News & Events

We invite our caring community of donors, including corporations, service clubs and foundations to support one or both of our annual events that build and strengthen our community.


Holiday Share & Toy Drive

Join us in making holiday magic for over 400 children at our 51st annual Holiday Share! You can participate by purchasing gifts from a child’s wish list, stuffed animals, or $25 Target gift cards. We will also need volunteers for this heartwarming event!

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Brunch, Bubbles & Bocce!

Our 2023 Brunch, Bubbles & Bocce event raised $195,000 to support the NMCS Food Pantry and Child Development Healthy Food Program. Stay tuned for information about our 2024 event!

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NMCS on ABC7 News

Our Food Pantry and climate action work were featured on ABC's Building a Better Bay Area segment. Visit the link below to learn more about our work in partnership with the Rising Sun Center for Opportunity and Marin County Sustainability Team.

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NMCS Receives Diversity Award

North Marin Community Services was honored to be recognized with a Diversity in Business Award from the North Bay Business Journal!

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Berta Campos-Anicetti Retires

Berta Campos-Anicetti, Co-Director of Latine Programs, is retiring from NMCS after 24 years. We thank Berta for her exemplary service in Novato and across Marin County. She is a passionate advocate for immigrants, and has ensured equity, diversity, and inclusion are prioritized within private and public sectors. Her advocacy, education, and action-oriented approach to community collaboration have helped to build lasting bridges between government and community. In honor of her retirement, Berta received a proclamation from the City of Novato and a resolution from the County of Marin Board of Supervisors.

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Best of the County

North Marin Community Services was named a best food insecurity nonprofit and a best community service organization in Marin Magazine's Best of the County!

Marin Magazine

40 Under 40 Award to Child Development Program Director Emily Bugos

Emily Bugos was recognized by the North Bay Business Journal with a 40 Under 40 Award! Emily leads our Child Development team of 22 staff.  She is passionate about helping people understand that childcare is valuable, complex, economically necessary, and respectable work deserving of professional recognition and professional wages.

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CEO Cheryl Paddack to YWCA Marin Women’s Hall of Fame

Learn more about CEO Cheryl Paddack's commitment to leading work in social change and her induction into the YWCA Marin Women’s Hall of Fame here.

Cheryl's Story

Marin food security remains tenuous

Despite the easing of the pandemic, food insecurity remains high in Marin. The pandemic and inflation continue to fuel a need for food assistance in our community. Learn about our partner San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and hear from North Marin Community Services CEO Cheryl Paddack in this article in the Marin IJ.

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Holiday Share Makes 474 Wishes Come True!

We’re deeply grateful to our generous and caring community for helping 474 children’s holiday wishes come true at our 50th annual Holiday Share event.

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50th annual ‘Holiday Share’ toy drive

"There is no better gift than the gift of giving, and this holiday season, the local community has a chance to give to those who truly appreciate and need what people have to offer." Pacific Sun highlighted our 50th Annual Holiday Share and work in the community in their December 7 edition.

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337,000 lbs of food to people in need!

Thank you to our volunteers, staff, donors, and partners (San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, that make it possible for people to have warm, healthy meals through the holidays.

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Latino Business Leadership Award

Isaura Resendiz, our Intensive Care Coordination Manager, is a recipient of North Bay Business Journal’s 2022 Latino Business Leadership Award. Isaura oversees our Amigos de la Familia, School Works Initiative, and Thriving Families Initiative programs. She is an expert at building trust, connecting families to human services and resources, and fostering relationships with colleagues and partner organizations. In her 23 years at NMCS, she has provided case management services to over 2,500 local families.

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NMCS Named One of North Bay’s Best Places to Work

We were named one of the North Bay’s Best Places to Work for the second year in a row! We are grateful for our team of 65 experienced and dedicated staff who help us create an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Novato extends eviction ban

In an act that will reduce homelessness and protect low-income and minority residents, the City of Novato extended its eviction moratorium for those experiencing hardship due to Covid-19 until Sept 30, 2022.

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Marin Voice: State-funded Novato High program helps ID mental health support needs

In this Marin Voice commentary, NMCS Wellness Care Navigator Christina Tejada and Peer Health Promoter Jessica Mendieta talk about the importance of culturally and linguistically appropriate wellness services at high school campuses.

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Women of Vision

CEO Cheryl Paddack was honored by Soroptimist International of Novato as a Woman of Vision in April.

Read about the 11 honorees

“Struggling to Survive”

Inflation is making it challenging for families to make ends meet. This Marin IJ article highlights the impacts of NMCS’ weekly Tuesday food pantry.

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Marin IJ Highlights NMCS’ 50 Years of Service

"When Jessica Real moved from Mexico to Marin, she was pregnant and living on one income. Then she and her husband were offered a lifeline -- help with rent and 'everything' for their apartment, from furniture to cooking utensils." Thank you to the Marin Independent Journal for lifting up our mission of service to families such as Jessica's. We are honored to deliver our services every day and walk alongside people in our community.

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NMCS 50 Years Together

Equitable Pandemic Recovery Strategies Report

We are pleased to release our report and call to action on Equitable Pandemic Recovery Strategies for Marin County. This report is the result of a first-of-its-kind partnership between four front-line community-based organizations in Marin: Canal Alliance, Community Action Marin, Legal Aid of Marin, and North Marin Community Services. Now is the time to chart a long-term strategy to ensure that all Marin County residents move forward from this pandemic stronger and more resilient.

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NMCS honored with two Heart of Marin awards

NMCS was honored to be chosen for Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence at the 29th annual CVNL Heart of Marin awards, which recognizes the achievements and contributions of many of our community's nonprofits and volunteers. Additionally, NMCS Peer Health Promoter volunteer, Lizbeth Mendieta-Alvarado, received a Youth Volunteer of the Year Award! Congratulations to all those nominated and recognized.

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