Vivalon

Connection Works Wonders

San Rafael, CA   |  www.vivalon.org

Mission

Vivalon’s mission is to promote the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Vivalon believes that older adults in our community are not a special case. They are people who have invested in our neighborhoods, our retails centers and our schools by living, working and raising their families here. Now it’s our responsibility to honor and respect those who have been part of the fabric of Marin for decades by both paying them back and paying it forward for others who will need these services someday. Vivalon’s mission will be realized when aging adults who call Marin County home continue to enjoy the extraordinary benefits of living in this exceptional community.

Ruling year info

1961

CEO

Anne Grey

Main address

930 Tamalpais Avenue

San Rafael, CA 94901 USA

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Formerly known as

Marin Senior Coordinating Council

Whistlestop

EIN

94-1422463

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We live in an expensive suburban and rural county that is widespread and hilly that creates challenges for older people as they struggle to avoid isolation and loneliness. We are helping residents maintain independence, by giving them access to healthy food, social connections, and transportation. Soon we will be adding affordable hosing to the mix as we complete our Capital Campaign goal to build a new active aging older adult living facility.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Paratransit

Vivalon began serving Marin County with specialized transportation in 1969. In partnership with Marin Access, Whistlestop serves residents with special transportation needs in Marin County, and individuals traveling to or through Marin from the surrounding counties of San Francisco, Sonoma, and Contra Costa. Our hardworking, dedicated staff is committed to providing the best service possible. We act as a lifeline and help our clients maintain their independence by transporting them to medical appointments, stores, friends, family and more, keeping them connected with anywhere they need to go.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Nutrition services are a core part of our efforts to help people age healthfully. Our many nutrition programs feed body and soul. Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals and a friendly check-in to homebound seniors while Home Delivered Meals brings food to those suffering from life threatening illnesses. The Home Delivered Groceries Program is available for homebound San Rafael older adults who need shopping assistance. Our weekly Brown Bag Pantry provides healthy groceries, free of charge, to low-income adults over 60, and the Supplemental Food Program provides adults with food boxes that include a variety of nutritious foods. Our Community Breakfast provides a nutritious meal in a community setting once a month, and our Jackson Café, recently voted “Best Meal Under $15” in the Marin IJ 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, provides fresh, delicious meals at affordable prices to people of all ages.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Vivalon began serving Marin County with specialized transportation in 1968. In partnership with Marin Transit, Transportation Authority of Marin, and others, Vivalon serves agencies and organizations with transportation needs in Marin County and beyond. Our services include charters & shuttles; call center functions; trained drivers; vehicle maintenance; safety & training; and consulting. Our expertise combined with a friendly and dedicated staff make Whistlestop Transportation a clear choice.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Vivalon's bustling Healthy Aging Center is open to all over the age of 60. Vivalon serves as a central hub where older adults can gather and connect. Some folks come to attend a class or a group; some come to meet a friend at our delicious and affordable Jackson Café and others come simply to share conversation and enjoy one another’s company. For those older adults who have the desire and energy to give back by volunteering, we have volunteer opportunities that fit most schedules and abilities. Our classes and groups range from art to Zumba; from language to technology; from senior circles to drum circles, and so much more. Our information referrals and legal resources provide a lifeline whenever a little extra help is needed. We also lead ESL classes, citizenship classes, and blood pressure and medication checks, and more. Visit our website for a full list of classes and for more information.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are unduplicated people served by at least one of our services.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are volunteers who volunteered at least once during the year, but most volunteer every week.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Nutrition Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This only includes the meals we delivered to people's homes.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Nutrition Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes all nutrition programs on-site and delivered.

Number of rides provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to keep older adults
socially connected through volunteer programs
socially connected through educational and fitness classes
well nourished through meal delivery and access to healthy food options
mobile through a number of transportation options
affordably housed in our community

We fund a robust volunteer program with options for every skill level
We operate a Healthy Aging Center with innovative services
We partner with many other community orgs to achieve greater impact
We secure transportation contracts that help to support all of our services

We have an excellent reputation as an organization with strong, competent leadership, strong community connections, a large volunteer and paid workforce, significant assets of property and vehicles, and widespread community support.

Each year we increase our foundation of support from transportation contracts, foundations, corporate support, and individuals.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Vivalon

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dennis Ryan

Cynthia Wuthmann

Beth Reizman

Dennis Ryan

Tom Bonomi

Douglas Reilly

Stan Moore

Paul Castro

Kevin Hogan

Ken Gosliner

Walt Buster

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data