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Step Up Community Fund

Essential Worker Child Care


Step Up Community Fund

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We’re in This Together for All of Us

Responding to the fierce urgency of now.


Step Up Community Fund

Marin County is one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S., but the realities for some here are no different than in far less affluent places. Getting by and getting ahead have become hard for many residents and worse now in these difficult times. Even before the pandemic, for almost a third of families, just meeting basic needs meant living paycheck to paycheck. Did you know that 1/3 of families with children are forced to make difficult choices every day, sometimes between putting food on the table for their families or paying rent?

As economic uncertainty continues and the impact of the pandemic becomes clear in its inequities, the time for a us to act is now. Together, we are building momentum for a county ready to seize opportunities and make a difference for all of us as we plan for and co-create the better normal.


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We’re for Marin, by Marin. Our agency is seeking to meet the needs of community today and work to increase its budget to $25M over the next decade. We want to diversify the agency’s funding base to better support the kinds of flexible funding that make truly responding as the voice of community possible.

Thank you for joining in support of all of us. We are stronger and more resilient together. Read our 2030 vision to see why our work matters toward creation of racial and economic equity in Marin County and be a part of the change.

Where we’re heading:

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Thank you for your support!


Pop Up Preschool and Childcare for Essential Personnel

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Community Action Marin is now accepting enrollment for its Pop-Up Childcare for Essential Workers.

In our commitment to ensure that essential workers have the child care support that they need to respond to this public health crisis, the agency is now accepting enrollment for children ages 3-5 at one of our San Rafael centers. For more information, download our flyer and contact our Enrollment Manager, Kelsey Lombardi at klombardi@camarin.org or 415-272-0555.

“We are so grateful to have found you! We are both physicians, and at the start of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order we had to miss significant time caring for patients due to the lack of childcare. Fortunately, once we enrolled in the POP-UP DAYCARE PROGRAM, we were able to resume full-time patient care. Even more fortunately, this has been the best daycare our daughter has attended!

“The teachers have been wonderful and attentive, the office staff are organized and keep us informed, the hygiene and health screening practices have been excellent, our daughter has made a whole new group of friends from diverse backgrounds, and on top of all that the meal program has been a fantastic bonus (our daughter tries all kinds of new foods she would never be able to get in a packed lunch, and it’s one less thing my wife and I have to worry about as we focus on taking care of patients through this crisis).

“We have been recommending your program to every other parent we talk to, and already our daughter has been joined by one of her former classmates! Regardless of whether our daughter’s previous daycare re-opens, we plan to keep her at your center and could not be happier with the entire experience!”

– Sam and Penelope Libeu

“Samantha is telling us wonderful things about her teachers!”

– Heidi Queen MD MPH, Emergency Physician


Responding in Community | COVID-19

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Community,

We are looking ahead at how we can best serve and center community as news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and impact continues. We are looking at Marin Recovers and are concerned about mental health and the abundant inequities facing communities of low income, undocumented workers, child care operators, immigrant communities, and communities of color.  We are working hard in response to create more programs, raise awareness, and deploy more resources for those in need.  Thanks to generous community support, we continue to ensure that rental assistance, individual cash grants, homeless outreach, and mental health supports strengthen. To date, we have delivered and secured over $2M in resources for those most in need. I invite you to join us!

We are also taking measures to support our employees and are extremely grateful for all who have stepped up to support Marin County at this time. Thank you donors like you, we are able to make new services and supports available through our Step Up Community Fund.

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Bookmark this page so that you can get the latest insights about our most current operations. On this page you will find additional guidance about our agency’s response and services. Community Action Marin is open in solidarity with community and other human service agencies in the county.

Are You a Community Member Impacted Directly by COVID-19 and Shelter-in-Place?

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Here is what you need to know about our response:

  • Our Home Office at 555 Northgate Drive in San Rafael will continue to provide client intake over the phone (415-526-7500) and homeless outreach county-wide, as well as safety net services such as rental assistance, utility assistance, and emergency food boxes. We will also continue to offer financial coaching services (appointments available) and mental health supports. We are looking at a July 1, 2020 re-open date with designated community hours. Stay tuned for details. 
  • Agency Orientations are paused through June 30, 2020 and all registered participants are being notified and rescheduled. We are working on rolling out virtual agency orientations in English and Spanish. Call our home office to register as these come online.
  • Census2020 support will continue for 0-5 and homeless hard-to-count populations through our CARE Teams and emergency child care workers as we coordinate with others throughout the county. Questionnaire Assistance Centers are not open at this time but phone-in support to ensure you get the help you need is available. See details below.
  • Warm Line Emotional Support is availale 7 days a week. Operating since March 23rd (English), our telephone peer mental health support services are open from 9am to 12am (midnight) every day. If you or someone you know is feeling isolated, depressed, or anxious, call us at 415-459-6330 to speak with someone and get the emotional support you need. We launched our Spanish Warm Line this month and now have operations every day. Take a look at hours and number here.
  • Questions? Call: 415-526-7500 to get all other questions answered and information to meet your needs. We are coordinating with the county, other community-based organizations, and the emergency response office to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our staff and families. At this time, we are requesting that callers leave only one message to ensure that our staff can keep up with messages and a timely response.

Rent Help & Cash Assistance

Rental Assistance help is available; please call only one agency if you are looking for rental assistance. Call 415-473-7191 to see if you are eligible. NOTE: Marin County has a ban on evictions through June 30th. Learn more about the county’s efforts to prevent homelessness here.

  • Is Rental Assistance still available? Background: The County of Marin and Marin Community Foundation provided $650,000 in Emergency Rental Assistance for the month of April. This amount was quickly used and more funds came online thanks to generous donors and the county in May. We continue to coordinate efforts across Marin to ensure that those in need of support get the help they need.
  • How do families apply? Families must call the County of Marin’s COVID-19 Information Line (415) 473-7191. A waiting list has been created and people will be contacted in the order that they have called. Please let people know that it may take a while before they get a return call as all agencies are experiencing a very high volume of calls.
  • Will Rental Assistance be available in May? All applications for the month of April will be processed before May rent is paid. May assistance is now available and we are working with the county to go through the waitlist of those in need. Thank you for your patience.
  • Are other Rental Assistance funds available? A number of different agencies throughout Marin are providing rental assistance not only through this fund but using other resources. If you hear that requirements are different at different agencies or that some agencies are providing more than one month’s rent, it is because they are using other funds. This fund pays for rent only. No deposits, no mortgages, no hotel stays or other non-traditional living situations.
  • Is Deposit Assistance available? Yes. Community Action Marin has Season of Sharing funds available for deposits. Families can still call the same agencies on the Season of Sharing referral list, but when they call, they should make sure to say that they are calling for DEPOSIT assistance, so they don’t end up on the rental wait list.
  • Cash Assistance has been provided to over 435 clients already based on prioritized income and need. We continue to invite donations to support the community, especially for those in our immigrant community and low-wage essential workers who face tremendous challenges now. Households will be contacted this week thanks to generous donors at the Marin Community Foundation.

Children and Family Services Update

Regular child care services offered through Head Start, Early Head Start, and our Child Development Program are paused through June 30th. We do have spaces available for essential workers. Contact: Kelsey Lombardi at klombardi@camarin.org to learn more. 

  • Healthy Meals. We continue to provide each enrolled child across our programs with healthy meals. Drive through for Brown Bag lunches available for pickup Monday (for Monday and Tuesday), Wednesday (for Wednesday and Thursday) and Friday 10-11:30am. Cereal, fruits, yogurt, and other items are available regularly as well, enough for your family. We are also delivering to Marin City daily. Families, please check your text messages for details and ongoing updates. If you are an enrolled family and have questions, email us at cam@camarin.org.
  • Essential Worker Child Care. We are providing essential workers’ families with child care support and will keep community updated as more services become available. We are working to open additional classrooms for all essential workers and children with special needs or at-risk during this challenging time.

Please check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information as the situation unfolds. We are also sharing some health resources for all community here (Spanish), (Mandarin), and (English) from our partner Kaiser Permanente.

Need Food?

Here are two great resources to find what you need.

Census 2020 & Tax Update

Stay informed and ensure you respond to your census form online or on the phone.


  • 2019 Taxes. The tax filing deadline has been extended until July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. See the announcement from the IRS here . As soon as the agency reopens, we will resume our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) filing services.  Contact Debbie Brown to learn more.NOTE: The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Treasury, not Social Security, will make automatic payments to Social Security beneficiaries.  Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their Social Security benefits. For updates from the IRS, visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
  • Census 2020 has been extended and work will continue through fall (October). Help us get needed resources to Marin County. You, your children, your elders, and everyone in hour household counts! Would you like to volunteer? Sign up now!

We are with you, and I look forward to healthy days as we support one another by following healthy hygiene protocols like good hand washing and following all shelter-in-place guidelines. Thank you for all you are doing to support your families, neighbors, and loved ones. We’re in your corner during this difficult time.

In solidarity,

Chandra AlexandreChief Executive Officer

Marin County Resource Guides

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Our updated Marin County Resource Guides are here!

Every year, Community Action Marin publishes a comprehensive list of local resources for Marin residents. Compiled with special focus on programs serving those with low incomes, this guide plays a vital role in connecting people with services to help them thrive, and knitting a closer safety net of support among the various agencies serving Marin County.


32 pages / Over 180 Listings / Now available to download in 2 languages.

Sponsorship Resources: 

Please help us keep our Resource Guide up-to-date by filling out this form: Resource Guide Update Form


Our Latest E-Newsletter

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