Ceres teen chefs worked hard to serve 300+ guests at our wonderful Harvest of the Heart event in August!

In this issue:

A Special Note to You...

We couldn't do it without you! We want to extend another huge, heartfelt thank you to all the generous people-guests, volunteers, donors and sponsors--who made our Harvest of the Harvest event such a success this year. Take a look at the following videos to experience a part of what made the night so special.

If you couldn't make it to Harvest, read on to learn about a very special fundraising concert with MaMuse at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary on September 13. Or come to a class and learn something new about healing foods, including a brand new class on Fermentation with our Executive Chef, John Littlewood and a class in Novato to help demystify which fats are healthiest.

All the work we do together at Ceres helps create a healthier and more loving world for all, and we appreciate your work and support. If you've been thinking about volunteering, we'd love to have you attend an upcoming orientation. We have lots of open positions for both youth and adults at all of our locations. Come meet new people, learn some new skills and help us make a difference for our neighbors experiencing a health challenge. See all the orientation dates below, and please let your friends know, too!


Cathryn Couch
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Your tax-deductible donation provides over 100,000 nourishing meals a year for our neighbors in Sonoma and Marin counties facing a health crisis like cancer, and mentoring, job skills and healthy eating education for our volunteer Teen Chefs.

If you prefer not to donate online, you may mail a check made out to Ceres Community Project. Our address is P.O. Box 1562, Sebastopol, CA 95473.

Thank you!

Former Teen Leader Ashlyn Describes Ceres' Lasting Impact

Watch this inspiring story shared at Harvest of the Heart by former Teen Leader Ashlyn about how her experience at Ceres continues to affect her life, as she finishes her undergraduate degree.
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Our Clients Share their Stories

Three of our clients tell stories about their illnesses, healing processes, and  how receiving meals from Ceres supported them during their treatment. 
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Do We Deserve an Award this Year?

Help us get our 2018 Great Non-Profits badge by writing a review!

We have until October 31 to get 10 ratings (4+ stars) to be Top-Rated for this year!
Take a moment to visit this link and tell us what you think of Ceres!

Future Teen Chefs??

The Girls on the Run team at the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School decided to do something special for Ceres' clients The GOTR program focuses on empowering girls to become joyful, confident and healthy in the choices they make for their bodies, minds and hearts as well as their abilities to make positive change in their environment.
The girls made origami paper cranes and snapping frogs with messages of caring on them and wanted them to go to Ceres to go out to our meal recipients. We're sure our clients will love them! Many thanks to the coach and girls in the GOTR program for this lovely gesture of beauty and kindness.
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Welcoming our new Volunteer Relations Manager

We are pleased to announce Amy Loukonen as our new Volunteer Relations Manager. We are excited to have Amy on board, as she has spent her career both being a volunteer and working with volunteers to support and improve her community.

Amy shines with positive energy, perseverance, and a spirit of readiness and a commitment to achieving great things with an open heart, curious mind, and a wonderful sense of humor. As the Volunteer Relations Manager, Amy will supervise three Volunteer Coordinators at our sites in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and San Rafael. The volunteer team will be responsible for recruitment, onboarding and orientation for both teen and adult volunteers in Sonoma and Marin counties.

Amy's primary work site will be at our administrative offices at O'Reilly Media, and you can expect to see her regularly in our kitchens and gardens. You can reach Amy Loukonen at, or 707-829-5833 ext. 202.

Fun Ways You Can Support Ceres

MaMuse Garden Concert to Benefit Ceres at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Join us in the Osmosis Meditation Garden for an unforgettable, heartwarming performance. All proceeds will benefit the Ceres Community Project.

The evening begins with a cheese and wine reception on the newly remade front garden at Osmosis. An exquisite farm to table dinner will be prepared and served by the Ceres Community Project. After dinner, guests will be ushered into the outdoor theater for the musical performance by popular local musicians, MaMuse.

Tickets are $75 each. To purchase tickets, click here:

Crooked Goat Dine-Out (Sebastopol)

Enjoy a beer at Crooked Goat Brewing in Sebastopol's Barlow Marketplace and support Ceres.

Every 3rd Thursday from May to October, Crooked Goat will be donating $1 per beer sold to Ceres.

Join us for either of the last two dates and you'll be helping us deliver meals to our neighbors facing a serious illness like cancer in Marin and Sonoma counties, and to teach teens to cook and eat for health.
Thank you Crooked Goat for this wonderful opportunity!

Join us on:  
Sept 20
Oct 18
Open: Noon to 9 PM

Classes & Volunteer Orientations


Healing Fats - Novato
If you have already taken the Healing Foods Basics class and would like to know more, this class is for you. We will explore the world of fats: which to use, why we need them, and how to cook them properly. This class involves a hands-on portion, and we will make a healthy dish together!
Sept 19
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Fermentation Class with John - Sebastopol
Join Ceres' Executive Chef, John Littlewood, for a fun, hands-on class on fermented foods and drinks. Get familiar with your beneficial microbes and learn about the many ways they help us maintain health. 
Sept 26
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To see all classes and orientation dates, click here. 
To sign up or learn more, click the link below each class.
Volunteer Orientation (Adult Only) - San Rafael
Sept 12
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Volunteer Orientation - Sebastopol
Sept 17
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Volunteer Orientation (Youth Only) - San Rafael
Sept 19
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Volunteer Orientation - Santa Rosa
Sept 27
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Ceres Social

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More Ways to Get Involved


Join Our Kale Club

Become one of our monthly donors and you'll automatically be enrolled in our Kale Club.

Kale Club membership perks include a monthly email with a collection of delicious and healthy recipes from the Ceres kitchen!

Purchase the Ceres Cookbook

Ceres' Nourishing Connections Cookbook is filled with delicious and healthy recipes...
PLUS benefit from the extensive section outlining Ceres' Food Philosophy and hands on strategies to empower you to make healthy change in your life.
More details and sample recipes here.

Whole Foods

Grab salads, sides and family meals that support Ceres from your local Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market will donate $1 per pint of salad or side and $2 per family meal purchased.

We're excited to announce that ALL Northern California and Reno stores now offer this program. You get a great, easy meal, Ceres receives financial support to help extend our services to clients and youth. Look for special signage featuring our logo in the deli area of your local Whole Foods Market.

Community Cards

Earn funds for Ceres when you shop at Oliver's Markets, Petaluma Market, Fircrest and other local markets.

Pick up your eScrip Community Card the next time you shop, and designate Ceres as your beneficiary. The markets will donate 3-5% of your spending to us.

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You can easily support Ceres through the purchases you already make on
Visit to choose Ceres as your beneficiary organization and then access Amazon via every time you shop.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Ceres.

Shop to Support Ceres with a Sports Basement Discount


Sports Basement has designated Ceres Community Project as a beneficiary in their customer loyalty program, Basementeers! Sports Basement will donate 10% of profits to Ceres when you designate us and shop through them, and you also receive special savings on your purchases. Shop their brand new store in Novato, or visit them in Santa Rosa or San Francisco.

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We are committed to expressing love, trust, respect and integrity in 
our lives, work and organization.

Everything Matters
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the greatest positive impact.

Young People are the Future
Young People are intelligent, responsible, capable, creative and caring, 
and must be central participants in shaping our collective future.

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Everything is connected, and life continually invites us to experience gratitude, abundance, connection, community and healing.


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