Common Ground For Common Good


Common Ground for Common Good is a public awareness collaboration that was initiated by North Valley Community Foundation. It's now the name of a series on North State Public Radio in partnership with both NVCF and Shasta Regional Community Foundation. The program highlights grassroots methods to simple solutions to complex, compelling challenges.

Each week you'll hear from community members working hard to make things just a little bit better.

Our previous Common Ground for Common Good series can be found here and here.

Prescription Pets has been bringing the healing power of pets to communities in Northern California since the year 2000. Their volunteer pet partner teams are trained for animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy, and as “Read With Me” teams. Learn more at

Image courtesy of North Valley Community Foundation

My Father’s Purse is nonprofit that comes alongside existing organizations to help stop the abuse of women and children, especially from sex trafficking, physical abuse, and prostitution. The organization also gives money directly to low-income mothers with children in the U.S. and in Mexico. Learn more about My Father’s Purse at the North Valley Community Foundation website

Mike Hupp, Dawn Patrol Images

Mt Shasta Nordic is a community-based non-profit partner of Shasta Regional Community Foundation that strives to inspire a passion for Nordic skiing by providing marked backcountry and groomed Nordic trails to a broad range of skiers in the Northern California/Southern Oregon region. Learn more at

Photo used courtesy Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County

The Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County is nonprofit partner of Shasta Regional Community Foundation whose mission is to prevent youth violence and promote a safe and healthy community. The Youth Violence Prevention Council Executive Board is comprised of top-flight leaders from a broad cross-section of the business, law enforcement, government, faith, and education sectors of Shasta County. Learn more at 

Photo used courtesy of Celebration of Life 5k

The Celebration of Life 5k is an event benefiting and raising awareness for Hospice and Palliative Care in Butte County.  The nonprofit is a partner of North Valley Community Foundation. The event takes place on the first Sunday in May. Learn more about the event at their website or Facebook page. 

Located in the heART of downtown Dunsmuir, California, the Siskiyou Arts Museum strives to enrich the lives of artists, residents and visitors to Siskiyou County through exhibition, sale and interpretation of the visual, literary and performing arts by presenting programs and events that will educate, strengthen, serve and sustain our community.

Irlen Syndrome is a visual processing disorder that affects 1 in 5 individuals. The Irlen Method is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy that improves the brain’s ability to process visual information, using colored filters to relieve headaches and visual distortions. 

The Irlen Ambassadors Charitable Fund exists to raise awareness of Irlen syndrome, and to raise funds to pay for the lab fees for low-income individuals.

Courtesy of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.

Project Healing Waters-Shasta County is a free program provided to all wounded, injured or disabled veterans and active duty military personnel.  According to its website, PHW-Shasta County is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing, fly tying education and other fly fishing events. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is a national organization with chapters across the United States. For more information visit the Project Healing Waters - Shasta County website or Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Cycle for Sjögren's

An annual charity ride that takes place in Chico, California dedicated to raising awareness, community support, education and research towards Sjögren's Syndrome. The event has a family-friendly 5-mile ride and a longer 30-mile ride for more advanced cyclists. Learn more at

Shasta Library Foundation

The Shasta Library Foundation’s sole purpose is to support the Shasta Public Libraries in Anderson, Burney, and Redding. The foundation strives to transform Shasta County through the power of libraries, which it believes are at the heart of community, culture, education and democracy. The Shasta Library Foundation’s support for the Shasta Public Libraries enhances high-caliber programs that nurture literacy, the imagination, and lifelong learning.

For more information about the Shasta Literacy Program at the Redding Library or if you would like to participate as a tutor contact Kayla at 530-245-7237 or go to