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2-1-1 Mendocino County
In Mendocino County, 2-1-1 was launched on February 11, 2010. 2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember multi-lingual telephone number available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More than 10,000 people have been helped through 2-1-1 since its launch. Learn more about 2-1-1 and how to get connected.
Earn It! Keep It! Save It!
Across Mendocino and Lake counties, households are taking advantage of the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) program. The EKS coalition of partner agencies provides free, quality tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income families. The program ensures clients receive the tax credits they are due, and improves the financial stability of our hard working families. Learn more about how to take advantage of this program, or how to volunteer.
Food for All
By advocating the use of food stamps at local farmers markets, Food for All works to reduce hunger, promote food stamp enrollment and encourage healthy eating. The program in Mendocino and Lake will increase economic prosperity for local farmers by expanding and diversifying their customer base. Supported by 2011 United Way Strategic Fund grants, this is a partner program with North Coast Opportunities. Read the article about the Food For All program here.
United Way is one of 21 partners working together to launch the Healthy Mendocino website. Healthy Mendocino, scheduled to go online January 2013, will provide timely data on local health and well-being, information on local community health projects and provide a link to the 2-1-1 website directory for available health and human services. The website will also offer descriptions and contact information of effective community projects located across the U.S. Healthy Mendocino help build the capacity of many public agencies and non-profits to fundraise, set priorities, and conduct program planning as well as to facilitate cross-agency coordination and collective impact in order to achieve large-scale social change.
Junior Achievement of Northern California
Junior Achievement will provide Project Excel in Mendocino County classrooms to prepare young people for their own economic success. Students are taught the skills and knowledge needed to become financially stable adults while striving for rewarding careers. This program is supported by 2011 United Way Strategic Fund grants.
Using the FamilyWize discount card, families save an average of 30% on prescriptions from participating pharmacies. The card can be used by anyone with or without insurance, and may cover prescriptions not covered by health insurance, Medicare and other benefit plans. There is no enrollment, activation process or fees. In 2011, residents saved more than $157,000 on their prescriptions by using the card. Download a FamilyWize card or learn more about the program.
United Way Children’s Book Drive
Low-income students who do not have access to books at home during the summer will lose the equivalent of two months of reading instruction compared to their middle and upper income peers. Over time, this summer learning-loss explains the achievement gap that becomes evident by high school. In June 2011, United Way held a virtual children’s book drive. More than 120 books were collected and distributed to local low-income children. In 2012, more than 800 books were collected and distributed to local children in Mendocino and Lake Counties. Learn more about the 2012 United Way Children's Book Drive
Day of Caring
Day of Caring is held each year in September. It is a day where volunteers come together to give back and make a hands-on difference at local non-profit agencies and the clients they serve. Each year Day of Caring grows larger. Learn more about volunteering for Day of Caring.
2011 Community Solutions Team Members Include:
Marty Lombardi, Savings Bank of Mendocino County
Patty Bruder, North Coast Opportunities
Tom Jordan, FIRST 5 Lake County
Allyne Brown, Ukiah Valley Medical Center
Lene Vinding, Ukiah Valley Medical Center
Megan Barber Allende, Community Foundation
Anne Molgaard, FIRST 5 Mendocino County
2-1-1 Mendocino County Steering Committee Partners Include:
County of Mendocino
First 5 of Mendocino
Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
Mendocino County Youth Project
I & A Specialist
CASA of Mendocino County
North Coast Opportunities
Community Collaborations and Committees in Mendocino and Lake Counties
Income / Basic Needs
2-1-1 Mendocino Steering Committee
California Association of Food Banks
Continuum of Care (Mendocino County)
Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Coalition (covering Lake and Mendocino Counties)
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (Lake and Mendocino Counties)
Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce
Workforce Investment Board - Mendocino County
Healthy Kids Mendocino
United Way Contact
Regional Manager, Lake / Mendocino Counties