October Newsletter
Dear Thrive Community,

How do we get the people and communities our nonprofits serve more active in the democratic process? This is a central question that has become increasingly important to those in the social sector. Many of us have been growing our civic engagement efforts in earnest to address this growing need and gap.

To that end, we're proud to announce that we have received a grant award to support our growing civic engagement efforts: "Promoting Civic Participation through Open Government Voter Education and Outreach" from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. We're joined by a wonderful peer group of grantees, including Thrive members Center for Independence of the Disabled, and Puente de La Costa Sur, who will each advance their voter education and outreach efforts for their respective communities in San Mateo County.

Thrive has received its grant to partner with San Francisco Peninsula People Power to support the Voter and Education Outreach Advisory Committee's (VEOAC's) voter advocacy and voter education activities to increase voter participation in under-represented communities. You can learn more about all the projects here.

Please let us know if you'd like to learn more about VEOAC, or if you'd like a special staff and/or client training on voting changes and opportunities in San Mateo County.

See you at the polls in November!

Thriving Together, 
Georgia Antonopoulos, Executive Director
Petra Silton, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
Children & Education TAG
Anchored by Heather Cleary, CEO, Peninsula Family Service
Wednesday, October 10, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Special guest Connie Juarez-Diroll, Legislative Officer, County of San Mateo , will address the process of creating the legislative agenda for the County and discussing how to add input to the legislative priorities with regards to Children and Education.

In September, Special Guest Maeve Johnston, Management Analyst with the San Mateo County Health System spoke about Community Collaboration for Children’s Success , a multi-agency initiative focused in four San Mateo County neighborhoods: North Fair Oaks, South San Francisco, East Palo Alto and Daly City. Through a planning and engagement process, CCCS is engaging young people, their families, residents and stakeholders to help identify assets, barriers to success and strategies to support youth success. Here is her presentation.

On November 14, we will have Shelly Masur, CEO of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation as a special guest to talk about their current initiatives and family engagement.

Immigrant & Worker's Rights
Anchored by M. Stacey Hawver, Executive Director,  Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
Tuesday, October 16, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Hope Nakamura of Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County spoke about how the public charge changes being proposed would harm our most vulnerable populations, and what we can do to combat this proposed new rule. In October, we will work on how we can influence the regulation through public comment. For more information on this rule and what we can all do, please go to the Protecting Immigrant Families website, and join us at the next meeting.

Environment & Sustainability 
In Cooperation with  Sustainable San Mateo County
Wednesday, October 17, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Special Guests Terry Nagel, three-time Burlingame Mayor and Board Member of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and Daniel Valverde, Organizer for Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County will discuss upcoming ballot measures and propositions and how they relate to Environment and Sustainability.

On October 18, for the first time ever, the State Lands Commission is holding a hearing about whether development or open space along the shore should be allowed under the Public Trust Doctrine. The outcome of this hearing will shape the shoreline for years to come. Join the Comiittee for Green Foothills for the day in Sacramento on October 18 to speak up for Bayfront open space and habitat restoration. A complimentary bus ride, breakfast and lunch are included. Register and get more information here .

In September, Kimi Narita, Deputy Director, City Energy Project spoke about the American Cities Climate Challenge at Natural Resources Defence Council .

Basic Services & Safety Net
Anchored by Bart Charlow, CEO,  Samaritan House
Special Convening Thursday, November 8, 11:30 am -1:30 pm, Sobrato Center for Nonpofits, San Jose

T hrive and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN) brought together safety net agencies of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to discuss how to strengthen the work in emergency assistance and safety net services and broaden the understanding of regional issues that affect vulnerable and underserved populations. We shared our accomplishments and goals. We educated each other in break out groups about Public Charge, Contracts & Reimbursements, and Voter's Choice Act Implementation. We also previewed some discussion points on housing.

Please join us for the second meeting in San Jose, hosted by SVCN.

Arts & Culture
Facilitated by Georgia Antonopoulos, Executive Director, Thrive
Monday, November 5, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The pilot meeting of the  Arts & Culture TAG  was held on Monday, October 1, 2018, facilitated by Georgia Antonopoulos, Executive Director of Thrive, with a special presentation by Robin Rodricks, Thrive Board Member and San Mateo County Arts Commissioner, on the work of the Arts Commission. We were pleased to see more than 15 organizations represented at the meeting to discuss ways to create a collective voice for the arts in San Mateo County. At this meeting, we set three main priorities for the group:

  1. Advocate for increased arts funding
  2. Organize lobbying days/activities for the arts, both locally and in Sacramento
  3. Provide channels to curb nonprofit displacement for arts organizations, an area we are working closely on with Northern California Grantmakers.

Upcoming TAGs Meeting Schedule
Click links for more details and to register
Wed, Oct 10, Nov 14, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Tues, Oct 16, Nov 13; Wed, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Wed, Oct 17; Tues, Nov 13; Wed, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Joint convening with Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits: Thurs, Nov 8,11:30 am-1:30 pm, San Jose; regular meeting Nov 28, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Mon, Nov 5, Dec 3. 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores

More Days, More Ways TO VOTE
Vote by Mail or Vote at a Vote Center Starting October 9!

More Days
Mail in your ballot, or drop it at a drop box anytime. Vote Centers will be open between 4-30 days before and including Election Day. All 39 Vote Centers will be open the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in addition to election Tuesday. Vote early to avoid lines!

More Ways
*Vote by mail
If you are a registered voter you will receive a postage-paid ballot in the mail. Fill it out, sign it, and put it in the mailbox.

*Put your ballot in a drop box
These will be located throughout the County. 

*Vote at a Vote Center  (this replaces your traditional polling place)
Vote Centers will have language assistance, disability assistance, drop boxes, regular voting, voter registration.

What If...
I forgot to register? No Problem! You can register to vote and vote at any Vote Center up to and including election day!

I need help voting? Language help? No Problem! All Vote Centers are fully accessible and have langauge help.

My old polling place isn't there anymore! What do I do? No Problem! Polling places have been replaced by Vote Centers. Go to any Vote Center in the County and vote there.

I lost my ballot- what can I do? No Problem! Go to any Vote Center and they will print a new one for you.

I don't know where to go to vote and when the Vote Centers are open. No Problem!
Information about Vote Center Days and Hours, Drop Box Locations, and to Register to Vote is at smcvote.org

Now I know how to vote- How do I inform myslef about what is on the ballot? No Problem! Find nonpartisan voter information at Voter's Edge .
Additional Resources for Voting
San Mateo County's   outreach toolkit
90 second  PSA   from the Secretary of State
Do you want a presentation for your staff or clients about the new system of voting? Do you want great printed materials from the San Mateo County Elections Office to post at your site? Email   Petra
Voter's Choice
Voter's Choice Act Education and Outreach Advisory Committee (VEOAC)
The VEOAC, co-chaired by Thrive and San Francisco Peninsula People Power, is continuing to work with the Elections Office on materials, advertising, website, and outreach events. If you would like to be a part of this effort, please come to our meetings or contact  Petra.

Next Meetings: Oct 10 & Oct 24, 10-11:30 am
Asian Americans Advancing Justice has been collaborating with Thrive on the Voter's Choice Act implementation in San Mateo County. They have created many resouces that anyone can use, including a Know Your Voting RIghts printable flyer in many languages, all available at their website.
CalNonprofits Legislative Update: Some Victories For Our Sector

  • Website portal centralizing state grants for nonprofits: Assembly Bill 2252 (CalNonprofits sponsored)
  • Budget win: $90.3 million for Census outreach
  • Prepaid postage for mail ballots: Assembly Bill 216
  • Enabling vote-by-mail voters to track their ballots: Assembly Bill 2218
  • Protecting nonprofits’ access to the internet: Senate Bill 822

Read more at CalNonprofits website .
Opportunites to Provide Input
City of San Mateo is updating their General Plan. Fill out these surveys to have your input considered.
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California ( NPH ) website has information on how they think ballot propositions affect housing. Inform yourself and vote.
Immigrant Resources
Contact Thrive with your ideas or questions!
 Petra Silton , Thrive Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
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