Friday, July 14, 2017

Upcountry Rotary helps with Back Pack 2 School campaign

The Amador Upcountry Rotary Club comes through again this year for the Back-Pack 2 School Campaign, providing back packs full of supplies for underprivileged students to be provided to the Upcountry Community Center.

Amador Upcountry Rotary meets the first three Thursdays of every month at 5:30 pm at the St. George Hotel in Volcano. Guests are always welcome.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thank you from Amador STARS! Annual Yard Sale raised over $7,600

The Amador STARS sincerely thank our community for supporting our 5th annual yard sale, even coming out in the rain! Over $7,600 was raised to help our friends on their cancer journey.
Amador STARS appreciate everyone who gave us donations and those who came to shop!
Amador STARS also appreciate all the volunteers who gave their time for 3 days to help us to help others!
We thank Pine Grove Community Service District for the use of the Pine Grove Park.
We appreciate the support of the Pine Grove Cal Fire Camp and their volunteers who helped us with set up and take down. We also would like to acknowledge their generous donation of $493.00!
We thank Volcano Communications for the use of their parking lot.
The funds generated by the yard sale assist us in serving the patients in our community.
We have 7 vehicles and 40 volunteers who drive patients to their cancer related appointments.
This week of July we are transporting 32 patients to their appointments in Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Sacramento, and Placer Counties as well as trips to the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2016 Amador STARS logged over 110,000 miles driving patients to appointments.
All this is made possible due to our community support!
If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer with the Amador STARS, please phone our office at 209-267-1246 or go online to
Ginger Rolf
Volunteer Executive Director, Amador STARS


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - July 2017

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  July 2017

   Unattended Children & Pets
  To protect the well being of occupants inside a motor vehicle, you must
  comply with California law regarding unattended children and pets.

  When you are not present in the vehicle, it is illegal to:
  • Leave a child up to 6 years old unattended, UNLESS they are supervised by someone at least 12 years old.
  • Leave children or pets in conditions that present a significant risk to their health and safety.
  Children and pets confined to vehicles in rising temperatures can result
  in dehydration, stroke, or death.
  Here's some helpful information and tips for parents about heatstroke
  prevention for kids.
  Hard Facts about Heatstroke:
  • On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. In more than half of these deaths, the caregiver forgot the child was in the car.
  • car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. And cracking a window doesn't help.
  • Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's.
  Top Tips for Preventing Heatstroke:
  • Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.
  • Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Always lock your doors and trunks - even in your driveway. And keep your keys and key fobs out of the reach of kids.  
  • Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you're not following your normal routine. 
  • Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
How do you take care of yourself?
Have you ever felt like you take care of everyone's needs first? That taking time to take care of yourself should be last? You are not alone in feeling this way. We encourage you - especially if you are raising children - to give yourself some time for YOU!

Thank you to Yolo Kids for this fabulous info-graphic on self-care! Click on their link to take you to the full guide!
Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that
families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within
families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes
for children and their families.
Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2017-18 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly, suggested application deadline dates are as follows:
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 5:00pm
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm
Upcoming Events
Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings.

Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE

Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, July 17, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Wednesday, July 19, 9:00am-5:00pm, Ione Family Resource Center, Ione
Call  296-2785 to reserve your spot. 

About CAPC
Our Vision
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
Our Mission 
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
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Investing in Our Youngest Children
Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Foothill Conservancy welcomes new Executive Director Amanda C. Nelson

The 27-year old, Jackson-based Foothill Conservancy is pleased to announce that Amanda C. Nelson (pictured left) has joined the organization as its new executive director.

Amanda comes to the local, nonprofit, grassroots conservation organization after a 25-year career leading and consulting with nonprofit organizations throughout the country. After growing up in the Bay Area, Amanda received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. She has lived on the East and West Coasts, the South, and in Europe and Puerto Rico.

“I am excited to join the Conservancy and by the opportunity to live and work in Amador County,” Amanda said. “This beautiful, pastoral setting is truly inspiring.

“Having spoken with some of the Conservancy’s dedicated members, I am reminded that the organization is so much more than one person or leader—it is really a community dedicated to keeping this scenic land and water clean and sustainable for generations to come.”

“We’re delighted to have Amanda join our team,” said Conservancy President Katherine Evatt. “Her tremendous leadership skills and experience will help our organization grow, thrive, and address new challenges.”

About the Foothill Conservancy:
The Foothill Conservancy’s mission is to protect restore and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras counties for the benefit of current and future generations. Founded by local residents in 1989 and incorporated in 1990, the Conservancy is the leading organization statewide for conservation and restoration of the upper Mokelumne River and a strong advocate for sustainable land use and local quality of life.
For more information, contact Amanda Nelson at 209-223-3508 or

Lockwood Firehouse Concert - Sat Aug 26

Come join Lockwood Fire for a night of great music by Darcel Hunter & Company.
Our Firehouse Concert is Saturday, August 26 at 7:00 PM at Lockwood Fire Station #152, 19715 Shake Ridge Road at the corner of Hale Road, above Volcano. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

Ticket prices are $15 each and are being sold online at:
Brown Paper Tickets, event 3039931 or
Only 150 seats available!
Cash only tickets available at the door, if not sold out.

Great raffle prizes raffle off at intermission.
Come join your friends and neighbors for a great night of music and support your local volunteer fire department!

For more information, call 296-5330 or 296-6868.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Three GREAT fundraisers! Sip and Paint, Bingo & Pasta, and Wine and Dine

Three GREAT fundraisers!  FUN --- FUN --- and MORE FUN!!!

Executive Director's Note

Since September of 2016, the caring and supportive staff of Operation Care have helped over 258 survivors of domestic violence with references, referrals, advocacy, peer counseling, and emergency shelter, and we have assisted 30 sexual assault victims. Our Go! Youth Program has also reached hundreds of youth in our community.

These critical services are in jeopardy,  as we strive to meet our federal funding requirements, which mandate that we match a percentage of our funding with local contributions by the fiscal year-end deadline of September 30. Won't you please join us for one or more of our fundraisers and have a little fun while helping to keep these vital programs for our community?

We look forward to seeing you! 

Tammie Crabtree
Executive Director



Single ticket $60:
Couples ticket $100

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