Now that summer is right around the corner, young people will have more time on their hands. Why not get them involved in their neighborhood? They can learn life skills by helping others, gain wisdom and even get some exercise.
Volunteering adds weight to resumes and scholarship applications. Support organizations that promote activities that benefit our youth.
Spirit of giving
The Clayton Valley Woman's Club recently shared a year's worth of fundraising proceeds and the "aloha spirit" with scholarship and community award winners in May.
The 2012 Clayton Valley Woman's Club Scholarship was awarded to Kabria Pervoe, a Diablo Valley College student who will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall to study behavioral and child psychology. She wants to help children succeed academically and in life. Continuing scholarships were also awarded to Clayton Valley High School graduates Jessica Figlioli and Joshua Tan.
Community organizations chosen by the membership to receive funds were accepted by Gwen Watson for the Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter; Sandra Scherer for the Monument Crisis Center; Karen Hansen-Smith for the Clayton Community Library; Dick Ellis for the Clayton Historical Society; and Carol Longshore and Judy Trette for the Concord Historical Society.
Club members give time, money and items to many organizations throughout the year like Read Across America,
The Clayton Valley Woman's Club meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month, except July and August, at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Social Hall, 1092 Alberta Way in Concord. Guests are welcome to attend meetings and social events. Call 925-672-9448 for information or visit www.claytonvalleywomansclub.org.
For Boys & Girls
The Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley has had a home in Martinez since 1955, currently reaching out to more than 1,000 young people ages 6-18 through after-school and summer programs that offer fun as well as character and leadership development, fitness and life skills.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Diablo Valley's dinner and auction, "An Affair to Remember," begins at 5:30 p.m. June 9, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive in Concord. Tickets are $75 per person and reservations can be made by calling 925-228-3896, ext. 102, or at the club, 1301 Alhambra Ave. in Martinez, or online at www.eventbrite.com/event/3482045893.
Guests who arrive before 6 p.m. will be entered in a drawing for $250 of Shell gasoline. Shell is a supportive community partner of the club, and all proceeds will benefit the organization.
For more information about the Boys and Girls Club of Diablo Valley, visitwww.bgcdv.org.
Boys & Girls Club board president Liz Ginocchio praises community leaders Jim and Marilyn Thelen, who have been selected as the honorary chairs of the event. Jim Thelan, a Martinez attorney, served several terms as a member of the Martinez City Council. Marilyn Thelan is a retired Martinez Elementary School teacher, past president of several local PTAs, Martinez Branch of American Association of University Women and Martinez Lioness Club. She is currently co-president with Kathy Searles of the Pleasant Hill-Martinez Branch of AAUW. The Thelens will hold their second fundraiser in August for the club.
National Library Week was celebrated April 30, at the Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek with a "Young Writers Challenge." Children in grades K-5 tapped into their creative talents to write a short story or poem about the library. Everything from aliens to leprechauns found their way into the library. The stories are on display at the library, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek, until the end of May.
Walnut Creek Chief of Police Joel Bryden and City Manager Ken Nordoff were there for the presentation to the winners, including Tanner Armas, Amber Ellis, Caitlyn Ellis, Cole Freeman, Davis Freeman, Alexander Pawlo, Manu Shanbhog, Ben Smith, Sydney Smith, Bridget Tucker and Caleb Wiederhold.
Bryden encouraged the children to continue to write and use their imaginations. Each writer received a certificate signed by the two city dignitaries, as well as Mayor Bob Simmons and Youth Services Librarian Carol Somerton. Some of the writers read their stories aloud to the audience.
The Ygnacio Valley Library offers programs for children of all ages. Open 54 hours a week, it is a popular neighborhood hangout, and is known for its children's reading and summer programs. Visit the library's web page at ccclib.org/locations/ygnaciovalley.html; or call 925-938-1481.
'Volunteer' at library
All Contra Costa County libraries offer wonderful programs for children of all ages. Become a teen volunteer and give your community library at least 20 hours of your time this summer. If you are enthusiastic about libraries and love books, this is a great opportunity for you.
Branch libraries are looking for teen volunteers, eighth grade and up, to work 2-to-4 hours a week during the summer. For more information, contact Ronda at the Contra Costa County Public Library at 925-927-3211.
This notice is made available by The Volunteer Center of the East Bay, featuring more than 1,100 volunteer opportunities everyday at www.volunteereastbay.org. There is something for everyone!
Thanks to MEF
The Martinez Education Foundation has awarded grants in the amount of $135,972 for Martinez public schools. Alhambra High School, Martinez Junior High School, Vicente Martinez High School, Morello Park Elementary, Las Juntas Elementary, John Swett Elementary, John Muir Elementary and Martinez Adult Education will all put these grants to good use.
MEF thanks and appreciates all of its donors and volunteers for their great support throughout the year that allows MEF the opportunity to make the schools better! Visit www.martinezedfoundation.com.
Happy 20th anniversary to Kaiser Permanente's Park Shadelands medical offices. The celebration was a weeklong affair, including health and wellness events for employees and volunteers, culminating in a lunch attended by Walnut Creek Mayor Bob Simmons.
"It is a real privilege for this site to grow alongside Walnut Creek and be a part of the community," said Julie Sher, assistant medical group administrator for Kaiser Permanente's Park Shadelands medical offices.
Kaiser Permanente has been an integral part of Contra Costa County's health care community for more than 50 years. It currently serves members in the area with nearly 700 primary care and specialist physicians, through three medical centers located in Walnut Creek, Antioch and Richmond, and four outpatient medical offices in Walnut Creek, Martinez, Antioch and Pinole.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.