We'd like to take a moment to announce our new Thrive Policy & Advocacy Initiative. Many of you know that this is the result of several months of forums, surveys, and feedback from the community. As part of this new initiative, we are launching Thrive Action Groups (TAGs!) this summer.

TAGs! have been formed in five key issue areas identified as a result of our Reflect, Respond, & Engage series. As you'll see below, each of our TAGs is spearheaded by an expert Anchor Organization:

  • Children & Education: 9-10 am, Second Wednesdays (July 12, August 9, September 13, etc.) Led by Heather Cleary, Executive Director, Peninsula Family Service. 
  • Immigration & Worker’s Rights: 8-9 am, Third Wednesdays (July 19, August 16, September 20, etc.) Stacey Hawver, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.
  • Basic Services & Safety Net: 8-9 am Fourth Wednesdays (July 26, August 23, September 27, etc.) Led by Bart Charlow, Executive Director, Samaritan House. 
  • Arts & Culture: Anchor Organization to be determined
  • Environment & Sustainability: Anchor Organization to be determined

Purpose of TAGs! - Thrive Action Groups
Monitor. Communicate. Advocate.

  • To monitor key shifts in each area in light of the changing national trajectory
  • To communicate opportunities and threats in the environment to the Thrive community 
  • To advocate for positive change by harnessing collective wisdom and power of the group  

Each group will meet monthly at the specified time and location - no RSVPs required! Thrive anchors will submit monthly summaries and Thrive will create a monthly advocacy and policy newsletter to benefit the community.

TAG Meeting Times and Location 

Monthly, Wednesday mornings
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores
Channel and Pacific Conference Rooms
330 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065
Thrive Policy and Advocacy Training Series

In addition to our TAGs, which are issue specific, we will be providing a series of trainings to support all of our Thrive membership in their policy and advocacy work.

Bolder Advocacy: August 31, 2017, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Presented by Thrive and Rise Together in cooperation with the Alliance for Justice, United Way Bay Area, and sponsored by the Sobrato Family Foundation. Future trainings: Media, Fall. Government and Budget, Winter.

Please send any questions, comments, and enthusiasm to our new Thrive Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Petra Silton, at Petra has been a community leader and volunteer in San Mateo for almost 20 years.

TAG meetings are currently open to anyone in the community. In the future, we may need to limit them to Thrive membership. We look forward to connecting with you on these important issues.