Take Charge of Your Diabetes with Upcoming Class

Connecting Point is hosting a free workshop to help Nevada County residents prioritize their long-term health.

The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their caregivers. Get proactive, take control of your health, and gain valuable tools to make more informed health decisions. You’ll leave this six-week class with a better understanding of the human body, learn about risk factors for diabetes, and gain tools for self-care, symptom management, exercise, and meal planning.

Diabetes Self-Management classes are on Tuesdays, February 11th through March 17th from 2:00-4:00 pm at Connecting Point, 208 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

All Connecting Point classes are free and open to the public. Diabetes Self-Management is offered in partnership with Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with assistance from the Nevada County Public Health Department.

For more information or to register, call Karen at 530-274-5601 or register online at connectingpoint.org/events.

Take Charge of Your Health with Upcoming Class

Connecting Point is hosting a free workshop to help Nevada County residents prioritize their long-term health.

Living Well with a Chronic Condition is geared toward folks with health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, depression, and emphysema. Over this 6-week course, participants will share experiences, make action plans, and problem-solve alongside others with chronic conditions. This innovative and interactive workshop will help you improve your quality of life and lower your health care costs. You’ll learn techniques for dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; build your strength and endurance; and learn how to effectively communicate with family, friends, and health professionals.

Living Well with a Chronic Condition classes are on Thursdays, January 16th through February 20th from 2:00-4:30 pm at the Cedar Park Apartments Community Room, 210 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

All Connecting Point classes are free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, call Karen at 530-274-5601 or register online at connectingpoint.org/events.

Free Health Clinic January 11 & 12

Free health clinic flyerNevada County residents in need of basic medical care will soon have a chance to see a medical professional for free. United Way of Nevada County is hosting a California CareForce (CCF) health clinic on January 11th and 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The 2-day clinic will will provide up to 1,000 attendees with free dental, eye, and medical exams and subsequent basic dental work and vision correction with glasses.

Clinic Appointments

You MUST have a wristband to receive clinic services. You can pick up a wristband at the Nevada County Fairgrounds the day before you want to be seen.

To be seen on Saturday: pick up a wristband on Friday from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

To be seen on Sunday: pick up a wristband on Saturday from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Enter through Gate 4 and go through the main parking lot to Gate 5.

Veteran Priority

Veterans and active members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve and their families will receive priority entrance to the clinic, beginning at 7:00 am on each clinic day. Veterans do NOT have to wait in line for a wristband the day before and can receive services on the same day they visit the clinic. Look for the “Veterans Line Starts Here” sign when you arrive and provide a copy of your DD-214 or military, reserve or VA ID card or California driver’s license/ID card that has the military designation. Service is not limited to those with an honorable discharge status.

Volunteers Needed

The clinic is still in need of medical professionals to volunteer their time. There is also a need for volunteers to help set up and tear down. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to call California CareForce at 916-749-4170 or visit CaliforniaCareforce.org.

You Can Impact Homelessness in Nevada County

Beter Together campaign to address homelessnessHomelessness is a complex issue affecting our community. There is no one way to solve the problem, but we all have an opportunity to make an impact.

Connecting Point and the County of Nevada are teaming up on the Better Together campaign to highlight volunteer opportunities that specifically support efforts to address homelessness. By volunteering, you can give your time, energy, and skills to local organizations that are working every day to assist those in need.

Using the Connecting Point Volunteer Hub, we’ve created a one-stop shop to connect you to a variety of volunteer opportunities with organizations such as the Friendship Club, Hospitality House, Nevada County Pets in Need, and Sierra Roots. Whether you contribute your time as a board member or a pet food bagger, you are making a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

Connecting Point will be updating the Better Together page with opportunities as they become available. If you work for a local non-profit that needs volunteers, join the effort today.

To explore all Better Together opportunities or learn more about the Better Together campaign, go to www.ConnectingPoint.org/BetterTogether.

Improve Your Health with Free Classes

Cover of Community Classes booklet2020 is here! Now is a great time to make plans and take steps to improve your health in the coming year. Connecting Point is offering several classes to help you do just that. These free Community Classes are open to all Nevada County residents. Highlights include:

Health & Independence

Bus Basics
Get an overview of our local bus system and learn to ride with confidence. Learn about fares, passes, and payment options and become an expert at reading the bus schedule. Register

Cancer: Thriving & Surviving (6-week series)
This program is designed for people who are managing cancer or are in remission. Learn how to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, poor sleep habits, and decisions about treatment and
complementary therapies. You will actively engage and learn how to communicate effectively with family, friends, and health professionals. Gain confidence in your ability to manage your health and maintain an active, fulfilling life. Register

Ready, Set, Safe: Preparing for Disaster
Disaster can strike at any time without warning. Learn how to make a plan to protect yourself, your family, and your property during disasters. Register

Wellness

Chair Yoga
De-stress with this low-impact yoga class combining gentle movement with mindfulness techniques. Register

Stress Busters!
Beat back stress with this fun, interactive series. Explore a variety of stress-busting tools and techniques. Learn to use exercise, nutrition, and a healthy dose of humor to master stress and live a healthier life. Register

Qigong
Use breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to improve your life energy (qi). Qigong promotes health, vitality, and a tranquil state. These sessions provide a practical daily ritual to self-healing. Register

Check out the full slate of classes on Connecting Point’s Eventbrite page or call Karen at 530-274-5601 to register.

Schedule Your Free AARP Tax Prep Appointment

211 is now scheduling appointments for free tax preparation & electronic filing services of both Federal & State tax returns. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year and work hard to make sure you get every tax credit and deduction you’ve earned. There is no fee and no sales pitch for other services.  AARP membership is not required.

Please call 211 or toll free at 844-319-4119 to schedule an appointment on a Monday between February 3rd and April 13th.  Limited appointments will also be available for two Saturday mornings, February 22 and March 28. Lake Wildwood residents: Tax-Aide services will be provided at the Lake Wildwood Community Center. For more information in LWW, please call 530-432-3260

Learn more at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide.

Explore Construction Career with Free Bootcamp

Construction Bootcamp FlyerAre you ready to kick-off a career in the building trades?

Join the Sierra College Nevada County Campus for their free Construction Bootcamp, beginning January 10th.

This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals interested in exploring a career in construction to get an introduction to the field. Through three short-term classes students will gain essential skills and connect with local industry professionals. Classes include:

Introduction to Safety for the Building Trade
Fridays & Saturdays, January 10-18, 9:00 am to 3:50 pm

Introduction to Building Trades & Tools
Fridays & Saturdays, January 31-February 22, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Safety for the Building Trade with grade of “Pass”

Basic Material Handling & Building
Fridays & Saturdays, February 28-March 31, 9:00 am to 3:50 pm
Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Building Trades & Tools with grade of “Pass”

Apply TODAY!

Not sure if Construction Bootcamp is right for you? Attend an information session on January 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Sierra College–Nevada County Campus, Building N1-205 to learn more.

See the Construction Bootcamp flyer for more information, or contact the Sierra College Admissions & Records office at 530-274-5302 with questions.

The Census Bureau is Hiring!

Census Jobs Nevada CountyThe 2020 Census will help decide how billions of dollars will reach Californians. Information collected by the Census helps determine funding for dozens of programs that provide essential resources to our communities. Census data determines funding for schools, child care programs, road maintenance projects, and social assistance programs.

Now is your chance to play a role in your community and help “get out the count.”

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for both supervisory and non-supervisory positions in Nevada County. These temporary jobs offer great pay, flexible hours, and a chance to meet your neighbors.

Supplement your income and help Nevada County achieve a complete count for Census 2020.

Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

For more information or help applying, call 1-855-JOB-2020.

 

Census 2020: Gearing Up for a Complete Count

Be Counted California!Every decade since 1790, the United States has attempted to count the country’s population. This nation-wide head-count plays an extraordinarily important role in shaping our communities for years to come.

Why the Census Matters

The next Census will take place in April 2020. There is a lot on the line, including funding for essential safety net programs and representation in Congress. Census data is used to:

  • Draw Congressional districts (not to mention school districts!)
  • Distribute billions of federal dollars to states
  • Inform the decisions of government, businesses, and non-profits

An undercount could cost California more than $1.5 billion across all Federal programs. These are dollars that fund housing, education, healthcare, roads, and emergency services in Nevada County.

The Challenge

It is vital to the future of our community to ensure that every person in Nevada County is counted. Connecting Point and the County of Nevada are collaborating to “get out the count,” with the goal of achieving a complete count for Census 2020. That means counting every person living in Nevada County. There are significant barriers to meeting this goal:

  • The 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. Internet access is limited in many areas of our county.
  • S. Census Bureau outreach will not go to P.O. Boxes. Many residents may not receive information about the Census.
  • There is widespread mistrust of the government and potential for misinformation about the Census in our community. People may choose not to participate, even though Census data is protected.

The State of California estimates that there are 48,370 “hard-to-count” individuals living in Nevada County (learn more about the Hard-to-Count Index here).

What’s Next

Connecting Point is currently reaching out to community organizations, faith-based groups, local agencies, businesses and others who work closely with demographic populations considered least likely to respond. These include:

  • Latinos
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Farm-workers
  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Children ages 0-5
  • Veterans
  • People with low/no broadband access
  • Households with limited English proficiency

Achieving a complete count requires us to work together to find the best ways to reach our hard-to-count neighbors. If you serve any of the above “hard-to-count” populations, we want to hear from you. Please contact Heather Heckler by email or by phone at 530-274-5601 to let us know if you’d like to be involved.

The Census begins April 1st. LET’S MAKE NEVADA COUNTY COUNT!

Learn more about the 2020 Census and Nevada County’s Complete Count.

Help the Community Get to Know Your Nonprofit

The Union Newspaper is looking for community organizations to contribute to the Know Your Nonprofit feature, which will now run alongside Connecting Point’s Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight in the print edition every Monday. Our hope is that this feature will draw more attention to the opportunities offered on the Volunteer Hub and highlight the work of the amazing nonprofits in our community. 211 and the Volunteer Hub are only as good as the valuable services local organizations provide to Nevada County residents. Know Your Nonprofit is a great way to spread the word about who you are and what you do and will help you find volunteers who connect to your organization’s mission and values.

If you are interested in spotlighting your local nonprofit organization, all you need to do is complete this simple form.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Heckler.