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Farm Grants for Mendocino & Lake County Farmers

Thursday, September 26, 2019

$50,000 in Farm Grants for Mendocino & Lake County Farmers, Good Farm Fund Now Accepting Applications

The Good Farm Fund is pleased to announce its 2019 farm grant cycle is now open. This year Good Farm... [Read More]

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Census 2020

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The 2020 Census is around the corner. This once in a decade event is critical for Community Action and the families and communities Community Action Agencies serve across the country, and it is essential that... [Read More]

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Join the Gardens Project on a Ukiah Garden Tour!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Attendees will walk, bike, or drive a tour of four community gardens, followed by a reception featuring live music, local food and beverages, and a silent auction.

NCO Gardens Project and Walk & Bike Mendocino are... [Read More]

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5 New Program Directors for NCO

Monday, August 26, 2019

NCO, having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary is also excited to announce the hiring of five new program directors and in addition, the expansion of its capacity to serve its Lake County programs. As the... [Read More]

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NCO Awarded over $500,000 for Lake & Mendocino Counties

Monday, August 12, 2019


With 5 years of leadership in disaster response and community rebuilding, North Coast Opportunities (NCO) announces a new project. Lake and Mendocino Counties have each received more than half a million... [Read More]

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New Director and 30 Grads for Leadership Mendocino

Friday, May 31, 2019

Surrounded by colleagues and family at the Solar Living Institute all 30 members of Leadership Mendocino Class XXVI received their diplomas. Each of the accomplished class members described their class project and shared recollections about... [Read More]

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Join the next class of Leadership Mendocino!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Applications for the 2019-20 Leadership Mendocino Class XXVII are now available.

Leadership Mendocino is a ten-month program of North Coast Opportunities that introduces local citizens to Mendocino County’s health care, education, natural resources, agriculture, economic, financial... [Read More]

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Summer dinner to benefit the Good Farm Fund

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Event announcement:
Tuesday, July 23rd
7-9pm at Yokayo Ranch, Ukiah

This event has become the most beloved farm-to-table experience of the summer!

A Midsummer Night's Feast is a fabulous showcase of our region's best... [Read More]

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CALHOME Loans can help you find your way home!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Event Notice: Saturday, March 30th, 2019, learn more at The Twin Pine Hotel and Casino Event Center, Middletown, CA

(Middletown, CA) March 14, 2019 – North Coast Opportunities and Hammers For Hope invite members of the... [Read More]

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7th Annual North Coast Farmers Convergence, this Sunday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Where the farming community comes together to share stories, successes and skills.

North Coast Opportunities is excited to once again bring the North Coast Farmers’ Convergence to Ridgewood Ranch this February 17th. The MendoLake Food Hub... [Read More]

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#GivingTuesday Volunteer Opportunities

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gardens Project and School of Adaptive Agriculture Team Up for #GivingTuesday Farm & Garden Volunteer Day

November 19 (Willits, CA) - The Gardens Project and The School of Adaptive Agriculture, two local programs working to build a... [Read More]

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Rebuilding Lake County, together

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cobb family moves into their newly rebuilt home: $3 Million in funds still available for rebuilding

In Lake County, most people know someone who has lost a home in a fire. However, the other side of... [Read More]

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NCO Lakeport Distribution Center

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NCO has established distribution centers in Lake and Mendocino Counties to provide sustenance to those who were impacted by the Mendocino Complex Fire. Since August, NCO’s Lake County Distribution Center has distributed goods to over... [Read More]

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Celebrate 50 Years of NCO at Todd Grove Park!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Join North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) and staff, along with Senator McGuire, NCO clients, community supporters, local officials, and the broader community for an open-air picnic in honor of 50 years of community action. The... [Read More]

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Lake County Students Fire Relief Fund

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Lake County residents have endured four years of some of the worst fires in our state’s history. Wildfire has ravaged significant portions of the county and since 2015, 1,785 Lake County residents have lost their... [Read More]

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CalHome Loan Program Continues Funding Home Rebuilds

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Local organizations continue to collaborate on fire rebuilding efforts.

After the devastation of the 2015 Valley Fire, 2016 Clayton fire, and the 2017 Sulphur Fire, Lake County is dotted with fire survivors. While many have been... [Read More]

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NCO Honored as 2018 Nonprofit of the Year

Monday, June 11, 2018

North Coast Opportunities was selected as Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Mike McGuire.

North Coast Opportunities Inc. (NCO) was recognized as the Nonprofit of the Year at the State Capital on June 6, 2018. Local... [Read More]

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NCO to Celebrate 50 Years of Community Action

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Join fellow community members and celebrate 50 years of Community Action at Todd Grove Park on August 25th

In honor of their 50 Year Anniversary, North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is hosting a family-friendly, class-reunion style... [Read More]

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"Rebuilding Together: From Strangers to Friends"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Standing in the echoing gymnasium of Mendocino College, where “Coming Home,” a Mendocino-ROC supported rebuilding expo is in full swing, we witness friends meeting in warm embraces, offering care and guidance. Over 250 survivors have... [Read More]

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PICH Brings A Healthy "Change" to Lake County

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lake County, CA. North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) recently wrapped up a three-year project in Lake County. Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) started in 2014 thanks to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... [Read More]

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NCO brings the Farmers' Convergence to Ridgewood Ranch

Friday, March 2, 2018

North Coast Opportunities was integral in bringing the Sixth-Annual North Coast Farmers’ Convergence to Ridgewood Ranch on February 20th & 21st. This annual event brings together food producers from Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma counties,... [Read More]

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HAZWOPER training scholarships available

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The City of Ukiah Fire Department and the County of Mendocino Environmental Health Division have teamed up to offer a four-day Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification training. This course is designed for... [Read More]

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Update on the NCO Fire Relief Fund

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

CalFire announced on Thursday, October 26 that the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire, which includes the Redwood Complex Fire in Mendocino County and the Sulphur Fire in Lake County, is 100% contained. The fires burned a... [Read More]

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Hammers for Hope Breaks Ground in Cobb

Friday, October 6, 2017

Suzanne Koester, a Lake County resident who emigrated from Germany in 1982, loves the area for the peaceful country life it offers. She is a survivor of the Valley Fire, which destroyed her home in... [Read More]

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Community Gardens Celebrate 10 Years

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities (NCO) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a garden party on Friday, September 15 at Vinewood Park in Ukiah.

The Gardens Project officially launched in 2007 with the... [Read More]

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NCO’s Gardens Project Seeks Volunteers

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities has been steadily working throughout the spring and summer to build two new community gardens in Lake County.  The Highland Senior Center Garden in Clearlake has been renovated... [Read More]

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11th Annual Mendo Human Race May 7 in Ukiah

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It’s a testament to community involvement that North Coast Opportunities is able to host the 11th Annual Mendo Human Race this Saturday, May 7.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised and... [Read More]

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Richard Cooper: A role model among us

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Richard Cooper hit the county running in 2008 when he relocated from Ventura to become the CEO and President of Mendo Lake Credit Union.  It wasn’t a sprint however but more like an enthusiastic puppy... [Read More]

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KUSD Awarded Farm to School Planning Grant

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the Konocti Unified School District (KUSD), in partnership with North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO), has been awarded a Farm to School Planning Grant. Part of the $4.8 million... [Read More]

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Update on the Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When the Rocky and Jerusalem Fires hit Lake County, North Coast Opportunities (NCO) and MendoLake Credit Union (MLCU) decided to create the Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund to help those impacted. In a few short... [Read More]

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Update on the Rocky/Jerusalem Fire Relief Fund

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Rocky Fire Relief Fund, created last week by North Coast Opportunities (NCO), MendoLake Credit Union (MLCU), and the Lake County Department of Social Services (LCDSS), has generated incredible community response. Formally retitled the “Rocky-Jerusalem... [Read More]

Leadership Mendocino Grads Give Back

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thirty three members of Class XXII graduated from Leadership Mendocino last month. They were honored by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors for completing the ten-month program and for giving back through community projects.  Here... [Read More]

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What's Art Got To Do With Leadership?

Friday, June 26, 2015

What's Art Got to Do with Leadership?


            "The arts are integral to a healthy community," says Alyssum Wier, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Mendocino County. "We need more artists in leadership to bring... [Read More]

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Lake County Farm to School Project Launched

Monday, February 9, 2015

As part of the ongoing effort to encourage the purchase of locally-grown produce by schools in Lake County for student lunches, snacks, and breakfasts, North Coast Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that it was... [Read More]

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Schools of Hope comes to Mendocino

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  This popular quote written by Dr. Seuss holds as true today as it did... [Read More]

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CalFresh Challenge Journal

Monday, October 20, 2014

Elizabeth Archer lives in Ukiah and works at North Coast Opportunities as the Community Outreach Coordinator. From October 20-24, 2014 she documented her experience taking the “CalFresh Challenge” in a daily journal.

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Emergency Food and Shelter Dollars Available

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mendocino and Lake Counties have been awarded federal funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Mendocino County has been chosen to receive $42,719 to supplement... [Read More]

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Brookside School Farm’s Fallow Days Are Over

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It’s official: a trio of three local farmers will take over the one-acre Brookside School Farm at Brookside Elementary School in Willits. Lucas Howerter and Amanda Senseman will co-farm the land, and Michael Foley will... [Read More]

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Head Start Lessons Continue to Pay Dividends

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ukiah, CA – Twenty-two years ago, North Coast Opportunities’ Head Start Child Development Program gave Terri Davis the boost she needed to go from an unemployed, single mother to eventually attaining a Master’s degree in... [Read More]

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Summer Meal Programs Offer a Lifeline to Families

Friday, June 28, 2013

For many students, the end of the school year heralds a summer filled with swimming, barbecuing, sleeping in, and taking vacations. Unfortunately, summer can also stretch family budgets to the limit, as free and reduced... [Read More]

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Community Cooking at the Buddy Eller Center

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Three young women move calmly around an unfamiliar kitchen, taking gleaming knives out of packages and pulling price tags off utensils.

It’s an hour before the first of a four-part cooking class at the Buddy Eller... [Read More]