GNC/JEDI Kitchen Feasibility Survey Results Summary

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Energy Assistance Applications for 2014

In an effort to offer better and more personal service to Energy Assistance applicants, the process for 2014 has been changed.

To apply, please call 938-4415 ext 110 and clearly leave your name and phone number on the answering machine.

Next, you will be contacted by a GNC staff member by telephone to begin the application process and get any of your questions answered.  If you do not need personal assistance in filling out the application, you can download the 2014 application from our website (available soon) and submit it.  You will receive a confirmation notice when your application has been received.

At the beginning of the calendar year, the application volume is high, so please be patient as our staff will be calling applicants in the order in which their contact information has been received.

Link GNC to your Ray’s All Access Rewards Card

GNC is now part of the Community Rewards program with C&K Market/Shop Smart/Ray’s Market.

If you shop at Rays, or know someone who does, and they have a Rewards Card, they can sign up to have Great Northern Corporation (GNC) linked to their account.  When they shop using their card, GNC will get 1% of qualified purchases.

Sign up in the Video Department at Rays in Mt. Shasta, contact C&K Market Inc. 541-412-0005 or email

This is a great opportunity to support the spectrum of work that we do county-wide. Thanks for spreading the word!

Changes in Weed Emergency Food Availabiliy

Please note that the WEED EMERGENCY Food Bank distribution times and dates have changed. EMERGENCY Food will now be available for pick up inside the upstairs GNC offices at 780 S. Davis Avenue on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1 PM – 2 PM only.

The EMERGENCY Food Bank distribution is intended for those in dire need, and may be used up to two times per year per recipient.

This EMERGENCY Food Bank distribution is different from the USDA COMMODITIES distribution which will continue every other month throughout the county.  View the 2013 GNC USDA Commodities Schedule

GNC Employees Present Donations to Local Organizations

Our employees wanted to direct the result of their fundraising from two bowling events and the money that would normally fund our Christmas party to organizations that make holiday food baskets available to local residents.

Last year we assembled and delivered the bags ourselves and this year realized that local organizations might have a better handle on where to make the most difference in the lives of their neighbors.

Donations Presentation for 2012 Holiday Meal Baskets

Crystal Aston, GNC, Renee Casterline, GNC, Evelyn Smith, Weed Christmas Basket Committee, Bruce Swetnam, Northern Siskiyou Ministerial Association, Larry Luce, GNC

This year’s recipients: Butte Valley Community Resource Center, Mt. Shasta Elks Lodge 2333, Northern Siskiyou Ministerial Association, Weed Community Christmas Basket Committee and the Scott Valley Salvation Army.

Staff and Board Picnic 2012

Decked out in our tee shirts designed by Weaterization crew member, Zach McCrillis, the staff joined board members for our Annual Picnic in Weed on August 30th.

ED Recap of past year

Executive Director, Bonnie Kubowitz addresses the staff and board members with a recap from the previous year.

Great food catered by GNC client Montgomery Meats, home made desserts, and lively horseshoes and bocce ball made for a fun day with co-workers and family members.

All the excitement hit Parker mid afternoon.


GNC Holds Inaugural Staff Retreat

August 15 – 16, 2012
Lake Shastina Resort

Executive Director, Bonnie Kubowitz convened the entire GNC Staff for a team retreat facilitated by Diane Strachen of Positive Futures Inc.

Group discussion at retreat recap.

Retreat goals included:
1) improved communication and leadership skills for staff
2) integration of programs and cross-training
3) diversifying funding and
4) co-creation for “one touch” client services/healthy homes.

The entire staff practiced listening skills, observed increased awareness of the variety of services performed by GNC and appreciation for the collective skills and capacity of the group.

Renee Casterline contributes to the group discussion

Some interesting quotes from the sessions:
“Retreats don’t suck”, Zach sums up Day One.
“None of us is as smart as all of us”, Old Cowboy saying.

Open House Celebrates Clients and Programs

Over eighty people came to tour the Great Northern Corporation (GNC) offices and learn more about the many programs offered from our headquarters on School Hill in Weed on May 1st.  The GNC staff welcomed clients, representatives from cities, economic development agencies, vendors, and partners in celebration of programs and services that offer solutions to improve lives and enrich our communities.

“Amazing!  is what I kept saying to myself last night – I feel honored to work with such a dedicated, and fun team. “ said Executive Director, Bonnie Kubowitz.  “All the comments I received were positive and so many people were overwhelmed with the services GNC provides.  Many had no idea of the diversity and depth of the services that we offer and coordinate for our jurisdictions.”

The 2011 GNC Annual Report was showcased and is part of the branding program that staff has been working on to get the word out about the non-profit community based corporation.  “Our clients have stories to tell,” said Audra Gibson, Marketing and Project Manager.  “We have incorporated their stories and pictures in our print and web materials to explain the services and benefits of the programs we manage”, she added.


The Wilson Family of Yreka were enthusiastic attendees, showing before and after images of their Housing Rehabilitation project completed in Yreka last year.


For more information about GNC, visit their website at where you can view the 2011 Annual Report and contact information for staff as well as program information.

Workshop May 22nd

GNC and the Mt. Shasta Family Resource Center offer Program Workshop

Do you need help planning for energy assistance for NEXT winter?  Are you planning a home or rental unit improvement project to address repairs related to insulation and energy efficiency?  Maybe you would like some assistance to access food or even a business loan?

Great Northern Corporation (GNC) announces a workshop event in partnership with the Family Resource Center of Mt. Shasta to be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 1:30-2:30 PM at the FRC at 109 East Lake Street in Mt. Shasta.

Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance with applications for the following GNC programs currently available to Mt. Shasta area residents:

  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Energy Assistance
  • Weatherization
  • Food Assistance
  • Economic Development

All are welcome to attend.  Many of these programs are more accessible to those that plan ahead for emergency needs.  For more information please contact Claudia at Great Northern (530) 938-4115 ext.21.


New Signage at GNC Headquarters in Weed

New Signage Entrace

New Signage at GNC Office Building Entrance

The entrance to Great Northern Corporation’s office building got a face lift when sign maker Steve Hart of Signs of Life installed the newly designed signage last week.  Signs were made incorporating materials and templates from previous signage.  Looks great, Steve!  Thank you!

Photos by La Wanda Wilson

Door Sign

New Logo on Door Signage

Entry Sign

Former redwood sign refurbished by Steve Hart - Signs of Life

Installation of Entry Sign

Planting the GNC Sign