Program background


Advocacy & Equity

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As part of our strategic direction, we are committed to advocating for policies and services that benefit underserved communities, repair systems of inequity, and promote racial, gender, and economic justice. Our staff and board members stand in solidarity with organizations providing upstream approaches that influence internal and external policies and legislation, change organizational practices, foster coalitions and networks, and educate providers.

Our inclusive programs consider communities of color, and how all families may have been adversely affected by childhood experiences in the context of community environments. These environments include poverty, discrimination, violence, lack of opportunity and more. The Building Community Resilience Pair of ACEs model helps us understand how education, programs, advocacy efforts and coalitions can change the trajectory of health and life outcomes. We align with the priority to ensure people have their basic needs met and can move from crisis to stability and achieve sustained success, while addressing underlying root causes that foster systemic inequities.

Using an advocacy framework, we integrate education, public awareness campaigns, participation in public forums, community organizing, coalition-building, and community mobilization into our work. Our current advocacy priorities include: Equitable Pandemic Recovery Strategies for Marin County, End Child Poverty in California, Voter Registration, Child Poverty and California Earned Income Tax Credits, and racial justice.

In spring 2022, we co-authored a Call to Action, Equitable Pandemic Recovery Strategies for Marin County, that puts forth a race-centered, social determinants of health framework to support a stronger and more resilient Marin County for all. In June 2022, in collaboration with the City of Novato, NMCS launched an equitable climate action initiative to engage vulnerable populations and help mitigate climate change.

Equitable Pandemic Recovery Strategies for Marin County

End Child Poverty in California

Register to Vote:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at the Filing a Program Discrimination Complaint as a USDA Customer page, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: 202-690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

De acuerdo con la ley federal de derechos civiles y las regulaciones y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA), el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas y empleados, y las instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA tienen prohibido discriminar por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad o represalia o represalia por una actividad anterior de derechos civiles en cualquier programa o actividad conducida o financiada por USDA.


Las personas con discapacidades que requieran medios alternativos de comunicación para la información del programa (por ejemplo, Braille, letra grande, cinta de audio, lenguaje de señas estadounidense, etc.) deben comunicarse con la agencia (estatal o local) donde solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con problemas de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA a través del Servicio de retransmisión federal al 800-877-8339. Además, la información del programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas además del inglés.


Para presentar una queja por discriminación del programa, complete el Formulario de queja por discriminación del programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que se encuentra en línea en la página. Cómo presentar una queja por discriminación del programa como cliente del USDA El enlace externo se abre en una nueva ventana o pestaña, y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o escriba una carta dirigida al USDA y proporcione en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de queja, llame al 866-632-9992. Envíe su formulario completo o carta al USDA por:


(1) correo: Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU.

Oficina del Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2) fax: 202-690-7442; o


(3) correo electrónico:


Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.