The Marin Community Foundation has awarded a $3.85 million grant to the Center for Community Life in Marin City.
The award will be part of the money that will contribute to upgrading the existing Manzanita Center, which includes the gymnasium, a recreation center, the senior center, an early childhood center, the health center, and the Harriet Tubman building. Future plans may include a community pool.
The total money that will be needed to transform the Manzanita Center to the envisioned “Center for Community Life will be $24 million. So far, $7 million has already been raised.
The Manzanita Center has already started to transform with the opening of the boxing and fitness center, and teen center. A Health and Wellness Center has recently acquired a new mobile dental van is serving low-income residents and families, and homebound older adults throughout Marin County.
But the leaders and the community is striving to improve the center to better serve the 3,000 residents living in Marin City, especially in the areas of health and wellness, early childhood development, education, job training, and recreation.
The Health and Wellness Center has a new dental van, funded by the County of Marin, to serve the to low-income residents throughout Marin County, especially families living in public housing and homebound older adults.
The Center for Community Life, according to their website, will bring together children, families and neighbors in Marin City with people from across Marin County. It will provide a place for the community to learn new career or job skills, participate in early childhood and after-school programs and take advantage of health and fitness programs to stay healthy and active.
Marin City community leaders are working to identify the best opportunities to strengthen early childhood development, educational achievement, job training, recreation and health and wellness. The leaders has also collaborated and has been in partnership with other community leaders, businesses, educators, health professionals and parks and recreation officials including the YMCA, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs and the City of Sausalito, in developing the Center of Community life.
“We are very pleased to offer this grant in support of a community’s dream and its future,” said Dr. Thomas Peters, President and & CEO of the Marin Community Foundation. “The array of services that will be available is impressive, and the facility itself will no doubt quickly become a dynamic hub of activity for one and all.”