literacy for life
Literacy For Life
http://www.literacyforlifeslo.org

Our mission:
Literacy for Life (formerly the SLO Literacy Council) is a
non-profit organization committed to empowering adult
learners and their families to develop their English language communication skills, in order to lead a fuller and more
productive life.

A brief description:
• We recruit and prepare volunteers as tutors in the delivery of quality instruction using a variety of approaches.
• We provide individual and group instruction to learners in reading, writing, speaking, and basic numbers skills, thereby furthering the ability of learners to function well in the community.
• We promote community awareness and involvement in the literacy process.
• We provide an ESL program designed for those who understand little to no English, and who must be taught to speak, read and write in English.
• We also provide a basic literacy program intended for native speakers of English who have a diminished capacity to read and/or write.

How you can help:
Become a tutor; we could not do our work without our community members who are our tutors. Our next tutor trainings, which are each two-day workshops, are August 6 and August 13 and September 17 and September 24. For more information visit our website or call (805) 541-4219.

Literacy For Life would not be possible without the generosity and support of our donors. Donations are tax deductible, and we welcome any amount you’re able to contribute. You can donate online at our website or by check through the mail.

We are also thankful to all of our sponsors for their generous contributions, which help enable us to empower the community of San Luis Obispo County to enrich their lives through literacy.

Contact Information:
Bernadette Bernardi – Executive Director
P (805) 541-4219
C (805) 459-5369
Bernadette@literacyforlifeslo.org

SLO Noor Foundation provides free medical, eye, dental care to uninsured adults without regards to race, ethnicity, religion, immigration or socioeconomic status.

The SLO Noor Foundation is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality free healthcare to uninsured people living within our community.

Our team of volunteers, including physicians, nurses, phlebotomy techs, and clerical staff serves San Luis Obispo’s uninsured by providing free primary, eye, and specialty care, along with education, outreach and advocacy. . . because no one should go without healthcare.

At the SLO Noor Foundation we understand the obstacles and challenges the uninsured face in our community when trying to receive the acute, non-emergent, care they need. The SLO Noor Foundation was established in December of 2009 as a 501(c) 3 to aid this problem by providing free, high quality acute, non-emergent health care to those who could not otherwise afford to access care in San Luis Obispo County.
The Foundation hopes to mitigate the effect on our community of the growing number of uninsured adults residing in our neighborhoods, the increasing risk of poor health conditions impacted by the lack of insurance, and the prevalence of the low-income and homeless in need of medical care.

How you can support us:

We are primarily volunteer based. We need more volunteer physicians, optometrists, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists, nurses, EMT, medical assistants. We also look for community volunteers to assist in the front office area for clerical work, assisting patients to get ready for the doctor and with some office tasks.

Our free clinics operate solely on donations and grants from private individuals, businesses, civic groups, hospitals, and charitable foundations. Therefore, any financial contributions available are used for patient services and operating expenses. Individuals may join the Miracle Thousand program at $10 or more per month or businesses at $100 or more per month to provide sustainable assistants.

Some organizations give fundraisers to support our work or give a portion of proceeds from events.

RISE’s mission is to transform the lives of sexual and intimate partner violence survivors, their families and the community through services and education that promote safety, healing and empowerment.

On January 1, 2013, the North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center and the Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of SLO County merged into a new organization serving both victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as their loved ones. The merger was an important step in providing comprehensive services to victims of violence in our community while also consolidating administrative activities. On August 22, 2013, the name was officially changed to RISE, with the tagline– Respect. Inspire. Support. Empower. We believe RESPECT is the cornerstone to ending violence and creating peace. We INSPIRE the community to be active in the movement to end gender-based violence. We SUPPORT loved ones of those affected by sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence. We EMPOWER victims to heal from trauma and transform their lives. Together, the agencies have over 65 years of experience and provide the following services: 24-hour crisis line, case management, restraining order assistance, accompaniment and advocacy, prevention education, self-defense workshops, two safe houses and individual and group counseling. All services are provided confidentially, free of charge and in Spanish to anyone (adults and children, women and men) who has been directly or indirectly impacted by intimate partner violence or sexual assault/abuse.

Community members can help in several ways:
· Volunteer as a crisis line counselor, board member or member of our fundraising committee (Friends of RISE)

· Volunteer on a one-time basis for one of our events (Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in April or Wine Women & Shoes in September)

· Donate goods, services or money to support our programs

· Speak up about issues of gender-based violence

· Believe someone when they tell you they’ve been a victim of sexual assault or intimate partner violence

RISEslo.org

24-hr. Hotline: 855-886-RISE(7473)
T: 805-226-5400
F: 805-226-5401

Locations:
51 Zaca Lane, #140
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1030 Vine Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446

The Central Coast Chapter of PFLAG promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning persons and their families & loved ones through SUPPORT: to cope with an adverse society; EDUCATION: to enlighten an ill informed public; and, ADVOCACY: to end discrimination and secure equal rights. PFLAG provides an opportunity to dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. We are a non-profit, tax exempt, volunteer-based, local organization of parents, relatives, friends, allies, and LGBTQ individuals and are not affiliated with any ethnic, religious, economic or political group. We are committed to securing for our LGBTQ relatives and friends the same human rights, liberties, and opportunities that our non-LGBTQ family and friends enjoy.

How It Does This:
If you are struggling with recent awareness of an LGBTQ family member, trying to come out to family and friends, or wanting to take a more active role as an advocate, you are welcome at PFLAG. Participants in our chapter find a confidential, warm, and supportive setting where we can learn safely, share our concerns with others, and find comfort and reassurance about our LGBTQ children, family members, friends, and ourselves. We provide a quarterly support group, online resources and education, resource booths at the SLO Farmer’s Market, and any other support, education, or advocacy opportunities we come across.

Visit our website at: www.pflagcentralcoastchapter.net

How the Community Can Help:
PFLAG needs more members! The best way to help PFLAG is to become a member and show your support for your LGBTQIA family, friends, and community members! You can also lend a hand and have some fun by volunteering at our Farmer’s Market resource booth. If you’re interested in becoming more involved, you can always become part of PFLAG’s Steering Committee! Call (805-801-2186) or email us (pflag.slo@gmail.com) for more details!

Clean Oceans Competition is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform our waters back to their natural state and create new clean possibilities so all life can thrive and live in harmony.

This competition is to help change humanity’s future to the possibility of clean oceans and thriving marine and wildlife.

To find out more about our mission and the competition, please visit our website at http://www.cleanoceanscompetition.org/

 

Habitat

Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County (HFHSLOCO) was founded in 1997 and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Our mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We fulfill our mission in three ways: the construction of new homes which are sold to very low and low income families; rehabilitation of existing homes owned by very low and low-income individuals; and through neighborhood revitalization of existing low income neighborhoods in our County. Our home preservation program is a part of our neighborhood revitalization work. To date HFHSLOCO has built 17 homes, with 8 more slated to be built in Arroyo Grande, completed 12 home preservation projects (with an additional 4 in process) in the last 1 1/2 years, and is the process of selecting and conducting its first construction rehabilitation project. In addition, HFHSLOCO has selected the Sierra Bonita Village senior community and a neighborhood in Oceano as our first Neighborhood Revitalization communities. The work in Sierra Bonita was begun a year ago and includes the creation of a community committee comprised of residents and community partners, as well as conducting a resident survey from which an action plan will be developed by the committee to stabilize and revitalize the community. In addition, HFHSLOCO has launched an aging in place program for the Sierra Bonita low-income residents who are in need of ensuring their homes are safe and healthy to age in. We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. When the broad community is engaged in addressing the urgent need for adequate, affordable housing, we all become less vulnerable and more resilient. In bringing people together, we practice a philosophy of “a hand up, not a handout,” and build on existing community assets– financial, physical, natural, human, social, and spiritual — to fulfill our mission.

There several ways people can support HFHSLOCO! Because Habitat focuses on building community, volunteers are a key component to our work. Individuals wishing to support Habitat through their own “sweat equity” can volunteer to be a member of a construction team ( new home construction, home preservation, and home rehabilitation) or volunteer in our ReStore. Volunteers in our ReStore assist our store managers in transitioning donations we receive into retail items which are sold to support Habitat’s mission. As with all non-profits receiving donations to support our work is critical to our success. Currently HFHSLOCO is raising funds to support our ongoing construction programs and our neighborhood revitalization work. The average cost of a home preservation project is $2500, while the cost of a home rehabilitation project can be no less than $45,000. We are looking to do at least 2 rehabilitation projects a year. Both these projects are helping to preserve the affordable housing stock in our County. We are also in the process of raising funding for our new construction projects so that we can begin those projects within the next two years. Additional funding will assist us in hiring a part-time construction manager for all our construction projects.

You can link to our website at www.hfhsloco.org.

ECOSLO_logo_300 ECOSLO is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural environment through community-based action, advocacy, and education. ECOSLO actively promotes:

  • Community Sustainability
  • Environmental Education
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Protection of Coastlines

Advocacy ECOSLO promotes environmental stewardship that nurtures a sustainable human habitat in harmony with natural systems, now and for future generations. ECOSLO relies on membership support, donations, and small grants to cover its operational costs. We welcome your membership, financial contributions, volunteer time and in-kind support. Donate here. Small business/non-profit membership is just $100 per year. Join here. Members are invited to attend our Member Appreciation Party on April 14 and ECOSummit on May 23.

Consider attending one of our upcoming community events:

May 6 – Food Waste Panel
May 16 – Monarch Festival
May 22 – SLO Blues game
May 23 – ECOSummit

*Please see our website for a complete list of upcoming events with details for each event www.ecoslo.org

Childrens Resource Network
The Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast provided direct resource support to over 7,700 children and teens on the Central Coast in 2014.

Through our Traveling Children’s Closet trailer and Teens Closet programs we provide free clothing, school supplies, blankets, children’s books, diapers, toiletries, Halloween costumes, Christmas gifts and other basic resources to local children and teens in need.

We are in the process of opening our fourth Teens Closet program on the campus of Arroyo Grande High School.

We need your help collecting both in-kind donations of children’s clothing and resources; as well as financial support.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us sort incoming donations at our San Luis Obispo Sorting Facility or to help us with donation pick-ups and deliveries.

To learn more about our charitable non-profit organization please visit our website at: Children’s Resource Network

 

TMHA_LOGO_RGB

TRANSITIONS MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

Transitions-Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. We operate 30 programs at over 35 locations in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of our innovative services is to teach vital independent living skills and help build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For over 30 years, TMHA has been dedicated to providing work, housing, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness while offering support, resources and education for their loved ones. http://www.t-mha.org/

Ways to Support TMHA

Donations of money, service, vehicles or other needed items are both appreciated and vital to continuing the quality programs we provide. Funds are used to purchase equipment for both our farms, essential household items for our supportive housing, and clothing for homeless adults and teens. For more info visit http://www.t-mha.org/main/main_dn.html

Consider TMHA in your estate planning and make a long-term difference in the lives of people with mental illness. For more info visit http://www.t-mha.org/main/main_pg.html

Volunteers are always welcome in our programs. One or two hours of your time each week – whether helping to plant lettuce, tutoring youth at a residential program, or mentoring adults adjusting to independent living-can make an enormous difference. For more info visit http://www.t-mha.org/main/main_vl.html

SLO Noor Foundation provides free medical, eye, dental care to uninsured adults without regards to race, ethnicity, religion, immigration or socioeconomic status.

The SLO Noor Foundation is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality free healthcare to uninsured people living within our community.

Our team of volunteers, including physicians, nurses, phlebotomy techs, and clerical staff serves San Luis Obispo’s uninsured by providing free primary, eye, and specialty care, along with education, outreach and advocacy. . . because no one should go without healthcare.

At the SLO Noor Foundation we understand the obstacles and challenges the uninsured face in our community when trying to receive the acute, non-emergent, care they need. The SLO Noor Foundation was established in December of 2009 as a 501(c) 3 to aid this problem by providing free, high quality acute, non-emergent health care to those who could not otherwise afford to access care in San Luis Obispo County.
The Foundation hopes to mitigate the effect on our community of the growing number of uninsured adults residing in our neighborhoods, the increasing risk of poor health conditions impacted by the lack of insurance, and the prevalence of the low-income and homeless in need of medical care.

How you can support us:

We are primarily volunteer based. We need more volunteer physicians, optometrists, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists, nurses, EMT, medical assistants. We also look for community volunteers to assist in the front office area for clerical work, assisting patients to get ready for the doctor and with some office tasks.

Our free clinics operate solely on donations and grants from private individuals, businesses, civic groups, hospitals, and charitable foundations. Therefore, any financial contributions available are used for patient services and operating expenses. Individuals may join the Miracle Thousand program at $10 or more per month or businesses at $100 or more per month to provide sustainable assistants.

Some organizations give fundraisers to support our work or give a portion of proceeds from events.

RISE’s mission is to transform the lives of sexual and intimate partner violence survivors, their families and the community through services and education that promote safety, healing and empowerment.

On January 1, 2013, the North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center and the Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of SLO County merged into a new organization serving both victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as their loved ones. The merger was an important step in providing comprehensive services to victims of violence in our community while also consolidating administrative activities. On August 22, 2013, the name was officially changed to RISE, with the tagline– Respect. Inspire. Support. Empower. We believe RESPECT is the cornerstone to ending violence and creating peace. We INSPIRE the community to be active in the movement to end gender-based violence. We SUPPORT loved ones of those affected by sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence. We EMPOWER victims to heal from trauma and transform their lives. Together, the agencies have over 65 years of experience and provide the following services: 24-hour crisis line, case management, restraining order assistance, accompaniment and advocacy, prevention education, self-defense workshops, two safe houses and individual and group counseling. All services are provided confidentially, free of charge and in Spanish to anyone (adults and children, women and men) who has been directly or indirectly impacted by intimate partner violence or sexual assault/abuse.

Community members can help in several ways:
· Volunteer as a crisis line counselor, board member or member of our fundraising committee (Friends of RISE)

· Volunteer on a one-time basis for one of our events (Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in April or Wine Women & Shoes in September)

· Donate goods, services or money to support our programs

· Speak up about issues of gender-based violence

· Believe someone when they tell you they’ve been a victim of sexual assault or intimate partner violence

RISEslo.org

24-hr. Hotline: 855-886-RISE(7473)
T: 805-226-5400
F: 805-226-5401

Locations:
51 Zaca Lane, #140
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1030 Vine Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446

The Central Coast Chapter of PFLAG promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning persons and their families & loved ones through SUPPORT: to cope with an adverse society; EDUCATION: to enlighten an ill informed public; and, ADVOCACY: to end discrimination and secure equal rights. PFLAG provides an opportunity to dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. We are a non-profit, tax exempt, volunteer-based, local organization of parents, relatives, friends, allies, and LGBTQ individuals and are not affiliated with any ethnic, religious, economic or political group. We are committed to securing for our LGBTQ relatives and friends the same human rights, liberties, and opportunities that our non-LGBTQ family and friends enjoy.

How It Does This:
If you are struggling with recent awareness of an LGBTQ family member, trying to come out to family and friends, or wanting to take a more active role as an advocate, you are welcome at PFLAG. Participants in our chapter find a confidential, warm, and supportive setting where we can learn safely, share our concerns with others, and find comfort and reassurance about our LGBTQ children, family members, friends, and ourselves. We provide a quarterly support group, online resources and education, resource booths at the SLO Farmer’s Market, and any other support, education, or advocacy opportunities we come across.

Visit our website at: www.pflagcentralcoastchapter.net

How the Community Can Help:
PFLAG needs more members! The best way to help PFLAG is to become a member and show your support for your LGBTQIA family, friends, and community members! You can also lend a hand and have some fun by volunteering at our Farmer’s Market resource booth. If you’re interested in becoming more involved, you can always become part of PFLAG’s Steering Committee! Call (805-801-2186) or email us (pflag.slo@gmail.com) for more details!

Clean Oceans Competition is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform our waters back to their natural state and create new clean possibilities so all life can thrive and live in harmony.

This competition is to help change humanity’s future to the possibility of clean oceans and thriving marine and wildlife.

To find out more about our mission and the competition, please visit our website at http://www.cleanoceanscompetition.org/

 

Habitat

Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County (HFHSLOCO) was founded in 1997 and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Our mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We fulfill our mission in three ways: the construction of new homes which are sold to very low and low income families; rehabilitation of existing homes owned by very low and low-income individuals; and through neighborhood revitalization of existing low income neighborhoods in our County. Our home preservation program is a part of our neighborhood revitalization work. To date HFHSLOCO has built 17 homes, with 8 more slated to be built in Arroyo Grande, completed 12 home preservation projects (with an additional 4 in process) in the last 1 1/2 years, and is the process of selecting and conducting its first construction rehabilitation project. In addition, HFHSLOCO has selected the Sierra Bonita Village senior community and a neighborhood in Oceano as our first Neighborhood Revitalization communities. The work in Sierra Bonita was begun a year ago and includes the creation of a community committee comprised of residents and community partners, as well as conducting a resident survey from which an action plan will be developed by the committee to stabilize and revitalize the community. In addition, HFHSLOCO has launched an aging in place program for the Sierra Bonita low-income residents who are in need of ensuring their homes are safe and healthy to age in. We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. When the broad community is engaged in addressing the urgent need for adequate, affordable housing, we all become less vulnerable and more resilient. In bringing people together, we practice a philosophy of “a hand up, not a handout,” and build on existing community assets– financial, physical, natural, human, social, and spiritual — to fulfill our mission.

There several ways people can support HFHSLOCO! Because Habitat focuses on building community, volunteers are a key component to our work. Individuals wishing to support Habitat through their own “sweat equity” can volunteer to be a member of a construction team ( new home construction, home preservation, and home rehabilitation) or volunteer in our ReStore. Volunteers in our ReStore assist our store managers in transitioning donations we receive into retail items which are sold to support Habitat’s mission. As with all non-profits receiving donations to support our work is critical to our success. Currently HFHSLOCO is raising funds to support our ongoing construction programs and our neighborhood revitalization work. The average cost of a home preservation project is $2500, while the cost of a home rehabilitation project can be no less than $45,000. We are looking to do at least 2 rehabilitation projects a year. Both these projects are helping to preserve the affordable housing stock in our County. We are also in the process of raising funding for our new construction projects so that we can begin those projects within the next two years. Additional funding will assist us in hiring a part-time construction manager for all our construction projects.

You can link to our website at www.hfhsloco.org.

ECOSLO_logo_300 ECOSLO is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural environment through community-based action, advocacy, and education. ECOSLO actively promotes:

  • Community Sustainability
  • Environmental Education
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Protection of Coastlines

Advocacy ECOSLO promotes environmental stewardship that nurtures a sustainable human habitat in harmony with natural systems, now and for future generations. ECOSLO relies on membership support, donations, and small grants to cover its operational costs. We welcome your membership, financial contributions, volunteer time and in-kind support. Donate here. Small business/non-profit membership is just $100 per year. Join here. Members are invited to attend our Member Appreciation Party on April 14 and ECOSummit on May 23.

Consider attending one of our upcoming community events:

May 6 – Food Waste Panel
May 16 – Monarch Festival
May 22 – SLO Blues game
May 23 – ECOSummit

*Please see our website for a complete list of upcoming events with details for each event www.ecoslo.org

Childrens Resource Network
The Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast provided direct resource support to over 7,700 children and teens on the Central Coast in 2014.

Through our Traveling Children’s Closet trailer and Teens Closet programs we provide free clothing, school supplies, blankets, children’s books, diapers, toiletries, Halloween costumes, Christmas gifts and other basic resources to local children and teens in need.

We are in the process of opening our fourth Teens Closet program on the campus of Arroyo Grande High School.

We need your help collecting both in-kind donations of children’s clothing and resources; as well as financial support.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us sort incoming donations at our San Luis Obispo Sorting Facility or to help us with donation pick-ups and deliveries.

To learn more about our charitable non-profit organization please visit our website at: Children’s Resource Network

 

TMHA_LOGO_RGB

TRANSITIONS MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

Transitions-Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. We operate 30 programs at over 35 locations in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of our innovative services is to teach vital independent living skills and help build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For over 30 years, TMHA has been dedicated to providing work, housing, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness while offering support, resources and education for their loved ones. http://www.t-mha.org/

Ways to Support TMHA

Donations of money, service, vehicles or other needed items are both appreciated and vital to continuing the quality programs we provide. Funds are used to purchase equipment for both our farms, essential household items for our supportive housing, and clothing for homeless adults and teens. For more info visit http://www.t-mha.org/main/main_dn.html

Consider TMHA in your estate planning and make a long-term difference in the lives of people with mental illness. For more info visit http://www.t-mha.org/main/main_pg.html

Volunteers are always welcome in our programs. One or two hours of your time each week – whether helping to plant lettuce, tutoring youth at a residential program, or mentoring adults adjusting to independent living-can make an enormous difference. For more info visit http://www.t-mha.org/main/main_vl.html