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San Francisco FAITHS to Offer Classes on Disaster Preparedness for Community Groups

“Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that faith and community-based organizations are not immune to experiencing disasters,” says Carmen Bogan, the program’s coordinator. “We all talk about being prepared, but how many faith-based and CBO leaders set aside the time to do it? Now is the right time to prepare for what’s next. Just two hours of preparation could make the difference. That’s what this series is all about.” 

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The San Francisco Foundation FAITHS Program announces THRIVE! The Master Class Series, 2021.  This series of training draws on the knowledge of experts in their fields with decades of experience. Sessions will prepare nonprofit and faith-based leaders to navigate five key areas critical to more than surviving the season of COVID-19, by preparing for whatever comes next.  It’s time to THRIVE!


“Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that faith and community-based organizations are not immune to experiencing disasters,” says Carmen Bogan, the program’s coordinator. “We all talk about being prepared, but how many faith-based and CBO leaders set aside the time to do it? Now is the right time to prepare for what’s next. Just two hours of preparation could make the difference. That’s what this series is all about.” 

 

The first of the five interactive zoom sessions is scheduled for April 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Master Class instructors, Heather Lee, program manager for San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster (CARD) and Michelle Beasley, Federal Disaster Recovery officer for FEMA Region IX, will teach leaders how to create a preparedness plan designed to save property, finances, the organization’s future and even lives in the community. 

 

 Future topics include – “Rolling Out Your Reopening; Pivot into Tomorrow:” “Tech Savvy;” “Building a Strong Health Ministry or Department;” and “Where to Find COVID-19 Recovery Resources.”

 

Session 1
Date: 4/09/2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Topic: 
Prepared for Next? From the Experts: 
Steps to Developing an Organization Disaster Preparedness Recovery and Plan & FEMA Resources

Participants will learn about:  

Planning – Creating preparedness and recovery plans 
Operations – What things need to keep happening 
Equipment – What you need
Training – What you need to learn 
Exercise – How you practice

Accessing FEMA resources 

You must register in advance for this meeting:

https://sff.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrf–qrzIiEtBXgJ4EL6T1c3T2Fmc9sY_K

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 For more information contact:

Michelle Myles Chambers at mmc@ssf.org T – (415) 733-8539

Sayron Stokes at sstokes@ssf.org  T – (415) 635-3319

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OCCUR AMBOF 2022 Leadership Forum and Year-End Celebration

“Some of these stories we know about, such as Wanda Johnson’s tragic loss of her son Oscar Grant, others we’ve yet to learn. During this Forum, these champions for change will teach faith-based and nonprofit leaders serving underrepresented communities of color how to push forward, despite facing difficult and even hostile environments in a time that many people deny that this is our reality,” says Carmen Bogan, the Program’s Director.

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(Pictured left to right:) Wanda Johnson, Founder, the Oscar Grant Foundation; Fred Blackwell, CEO, San Francisco Foundation; Dr. Nadine Scott, Founder, Ariel Outreach Mission; and Dee Johnson, Executive Director, the Lend a Hand Foundation.
(Pictured left to right:) Wanda Johnson, Founder, the Oscar Grant Foundation; Fred Blackwell, CEO, San Francisco Foundation; Dr. Nadine Scott, Founder, Ariel Outreach Mission; and Dee Johnson, Executive Director, the Lend a Hand Foundation.

“The Journey to the Vision”

Faith-based organization leaders often discuss their visions today, but not the struggles that brought them to now. On Sept. 27, 2022, OCCUR and San Francisco Foundation FAITHS will present a special Zoom Leadership Forum and AMBOF Year-End Celebration “The Journey to the Vision.” Guest speakers include Fred Blackwell, CEO, San Francisco Foundation; Wanda Johnson, Founder, the Oscar Grant Foundation; Dee Johnson, Executive Director, the Lend a Hand Foundation; and Dr. Nadine Scott, Founder, Ariel Outreach Mission. Like so many leaders working in the trenches daily to make life better for us all, these extraordinary individuals have, somewhere along the line, confronted a moment that made the difference in how they emerged into who they are today.

“Some of these stories we know about, such as Wanda Johnson’s tragic loss of her son Oscar Grant, others we’ve yet to learn. During this Forum, these champions for change will teach faith-based and nonprofit leaders serving underrepresented communities of color how to push forward, despite facing difficult and even hostile environments in a time that many people deny that this is our reality,” says Carmen Bogan, the Program’s Director. Participants will learn how to turn tragedy into purpose, build powerhouse organizations from little or nothing, reinvent their organization or themselves, honor and build legacy in their work, stabilize their funding once and for all, and find their base of community support and action.

The journey to the vision can lead to change, transformation, and triumph. Join us for the celebration!

Date/Time: September 27, 2022, 9am-11am PST

Location: Zoom

How to Attend: Please RSVP on our website, amodelbuiltonfaith.org

Questions: Email info@occurnow.org, or call (510) 839-2440

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Veterans Fish Free

NABVETS and other Bay Area veterans groups will join together with East Bay Regional Park District to go fishing, 9:00am to 2:30pm Saturday, September 27 at the Oakley Regional Shoreline (Antioch Pier) at Bridgehead Road and Wilbur Avenue, Antioch, CA. 

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NABVETS and other Bay Area veterans groups will join together with East Bay Regional Park District to go fishing, 9:00am to 2:30pm Saturday, September 27 at the Oakley Regional Shoreline (Antioch Pier) at Bridgehead Road and Wilbur Avenue, Antioch, CA.

Buses will provide free transportation from Richmond and Concord. For information, view the flyer below or call 510-545-2554.

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Pastor Alvin Bernstine Remembers Reverend Marvin Webb

Marvin knew the Richmond story. He knew its players, people, politics and possibilities. Whenever called upon for Richmond, he showed up. Whoever from Richmond needed him, he was there. He made Richmond proud when he was drafted and playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The world saw in Marvin that something good can come out of Richmond.

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Marvin Webb. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.
Marvin Webb. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.

By Pastor Alvin Bernstine

The Reverend Marvin Webb represented the best of Richmond. He, in fact, embodied the best of Richmond and that’s how he showed up. Although my time with him was not long, it was long enough for him to share, and for me to see and conclude that Marvin Webb provided insight into the soul of Richmond. He was not born in Richmond, but he lived in Richmond, schooled in Richmond, played in Richmond, struggled in Richmond, fought in and for Richmond, worked in Richmond, worshiped in Richmond, and sadly, much too soon — died in Richmond.

I only met him 15 years ago. At the request of his former wife, Katrina, he joined the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and became, for me, a genuinely loving and loyal brother. He brought so much into the world: curious intellect, incredible athleticism, healthy competitiveness, melodious musicality, business acumen — all complemented with a compassionate and worshipful heart.

Marvin knew the Richmond story. He knew its players, people, politics and possibilities. Whenever called upon for Richmond, he showed up. Whoever from Richmond needed him, he was there. He made Richmond proud when he was drafted and playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The world saw in Marvin that something good can come out of Richmond.

On Sept. 24, 7:30 a.m. at Franklin Canyon Golf Course people from Richmond, and vicinity, will show up for Reverend Marvin Webb. The Fifth Annual Marvin Webb — BMBC Golf Tournament will follow his spirit in having fun, healthy competition, and compassionately supporting Ya-Heema Healing Circle, an agency committed to bring healing to Richmond. To register/sponsor contact Franklin Canyon Golf Course (510) 799-6191 or DeWanda Joseph (510) 776-5443.

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