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At Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery, we make the recovery process after a brain injury or stroke more holistic and hopeful for survivors and their families. We pick up where the healthcare system leaves off, helping survivors continue their journey to recovery after they’ve completed initial rehabilitation. Our skilled staff and generous donors support a community of brave, determined, and capable people who are striving to rebuild their lives. And who just happen to be your friends, neighbors and colleagues. Connection, support, care – that’s what we provide. Schurig Center gives survivors and their loved ones a place to gather, to learn, to rehabilitate, and to discuss their challenges and share their triumphs.

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Brain injury is a pause button. Schurig Center helps survivors hit play again.

Marin Athletic Foundation logo
Marin Athletic Foundation (MAF) was founded in 1984 by individuals concerned about the decrease in funding for athletic programs in the Marin County high schools. The organization and the community members who volunteer their time and efforts for the organization believe that athletics are a vital part of every high school experience and provide important educational and developmental outcomes for students. The organization believes that school districts need community support to keep athletic programs from being eliminated and to ensure that broad participation by all students in both interscholastic and intramural programs continue.

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The organization’s new mission is to support Marin County’s athletic programs by focusing on the health, safety, and injury prevention of all student athletes. MAF is establishing new initiatives that will provide students, faculty, and staff with assistance and resources to create a safer athletic experience for everyone.

Feral Cat Program of Georgia logoThe Feral Cat Program of Georgia, Inc. was founded in 2004. We are a grass-roots program run entirely by volunteers.

We have no shelter, no staff – not even an office – and are 100% dependent on volunteers and donations.
98% of the money we are given goes directly to the cats and kittens we help.
We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

​FCPGA works to find adoptive families for stray, lost, or abandoned pets, who want nothing more than a forever home, filled with love, warmth, and food.
We encourage and actively and financially support TNR efforts to humanely decrease cat overpopulation.

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We rescue and find permanent, loving, homes for cats in our communities and humanely decrease cat overpopulation through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

Endless Hope Foundation

Sparkle Cat Rescue LogoSparkle Cat Rescue is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) cat rescue that is 100% volunteer and foster home based

Our mission is finding forever homes for felines rescued by a small circle of experienced volunteer cat rescuers and education about spay/neuter and care of felines, as well as TNR (trap-neuter-return) advice/assistance.

Sparkle Cat Rescue does not have an office location for visitors.
If you wish to meet any of our kitties, an approved adoption interest form must be submitted.
From time to time our supporters will send us a message requesting to meet kitties when they drop off donations.

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Sparkle Cat Rescue has over 120 cats in our program. We are 100% volunteer with ZERO paid employees. Donations are needed to take care of the cats in our care. We have over 30 cats and kittens being spayed/neutered October through November 2017. We need donations to assist with their medical care.

Equamore Foundation logo Equamore Foundation’s mission is to provide a safety net for unwanted, abused, abandoned, neglected, and aged horses who are without alternatives for their care, while fostering compassion and responsibility for horses through education, outreach, and intervention.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition estimated in 2007 that there were 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States alone. The GAO estimated in 2011 that at least 138,000 unwanted horses were sold and transferred across our borders to slaughter. The numbers of unwanted horses in our country is increasing due in large measure to economic stress. Many of these unwanted horses are auctioned for slaughter or die of starvation, neglect, or abuse each year.

Only a fraction find sanctuary at places like the Equamore Sanctuary. Equamore Foundation receives numerous calls from desperate owners who can no longer care for their equines and from concerned citizens who see cruelty or neglect and are helpless to intervene. So many more horses are still in danger and could be helped with more funding.

We are determined through sanctuary, outreach and education to make “Hungry, Neglected, Abused… Never Again” a reality.

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Equamore Foundation needs your help to provide feed, shelter and veterinary care for our existing horses, to be able to accept additional horses into the Sanctuary, and to ensure that we can stay at the Sanctuary forever. We want “Hungry, Neglected, Abused… Never Again” to be a reality for our horses and for those all those other horses that need us.

Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue imageThulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) is a rescue that focuses on helping German Shepherds with limited life expectancy, typically measured in months or possibly as much as a year, due to terminal illnesses or simply old age. Medical condition is not a restriction as long as the dog has some quality life left to it, no matter how short that time may be.
Thulani has evolved since 2009 (Our History) from helping a few dogs each year during the first few year, to one in which we help about 70 new dogs each year. We started by servicing animal shelters primarily in the greater San Francisco Bay region, but our responsibilities have expanded to include all of California and Nevada (Our Area). This expansion has been driven primarily by the widespread need for the types of services that Thulani provides, and by the general lack of other organizations able to provide these services. Our goal is to save 100 dogs annually, a number we estimate will be necessary to prevent any Thulani-qualified GSD from dying prematurely in a shelter.

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The goals of TSGSR are:

  • to rescue terminally ill German Shepherds from immediate life threatening situations at animal shelters or from other circumstances in which the dog is in immediate danger
  • to provide immediate medical, physical, and living-situation support in order to re-establish a quality existence for the dog
  • to provide a permanent family home for the dog in which it can live out its natural life in a warm and loving environment for as much quality life as it has left. This home is effectively a hospice sanctuary for the German Shepherd.

Teens Connect LogoTeens Connect, a new non-profit, comes from the desire to create a more comprehensive community of support for our teenagers.
Our work is dependent on hearing directly from the teens about what they need to feel more supported and empowered.
The formula is simple – ask questions and then listen. We took our work with the teen focus group to a bigger audience, holding events at New Tech High School and Harvest Middle School, asking the same simple questions: 1. What are you struggling with – at school, at home, socially? 2. Do you have adults in your life you can talk to? and 3. What type of support do you need from the adults in your life?

An important aspect of our work involves teens supporting teens. At our high school event, we brought in college students to facilitate conversations. At our middle school event, we brought in high-school students. This resulted in powerful peer-supported events in which the students really opened up. The written data we compiled confirmed for us that our teens are, indeed, struggling – in a big way.’ 

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Teens Connect has been busy partnering with local organizations to design and implement programs that support, inspire and empower our teens:

Therapy Groups
In partnership with Mentis and Napa Valley Unified School District

One in four of our youth experience chronic sadness and hopelessness. Mental health problems are real, painful, and sometimes severe. The good news is mental illness is like physical illnesses. It is treatable. Our Teens Connect and Mentis partnership provides free, weekly therapy groups with a professional Mentis therapist on middle and high school campuses, meeting teens where they are to provide the services that will allow them to thrive.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
In partnership with Providence St. Joseph’s Health Care

Often, teens are first responders when it comes to issues facing their peers. In this training, teens complete an 8-hour course on Youth Mental Health First Aid. They receive an overview of mental health issues specific to 12-24 year olds, learn risks and warning signs of suicide, and learn what to do in a crisis or emerging crisis among their friends and peers. Once completed, teens receive certification cards good for 3 years. We’ve also recently printed 10,000 cards with the Crisis Text Line and Suicide Hotline, which are being distributed to teens all over Napa.

Yoga & Meditation for Teens
In partnership with Ekam Yoga and Wellness

Yoga and meditation reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, build strength and improve body image. Yoga can help teens learn to manage physical and emotional changes mindfully. Teens Connect is partnering with Ekam Yoga and Wellness, a yoga studio in Napa, to offer weekly Yoga + Meditation classes to teens, taught by practitioners who connect with youth. Classes will be offered at a low cost, or free for those who cannot afford the cost, in order to make this program accessible to all teens.

Teens Volunteer
In partnership with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership

Teens that volunteer gain new perspectives of our community and world, learn empathy and compassion, improve confidence and self esteem, and develop unique problem-solving skills. Teens Connect is developing a comprehensive database of volunteer opportunities specifically for teenagers in Napa County. This database will be integrated within the CVNL website, and once completed teens will be able to search for opportunities specific to their age and interests, as well as receive information about ongoing opportunities as they arise. Projects include working with animals, children, seniors, community organizations and the environment.

Bullock County Humane Society logoBullock County Humane Society

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At Side by Side by Side logoSide we walk with young people impacted by adversity on their unique journeys to heal from trauma, restore resilience, and embrace their own potential. We see our clients for the individuals they are, and how all aspects of their life experiences have impacted their behavior, emotions, and ability to learn. We provide critical and comprehensive services that honor the young person’s unique needs and strengths to prevent the escalation of dangerous conditions and behaviors and set them on a positive path. From therapeutic housing to substance abuse treatment to an LGBTQ drop-in center, we provide the safe space most have missed in their lives. When they feel seen for who they are today, we believe our youth can move with confidence toward a future with meaning and connection.

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Since our founding in 1895 in Marin County as an orphanage – and through subsequent years as Sunny Hills Services – Side by Side has been at the forefront of best practices in child welfare, working with the most vulnerable youth in our community. Our programs use data to drive outcomes and impact, while remaining open and responsive to the ever-evolving needs in the communities we serve. In summer 2018, we launched Side by Side, a new brand name and identity that reflects the work that we do with clients. Today, Side by Side operates in four counties – Marin, Alameda, Sonoma, and Napa – across the Bay Area, reaching nearly 2,000 children, young adults, and family members per year with much-needed services related to behavioral and mental health, early intervention, LGBTQ, substance abuse, therapeutic housing, special education, and youth justice.