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Ana Tafolla, Senior Manager for Social Services


Once a newcomer, Ana Tafolla is using her Master’s Degree to build a path for new immigrant youth

Posted: August 12, 2021

When Ana Tafolla arrived in Marin as a teenager, she began high school in San Rafael and joined the afterschool program for newcomers at Canal Alliance. Today, Ana is Senior Manager for Social Services and leads a critical new initiative for newly arrived immigrant youth known as Opportunity for Youth (OFY).   

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Reflections and resources

Posted: April 28, 2021

In the past week, as we have had time to reflect on the outcome of the Derrick Chauvin trial, we recognize the court’s decision as simply one step towards accountability and know that much more work needs to be done.

At Canal Alliance, we stand up as an ally in the face of injustice. We are determined to remain alert and to advocate for social justice, and we encourage everyone in our community to do so as well.

Lupita Magaña, Senior Mentoring Case Manager


Thank you to Lupita for supporting the Canal Community for 22 years

Posted: March 4, 2021

This month, Lupita Magaña, Canal Alliance’s Senior Mentoring Case Manager, celebrates her 22nd anniversary of working to support Latino immigrants to break the generational cycle of poverty. She is currently the longest serving employee with the agency and works within the Social Services department. Lupita is proud to connect community members with resources that they don’t know exist, much less know they can apply for. 

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First-generation college-bound students describe how UP! helps them to succeed

Posted: October 15, 2020

See how UP! supports first-generation college bound students to succeed:

Monica Bonny: Canal Alliance's New CFO/COO


Meet Monica Bonny: Canal Alliance’s new CFO/COO

Posted: October 8, 2020

Please welcome Monica Bonny to Canal Alliance! Monica serves in a dual-capacity as our new Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Brinen Stout

Posted: October 8, 2020

Linda Brinen Stout started making cloth face masks as a way to give back to the community and help slow the spread of COVID-19. Linda has made and donated approximately 3,600 masks.

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September 4th: A Step Forward

Posted: September 4, 2020

Updates on our COVID-19 efforts, advocacy and policy work, and the Canal Wi-Fi network and more.



Connecting families to federal benefits

Posted: September 3, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has intensified long-standing inequities caused by language barriers, underscoring challenges that non-English speakers face accessing critical information during public health emergencies.

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August 20th: Run to Raise!

Posted: August 20, 2020

Updates on the Canal Wi-Fi network, the Canal Digital Access Equity Fund and more.

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Digital Divide in the Canal

Posted: August 19, 2020

COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders have exacerbated many issues facing Latino immigrants in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood. One issue that has long existed but is much more visible as a result of the pandemic is the lack of digital access in the Canal. Now thousands of students in the Canal are required to participate in distance learning, yet many have limited access.

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