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Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters, a virtual event in partnership with Love All Our Kids, will be held on February 27, 2021.

You can make a difference in the life of a foster child in Stanislaus County. Become a resource parent. To learn more, please join Every Child Matters, a virtual event on February 27, 2021 from 9 am to 11 am.

The event will feature a panel of former foster youth sharing their foster care experiences and stories of inspiration. Resource parents (formerly referred to as foster parents) are individuals, couples, or families who act as caregivers providing out-of-home care for children in foster care.

To learn more about the annual Every Child Matters event and how you can become a resource parent, please register by going to LoveAllOurKids.com/every-child-matters

In partnership with the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency, the event is sponsored by Love All Our Kids, a community organization that helps find resource parents for foster youth.

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2022 PIT Homeless Count Postponed Due To Covid-19 Concerns

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) has postponed the 2022 Point-In-Time (PIT) Unsheltered Count and rescheduled it for later next month.

The postponement is due to health and safety concerns about the rise of COVID-19 cases in Stanislaus County.

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) is looking for volunteers to conduct the 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, a one-day snapshot of homelessness in each community of Stanislaus County. The count data is critical to determine the scope of the problem, help define resources, and identify gaps in service.

"We want to ensure volunteers who conduct the interviews and homeless individuals who participate in the count all remain safe," stated Jason Conway, chair of CSOC.

The annual survey of unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness was scheduled for Thursday, January 27, 2022. But after consulting with the Stanislaus County Public Health Department, CSOC sought and was granted an exception from US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to postpone the count and schedule it for a later date.

The PIT Count will now take place as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (Sheltered Count)
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 (Unsheltered Count)

There is still time to register to help out as a volunteer. Simply go to the volunteer registration portal at http://stanislaus.pointintime.info and register by February 4th.

New mandatory training dates are also available and can be selected through the volunteer registration portal. If you were already previously registered and need to select a new training date, this can be done simply by clicking the "Update Registration" option when visiting the registration portal.

Every year HUD requires communities to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in counties across the nation. The data is critical to determine the scope of homelessness and identify gaps in services.

The PIT count is an unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night. Last year, a total of 2,927 homeless persons were identified in the 2021 PIT count.

It's organized by the Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) which includes local governments, non-profits, and homeless providers.

For information about the count, please contact 209-558-2298 or e-mail moc.ytnuocnats@cosc. You can also visit the CSOC website for updates at http://www.csocstan.com/.

To find out more, please click here for a flyer about the 2022 count.

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County Announces Nonprofit Grant Recipients

A total of $1 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds will be distributed to several Stanislaus County nonprofit organizations by early 2022.

A total of $1 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds was approved for distribution to approved Stanislaus County nonprofit organizations by the Board of Supervisors on November 23rd. This funding will assist critical nonprofit work throughout Stanislaus County. Priority was given to nonprofits that did not receive funding from the 2020 Nonprofit Support Grant Program, as well as nonprofits that serve veterans and seniors, and local nonprofit organizations that are new to the community.

"Our County provides a variety of community-centered causes and nonprofits." said Stanislaus County Board Chairman, Vito Chiesa. "It's more important now than ever that we support the work of nonprofits and I'm proud of our Board for recognizing that with a new round of grant funding."

The Stanislaus Community Foundation was contracted to manage the grant application and review process on behalf of Stanislaus County. The Foundation received more than 70 applications from nonprofits that indicated a need for support. The efforts of nonprofits that have continued serving local residents, even through the pandemic, is remarkable. Most have struggled financially due to impacts of COVID-19.

Requests totaling approximately $4.5 million were received, far exceeding the $1 million available to award. This was a competitive process and applications were prioritized based on the approved tiers and for organizations that demonstrated the greatest financial need and impact of COVID-19 on their operations.


A total of 33 nonprofits were awarded funding in this round, including:

Nonprofit Funding
American Red Cross 15,000
Aspiranet 10,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. 45,000
Camp Taylor, Inc. 15,500
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton 59,000
Central Valley Center for the Vision and Hearing Impaired 25,000
Central Valley Hispanic Foundation 2,500
Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc 75,000
Community Hospice Foundation of Stanislaus County 10,000
Community Impact Central Valley 75,000
Faith Home Teen Challenge, Inc. 15,000
Greater Modesto Interfaith Hospitality Network 15,000
Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus 20,000
Healthy Aging Association 40,000
Hughson Community Project 1,000
Improve Your Tomorrow, Inc. 10,000
Legacy Alliance Outreach 10,000
MoPride 5,000
Parent Institute for Quality Education 10,000
Parent Resources Center 45,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties 75,000
Self-Help Enterprises 50,000
Senior Advocacy Network 40,000
Sierra Vista Child & Family Services 20,000
Stanislaus County Youth Empowerment Program 10,000
Stanislaus Multi Cultural Health Coalition West Modesto King 30,000
Stanislaus Senior Foundation 7,000
The Food Initiative of Greater Stanislaus, Inc. 75,000
The Salvation Army, a California Corporation (Turlock) 30,000
United Cerebral Palsy Association, Inc. 40,000
United Samaritans Foundation 50,000
Without Permission, Inc. 20,000
World Relief Corporation of National Association of Evangelicals 50,000
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Pet of The Week

Pet of the Week

Mamas, an 11 month old Bull Terrier/Foxhound mix who is the absolute sweetest girl. She enjoys time with her human laying on the couch while they watch their favorite show and she loves going on walks to see the neighborhood. This girl will be your best friend and is just waiting for someone to come in and adopt her.

We have so many wonderful pets at the Adoption Center @ 3647 Cornucopia Way Modesto.  We're open Monday & Tuesday 10am - 6pm, Wednesday 1pm -6pm, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 12pm - 5pm. Closed Sundays and Holidays. You can also look online at other Available Dogs and Available Cats. All of our adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped.

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Drought Resources and Information

In May, 2021, an Emergency Drought Declaration was passed by Governor Newsom that included Stanislaus County.

California is experiencing a serious drought. In May, 2021, an Emergency Drought Declaration was passed by Governor Newsom that included Stanislaus County. Residents throughout the Central Valley should be aware of resources and conservation measures to help manage one of our most precious natural resources, our water. This page provides a directory of helpful resources for residents as we deal with the impacts of the drought, including drought related issues, regional programs for well users and available funding for disadvantaged communities. Several local programs are available to support the water needs of residents.

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Volunteers Sought for 2022 Point-In-Time Homeless Count

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (is looking for volunteers to conduct the 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, a one-day snapshot of homelessness in our community.

Do you want to help your community?

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) is looking for volunteers to conduct the 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, a one-day snapshot of homelessness in each community of Stanislaus County. The count data is critical to determine the scope of the problem, help define resources, and identify gaps in service.

"Homelessness affects all of us," stated Jason Conway, Chair of CSOC. "The data collected will help get a better understanding of the population experiencing homelessness."

Each year the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities to count the number of people homeless in counties across the nation. This is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people on a single night in January.

Next year's count is scheduled for Thursday, January 27, 2022.

Volunteers will work with the County's Homeless Outreach and Engagement Team as they fan out across Stanislaus County. You'll engage with local homeless individuals and their families to complete a survey and help distribute care packages (beanie, socks, snack, and water) to people you survey.

To volunteer, please go to http://stanislaus.pointintime.info. You'll be required to choose a mandatory survey/safety training and select the city where you'd like to conduct surveys.

You can also register via phone at (209) 558-2961 or e-mail moc.ytnuocnats@cosc

The goal is to register 250 volunteers. The deadline is January 7, 2022.

A total of 2,927 persons were identified in the 2021 PIT count.

Let's Make Everyone Count!

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County Offers $1 Million in Nonprofit Grants

Applications will be accepted between Tuesday, October 5, and Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Stanislaus County is once again partnering with the Stanislaus Community Foundation to support local nonprofit organizations. On August 31, 2021, a total of $1 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds was approved by the Board of Supervisors to assist critical nonprofit work with priority given to nonprofits that did not receive funding from the 2020 Nonprofit Support Grant Program, nonprofits that serve veterans and seniors, and new Stanislaus County nonprofits. Organizations can apply for funding online starting October 5.

"We know the importance of nonprofit services in our community and we are aware of how hard local organizations have been hit economically by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Stanislaus County Board Chairman, Vito Chiesa. "It's more important now than it ever was that we support the work of nonprofits and I'm proud of our Board for recognizing that with a new round of grant funding."

Stanislaus Community Foundation has been contracted to manage the application process on behalf of the Stanislaus County. "Stanislaus Community Foundation is pleased to once again partner with the County to administer these grants to local nonprofits. We know that responding as quickly as possible to the needs of local organizations helps our community recover faster and more equitably to the hardships experienced during the pandemic," said Marian Kaanon, President and CEO of the Foundation.

501c3 non-profit organizations in good standing with the IRS are encouraged to apply. Pre-schools, K-12 schools, places of worship, colleges/community colleges/universities, auxiliary support organizations (i.e., booster or other school-affiliated clubs), individuals, private foundations, Federal or State of California agency/division/departments are not eligible. Grant requests may not exceed 10% of the organization's most recent annual operating budget. Grant requests from nonprofits that have not initiated operations in Stanislaus County but intend to launch new programs or services shall not exceed $50,000. Applying for a grant does not guarantee a funding award.

Stanislaus Community Foundation is managing the application process on behalf of Stanislaus County. Foundation staff will screen and score applications based on a grant program rubric, and present its recommendations to Stanislaus Community Foundation's Grants and Programs Committee, which must agree, by majority vote, on the final grant approvals. Stanislaus Community Foundation will present recommended grant approvals to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office for ratification by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in mid-November 2021.

Nonprofit grant applications will be accepted between Tuesday, October 5, 2021, and Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 5:00 pm PST. Award notifications will occur in November, and award disbursements will occur in December 2021. For more information visit: Stanislaus Community Foundation

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Virtual Redistricting Workshop

On September 30, a virtual Redistricting workshop will be held online. This is a public meeting open to all community residents.

Every decade, counties redraw district maps for their communities and Stanislaus County is working to make sure the current redistricting process is guided by transparency, bipartisanship, and public input to ensure the new map reflects the will of voters, allows for competitive county elections, and fairly represents all communities. Stanislaus County is seeking participation in several upcoming community workshops and public hearings. A virtual option was recently added.

On September 30, from 6-8PM, a virtual Redistricting workshop will be held online. This is a public meeting open to all community residents. An option to join by phone is available as well.

Go to Stancounty.com/redistricting for more information on Redistricting, this workshop, and other upcoming opportunities to get involved.


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Indoor Face Covering Mandate Issued

To stem the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmissions and hospitalizations in Stanislaus County, a public health order was issued requiring all individuals to wear face coverings while indoors.

Since most restrictions from the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy were lifted on June 15, 2021, the average daily case rate of COVID-19 in Stanislaus County has increased 9-fold and the testing positivity rate has risen 4-fold. The Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is significantly more transmissible than the original virus, has become the predominant strain in the US, in California, and in Stanislaus County. Alarmingly, hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Stanislaus County have risen quickly from 38 patients as of July 16 to 299 patients on September 1.

This surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations is threatening our local healthcare system. At the same time as this surge in COVID-19 infections is occurring, there is also a high volume of hospitalizations from non-COVID-19 related diseases. COVID-19 hospitalizations combined with the medical needs arising from another historic wildfire season is stressing the capacity of our local hospitals and medical first responders to meet the medical needs of our county.

To stem this rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations, the best protection for our community against this virus is to continue to increase the number of people vaccinated. The least disruptive and most immediately impactful additional measure to take is the universal use of face coverings, also known as masking, while indoors.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) both recommend that all persons—regardless of vaccination status—wear face coverings indoors when with people outside of their household. With the rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant, it has become necessary to elevate the indoor mask recommendation to a requirement.

The order requires all people to wear face coverings when indoors in workplaces and public settings, with limited exemptions, and recommends that businesses make face coverings available to individuals entering their businesses. This order will take effect Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 12:01 am. All people, especially those who are unvaccinated or at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19, should take personal measures to reduce risk in addition to masking.

This Order requiring all individuals to wear face coverings, as specified below, is necessary to control and reduce the rate of community spread, support our healthcare system, and to reinforce the need for safe interactions. Public Health will continue to assess the situation as it evolves and may modify this Order or issue additional orders related to COVID-19 as changing circumstances dictate.

“The decision to go forward with a masking mandate is based on the need to protect our healthcare system. There is a concerning rise in hospitalizations that is threatening hospital capacity.” said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, Public Health Officer for Stanislaus County. “Masking is an essential tool that limits the transmission of the Delta variant as we continue to vaccinate the people who live, work, and learn in Stanislaus County.”

“The continued increase in hospitalizations is concerning. Especially, when you look at the non-COVID-19 demands on our hospitals. We need to do something to protect our local hospitals so that we have capacity to take care of everyday medical needs. From what the CDC and the CDPH have learned about masking, it looks like masking is the least disruptive measure to slow the rate of transmission and keep our County moving forward” said Vito Chiesa, Chair of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.”

Those who are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated remain highly vulnerable to the infectious Delta variant. Vaccinations have proven to be effective against the Delta variant and all variants of COVID-19 – slowing the rate of spread and mitigating severe symptoms. All residents 12 and older are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. For a list of vaccination clinics, visit the Stanislaus County Public Health website.

The Public Health Order can be found at http://schsa.org/coronavirus/ph-orders-press/.

Additional information:

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Public Input Sought in Redistricting

Stanislaus County is working with the community to make sure the redistricting process is guided by public input so that maps reflect the will of voters.

Every decade, counties draw new district maps for their communities. Stanislaus County is working with the community to make sure the redistricting process is guided by transparency and public input so that maps reflect the will of voters, allow for competitive county elections, and fairly represent all communities. There are several upcoming community workshops and public hearings that we want to make residents aware of. See flyers below for information.

Redistricting 2021 Flier

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Housing for the Homeless

The county has $2,884,000 available for vendors with experience in affordable housing projects and programs.

Do you have an innovative idea to provide housing for the homeless? Stanislaus county wants to know.

The county has $2,884,000 available for vendors with experience in affordable housing projects and programs. The funding is from the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) grant program. It provides local jurisdictions with funds to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address homelessness.

Stanislaus County is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced organizations for Delivery of Permanent Housing and/or Innovative Housing Solutions, RFP # 21-13-SD. To find out more and how to register, please go to https://www.stancounty.com/purchasing/county-bids.shtm

A Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled July 30, 2021 at 10:00a.m. Questions may be submitted in writing up until 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2021. All RFP responses are due on August 13, 2021.

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