(SAN RAFAEL, CA) – For their selfless work to empower underserved communities in Marin County, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) has named Community Action Marin (CAM) his 2020 Nonprofit of the Year.
Founded in 1966, CAM was formed following President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty.” In 1967, the Marin County Board of Supervisors designated CAM as the county’s official antipoverty agency, with a mandate to work to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty in Marin County. Since then, CAM has been a critical partner in the North Bay providing child and family services, mental health, safety net, economic opportunity and equity programs to support those most in need.
“Recognition as a California Nonprofit of the Year comes at a time when we have been working hard alongside our community family to avert crisis and strengthen our resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inequities it has revealed,” comments Chandra Alexandre, CEO of Community Action Marin. “It’s especially meaningful now; but we got here because our team has been dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other in Marin for over 50 years. On behalf of our staff and board, I am grateful for this honor, and we are proud to be recognized."
This year, 105 legislators across the state recognized the important work of nonprofits in their community. This recognition brings attention to outstanding nonprofits while illustrating the remarkable diversity and vibrancy of California's nonprofit community.
“On behalf of residents throughout the North Bay, I am proud to recognize Community Action Marin as the 2020 Nonprofit of the Year for Sonoma and Marin counties,” said Assemblymember Levine. “The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the need for community partners to help vulnerable families through this unimaginable time. For decades, CAM has been one of our most reliable partners to help fight poverty and to give a voice to everyone that calls the North Bay home. This year, CAM has stepped up once again and has been essential to help support Marin County residents impacted by COVID-19. Our community is stronger because of CAM’s leadership. I look forward to partnering with CAM in the future to build a healthier, more equitable community for us all.”
CAM’s 2020 honor follows Levine’s selection of Legal Aid of Sonoma County as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year. The California Association of Nonprofits, sponsor of this annual event represents over 10,000 nonprofit organizations throughout the state.
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