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

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.

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.

Details

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.

Details

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.

“Yes I Can!” Series Starts Sept. 9th

We all know caregivers are superheros. But every Batman needs a Robin. The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation has your back with the free “Yes I Can!” series. “Yes I Can!” is built to support family caregivers, with information from local experts on caring for the caregiver, connecting to community resources, and advanced planning. You’ll leave feeling empowered again, with more tools in your kit.

Part 1 is a three-week series, running from September 9th through 23rd. Classes are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley. Respite care is available.

Details

What: “Yes I Can!” Caregiver Empowerment Series
When: Mondays, September 9-23, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Eskaton Village, 49er Lounge, 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley
Cost: Free for family caregivers

To register, leave a message at Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center at 1-800-635-0220. If care is needed for your loved one during class, please indicate this when registering.

For more information, contact Annie Mikal at 530-264-5046 or amikalheine@gmail.com.

Survey on Mental Health Services

Nevada County Behavioral Health wants your input on the future of mental health services in our community. The Community Needs Assessment Survey gives the public an opportunity to weigh in on funding priorities for programs to serve both youth and adults.

This survey is part of the planning process for the next Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three-Year Plan, starting in July 2020. 

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), also known as Prop 63, was passed by California voters in November 2004. MHSA is funded by a 1% tax for those earning over $1 million per year, and is designed to expand and transform California’s county mental health systems.

This survey has 22 questions and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey has four sections: (1) prevention and early intervention services; (2) treatment and recovery services; (3) access to services; and (4) personal demographic information. All answers are optional, and your responses will be anonymous and confidential
 
The survey will close on Monday, August 26.
 

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight, August 19th – 25th

Connecting Point is excited to announce the launch of Nevada County’s new Volunteer Hub.

The Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Each week we will feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

August is National Wellness Month, so this week we’re highlighting organizations dedicated to the well-being of our community. For more information on any of the following positions, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

VOLUNTEER DELIVERY DRIVER – Gold Country Community Services

Show our senior community that you care! Gold Country Community Services, Inc. provides essential programs that meet the basic needs of seniors living in western Nevada County. GCCS is looking for delivery drivers for its Meals on Wheels program. Under general supervision and guidance from the Nutrition Manager, the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Driver will deliver meals to homebound participants. Volunteers can participate in delivering to the same route each week and/or be on-call as substitute drivers as needed.

VOLUNTEER RESPITE CARE SPECIALIST – One Source–Empowering Caregivers

Help provide support to caregivers. The Mission of One Source–Empowering Caregivers is to improve quality of life for Caregivers and their loved ones by providing cost-free, non-medical support while they remain at home in a safe and healthy environment. One Source will hold training for Volunteer Respite Care Specialists on Saturday, Sept. 7, 14 and 21. A trained Volunteer Respite Care Specialist sets up an appointment to serve two to four hours per week in the home of a caregiver to provide respite for the caregiver and companionship to the person they care for.

SUPPER CREW MEMBER – The Friendship Club

Want to show off your kitchen skills? 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. As a supper crew member, you will work under the direction of the meal program coordinator as part of their after school program, to complete tasks necessary for meal preparation, buffet-style meal service, and clean up. On-site training is provided.

CAT ROOM ATTENDANT – AnimalSave

Attention cat lovers! AnimalSave transforms the lives of cats and dogs by providing humane education, affordable spay and neuter services, and finding them loving homes. The cat room attendant cleans, feeds and cares for cats and kittens surrendered to AnimalSave while they are housed in the cat adoption room. This is a critical volunteer position that ensures the health and wellbeing of animals while they wait for adoption.

FOOD LOVE FARM HELPER – Sierra Harvest

Do you have a green thumb? Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. Come help at the Food Love Farm, where more than 2,000 students learn where their food comes from and get first-hand experience working on a farm. Dig beds, plant, harvest, weed and learn about organic crop production alongside the fun Sierra Harvest staff.

VARIOUS POSITIONS – Granite Wellness Center (formerly CoRR)

Help those who are struggling. Granite Wellness Center’s mission is to support the communities they serve with a full spectrum of wellness-focused programs to reduce the social, health and economic impact on families and children from all types of substance abuse and behavioral health issues. Ongoing volunteer opportunities are available.

To learn more about these and many more volunteer opportunities, call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 or visit us at ConnectingPoint.org.

Countywide Emergency Alert Test

Not sure if you’re signed up for emergency alerts?

County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services will issue a test of the Code RED emergency alert system on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10:00 am.

If you haven’t registered for Code RED emergency alerts, now is a great time to sign up. It only take a few minutes to enroll in any of the following ways:

Code Red alerts will come from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on your caller ID. Save these numbers to your phone’s contacts to make sure you don’t mistake an alert fro spam.

The Town of Truckee will conduct a simultaneous test of the Nixle emergency alerts system which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to Code RED. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District provide the primary emergency notifications to Town of Residents via Nixle.

Town of Truckee residents and visitors can sign-up for Nixle messages by texting 888777 with the Truckee zip code of 96161 for pre-event messages and emergency notifications.

Both Code Red and Nixle are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify Nevada County and Town of Truckee residents in the event of an emergency. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools utilized by the local government in the event of an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of emergency planning.

These tools are not a guaranteed source of information, and residents should be prepared and remain aware.

Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts
Follow Office of Emergency services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare.
Follow Truckee Fire Protection District on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeeFire.
Follow Truckee Police Department on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeePolice

Free Food & Fun at Family Appreciation Day

Join Sierra Nevada Children’s Services for a magical day of free family fun this Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The 5th annual Family Appreciation Day will include arts and crafts, a magic show, and all kinds of games and activities for kids. Eat a free lunch under the pines (followed by a Sno-cone or two), dance to the ukulele music of the Strum Bums, and connect with community organizations.

All families are welcome.

Details

What: SNCS Family Appreciation Day

When: Saturday, August 3rd, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: 420 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley

Cost: Free!

It’s Market Money Time

Double Your CalFresh Dollars

The CalFresh Market Money program is back for another season of fresh fruits and veggies straight from your local farmers.

CalFresh participants who spend 10 EBT dollars on market tokens can get 10 more tokens free at all participating markets, all season long.

Participating Markets

THE MARKET AT GRASS VALLEY
Pine Creek Shopping Center (Raley’s), 650 Freeman Lane
Tuesdays, June 4th through September 24th
8:00 am to 12;00 pm

THE MARKET AT GRASS VALLEY
Corner of South Auburn & Neal Street, Grass Valley
June 6th through September 26th
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

NEVADA CITY FARMERS’ MARKET
Union Street, Nevada City
June 1st through November 23rd
8:30 am to 1:00 pm

How It Works

If you are already a CalFresh participant, getting your market match is simple. Just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Come out to the Connecting Point booth at any of the participating farmers’ markets.
  2. Show us your EBT card and photo ID. We’ll match your EBT tokens up to $10.
  3. Use your market tokens to buy fruits and veggies from participating farm stands.

If you are interested in applying for CalFresh benefits, you can learn more at Nevada County’s CalFresh website or begin your online application at C4Yourself.

New Website Focuses on Wildfire Preparedness

Ready Nevada County and County of Nevada logosThe County of Nevada wants residents to be ready for wildfire. And they’re providing all kinds of tools and information to help us get the job done, from packed community forums and free green waste disposal to the super-informative Ready, Set, Go Handbook that landed in our mailboxes last month.

Their latest tool is ReadyNevadaCounty.org. The new website combines information on the County’s wildfire readiness strategies with steps individuals can take to get prepared. You’ll find everything you need for your Ready, Set, Go strategy, including:

ReadyNevadaCounty.org brings everything together in one place. So what are you waiting for? Start preparing today.

Ready Nevada County is a stakeholder effort coordinated by the County of Nevada to raise awareness and mobilize the community to prevent and prepare for wildfire. Look for the Ready Nevada County logo for the latest on wildfire readiness.

Get on the Bus with Summer Youth Pass

Image of two young women smiling at the camera. Text includes information about the Summer Youth Bus Pass.School is wrapping up for the year and summer activities are kicking into high gear. But how are your kids getting to all these great events? How about the bus!

Give your kids the gift of independence with a Gold Country Stage Summer Youth Pass.

For just $25, kids ages 6-17 can get unlimited rides all summer long, from June 1 through August 31. The pass is good for all Gold Country Stage routes, including Route 5 to Auburn, Route 6 to Penn Valley–Lake Wildwood, and the new Lucky Route 7, serving the South Yuba River and North San Juan (beginning July 8th).

Purchase your Summer Youth Pass at the Gold Country Stage office at 13081 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Proof of age is required.

Check out the Rider’s Guide at the Gold Country Stage website for bus routes and schedules. Call 211 for help planning your trip.

Want to learn to ride the bus like a pro? Join Connecting Point’s upcoming Bus Basics class or get in touch with our Travel Trainer to schedule your one-on-one or group training.