What's Goin' Down in the Community 106 KMEL is proud to be a part of your Community! Click HERE to find out how you can be a part of the fundraisers, rallies and events in the Bay Area. Make a difference because in unity is strength! For more Community postings, Click HERE.
EMERGENCY....ARE YOU READY, BAY AREA? You live here, you work here. you generally enjoy everything California has to offer. But are you ready for the Big One? Whether that's an earthquake, wildfire, storm, act of terroism or even an outbreak of the latest flu virus, start getting ready now. Find out what you need to know by clicking HERE.
Check Your Tire Pressure At Least Once A Month! Make it a habit to check your tire pressure once a month. Simple tire maintenance can increase gas mileage, maximize tire life, and help keep passengers safe. Brought to you by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Visit ZeroWaste.CA.gov for more info!
Share These Survival Tips With Everyone
San Francisco's www.72hours.org website includes tips like the ones below to prepare your family and household for a disaster. Visit there website to learn more!
1. Put together a disaster supply kit. 2. Designate an out-of-area contact person. 3. Duplicate important documents and keep copies off-site. 4. Inventory valuables in writing and with photographs or video. 5. Place a flashlight & a pair of shoes under everyone's bed in case of an earthquake during the night. 6. Plan where to meet after a disaster if your home becomes unsafe. 7. Determine the best escape routes from your home. 8. Locate gas main & other utility lines & make sure family members know where and how to turn them off. 9. Teach family members how to use a fire extinguisher. 10. Create emergency response cards for each of your family members. 11. Take into account the special needs of children, seniors or people with disabilities, family members who don't speak english and pets.
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#Taxi USA Got a cellphone? Need a taxi? Call #TAXI, that’s #8-2-9-4 on all major carriers except T-Mobile. Get the first available taxi or cab company you prefer anywhere in the US,. Avoid busy signals when ordering a cab. Make a good call…help stop drunk driving for the holidays and everyday. #TAXI. #8-2-9-4 on your cell. This message supports MADD and their Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. #TAXI ‘s charge is $1.29 to $1.79 per call depending on carrier billed to your wireless bill or deducted from your prepaid account, plus applicable airtime and data charges. Charges don’t include cab fare. For more info please visit PoundTaxi.com.
Human Outreach Agency
Human Outreach Agency (HOA), is a non-profit 20 bed housing program that provides shelter for homeless men for up to 90 days. Two years ago marked the end of core funding that has supported their program for nearly 30 years. As a result two years later today they respectfully and desperately come to you, in need of your help! Human Outreach Agency is going through a Bed Bug Crisis and is in immediate need of your support. For the past two months HOA has been determined to eliminate this problem. They are asking for your help to eliminate Their Bed Beg Crisis immediately so HOA's doors can stay open for the next 32 years. If HOA does not combat this problem now they will be forced to close down our doors for good. If you have any questions or concerns of this matter, or if you would like to find out how you can help please call Sokcheata Prum at (510) 582-1172. You can also check out their website, hoaca.org or feel free to stop by our office 22425 Flagg Street in Hayward.
Creativity Explored: Artwork by Artists with Developmental Disabilities Visit Creativity Explored, San Francisco's premiere gallery of artwork by artists with developmental disabilities. At this vibrant Mission District art center, you can meet the artists working in the studio, enjoy the latest changing exhibition in the gallery, and discover treasures to take home. After just one visit, you'll know why Creativity Explored is consistently voted the city's best art gallery. For information, call (415) 863-2108 or go to CreativityExplored.org. Creativity Explored is a non-profit visual art center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art. We are located at 3245 16th St. in San Francisco.
Lawyer Referral and Information Service If you have a legal problem, you need to talk to a lawyer. If you need help finding the right lawyer for your type of problem, call the Lawyer Referral and Information Service. The Lawyer Referral and Information Service can arrange an appointment for you to meet with an attorney experienced in the area of law that relates to your situation. Some clients may also qualify for free legal services through their Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP), but you must contact them to find out if you qualify. You can get more info about their servies by calling them at (415) 989-1616 or by visiting them at sfbar.org/lawyerreferral. The Lawyer Referral and Information Service is a nationally renowned public service of the Bar Association of San Francisco, certified by the State Bar of California. It’s the right call for the right lawyer. This message is brought to you by the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Free Income Tax Preparation Provided by The Tri Valley Housing Opportunity Center
The Tri Valley Housing Opportunity Center is providing FREE income tax preparation by IRS certified tax preparers to families whose income was less than $42,000. US Citizenship is NOT required. You may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit of up to $4,700. And families with children may qualify for the Federal Child Tax Credit- which provides up to $1,000 per child under 17. By appointment only on Tuesdays from 6PM to 9PM and Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM in Livermore. Please contact Jorge Ramirez at (925) 373-3930 or Jorge@tvhoc.org for more info or to set-up an appointment.
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Help Sleep Train Provide New Shoes for Foster Children You can help a local foster child with the gift of new shoes. Sleep Train is collecting new shoes of all sizes, but they need your help. Bring your gift of new shoes for boys and girls to Sleep Train. Call 1-800-378-BEDS for the store nearest you.Keeping kids in shoes is never easy, and for nearly 80,000 California kids in foster care, it’s an even tougher fit. So Sleep Train is collecting new shoes for foster boys and girls, but they need your help. Bring your gift of new shoes of any size – from infant to teen - to Sleep Train. Call 1-800-378-BEDS or click here for the store nearest you.
Life Goes On Foundation
Life Goes on Foundation (LGO) is a nonpolitical nonprofit organization working in the Bay Area to help bring an end to gun violence amongst youth and to find a cure for paralyzing spinal cord injuries. LGO was founded in 2007 By Arthur Renowitsky. That year, Arthur was tragically shot at a San Francisco night club by an unknown assailant, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Arthur rose from a coma and months or rehabilitation with a desire to raise awareness of gun violence amongst youth. Now Arthur and LGO spend its time sharing Arthur’s story and speaking out against gun violence at juvenile halls, rehabilitation centers and Boys and Girls Clubs around the Bay Area. LGO wants to act as an avenue for change in the minds of youngsters so they embrace constructive forms of self expression rather than picking up a gun. For more information about LGO and/or to find out how to have Arthur come share his story and LGO's message to your youth please visit LifeGoesOnFoundation.org.
Day In The Life: Help The USO Suport our Troops The USO supports the troops at more than 130 centers around the world. So whatever comes up, travel arrangements, birthdays, emails back home, they do their very best to see the troops get what they need. If you want to make a difference in the life of someone serving our country, if you really want to make a difference, the USO is how it’s done. Find out more at USO.org. The USO. Until every one comes home.
The Women's Building San Francisco Check out The Women's Building a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-service center for women and girls. Their mission is to provide women and girls with the tools and resources they need to achieve full and equal participation in society. They offer various weekly events that inform women of the Bay Area of the various resources available to them for more info please visit thewomensbuilding.org and find out how you can utilize the services provided by The Women's Building.
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Pantene Beautiful Lengths was created to support and encourage women who have lost their hair during cancer treatment. Join them by donating your own healthy hair to create wigs or becoming a member of their community. For more information Click Here.
Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing, A Program of ECHO Housing
Everyone deserves equal access to housing. Discrimination in housing based on your race, national origin, disability or because you have kids is illegal. Reporting discrimination is the first step you can take to end discrimination. To report housing discrimination, call MCFH. Fair Housing Counselors will inform you of your rights and help you take action. Fair Housing is your right. If you have experienced discrimination, call MCFH at (650) 327-1718.
Renter's: Be Prepared for Disaster with Renter's Insurance
Attention renters! Do you worry that you or your loved ones may not be prepared for natural disasters, theft, or damages to your belongings? Did you know that your landlord's insurance policy does not cover the cost of replacing personal property or paying for court judgements after a fire, flood or injury has taken place in your home? The city of San Jose encourages you to purchase renters insurance as a preventive step towards fire and disaster preparedness. Renters insurance has proven effective in disaster recovery and can help you and your family get back to life after disaster strikes. For just pennies a day, you can purchase a plan that may provide thousands of dollars in coverage. Know your options! If you have questions about renters insurance call the state insurance commissioner's office at (800) 927-4357 or click here for more information. Be prepared!
Tips on How To Become a SaferDriver We see it all the time. Drivers on their cell phones, completely oblivious to the world around them. And the latest research strongly suggests that cell phones are the #1 cause of car accidents today. With one death every 12 minutes, car accidents kill and injure more Americans, especially children, than any other non-health-related issue. To learn how you can protect yourself and your family, and to request your free wireless safety kit, visit www.safe-driver.org. What you learn, could save your life.
The USO-2-Go Program delivers hundreds of items like DVDs,
video games, cold drinks, shaving cream and shampoo to our troops stationed in
remote locations. To find out how you can help, visit them at USO.org.
Fair Housing Program
The Eden Council for Hope & Opportunity (ECHO) is a community based, non-profit organization that has been offering free housing information and support to Bay Area residents since 1965. ECHO is committed to ending unlawful discrimination in housing by providing counseling, mediation, investigation, education, and referral services through their Fair Housing Program. ECHO receives its funding from various city and county governments in the Bay Area. Discrimination in housing based on your race, disability, or because you have kids is illegal. To report housingdiscrimination, call (650) 327-1718.
Don't Be Damaged By The Repair Business If you have a wreck, you should know your rights, know what to do, and only use a qualified collision repair business that you can trust to repair your vehicle. Demand that your insurance company fulfills their contractual obligations. Make sure the repair business has all the right tools, equipment, training, facilities, and that they use the proper paint and materials to ensure the safety and value of your vehicle. The shop should back any repairs with a life-time guarantee. Before you have your vehicle repaired, always ask the shop what qualifies them to repair your vehicle and make them prove it. Go to CollisionCare.org for a list of qualified body shops near you.
YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS Learn about great youth organizations and programs!
Imagine That! is a non-profit organization created for children in the Greater Bay Area to experience the joys of their imaginations around the holiday season. Imagine That! caters to children who are underprivileged, child abused, fostered, homeless and/or children of incarcerated parents. They host events 6 times a year for children from 2-10years old. Imagine That! gives children an opportunity to enjoy the holiday's with face painting, arts & crafts, games, nail art, entertainment, creative foods (the children can help prepare as an art) and much more. Their slogan is "Where your imagination comes to light!" Imagine That! encourages children to eat healthy and take care of their hygiene. They serve healthy snacks such as apples and carrots and on Halloween toothbrushes & floss are given out to the youth. Throughout the year they celebrate various events and have free activities for the youth including a January “Kids Winter Extravaganza” (purposely created after holidays when most children are forgotten about), a February “Kids Love Extravaganza” (love theme, children boys and girls experience love), April “Kids Easter Extravaganza”, July “Back to school Extravaganza”, October “Halloween Extravaganza” and November “Imagine That Homeless Feeding Extravaganza” (team up with churches to do activities with children). Along with bringing their creative specialties Imagine That! also brings the food that has been donated to our organization for the holiday season, from local sponsors.
The Oakland Dynamite’s Have Officially Began Practice!!
Come out to Curt Flood Field at School Street & Coolidge between 5pm–7:30pm Monday - Friday for all kids ages 5-15. All returning players Equipment Fees have been waived. Just pay a deposit of $25 and your player/cheerleader can get on the field today. For questions contact the President Wanda Sanford (800) 921-6609.
Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League The Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League is a non profit organization serving youth in the Unincorporated Areas of Alameda County (Ashand, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley). They offer various after school programs (Martial Arts, Dance, soccer, Golf, Fitness, Bowling, Leadership, Cooking as well as summer opportunities (sports camp, swimming, mural painting). If you're interested in any of their programs, call (415) 305-2173 or visit ACDeputysal.weebly.com/
Girls Moving Forward (GMF) Hey Oakland youth! Looking for something fun to do after school? Our programs help you work toward your education and life goals - all in a dynamic and engaging atmosphere. And, the best part is...it's completely FREE! At Girls Moving Forward, they know that girls' achievement in school is about more than academic ability. There are many social pressures facing girls today that impact their performance in school. GMF pairs focused academic tutoring with captivating empowerment activities because GMF knows that increased confidence will unlock each girl's full potential. Please contact them for more information about how you can enroll your students K-12 in their FREE academic tutoring program at their school! Call (510) 421-1376 or email Amy at email@example.com.
Boys Moving Forward (BMF) Hey Oakland youth! Looking for something fun to do after school? Our programs help you work toward your education and life goals - all in a dynamic and engaging atmosphere. And, the best part is...it's completely FREE! At Boys Moving Forward, they know that boys' achievement in school is about more than academic ability. There are many social pressures facing boys today that impact their performance in school. BMF pairs focused academic tutoring with captivating empowerment and mentoring activities because BMF knows that increased confidence will unlock each boys' full potential. Please contact them for more information about how you can enroll your students K-12 in their FREE academic tutoring program at their school! Call (510) 387-8104 or email Pablo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Daly City Titans Calling all Football players between the ages of 5 and 15! Come join the Daly City Titans. Learn discipline, team-work, relationship building, trust but above all have fun playing football! The Daly City Pop Warner Football League is looking for players between the ages of 5 and 15, coaches and sponsors. If you are interested, please visit DalyCityTitans.com for 2009 sign ups and questions.
Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) Are you an Alameda County resident outside of Oakland between the ages of 18 and 21? Have you considered getting trained, but just don't have the resources?Unemployed, but can't afford interview clothes, or simply have troubles finding a job?Or maybe you have the desire, but high costs of gas, BART, and bus stand in your way. "Steps to Success" at Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) can help with all of these needs for FREE including FREE security and vocational training for all eligible applicants. If this is you, Call Mr. G at (510) 647-0719 right now as spaces are going fast! Or check out their site BYAOnline.org! BYA is located at 1255 Allston Way right off of University in Berkeley.
Is your teenager suffering from depression or anxiety? Is your teen experimenting with alcohol or drugs? These issues can leave families feeling helpless, but affordable support is available. Adolescent Counseling Services has helped teens and their families for the past 34 years and is dedicated to helping your child find the way to recovery. For more information, call (650) 424-0852 or visit ACS-Teens.org.
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Free Legal Aid and Advice Need FREE legal aid and advice? Bay Area Legal Aid offers legal services to youth and adults; including public benefits, housing and domestic violence. Appointments available the fourth Thursday of every month at Youth Uprising (8711 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland). To see if you qualify call (510) 777-9909 extension 166.
California Tax Education Council
Is Your Tax Preparer Legal? California law says only Attorneys, Enrolled Agents,
Certified Public Accountants or CTEC Registered Tax Preparers are legally
qualified professionals. Is yours one of them? If you’re not sure, you better find out. Or you could pay the consequences. Protect yourself. Do your research. You have a right to ask for their credentials. For more info call 877-850-2832 or visit ctec.org.
Family Programs at Parents Place
Parents Place, with locations in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma Counties, offers playgroups for parents and children to attend together, as well as a wide variety of parenting classes and workshops. They also offer one-on-one coaching and consultation for parents, counseling for children and families, socialization skills, groups for young children, community service programs for teens, a mentor/tutor program for students aged 8-18, their “Parents Place Express” speakers bureau, and a bulletin board for parents seeking caregivers and caregivers seeking employment. Sliding scale available for all services. Contact them at (415) 359-2454 or at ParentsPlaceSF@jfcs.org for further information or to receive a copy of our calendar and newsletter. Visit them on the Web at www.ParentsPlaceOnline.org.
Life Goes On Foundation Lifegoesonfoundation.org wonders has the housing market left you with more debt than you can repay? Or more debt than your home is actually worth? If so, these are big challenges. Donate your house to LifeGoesonFoundation.org. They can help you avoid the credit disaster of defaulting on your loan. All donations are tax deductible. Call now. 877.630.5552 to schedule a free counseling appointment. All proceeds benefit the life goes on foundation and their fight against gun violence. Call now and let your life go on debt free.
Habitat for Humanity New Home Orientations
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco will break ground on seven 4-bedroom homes at Whitney Young Circle in the San Francisco Bayview-Hunters Point District this fall 2008! Partnering with working families and the community to build affordable ownership homes in Marin, San Francisco and the Peninsula, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a unique solution to the local housing crisis. To date, Habitat Greater San Francisco has enabled nearly 150 local families to purchase affordable housing. All interested families are invited to attend an orientation meeting to hear about the Habitat program and pick up an application. To obtain an application you must attend one of the following orientation meetings. All meetings will be held at the South East Community Facility, Alex Pitcher Community Room, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, at the corner of Phelps Street, Suite B in San Francisco. Orientations will take place Thursday October 2nd from 6pm-9pm and Saturday October 4th from 10am-2pm. Applications are only available at orientations and there will be no make-up opportunities. All orientations are conducted in English and a translator should accompany all non-English speaking applicants. As space is limited they ask that only one applicant per family attend the meeting. Dates and locations for turn-in workshops will be distributed at all orientations. Only street parking is available. For more information and a list of program requirements, please visit their website at HabitatGSF.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Find out ways you can better your community!
Volunteer Thanksgiving Day with Imagine That Imagine That! is at the last event of the year. They have made a lot of children smile and made their imaginations come to light! Imagine That! will be teaming up with The City Of Oakland in hosting a Thanksgiving Homeless Dinner. The City of Oakland will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner to homeless families and Imagine That! will provide face-painting, arts and crafts, nail art and balloons to the children. They are in need of volunteers. If you are available to give an hour or two on Thanksgiving Day please volunteer. Your support is needed from 12pm-3pm at the Rainbow Recreation Center, 5800 International Blvd, Oakland. For more info (510) 689-7601.
Volunteer with Rebuilding Together-San Francisco Do you have construction experience? Are you an experienced 'handyperson' looking for a way to give back to your local community? If you have as little as 2 hours per month to volunteer, then please consider volunteering with Rebuilding Together-San Francisco!! Rebuilding Together San Francisco is an organization that provides free home repair and renovation programs to elderly, disabled and low-income San Franciscans. Rebuilding Together is currently seeking skilled labor volunteers to work with their organization. Their year-round Home Safety and Independence Program (HS&I) is hoping to engage new community members to help with the installation of grab bars, handrails and smoke detectors among other safety items for seniors and disabled individuals to prevent injuries and allows them to age in their home. Please contact Rebuilding Together's San Francisco office at (415) 905-1611 or email@example.com to inquire about volunteerism. You can also drop by their office to pick up a 'Volunteer Application'; they are located at Pier 28, on The Embarcadero. If you know of individuals in need of their services, please ask them to contact their office as well.
Volunteer for the Junior League of San Jose The Junior League of San Jose invites women, ages 21 and up, who are interested in exploring membership in the nonprofit volunteer organization whose slogan is “Women Building Better Communities” to August and September informational events. The Junior League of San Jose is a non-profit organization of women committed to developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. During its 42-year history, JLSJ has given $4 million to the community and its members contribute well over 25,000 hours of volunteer service every year. For more information, please visit JLSJ.org. Please also see the JLSJ Web site for information on August and September prospective new member events. New memberships will be available through October 1, 2009.
Take on a Leadership Role, Shape Volunteer Communities in Schools
Volunteer – are you ready to take your volunteerism to the next level? Learn – are you interested in increasing your skills in public speaking, event planning, problem-solving, team building? Inspire – are you passionate about bringing together parents, teachers and community members to help students reach their full potential? Become a Community Builder Volunteer! For more information, contact Jane Phan, (415) 749.3700 extension 3035, firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer for The USO The men and women of our armed forces deserve your support. And the best way to show that support is through the USO. With more than 130 USO Centers around the world, USO volunteers do whatever needs to be done to see that our troops have what they need. Whether its staying in touch with friends and family, travel arrangements, family services, entertainment or just a friendly place for a little R and R, you can’t believe how much they do for them. To find out more about the USO or to find out how you can become a volunteer working with the USO to support our armed forces please visit uso.org. The USO. Until every one comes home.
Project iSave Needs Volunteers Are you one of those people that wants to change the world but isn't sure how? Do you want to be a part of something destined for greatness? Come out and join Project iSave, a by-teens-for-teens nonprofit organization. 80% of all proceeds will go toward the Vidyaniketan orphanage in India. Project iSave is in need of volunteers. Their non-profit organization plans on holding a benefit concert in mid-April, 2009 to raise money for an orphanage in India. Come out and join their attempts at making the world a better place. Email ProjectiSave@gmail.com or you can add them at myspace.com/projectisave for more information.
The Role Model Program Take a role in the Future-the Power of 200! The Role Model Program is seeking adult volunteers to inspire children to achieve ambitious dreams and reach their highest potential through education! Join them as they bring together 200 caring adults dedicated to the future of our children, and in turn, the future of our community. Role Model Volunteers visit one Santa Clara County elementary or middle school classroom for one hour, once a week for 6-8 weeks. The Role Model Program is a non-profit organization located in San Jose. To learn more, contact The Role Model Program at (408) 246-0433 or visit them on-line at TheRoleModelProgram.org.
Girls Moving Forward (GMF)Needs You Wanna make a difference? Wanna get paid for it? Give us a call to find out how you can have a positive impact on the lives of Oakland youth in kindergarten through 12th grade! At Girls Moving Forward, they know that girls' achievement in school is about more than academic ability. There are many social pressures facing girls today that impact their performance in school. GMF pairs focused academic tutoring with captivating empowerment activities because GMF knows that increased confidence will unlock each girl's full potential. Please contact them for more information about how you can enroll your students K-12 in their FREE academic tutoring program at their school! Call (510) 421-1376 or email Amy at email@example.com.
Boys Moving Forward (BMF) Needs You Wanna make a difference? Wanna get paid for it? Give us a call to find out how you can have a positive impact on the lives of Oakland youth in kindergarten through 12th grade! At Boys Moving Forward, they know that boys' achievement in school is about more than academic ability. There are many social pressures facing boys today that impact their performance in school. BMF pairs focused academic tutoring with captivating empowerment and mentoring activities because BMF knows that increased confidence will unlock each boys' full potential. Please contact them for more information about how you can enroll your students K-12 in their FREE academic tutoring program at their school! Call (510) 387-8104 or email Pablo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco School Volunteers
Parents and teachers share the responsibility of inspiring students to achieve their full potential. But what if a language barrier makes it hard for them to exchange ideas? If you speak Cantonese or Spanish, you can become a San Francisco School Volunteer Interpreter and use your language skills to increase parent involvement. Cantonese/English and Spanish/English speakers receive free training to build their skills as interpreters so they can help English language learning families better communicate with school staff. Volunteers interpret at meetings such as: parent/teacher conferences, informal visits in the school office and family events like Back to School Night. They need 25 Cantonese and Spanish speakers to become volunteer interpreters. There are three required trainings. The first training is on Saturday, March 7th. For more info or to sign up click here or call (415) 749-3700. Be an essential part of a child's education. Become a San Francisco School Volunteer. For more information visit www.sfsv.org or call (415) 749-3700.
OreMi Mentoring Program Help the boys and young men in your community choose the path of education instead of incarceration. To all the men reading this, this message is for you. Today there are over 5,000 children in Alameda and Contra Costa County with a parent in the prison system. These children are 7 TIMES more likely than their peers to be incarcerated themselves. You can help break the increasing cycle of incarceration in the Bay Area by becoming a mentor to our young brothers. Just one hour a week of your time will make a difference. To learn how to change a life of a child in your community please call 510-834-2443, or Click Here. Photo taken by Noriko Cooper.
Sign-Up to be a Volunteer The Role Model Program Are you looking for a short term volunteer opportunity that is meaningful and fun? The Role Model Program needs adult volunteers to inspire elementary and middle school students to succeed! Time commitment is just one hour a week for six weeks. The Role Model Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering students to achieve their goals, dreams and learning that education can open the door to a successful future. To learn more contact The Role Model Program at (408) 246-0433 or go on-line to TheRoleModelProgram.org.
Moms In Bloom Needs Volunteers Calling all Moms: Moms in Bloom, a new nonprofit organization working for the benefit of mothers and families in Solano County is raising money to open a Pregnancy and Early Parenting resource center in the Vallejo/Benicia area. One way that you can support their fundraising efforts is by supporting their 1st Annual Growing Families Expo in Benicia in October. They are in need of volunteers to help them! If you or someone you know would like to help Moms in Bloom put on their event and to raise money to help local moms or to get more info about Moms In Bloom and the services they provide you can visit them at MomsInBloom.org.
Volunteer for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Help support San Francisco libraries! Friends of the San Francisco Public Library needs you to volunteer. There are many opportunities, including helping out at our bookstores, book donation center and the upcoming International Poetry Festival. For more information visit www.friendssfpl.org. Volunteer at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
The L.I.F.E Program Want to truly make a difference in the life of a young person in the Bay Area? Become a part of the L.I.F.E Program! L.I.F.E (Leaders In Future Environments) is a mentoring program for Bay Area youth ages 11-18 affected by the incarceration of an immediate family member. Their program serves young men and women in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties, so no matter where you live you can get involved. They also have group events every 6 weeks and an annual L.I.F.E retreat. All participating mentors will be given comprehensive training, along with ongoing support and recognition for their efforts. To become a mentor, you must be 21 years old and pass a background check. For more information on mentoring, supporting the program, or if you know someone who may want to join the L.I.F.E program, contact Sarah McKinnon at (415) 456-9980 x.117 or email@example.com. L.I.F.E is a program of Centerforce a national leader in support, education and advocacy for individuals, families and communities impacted by incarceration. To get more info you can visit CenterForce.org.
The CDC estimates there are approximately 19 million new cases of STDs each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24. ISIS, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland develops sexual health resources for teens and at risk communities including the internet and mobile phone applications. ISIS is host to the 2nd Sex::Tech conference. A place where youth and youth advocates come together to discuss issues affecting teens and at risk communities. For more information about ISIS or Sex::Tech visit: SXTechConference.org.
Referral for Pregnancy Help If you're facing an unplanned pregnancy, you don't have to be alone. Call 1-800-395-HELP. Our services are totally confidential and free. If you're pregnant, call now 1-800-395-HELP. You can call from anywhere in the U.S., the toll-free number is available to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Get Treatment For Methamphetamine Dependence Is Methamphetamine ruining your work, financial security and
home life? Addiction affects you and the ones you love. Want your life back? If
so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study designed to test an
investigational medication for the treatment of Methamphetamine dependence.
Call (415) 333-QUIT to learn more. Participants in this study will be
compensated for their time and will receive free weekly substance abuse
Help Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS
The HIV/AIDS epidemic isn’t just happening in far away places, it’s still here where we live and it’s still infecting the people that we love. In the United States of America, more than 1 million people are living with HIV and over 14,000 people with AIDS die each year. Did you know that California has the second highest HIV/AIDS incidence rate in the country? How about the fact that almost 12% of all people living with HIV/AIDS in California are women and that over two thirds of all HIV Californians are residing right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is not a cure for HIV/AIDS. Until There’s A Cure… help raise awareness, wear The Bracelet. Talk about it. And remember, HIV/AIDS is preventable. Silence, is deadly. Be a part of the solution. Please visit Until.org.
The Hope for Our Youth HIV/AIDS National Awareness Campaign
In response to the always increasing new cases of HIV/AIDS, WOW! Productions /J4L Foundation has founded the Hope for Our Youth (HFOY), HIV/AIDS National Awareness Campaign. The Hope for Our Youth, HIV/AIDS National Awareness Campaign launched statewide in Northern California in August, 2005 and became national in January of 2006. They believe that this campaign is a great opportunity for people to get involved in promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in their communities. With your support this campaign will bring awareness to the importance of being tested for HIV/AIDS. In the U.S., complacency had set in regarding HIV/AIDS. Many people believe that because medical technology has progressed to a point where infected people can live longer, HIV/AIDS should no longer be a priority; this is contradicted by the latest statistics supplied by the Centers for Disease. WOW! and HFOY want their audience to escape fear and be aware of the cause/effects of not being tested for HIV/AIDS. They believe that all should get Tested, get their results and live their lives! With your support they will be able to bring awareness to this pandemic HIV/AIDS. If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the Hope for Our Youth™ HIV/AIDS National Awareness Campaign please contact , WOW! Productions, Inc./J4L. Foundation, Inc™ today. You can click here to visit their website or call (510) 978-3343.
Ways to Monitor Your Child's Growth: Help Detect Developmental Probelms Earlier
It’s time to change how we view a child’s growth. It’s natural to measure your child’s height and weight. But you should measure other ways your child is growing, too. From birth to 5 years, there are milestones your child should reach in terms of how he/she plays, learns, speaks, and acts. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more you can do to help your child reach her full potential. Talk with a doctor or nurse about your child’s total development. You can also click here to visit their website or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. This message is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn the Signs. Act Early.
Community Recovery Center
If you or someone you care about has been looking for a way out of alcohol or other drug addiction, then call or stop by Community Recovery Center, located at 7501 International Blvd in Oakland, on the corner of 75th Avenue and International, where confidential recovery services are provided on a free or very low-cost basis. They accept Medi-Cal and they serve adults and adolescents. Stop by today or call (510) 729-8800 and ask for Ellis Jones.
Telegraph Recovery Center
If you or someone you care about has been looking for a way out of alcohol or other drug addiction, then call or stop by Telegraph Recovery Center at 3007 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, on the corner of 30th and Telegraph, where confidential recovery services are provided on a free or very low-cost basis to adults 18 and over. They accept Medi-Cal and the services can be free. Call (510) 433-1500 and ask for Michael or Sharon.
West Oakland Health Council
If you or someone you care about has been looking for a way out of alcohol or other drug addiction, West Oakland Health Council provides low-cost, short-term residential recovery care for men near downtown, in the Pill Hill area. Services are provided in a beautiful, newly refurbished location and space is available now. Call Dr. Michael Huff at (510) 273-4900.
San Mateo County STD Clinic Got an itch? Got a burn? Got to know? Come and get tested at the San Mateo County STD clinic. They offer confidential HIV and STD screening and treatment every Tuesday from 4pm-7pm and every Friday from 3pm-6pm. They are located at 222 39th Avenue at the Edison Clinic in the San Mateo Medical Center. For more information call (650) 573-2999 or visit www.smhealth.org/std.
The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation
Addison’s disease is a life-threatening illness caused by a hormone insufficiency of the Adrenal glands. Symptoms may include: fatigue, nausea, weight loss, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, salt craving and a darkening of the skin. Individuals with Addison’s disease are often misdiagnosed. If you have these symptoms please see an Endocrinologist, call the National Adrenal Diseases Foundation at (516) 487-4992 or go to www.medhelp.org/nadf. Early diagnosis may save your life. Your support may lead to a cure.
Regional Cancer Foundation
If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, contact the Regional Caner Foundation. They provide second opionons and treatments consultations for all cancers at NO COST. Regional Cancer Foundation physicians volunteer their expertise to help you. For more information visit www.RegionalCancerFoundation.org or call 415-775-9956.
American Diabetes Association
The mission of this organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.The American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advoacting for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes. For more information, please visit www.diabetes.org.
The Grief Counseling Project
Are you greiving the loss of a loved one? Need someone to talk to? Crisis Support Services is here to help through confidential Grief Counseling. Trained counselors are here to offer support, counseling and hope in times of hopelessness. We specialize in working with traumatic loss such as accidental death, suicide and homicide berevement. For more information, call 1-800-260-0094.
The Talking Drums project is a one of fifteen community partnerships nationwide that has the goal of increasing awareness about sickle cell disease and trait. We strive to encourage individuals to go beyond learning about their own trait status to taking ownership of the seriousness of the impact of sickle cell disease on the entire community. For information about the Talking Drums project, please call (800) 675-6599.
Learn about educational programs and career opportunities!
Scholarships for Summer Algebra and Math Academies-NOW thru Jul 31
Algebra is the gatekeeper for all levels of math needed in high school and college. This summer, CSU East Bay and THE QUAD are offering scholarships to 10 Summer Algebra and Math Academies for rising 8th and 9th grade students June 29th-July 31st. Bay Area sites include Oakland, Richmond, Pittsburg, Hayward, Fremont and San Francisco. This interactive and engaging program will sharpen the algebra skills needed for high school and academic success. Only 25 scholarships will be offered for each location. Application deadline is June 19th. For more information and to receive an application, call (510) 614-3000.
Year Up -Paid IT Training Program for Bay Area Youth
Do you know an 18 to 24year old interested in earning money, college credit and getting a foot in the door at a leading Bay Area company? Then tell them about Year Up, a free, one-year training program for Bay Area young adults who want to launch a career, pursue higher education and reach their full potential. Their next class will start in September and is accepting applications now. High school graduates and GED recipients should visit Year Up at YearUp.org to apply.
Homeboy Hotline If you or someone you know has just got out of jail and is having a hard time finding a job then you need to contact Homeboy Hotline. Fleetwood is the director of Homeboy Hotline and he has done the footwork for you, he has all the resources that wiil help you gain employment, get you free medical recsources and even help you find housing. It's his job to help get you a job, so please contact Fleetwood and Homeboy Hotline at (415) 571-3247 or go to MySpace.com/Thehomeboyhotline.
Join the Star Student Network Students, did you get in the Dean’s list or in an honor society? Then you’re a Star Student and are invited to join the Star Student Network and enter the Star Student Contest on NUresume.com, for free. As a member of this network you get access to exclusive internships, free resume review, a trophy and even a star on your Facebook profile for connecting with other star students on Facebook. Get started by going to NuResume.com then click on Join to create your free online resume and enter Contest. Get listed, get found, get hired! This announcement brought to you by Workforce Incubator.org dba Los Altos Community Foundation 501c3. Contest ends October 31, 2008.
Help to Change the Future…Join the Built to Last AmeriCorps Team Did you know? In 2002 four hundred and seventy-five (475) Ravenswood City Elementary School District (East Palo Alto/East Menlo Park) students entered the 9th grade in the Sequoia Union High School District. By 2006, most of the students from the Ravenswood K-8 feeder district did not complete their education. Of those students from the Ravenswood feeder district who were unsuccessful with the state high school exit exam, 65% were Hispanic, 21% were African American and 12% were Pacific Islander. The Built to Last Collaborative is providing the opportunity to help young people change their future by making high school graduation a reality. By joining the Built to Last Team, you can help increase the high school graduation rate for youth from East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park communities. Members provide direct academic coaching services to high school students. Built to Last Members will commit to 12 months of service in a part-time paid position. Built to Last Members must be 18 years or older, A U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident, want experience working with youth, be willing to commit to a year of service. Apply Today! Deadlines are approaching and Change is coming soon! For more info contact Gail Ortega at 1000 El Camino Real in Atherton, call (650) 543-4423 or send an email to Gail.firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get more info at BuiltToLastCollaborative.org.
GradPortal.org is an extensive directory of graduate school programs searchable by subject. The site is entirely free to students and is designed to help underrepresented groups learn about the opportunities available to them. It offers financial aid information and advice on applying to and surviving graduate school, as well as a mentoring channel where prospective students can follow the experiences of current minority students and ask them questions via a blog. Anyone can search the site by visiting GradPortal.org and they can speak with an advisor liaison to get tips, order free office supplies or add content to the site by contacting Kathryn Noel via e-mail at Kathryn@GradSchools.com.
ACI Career College Enrollment
Non-profit ACI Career College , located at 2412 Mc Henry Ave in Modesto is Kicking off its new enrollment for their Health Information Specialist Program and they will be teaching Medical Billing, Coding of ICD-9 and CPT codes, Insurance Billing and all competitive Software Programs in today’s Hospitals and Physicians offices. This type of training will land you that career that you deserve, you will be receiving teaching by their 20 Year Instructor currently one of the top coders in the Country. Register today and receive top pay with no delay and tools to guarantee you a very lucrative salary in as little as 6 months. So join them today and begin a new life for yourself and your family. Call today and ask for admissions and they will get you started. They are kicking off their 2007-2008 projects entitled “Rebuilding Lives One Person at a Time”. For more information about their campus call, ACI at (209) 338-6224.
The San Francisco Police Department Needs YOU
Are you looking for a great job? Do you wanta a career where your day is never the same? The San Francisco Police Department is looking for men and women like you. Starting pay is over $60,000 with full benefits and this challenging and rewarding profession is not your everyday 9 to 5 job. So, if you want to help people, be a role model in your community and make a difference then the San Francisco Police Department wants you to apply. SFPD's goal is to hire 250 new police officers within the next year. For more info you please call (415) 575-6325 or visit www.SFGov.org/police and click the "Join the SFPD" link to apply online today.
FREE Drop-In College Advising
The Women's Building offers free Drop-In Advising on college admissions, career exploration and financial aid! This free educational support for low income adults is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm-5pm in the Community Resource Room at The Women's Building. The Women's Building is located at 3543 18th Street in San Francisco. For more ingo please call (415) 431-1180 ext. 11 or ext. 16.
The Chabot Space and Science Center The Chabot Space and Science Center is presenting on giant screen "the Human Body". To receive a two for one admission, Click here.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women The Oakland/Bay Area Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is commited to providing programs which will increase the participation of African Americans in the economic, civic, entrepreneurial and human services arenas of their respective communities through education, scholarship and collaboration. Call 1-510-287-2534 for more information.
Please consider giving paperback books to the library at Alameda County Juvenile Hall. There are over 350 youth there with lots of time to read. Youngsters have easy access to books and share them among themselves. They REALLY appreciate having books. When they leave custody, they receive three books to take with them. Alameda County Library Write to Read Program juviewrite2read.aclibrary.org has a wish list at: www.amazon.com. Go to Wish List and type in Write to Read--Juvenile Hall. Books can be purchased there or at your independent bookseller and sent to: Amy Cheney, Librarian/Juvenile Hall/2200 Fairmont Drive in San Leandro, CA 94578.
UPCOMING EVENTS Find out what events are happening near you!
The Golden Gate Express-Now thru Apr 18
All aboard The Golden Gate Express, a magical garden railway exhibit at San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers November 19th-April 18th. It's a celebration of the city of San Francisco as model trains wend their way through a lush landscape of dwarf plants and zip past miniature versions of the city's most famous landmarks. For more information, call (415) 831-2090 or visit ConservatoryofFlowers.org.For more info please call Chelle T at (925) 727-9800.
SF's Sunday Streets-Now thru Oct 24 Come play in the streets! San Francisco’s Sunday Streets Program is
back and bigger than ever! Join Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San
Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for nine healthy,
family-friendly events at six different City locationsthroughout
San Francisco! Explore uncluttered streets and enjoy a full slate of
fitness-oriented activities for all ages! Sunday Streets is back! For
dates, details, locations and more info go to SundayStreetssf.com.
Prom season is right around the corner and the last thing a girl wants to think about during the current economy is the cost of her dress. That’s where the Princess Project comes in. The Princess Project, a Bay Area non-profit group, is giving away free prom dresses and accessories at events on March 13th in Oakland and March 20th in San Francisco. The Princess Project welcomes all high school girls who are in financial need of a prom dress to attend one of the events and choose one dress and one accessory from thousands of colors, sizes, and designers. In order to receive a dress and accessory you must bring a high school I.D. Go to Princessproject.org for more information. In its ninth year, The Princess Project is a 100 percent volunteer-run effort that promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who could not otherwise afford them. The Princess Project collects new and “nearly new” formal dresses and accessories from women, girls, and companies, and distributes them free of charge to teens at fun-filled events in the spring in San Francisco, East Bay, Silicon Valley and San Diego.
The Vagina Monologues to Benefit the Gretta Foundation-Mar 19-21
V-Day Lafayette will present a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues at the Veterans Memorial Building in Lafayette on Friday, March 19th at 8pm, Saturday, March 20th at 8pm, and on Sunday, March 21st at 2pm.Proceeds will benefit The Gretta Foundation, whose mission is to increase the global nurseforce. 100% tax-deductible tickets can be purchased online at Grettafoundation.org. A cocktail reception will begin one hour prior to the performance time.
Triple Threat Academy Grand Opening in San Jose-Mar 20
Bring friends, family and teammates to come out to the Triple Threat Academy (TTA) Grand Opening in San Jose on Saturday, March 20th at 24 Hour Fitness in San Jose from 10am-11am ages 4-7, 11am-12pm ages 8-12 and 12pm-1pm or ages 13 and up. TTA coaches will be offering FREE training to give an introduction to the program. Space is limited so reserve your spot now at TripleThreatOnline.com. Triple Threat Academy offers year round basketball skill development training for kids ages 4 and up. They use basketball as a vehicle to teach life skills and promote higher education. Of the 10,000 participants over the past 8 years, TTA has helped over 300 kids play in college and 2 are now playing in the NBA. They help build confidence that extends beyond the court of play. For more info please contact
Lou Richie at (510) 381-4972 or send him an email email@example.com.
All Stars Talent Show Network-Mar 20
The All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area presents Auditions on Saturday, February 27that 1pm and Saturday, March 20th
at 1pm at the Visitacion Valley Boys & Girls Club, located at 1099
Sunnydale Ave in SF. Come out and audition in Hip Hop, Dance, Step,
Spoke n Word or vocal categories. Performers must be between the ages
of 5-25yrs old. For more info please call (415) 986-2565.
Ala Costa Centers' Annual Mardi Gras Fundrasiser-Mar 20 San Ramon’s Canyon View Event Center will take a turn
towards Bourbon St. on March 20th when the Ala Costa Centers for students with
developmental disabilities in the East Bay hosts its annual Mardi Gras
fundraiser from 6pm-11pm.Tax
deductible tickets are available by calling (510) 828-4772 or by
Lead anchor Dennis Richmond of the award-winning KTVU 10 O’clock News and his
wife Deborah will be Special Guests and Auctioneers of the Mardi Gras. Enjoy an
exciting evening filled with Mardi Gras festivities, including an exciting
auction, an exquisite Cajun dinner, dancing, and casino games.
Friends With Benefits: An American Heart Association Fundraiser-Mar 20 Majesty Records
& Spicey Promotions presents Friends with Benefits a fundraiser for The American Heart Association on Saturday, March 20th at Blakes, 2367 Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley. The event features LIVE performances from: Jimmie Reign, Isis Genisis, The Freshmen, Black Friday, Aquarius, Hosted by comedic personality King Anyi, with Co-Hostess, Bay Area Fashion Model Bombshell Bella Eve.
Spring Family Festival-Mar 27
Mr. Bunny Is Coming To Emeryville! Come join their Egg-Citing
Event! FREE! Join the Emeryville
Community Services Department as they put their own twist on traditional spring
celebrations! Bring the whole family down to Marina Park located at 4000
Powell St, Emeryville on Saturday, March 27th, for their FREE Spring Family Festival event
from 12pm-2pm. Enter their age categorized egg hunt where you can hunt for as
many candy and toy filled eggs as you can find until the time runs out. Mr.
Bunny will be on hand to give out treats as our children make their own
baskets, spring bonnets, spring jewelry and more! The Emeryville Fire Department will share in the joy with
special fun freebies and a fire engine! The Emeryville Police Department will
be there to share safety tips and provide finger printing for children. They’ll also have face painting, jump houses, music, clown
magic and more! Don’t miss out on one of Emeryville’s favorite family events! Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served
basis at Marina Park. A shuttle service will also be available. For additional information and ADA accessibility on this
event, contact Vivian Brandt at (510) 596-4366, or visit ci.emeryville.ca.us C.E.O.5th
Annual Easter Egg Hunt-Apr 3 Get
your Easter baskets ready! The Annual C.E.O. Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April
3rd at 11am at Mosswood Park, MacArthur and Broadway, Oakland.Participants are asked to gather at the
park entrance on Webster Street. The
Egg Hunt is open to children 14 and under.There will be four different hunts based on age – 1-4, 5-7, 8-10 and
11-14.Children under age 4 must
be accompanied by an adult. There
will be plenty of prizes for egg hunters, along with a special appearance by
the Easter Bunny.There will also
be a raffle for bikes at each egg hunt.In addition to the egg hunts, we will also have face painting, live
performances by Bay Area youth, jumpers and supped up motorcycles.The
Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by Oakland Parks and Recreation, PG&E, C.E.O,
and the Bay Area Motorcycle and Social Clubs. For
more information or to donate to this event, feel free to contact Samantha Wise
at (510) 750-3451 or Mosswood Recreation Center at (510) 597-5038.
Jewish Museum Free All Day for Holocaust Remembrance Day-Apr 11 On April 11th in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Contemporary
Jewish Museum in San Francisco is free all day. Families can make a
special art project together and at 2 PM the Bridge Playersπ present Tales
from Terezin, combining string chamber music and spoken word to tell the story
of Jewish composers who wrote and performed in the Terezin concentration
camp. For more information, call (415) 655-7800 or visit TheCJM.org.
33rd Annual Laney College Career Expo-Apr 14
Save This Date and come join Laney College for their 33rd Annual Laney College Career Expo on April 14th from 10am-1pm at Laney College 900 Fallon Street, Oakland. For more info please visit Laney.peralta.edu.
Fundraiser for Powerful Respectful Outstanding Minds (PROM)-Apr 16 Divas Au Naturel & Black Jaks MC East Bay will be selecting 2 girls and 2 boys to assist with going
to prom.Please come out to their Fundraiser for Powerful Respectful Outstanding Minds (PROM) on Aril 16th at 9pm at Foxes Lounge atTennyson.Proceeds will go towards
sending unfortunate and low income students to prom who can’t afford it. For more info please call (510) 706-1248.