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Annual Report 2022

Annual Report 2022

 ”I WAS RAISED IN BOLINAS, and I lived there for twenty-two years. Divorce happened, then my truck broke down, and I became truly homeless. Community Action Marin basically saved my life. They got me a case manager who kept telling me, ‘I’m not ever going to let you go back to the streets.’ She kept her word, just pure dedication, not giving up. REALLY IN YOUR CORNER. REALLY THERE FOR YOU. 

KELLI MCMAINS, 2022 COMMUNITY COURAGE AWARD RECIPIENT

Helping People.

changing lives.

A Message from the CEO

DEAR COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY,

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As the world stumbles into its new normal, we continue to feel unsteady progress toward an equitable recovery. People of low income and communities of color across our county, state, and nation have made their challenges known. It is our responsibility to help include their stories, their successes, and their realities as we seek to transform the systems that have only widened the gap between rich and poor among us.

In this Annual Report, you will read about some of the bright spots as the team at Community Action Marin, along with volunteers and dedicated supporters like you, shows how they’ve made a difference. From daily efforts with those unhoused, to offering financial coaching, rental assistance, and high-quality, free and affordable childcare—among other services—staff members have helped people and changed lives because they care passionately about our community.

The people whose stories are shared here are our heroes. They labor in essential services or have found their entrepreneurial spirit born of pandemic layoffs. They give us hope. These individuals have proven their strength and resourcefulness. To say they’re resilient understates the power of their will and their vision of what’s possible for themselves, their families, and those they love. There is no going back! They inspire us, and we cherish the trust we have earned over the past year in service to better outcomes for all.

Finally, this report opens a window into new wisdom by offering a space for the accomplishments of so many when given access and opportunity. Listening and learning over the past year, we have pushed levers for change to “ON,” and we have stepped up with so many in Marin to advocate for justice. As you turn these pages, know that despite myriad challenges, we are creating new ways of being with one another. Optimism carries us forward and we will persevere. COME WITH US!

WITH SPIRIT AND IN SOLIDARITY,

Chandra Alexandre
Chief Executive Officer

OUR DEDICATION.

THIS REPORT IS DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY, MADE SACRIFICES FOR OTHERS, AND GAVE IT THEIR ALL BECAUSE THEY CARE DEEPLY.   ❯  This past year, Community Action Marin’s team continued to advance racial and economic equity, and eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty in Marin County. Passionate staff worked with individuals and families across the county to progress toward an equitable recovery.  ❯  From daily efforts to fill in the gaps to offering financial coaching, rental assistance, and high-quality, free and affordable childcare—among other services—people at CAM helped people and changed lives.  ❯  Supported by a culture of equity and well-being, staff grounded in values of Relationship, Inclusion, Service, and Unity honored our human connections to make a thriving Marin possible.

OUR MISSION.

We make it possible for people to achieve well-being by providing the education, mental health, and vital services they need. Together, we break down the barriers that get in the way of fair and lasting change in service to better outcomes for all.

SAFETY NET

HELPING MAKE ENDS MEET.

“I RECEIVED EMERGENCY CASH to help repair my automobile. Thankfully it’s running again. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank Community Action Marin for its generosity and kindness. Without this financial assistance I would be without a car. I would like you to know how much I appreciate your generosity to me and my family.”

Janis Olson, Emergency Cash Recipient

SAFETY NET PROGRAMS OPERATED YEAR-ROUND TO MEET EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN MARIN. These services are designed to cover unexpected financial emergencies so that people can stay safe, keep the lights on at home, and find security:

  Rental assistance, mortgage payments, and housing deposits

  Energy and water assistance

  Cash for car repairs, medicine, and other essential needs

  Emergency food

  Homeless outreach and navigation

  POP-UPS CREATED MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

Meeting people where they are is important, and pop-up events helped to build and strengthen relationships this year. When community members met our staff in person, they were more likely to get needed help and refer their friends, family members, and neighbors for services.

The team created nine pop-up events in San Rafael, Novato, Marin City, and Bolinas. Pop-ups featured a full range of services: energy and rental assistance, referrals for housing, cash assistance, financial and career coaching, and public benefit applications, as well as access to workforce programs and childcare services.  Pop-ups also included the agency’s CARE Teams, working to connect people living on the streets to outreach support.

WATER BILL ASSISTANCE LAUNCHED

For over 30 years, Community Action Marin has played an important role in helping people across the county to keep the lights on and meet their energy needs. The agency administers the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and helped over 30 more clients than last year because of increased need and additional funding.

Many households experienced financial setbacks during the last two years—and some fell behind on their water bills too. Community Action Marin was able to help through the new Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). The program, launched in July 2022 and running through August 2023, provides support with both water and wastewater charges as a one-time benefit.

CASI: STRENGTH THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Community Action Marin was one of only six agencies nationwide selected to participate in the COVID and Safety Net Innovation (CASI) Technical Assistant Initiative, designed to explore the resiliency of safety net systems in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency partnered with the county’s Health and Human Services team focused on delivery of safety net support. Team collaborators focused on designing and planning new approaches to increase awareness and access to services, improve service delivery, make the system more efficient and effective, remove barriers, share data, and improve communication to help get people what they need.

IMPACT AT A GLANCE

Cash Assistance

$130K

provided to 276 households

Energy Assistance

$714K

provided to over 941 families and individuals

Rental Assistance

$1M

provided to over 339 families and individuals

Homeless Outreach

60+/month

homeless people served
+20 tents, 40 sleeping bags, 3,000 bag lunches, and
150 hygiene kits distributed to the unhoused

“WHILE I HAD BEEN SICK WITH HEART FAILURE,  my electricity got disconnected. The cost had already been skyrocketing and was close to $500 for the month. I was in a panic when I heard about Community Action Marin. They helped me get help from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. As a result, I was able to get financial relief and move forward. Community Action Marin is conscious of the struggles that people are having.”

LEE MCROY, HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE RECIPIENT

“I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION to Community Action Marin for having provided me with rental support during these trying times. It has made an immense difference in my life. The financial support has lessened my anxiety considerably and increased my determination to get back to a balanced lifestyle. You’ve made a permanent imprint on my life. Thank you!”

ARLENE N.,
RENTAL ASSISTANCE RECIPIENT

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

HOPEFUL FUTURES.

”COMMUNITY ACTION MARIN offers both Early Head Start and Head Start. You can start in the program when you are pregnant and they guide you how to take care of your baby, which is a huge help. They even have an option to come visit new parents at home. They have staff that speak both English and Spanish. They have a parent advisory group that is always ensuring that the community gets what it needs.”

MARIA P., PROGRAM PARTICIPANT

THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES TEAM OF EARLY EDUCATION professionals provided free and affordable childcare, health, nutrition, and social support to over 500 children and their families. Our team afforded eligible families quality early childhood development programs for ages 0-5 and an after school program for children age 5+.

EXPANDING CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES IN SAN RAFAEL

In August 2021, the agency opened a new location to help meet the community need. The De Colores Children’s Center is easily accessible by public transportation and close to high-need neighborhoods. Located at 1123 Court Street, and housed in partnership with Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, the site is a comprehensive services center offering childcare, family services, and access to safety net supports.

Families needing rent, energy, and cash assistance or referrals to other services have ready access to friendly and knowledgeable Community Action Marin Success Coaches.

The agency’s whole family approach ensures that children get a great start to their education, families can count on high-quality care, and across generations, people are supported in reaching their dreams.

PARENT VOICES MATTER

Parents are a powerful part of planning a successful year for the children at our centers, in home-visiting programs, and in family childcare homes. Over 40 parents gave their input regularly each month on key decisions, from policies and spending to collaborations with community partners.

With a focus on enhancing well-being, parents also learned about safety protocols, positive parenting skills, and how to engage as part of the school and local community.

OUTDOOR LEARNING CLASSROOMS

Parents and staff worked together to build new planting boxes, retaining walls, a greenhouse, and irrigation system. Dulce Hernandez, Garden Committee President shared: “Being part of the Garden Committee has been an extraordinary experience. Seeing our families come together and work as one is a sight to behold. Seeing our kids smile with excitement as they wait for our garden to be completed has been heartwarming.”

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IMPACT AT A GLANCE

LANGUAGE & LITERACY

88%

of students showed improvement

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

88%

of students showed improvement

PARENT SATISFACTION

98%

of parents said their children are happy, safe, and feel like they belong

PARENT SATISFACTION

94%

of parents said the program helped them with employment, education, or caregiving

”THIS PROGRAM AND STAFF ARE CONSTANTLY GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND to meet my family needs. I couldn’t be more satisfied with their support. Thank you for the support you bring to the parents by caring for our children while at work.”

PROGRAM PARTICIPANT

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teacher spotlight

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Trisha has been working for Community Action Marin for the past 26 years and is currently Lead Teacher at the Canal Childcare Center. The job provides her with security but, “it’s the love for the children and families” that keeps her teaching. She explains: “I love to interact, teach, and nurture. I’ve built relationships. When I go to work at Canal, I know that parents can go to work and know their kids are well taken care of.”

The job has been especially stressful this past year due to teacher shortages, behavioral issues in the classroom, and some health challenges, but things are now improving. “We lost a lot of teachers during the pandemic. The increase in wages that Community Action Marin provided really helped many to stay.”

food justice

good food for all through access and advocacy

“AS THE CENTRAL KITCHEN MANAGER,  I’m responsible for feeding all the kids in our programs every day. It’s a big responsibility and I love what I’m doing to help our kids, because we use fresh ingredients, and provide healthy, nutritious food to everyone.”

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, KITCHEN MANAGER AND CHEF

THE FOOD JUSTICE TEAM WORKED TO ADDRESS AND ELIMINATE FOOD INSECURITY. Since 2019, agency staff and volunteers have grown food and strengthened partnerships across the county to eliminate hunger and raise awareness about food system inequities. This year, we worked to ensure that healthy, organic, nutrient-dense, and culturally-responsive food was accessible to more people in our community. We fed hundreds of children in our care good food each day to keep minds, bodies, and spirits healthy.  Food justice efforts also focused on campaigns to lift up voices across the community and spotlight actions we all can take to make change possible.

BREAKING NEW GROUND: A PRODUCTION FARM IN FULL BLOOM

Farming at a childcare site is a replicable and scalable model for creating a sustainable community resource for good, healthy food.  At one site, we turned 15,000 square feet of land into dedicated orchards and organic crops. Can you believe that we grew 750 pounds of produce over the past year?

Fresh ingredients from the farm and school gardens are put back into our agency’s food cycle, feeding children each day in our early-education classrooms.

Building on the success of the agency’s Production Farm in San Rafael, a group of parent volunteers developed another farm location at the Hamilton Children’s Center in Novato. Part garden and farm, the Hamilton project allowed parents and teachers to both grow and educate, and build a sustainable community resource for organic, fresh, local, and seasonal food.

GOT FIVE MINUTES FOR FOOD?

In October 2021, Community Action Marin launched its #FiveMinutesforFood campaign to deepen an important conversation—taking food into the heart of our actions for justice and into conversations about how we can recover from the pandemic together. Food is a meaningful part of our county’s safety net. It unites us as people in ways that can help to drive an equitable response to current and persistent challenges. It is a powerful symbol of our connections to land, community and one another across generations.

In November, we brought people from different walks of life together at our Old Gallinas Children’s Center & Production Farm to break bread, see the farm, and learn about food justice.

FEEDING OLDER ADULTS IN MARIN

More people are aging into poverty. Community Action Marin will soon begin providing healthy meals to seniors at community centers and day homes from Southern Marin to Novato. The agency has been awarded a county contract made possible by the federal Older Americans Act Congregate Meal Program, and the team is taking on private contracts too, with the Central Kitchen team helping to ensure that more people across generations who may be at risk of losing their independence have community-based nutrition services available to them.

IMPACT AT A GLANCE

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

550

CHILDREN

MEALS AND SNACKS MADE AND SERVED

341,693

of students showed improvement

PRODUCE GROWN

750 LBS

FIVE EASY & MEANINGFUL

ACTIONS TO TAKE TODAY

 Give at a food drive

Invest in a community garden

Teach youngsters where their food comes from

Help grow an outdoor learning classroom

Talk about food security and food justice for all

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

GIVING PEOPLE A STEP UP.

“I CAME TO COMMUNITY ACTION MARIN to get help with my credit which was terrible. They gave me a strategy of how to change my credit. The light went on and within seven months my credit score went from 480 to 760.”

DARYL B., CREDIT COACHING PARTICIPANT

ECONOMIC JUSTICE PROGRAMS PROMOTED PROSPERITY AND HOPE through a powerful set of financial empowerment and workforce development programs. The consistent aim is to give individuals and families the tools and guidance needed to improve their financial future. Step-by-step plans helped people in all kinds of financial situations. For some, coaches helped to create a household budget. For others, efforts went to rebuilding a credit score and managing debt.  People also got trained for a new career via apprenticeship programs that got them closer to sound financial footing—and in a few cases, a job of their dreams!

 WORKFORCE ACCELERATOR 10.0

With over $300,000 in funding from the State of California, the agency’s Road to Self-Sufficiency program launched with five participants.  This workforce development initiative is designed to move 72 precariously housed women from homelessness to employment and self-sufficiency.

 EXPANSION OF FINANCIAL COACHING

Economic Justice’s long-term Volunteer Financial Coach recruited and trained four new volunteer coaches who began in October 2022. This will vastly increase the availability of high-touch coaching services to those looking to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

 DRIVING TO SUCCESS

In partnership with Vivalon, Community Action Marin began a commercial driver’s license training academy to make living-wage jobs possible for more people. From an idea seeded before the shelter-in-place ordinance, the program launched with behind-the-wheel and classroom instruction to prepare participants to successfully pass DMV written exams andfield tests. The first driver academy participant graduated in August 2022.

 EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

The agency is leading the way to help alleviate the childcare workforce shortage. Bringing together eight key stakeholders, Community Action Marin recently launched the Early Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) apprenticeship program. This is a two-year registered apprenticeship program for associate teachers that will help 25 Spanish- and/or English-speaking individuals access jobs. Apprentices will complete 2,000 hours of paid, supervised work in classrooms with one of two employer partners while earning 12 Early Childhood Education (ECE) units at College of Marin. Once trained, they will fill needed positions in support of increased well-being for families of low income that need childcare to get to school or work.

 $169,000 IN TAX REFUNDS

Free tax preparation services are available annually through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Community Action Marin coordinates trained volunteers to help people of low income maximize their refunds—last year returning $169,000 to the community! Making sure that tax filers receive credits for which they are eligible is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty. Filing a return often unlocks a cash infusion that can make a big difference, helping people to meet their needs and even to start saving for the future.

 KITCHEN APPRENTICESHIP LAUNCHED

In partnership with the County of Marin’s Healthy Eating Active Living Collaborative, Community Action Marin launched a paid apprenticeship program at its Central Kitchen with five participants. They first received an initial kitchen skills training and orientation. With two more training courses, these apprentices will be prepared to pass the ServSafe exam. This will enable them to work alongside a mentor from among the food businesses currently renting space at the Central Kitchen. Once the apprenticeship is completed, graduates will receive small business advising, career counseling, financial coaching, and other services to help ensure their success!

“I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR FREE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE  (VITA) tax preparation service’s volunteers in Tax Assistance. I am a single mother of a young daughter and I simply could never afford to pay for those services!”

L.R. BROWN, VOLUNTEER TAX ASSISTANCE RECIPIENT 

IMPACT AT A GLANCE

Enrolled In or Maintained Public Benefits

118

participants

Maintained or Improved Financial Status

90%

of participants

Improvements in Savings, Credit or Debt by 30%

63%

of participants

Feel More Confident
in Themselves 

71%

of participants

“THEY TEACH YOU ALL THE BEST THINGS about the road, especially how to be a good, safe driver. I started out knowing very little about traffic laws, but now I feel very confident. I’m excited to begin my commercial truck driving career working for a company in the U.S.”

HOMAYOON A., FIRST COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE TRAINING ACADEMY GRADUATE 

mental health & well-being

putting recovery within reach.

“MY SON WAS INCREASINGLY PARANOID, VOLATILE, AND ISOLATED,  and I needed help. The Family Partners team helped me to navigate the county’s mental health system, join a support group, and become an advocate for what my son needed.”

PHYLLIS, PROGRAM PARTICIPANT

MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING SERVICES PROVIDED AN ATMOSPHERE OF WARMTH AND CARING
to help people living with mental illness and the challenges of poverty to find their own way to thrive. Through one-on-one counseling and group sessions, the agency’s trained Peer Specialists (professionals who have lived through their own experiences with mental health challenges) and Success Coaches offered an evidence-based model of support that produced better outcomes and gave the staff team stronger pathways to recovery too. The team also strengthened its targeted work with the most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

 WORKING TO END CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS

As a participant in the county’s Whole Person Care efforts for a coordinated system of care across health and social sectors, Community Action Marin’s team partnered with Health and Human Services and community-based partners to meet the needs of Medi-Cal beneficiaries more efficiently and effectively. The agency won contracts to support a variety of efforts, including Housing Case Management, homelessness related services, and a care coordination platform and network. Recently, Community Action Marin received a capacity-building grant from Partnership HealthPlan of California for a variety of new services under California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Community Supports. This grant will enable the agency to target Marin’s most vulnerable residents, such as individuals experiencing homelessness, those needing behavioral health care access, children with complex care needs, the growing number of justice-involved populations who have significant clinical needs, and the growing aging population.

 APPROVED! PEER CERTIFICATION TRAINING

Community Action Marin received approval by the California Mental Health Services Authority to provide Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training. In late 2022, the agency will offer comprehensive training in a hybrid model for Peer Support Specialists leading to certification examination. The training will focus on mental health and substance use disorders and support the agency’s objective to help strengthen peer involvement across social services and public health.

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IMPACT AT A GLANCE

HOMELESS OUTREACH SERVICES

50+

unique contacts per month

ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING SESSIONS

595

GROUP COUNSELING SESSIONS 

63

CLIENTS RECEIVING FAMILY PARTNER SERVICES 

86

CLIENTS RECEIVING YOUTH MENTOR SERVICES

37

CLIENTS RECEIVING CRISIS PLANNING

63

“MY LIFE IS GOING TO CHANGE SO MUCH; it has already been a struggle. I really appreciate having another mother to talk to now. I have new motivation to stay clean and sober.”

ALLISON, PROGRAM PARTICIPANT

equity initiatives

pushing for racial and economic justice.

MARIN COUNTY RANKS AMONG THE MOST RACIALLY DISPARATE COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA across all indicators of well-being. Community Action Marin leadership worked together with partners across government, grassroots organizations, and the private sector to ensure that everyone in Marin could lead a life of dignity and attain self-sufficiency. With a shared vision for equity, our work together moved action for change to create new laws and policies that protected thousands.

❯ RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND EVICTION MORATORIUM

In the face of a growing housing crisis, Marin County ramped up distribution of $16M in rental aid with Community Action Marin as the fiscal administrator of all county funds. The agency provided in-person rental assistance support to tenants and landlords while also advocating for improved access to meet community need. We successfully advocated for an extension of local eviction moratoria across the County to provide stability to tenants while assistance funds were being distributed.

❯ $60,000 AWARDED TO ADVANCE RACIAL AND ECONOMIC EQUITY

In July 2021, Community Action Marin received a $60,000 grant from Bank of America to support a continuum of financial services, safety net, workforce development, entrepreneurship, childcare, and mental health programs.

This contribution enabled the agency to increase self-sufficiency for more than 50 households and helped individuals to participate more actively in civil society. These efforts worked in tandem to transform systems and structures that reduced barriers and created new pathways to thriving.

❯ PAY EQUITY

Doing anti-racist work in community and holding a steadfast commitment to equity included a focus on the agency’s internal progress on pay equity commitments to staff: we increased the agency-wide minimum wage to $18.50 and provided supplemental pay increases for frontline staff. Community Action Marin’s board also approved a cost-of-living adjustment for all staff alongside continued frontline COVID supplemental pay, and a new monthly retention bonus through June 30, 2023.

 

❯ EQUITABLE PANDEMIC RECOVERY STRATEGIES

The pandemic highlighted many longstanding inequities in our community. With local recovery efforts as an opportunity to do things differently, we advocated for policies to include Marin County’s low-income, immigrant, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and historically undercounted residents in shared prosperity. We released a report detailing systemic inequities in housing insecurity, economic instability, and persistent COVID-related health emergencies and put forth a call-to-action for equitable recovery. We advocated for rent freezes, local eviction moratoriums, tenant protections, and investments in the early childhood workforce

VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE CRITICAL SUPPORT

OVER 9,000 HOURS BY DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS  provided skills and time to strengthen impact against Community Action Marin’s mission to alleviate the causes and consequences of poverty. BECOME A VOLUNTEER TODAY! Visit camarin.org/volunteer to get started.

IMPACT AT A GLANCE

TOTAL VOLUNTEERS

75

TOTAL HOURS REPORTED

9,000

volunteer spotlight

stephanie hart

STEPHANIE CAME BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE MARIN COMMUNITY ONE CHILD AT A TIME. Stephanie always wanted to volunteer with children and started working with mothers who had just given birth. She especially loved working with babies. After a career selling educational toys, Stephanie went back to school at College of Marin to earn her Childhood Education Certificate. She subbed at a local school and started volunteering at Community Action Marin at the Hamilton Childcare Center in Novato. She loved developing critical thinking skills with the preschoolers and teaching about the outdoor environment.

volunteer spotlight

leslie klow

LESLIE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE NON-PROFIT WORLD. She knew about Community Action Marin and became a volunteer to help provide housing information (formerly referred to as Housing Navigation) to those in need in the community. There are long waiting lists for housing (up to 7 years), and Leslie helps people understand their options. “This is something I enjoy doing,” explains Leslie. “Housing is people’s #1 concern. With COVID and not being able to pay rent, it’s traumatic. I know people feel trapped and scared. I tell them their options and I’m their cheerleader. I know it can be difficult. I can’t solve all their problems. They are so big. I can just help with the housing process and support them along the way.” 

VISION

ALL OF US IN MARIN HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE OUR LIVES WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT.

“A lot of my job is ensuring that I’m hearing what people are saying. Connecting to where we want to go and helping bring people into a vision of what’s possible for themselves. ONE OF MY GREATEST DREAMS IS THAT WE REALLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIFT UP THE WHOLE OF MARIN COUNTY AS A PROOF POINT FOR WHAT’S POSSIBLE AROUND RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY.”

CHANDRA ALEXANDRE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

FINANCIALS

Revenues continue to perform strongly for the fourth year in a row at $19.4 million, increasing by 14% compared to FY20 and down slightly against one-time FY21 government funding for pandemic response. Government funding to meet priority community needs positively impacted federal, state, and county grants. Notably, the agency took on fiscal administration of County of Marin rental assistance efforts, distributing funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

For every $1 of federal Community Services Block Grant funds, the agency leveraged $37.83 from other federal, state, and local government sources. Additionally, our fundraising efforts yielded 3.6 times in private contributions for every $1 dollar invested.

2022 Revenue
2022 Expenses
2022 Expense By Category

BOARD PRESIDENT MESSAGE

dear supporters AND NEIGHBORS

I’M WRITING TO YOU TODAY with a sense of pride and hopefulness. Each day, our agency colleagues have encountered crisis, longing, anxiety, and heightened stress in those they work to support. But every day too, they have given encouragement to people in need, provided a compassionate ear, and they have offered the help necessary to move our neighbors toward stability and success.

Community Action Marin staff and board are pushing toward a tomorrow that meets urgent needs and sustains us into the future. The work is hard. It takes courage and determination to get out of bed each morning and say it’s worth the effort. But that’s exactly what the people at this agency do. They have weathered the storm because they know what‘s right, and they believe in the power of the people. They trust—as Dr. Martin Luther King said, “the arc of the moral universe,” which “bends toward justice.” 

Today, I invite you to join me and those who volunteer their time on the Board of Directors to be part of what is helping to create and sustain change for the better in Marin County. We have ignited a sense of purposefulness, and it is time to move into action. The incredible team at Community Action Marin offers us a way forward, enriches our thinking, and tells us what we need to know so that we can do meaningful things together. 

On behalf of the entire board, I thank you for your willingness to be with us as we take our next steps. Find comfort in the pages of this report as you bear witness to incredible accomplishments and know that we can do even more together. I look forward to being with you on the journey. 

Sincerely yours,

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Roger Crawford, Board Chair

OUR TEAM REFLECTS THE LARGER MARIN COMMUNITY in its diversity and representation of those we assist along pathways to self-sufficiency. These caring people are passionate about the agency’s mission and work hard each day for a better, more equitable place to live, work, play, and serve. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Roger Crawford
Christopher Carey
Mary Donovan
James McClean
Maria Frias
Merdith Parnell
Tony Psychoyos
Jennifer McInnis
Samantha Ramirez
Joe Simmons
Cheryl Timoney
Nicolette Van Exel

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Chandra Alexandre
Heather Bettini
Rommel Carrera
Michelle Fox
Gina Guillemette
Dawn Hensley
Laurel Hill
Kelsey Lombardi
Korinna Pedrosa
Jennifer Thater
Shuddha Butler
Elizabeth Valone

OUR TEAM

Erika Acosta
Workforce Development Coordinator

Marlene Adam
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Maira Aguilar
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Cindy Aguilera
Teachers Assistant I

Maria Alcaraz
Specialist, Client Intake

Rosa Alvarado
Teachers Assistant II

Arturo Eduardo Alvarez
Bilingual Financial Coach

Zully Marcela Angulo
Preschool Teacher 

Najma Azam
Preschool Teacher 

Yolanda
Barahona-Castaneda

Family Advocate

Shardae Barb
Mobile Outreach Peer Support Specialist 

Andreza Delimara Barriola
Mentor Teacher

Ayda Barrios Huinil
De Perez

Associate Teacher 

Maria Marisol Barrios
Associate Teacher 

Jennifer Bell
Manager,
Disability &
Inclusion Services

Diana Boykin
Mobile Outreach Peer Support Specialist 

Debra Brown
Credit Coach & VITA Site Coordinator

Maribel
Cabrera-Borloz
Bilingual Career Coach

Berta Calero
Associate Teacher 

Cinthia M
Carrasco-Oyuela

Preschool Teacher 

Valerie Carver
Associate Teacher 

Martha Castillo
Teachers Assistant I

Jennifer Castro
Associate Teacher 

Maria A Cauich
Associate Teacher 

Honorina Cervantes
Teachers Assistant I

Sheila Chambers
Preschool Teacher 

Aria Cielo De Leon
Associate Teacher 

Paula Cifuentes
Site Area Manager

Fabiola Clerveaux
Head Cook

Ericka Corado
Associate Teacher 

Maria Correa
Family Advocate

Amelia Cortes
Associate Teacher 

Jose E De Anda
Human Resources Business Partner

Elena De La Rosa
Associate Teacher 

Delma Deleon
Teachers Assistant II

Mayra Diaz
Family Advocate

Diana Karina
Esquivel Anguiano

Teachers Assistant I

Trisha Follins
Preschool Teacher 

Luz Fuentes
Teachers Assistant II

Angelica Galindo
Associate Teacher 

Yolanda Gallegos
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Allanah Garcia
Office & Operations Coordinator

Esmeralda Garcia
Program Support Manager

Valentina Garcia
Teachers Assistant I

Quincy Gilliam
Mental Health Whole Person Care & Integrated Services Manager

Ashley Girdler
Preschool Teacher 

Maria Gonzalez
Associate Teacher 

Roselia Gonzalez
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Jennifer Gravez
Associate Teacher 

Cerbelio Gilberto Grijalva Reyes
Whole Person Care Coach

Dayra Gutierrez
Teachers Assistant II

Olga Guzman
Associate Teacher 

Rosina Jazmin Guzman
Family Advocate

Susana Guzman
Coordinator, ERSEA Eligibility & Enrollment

Marivic Hammari
Preschool Teacher 

Firouzeh Heidarpour
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Deepika Herathpathirana
Preschool Teacher 

Ana Luisa Hernandez
Associate Teacher 

Gabriel Hernandez
Family Advocate

Juana Hernandez
Associate Teacher 

Olimpia Hernandez
Janitor 

Guadalupe
Hernandez-Sanchez

Associate Teacher 

Ronaldo Herrera Campos
Mobile Outreach Peer Support Specialist 

Timothy Hicks
Associate Teacher 

Jasmin Huerta
Preschool Teacher 

Guadalupe Jarquin
Associate Teacher 

Poonam Jha
Specialist,
Revenue & Budget

Loenndy Jorge
De Leon
Teachers Assistant II

Meena Kim
Social Emotional Support Specialist

Jazmelina Ledesma
Specialist,
Client Intake - Data Entry

Alida Leon
Site Area Manager

Maria Lindo
Associate Teacher 

Luz Lopez
Family Advocate

Delia Lucio
Family Advocate

Maria Macias
Family Advocate

Dilma Maldonado
Teachers Assistant I

Irene Maldonado
Administrative Assistant, ERSEA Enrollment Specialist

Carmen Manzanilla
Associate Teacher 

Iris Marin-Lima
Site Area Manager

Ana Luisa Martinez
Associate Teacher 

Juan Martinez
Manager,
Farm and
Landscape Project 

Zoila Yanira Martinez Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Norma Rubi
Martinez-Pereira

Associate Teacher 

Leydis Mata
Manager,
Infant/Toddler 

Norma J Medina
Director, ERSEA

Melissa
Medina-Sanchez

Administrative Assistant, ERSEA Data & Compliance

Sanaa Mehtar
Preschool Teacher 

Franco Meoli
Mobile Outreach Peer Support Specialist 

Christopher Miranda
Manager,
Safety Net Services

Blanca Molina
Preschool Teacher 

Nidia Mora
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Mayra Morales
Teachers Assistant I

Grace Morris
Manager,
Health Services

Gary Neal
Manager,
Facilities

Traci Nicolay
Manager,
Family Advocate 

Lorena Nunez-Guzman
Food Services/
Kitchen Aide

Rebeca Ochoa
De Ochoa
Teachers Assistant II

Debora Osorio
Preschool Teacher 

Mortila Parada
Teachers Assistant I

Celestina Paredes Associate Teacher 

Norma Pereira
Teachers Assistant II

Sarah Philipsheck
Manager,
Operations & Transportation

Ana Pineda
Site Area Manager

Lisbeth Pineda
Associate Teacher 

Estefani Portillo
Associate Teacher 

Ruth Soraya Rabanales
Family Advocate

Gloria Karina Ramirez
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Ana Ramos
Associate Teacher 

Cindy Ramos
Teachers Assistant I

Carmen Renderos
Teachers Assistant II

Emelisa Reyes
Teachers Assistant I

Irsa Reyes
Teachers Assistant I

Rubia Reyes
Teachers Assistant I

Brian Riordan
Accountant

Flor Rodas
Preschool Teacher 

Yuselmi
Rodas-Cifuentes
Preschool Teacher 

Glendy Rodas-Diaz
Associate Teacher 

Sheily Rodas-Martinez
Site Operations Assistant

Jose Rodriguez
Manager,
Kitchen

Debora Rogers
Manager,
Success Coach

Cynthia Roldan
Human Resources Coordinator

Irma Salinas
Program Assistant

Madeleine S Sanchez
Bilingual Home Visitor

Odilia Sanchez
Janitor 

Rosa Sanchez
Janitor 

Silvia Sanchez
Associate Teacher 

Annette Schies
Manager,
Family Advocate

Marisela Scott
Specialist, Client Intake

Loyola Sedano Astete
Janitor 

Alicia Shafer
Coordinator,
Accounts Payable

Sara Straw
Associate Teacher 

Janis Sturdevant
Brand &
Communications Manager

Claudia Suarez
Data Specialist

Angel Tanem
Facilities Assistant

Elvira Tapia De Chavez
Teachers Assistant I

Lidia Tejeda
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Fatai Tokolahi
Manager,
Mobile Outreach PSP

Vanessa Trejo-Perez
Family Advocate

Nghi Trieu
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Blanca Umana
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Maria Urias Monge
Teachers Assistant I

Buntawan Vamnutjinda
Site Area Manager

Gilma Beatriz
Vargas Martinez

Bilingual Home Visitor

Maria Vargas
Janitor 

Miguel Vargas
Janitor 

Jennyfer Esther Vasquez
Bilingual Home Visitor

Paola
Vasquez-Martinez
Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Rosa Vazquez
Associate Teacher 

Mario Velasquez
Janitor 

Margarita Vences Baez
Preschool Teacher 

Sheila Beatriz
Vicente Velasquez

Teachers Assistant I

Yoselin Vicente
Teachers Assistant I

Juan Vidal
Client Intake/
Data Specialist 

Sabah Wadera
Associate Teacher 

Jea Lea Wagner
Preschool Teacher 

Michelle Weber
Preschool Teacher 

Reyna Zamarripa
Teachers Assistant I

Thank YOU

TO OUR DONORS

OVER $1 MILLION

California Department of Education  

California Department of Social Services

County of Marin

U.S Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Head Start)  

$100,000 TO $999,999

Charles Mullen Testamentary Trust 

Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund 

Marin Community Foundation 

$25,000 TO $99,999 

Bank of America 

Kaiser Permanente Foundation 

Leestma Family Foundation

Marin Community Foundation 

United Way Bay Area 

Wells Fargo Foundation 

$5,000 TO $24,999 

Anonymous 

Bank of Marin 

Capital One  

Denise Cutler 

Gruber Family Foundation 

Heffernan Group Foundation 

Hilltop Foundation 

Impact Launch 

Alton Lo 

Marin Health Foundation 

Barbara and Michael McLean 

Nimesh Narayan 

Tony Psychoyos 

Redwood Credit Union 

Beth Roy Jenkyn 

Dennis Ryan 

The Isabel Allende Foundation 

The Kirkpatrick Family Charitable Fund 

The Lakeview Foundation 

The San Francisco Foundation 

Union Bank Foundation  

Wardell-Smith Raabe Family Fund 

West Marin Fund 

$1,000 TO $4,999 

Ted Abe 

Adobe Systems 

Jeffrey Amen 

Charles Schwab Foundation 

Debra Charlesworth 

Kate Colin 

Cook Silverman Search 

OMW CORP 

Judith Coy 

ShineMaker Foundation 

Michelle Groleau 

Hershey Baer Fund 

Joe Kendrick 

Rose Meadows 

Gail Noah 

Alexander N. Pascua Fong 

Kenneth Perlmutter 

Robert Half International 

Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor 

Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere Foundation 

ShineMaker Foundation 

Bruce Stein 

The Leighty Foundation 

D Toy 

Wardell-Smith Raabe Family Fund 

Wright Architecture 

$1 TO $999 

Anonymous 

Lani Alo 

Amazon Smile Foundation 

Sara Aminzadeh 

Kathy Armbruster 

Kim Baenisch 

Barbara P. Baratta 

Frank Baratta 

Whitney Bardwick 

Caroline Barlerin 

Gretchen Bartlett 

Lisa Barto 

Pat Becker 

Marshall Bentley 

Lisa Beritzhoff 

Andrew Bettini 

Brian Bettini 

John Beuttler 

Irma Botvin 

Sunny Branson 

Suzanne Brice 

Bright Funds 

Stuart Brown 

Susan Brown 

Ronald J. Burlick 

John Burnham

Fabia Butler

Brian Calder

Lisa Canin

Herbert Cano

Amie Carter

W.B. Chipman

Paul Clanon

Pablo Collazo

$1 TO $999 

Romario Conrado 

Liz Darby 

Bob Davisson 

Robert & Ruth Dell 

Ron DeMatei 

Mary K. Dinday 

Lynne Dixon 

Donald Dodelson 

Ylva Dominy 

Patrick Donohew 

Brian Donohue 

Mary Donovan 

Judith Dowling 

DPPM Project Management 

Tammy Edmonson 

Jillian Elliott 

Daniel Epstein 

Herve Ernest 

Michelle Fadelli 

Feat2Eat 

Jeanne Felton 

Paul Finkle 

David Finnane 

Marc Flax 

Adam & Alissa C. Fong 

Julia S. Frank 

Maria Frias 

Elinor Gale 

Patricia Garcia 

Caren Gately 

Give Lively Foundation 

Denis G. Gleason 

Robert Gloistein 

Teresa Goebel 

Darlene Goins 

Lorrie Goldin 

Chris Gospodnetich 

Stan & Joan Green Family Fund 

Jean Greenbaum 

Emily Grossman 

Carlos Guerrero 

David J. Guggenhime 

Robert Guice 

Gina Guillemette 

Joel Gumbiner 

Patricia Hager 

Margaret R. Hallett 

Robert P. Haro 

Nancy Head 

David Heneghan 

Marcia Hewitt 

Christina Hickey 

Jill Hinds 

Jim Hogeboom 

Patrick Holman 

Barbara Holmes 

Henry Hopkins

Theresa T. Hove

Monique Humphrey

Rosenblatt Jannick

Jacqueline Janssen

Bill Jones

$1 TO $999 

Keller Foundation

Sita Khufu

Alison Kihara

Aimee Kilmer 

Catherine King 

Joseph Kitterman 

Pamela Klein 

Greg Knell 

Brenda Kohn 

Violeta Krasnic 

Chris Kughn 

Charles Kuhn 

Joel Kurzman 

Beth Law 

Dr. Donald E. Leisey 

Jeff Lemontt 

Diana Lightman 

Magali Limeta 

Normand Lundberg 

Carl Macki 

Rosalie Marcovecchio 

Alora Martin 

Esther Mata Perez 

Ann Mathieson 

Steve McClure 

Chris McCrum 

Roger McGee 

Jennifer McInnis 

B McLarin 

Laura McMann 

Doyleen McMurtry 

Roland T. Minami 

Donna F. Morris 

Motion Picture Counseling 

Elizabeth Muir 

Hugh Murphy 

Laurean Nardone 

Network for Good 

Nora Niesen 

Nadav Nur 

Daniel L. Ohlson 

Ron Olson 

Abby Ottenhoff 

Meredith Parnell 

Alexander N. Pascua Fong 

Calvin Patton 

Anne Pearl 

Madeline Perez 

Charlene Pickus 

Jeff Porter 

Dennis Potts 

Madeleine Provost 

Steve Quarles 

Julie A. Quater 

Susan Quater 

Casey Quigley 

Lisa Raffel 

Samantha Ramirez 

Katherine Randolph 

Katrina Redahan 

Redwood Credit Union 

$1 TO $999 

Louis Reilly 

Paul Remer 

Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc. 

Katie Rice 

Colleen Richardson 

Sarah Richmond 

Lauren Roscoe 

Janine P. Rosenblatt 

Jannick M Rosenblatt 

Peggy Rubens 

Mary Sackett 

Iris Saligman 

Bricia Sanchez 

Paula Sauve 

Ruth Schafran 

Juliet Schiller 

Richard M. Schlobohm 

Steve Schneider 

David L. Schreck 

Ann W. Schweichle 

William See 

Justin Semion 

Mark Shemaria 

Kathy Shumaker 

Victoria Silverman 

Ellis J. Simmons 

Mara Snipes 

Mark Solomons 

Marcy St. John 

Michael Stein 

Lindsay Stewart 

Ronald L. Stolowitz 

Daniel Stuempfig 

The Blackbaud Giving Fund 

The Robert J. Duncan Trust 

The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation 

Gail Theller 

Wilma Thomas 

Andrea & Steve Thompson 

Patricia Thompson 

Cheryl & Vince Timoney 

Wendy Todd 

Elaine Tokolahi 

Fatai Tokolahi 

Brian Topham 

Samantha Tradelius 

United Way Worldwide 

Shirin Vakharia 

Buntawan Vamnutjinda 

Nicolette Van Exel 

Constance Vandament 

Claudia Vargas 

Nick Versaggi 

Diane Wagner 

Debra Walker 

Karee Wallach 

Phyllis Weber 

LeiAnn Werner 

Julie Whyte 

John Wright 

Carolyn Zwicker

WE ARE GRATEFUL for our many donors and occasionally are not able to list a generous supporter. If you would like to be acknowledged for your gift, please contact our team at [email protected].

COMMUNITY ACTION CHANGES PEOPLE’S LIVES, EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF HOPE, IMPROVES COMMUNITIES, AND MAKES AMERICA A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. WE CARE ABOUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, AND WE ARE DEDICATED TO HELPING PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER.

OUR PROMISE

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“I’M GRATEFUL THAT I GREW UP IN THE CANAL NEIGHBORHOOD because I was lucky to have had programs like Community Action Marin. They helped my family and made me realize that it is possible for every child and for every family to have the opportunity to have what I had. Without organizations like Community Action Marin, those opportunities would never be there.”

JOHN LAM,
PRINCIPAL DANCER, BOSTON BALLET
FORMER PRESCHOOL PARTICIPANT

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