Spirited Marin Holiday Marketplace is thrilled to be supporting these three organizations! They were chosen as beneficiaries because they broadly service the most vulnerable children, adults, and families in Marin County, as well as enhance values that hold a community together: empathy, kindness, engagement, and support.
The only organization in the US that is singularly focused on ending social isolation. Social isolation is often the precondition to the bullying, teasing and violence that occur too often in schools and communities. By focusing on social isolation, Beyond Differences helps prevent bullying and teasing instead of reacting to it.
Their mission is to help end hunger and wasted food in Marin County. Through their county-wide food recovery program, they pick up excess fresh food from businesses and immediately deliver it to recipient partners serving Marin’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families. In 3+ years they’ve delivered 1,300,000+ pounds of food from 175+ donors to 92 sites across the county, including 21 new food programs that they’ve started with their partners — expanding the safety net in Marin. They reach 5,000+ people every month.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program consists of trained community volunteers who speak on behalf of children in court. They advocate for abused and neglected children who, through no fault of their own, have been removed from their homes. Marin’s CASA volunteers ensure that judges make decisions about abused and neglected children’s lives with sufficient information. They are considered the extended eyes and ears of the judge.