LOCAL PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Top five volunteer
opportunities this month.
FOOD BANK As a result
of the fires, the need
for food assistance has
soared. Help the community affected by donating
to the Redwood Empire
Food Bank. refb.org
By becoming a member,
you can make nature-inspired solutions a reality
and help teach the world
to access nature’s wisdom. biomimicry.org
FOUNDATION It’s all the
buzz this year. Help a Bay
Area nonprofit heighten
awareness and repopulate
the struggling honeybee
population through education and stewardship.
YMCA Your donation
brings a teenager to the
ocean who’s never been
there, provides a hot meal
to seniors and delivers
mental health services to
BUCK INSTITU TE FOR
RESEARCH ON AGING
Start the year right by
research and education
aimed at giving people
more healthy years of life.
➤SaveABunny Hop to it and help with a
variety of chores at this nonprofit dedicated to rescuing domestic rabbits facing
euthanasia at shelters. Great for teens.
➤The Spahr Center Help the LGBTQ
community stay strong, healthy and
equal by donating your time and
supporting Marin’s inclusive vision.
➤Surfrider Foundation Join the local
network of coastal defenders and help
protect the oceans and beaches by joining
in beach cleanups. surfrider.org
➤RotaCare Bay Area This volunteer-driven clinic is dedicated to providing free
health care services to the uninsured and
underinsured of Marin. Help in the clinic
or be a member of the advisory council.
➤Romberg Tiburon Center Love kids
and the bay? Become a Bay Shore
Studies docent and learn to lead small
groups of third through fifth graders on local environmental field trips.
Ma rinCa res
1Were you prepared for the tremendous response you received when you put out the call for volunteers and donations? LF: We were unprepared for how
generous our community would be. We posted, and
within hours we had carloads of donations pulling up.
Our warehouse quickly filled, and we had many volunteers who sorted and delivered.
2What kind of support were you able to offer the various communities and individuals affected by
the firestorms? DG: Our first call was for cots, bedding
and supplies for the firefighters who had been out fighting the flames 24/7. Then churches, shelters and police
stations began alerting us to the needs of families and
individuals. We posted these needs to our community
via Facebook, and the donations poured in. LF: We
received toiletries, clothing, towels, bedding, diapers,
phone chargers, pet food, etc. And most important, we
were able to deliver these items quickly.
3What has been your greatest challenge so far, and how did you meet it successfully? LF: Our
first challenge was lack of space. Our original facility
quickly overflowed with supplies, especially mat-
tresses, bedding, etc. Johnson and Daly Moving and
Storage graciously allowed us to store a great number
of items in their facilities. DG: The next challenge was
finding out who needed what, when. Once evacuees
were allowed to return to their neighborhoods, their
needs began to change.
4You have seen tremendous support from the resi- dents of Marin. What about the businesses — how
have they supported recovery efforts? LF: Marin businesses were quick to respond. CMBS.com gave us the
building to set up our operation. RAM Printing helped
us create our communication pathways, signage and
printing. Rustic Bakery, Harmony, Le Garage, Driver’s
Market and Safe Catch donated food. Salesforce, Levis,
Knoll and Compass organized donation drives. Apple,
Pandora, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Sleep City and
Congregation Rodef Sholom are just several of many
that contributed greatly.
5 What path do you see for MarinCares in the future? LF: We intend to continue to assess and
assist in times of need. MD: I hope that the support we
created will motivate and inspire other communities
to get involved — people can come together in times of
emergency and truly help one another.
Mo DeLong, Larie Flaherty and David
Grega created the community-based
volunteer organization MarinCares in
response to the varying needs of those
affected by the North Bay and wine
country fires. ROBERTA GRUBMAN