Getting vaccinated is the best gift you can give this Mother’s Day
Thanks to safe and highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, many people in Contra Costa can celebrate Mother’s Day in person this year.

People who are fully vaccinated can safely gather on Sunday with small groups of other fully vaccinated people, or with unvaccinated people from one other household.

If you have not yet received your vaccine, making your appointment and getting vaccinated is the best gift you can give this Mother’s Day.

This is also a great time to remind moms-to-be that getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you and your baby from severe illness or complications from COVID-19. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, CCHS recommends talking to your healthcare provider. 

Make an appointment online or by calling 833-829-2626. You can also visit one of our clinics that does not require an appointment.

And if your mom needs help making an appointment, try our Help Your Neighbor tips.
Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you
Use Vaccines.gov to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.


Walkups are available.

Stay Prepared for Fire Season!

Featuring a knowledgeable panel of experts, including Chief Brian Helmick from ECCFPD, Chief Mike Marcucci CalFire, Sheriff’s Office, and PGE.

Topics covered include:
*Prevention - personal responsibility/defensible space requirements
*Preparation - Have a plan in place
*Communication
*What happens if the worst happens: evacuation, livestock, mobility impaired

Stay connected, Stay safe. Sign up for emergency alerts at cwsalerts.com
Join Women Veterans Alliance and VA Northern California Health Care Systems to celebrate moms!
 
2021 May Mothers’ Day Family Fun Day Celebration Virtual Event is scheduled on 5/20/21 (Thursday) from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Women Veterans are welcome to invite their family to attend the fun virtual event. There will be a fun healthy cooking class and art class in addition to a relaxation tapping class, social games, and door prizes.
 
 
It will be a fun event to honor women Veterans including new women Veteran mothers. Please help distribute information about the family fun day event for the celebration of mother’s day to service providers and women Veterans.
Fighting Back Fraud and Scams

You are invited to an upcoming Virtual Town Hall: “Fighting Back Fraud and Scams” as part of Older Americans Month. 

Please join California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Micki Nozaki, Director of California Health Advocates, Senior Medicare Patrol Project for a virtual town hall. They give you the tools to fight back and protect yourself against fraud scams directed towards older Californians.

It is imperative for you to have up-to-date information on services and resources. Experts from the Department of Aging and the Contractors State License Board will also join us.

The event will be held on:
Thursday, May 20, │1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Please email your questions in advance and no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. Please submit your questions to crb@insurance.ca.gov with Older Americans Month in the subject line.
NO-COST HR HOTLINE!
Answers to your labor law questions 
Call 1-888-599-7645
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Starting March 15, 2021, Contra Costa County tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19 can apply for assistance from the COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Over $75 million is Contra Costa County’s allocation of federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which allocated $2.6 billion to Californians in need of rental relief. 

“This funding for COVID-19 relief cannot come any sooner to help provide the hardest-hit individuals and families in Contra Costa with financial assistance with rent and utility payments and help them gain back financial and housing stability,” said Board Chair, Supervisor Diane Burgis. “My colleagues on the Board and I remain committed to helping residents get back on their feet, especially now that we have safe, effective vaccines that will help end this pandemic.”

Check eligibility and apply online for COVID-19 Rental Relief and in Spanish Ayuda con la Renta. Tenants and landlords can contact the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 1-833-430-2122 for assistance to apply. To learn more and find state resources, visit HousingisKey.com.

Call 211 for Resources

The nonprofit Contra Costa Crisis Center runs the 211 call center for Contra Costa County, answering calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact 211 to access free and confidential crisis and suicide prevention counseling, and referrals for disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, stable housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services, and childcare and family services.

The Board supports the Contra Costa Crisis Center’s efforts to broaden awareness about the vital services provided through its 211 call center, and encourages residents to utilize the free, confidential services to seek support for themselves and loved ones.

Visit cccc.myresourcedirectory.com
Ensuring Opportunity (EO) and the Family Economic Security Partnership (FESP)
are excited to share information about a new project that will enhance advocacy efforts and impact in Contra Costa County.  
 
The Contra Costa Collaborative Advocacy + Power Partnership (CAPP), 
a project funded by the San Francisco Foundation is launching soon!
 
We will be recruiting a diverse and committed learning cohort that brings together: 
 
• Direct service organizations that are working on a wide range of issues and are committed to economic justice and racial equity, who want to learn about and move into advocacy; 
Advocacy organizations wanting to expand their reach and impact and work across issue areas; and
Residents who have personally experienced economic and racial inequities and want to have a deeper impact on systems that are affecting their lives and the lives of their loved ones and neighbors.

Through CAPP, you will benefit from a nine-month, interactive learning and planning process, beginning in July 2021.  Stipends will be given to all participants. 
 
This is an opportunity for a few special organizations and residents to work together in an exciting, innovative, and collaborative process to create more equitable communities in Contra Costa. We hope you will join CAPP, and share this announcement with your networks.  Look for more information coming soon! 

For information:
Mariana Moore, Senior Director
Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa
(510) 234-1200, ext. 311
RCF Connects, 1014 Florida Ave., #200, Richmond CA 94804
@endpovertycc

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

In the last year, millions of people across the country suffered the heartbreaking loss of a family member to COVID, and at the same time, many are struggling financially because of the pandemic. 

Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), people who lost loved ones to COVID will soon be able to apply for a reimbursement for funeral costs. I want to share a few important details about this program.

The maximum reimbursement offered through FEMA will be $9,000 per burial. In order to apply, you will need to provide documentation that includes a funeral contract, receipt, and more. The program will begin on April 12, 2021. For more details, please click here.
I began working on this effort with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last spring when the pandemic was at its worst. Families that are struggling during this challenging time should not have to worry about the cost of properly grieving their loved ones.

Any applicant must provide the following documents:
  • Official death certificate attributing the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. 
  • Funeral expenses documents, such as receipts or a funeral home contract, includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the number of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred. 
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Hot Line: 844-684-6333 or TTY: 800-462-7585
Tri Delta Transit now offers free WiFi on all buses.

All fixed route, paratransit, and Tri MyRide buses are equipped with WiFi.
WiFi-enabled vehicles are one of many technological advancements for Tri Delta Transit. Visit https://trideltatransit.com/wifi.aspx to find out more.

In addition, Tri Delta Transit is seeking partnerships with community organizations to launch their summer program “WiFi on Wheels.” Tri Delta Transit buses will be driven to community organizations and parked for time slots of 3 hours in requested locations, providing free WiFi connection for devices within a 200-foot radius around the bus.

To become a Tri Delta Transit community partner and request a WiFi bus, please email comments@eccta.org with the subject line “WiFi on Wheels.”
May is National Bike Month. Biking improves health, reduces climate change, and is just plain fun. Celebrate National Bike Month by pedaling wherever you need to go! Visit 511ContraCosta.org/biking to learn more.
District 3 Commission Openings
 
 
Countywide Bicycle Committee
1 Seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee provides input to the County and the county's cities on bicycle projects for Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds to construct bicycle/pedestrian projects and provides advice to cities and the County on bicycle planning matters.
 
Assessment Appeals Board
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Assessment Appeals Board conducts impartial hearings on property assessment disputes between taxpayers and the county assessor. Based on the evidence presented at these hearings, the appeals board determined the value of the disputed property or determines other matters of property tax assessment within the board’s jurisdiction.
 
Qualifications:
Applicants should possess five or more years of professional experience in California as one of the following: licensed real estate broker, attorney, certified public accountant (CPA) or public accountant, property appraiser accredited by a nationally-recognized professional organization, property appraiser certified by the Office of Real Estate Appraisers, or property appraiser certified by the State Board of Equalization.
 
Compensation:
This is a volunteer position. Assessment Appeals Board members are compensated for their time at hearings and reimbursed for their mileage to attend assessment appeals hearings.
 
The Assessment Appeals Board meets every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. located at 651 Pine Street, Room 107 in Martinez.
 
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 pm located at 777 Arnold Drive in Martinez.
 
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Advisory Fire Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Commission is 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 the liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the community served by the fire district.
Meetings are typically held the second Monday of even months @ 7:00 PM. The location of the meeting has been changed to 4005 Port Chicago Highway, Suite 250, Concord, CA 94520.
 
County Planning Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Planning Commission was established under State law to implement the planning power of the county. The Planning Commission develops or approves land use plans, development initiatives, planning programs, and permit applications, among other duties.
All meetings start at 7 pm and are held at 30 Muir Rd, Martinez in the ZA Room. Refer to the website for a schedule of meeting dates: http://www.cccounty.us/4314/County-Planning-Commission
 
Economic Opportunity Council
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Economic Opportunity Council makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on all program proposals and budgets related to Community Services Block Grant and the Weatherization program and performs other functions as specified in the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
The EOC meetings are held every second Thursday of every month at 1470 Civic Ct. Suite 200, Concord, CA 94520 from 6:00-8:00 PM.
 
 
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Background: The Board of Supervisors receives valuable input and community participation from numerous citizen advisory boards on a range of issues. Boards usually meet monthly regularly.
 
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. Find out more by visiting the Board of Supervisors Appointed Bodies, Committees & Commissions webpage.
 
Download an application here:

Applications should be submitted to the Clerk of the Board’s office located at 1025 Escobar Street, 1st Floor, Martinez, CA 94553 or by email clerkoftheboard@cob.cccounty.us

 
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