North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is proud to present a special Online Fundraising Auction and Raffle in support of its programs building local food security throughout Lake and Mendocino Counties. This online fundraiser celebrates the anniversaries of Caring Kitchen Project, Mendo Lake Food Hub, and Gardens Project, which have served the community for 5, 7, and 15 years, respectively. Bidding starts at ncoinc.org on July 29th and will continue until August 1st at 7 PM.
The EPIC Poetry Contest committee is proud to announce the first winner in the EPIC Poetry Contest 2021, “In the Know,” by Pamela Bordisso.
By winning Week 1 of the EPIC Poetry Contest Pamela will receive a $100 gift card, a graphic design of her entry to be promoted on social media, as well as eligibility to be part of the final round of the contest.
Pamela’s poem won by popular vote according to a polling method on Zoom. All members of the community are welcome to enter and encouraged to vote for a winner at the end of each event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lake County is no stranger to collaborations to address the needs of the community. During the current crisis, several organizations have collaborated to deliver food to those in Lake County who are most at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19.
Food will be packed into bags by volunteers, loaded onto buses provided by Lake Transit Authority, and delivered to people’s homes 2-3 times per week. Lake County residents are encouraged to call (707) 993-4644 to apply for food deliveries with bilingual specialists ready to take their call.
The idea for this project started with the desire to reduce the amount of traffic going to the grocery stores while serving some of Lake County’s most vulnerable residents. Many people can’t shop for themselves and those who are symptomatic should be given the resources they need to stay home. “Our aim was to bring organizations together with similar goals and the right resources to bring this idea to fruition,” said NCO Community Projects Director, Robyn Bera. “Soon enough we had a ‘virtual’ table of exceptional partners ready to brainstorm and contribute to the project.”
The early spring day feels sunny and warm, easily in the low 70’s. Sparrow Daydancer and Punkie Lachnit sit on a raised garden bed filled with budding purple and green kale, sharing about their work with the Middletown Community Garden. Started in 2018 as part of North Coast Opportunities (NCO) Gardens Project, it serves as a place for gardeners and aspiring gardeners to work a plot of land.