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Rise Up Now Forum; Community Counseling Clinic

Informal leaders exist in every community—the tireless advocates who show up at countless meetings, working to make their communities better. On April 21, the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) and the Latino Service Providers join together for the R.U.N. Forum, short for “Rise Up Now.” Diana Ruiz, president of WGLI, says the forum is “a concentrated effort to educate informal leaders who exist in our community but don’t really know about the formal process of engaging with committees, commissions and boards.”

Santa Rosa mayor Ernesto Olivares gives opening remarks, followed by a presentation including school board member Karen Bergin, Landpaths organizer Magdalena Riley, county commissioner Doris Reyes and Supervisor Mike McGuire. Supervisor Efren Carillo will give the closing remarks.

The panel’s ultimate outcome is an empowered sense of best practices for civic engagement and a utilization of resources for engaged leadership. The R.U.N Forum, open to the public, is Saturday, April 21, at Empire College. 3035 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. 9am–2:30pm. $15. 707.953.8532.

As the only completely free mental health clinic in Sonoma County, the Community Counseling Clinic has provided services to thousands of people since 1993. And yet Sonoma State University is moving forward with a decision to close the clinic this month. Now, SOS Counseling Services has agreed to be the umbrella organization, but first the CCC must raise $50,000 to secure a new facility. To make a donation and support the clinic’s effort to become a functioning nonprofit off campus, see—Leilani Clark