Why We Need You

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Why We Need You

Marin County, one of the wealthiest counties in California, had the highest level of racial and economic inequity of all 58 California Counties in 2017. [1]  These inequities are the result of historic, deep and pervasive inequitable systems including exclusionary policies and practices over the past 50 years. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Marin City, a majority Black/African American census tract in Marin County, experienced rapid gentrification with the once 90% Black population in Marin City falling to 26.1% by 2106.  By 2030, one in five Marin residents will be Latinx, suggesting that these issues may be even more pronounced in the near future. [2]  For persons of color in Marin, and all underserved populations, inequities mean less access to workplace equity, healthcare, education, job readiness training, and affordable housing.  We need your help to reverse these trends and build economic self-sufficiency in our community. Together we can build greater equity and solidarity in Marin!

Contact: Dr. Melissa Cadet, Executive Director

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (415) 339-2837

[1] Advancement Project of California, USC PERE, PICO California and California CALLS, Race Counts, www.RaceCounts.com, 2018.

[2] All In Marin Flourish: Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan to Achieve Health & Wellness Equity 2018.

Align Your Business with Our Powerful Cause

  • Join MCCDC in promoting equal employment opportunities, affordable housing, living wages and economic self-sufficiency.
  • MCCDC has received significant public attention throughout our forty year history helping youth and underserved populations to become economically self-sufficient and overcome poverty.
  • A business supporting our cause will benefit from the goodwill and positive association of promoting equity and reducing institutional racism.
  • Become an Equity Champion!

Benefit from Our Successful Equity-Building Track Record& Diversity Job Training Strategies

  • For the past 5 years, 80% or more of MCCDC Construction Trade Pre-apprenticeship Program participants have been placed in jobs.
  • Over 90% of MCCDC Empowerment Clubhouse members recovering from mental illness report that our Work-ordered Day activities help them reduce emergency room visits, expedite recovery, and strengthen positive relationship building.
  • MCCDC has been accredited as a best practice employment agency for trauma impacted and/or lower-income individuals by the National Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
  • Members who attend the Empowerment Clubhouse 3+ days per week typically have lower mean mental healthcare costs compared to participants who attend the Clubhouse less often ($5,697 vs. 14,765).
    - (Hwang, S., Woody, J., & Eaton, W. 2016).



All proceeds will fund MCCDC workforce equity and mental health recovery support programs are tax deductible.

MCCDC is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our EIN 94-2657360.

Equity in the Workplace

  • Help Marin City Community Development Corporation (MCCDC) create spaces and places where people can get help and healing through programs that prevent them from experiencing trauma.
  • Help MCCDC prevent trauma for youth and adults related to institutional racism that is associated with greater risk of heart disease, obesity, substance-use disorders, and learning and behavioral issues.
  • Help MCCDC increase people’s access to expanded employment opportunities, greater income, health support and recovery services.
  • Help MCCDC Youth Empowerment Programs reduce the rate of youth experiencing trauma by avoiding juvenile felony arrests and foster care.
  • Despite making up less than 3% of the total population in Marin County, Black/African Americans make up nearly 20% of adult and juvenile felony arrests. [3]
  • Together we can strengthen hope and economic self-sufficiency!
[3] All In Marin Flourish: Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan to Achieve Health & Wellness Equity 2018.

In Marin County, there is also a major challenge regarding racial/economic and health equity. (See Table 1 below.)

Table 1. A Tale of Persistent Inequity in Marin County
Area of Concern Marin City Rate Marin County Rate
Unemployed 5.5% 2.9%
Single, Female Household 18.2% 8.1%
Living Below Poverty Level 25.0% 8.0%
Median Household Income $36,643 $104,073
Homeownership 27.4% 63.4%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016.