Sharing Stories of Hope at Community Action Marin Event

Dennis Rodoni, Chandra Alexandre and Fernando Barretto

Local residents, advocates, and elected officials gathered on Friday, May 19 in San Rafael for Step Up Marin!, an event to raise funds for Community Action Marin’s anti-poverty movement to help put people on a path of stability and greater hope while transforming systems toward justice.

Lynette Stewart and her son

John Lam, a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet who went to preschool at the agency’s Canal Children’s Center gave an inspiring talk about his life’s path, while Lynette Stewart, who formerly lived in her car with her young son, received the 2023 Community Courage Award.

John Lam

Community Action Marin was founded in 1966 with an initial $40,000 federal grant. In 1967, the Marin County Board of Supervisors designated Community Action Marin as the county’s official antipoverty agency, with a mandate to work to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty in Marin County.

John Lam (center left) and Roger Crawford (center right) with Lam’s family

Today, Community Action Marin both offers firsthand services, plus partners with many other nonprofits in Marin County, to provide support in the area of children and family services, senior services, food justice, safety net services, economic justice and housing justice.

Photos: Nano Visser

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