Sacramento was crowned the City of Trees. To champion such title Sacramento has many trees, but where does those trees come from?
To many people, summer is the time for relax and vacation around the world. However to many educators and students, that will not be the case for them. This video showcases and looks at what summer programs are doing to keep local kids out of trouble.
Walking around Sacramento is an activity that many people find very enjoyable. However, the quality of a fun and calming walk or jog around the area can be lessened by the sight of trash on the side of the road or in a creek bed. With ‘Creek Week’ right around the corner, many debris will be removed by thousands of determined volunteers.
Saturday, April 13th, is a day dedicated to the cleansing of creeks all around the area. Anyone can participate, whether you are a middle school student looking for some community service hours, or just an adult looking to do a big part in increasing the quality of Sacramento’s creeks and waterways.
“I try to get my girls involved at least once a year,” said Kimberly Hanks, the leader of Girl Scout troop 1313. “They enjoy it a whole lot and it helps out the environment a lot.”. Hanks’ troop has been helping out with Creek Week for the last three years and hopes to continue for a long time.
According to creekweek.com, Creek Week 2012 motivated volunteers to remove nearly 15 tons of garbage from creeks throughout Sacramento. Not only that, but 115 cubic yards of intrusive plants were removed to make way for new plant growth. Over 100 children and adults visited designated sites hosted by scientists and long-time volunteers providing information about the city’s waterways and more.
Last year, 2,000 people participated in Creek Week. The day benefitted not only the quality of the waterways in our community, but also all of the children who gained knowledge about how to keep our surroundings clean. Hopefully, Creek Week 2013 will match that and then some.
The website dedicated to Creek Week displays all sorts of information about creeks, eco-friendly tips, and even grants. You can visit, here.
Photos from flickr.com.
When many people think of Thanksgiving the first few things that come to mind are turkeys, cranberries and mashed potatoes. For most, Thanksgiving is the holiday when families come together to give thanks for all they have while enjoying one large dinner together, but not everyone is so fortunate. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is an organization that makes sure families in need in the Sacramento area have an emergency food supply to keep them going, and to them, Thanksgiving is an especially important time.
To show the importance of this holiday, the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services is hosting its 5th Annual Turkey Drive on November 16th. This event will be held at the food banks on 3333 Third Avenue and 2469 Rio Linda Boulevard. Volunteers will be outside of these locations collecting your donation of fresh and frozen turkeys to be distributed to those in need the following Monday.
The SFBFS has been keeping this tradition alive because of its ever growing success. Each year, more and more kind citizens are donating turkeys to the families in need.
“It’s nice to come back each Thanksgiving season to give someone in need your help,” says Kathleen Davidson, a repeat volunteer to the annual event. “The Turkey Drive is such a great idea since it is so easy too. We now are getting groups like local soccer teams to come and donate from all the kids so everyone can be involved!”
The time to start off your holidays by giving back is now. Come out this Friday, November 16th between the times of 4:30 am-7:00 pm at either of the drop off sites to donate a turkey and help a family celebrate the holiday with a fresh meal. You can also drop off a turkey to participating Red Robin Gourmet Burgers locations through November 15th.
As we enter into the Fall, for most the typical ideas of happiness, warmth, family and food come into mind. Thanksgiving is a holiday season that revolves around families coming together with a large turkey dinner, but that is not the case for everyone. Not all families have the luxury of having food all of the time and that is why the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP) Food Closet is so important to many community members of Sacramento.
SSIP is located at Bethany Presbyterian Church on 24th Street and Fruitridge Road, between I-5 and Highway 99, just minutes south of downtown Sacramento. Bethany Presbyterian Church was established in 1970 by clergy from south area congregations. Its Food Closet serves families, individuals, and homeless people that are in need within seven Sacramento zip codes. It’s the 3rd largest food bank in the Sacramento County, serving nearly 5,500 individuals each month. These people in need are able to go to the Food Closet, Monday through Friday, and can receive food once a month. The recipients receive enough food to prepare three meals a days for three consecutive days.
As I took a trip down to SSIP, I saw just how many families and people were in need and how this food bank is saving lives. Some of the individuals who use the Food Closet were very shy about their need for help, but one man was willing to share his opinion with me. Ryan Jackson is a 43 year old homeless man that has been coming to the Food Closet for about four years told me, “I am grateful to have a place like this that can keep me surviving on the streets since I am not able to do so myself most of the time. The church members and volunteers give me a reason to come back, not just the food.”
This man, just like the hundreds of people who come each day and even the thousands of people each month, are being saved by the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership’s Food Closet. This place is making a huge difference in the lives of Sacramento residents which is why we should take the time to look in our own neighborhoods to see what we can do to make a difference as well.