What's Happening

Many people who help make West Marin what it is – a place of beauty that welcomes hundreds of thousands of people each year to experience our landscapes, our locally grown foods, warm hospitality and artistic expression – are being hard hit by the havoc and economic chaos caused by the spreading COVID-19 virus.

Particularly affected are residents and workers in the service sector who are losing their jobs or having their hours cut back, who live paycheck to paycheck with no financial safety net. Day-to-day life, expensive at the best of times, has suddenly become even more insecure and frightening, particularly for those with no health insurance, no access to federal funds, and little choice in their options. Seniors, families of low income with children, and the homeless are particularly at risk. Access to food and medicine, upcoming payments for rent, electricity, water, cell phones, a car – all weigh heavily.

The local nonprofits that provide much needed services in this unincorporated area are also struggling as their revenues plummet due to changes in their programs, while they face an upsurge in demand.

What We're Doing

West Marin Fund has established the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to address these challenges both immediately and in the foreseeable future.

The Fund is taking the following action:

  • Providing immediate funding to trusted local non-profits that provide essential services in the community;
  • Ensuring families and individuals facing the greatest hardship receive immediate assistance – particularly people who are undocumented, families of low-income with young children, and isolated seniors;
  • Helping local nonprofits link to governmental and other resources to continue operating;
  • Collaborating with the County, other foundations, donors and agencies to get resources to where they are most needed;
  • Supporting mid-term needs and long-term rehabilitation of our West Marin communities.

If You Are A West Marin Nonprofit Seeking Funding

Emergency Funding Application

We are making emergency grants in the $2,000-$15,000 range, depending on available funding. We invite local nonprofits to submit information about their current needs and priorities.

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Community Grants

Funding will also be available through our Community Grants 2020, launching in late March with applications due on April 23. The theme is “Building a Strong Team to Better Serve Community” and will emphasize equitable approaches to personnel and human resources, team building, and communication technologies that support online learning and group interaction.

Coming Soon

Community Guidance

A list of governmental and other resources available to employers and employees.

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We hope you are well and finding a safe haven with your family and friends. We thank everyone who continues to work on the frontlines to ensure we all have food, water, medical assistance, and other essential services.

Give Now

You can also make out a check to West Marin Fund and mail it to:
West Marin Fund (CCR) Post Office Box 1496 Point Reyes Station, California 94956

All donations are gratefully accepted.

THANK YOU!

With great appreciation to the following people who have made contributions:

  • Tess Ayers
  • Marcia Barinaga & Corey Goodman
  • Millicent Bogert
  • Christa Burgoyne
  • Loren Carpenter
  • Cecelia Donahue
  • Susan Evans
  • Sally Fairfax
  • Carol Friedman
  • James Grant
  • Susanna Henderson
  • Martha Howard
  • Barbara Jay
  • Maureen Kennedy
  • Dick Lemon
  • Toni Littlejohn
  • Don MacKay
  • Trish & Michael McEneany
  • Connie Mery
  • Laurie Monserrat
  • Jill Moore
  • Mary Morgan
  • Zea Morvitz
  • Harriet Moss
  • Nadine Muller
  • Rebecca & Carlos Porrata
  • T.M. Ravi
  • Merritt Richmond
  • Jane Stringer
  • Robin Taylor
  • Judith Teichman
  • Pamela Wright
  • and the many anonymous donors!