Help Make Ends Meet

By Giving List Staff   |   December 12, 2022

This is a critical time of year for our Safety Net Services team, as winter weather, soaring electric bills, and food needs strain the lives of many people and families across the county. Almost one third of people in Marin live paycheck-to-paycheck and more than half of those are people of color.

Too many children go hungry when parents are forced to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table. With the increase in the cost of living in Marin County over the last few years, many in our community find themselves with severe economic and related hardships. 

Our agency’s safety net programs help individuals, families, seniors, and people with disabilities get emergency financial and basic needs met, including food, utilities and water, rental assistance, transportation, and other critical resources. 

This is why we are asking for your generous support today. Our passionate team works year-round to increase well-being, helping to give people a step up and regain their confidence and stability. This past year, we provided $130,000 in emergency cash assistance to 276 households, over $1 million in rental assistance to 339 households, and $714,000 in energy assistance to 941 households. That’s thousands of people staying safe, housed, and secure!

Thanks to a generous $25,000 match gift, your tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more – or a monthly gift – will double your impact. You will be part of our family of donors working to lift up others, setting people on a path to stability and greater hope.

If you’re capable of giving, here’s what your gift can do:

·$50 assists an older adult with a 1:1 financial coaching session to help them live within their budget and access available resources.  

·$100 gives an unhoused person a good sleeping bag and gloves for the cold weather and connects them to needed supports.  

·$500 gives a one-time cash grant to someone in need or pays for a pet deposit to that someone can move into a new home with their animal companion.   

·A monthly gift goes even further! Together, we are creating brighter futures, helping people, and changing lives. 

Please make your most generous contribution to our Step Up Community Fund and know that together we are creating brighter futures, helping people, and changing lives. 


Community Action Marin

Donate now!
415 526-7511
CEO: Chandra Alexandre, Ph.D.


We make it possible for people to achieve wellbeing by providing the education, mental health, and vital services they need. Together, we break down the barriers that get in the way of fair and lasting change in service to better outcomes for all.

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

I’ve seen how Community Action Marin has strengthened advocacy to help keep people housed and safe during the pandemic. They have taken on challenges no one else could sustain through homeless outreach, mental health, and basic needs. As a neighbor in Marin, I’m so proud to stand with Chandra and Community Action Marin in the work of achieving AN EQUITABLE RECOVERY.”
Isabel Allende
Author & Philanthropist

Aid the Fight for Racial and Economic Justice

By giving to Community Action Marin, donors will make an equitable pandemic recovery possible. 

•$250 gives preschool children a new learning garden with seeds and digging tools.

• $500 helps a teacher get a professional training and wellness day.

•$1,000 ensures that safety net services get to the hardest-to-reach people.

•$5,000 supports civic engagement and advocacy efforts for racial justice.

Give to the Step Up Community Fund and see your dollars help people and change lives!

Key Supporters

California Department of Education
County of Marin
U.S Department of Health and Human Services (including Head Start/Early Head Start)
$100,000 TO $999,999 DONORS:
Anonymous donor
Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund
Marin Community Foundation
United Way Bay Area
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Roger Crawford
Christopher Carey
Mary Donovan
Jeff Babcock
Maria Frias
Meredith Parnell
Tony Psychoyos
Jennifer McInnis
Samantha Ramirez
Violeta Krasnic
Tonya Newstetter
Nicolette Van Exel