Tenant Based Rental Assistance for Covid-19 in Placer County

Rental subsidies are now available to very low-income individuals and families in Placer County that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the program criteria (excluding the City of Roseville).

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) offers assistance for up to four months of unpaid back rent and late fees accrued after March 13, 2020 (not to exceed $2,500).

The program is scheduled to END on December 31st and is limited to funds available!

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be income eligible for the program (see flyer for specifics)
  • Must currently be renting or leasing a unit in Placer County (excluding Roseville City Limits) pursuant to a written rental agreement
  • Owner of the unit must be willing to enter into a rental assistance agreement with Placer County through the TBRA Program
  • At least of one of the following criteria must be met:
    • The household includes a member that has tested positive for COVID-19 and must quarantine so the wage earner(s) are unable to attend work
    • The household has experienced a documented decrease in total gross monthly household income of at least 30% because of the pandemic
    • The household has experienced a documented loss of income due to the pandemic and is behind or falling behind on rent

Interested renters should contact 211 for screening by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211. 

211 Placer operators will go through a screening sheet to determine if the household is potentially eligible. All households that pass the screening will be referred over to Placer County and eligible applicants will be sent the TBRA Application to apply for assistance.

Jones Fire Recovery and Wildfire Preparedness

As of the publication of this news item, the Jones Fire is at 705 acres and 85% contained. All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted, and Nevada County is moving into the recovery phase of this disaster.

As a partner to Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, 211 Connecting Point keeps concerned residents and their families up-to-date.

211 call center staff fielded 1,820 calls last week, helping people connect with information and resources pertaining to the Jones Fire. We sent out 45 updates to over 10,800 people at peek subscribership to our 797979 JONES text code. Our Jones Fire web page was viewed over 25,000 times. Even as some of our staff were impacted by evacuation or temporary power outages, as members of this community, we are proud to serve our friends and neighbors.

Here are some important resources if you were directly impacted by the Jones Fire or evacuations:  

The staff at 211 Connecting Point wish all those impacted by the fire and related evacuations swift recovery. We send our deep appreciation to first responders and staff still on the scene at the Jones Fire working on full containment, and those who are working on wildfires across the state of California.

211 Connecting Point encourages all of our Nevada County callers to sign up for CodeRED. This is the official emergency notification system of Nevada County that will directly notify you via call and text message if there is an evacuation order or warning for your address. Wildfire season has only just begun. It is important to  maintain situational awareness and stay prepared.  Be sure to:

Volunteers Needed for Green Waste Collection Events

Nevada County Fire Safe Council is seeking volunteers for the 2020 Free Residential Green Waste Collection days.

With 3 sites and 18 collection days, volunteers have many opportunities to choose from. Sites are in Grass ValleyPenn Valley, and Alta Sierra. Volunteers can sign up for shifts at different sites on different days if they like.

Volunteers at each collection site will coordinate traffic, collect participant information, track loads received using a tablet/iPad, answer questions, and perform an initial inspection to ensure invasive species (blackberry, Scotch broom, poison oak) are not in the loads of green waste.

To volunteer, visit the Volunteer Hub website or call 2-1-1 (or 1-833-DIAL211).


Each shift will be from 9am-3pm. The collections will take place on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays of each of the following weeks:

  • May 17, 18, 19
  • May 24, 25, 26
  • May 31, June 1, 2
  • June 7, 8, 9
  • June 14, 15, 16
  • June 21, 22, 23

Sign up for as many time slots as you are willing to take.


  • Must be 18 or older. Can be 16 or 17 if attending with an adult.
  • Special measures will be put in place to ensure this is a no-contact event, keeping volunteers safe from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This includes training delivered via video conference, or via YouTube. Completion of a short quiz will be required after the training, as well.
  • We will train you on the use of the tablets/iPads to check-in residents and show you how to spot invasive species in loads of green waste.
  • Fire Safe Council requires both liability and media releases (permission to use pictures of you doing the work)


A smile, a water flask, a camp chair if you need to sit down, and perhaps some sunscreen and a hat. We’ll provide everything else you need that day.


Cost for green waste removal remains a significant obstacle for property owners when it comes to fuels reduction. In response to this obstacle, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) hosted a 2019 Green Waste Event, resulting in removal of over 500 tons of green waste from Western Nevada County.

Based on the enthusiastic response by the community FSCNC will continue this event in 2020, partnering with the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services to provide this valuable service to residents for a total of 18 days in May and June, in order to further reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the community.

The collection and processing of this green waste will also reduce the number of burn piles in the county, which can irritate the lungs of residents who already face respiratory challenges. If their respiratory system is already compromised, contracting COVID-19 may be even more of a threat to them.

The objective this year is to expand upon an already successful event, continuing to provide a cost-effective way for residents of Western Nevada County to dispose of their residential green waste at three convenient locations, instead of creating a burn pile to eliminate that waste.

Thank you for your commitment to making Nevada County safer from wildfire, and to helping those with compromised respiratory systems get through this difficult time. Stay safe, and well.

Business Impact Survey

As the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic surface, the Grass Valley Downtown Association and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce are continually collecting data and information from businesses on the local impact. They have put together a COVID-19 Impact Survey to gather information.

If you are a local business owner, please take a moment to complete one of the following surveys. The information you provide will be critical in the continued response in assisting the business community.

Survey for Nevada City Businesses

Survey for Grass Valley Businesses

The data collected from these surveys will be used to communicate to state legislators, press, and to local elected officials on the types of resources needed by businesses, artists, and individuals. 

All information will be reported in general terms and individual business information will remain confidential.

Thank you for your participation!

New Website Promotes Local Businesses Offering Essential Services

When the COVID-19 crisis caused California to issue a Shelter in Place Order, some Nevada County residents quickly saw a need for information on local food pickup and delivery options. As businesses changed their service models, these folks took to the web to document the changes and spread the word. A month into the crisis, a group of these innovators have come together to pool resources and create a one-stop shop for COVID-19 business information.

The new website, NevadaCounty.Community-Need.com is your central online resource to find Western Nevada County businesses offering products and services during California’s Shelter in Place order.

The website has detailed information on essential businesses that are offering in-store shopping, in-store pick-up, curbside pick-up, and delivery. In addition, local businesses offering services and products online can create listings on how to book and buy from them directly.

“As folks are receiving their stimulus checks, it’s a great time to make those essential purchases from our local businesses,” says Meri Mohr, Alta Sierra resident, and contributor. Robin Galvan-Davies, CEO of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce notes, “As, during the PSPS events last fall, we are collaborating to support our small business owners and entrepreneurs during this difficult time.”

“We are focused on getting this information out to people fast,” says Marni Marshall, Director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association, “so we are tracking feedback and will continue to develop the interface and the content.” The new site fills an important gap in information during the COVID-19 crisis. “Our 211 program connects community members to a wide array of low or no-cost services provided by local nonprofits and government agencies. This list gives us an additional tool in our toolkit to help people connect to local businesses that are providing essential services,” says Connecting Point communications manager Heather Heckler. “We appreciate the collaborative effort.”

This web directory is the result of a collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Grass Valley Downtown Association, 211 Connecting Point, and the purveyors and patrons who contributed to Nevada County’s Curbside for Covid list, born from the Virtual Shop & Support Local Facebook Group. These organizations were receiving numerous requests for information, and many community members contributed to early development efforts, including Meri Mohr, Andreas Groos, Gary & Lisa Frankel, and Todd Wahoske and Jesse Locks of NC GV FOOD.

Local IT Services firm R&B Communications continues to develop the site pro-bono as a gift to the community. “We’ve been helping many businesses make changes to their websites and service strategies through shelter-at-home, and we’re honored to be able to use our team’s skills to support our community,” said R&B’s Chief Business Development Officer, Jacob Griscom. Volunteers administer the site, approving & validating submissions, and providing user support. Email info.nevadacounty@community-needs.com for more information.

Dial-a-Ride Service Launches in W. Nevada County

Seniors in Western Nevada County have a new transportation option. Starting April 22nd, Nevada County Transit Services is launching a Senior Dial-a-Ride service. Dial-a-Ride covers the same service area and schedule as the Gold Country Lift and is available to anyone age 65 and over. The cost is $4.00 for a one-way trip.
To request a ride, call Gold Country Lift at 530-271-RIDE (7433). First time passengers must show proof of age and submit a simple application at pick-up. A PDF of the Dial-A-Ride application is available at www.goldcountrystage.com
Typical hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 7:30 pm and Saturday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Current operating hours are reduced due to the Stay at Home order for COVID-19.
Call Gold Country Lift at 530-271-RIDE (7433) or Transit Services at 530-477-0103 for more information.

Free Film Screening Explores Opioid Addiction

Written Off posterJoin Nevada County Public Health and Nevada Joint Union High School District Adult Ed for a special free screening of the award-winning documentary film Written Off. Chronicling a young man’s struggles with opioid addiction, the film is told through “grippingly honest personal journals” as he works to to conceal how “an innocent prescription for painkillers leads to a 10-year struggle to escape opiates and the stigma that surrounds his addiction.”

Director Molly Hermann and one of the film’s inspirations, Jane Edwards, will be on-hand for the screening and panel discussion.

Learn more about the film at written-off.com.


What: Screening of the film Written Off

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Don Baggett Theatre, 11761 Ridge Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959

Cost: Free

Admission is free, with open seating. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Health Education Coordinator Toby Guevin at 530-265-7018. 

Gearing Up for Census 2020

Nevada County Counts logoEvery 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every person living in the United States. No matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or citizenship status–if you live in the United States, YOU COUNT.

Why the Census Matters

The Census is about more than just counting people. It has repercussions that will last a decade. Census data is used to fund roads, health services, and disaster planning and response. It also determines funding for essential safety net programs like MediCal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, WIC, and Section 8 Housing Vouchers, and many more.

Did we mention political representation?

There is a lot on the line.

Making Nevada County Count

Over the last six months, leaders throughout our community have come together to ensure a complete count in Nevada County. With a focus on populations that have been undercounted in the past, the coalition includes organizations that serve children, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and Latinx and LGBTQ+ folks. Together we’re creating safe spaces to learn about and participate in Census 2020.
Unlike past counts, the 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. For those of us without internet access, this can be a major barrier. We are working to set up sites throughout the county where you can complete the Census online. You can also respond by phone or by mail.

Coming Soon

Census Day is April 1st, but you will be able to complete your Census form beginning in mid-March. Keep an eye on your mailbox for your invitation to complete the Census online. In the meantime, check out the Nevada County Counts website to sign up for Census updates or learn more about why the Census matters for our community.

Get Involved

If you work for a organization that serves “hard-to-count” communities, you may be eligible for a Census Mini-Grant. Learn more about mini-grants here.
To learn more about the 2020 Census go to www.NevadaCountyCounts.org or call us at 211.

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.

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


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

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.

Help Prevent Suicide with Upcoming Trainings

Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.

safeTALK Training

Learn and practice powerful, life-saving skills in just four hours. Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it’s the world’s fastest-growing suicide prevention training.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 9:00am 1:00pm

Where: Empire Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

ASIST Training

LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Training) is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.

When: December 10 & December 11 (8:00am – 4:30pm both days)

Where: Providence Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

For questions or more information, please contact Toby Guevin, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Nevada County, at toby.guevin@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-7018

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.


Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots

The Nevada County Public Health Department wants to help you Fight the Flu. Get your free flu shot on October 21st from 12:00-4:00 pm without ever leaving your car. Flu shots will be available for adults and children 3 years and older.

The free drive-thru clinic will be held in the parking lot of Twin Cities Church, at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway in Grass Valley. Enter the lot via the westbound entrance only. This is a drive-thru event only; no walk-ups, please.

Please wear clothing that allows for easy access to your upper arm.

For more information, call 530-265-7265.


What: Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots

When: October 21st from 12:00-4:00 pm

Where: Twin Cities Church, at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway in Grass Valley

Cost: Free!


Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight

Connecting Point’s Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in the community. Each week we feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

This week, we have chosen a variety of opportunities from local organizations that are providing valuable services to the county. From fun weekend events to ongoing volunteer positions, you’re likely to find the perfect match for your interests. As always, there are many more positions available at the Volunteer Hub. For more information on any of the following opportunities, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

Connect to your cause:


  • Grills & Grilles Event – United Way
    Come lend a hand for a fall BBQ in the park! United Way of Nevada County works to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. On Saturday, Oct. 19th, United Way is bringing back their big fundraising event. The 12thannual “Grills & Grilles” fundraiser includes a BBQ competition, Car & Motorcycle Show, and the 5th annual Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament. The event will be held at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Volunteers are needed to help set up in the morning and tear down in late afternoon. Also, volunteers are needed from 9-4 to help with booths such as selling beverages, tickets, or helping out in the children’s area.
  • Various Opportunities – Anew Day
    Offer support to those who need it. Anew Day is a faith-based organization that provides healing and hope through lay and professional counseling for those who are hurting. Anew Day does not proselytize or evangelize, rather, they meet folks from all faiths in whatever struggles they are facing, offering a place of love and support. Anew Day’s success depends on its volunteers, and there are many opportunities to lend your support. Anew Day uses volunteers as receptionists and lay counselors, providing additional support to supplement professional counseling. They offer a 12-week Counseling Skills Workshop consisting of 14 classes held in their Grass Valley office.
  • Book Nook Volunteer – AnimalSave
    If you love books and animals, this is the opportunity for you! AnimalSave transforms the lives of cats and dogs by providing humane education, affordable spay and neuter services and finding loving homes. The bookstore volunteer helps generate funds through book sales that are essential to AnimalSave’s animal rescue & adoption program and its low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Retail or merchandising experience a plus, but not required; interest and experience with books, authors and genres desired; must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds; must be able to stand or sit for several hours. Bookstore hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00am– 5:00pm, 3-4-hour shifts. AnimalSave will work out your specific schedule with you. Training will be provided, minimum of 6-month commitment expected.
  • Various Positions – Center For the Arts
    Join the fun! The Center for the Arts is a cultural and educational organization that promotes and presents literary, visual, & performing arts for the enrichment of the community. The Center values and appreciates each volunteer, because they make it possible to bring a variety of high-quality performances to Nevada County. Volunteers for The Center must attend a minimum one training session designed to give an overall view of the program and duties to be performed on the Main Stage and Center On The Go They will also discuss larger events held off-site at the Grass Valley Vets Hall, as those shows have additional volunteer opportunities. Positions include ticket taker, greeter, usher, bar set-up & cashiers, bartender, concessions, security, house manager’s assistant, green room strike, Saturday gallery attendant, ambassador – represent The Center at booths, events, & more, clerical, street marketing – distributing flyers and promotional materials, tech & stage setup, special events team.


Want to see more? Go to the Volunteer Hub website or call 211 to find the right volunteer opportunity for you!

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.

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight

Connecting Point’s Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Each week we feature a selection from our ever-growing list of upcoming opportunities at all your favorite local organizations.

This week, we have selected another varied batch of fun and exciting opportunities with local organizations providing valuable services to the county. As always, there are many more positions available at the Volunteer Hub.

Connect to Your Cause

Lobby Greeter – County of Nevada

Be the friendly face of Nevada County! This is a wonderful opportunity to be of assistance to citizens and the general public visiting our government center. Nevada County is looking for volunteers to assist as Lobby Greeters at the Rood Center in Nevada City. As a volunteer greeter, you will be an ambassador to our county and help to promote local information and provide assistance to visitors. Lobby Greeter Volunteers work in the Eric Rood Administration Center lobby and shifts normally last for 1 to 4 hours.

Street of Dreams Fundraiser 9/27 – Habitat For Humanity

Help provide strength, stability and self-reliance for those in need. The mission of Habitat For Humanity is to build affordable homes in partnership with local families. ‘Street of Dreams’ is Nevada County Habitat for Humanity’s annual benefit. Volunteers are needed on Friday September 27th for two opportunities:

Food Server

The food server shift will be from 5:00pm-8:30pm and responsibilities include serving the hot dishes to guests, tending to any dining needs, and helping with breakdown of the food area.

Clean-Up Helper

The clean-up helper shift will be from 10:00pm-11:30pm and responsibilities include putting away tables and chairs, packing up silent auction items, and general clean-up of trash.

After School Driver – The Friendship Club

Responsible and reliable drivers wanted! The Friendship Club provides a comprehensive, year-round, long-term program aimed at helping empower and educate youth who face challenges of poverty, abuse and trauma between the ages of 10 and 18 and provides assistance into their 20s as they transition into adulthood. Once a week during the school year, After School Drivers meet girls at their school and drive them to the Friendship Club for a weekly meeting. The Friendship Club offers their regular drivers maximum flexibility by providing substitute drivers when needed. They are currently looking for both regular and sub drivers and will work with you to find a school closest to your home or workplace to minimize your travel time. All drivers must go through a screening process.

Thursday Lunch Preparer/Server – Sierra Roots

Sierra Roots serves the chronically homeless people of Nevada County, many of whom have been homeless for years & have severe disabilities such as mental illness, substance abuse disorder, and chronic health problems. Since 2010, Sierra Roots has provided nutritious hot meals to an average of 35 individuals every Thursday from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Volunteer Preparers and Servers bring a dish of their choice once a month. Five volunteers are at each lunch with their dishes and they stay and serve. Lunches and clothing distribution take place at two locations, depending on time of year; at Pioneer Park in Nevada City from approximately June September and at the First Baptist Church, 300 Main St, Nevada City, from approximately October-May.

Experienced Masons – The North Star House

Help restore a community treasure! The North Star House is a 10,000 square-foot home designed in 1905 by the renowned architect Julia Morgan (best known for her work on Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California). Their mission is to rehabilitate and transform the Historic North Star House into a premier cultural event center and to promote Nevada County’s legacy by fostering local arts, letters and sciences. Volunteer Experienced Masons work on the construction crew that is restoring the historic North Star House located at 12075 Auburn Rd in Grass Valley. Construction work occurs every Tuesday and Thursday morning, approx. 8:00am – 1:00pm. Being present every workday is not mandatory, but significant involvement is desirable. Qualifications: General masonry skills dealing with concrete, mortar, and grouting techniques, or be willing to learn those skills from one of their team members.

Don’t see a good fit here? Go to the Volunteer Hub website or call 211 to find the right volunteer opportunity for you!

Suicide Prevention Week Starts September 8th

Suicide Prevention Week is September 8th-14th, 2019

During this week individuals and organizations around the country join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and to reach as many people as possible with the tools and resources to support themselves and those around them. The theme of Suicide Prevention Week is Finding Purpose: Caring for Ourselves and Others. It truly takes whole communities joining together to make a difference – from individuals and families to workplaces, government agencies, and community organizations.

Is Suicide Preventable?

In the last couple of years several well-known figures in the food and entertainment industries, died by suicide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that suicide rates rose in nearly every state in the U.S. Many of us have been personally impacted by the death of someone we know or someone we love. The problem can sometimes seem insurmountable.

You may have heard people asking, or asked yourself: “Is suicide preventable?”

The causes of suicide are complex, and so are the solutions. Asking “why” when we lose someone is natural, but suicide can’t be attributed to a single cause. Preventing suicide requires sustained, broad-based efforts involving many sectors of the community and reaching into people’s relationships with friends and family. Working together, we can develop a comprehensive safety net for ourselves, friends and loved ones that includes prevention, early intervention, and support for those who are struggling, have attempted, or have lost someone to suicide.

There are Reasons for Hope!

The next time you hear someone ask “Is suicide preventable”, or you ask this question yourself, the answer lies partly in recognizing how much we do know about preventing suicide.

Did you know that:

  • Effective suicide prevention strategies exist that can reduce suicidal thinking and behavior? Some programs take place within clinical settings, and others are based in the community, but evaluation studies and research have shown that they can help. Find out more about these programs by checking out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Technical Package
  • National initiatives are underway that are enhancing suicide prevention in health care settings (e.g. sprc.org) and within industries (e.g. Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, www.cfma.org) and workplaces.
  • National and local efforts are helping us to change the conversation about suicide to one of hope and help and to encourage effective messaging around suicide prevention. And as a result, more often we see compassionate portrayals and responses in media and in the entertainment industry after a suicide death.
  • The Know the Signs campaign is helping Californians to Know the Signs, Find the Words, and Reach Out to help someone they are concerned about. Check out the web site in English or Spanish

What is Your Role in Suicide Prevention?

While not every suicide can be prevented, by joining together throughout communities, we can reduce risk. Everyone has a role to play and a contribution to make.

Local Resources

The Nevada County Public Health Department is hosting a safeTALK training in Nevada City on September 10th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. safeTALK is LivingWorks’ most popular training. Participants will learn how to prevent suicide by:

  • Recognizing the signs of suicide
  • Engaging someone with thoughts of suicide
  • Connecting them to an intervention resource for further support

For more details and to register, fill out the Registration form.


What: LivingWorks safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training

When: Tuesday, September 10, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Empire Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor), 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945

Cost: Free. Registration is required (limited spots available, sign up today).

For questions or more information, contact Toby Guevin, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at toby.guevin@co.nevada.ca.us or 530-265-7018.


The Know the Signs campaign is one of several statewide initiatives funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63).  These efforts are administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and are part of Each Mind Matters:  California’s Mental Health Movement.