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.


Art, Wine & Music Festival

This fun festival includes music, arts and crafts, kid-friendly activities, beer, wine and food. Find NMCS at the Children’s Area on Sunday, June 19 from 11AM to 6PM. Free admission.
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4th of July Parade

Walk with North Marin Community Services in Novato's Annual July 4th Parade! This year, the theme is "Celebrate Kindness." The parade runs from 10AM-noon. If you plan to walk, please arrive at 9:30AM. It is typically a hot day, so please dress accordingly. We hope to see you there!
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50th Celebration Luncheon

Thank you to our 200 supporters who attended our 50th Anniversary Luncheon on April 13th. We were humbled and honored to be recognized by so many as a treasured resource in North Marin—an organization who stands by those in need and effectively responds to and meets the changing needs of our community. Special guests included: Rhea Suh, President & Chief Executive Officer, Marin Community Foundation; Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools; Jared Huffman, U.S. Congressman serving California’s 2nd District; Judy Arnold, District 5 Supervisor; and Eric Lucan, Mayor of Novato acclaimed NMCS for its growth, adaptability, and excellence since 1972. NMCS Promotora Beatriz Garcia and NMCS Teen Board members Alejandro Menacho Molina & Rosa Velazquez proudly shared stories of personal impact that inspired us all. Elected officials presented a Proclamation to recognize North Marin Community Services’ swift response to the pandemic, including service to 11,000+ people in need, as well as contributions from long-time staff members Ana Rivera (41 years) & Anne Varner (37 years). You all fuel our work and help us create a strong community with opportunities to all. Special thanks to our event sponsors: Marin Community Foundation, Sutter Health, BioMarin, Gruber Family Foundation, Brayton Purcell, Front Porch Realty, FP Builders, Love2Dance, James Duckworth & Roberta Dixon, Dean & Michele Moser, Cheryl & Mark Paddack and Vanshika Nachnani & Mandeep Singh.
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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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Holiday Share Makes 468 Wishes Come True!

We’re deeply grateful to our generous and caring community for helping 468 children’s holiday wishes come true at our 49th annual Holiday Share event. It was a record breaking year for us – 226 low-income families were served on Saturday, December 18, 2021.
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Thriller Thursday a Success!

We raised over $219,000 at our virtual Thriller Thursday event! We are incredibly grateful to our generous community of supporters. Because of you, more local people will have access to mental health care and case management services! Special thank you to our corporate sponsors and Leadership Circle donors for kicking off the event, Senator Mike McGuire for hosting our live fund-a-need and to the amazing production team at Desire2Inspire.
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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! Thank you to our 63 dedicated and experienced staff for helping us create an inclusive and diverse workplace.
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“Like Father, Like Daughter”

Our CEO, Cheryl Paddack, is featured in NorthBay Biz magazine. The story explores how the values Cheryl learned from her father guide the impactful work she does in our community. 
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