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El Dorado County Community Service & Support Digest

Community Playground Fundraising Boosted With $25k Match Donation


Untethered Workspace announced it would match up to $25K in donations to the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe through the end of May in support of the its community playground campaign.

Mountain Lion Attack Update and Fundraiser


The family of two men attacked by a mountain lion in El Dorado County released an update of the survivor and fundraising details for those who wish to contribute to funeral and medical costs.

Groups Partner With Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to Offer Free Books


Local agencies and nonprofits are working with the Marcella Foundation to offer free monthly books to local children up to 5 years old as part of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library initiative.

El Dorado County Women Honored


Local legislators named two El Dorado County women as 2024 women of the year.

Volunteers Needed for Senior Nutrition Program


The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program is seeking volunteers to support its services in the community.

CASA Fundraiser Set for April 18


Child Advocates of El Dorado County is holding its 28th annual Box Lunch fundraiser on April 18, to support CASA’s advocacy services for El Dorado County youth.

Faith Episcopal Church Youth Group Tackles Hunger


While the San Francisco 49ers may have lost on Super Bowl Sunday, Cameron Park youth scored big by collecting 2,936 pounds of food for the Food Bank of El Dorado County.

WWII Vets Honored


Members of the American Legion Post 119 made time to recognize the WWII veterans among them during their February meeting and dinner.

New Morning Youth Shelter Needs New Roof


New Morning Youth & Family Services, offering 24-hour, 7-day emergency youth shelter in Placerville, has served as a safe haven in El Dorado County since 2011.

‘Working Together for Success’: EDC Chamber of Commerce Hits 99 Years


In his speech at El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce’s awards and installation dinner, Mark Luster drew inspiration from risk takers like Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Local Celebrity Creates Tahoe-centric Branding for Cancer Cause


A fundraiser for Nicole Marsel—a former TV host with stage 4 cancer—is selling merchandise with a logo that’s grabbing attention, with the U in “F*** Cancer” replaced with the shape of Lake Tahoe.

Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe Raising Funds to Reestablish Homeland


The Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe has a time-limited opportunity to purchase 232 acres on a Nisenan Village site called Yulića—the tribe’s best opportunity to re-establish a homeland in more than half a century.

Caregiver Series Coming to Placerville


The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Family Caregiver Support Program, Marshall Medical Center and the Alzheimer’s Association of Sacramento will present a free, three-part series in February on senior caregiving.

El Dorado Transit Seeks Committee Members


El Dorado Transit is looking for transit riders and members of the public to become part of the Transit Advisory Committee.

CASA El Dorado County Names New Leader


Court Appointed Special Advocates El Dorado County dedicates services to support, empower and provide a voice for abused, neglected and at-risk youth.

CompanionPets Bring Joy to Alzheimer’s, Dementia Patients


Snowline Hospice has introduced the CompanionPets Program, featuring robotic dogs and cats that provide comfort and emotional support for patients facing the challenges of cognitive impairment.

Women’s Fund El Dorado Grant Application Period Open


Nonprofit agencies serving El Dorado County’s western slope are now invited to apply for grant funding.

Why California Community Colleges Struggle to Create Diverse Faculties and Staff


“Progress remains slow,” according to a recent report on faculty diversity at California’s community colleges. For Nikia Chaney, the sole full-time Black faculty member at Cabrillo College, the experience is personal.

How One California School System Raised Test Scores for Black Students


Emery Unified took a targeted approach, including paying teachers extra to stay after school and tutor students.

California Presses Universities to Return Thousands of Native American Remains and Artifacts to Local Tribes


State audits of the University of California and the California State University found both systems have failed to comply with decades-old state and federal laws mandating the return of Native ancestral remains and cultural artifacts. Only UCLA and Cal State Long Beach have returned a majority of their collections.

New Law Could Help Undocumented California College Students Get Financial Aid


The financial aid application for undocumented students is cumbersome and confusing, and many students aren’t completing the forms. A new law streamlines the process.

Domestic Violence Shelters Play a Key Role in Fighting Homelessness. Now They Face Deep Funding Cuts


Federal funding for domestic violence shelters and housing programs is declining. Advocates want the state to step in, but with a record projected deficit new spending is unlikely.

Newsom Blasts Counties for Dragging Feet Over New Mental Health Law


All but two California counties are delaying their implementation of a new law that makes it easier for a court to place someone in involuntary confinement if they can’t care for their own medical needs or personal safety.

Senior Santa Program Fulfills Holiday Wishes


Smiling volunteers and seniors teamed up for the 12th Senior Santa event hosted by Friends of El Dorado County Seniors.

Community-Minded Veterinarian to Retire


How do you thank someone who has dedicated 45 years of their life to the needs of Georgetown Divide’s pets? That is what Irene K. Sakaishi has done since opening the Black Oak Animal Hospital in 1979.

Community Keeps IOOF Hall Going


In 1859, the IOOF Hall began its history as the Balzar House. The building is crucial to the well-being of not only Georgetown but also the whole Divide community.

2024 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Opens Volunteer Recruitment


The 22nd annual festival takes place in-person Feb. 15-19.

Cal State Faculty Begins Walkouts Over Salary Hikes


The California Faculty Association is seeking a 12 percent pay increase, while university officials counter with 5 percent in each of the next three years.

State Invested $53 Million in Teaching Low-Performing Kids to Read. Here's How it's Paying Off


In 2020, the state agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed too many students were not learning to read. As part of that agreement, the state spent over $50 million on 75 schools with the lowest reading scores.

Border Patrol Dumped 42,000 migrants on San Diego Streets. The County Needs Help to Help Them


San Diego-area nonprofits and faith organizations struggle to provide for tens of thousands of migrants border agents have released on San Diego streets.

Jizo Grieving Site Dedicated in Placerville


Jizo Bosatsu is a Japanese deity who protects children and travelers. In Japan, Jizo statues can be commonly found, especially in cemeteries as they guard over the youngest of lives lost.

Family Winter Festival on Dec. 3 to Benefit Nest Family Resource


Since 2013, the Nest Family Resource has been dedicated to helping families thrive from fertility through parenthood in an accessible, inclusive, and compassionate environment.

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