now to support immigrant families.

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Canal community fair at Alto St.

Civic Engagement

More Chances for San Rafael Canal Communities to Be Heard

Posted: January 18, 2023

In November 2022, the San Rafael City Council launched the Canal Community Resilience Planning Project, a study investigating the feasibility of sea-level rise adaptation in the Canal neighborhood.

Omar Carrera, CEO of Canal Alliance


Omar Carrera joins Marin IJ editorial board as public member

Posted: December 31, 2022

Omar Carrera, CEO of the San Rafael-based nonprofit Canal Alliance, has joined the Independent Journal’s editorial board as its public member.


Marin Small-Business Owners Put Microgrants to Good Use

Posted: November 30, 2022

Darlin Ruiz received a $2,500 grant through an agency partnership dedicated to assisting some of the hardest-hit microbusinesses


San Rafael gets funds for Canal area climate change project

Posted: November 28, 2022

San Rafael will use a $762,000 grant to fund an equity-guided study on the effects of sea level rise and climate change in the Canal.

cropped version of Oscar Morales artwork


Painting by Oscar Morales commemorates anniversary 

Posted: October 27, 2022

We are proud to unveil an original painting by Oscar Morales. The piece of art was commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary of Canal Alliance and to celebrate the paths of immigrants who are overcoming barriers to achieve their dreams. 

Canal Alliance Adult Education Team


Fall 2022 Stakeholder Update from Omar Carrera, CEO

Posted: October 26, 2022

The impact that Canal Alliance makes in our community would not be possible without the support of generous people like you. We are proud to share the following updates with you in the areas of immigration legal services, social services, health services, and civic engagement.


Neighborhood leader makes an impact

Posted: October 25, 2022

Darlin is co-founder of Voces del Canal, a volunteer advocacy group that is focused on improving the canal community.

Civic Engagement

University student gives back

Posted: October 25, 2022

Britney Guiterrez Calderon registered new voters and advocated for equitable public infrastructure in the Canal community.


Scientist inspires young Latinas

Posted: October 25, 2022

Krystal Sandza is a technical scientist at BioMarin and a role model for young women in our University Prep program who are exploring STEM careers. This kind of mentorship is critical for students who are the first in their families to attend college.  

Client Story

English language classes open doors for immigrants 

Posted: October 17, 2022

When adults improve their communication and technology skills, their education and career opportunities expand, which not only benefits them, but also their families and their community

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