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Written by Estero Bay News

October 21, 2021

Share Hope Fundraiser for Cancer Patients

Dignity Health is supporting the Hearst Cancer Resource Center of French Hospital Medical Center through the Share Hope campaign running through the end of the month. The goal is to raise $250,000 to continue offering patients and their families free access to vital resources, programs and services.
All donations go directly to local cancer patients who are facing financial hardship. Monies help pay for non-medical expenses through the Hearst Cancer Resource Center’s Angel of Hope Program. Financial assistance allows cancer patients to continue treatment uninterrupted by helping them with day-to-day expenses, such as rent, transportation, groceries, childcare and more.
To make a donation, go to unite.chiphilanthropy.org/sharehope.

How to Start a Nonprofit

Spokes is offering an online workshop on the basics of starting a nonprofit organization on November 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help anyone who is thinking of starting a new nonprofit.
Topics include questions people should ask before going further and why they need to develop a nonprofit business plan.The workshop fee is $35. To learn more, visit the Spokes website, www.spokesfornonprofits.org or call 805-547-2244.
For ten years, Spokes has helped nonprofits to achieve their goals through support and expert resources. Spokes supports the nonprofit community through consulting services, online resources, roundtables, workshops and other events. Spokes is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Diversity CoalitionPodcast

The Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo’s SLO Equity podcast dives into the origins of systemic racism, and unconscious bias in San Luis Obispo County. It tells the stories of the minorities affected by it as well as the stories of those people working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in this predominantly white community.
They investigate how businesses, community members, local schools, and government are navigating conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion and how community members can get involved and become allies in the fight for equality.
Check it out at sloequity.org and anywhere else you listen to podcasts.

Perfect Union Continues Donation Trend

A local non-profit is one of the recipients of cannabis retailer Perfect Union’s community outreach. The company announced $1,000 donations to nine animal welfare organizations in communities they operate or plan to expand.

The list includes
• Pacific Wildlife Care (Morro Bay)
• Animal Place (Grass Valley)
• ASTRO Foundation (Riverbank)
• Napa Humane Society (Napa)
• Sacramento SPCA (Sacramento)
• Siskiyou Humane Society (Weed)
• SPCA of Monterey (Seaside)
• Turlock Animal Services (Turlock)
• Ukiah Animal Shelter (Ukiah)
The donations honored World Animal Day (October 4, 2021), which aims to create a world where animals are recognized as sentient beings and full regard is paid to their welfare.
“From day one, we’ve made it part of our mission to invest in like-minded community partners that reflect the company’s culture and mission,” said Perfect Union CEO David Spradlin. “We support animal welfare groups that work tirelessly to end animal cruelty and exploitation, so we’re proud to support the staff and volunteers who make magic happen for these animals in the face of increased demand and limited resources.”

Discovery Route Wins Award

Monterey Bay National Sanctuary Foundation received an award that could have an impact on coastal areas in SLO County.
MBNSF received the Highway 1 Discovery Route “Sanctuary Sea Star” for its Stewardship Travel for Good Program which promotes sustainable travel in San Luis Obispo County along the 100-mile stretch of Highway 1 between Big Sur and Santa Barbara. The award, presented during a recent award presentation, applauded Highway 1’s ongoing efforts to protect the sanctuary and inspire the public by promoting protection and education to increase awareness for all visitors to the area.
The Stewardship Travel for Good Program promotes educational and conservation activities designed to create a deeper connection with scientists, naturalists, wildlife and heritage sites along California’s Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County
Stewardship Travel activity examples:
• Kayaking to a historic lighthouse in Avila Beach
• Trail and habitat restoration in Montana de Oro State Park
• Educational opportunities to protect wildlife with wildlife viewing tips
• Beach Clean Up kits in Avila Beach
• Utilizing the Coastal Discovery Trail Map and History and Heritage Trail Map to discover key Stewardship activity points of interest
It’s more important now then ever for both locals and visitors to seek out ways to travel sustainably and be part of caring for our region’s nature and culture in order to keep this stretch of Highway 1 flourishing,” says Katie Sturtevant, director of the Stewardship Travel for Good Program. “Whether people are visiting for the wine, opens spaces, wildlife, outdoor activities or beautiful scenery, we’re hoping to inspire people to engage in sustainable activities and strive to make a difference while visiting this beautiful 100-mile stretch of Highway 1.”
Check out the Highway 1 Discover Route at highway1discoveryroute.com.
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