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Canal Alliance volunteer Bruce Todd

Adult Education

Meet Bruce Todd: Empowering Immigrants Through Education 

Posted: April 11, 2023

In San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood, volunteer Bruce Todd has made a difference in the lives of Latino immigrants through his unwavering commitment to teaching English, offering guidance, and supporting citizenship aspirations at Canal Alliance.

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.  


Volunteer Carol Njus: ‘Whatever it takes’

Posted: August 2, 2022

Carol immersed herself in the study of Spanish, honing her skills in conversation and reading. She then put her language skills to work, helping Spanish-speaking residents of the Canal neighborhood make critical connections with employers, schools, and government institutions.

Axel Flores

Workforce Development

Volunteer Tax Experts Help Immigrants Access over $1 Million in Returns

Posted: March 17, 2022

The team at Canal Alliance provides one-on-one support, helping immigrants overcome barriers and access their tax returns.

Christina, Canal Alliance volunteer


Volunteer Spotlight: Dominican University student gives back

Posted: July 22, 2021

Christina Pathoumthong, a fourth-year History and Political Science major got involved with Canal Alliance through the Dominican University Service Learning Program.

Voces del Canal


Community impact of Voces del Canal

Posted: May 12, 2021

Voces del Canal is a coalition of resident leaders and Latino immigrants from the Canal Neighborhood of San Rafael who came together in 2014 to lead an unprecedented community-driven research project alongside the leadership of Canal Alliance and Dominican University to identify the biggest challenges facing the Canal community. In conducting this research project and survey, residents wanted to affirm their role as authentic, local experts and give power to the collective experiences of Canal residents who shared their personal stories, opinions, and vision for a stronger and safer Canal.  

Group of students


Celebrating a 16-year partnership

Posted: February 3, 2021

For 16 years, Canal Alliance has partnered with Dominican University’s Service-Learning Program. As a main component of the program, Dominican students are placed within programs at Canal Alliance and other community-based organizations and commit to working with them for a minimum of two hours per week for a full 15-week semester.

Eric making desks for UP! students


Former educator builds and donates handmade desks to UP! students

Posted: January 20, 2021

As the digital divide added to the crisis that was disproportionately impacting students and families of color, Eric creatively and generously put his talents and passion to work supporting students. In total, Eric crafted 17 desks by hand for UP! students, and Lisa complemented the donation by providing school supplies. 

Canal Alliance volunteer, Nancy Curran


Volunteer spotlight – Nancy Curran

Posted: January 20, 2021

For over 20 years, Nancy Curran has demonstrated her dedication to Marin’s immigrant community by serving as the Canal Alliance Citizenship Class instructor. Through her volunteer service, she has helped, hundreds (if not thousands) of clients become U.S. citizens!

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