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Project News | January 6, 2022

The Fund for People in Parks

The Fund for People in Parks had a great year in 2021. Check out their video recap!

Renaissance Journalism

Woman journalistLast month, Renaissance Journalism introduced a pilot project called LaunchPad. The project is “designed to empower emerging journalists who are passionate about reimagining journalism through the lens of equity and social justice” by helping these entry-level journalists connect with colleagues and new mentors, produce social justice-focused journalism, receive financial support, and more.

Learn more.

The FruitGuys Community Fund

Bee on sunflowerAfter a break due to the pandemic in 2021, The FruitGuys Community Fund is once again accepting applications for grants to be awarded in 2022. These $2,000-$5,000 grants support projects that promote sustainability on small farms in the US. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 31.

Learn about past grantees.

Our Fiscally Sponsored Projects Respond to Omicron

  • Castro Country ClubExecutive Director Billy Lemon announced on January 4 that Castro Country Club will be closed for 10 days from January 5 through January 15 as a result of a significant number of their volunteers testing positive and being exposed to Covid-19. Their meetings have also been suspended as they focus on keeping the community safe.
  • Digging DeepDigging Deep recently published an article about helping young people process anxiety into growth during these unpredictable times as the landscape of education changes once again due to increasing omicron cases, in addition to other unexpected crises causing young people to experience more trauma and anxiety.

Don’t forget to check our fiscally sponsored projects’ hours and programming as these may change due to the current course of Covid. Each project is doing what they can to keep everyone healthy, mentally and physically, during this challenging time.

Get to Know Community Initiatives’ Admin Staff!

Danielle PetersonDanielle Peterson
Danielle joined Community Initiatives in February of 2021 with over fifteen years of marketing experience in brand strategy and brand marketing, working both the agency and client sides in a variety of fields.

Born and raised in Oakland, Danielle loves spending time by the ocean and hiking around the Skyline Trail in Chabot Regional Park where her father’s memorial tree is located.

When she’s not out in nature, Danielle enjoys relaxing at home with a good book and her two four-year-old rescue cats named Ty and Chi. A hobby jewelry maker, Danielle is considering opening up an Etsy shop for her handmade creations!

You can find out more about Danielle on the Meet Us page of our website.

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