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NCO sends checks to 688 fire survivors

Friday, December 15, 2017

The 2017 wildfire season continues to rage in California, with the southern part of the state currently experiencing massive devastation. Those impacted by the October fires in North Coast counties understand what their fellow Californians... [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]