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.
Beyond Differences’ mission is to inspire students at all middle schools nationwide to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging for everyone. It is a student-led organization that believes change can only be true and lasting if the agents of that change are youth themselves. They are 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.
ExtraFood’s mission is to help end hunger and wasted food in Marin County. Through their county-wide food recovery program, they rescue excess fresh food from businesses and schools and immediately deliver it to safety net partners—such as senior housing centers, after-school programs, and homeless shelters—serving Marin’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families. In 4+ years they’ve recovered and delivered 2,400,000 pounds of food from 200+ donors to 115 sites across the county, including 25 new food programs that they’ve started with their partners—expanding the safety net in Marin. They reach 8,000 people every month with healthy, fresh food.
The Marin 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 judgeInspire students at all middle schools nationwide to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging for everyone..