Petaluma Engagement Fair Sunday May 7, 2017

PCF is a proud sponsor of the Petaluma Community Engagement Fair on Sunday, May 7th from 12pm-4pm at Lucchesi Community Center at 320 No. McDowell Blvd. in central Petaluma!

Join us for this one-day exhibition of local community groups gathering together to create the world we want. Whatever your passion, there will be something to spark your imagination and inspire you to get involved.

Visit the PCF table to learn more about the work of the Foundation and how you can participate in moving Petaluma forward.

Stronger together!

PCF Supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

PCF has helped coordinate the participation of local youth-serving organizations in supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by hosting lemonade stands June 10th through June 12th and in the summer months. Our Foundation’s ongoing commitment to inspire collaboration between nonprofits has brought together Mentor Me, Boys & Girls Clubs of of Marin and Petaluma, Cinnabar Theater, Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County and Golden Hills 4-H  to participate in this truly worthy endeavor. Our local nonprofits agree–this is a chance for kids to get involved in a cause that is deeply compelling–to help fund a cure for childhood cancer.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a non-profit that raises money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures.  

  • ALSF’s mission is to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. 
  • In Northern California alone, ALSF has awarded over $10 million in research grants!
  • Alex was a little girl who had cancer.  She held a lemonade stand in front yard at the age of 4 to help other kids with cancer.  She did not survive, but her parents turned her dream into a reality and formed Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which has raised over $120 million in 12 years!

Visit any of the locations listed in the flyer June 10-12 and during the summer.  Help cure childhood cancer–one cup at a time!

 

A Commitment to Collaborate

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PCF has continued to encourage and facilitate innovative collaborations between nonprofits. Following the measurable success of the Stronger Together Collaboration for youth at-risk (FY14/15), PCF partnered with The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation to fund another collaboration serving vulnerable youth that included the participation of Mentor Me, Committee on the Shelterless, and the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County. The primary goals included:

  • Maximizing mentor recruitment and reducing the waiting list for mentors
  • Providing additional training to mentors about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Resilience Building
  • Including youth living in COTS’ residential housing in Mentor Me programs
  • Promoting literacy and bonding through the availability of new, age-appropriate books

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Building Resilience Training:

2 training sessions – 80 mentors trained

ACEs are defined as experiences before the age of 18 that deeply impact a young person and profoundly affect emotional and physical health later in life. These experiences include any combination of the following:

  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • Mental illness or substance abuse in the household
  • Loss of parent(s) to death
  • Loss of parent(s) to incarceration
  • Divorce or separation in the family
  • Child witnessing abuse of a family member
  • Severe neglect
  • Attempted suicide in the household

Training in ACEs better equips mentors to effectively help vulnerable youth convert challenges into opportunities to build resilience while promoting positive choices, relationships, and activities.

Maximize Recruitment of Mentors: 
25 new mentors recruited through the outreach efforts of COTS 
Waiting list reduced from a high of 115 to the current low of 62 

National research confirms the value and impact of mentoring with respect to decreasing the odds to initiate drug and alcohol use, skip school and hit someone

There are currently 274 ongoing mentoring relationships with a minimum two- year commitment. 

Outreach to youth living in COTS’ Residential Housing: 

  • 25 COTS’ kids participated in Mentor Me group programs 
  • 3 COTS’ kids matched with a mentor 

These kids were able to use the Student Lounge (with access to computers and printers), art room, and Mentee cafe at the Cavanagh Center, as well as participate in a “Sail for Science” field trip in San Francisco.

Promoting literacy and family bonding:

Books in the home are known to increase the educational level that children will attain, improve academic achievement, reduce the need for special education, increase employment and earning capacity, as well as reduce crime and delinquency.

Collaborations require the commitment of participating organizations to work together to consolidate resources and coordinate programming to maximize the impact of services delivered. PCF applauds the dedication of Mentor Me, COTS, and The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County for successfully collaborating to enhance vital support for vulnerable children, youth, and their families.