Women Transforming Sonoma County Through Collective Philanthropy - June/July 2018  
Impact 100 members Ellen Wear & Nancy Doyle present $15,000 to Wendy Cilman, Education Director and Alan Silow, Executive Director
The Children's Museum of Sonoma County will use their Impact 100 RC grant funds to develop an Outdoor Learning Lab

  JuneMembership Meeting - Wed. June 20th  
Don't miss this opportunity to hear from our  
2017 and 2018 Community Grant winners!  

When:
  Wed, June 20, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Where:  Scottish Rite Center, 600 Acacia Lane, Santa Rosa (corner of Highway 12)   
Please feel free to invite a guest to learn first hand about our dynamic organization! 
President's Message
 
Opportunities!
Impact 100 Redwood Circle offers a handful right now, and I hope you'll take advantage of them! In particular, we invite you to join a committee. Our committee members report that serving on a committee is a wonderful way to get to know other members.
Strong committees are essential for Impact 100 RC to achieve our philanthropic goals.
 
Our Events Committee and Marketing Committee are especially seeking new members now, as well as new co-chairs. These two committees are still recovering from last October's wildfires, and I'm counting on our members to step up and help us rebuild.
 
Do you love to throw a great party? Are you a whiz at managing details? The Events Committee would love to hear from you! This committee handles the venue, refreshments, audiovisual equipment, set up and clean up for our general membership meetings. Learn more or take us for a test drive! Contact Liz Bortolotto at lizbort@yahoo.com
 
Are you more of a communicator? Do you think it's important to keep our members informed? Would you like more women in Sonoma County to learn about Im p act 100? Maybe the Marketing Committee is the place for you!  
 
The Marketing Committee publishes our newsletter, maintains our website and shares news with our members and the local media. Marketing experience is not necessary, as long as you have good communications skills! Learn more or take us for a test drive! Contact Jan Houts at janhouts@comcast.net.
 
You might also consider an officer position. See Susan Milstein's article from the Nominating Committee for more details.
 
You are the reason Impact 100 RC has been so successful. We look forward to hearing from you!  
 
Melissa 
In This Issue
 Upcoming Events
 Hiking Group  
Sat, June 16, 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Taylor Mountain regional
park and open space

Membership Meeting *
Wed, June 20th  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Scottish Rite Center
600 Acacia, SR  
 
Summer Member Social *
Sat, Aug 25, 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m 
Quarryhill Botanical Garden
12841 Sonoma Hwy,
Glen Ellen
   
Hiking Group  
Sat, Se pt 29, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Pepperwood Preserve
 
2130 Pepperwood Preserve Rd, Santa Rosa
 
* RSVP to member meetings by clicking here:  Email Impact100 

Welcome to the newest members of our circle! 
Misty Mesel
Pam Reed
Sharon Yacura
Toby Flax
Denise Scaglione
Marcella Moloshco
Kathryn Raimondi
In Memorium 

We are saddened by the death of member Susan Millar, who passed away on May 20. Our thoughts are with her family.

WinnersAnnouncing our 2018 Community Grant Winners!

ARTS & CULTURE
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Education Program
The Simply Strings program uses music to foster academic success, emotional health, and prosocial skills. Its goal is not only to improve access to music education for 100 children in the Roseland neighborhood, but to spark positive, community-wide social change. The program takes place on campus during critical after-school hours, providing free instruments and instruction two hours a day, five days a week, for 24 weeks, supported by healthy snacks and peer mentorship.
 
EDUCATION
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
The museum has plans to develop an Outdoor Learning Lab to provide hands-on, science-related learning and creative expression for children ages 10 and under. Through Lab learning activities, children will (1) increase excitement, interest, and motivation to learn about science; (2) generate, use, and remember scientific concepts; and (3) engage in activities that promote creative expression. Over five years, 173,910 children will learn at the Lab.
 
Roseland Collegiate Prep Charter School
RCP will provide essential college preparation experiences for students a nd their families including college campus tours for 461 students, 24 adult mentors for juniors and se n iors, and parent education workshops for 30 families. These experiences will help first generation students and parents understand and appreciate the necessity of post-secondary education and assist with the college admission process.
 
HEALTH
Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation - Children's Center
The Children's Center makes an immediate, significant impact on the well-being of disadvantaged children struggling with food insecurity. It provides subsidized infant/toddler and preschool programs for children of disadvantaged SRJC students. A new dishwasher and food warmer will be replaced to ensure the efficient functioning of its kitchen.
 
HUMAN SERVICES
Catholic Charities
The Emergency Outreach Assistance for Immigrant Victims of Violent Crimes  program is an innovative, best practices approach to serving this vulnerable, at-risk population.   Catholic Charities' culturally competent immigration staff will provide sensitive emergency outreach assistance to help reach immigrant victims come out of the shadows and seek justice.
 
Don't miss our June 20th membership meeting, where you will have a chance to meet our 2017 and 2018 community grant winners!
 
A big THANK YOU to the Community Grants Committee: Helen Berg , Maureen Buhler, J ennifer Cornell, Susan David, Lynn Davis, Marion Dutra, Pat Edelstein, Mary Farha, Anne Fitzgerald, Susan Gustavson, Jeanette Herring, Marsha Jacobs, Debra Marzak, Ouisue Packard, Lynnie Rabinowitsh, Sharon Robison , Robin Seltzer, Liz Uribe, Shirley Ward and Marion Weinreb.
 
Ina Chun & Mary Radu, Community Grant Committee Co-Chairs 
Your Questions Answered - Food for Thought & VOICES 
There were questions left unanswered after the wonderful presentations by Voices and Food for Thought at our April meeting. The Liaison Committee followed up with the presenters to find the answers to your questions. Here are the answers from both organizations:
 
Food for Thought
Q.  Does Food for Thought coordinate at all with the Redwood Empire Food Bank?

A.  We love Redwood Empire Food Bank! We are a partner agency of their program, and get a ton of food from them. Some of it is available for free, produce costs 3 cents per pound, and much of it is 19 cents per pound. Even the most expensive items they offer food pantries like us is available at a rate below wholesale. We also each provide referrals to clients to each other's services when appropriate, and members of our executive and programs teams each represent our agencies at several collaborative community groups, including the Sonoma County Food Systems Alliance. I was looking at REFB's website recently, and noticed a picture of our food bank and volunteers is featured on their "partner organizations" page:  http://refb.org/our-work/partner-agencies/ 
 
Food for Thought 's sugar dis play 
Q.  Loved the poster illustrating all the "bad" foods with the high sugar content. Wondered if you could send a picture of the poster you displayed at your presentation.  

A.  I'll include a few highlights from our sugar display (right). The recommended daily amount of sugar is 30 grams, and here's what is found in the following items, per serving: 
Nature Valley oats and chocolate granola bar: 12 grams
Bush's baked beans: 12 grams 
Clover strawberry yogurt: 16 grams
Can of Coca cola: 39 grams
Can of Rock Star Energy drink: 62 grams
Large McCafe chocolate milkshake: 118 grams

VOICES   
Q. What is the housing situation for foster youth in Sonoma County?

A.  Housing is a major concern for our youth. For those in extended foster care or youth aging out of the system, finding affordable housing has been a challenge. It was a problem before the wildfires in October, but has now become a housing crisis for our current and former foster youth. The rent costs continue to rise while less units are available. Income requirements and lack of rent history are going to negatively impact our youth struggling to find affordable housing. 
 
Housing costs often prevent our youth from going to college full-time and many of the youth must balance full time jobs and classes. This can cause grades to suffer or lead youth to drop out if they need to choose between housing and education. Thankfully, we have some beds and housing available through SAY's Dream Center and Tamayo Village, TLC's Transitional Housing Program, and CSN's Sanctuary House but we continue to look for more affordable and supportive housing for our youth. 
 
Q.  How is VOICES expanding the Education Navigator role to serve young people? 
A.  The Education Navigator is strengthening partnerships in the community to better connect the youth with services available to them. We're working more closely with the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program to reach more high school aged youth through the Sonoma County Office of Education. As part of the Sonoma County Coalition for Foster Youth's Education Subcommittee, we are creating an annual college awareness event for high school aged foster youth to experience a college campus and learn more about the opportunities within higher education. 
 
Q.  How many former foster youth, age 18-24, are there in Sonoma County? 
A.  We estimate that there are approximately 650 current or former foster youth living in Sonoma County. That number includes youth that have moved to Sonoma County after being in foster care in other counties because of the support available here for them or because they spent a significant time in a Sonoma County residential placement. We currently have 134 youth aged 18-21 with open cases in Sonoma County that have chosen to be part of Extended Foster Care (AB 12) program.
 
Jan Gilman & Kristin Nelson, Liaison Committee Co-Chairs  
2018 Impact Grant Progress Re port
The Impact Grant Committee has completed its review of the Letters of Intent submitted by the agencies nominated by our membership for the $100,000 Impact Grant, and the following organizations have been invited to move forward to the next step and submit Full Proposal Applications (FPA's):
  • Career Technical Education Foundation of Sonoma County
  • Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa
  • Children's Museum of Sonoma County
  • Rebuild Together Petaluma
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank
  • Restorative Resources
  • Santa Rosa Community Health
The FPA's are due back from the above agencies by the end of June, after which the Committee will decide with whom to have "Site Visits".   Ultimately the "Final 3" will be presented to our membership for vote at the October 6th Annual Meeting ... not too early to mark your calendars for this special day!
 
Feedback from Committee members is that they are finding the proposal review and evaluation process to be interesting and engaging.  (Others of you may want to consider joining the Impact Grant committee next year ... it is very rewarding work).
 
Suzy Marzalak & Marianne Messer, Impact Grant Co-Chairs 
 
  VolunteersInterested in Getting More Involved in Im pact 100 RC? 
A message from our Nominating Committee Chair
 
Joining a committee or serving on our Leadership Team is a great way to get to know more of your fellow members and to make a difference in our philanthropy circle. Your participation is needed and valued.
 
Consider joining one of our standing committees-Events, Marketing, Membership, Nominating, Impact Grant, Community Grants, and Liaison.
 
Or think about serving as an officer. Our Leadership Team is com posed of the chairs of the five standing committees and five officers who serve one-year terms: President, First Vice President, Nominating Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. If you are interested in joining the Leadership Team next year, contact Susan Milstein, chair of the 2018 Nominating Committee, at milsteinsusan57@gmail.com
 
We will be soliciting nominations from our members for the officers' position by email in July. Candidates will be recruited, and the full membership will vote by email in late September. The officers for 2019 will be announced at our Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 6, 2019.
 
Susan Milstein, Nominating Committee Chair 
  AprilHikeJoin the Impact 100 Hikers
When:  Saturday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Where: Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve  
 
North Entrance:  2080 Kawana Terrace, Santa Rosa
Meet in the Kawana Terrace parking lot for a hike at this beautiful local park. Parking is free for Regional Parks members or $7 for a day-use pass.

This is a moderate level hike; we will not hike to the top of the mountain! Bring hat, water, sunscreen. Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

If you have trouble finding our meeting place the day of the hike, call Joan Tabb at 650-759-7386. 
Contact our Newsletter Editor:
If you have questions or suggestions for The Impact 100 Redwood Circle Communique, please contact Editor, Jan Houts at impact100marketing@sonic.net