Canal Alliance

Bishlam Bullock | 14 June, 2021

            Canal Alliance

Salon B is honored to continue supporting our community by working with the Canal Alliance.

Through July 2021, Salon B will be a drop off location for donation made to the Canal Alliance.

We hope you join us by making a small donation to make a big impact.

At the moment, there are certain items that are particularly needed in the community:


    • COVID supplies:
      • Masks
      • hand sanitizer
      • hygiene products
    • Gift cards:
      • VISA
      • Mastercard
      • Target
      • Uber/Lyft
      • Ross
      • Target

Donations can be dropped off at Salon B

Thursday- Saturday 11-5pm


The Canal Alliance is a nonprofit champion of immigrants who are challenged by a lack of resources and an unfamiliar environment. We believe everyone has the right to achieve their dreams. Every day, we educate, empower, support, and partner with motivated immigrants and their families to best meet all their unique needs—from putting food on the table, to becoming  U.S. citizens, to learning English, to graduating from college, and gaining career-path employment. Because when we support immigrants, Marin becomes a place where everyone can live, work, and succeed. 


Founded in 1982, Canal Alliance has been the leading service provider and community advocate for Marin's extremely low-income Latino immigrant community for 38 years. Each year, the organization collaborates with over 60 agencies and engages 500 volunteers to serve more than 4,000 individuals and families.   


Canal Alliance exists to break the generational cycle of poverty for Latino immigrants and their families by lifting barriers to their success. Because breaking the generational cycle of poverty is extremely complex, our program model offers comprehensive and multifaceted approaches that simultaneously improve individual and family stability and well-being, education, and employment.


Canal Alliance is located in, and primarily serves, Latino immigrants residing in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael, which is geographically isolated and densely populated with over 12,000 residents in a two-square mile radius. The average income for a family of four residing in the Canal is under $30,000. Most clients come from remote areas of Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, and have less than an elementary school education. While Spanish is the primary language for most, some speak native languages and are preliterate in Spanish.  


Supporting Unaccompanied Youth in Marin County


Marin County has seen an unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors seeking services and legal representation in the past 6 years. Despite the many policy restrictions imposed at the border, according to the Office of Refugees Resettlement (ORR)’s FY 2020 data, 83 children were reunified with a sponsor in Marin County from October 1, 2019 to March 2020. In the previous fiscal year, ORR released 194 unaccompanied minors to sponsors in Marin. This population is in urgent need of post-placement services aimed at promoting security and opportunities for youth.


Canal Alliance supports these young newcomers by providing case management, mentorship, navigation services, education and employment opportunities, and – when possible – family reunification. Often, Canal Alliance staff are among the few people that these young people can rely on for support and guidance as they work towards their long-term dreams of education, employment, well-being, and opportunity.



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