Community Engagement 101
Mendocino Land Trust believes in community. We encourage everyone to test the waters in becoming a local leader in one way or another. Here are some ideas for how to get involved.
Join a Mendocino County Board or Commission
The Board of Supervisors encourages citizen involvement and expertise to assist the Board in serving the community. There is an ongoing need for all Mendocino County residents to apply for positions on commissions which are of interest to them. Each Board or Commission has an issue, policy and/or program focus, and appointees generally represent defined communities of interest. Visit this page for a list of Boards and Commissions and vacancies that arise during the year.
Train for Community Emergency Preparedness
Complete free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and become part of a CERT team in your neighborhood. CERT teams train to provide aid to disaster victims and assist first responders in the event of an emergency. Team members provide community education in disaster preparedness and assist with first aid and crowd control at community events. Trainings are coming up in March 2017.
Enroll in Leadership Mendocino
Leadership Mendocino believes that strong communities need informed, progressive leaders. As a community-based program, Leadership Mendocino creates opportunities to educate and inspire local people who believe in the future of Mendocino County and who are ready to make a difference. Each year up to 30 applicants are accepted into the Leadership Mendocino program. Monthly classes are held August through May, each with a different focus. As the classes move throughout Mendocino County, participants will experience a leadership skills workshop, team building, and access to an impressive network of existing leaders, visionaries and policymakers. Email Heidi Dickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The application form for 2017-2018 will be posted on the Leadership Mendocino website in April.
Volunteer your Time
If you are interested in conservation volunteer work, please check out one of our stewardship days. We always need help with removing harmful invasive species and maintaining the trails and beaches. Offering free public access to beautiful Mendocino landscapes is part of our mission, but we can't do it alone: It is only possible with the help and support of members from all over our community. It's a great way to get outside, get your hands dirty and do good work you can be proud of.
Participate with Local Government
The involvement of citizens in the political process is an essential part of democracy. For those of you in Mendocino County, here is a list of local government meeting schedules:
- Fort Bragg City Council: The Fort Bragg City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in City Council meetings, which take place at Town Hall, 363 N. Main St. (corner of Main and Laurel Streets) in Fort Bragg.
- Point Arena City Council: The Point Arena City Council meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the City Hall/Veterans’ Hall, at 451 School Street in Point Arena.
- Ukiah City Council: The Ukiah City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and participate at these meetings which take place at Ukiah Civic Center Council Chambers at 300 Seminary Avenue in Ukiah.
- The Willits City Council: The Willits City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, at 111 E. Commercial Street in Willits.
- Mendocino County Board of Supervisors: The Board generally meets on Tuesdays, but the days of the month vary. Here is a link to the meeting schedule for 2017.