Event Planning

The Multi-faith ACTION Coalition usually sponsors three or four major events a year: Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service, August Action, Faith Leaders Advisory Board, and Congregational Outreach. If you enjoy working on the details, leading a group of volunteers, coordinating events then sign up for more information – you can lead/co-lead, or volunteer as support for one or more events. Complete the volunteer form and we will reach out to you.

Register to Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in joining the event planning task force! Your registration will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of the task force chair/co-chairs.











Communications

If you have skills in writing or social media, there is a more overarching support role within Multi-faith ACTION Coalition for you. We really need ongoing assistance in a number of areas – including maintaining the ACTION database, creating communications to our community and the organizations we support. Interested? Let’s talk – complete the volunteer form and we will reach out to you.

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Thank you for your interest in joining the communications task force! Your registration will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of the task force chair/co-chairs.











Racial Justice

Racial Justice Working Group discussing tenant rights in Concord.

Racial injustices impact all barriers to self-sufficiency, so we established a working group that involves all of the Task Forces.  It seeks to support legislation and policy actions that reflect the many faith teachings that command we shall not make unjust laws, deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed.

The Multi-faith ACTION Coalition supports the Poor People’s Campaign and this statement:

We believe that people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist.  Blaming the poor and claiming that the United States does not have an abundance of resources to overcome poverty are false narratives used to perpetuate economic exploitation, exclusion, and deep inequality.

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Thank you for your interest in joining the racial justice task force! Your registration will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of the task force chair/co-chairs.

Task Force Leadership
  • Doug Leich











Housing & Shelter

Board of Supervisors declares November Homeless Awareness Month.

The purpose of the Housing & Shelter Task Force is to study the root causes of poverty in Contra Costa  County related to the housing sector and recommend actions for the Multi-Faith Action Coalition for  advocacy, public policy change, programs and education.

The Task Force meets on the second Monday from noon – 1:30 p.m. at  Saint Perpetua’s Catholic Church, Lafayette.

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Thank you for your interest in joining the housing & shelter task force! Your registration will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of the task force chair/co-chairs.

Task Force Leadership
  • Christoph Nauer
  • Mark MacMahon











Jobs

Over 2,000 signatures gathered to raise the minimum wage!

Opportunity for Every Worker

Advocacy to ensure every worker can provide for themselves and their family and promote and expand pathways to fair and family friendly employment focused on the safe return/re-entry of those formerly incarcerated and other people facing critical barriers through advocacy.

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Thank you for your interest in joining the jobs task force! Your registration will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of the task force chair/co-chairs.











Health Care

Members of the Health Care Task Force with the Making A Difference Award certificate.


The Health Care Task Force’s operating premise is that access to quality and safe physical and behavioral health care services is a basic human right. Our intent is to work with providers of care, elected representatives, government officials and members of the community to realize this mission.

Recent efforts include advocacy to support and expand access to services through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and sustaining Contra Costa CARES, a program which provides primary care health services to thousands of undocumented uninsured residents of our county. We have sponsored forums on ACA with our elected representatives and public health officials as well as hosted a Q&A session on understanding the healthcare crisis with Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator for the Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services.

We welcome new members who have an interest in healthcare, medical delivery systems, healthcare policy and services in Contra Costa County. Having a background in healthcare or health administration is a plus but not a requirement. We generally meet the first Monday of the month at 1:15 at Temple Isaiah in the library (945 Risa Road in Lafayette).

Please join us!

We meet the first Monday of each month at 1:15 p.m. at Temple Isaiah.

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Thank you for your interest in joining the health care task force! Your registration will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of the task force chair/co-chairs.











Education

Representatives from First Five Contra Costa speak to the Education Task Force.

Our Task Force researches, studies and advocates for policies, practices and legislation that promote opportunity and equity in education, at all levels, for families in poverty in Contra Costa County. We partner with non-profits, agencies and others in our communitieswho share our concerns. 

Currently, the six members of the task force represent three different faith communities. We welcome visitors to our regular meetings, the first Monday of every month:  4:00-5:30PM, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2925 Bonifacio St., Concord.  Contact Cindy Molander for more information: cindy.molander@yahoo.com

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Thank you for your interest in joining the education task force! Your registration will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of the task force chair/co-chairs.

Task Force Leadership
  • Cindy Molander
  • Roger Lamm











Food Security

Members of the Food Security Task Force attended the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s Legislative Lunch and Learn in Richmond.

We encourage you to join us in our quest to make sure everyone in our community has food to eat. The Food Security Task Force usually meets on the second Thursday, 1:45 PM to 3 PM at Hillcrest Congregational, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Please check the calendar for updates.

Some Major Focus areas throughout the year:

  • Advocating for policy change to help enroll more people in CalFresh and take away barriers to food.
  • Providing food at the end of each month for families and individuals at the Martinez Emergency Family Shelter.
  • Eleven California counties expand their CalFresh program to include the optional CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program for seniors and/or disabled CalFresh recipients . Since Contra Costa is not one of these countries, we are working to encourage Contra Costa to join with these other counties.
  • “Let’s Feed the KIDS” project is to help feed children during the summer. It is a pilot project being done  with the Monument Crisis Center Summer Day Camp by Shell Ridge Community Church and  Congregation  B’nai Tikvah. The goal of the program is to provide 40 families with breakfast and dinner by sending home  ingredients with the children. With the help of the two congregations, they are able to  send home a second  bag per week.

To Participate in our Task Force or to be notified when volunteers are needed for various community  based projects looking to serve or distribute food, fill out our  Volunteer Form.

Register to Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in joining the food security task force! Your registration will be reviewed and you will be contacted by one of the task force chair/co-chairs.

Task Force Leadership
  • Doug Holmes