Monday, February 24, 2014

Local non-profit agency, The Arc, becomes unionized

Sutter Creek, Calif. February 21 2014 – On Thursday February 20th employees of The Arc Amador and Calaveras voted to be represented by a union. 

Although The Arc does not believe it needs a union to help fulfill its mission, it fully respects the rights of its employees to choose union representation.

Once certified, the Service Employees Union will have the right to be the exclusive voice of Arc employees when bargaining begins, as the union try’s to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement. Arc employees are at three locations, two in Amador County in Jackson and Sutter Creek, and one in Calaveras County at San Andreas.

The Arc remains guided by the principles of valuing dedicated staff and of financial solvency.

The Interfaith Food Bank is asking you to "Check Off" √ to help feed the hungry

The Interfaith Food Bank is asking you to CHECK OFF √  
Amador County, YOU have the power to use YOUR tax refund in a powerful way. While you may dread tax season, there is a silver lining. The economy still remains sluggish, and a tax refund could mean a great financial blessing to you and/or your family. But, it also gives YOU the perfect and easy opportunity to give back.
 By checking the donate option on the CA state income tax form you can provide vital resources enabling us to make a positive impact in our community. Donations accepted through the tax checkoff program are an essential part of our revenue. The Interfaith Food Bank relies on the state income tax checkoff program to help finance the purchase of much needed food items. If even half of those filing taxes in California were to donate via their tax form, it could provide a substantial amount of money towards our vision of a time without hunger in Amador County.
Contributions will be used to help local food banks feed California’s hungry.
Your contribution will fund the purchase of much-needed food for delivery to food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens throughout the state. The State Department of Social Services will monitor its distribution to ensure the food is given to those most in need. 
Regardless of your income or your refund, any amount will make a real difference.
In 2012 & 2013 the Interfaith Food Bank received over $5,000 each year from the √ tax check off program.
Thomas Thompson
Executive Director
Interfaith Council of Amador

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Amador Fire Safe Council - Wed Feb 19

Amador Fire Safe Council
Board of Directors Meeting
"The mission of the Amador County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of Amador County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation, and action."
AFSC, P O Box 1055, Pine Grove, CA 95665 – Phone: (209)295-6200

Meeting Agenda
February 19, 2014     
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell

Call to order
Approval of Agenda (Action)
Approval of Minutes  January 15, 2014 (Action)
Treasurer’s Report (Action)
Executive Director Report
AFSC invoices confirmation (Action)
Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
Hazard Fuels Reduction & Maintenance Committees
Public Events Committee                     
Employee Handbook Review Committee  (pass sick leave section)
ACCG Report – Cornerstone Project updates
Tiger Creek RAC project status
High Country CWPP status
Sherwood project status
Fiddletown CWPP
National Forest Foundation Grant
Firewise updates
Old Business (discussion and possible action)
Succession planning
Bookkeeping update
New Business  (discussion and possible action)
Public Comments
Next meeting, March 19, 2014

Dignity Health, Mark Twain Medical Center grants The Arc of Amador and Calaveras funding to support Community Access Programs. "Human Kindness"

Dignity Health, Mark Twain Medical Center in Calaveras County has selected The Arc of Amador and Calaveras as one of their grant recipients. The funding will support continued Community Access Programs while tracking outcome measurements supporting people served in Amador and Calaveras County.

The Community Access Program will emphasize the efforts to bring together resources and opportunities for people served in Amador and Calaveras Counties. Through the grant funding and opportunity from Dignity Health, Mark Twain Medical Center, The Arc of Amador and Calaveras will be able to enhance daily community access through a broad range of programs for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in five essential areas (Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Wellness; Arts; and Fitness & Recreation) and several specialized initiatives.

Today more than 200 people served, through The Arc, are taking advantage of the programs, activities,  and have access to a world-class experience that assures their personal success is within reach and all accessible through their community. “This couldn’t be accomplished without such a committed team of Arc employees and committed philanthropic agencies, such as Dignity Health, Mark Twain.  It really is about ‘Human Kindnesses.”

Friday, February 7, 2014

Pine Grove Camp fire fighters play against the Amador County's Men's Dodgeball League

Saturday Night Pine Grove Camp fire fighters had there first match in the Amador County men’s Dodgeball League. Prior to the season one of Pine Grove’s newest Youth Counselors Adam Frazier held a few practices.  YCC Frazier recently transferred up from NCYCC in Stockton. Adam had to teach them the 5 D’s of Dodgeball: Dodge, Duck, Dive, Dip, Dodge. 

YCC Frazier and his team arrived at Argonaut High school prior to the game to complete the required forms and watch a part of the previous game to get more of a understanding of the game. There was a moment as we were standing and watching that our players impressed Adam. One of the organizers of the league began to hand out chairs to our players.  As the players received their chairs, one player immediately unfolded 2 chairs and walked across to the other side to the gym were a mother was standing with her young child and provided her with 2 of the teams chairs. She was very thankful and appreciated his efforts.
Prior to the game the players spend a few minutes warming up and getting used to the game balls. The official brought the teams together and reviewed the rules and the game began. We played 7 games.  When the match began our guys were on fire winning the first 2 games. That’s when things took a turn, and the other team won the next 4 games in a row. However, our team rallied back and won the final game overall we ended going 3-4, not bad for our first showing. After the game the other players and official spoke us and expressed how impressed they were with our play and sportsmanship. In fact, a player from the opposing team told us that there is no question that we will meet them again in the season’s final championship game.

Following the game the team was very appreciative and excited to play again next week.

Mike Roots
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp