March 6, 2021
A year ago, Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund and our community faced the unprecedented onset of a pandemic, school closures, and anticipating a wildfire in our county. MCCF partnered with Motel 6 in Fort Bragg and our community thrift stores to open a temporary free store at Motel 6. Our thrift store partners donated labor and shared fixtures and clothing. Throughout the last year they have provided advice and helped us in immeasurable ways.
Our goal was to simultaneously help wildfire evacuees, children, and local families impacted by COVID. We paid Mendocino Coast Mamas to recruit volunteers and to run the store. We are grateful to everyone who stepped up to help this effort. Now, it is time to close the Free Thrift Store as our community thrift stores are again open.
For the past year, Motel 6 has provided MCCF free space, utilities, insurance, and staff support. The kindness and generosity of Motel 6 has been immeasurable, but it is time to give them their space back. We are so grateful to them, and our thrift store partners.
Our community was amazing too, emptying closets and drawers to make sure everyone had enough to get by. Grandmas brought us wonderful vintage items and children shared their toys and books. A lot of homes got neater, and a lot of needs got met. We all learned we had more, the more we helped others. It was a win-win for all of us.
At the one-year mark, we want to reassure you that our thrift store community is ready and able to once again assist you with your desire to share the items you no longer need. Now that our thrift stores are operational again, we want to support them in what they do best.
They have the necessary accessible space, staff, insurance, policies, and training in place. Thrift stores require a lot of oversight and are labor intensive. Parents and Friends, Hospice, Mendocino Coast Humane Society, and Redwood Senior Center are all open and well run. Their missions are important. It is our policy to strengthen community assets. Our duplicating efforts diminishes that.
Fortunately, MCCF is able to once again provide gift certificates from our thrift store partners to families and children facing challenges. What you may not know is that our thrift partners have always helped MCCF families in need. We encourage you to make donations to these vital partners so they can help us support those most in need. If you would like to earmark monetary donations to us for thrift store gift certificates, please write 'thrift gift' on your donation.
Be assured MCCF will continue to provide children and families with medical mileage, shoes, nutrition, diapers, sleeping bags, educational support, gas cards, utilities, and so much more. We continue to work with community partners to build a healthy community. Individuals will continue to be helped by MCCF, as they always have been, with the confidentiality and privacy they deserve.
For 29 years, MCCF has responded to the needs of children and families in accountable and creative ways. We are committed to strengthening our community and appreciate your support to do so.
With gratitude, the Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund Board,
Omie Berhns, Gary Brodetsky, Margaret Fox, Sasha Graham, Annie Liner, Sherrie Spires & Will White
February 1, 2021
In many ways everything we have done over the past 29 years to build a community safety net for children and families has been a dress rehearsal for the COVID-19 pandemic challenges we face now.
MCCF supports infants, toddlers, children, tweens, teens and the families that are struggling to feed, house, nurture and educate their children under the most difficult circumstances we have experienced in our lifetimes. From Westport to Gualala and inland to Comptche, 365 days a year, MCCF says yes.
Thanks to you, our amazing community, MCCF has raised and distributed over 600,000 dollars in non-governmental aid to our community since the Pandemic arrived.
One hundred percent of your donation goes back to our community as respectful and accountable assistance. When ever possible, dollars are spent locally to strengthen our coastal economy.
From medical mileage to diapers, your donations make a huge compassionate difference.
MCCF has distributed over 100,000 masks to the medically frail, essential workers, schools, non-profits, neighbors, underserved families, community churches, neighborhood associations, frontline volunteers, health providers, the homeless and elderly.
We just received 50,000 more and are busy making sure they help keep us all safe.
Our strong connections with the Latino community has helped us get masks and economic resources to hundreds of hard working community members.
We are covering medical mileage for high risk pregnancies, getting diapers to babies and shoes to kids who need to run and play.
Thanks to our donors, near and far, we continue to provide essential aid and hope to children and their families and our most vulnerable community members impacted by COVID.
As we approach the one year impact of COVID on our coastal communities, county, and country, please consider donating to us.
This year, if you do not itemize on your federal return, you can still deduct a tax credit up to $300 for cash donations made in 2020 by check, credit card or PayPal. If you donated to us in 2020 and now need a receipt, please let us know.
For 2021, you can deduct up to $300 each if you do not itemize on your federal return.
We are grateful to receive IRA charitable donations, personal funds, foundation grants and any other assistance. If you have enough, please consider sharing with those who don't by making a contribution in any size to us.
100% of your donations goes to our families raising the children. More than ever, they need your help.
Gratefully, on behalf of our board, volunteers and the children,
Annie Liner, Gary Brodetsky, Margaret Fox, Omie Behrns, Sasha Graham, Sherrie Spires, William White
December 24, 2020
Check out the November issue article of Real Estate Magazine about The Helpers of our community.
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