Nonprofit organizations need the support of the business community for more than funding. Corporate philanthropic support of community organizations devoted to improving the quality of life for our neighbors is part of the mission of the Contra Costa Council.
Corporate members of the council encourage their employees to participate in community activities and serve on nonprofit boards to raise the quality of life for business, employees and residents of Contra Costa County.
Big or small, local or national, business can become a vibrant part of our community through the leadership and foresight of our own Contra Costa Council.
Small business kudos
The Contra Costa Council's annual Small Business Awards luncheon honored small business owners and entrepreneurs, selected by their local chambers of commerce for achievements in building their businesses and for contributions to the community.
The event was presented by the council's Small Business & Entrepreneurial Task Force, led by Angela De La Housaye of De La Housaye and Associates, and David Kelly of Kelly & Associates.
A believer in giving back to the community, CEO and co-founder of InVision Communications Rod Mickels sits on at least six local nonprofit boards and served as the keynote speaker. His message included listening to customers, providing good value, owning your work and valuing employees. Master of
Title sponsors of the luncheon were Chevron and Wells Fargo. Other sponsors include the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County; the Contra Costa County Small Business Development Center; Bank of America; Contra Costa Times; San Francisco Business Times; AT&T; Kelly & Associates; Contra Costa Association of Realtors; and De La Housaye, LLP.
For more information about the Contra Costa Council, visit www.contracostacouncil.com.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in California Grand Worthy Advisor Megan Crowley presented a check for more than $74,000 to the recipient of the organization's 2011 Grand Service Project, the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities through sports and recreation.
Locally, Rainbow Girls from Concord Assembly have been serving our community for 84 years. They recently delivered 15 bags of donated children's books to Children's Hospital Oakland, made dog treats and toys for the Animal Rescue Foundation and helped out at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery booth during Concord KidFest. And these are just a few examples of the service these young girls bring to our community.
Participating in the delivery of books were Alana Clements, Emy Giddings, Gaby Guerrero, Angelina Harris, Jen Kupper, Piper Riley, Crystal Schultz and Elizabeth Slivinski. And on hand to accept the delivery was Monique Williams, director of Children's Hospital Oakland's Reach Out and Read Program.
Concord Assembly currently has open enrollment and is accepting applications for membership for the summer term. For more information about the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls or Concord Assembly, contact Mother Advisor Laura Wilson at 925-914-0058 or visit the California Rainbow website at www.gocarainbow.org.
For the past 62 years, Hillcrest Congregational Church has been providing food, clothing and newborn layettes to thousands of our neighbors in need, regardless of their religious affiliation. The church programs serve more people in need each year and their pool of volunteers is diminishing.
Volunteers are needed to work from 9 to 11:30 a.m. the first two Wednesdays of the month. Training is provided. Those interested can contact Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill or call 925-689-8260.
Donations are always welcome. Sought are new or clean, nonstained, gently used baby clothing for sizes 0-12 months; men's and women's clothing (large and extra-large sizes are especially needed) and staples such as canned soups, vegetables, pasta sauces and other nonperishables are requested.
Students at Wren Avenue Elementary School in Concord were the beneficiaries of Concord-Diablo Rotary's generous donation of books to the school. Principal Cynthia Goin accepted the books from the club on the settlement of the west called the "Trail Blazer" series from Academic Therapy Publications. Students in classroom 2 of teacher Myrna Franucchi were especially impressed with the books and sent a beautiful packet of thank you notes to Edi Birsan, the community service director of Concord-Diablo Rotary, who arranged the donation and delivered the books.
'Day for Kids'
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley will present a "Day for Kids" celebration for kids and adults of all ages from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Diablo Valley, 1301 Alhambra Ave. in Martinez. Indoor and outdoor games will include laser tag, a zip line, obstacle courses, water activities, bounce houses and more. Admission and refreshments are free.
"Day for Kids" is a day set aside each year to celebrate and honor America's children. Research shows that when adults spend meaningful time with kids, it helps children develop a positive self-image and sense of belonging, usefulness and purpose.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley has been an integral part of the Martinez community and surrounding area for more than 50 years. After-school programs include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports fitness and recreation.
This event is sponsored by Tesoro Golden Eagley Refinery in Martinez. For more information about Boys & Girls Club programs or activities, call 925-228-3896 or visit www.bgcdv.org.
"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.