogar para obtener ayuda:

Debra Sanders, Ed.D
Foster Youth and Homeless Educational Services Coordinator
Sonoma County Office of Education
Phone: (707)524-2661

The Community Interpreter® (TCI): Medical Edition

The Community Interpreter® (TCI) is the most comprehensive 40-hour certificate program in the U.S. in this field. Perfect for interpreters with little to no experience or those experienced interpreters wishing to have a recognized qualification. Please note that our Spring 2017 session filled up fast so register now to guarantee your spot!

Medical Terminology for Interpreters

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Cost: $175
Register: Click here!

Prepare for national medical interpreter certification! This one-day workshop on Medical Terminology for Interpreters is a vital first step. Two national job surveys/analyses showed that medical terminology is a critical component of the healthcare interpreter's performance and medical terminology will be tested for both national medical interpreter certifications. Not to worry: this lively one-day workshop isn't dry.

Palliative Care for Healthcare Interpreters

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Cost: $175
Register: Click here!

The Palliative Care curriculum, developed with funding from the California HealthCare Foundation, was designed for working interpreters who have completed introductory training in healthcare interpreting. This is an 8-hour training and includes activities* that allow interpreters to review and practice skills such as sight translation and consecutive and simultaneous interpreting while helping them learn more about palliative care as a new and rapidly growing field in medicine.
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$500,000 Cash Donation to North Bay Fire Relief Fund Provides Support for the Residents 
and Communities Comcast Serves Throughout the Impacted Areas


Oct. 18, 2017 - Comcast NBCUniversal today announced it will donate $500,000 in cash to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, and almost $1 million worth of in-kind support for the affected communities.

Comcast will produce advertising spots and donate advertising time on its cable systems to build awareness and solicit donations to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. The Fund has been established to provide much needed assistance to residents affected by the North Bay Fires in Northern California.

"These fires are the most deadly and devastating in California's history and our hearts go out to all of who have been impacted," said Dave Watson, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and President and CEO of Comcast Cable. "With this contribution to the fire relief efforts, Comcast is supporting the communities we serve and providing aid in the rapid recovery and restoration of the affected areas."

In addition to opening up its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the Northern California region, Comcast is also providing a range of Internet, Wi-Fi, Wireless, Phone and Video services to evacuation/community support centers throughout the area, installing TVs with video services at evacuation centers and donating technology services to numerous Emergency Response and Fire Command centers.

Throughout the areas impacted by the fires, Comcast is working in partnership with local authorities, as well as utility and other infrastructure and service providers to ensure that service restoration efforts can take place quickly, while working within safety guidelines and other incident response protocols.

For more information about our overall response and support during the Northern California wildfires, visit

The Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Arts Department is hosting "Sonoma Family Meal," a community-based program supplying fresh, healthy "to-go" meals to anyone and everyone affected by the fires.

If you lost your home; are still displaced; are hosting a group of evacuees; or if you are just tired and need a wholesome lunch or dinner for you and/or your family, please come and pick up a meal to go, no questions asked.
SRJC staff and students are particularly encouraged to stop by.

"Sonoma Family Meal" features food donated by local farms, ranches, and restaurants, prepared with love by some of the best chefs in the Bay Area and Sonoma County.
Santa Rosa Junior College Parking Lot at 1700 Mendocino Ave (cross street Carr Ave), across from the Burdo Culinary Arts Center.

Pickup between 12-2 for lunch and 5-7 for dinner. Wednesday October 18th-Saturday October 21st.


 As the Vice President of Nu Alpha Kappa fraternity, a member of the Latino community, and the son of immigrant parents, I ask for your support in an upcoming event. This event is dedicated to fundraising and supporting organizations that play a major role in the undocumented community. It is our job to come together when someone within our community needs our help. I encourage everyone within your organization to please check out this event as there are multiple ways to play a part and contribute. Thank you! #RiseAboveBarriers
Fundraiser Distribution:
The first $6000 will be distributed three separate ways
-50% to United We Dream Organization
-25% to National Immigration Law Center
-25% to Younger Center for immigrant children rights

Any profit made after the $6000 cap will be used to make scholarships for undocumented Sonoma State Students.


CMOSC is hosting its annual FUNtazmagoria Event on October 29th and will offer free admission to families who have been displaced by the fires.

Ahead of FUNTazmogoria we are requesting donations of new or gently used costumes for children.

CMOSC will start distributing donated costumes Thursday, October 26th and Friday, 28th for families who would like to come early to pick out a costume before FUNtazmagoria. Additionally, volunteers will be on hand the morning of October 29th to help kids find a costume.

Costume pick-up dates
Thursday, October 26th and Friday October 27th - 9am to 5:30pm (extended hours for costume pick-up only)
Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th - 9 am and 4 pm

Please check in with the front desk if you are donating or wish to pick out a costume for your child. Thank you!

There will also be the need for emotional support. The Teen Services Center will be open from 9 am-5 pm through Friday. We will have people here to provide a listening ear, hot coffee, and resource referrals. Please send those in need our way. 

Our regular programming will resume next week, including the second session of our Work Readiness Certification workshop on Thursday October 26th at Sonoma Valley High School room J15 from 3:15-5:15. Any teens who work for the Lovin' Oven and are in town have been called in to work to prep our weekly meal for Sonoma Overnight Support and to assist with food-making and serving efforts across the valley as needed. Operation Bicycle can provide bikes to those who need them, Contact Adrian Palenchar at 707-494-4904.

Teen Services Staff and Board are thinking about our neighbors, partners, families, and friends as recovery efforts begin. Please know we are here for you and we care about you.

Help Us Feed Sonoma County

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is currently providing critical food to our neighbors impacted by the devastating fires in our region. In addition, we are working to ensure that those who needed food and nutrition assistance before the fires are still able to access our help.

In order for us to continue meeting the existing need and increase our provision of help, we need your support.

Two ways to help now:
1) Make a financial donation. We have the capacity to increase the amount of food we provide to the community - we just need the financial resources to make this possible. Donations can be made online at

2) Bring food donations to the REFB at 3990 Brickway Blvd. in Santa Rosa. We are in need of ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods. No glass, please.
We are offering extended hours this week and weekend to accept donations of food and funds. Please check our website,, or our Facebook page for updated hours and additional information.

Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation Partners with Sonoma County Farm Bureau to Establish a Housing Support Fund for Ag Workers Displaced by Fires 

Get Assistance for Your Workers
If any of your ag workers have been impacted by the fires, please send an email to the Sonoma County Winegrowers with the number of workers who have been impacted and in what manner. Please include your contact information, so that they may reach out to you to initiate providing support for your impacted ag workers.
Send email to:
Include subject line: Wildfire Relief Fund
Include your contact information for response

HOUSING - For immediate housing help, including for renters, apply to FEMA now and start that process quickly at or call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.

CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE - FEMA can help reimburse childcare expenses. Be sure to register at 800-621-3362.

SONOMA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES - For both lost and found animals, call 707-565-7100.

FEMA -- FEMA will also "offer disaster assistance for some of your other disaster-caused expenses including, medical and dental, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items." Go to or call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.

PG&E and WATER CONTACTS - Call directly to suspend or check on your service:
PG&E: 800-743-5000 and the PG&E wildfire response website is live here.
Water for Santa Rosa: 707-543-4511

INSURANCE - Insurance forms and help, especially if you lost your information in the fires, are available at various locations throughout the city. Contact your specific company. Many have sites set up at the Fairgrounds and at evacuation shelters, plus some are at Home Depot.

If you're one of lucky ones and you have any background in completing insurance forms, I'm matching volunteers to help distraught families to fill out these sometimes complicated forms - please email and they will connect you with a family in need.

LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS - The Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans at

UNDOCUMENTED FAMILIES - ICE and Homeland Security have suspended enforcement at all evacuation sites and shelters as you can read here - so please spread the word that our undocumented neighbors can come into shelters and receive the help they need.

HELPING THE HOMELESS - St. Vincent de Paul is taking donations of unprepared foods at 610 Wilson Street, from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH - You can call for free and talk to a live therapist to get through this difficult time. Whether you have had a personal loss, witnessed the loss of others, or are supporting those with loss - these three Hospice centers have agreed to talk with anyone who needs to talk:
Memorial Hospice 707 568-1094
North County Hospice 707 431-1135
Hospice of Petaluma 707-7786242

To begin the process of replacing lost IDs and other documents, go to a Local Assistance Center and/or contact agencies directly:
California Driver's License: 800-777-0133. Visit a California DMV office to complete an application. Replacement license forms must be delivered in person.
Green cards: 800-375-5283;
Medicare cards: 800-772-1213; (TTY) 800-325-0778;
Passport: 877-487-2778; 888-874-7793 (TTY);
Social Security card: 800-772-1213; (TTY) 800-325-0778;
U.S. Savings Bonds: 844-284-2676;
U.S. tax returns: 800-829-1040;

People who are out of work due to the fires may be eligible for unemployment benefits. You can file for unemployment benefits online at You can also file by phone, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, by calling:
English: 800-300-5616
Spanish: 800-326-8937
Chinese (Cantonese): 800-547-3506
Chinese (Mandarin): 866-303-0706
Vietnamese: 800-547-2058


Some local counselors are offering 3-5 free sessions to anyone affected by the fire: See for a list.
Shannon Ridge, LMFT, will be offering free counseling to any fire victims for one month. Contact her at 415-533-7282,
Job Opportunities 

Deadline Date: 10/23/17
Salary Range: $22.34 - $27.17 per hour

Introduction: The Student Success Specialist I at Santa Rosa Junior College, coordinates the daily support activities and operations in a student services area in order to support student success; provides student follow-up services; organizes and compiles reports related to student success. Salary Range: $22.34 - $27.17 per hour.
Requires Associate's degree. Bachelor's degree preferred and some (approximately 1-2 years of full-time equivalent experience) experience in providing services and maintaining collaborative working relationships. Experience in an educational setting preferred. See attached pdf or more information and how to apply.

Full Time
Deadline Date: 10.25.17
SALARY RANGES: $64,188.80 - $80,142.40 annually

This full-time, benefited position plans, oversees and participates in the inspection, repair and maintenance for library infrastructure, systems and facilities throughout Sonoma County; sets priorities for facilities maintenance staff; provides project management for contracted work; and performs related work as required.

TYPICAL TASKS include, but are not limited to:
* Plans, oversees and performs a wide variety of skilled maintenance, repair, and installation work on the Library's infrastructure, systems, and facilities, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, air conditioning, heating, masonry, glass, security/emergency safety systems, and other mechanical systems
* Directs the work of facilities maintenance support staff and outside contractors to ensure high safety and quality standards
* Prepares formal bid specifications, requisitions, and other documents to procure services, supplies, equipment, tools and materials for various construction projects or other operational needs
* Conducts administrative management duties related to facilities management including maintaining accurate logs and records of work completed, processing work order forms, producing cost estimates for repairs and responding to emails regarding facilities maintenance
* Observes and promotes safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required
* Responds to after-hours emergencies

Education and Experience: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in a skilled building and/or construction trade.

Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Knowledge of:
* Principles and practices of providing lead direction to others, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures
* Principles, practices, tools, and materials for maintaining and repairing assigned Library infrastructure, systems, and facilities, specifically in relation to electrical, mechanical, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, carpentry, and painting work
* Safety equipment and practices related to the performance of facilities maintenance
* Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors and Library staff

Ability to:
* Manage, oversee and evaluate skilled construction, modification, maintenance, and repair work on assigned infrastructure, facility, and/or system
* Inspect the work of others and maintain established quality control standards
* Read and interpret construction drawings, blueprints, maps, and specifications
* Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines

Must possess mobility to use standard office equipment, including a computer; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work in confined spaces and around machines, to climb and descend ladders up to forty (40) feet high, to operate varied hand and power tools and construction equipment; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various Library sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to one-hundred (100) pounds, or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.

HOW TO APPLY: Please go to to apply. Applications must be submitted by the final filing date.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future positions as they occur during the active status of the list.

The Sonoma County Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Deadline Date: 10/25/17
Salary: $9,117 - $11,080/Mo.

Transportation and Public Works Engineering Division Manager
Transportation and Public Works (TPW) seeks a highly experienced engineer to lead our Road's Division.
TPW provides road construction and maintenance services throughout the County of Sonoma. Our ideal candidate will possess experience managing and coordinating the work of Public Works staff involved in the design, survey, and construction of bridges and highways.

For more information & to apply online, visit or call 707-565-2331. EOE

Deadline Date: open until filled

Introduction: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, a non-profit and the largest human services provider in the North Bay, serves the most vulnerable regardless of their religious, social, or economic background. We challenge poverty, counsel immigrants, and care for our seniors by supporting the dignity and independence of all we serve. We support, educate, create opportunities, ensure the well-being of our staff, and engage community leaders in the betterment of those most in need.

Position Summary
The part-time, non-exempt Participant Advocate assists the Transitional Residents Program volunteers with the daily operations of the Homeless Services Center facility and its daily programing.  The Participant Advocate assists participants with intakes and providing resources when appropriate. Through assessment the Participant Advocate is responsible for utilizing diversion practices as well as crisis response and intervention. The Participant Advocate is also responsible for assisting with oversight and coordination and staffing of Code Blue weather response programs operating at the Homeless Services Center facility.

Visit our website at  for additional information about this position and other exciting opportunities at Catholic Charities.
An application can be found at
We look forward to receiving your completed application resume and cover letter.

Salary: $29.13 - $35.42 Hourly

Introduction: The Probation Industries Crew Supervisor is responsible for carrying out assigned maintenance, landscape, construction, and industrial production projects; completing job cost and time frame estimates; and acting as a Probation Department representative. Technical skill requirements vary based on projects secured and assigned, project specifications and/or building codes, individual expertise, crew composition, and use of skilled workers and project managers.

Ideal Candidates Will Possess:
*       Supervisory experience
*       Coursework and/or experience in project management
*       Licensure as a general or trade specific contractor with the California State Licensing Board, or verifiable equivalent licensing body
*       Corrections experience, working directly with offenders
*       California Class "A" Commercial Driver's License
*       Experience in operating heavy equipment such as backhoes, excavators, and bulldozers
*       Journey-level experience in one or more skilled trades such as carpentry, plumbing, masonry, electrical, general engineering, or landscaping
*       Project management experience in fire prevention and vegetation mitigation

For more information, minimum qualifications, & to apply, please visit: EOE Apply Now!

Deadline Date: 10/30/17
Salary: $23.80 - $28.93 Hourly

Introduction: The Sonoma County Water Agency seeks an experienced candidate for a Water Agency Maintenance Worker II position in the Field Operation Section.

Under supervision, Water Agency Maintenance Worker II's perform a variety of semi-skilled tasks involving maintenance, repair, and installation of flood control and river channels; and water/wastewater treatment and wastewater distribution systems. The Water Agency Maintenance Worker II also operates a variety of motorized light and heavy equipment, light machines, and power tools used in construction, maintenance, or similar work.

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:
* A California Class A Commercial Driver's License
* A Grade I or II Collection System Maintenance Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association
* Experience operating heavy equipment
* Two years of experience in vegetation maintenance, riparian restoration, or maintenance of flood control facilities

For more information & to apply online, visit or call 707-565-2331. EOE 

Service Commitment
· Full time, eleven-month commitment serving a minimum of 1700 hours, may include some evenings and weekends.
· Hours are generally Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 5:00PM (varies slightly by Partner Site - Health Center)

Position Summary
Volunteer Infrastructure Project - Service Enterprise (VIP-SE) Fellows build volunteer capacity at existing nonprofits (Partner Sites - Health Centers) to help the agency achieve and maintain Service Enterprise certification. This certification process will allow Partner Site - Health Centers to effectively leverage volunteers in innovative and impactful ways at all levels of organization leadership.

Benefits of Service
· Annual stipend of $15,000.00
· Education Award of $5,730.00
· Health Benefits
· Possible student loan deferment
· Extensive Professional Development and experiential learning opportunities

For more information contact: Pamela Moore, Program Manager, Redwood Community Health Coalition at

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