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If you think you are eligible to apply for DACA, and if you live, work, or study in Marin county, please FILL OUT THIS FORM:

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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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2020 Census


Marin County’s Census Response Rates Rise

Posted: January 14, 2021

A year before the 2020 census was to take place, Marin County granted the Canal Alliance funds to conduct census outreach across the county. The project lead, Stephanie McNally, the advocacy and policy senior manager at Canal Alliance, got to work with partners and nonprofits, especially in historically undercounted areas, to make a plan. Then the pandemic hit and it all went out the window.

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Prepare to become a U.S. Citizen


Citizenship Test Independent Study Resources

Posted: December 18, 2020

Prepare for your naturalization interview and the English and civics tests using these online resources.

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Omar Carrera, Canal Alliance CEO


Omar Carrera of San Rafael’s Canal Alliance wins a North Bay Business Journal Nonprofit Leadership Award

Posted: December 15, 2020

Omar Carrera is a strategic thinker and social entrepreneur with more than 18 years of experience in business operations management in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

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Marin Voice: Bold, innovative actions for pandemic survival, recovery needed now

Posted: December 14, 2020

In the first peak of COVID-19 in July, Latinos in Marin County (most of whom reside in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael) accounted for almost 80% of cases, while only comprising 16% of the overall population.

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Canal Alliance CEO, Omar Carrera


Marin renters, businesses allotted $3.2M in pandemic aid

Posted: December 11, 2020

Marin County and the Marin Community Foundation will distribute $3.2 million in emergency rental assistance and financial aid to small businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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December 10th: See the impact of your support

Posted: December 10, 2020

Read our Crisis Response & Impact Report to learn how we have pivoted our services to ensure that our core programs continue to serve the community while also launching new services to address the most pressing health, educational and economic impacts that this crisis is having in the Latino immigrant community.

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Pellie Anderson


Volunteer spotlight – Pellie Anderson

Posted: December 9, 2020

Pellie Anderson began volunteering with UP! (University Prep) in 2018. Since then, Pellie has provided students with homework support, study skills, and organizational skills for two hours every week.

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Cat Melgar


UP! alumni turned staff member

Posted: December 9, 2020

Cat Melgar currently works part-time as a Youth Program Assistant with our college access and success program, UP! (University Prep). Although she has been working at Canal Alliance since July 2020, she has been involved with us for over 10 years as an UP! Student and graduate.

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Omar Carrera


Here’s why Marin continues to be the Bay Area’s most segregated county

Posted: December 8, 2020

A new UC Berkeley study showing that Marin County leads the Bay Area in segregation. The report from UC Berkeley’s Othering & Belonging Institute found that six of the 10 most racially segregated municipalities in the Bay Area are in Marin County.

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