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Nicole Harris of Mill Valley draws the winning car ticket in 2010. The benefit car raffle has generated over $800,000 for Dedication to Special Education.
– Photo courtesy of Dedication to Special Education

   Dedication to Special Education, the volunteer parent group that raises funds for special education programs in Marin, is raffling off a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Each ticket donation is $25. The winning ticket will be pulled on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. at Toyota Marin in San Rafael, viewable via Livestream.

All proceeds from this raffle go to grants for special educators, where resources are placed directly into public classrooms all over Marin County. The raffle also benefits the Technology Resource of Marin.     These programs impact all school districts in Marin, directly helping all children with special needs in the county reach their educational potential.

This is the 17th year Toyota Marin has partnered with the organization by fully donating a vehicle. The benefit car raffle has generated over $800,000 for the group’s programs. The vehicle is fully donated by Toyota Marin, a Price Simms Family Advantage dealership. Visit for additional information or to reserve tickets.

Culinary academy provides fresh starts

Homeward Bound of Marin’s Fresh Starts Culinary Academy graduated eight students in January.

– Photo courtesy of Homeward Bound

Fresh Starts Culinary Academy celebrated eight graduates in January after 10 weeks of intensive hands-on learning. This flagship job-training program at Homeward Bound of Marin prepares students for employment in the busy culinary industry, including core cooking skills, kitchen hygiene and operations, knife skills and food service.
All graduates received employment offers. Look for them in a kitchen near you. Prospective students can find out more at and apply now for the next class that begins Feb. 14. 

Giving Marin welcomes new coordinator

Sara Moseley

   Giving Marin Community Partnership is pleased to announce its new coordinator, Sara Moseley. She returns to the Marin Independent Journal after serving as nonprofit advertising manager from 2002-2004.
“It’s a real homecoming for me. And the Giving Marin program has really expanded and validated what the IJ has done for years to champion the important work of Marin’s nonprofit community,” she said.
With a background in advertising and marketing, Moseley brings 25 years of experience to the role. A Bay Area native, she grew up in Burlingame, attended the University of Oregon and now resides in Novato with her husband, two children and three dogs.
“I’ve lived in Marin for just 15 years, but it always felt like home to me. I couldn’t be more excited to be back supporting a community I love so much,” Moseley said.

She can be reached at and 415-382-7246.

Founding Giving Marin Coordinator Liz Saint John is departing to focus on radio.

“Liz did an amazing job over the past four years leading the initiative and providing excellent support to our backers and Marin’s nonprofits,” IJ Publisher Rob Devincenzi said. “I’m deeply thankful to Liz for the focus she placed on assisting charities that are often serving the most vulnerable members of the community.”


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