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.


Affordable Housing Civic Academy

Join NMCS and Marin Organizing Committee to learn about the proposed BAHFA affordable housing bond measure planned for the November 2024 ballot. If passed, this measure would unlock $350-$700 million for affordable housing and homelessness solutions in Marin. Details: Wednesday, June 12th from 4 - 5:30 PM at North Marin Community Services, 680 Wilson Ave, Novato, CA, 94947. 

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Brunch, Bubbles & Bocce!

Thank you to everyone who supported our 2nd annual Brunch, Bubbles & Bocce fundraiser! The funds raised will ensure hundreds of people in our community can access affordable mental health care.

Brunch, Bubbles & Bocce!
Photo of bocce balls

4th of July Parade

Walk with North Marin Community Services in Novato's Annual July 4th Parade! Stay tuned for details and sign up information for the 2024 parade.

Holiday Share & Toy Drive

Thank you to all of our generous donors, volunteers, and community partners for making holiday magic for 485 children at our 51st annual Holiday Share & Toy Drive! Visit our Holiday Share page to learn more and enjoy two videos capturing the excitement and cheer at the event.

Holiday Share & Toy Drive



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‘Stretching every dollar’

The need for food pantries is still strong. NMCS CEO Cheryl Paddack shares, “A lot of people who are turning to us have unexpected expenses in the household or job layoffs or people who can’t work due to illness.” Learn more in this Marin Independent Journal article.

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Holiday Share makes 485 wishes come true!

We’re deeply grateful to our generous and caring community for helping make 485 children’s holiday wishes come true! Follow the ABC7 News link below to see our 51st annual Holiday Share and Toy Drive in action and learn about its impact on local families.

See the magic in action on ABC7

‘Winter is already here’

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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Alaine Kalder receives HR Professional Award

HR Manager Alaine Kalder received a 2023 Human Resources Professional Award from the North Bay Business Journal! Learn more about Alaine and her expertise at the link below.

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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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NMCS a ‘Best Place to Work’ for third year

We were named one of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for the third year in a row! We are grateful for our team of 67 experienced and dedicated staff who help us create an inclusive and diverse workplace.

See the full list here

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.

Hear from Emily

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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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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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

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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