West County

Our mission

Safer West County is a non-profit organization, connecting people and resources to build resilience in Western Sonoma County—in our forests, waterways, and communities. We love this place we call home and are actively committed to a resilient and thriving West County.

Current board members


      • Amy Beilharz, President Emeritus, Director since 2019
      • Marylee Guinon, Director since 2020
      • Elizabeth Lawson, Secretary, Director since 2019
      • Fawn Nekton, Director since 2020
      • Michael Nichols, Director since 2023
      • Ivan O’Neill, Director since 2022
      • Sara Paul, Director since 2023
      • Carolyn Sell, Treasurer, Director since 2019


      Monthly meetings

      The SWC Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 pm followed by a joint meeting of Fire Safe Councils from 4:30 to 5:30. We currently meet on Zoom until our in-person meetings resume. You can join us here.

      Connect with us

      Email us @ saferwestcounty@gmail.com

      Send mail to:

      Safer West County & FireSafe Groups · PO Box 1132 · Occidental, CA 95465 · USA

      Please support our work with a donation

      Help us help you by donating to our cause. Safer West County is a 501.C.3 making your donation tax-deductible. Please notate if you are donating to SWC’s general fund or to a specific Fire Safe Council in your hometown.


          • Bodega/Bodega Bay

          • Camp Meeker

          • Freestone

          • Forestville

          • Graton/Green Valley

          • Guerneville

          • Monte Rio

          • Occidental

          • Rio Nido

          • West Sebastopol

        To donate either write a check to Safer West County, PO Box 1132, Occidental, 95465, or click on this link.

        Thank you!

        Donate to building a resilient West County