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Ventura Land Trust logoThe mission of the Ventura Land Trust is to permanently protect the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations.
The Ventura Land Trust, a community based nonprofit organization, believes that preserving open space and providing public access enhances the economy, quality of life, and public well-being of Ventura and surrounding communities. With local partners, the VLT works to protect the natural beauty of our area. The Land Trust builds trails, restores habitat, plants trees, and cleans up our rivers.
The Ventura Land Trust envisions a Ventura with more trails, more hiking, more biking, and more opportunity to enjoy natural areas. The VLT envisions more preserved open space that balances the protection of wildlife and the environment. Working with willing landowners, land is either protected via acquisition or through a land conservation agreement.

http://www.venturalandtrust.org/
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Wellspring Womens Center logoWellspring Women’s Center was founded in 1987 by two sisters of Social Service with the mission to “nurture the innate goodness and personal self esteem of women and their children and to do so within an atmosphere of hospitality with dignity and love.” Wellspring serves as a drop-in center to women and their children and provides a nutritious breakfast meal and social work services. Wellspring started from humble beginnings and has grown to become a trusted neighborhood gathering place that reduces isolation and loneliness.
We serve nearly 200 women and their children every week day by providing a nutritious breakfast, free counseling, enrichment classes, and safety net services.

Who does Wellspring serve?
Any female or child may come to Wellspring, there is no other criterion. Guests are diverse in age, personal background and ethnicity.
What services do you provide?

  • A safe and welcoming gathering place for women and their children
  • A nutritious breakfast to over 200 women and their children every weekday
  • Children’s Corner with early learning opportunities and activities for preschoolers
  • Counseling, expressive art therapy groups, and case management
    • Parenting classes
    • Craft Club
    • Referrals to other agencies and services
    • Assistance with accessing community resources; including Spanish translation services

Wellspring operates without any government funding. This allows Wellspring to avoid limitations on who we can serve and allows a quick response to community needs. Wellspring is supported entirely through individuals, corporations, community service groups, schools,  and foundations.

http://www.wellspringwomen.org/

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SafeHouse Denver logoEstablished in 1977, SafeHouse Denver is the only agency in the City and County of Denver that provides both emergency shelter and non-residential counseling and advocacy services to adults, children and youth experiencing intimate partner violence.
SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by:

  • providing shelter and counseling to survivors of abuse;
  • working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence;
  • and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence.

SafeHouse began as a 16-bed shelter providing a safe place for women and their children. Today, SafeHouse Denver’s shelter has 27 beds plus cribs, serving more than 250 women and children in a typical year. In addition, SafeHouse serves hundreds more adults, children and youth through non-residential services. More than just keeping survivors safe, SafeHouse services include individual counseling, advocacy support groups, legal assistance and referrals to other services.

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SafeHouse Denver assists adults, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence.

SafeHouse Denver strives to:

  • intervene in domestic violence with services that empower adults, children and youth to live free from domestic abuse.
  • prevent domestic violence through education efforts that foster and support a broad movement for violence-free communities.
  • facilitate an interactive, collaborative community response to relationship violence that identifies victims earlier, makes victim services more accessible, and builds community awareness and accountability.

http://www.safehouse-denver.org/

 

Center for Climate Protection logoThe Center for Climate Protection seeks solutions commensurate with the magnitude of the problem. As important as it is for individuals to take action, we especially need solutions at the policy level that can address the problem at the speed and scale required by science.
We create model programs for communities everywhere to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We make it easier for people to address climate change and ensure that future generations can continue to live, work, play, and thrive on this extraordinary planet.
Our mission is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis.
We work with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

www.climateprotection.org
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Joseph Learning Lab logoJoseph Learning Lab (JLL) believes that a community can be measured by the importance that it places on the growth of its children.  We are committed to maintaining a leadership role in the community as well as be providers of the most innovative, enriching and educational programs, which are presented by degreed and certified educators, tutors, and subject matter professionals in a unique learning environment.

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At Joseph Learning Lab, we work to close the learning gap and reduce the dropout rate.  We are focused on developing students of all ages and diverse backgrounds, providing them an equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.  JLL guides students with the use of leading edge technology to produce stimulating educational solutions.  We are passionate about helping students to become empowered and realize their full academic potential.  We do this by utilizing the most innovative in class and virtual learning approaches, and a comprehensive range of integrated programs for a first-class education.

Each student is evaluated and assessed to determine their strengths and weaknesses. This process allows us to personalize the tutoring sessions to fit each student’s educational needs.  The individualized learning plan is aligned with each student, allowing them to grasp and master learning concepts to stay on track with core courses.

To ensure a student’s success, quality tutoring services are available on school campus, at our organization, or virtual sessions with live, on-line instructors using interactive white boards.

The primary benefits that a child achieves at Joseph Learning Lab:
First, each child will develop stronger academic skills in Math, Reading, English and Writing.
Second, each child will have better concentration, and attention span.
Third, each child will gain more confidence and motivation.
Fourth, each child will have improved study skills, grades and test scores.
www.josephlearninglab.org

Homeless Services Center LogoHomeless Services Center (HSC) began as a loosely affiliated group of faith-based and secular organizations and was originally named the Santa Cruz Citizen’s Committee for the Homeless. The primary purpose, at that time, was to provide basic food and shelter for those with no resources to provide their own. Homeless individuals would camp on what was referred to as the “Back 40″ on the lot of our current location on Coral Street in the Harvey West Neighborhood of Santa Cruz.

In order to provide the campers with safety, security, and amenities such as heat and running water, the group implemented the Interfaith Satellite Shelter Program (ISSP). During the years of the ISSP, homeless families and individuals ate a meal at our make-shift headquarters, and then took a bus to various churches throughout the community, returning in the morning for a warm breakfast. Along with the creation of the ISSP, the Committee incorporated the Homeless Community Resource Center, which included the free meal program and free access to basic hygiene services, including toilets and showers.

http://www.santacruzhsc.org

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Rebuilding Together East Bay-North logoNeighbors helping neighbors, like the barn-raising of old, is the American spirit in action.  Rebuilding Together East Bay-North(formerly Christmas in April) was born of that spirit as people came together to help low-income neighbors fix their houses—first in Texas, then in Washington D.C. and then California and beyond.
Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person.  This means that we believe disabled and aging homeowners should be able to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

Rebuilding Together East Bay-North, or RTEBN as we call it, is a local nonprofit that preserves affordable home ownership and revitalizes communities by providing free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income seniors, disabled and veterans.  We also provide repairs for nonprofits and community organizations like senior centers, schools, medical clinics, nursing homes and shelters that serve low-income people right here in our own neighborhoods.  We can only do this with the support of roughly 1,000 volunteers and donations from individuals, corporations, private foundations, and small business owners.

Many of our neighbors worked hard all their lives, but now are unable to maintain their homes in safe and secure conditions.  Physical disabilities and financial hardship prevent seniors from completing critical repairs needed for their homes, resulting in dangerous and unhealthy living conditions. With more people living longer than at any time in the history of this country, low-income homeowners often have no place to turn to when the roof begins to leak and the front steps crumble and the heater breaks down.  Our goal is to preserve these houses and neighborhoods and assure a warm, dry and safe home for people in need.

We invite you to learn more about our work; to volunteer with us; and to support our work.

http://www.rtebn.org/

Wildlife Research Institute LogoThe Wildlife Research Institute was established to create a public, non-profit organization to conduct research and provide data and education for the wise use and management of wildlife and wildlife habitat. Further, to promote timely conservation biology through cooperative programs with agencies, industry and academia. WRI is a land trust and manager of mitigation for sensitive habitats.

Part of WRI’s mission is to educate. We teach the findings of our technical research so you, our community, can make informed decisions and actions. Thanks for learning!
www.wildlife-research.org

great pyrenees logoTo help Great Pyrenees dogs find loving and caring homes. We the owners and breeders of the Great Pyrenees unite together to form Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Club as one family, equal and unified in purpose and conviction, dedicated to do nothing out of selfish ambition, but always to preserve, protect, promote, and edify the breed of the Great Pyrenees and the people who love them.

Here at SPGPC we are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, rehoming, loving and celebrating Great Pyrenees dogs.

They were bred in the French Pyrenees Mountains and their purpose was to protect the sheep and livestock from predators such as wolves and bears. These dogs while loving and gently can become formidable opponents if their home or the people they love are in danger.

Because they are guardian dogs, they tend to be on duty and are known more often than not to bark. There are remedies to this situation if it becomes bothersome and we would be happy to share those options with you, if you are interested.

They do shed, however, their hair is long enough that it vacuums up easily without becoming entwined into fabrics. However, spayed and neutered dogs shed a lot less because of hormonal changes from the surgery.

They typically do not slobber. They can be messy drinkers, but will not leave snail trails down your walls with a shake of their head.

They are generally very good family dogs and love children.

They are wanderers and will roam. They must be confined in a secure fenced (6-ft.) area. They must never be tied or staked out.

They sometimes can be dog aggressive, because of their background as guardians, however, opposite sexes of dogs can be mixed and matched depending upon each dog’s individual traits and personalities.

Most of the rescue dogs come with some kind of baggage. They may have been mistreated and need to be loved and nurtured. All information about specific dogs will be shared when a potential new home is being considered.

www.spgpc.com

Mechanics Who Care was formed to help get poor performing, pollution producing, caMechanics Who Care Logors off the road.

Transportation is the largest source of air pollution in the United States.

In 2016, transportation contributed more than half of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen gases, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons emitted into our air.

This air pollution carries significant risks for human health and the environment.  Through clean vehicle and fuel technologies, coupled with the removal of older vehicles from the roads, we can significantly reduce air pollution from our cars and trucks, while cutting projected U.S. oil use in half within the next 20 years.

www.mechanicswhocare.org

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