What's Happening at RCF    
January 2017
Together. Shaping the Future. 
Richmond Housing Renovation Program
does it again!

Another Richmond family became a homeowner  at the end of December 2016 and we want to congratulate our new neighbors! 

Richmond Housing Renovation Program has acquired three additional properties with several more on the horizon.  While obtaining legal title to abandoned, blighted homes continues to be a challenge, Richmond Community Foundation and its partners are working diligently to acquire additional properties using every possible opportunity:
  • Negotiated Sales
  • Probate
  • Tax Sales and Chapter 8 Sales
  • Property Donations
RCF received is first property donation from EverBank.  This particular property burned several times, and is not salvageable, but RCF will be building new home on the lot.  Stay tuned for pictures of progress of a brand new home!

If you would like more information about the Richmond Housing Renovation Program, please contact Shabnaz Yousefia, Director of Community Engagement, at syousefia@richmondcf.org or (510) 234-1200 x 305. 

RCF partnering with UC Berkeley students

Students at 2015 Solar Decathlon Competition
As word of our Richmond Housing Renovation Program continues to spread, new opportunities arise to share our work, and participate in innovative housing concepts.  Most recently, RCF was approached by students from UC Berkeley's Solar Decathlon Team to partner with them in an international competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy.
In the completion, 15 student teams from across the world will meet in Denver, Colorado in October 2017, and will be presenting homes they have designed, built, and maintained for the previous two years.  
The goal of Berkeley's student team is to design a home that not only physically leaves a minimal impact on the environment, but also addresses urban sustainability for cities like Richmond, CA.  As one of the student team members stated, "In order to combat gentrification and promote sustainable design, environmentally conscious housing that is affordable is necessary."
The team has designed a concept that is stackable and will fit in small infill lots that maximizes efficiency through passive systems.  The home is being built at the Berkeley Field Station in Richmond and will be trucked to Denver for the competition.  After the competition, the students plan to donate the property to the Richmond Community Foundation's housing program so that it can become a new home for a local family.
For more information about the UC Berkeley Team, please contact student leader Sam Durkin at:  samjdurkin@berkeley.edu .

Celebrating Achievement and a Bright Future

Graduates of SparkPoint Parent University - December 2016

On December 15, 2016, 25 parents at Dover Elementary graduated from SparkPoint Parent University.  They spent four weeks together to learn about setting financial goals, the importance of a budget and credit, and how to save for their student's college education.  SparkPoint will also set up savings accounts for the graduates' children so the parents can start to save!

Supporting Our Bright Future Today

Bill Bankhead, Sparkpoint Coordinator at Contra Costa College
Career and Transfer Center (SAB-227) - 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo 

Just past its midpoint, our Workforce Accelerator Fund (WAF) grant project at Contra Costa College is going very well. Our on-campus office, which opened in July 2016, is fully operational, and we are on-track to hit our target number of students pursuing vocational certificates, with 15 already enrolled for spring semester. In addition to direct financial support for grant participants, we have also created a popular Comet Care Packages program that distributes bathroom products to students in need.  Our relationship with college faculty and staff also continues to deepen; not only does the SparkPoint Coordinator regularly attend department meetings and meet with the Dean of Students, but he was invited to join the EOPS Advisory Committee. The project is exciting, appreciated, and promising!

Learn more at http://www.sparkpintcenters.org  or contact Bill Bankhead directly at bbankhead@contracosta.edu

Ensuring Opportunity - Health 4 All

Ensuring Opportunity Campaign has been actively engaged in the One Contra Costa Coalition focused on creating long-term solutions for all residents, regardless of immigration status, to have access to primary care. Last year, Contra Costa County successfully adopted Contra Costa CARES, a pilot program that has allowed 3,000 uninsured adults to have access to primary health care and still 20,000 residents remain uninsured. 

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed many residents could lose their care. It is more important now than ever to come together to protect the most vulnerable among us. Ensuring Opportunity and the One Contra Costa Coalition partners are hosting an important Town Hall on Saturday, January 28 in Concord to create a dialogue between residents, advocates, and policy makers on how together we can preserve our health care. Speakers include Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Congressman George Miller, Ret., and Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. There will also be a panel that includes the Director of Contra Costa Health Services, Dr. William Walker, Yasmin Peled from Health Access California, among others. Please see flyer Health Care Town Hall in English  or  Ayuntamiento de la Salud en Espanol for more information. We hope you will join us.
For more information about Ensuring Opportunity, visit the EO website or contact campaign director Mariana Moore, (510) 234-1200, ext. 311, mmoore@richmondcf.org

Enrolling 1,000 additional students this summer

The West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition (the Coalition) has received a two-year grant from the Hellman Foundation in the amount of $150,000. This grant will support the ongoing capacity-building work of the Coalition and will help support the Campaign to enroll an additional 1,000 children in Summer Literacy Programming in 2017. West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, a key partner, has also pledged $10,000 toward the Summer Funding Campaign. In addition, an anonymous donor at the East Bay Community Foundation has given $5,000 to the Coalition's ongoing capacity-building work, which will support monthly literacy workshops and trainings for literacy providers.
On January 12, Richmond Community Foundation and the Coalition hosted a Summer Briefing with community-based literacy partners and local funders. Direct service providers presented their plans for high-quality, innovative summer literacy programs for young children in Richmond and West County in 2017. Funders were able to ask questions, interact with providers, and learn about the literacy landscape in Richmond and West County.
The Summer Literacy Campaign is led by the West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition, and aims to enroll an additional 1,000 children in West Contra Costa County in summer literacy programs in 2017. The Coalition is working to reduce summer learning loss by increasing the capacity of literacy providers to increase their existing summer slots.
If you would like more information about the Literacy Coalition, please contact
Shabnaz Yousefia, Director of Community Engagement, at syousefia@richmondcf.org or
(510) 234-1200 x 305.

8th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth: Building the Next Generation Workforce
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Richmond Memorial Auditorium
Richmond Community Foundation and our partners are developing plans for the 2017 Annual Summit.  These plans include partnering once again with the West Contra Costa Unified School District and dozens of nonprofit, government and business leaders to present the Summit. The theme of Building the Next Generation Workforce will continue, with a focus on how to prepare young people in our community, for the jobs that we know will be available in our region in coming years.
The day will once include presentations from business and community leaders, and entrepreneurs; roundtable discussions on key challenges and opportunities for students and teachers; and time to network. 
Also, back by popular demand, is the college and career fair for high school students - an opportunity to interact directly with business and community leaders, and to explore opportunities for internships and mentoring. This year the focus will be on students in 11th Grade who participate in the Pathways, including Health, Law, IT, Engineering, Performing Arts and Media/Communications.

To see a brief montage video from the 2016 Summit click here,

Contact Stacey Street at sstreet@richmondcf.org with any questions or 
for more information on sponsorship opportunities. 

Community Support

RCF would like to say THANK YOU to all of you that participated in #GivingTuesday and donated during our end of year campaign. All of our exciting work above is made possible through the generous support of our institutional and individual partners who believe in our work.  RCF has been effective in mobilizing financial resources, providing leadership on vital community issues, and helping strengthen local nonprofits to increase their long-term sustainability.  
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