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Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee!


Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee! by Ashley Simon The Center for Community Engagement and Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County created Just Coffee as a way to meet the community and create lasting and meaningful partnerships. The casual and intimate nature of the coffee shop as well as the convenient location provides an environment that is conducive to sharing stories, exchanging ideas and getting to know people in the community. [Related: What is Just Coffee?] Just Coffee's just had it's first birthday. It has...

Elaine Sundberg is Retiring


Elaine Sundberg is Retiring by Merith Weisman, here with Elaine Sundberg In just three short weeks, Elaine Sundberg will retire from Sonoma State University. She has been a force here for 29 years, but it is the last ten or so, particularly her work with the CCE, that I am writing about today. In 2007, I was living in RI and visiting a friend in Palm Springs. I received a message asking that I re-fax my application to open and coordinate the SSU...

Get Involved: Positive Images


Get Involved: Positive Images by Ashley Simon Centered in Santa Rosa, Positive Images (PI) is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to queer youth and education to the greater community. There are support groups for youth exploring their genders and sexuality, safe and confidential counseling sessions with trained peers, and fun social events such as dances and potlucks. Why should students get involved? Queer youth are more likely to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, rejected by their parents, homeless, targets of bullying, have higher rates...

Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop


Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop by Merith Weisman Happy Summer! Summer at SSU is a time for reflection and planning for the next academic year. It's a slower time here, while in the community, work continues at its regular high speed. As a result, it's a time when I find I am least successful in addressing community requests. Community partners contact me all the time with requests for collaboration. While the CCE is able to address some of these requests directly, generally, we serve...

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Don't Miss a Thing! Several Programs Are on the Move!


Don't Miss a Thing! Several Programs Are on the Move! by Merith Weisman Big changes are afoot with several programs the CCE currently runs and I want you to be first to know. The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) Nonprofit Resource Center is taking the leadership role of the: Sonoma County Community Events listing Greater Bay Area Nonprofit and Governmental Job listing Sonoma County Nonprofit & Governmental Social Media Professionals group Here's how you can expect these changes to impact you: 1. Sonoma County Community Events Calendar The...

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What is Just Coffee?


What is Just Coffee? by An Okada "Would you like to join us for Just Coffee?," my supervisor asked. I said "yes," but had many questions about it. It sounded very ambiguous and I could not imagine what to expect. It's a truism that in order to get anything done, you have to have trust. Trusting relationships are imperative for a strong community. But how do we build those trusting relationships? We need to start with getting to know each other. Just Coffee...

20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 2


20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 2 This post is part 2 of 2 originally published on NPTalk in 2012. Part 1 includes 1-10.Click here to see Part 1. by Merith Weisman Working in partnership with higher education can be quite rewarding. Through collaborating, both sectors can gain benefits for mission achievement through knowledge, funding, broadening constituent bases, etc. that neither can gain alone. When building a relationship, it's important to know about the other entity -- who they are, what they value, how they make decisions....

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20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 1


20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 1 This post is part 1 of 2 originally published by NPTalk in 2012. by Merith Weisman Working in partnership with higher education can be quite rewarding. Through collaborating, both sectors can gain benefits for mission achievement through knowledge, funding, broadening constituent bases, etc. that neither can gain alone. When building a relationship, it's important to know about the other entity -- who they are, what they value, how they make decisions. This post explores the mysterious world of the American...

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My Productive Day of Firsts


My Productive Day of Firsts by An Okada The first day of my internship was very productive and interesting. I met my new supervisor at 8am on the first day of school to go to the very first Social Media Professionals Roundtable at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. I did not know what to expect until she talked about the meeting in her car. "Working with social media professionally can help nonprofits to address their missions and connect with the resources they need....

Discovery Day VIII


Discovery Day VIII by Ashley Simon "[What] I hope to get out of this experience is to show the younger students a glimpse of college life so they know what to expect." -Jeno, SSU student The Communications & Media Studies Learning Community class greeted 107 students from Roseland University Prep for Discovery Day held at Sonoma State University. Roseland University Prep students work together to untie a human knot. Group activities including a scavenger hunt created friendly bonds between RUP and SSU...