Thank you to our February guest speaker, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman. We appreciate your efforts to bring awareness to the need of mental health services and the opportunity to learn more about the events that took place on the coast in 2011 which have been documented in the book; Out There in The Woods. Book profits benefit three organizations: Matt Coleman Fund, Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation and Mendocino branches of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (N.A.M.I.)
Julie Sawyer, Service Committee Chair and Katie Kight, President, presented the Ukiah Senior Center Lunch Bunch with a very much appreciated monetary contribution.
The Lunch Bunch provides a social activity for Ukiah seniors and a much needed break for caregivers, spouses and children. It is a welcoming place for isolated seniors and those with disabilities to spend time with their peers. The delicious lunch is provided by Zack's Catering. In addition to lunch, seniors enjoy guided activities, arts and crafts, gentle movement and more.
For additional information about The Lunch Bunch, contact Donna Ford RN, Lunch Bunch Director by phone: 462-4343 ext.121 or email: email@example.com
Liz Elmore, Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah spoke at our January club meeting about her program. It was wonderful to hear how much the club is able to do for our community’s children. Below is some information on a specific program SMART Girls as well as ideas and opportunities for club members to become more involved with the Boys & Girls Club.
Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah (BGCU) is an afterschool youth development program which operates each day after school serving the Ukiah Valley. With nearly 600 registered members BGCU has an average of 160 members coming through their door daily. Professional staff and volunteers are on site to mentor youth until 6:30 p.m. offering a variety of specialized small groups such as SMART Girls (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training). SMART Girls currently has 15 youth who participate in a weekly discussion with an adult facilitator who directs the conversation using BGCA curriculum. There is a large variety of subjects discussed such as healthy life choices, drug awareness, and puberty. The facilitator supports girls with making proper choices for their lives, guiding them with growing into healthy, active, responsible, productive adults.
More than 60% of BGCU funding comes from local individuals and special events. March 9 marks our next fundraiser, the Crab Feed. If you would like to participate in organization of the event or by purchasing tickets, please give them a call at 467-4900.
Financial assistance is always welcome, yet there are other ways to assist BGCU such as volunteering your time with a one-time speaking opportunity of sharing your career or personal story or an ongoing scheduled commitment. We are also currently seeking a volunteer with a love for gardening who would like to share that love with youth, taking on the coordination and creation of a back yard above-ground garden. Other volunteers are always welcome for a large variety of projects such as co-facilitating SMART Girls or being a guest speaker. Crocheting, arts, reading, writing and music are some of the other areas you can assist with. Giving the gift of your time is a very special way to assist youth to grow.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 467-4900