How do the people of communities get to know the people around them? Recently, at Ethel L. Baker Elementary School, many volunteers, young and old, gathered to bond together through planting trees and helping out their own communities.
Sacramento was crowned the City of Trees. To champion such title Sacramento has many trees, but where does those trees come from?
On Saturday, March 29th, at 9 am, Harvest Sacramento will host a neighborhood gleaning located near the Colonial Heights Branch of the Sacramento Public Library. Harvest Sacramento is a local organization that strives to “provide the opportunity for those in need to support themselves.” (soilborn.org)
During the neighborhood gleaning, volunteers will visit the surrounding community to harvest the citrus fruit from fruit trees located in the front and backyards of homes where residents have given consent. The majority of the harvested fruit will be donated to non-profit organizations, such as the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, to volunteers, and to families in need.
Harvest Sacramento, a project of Soil Born Farms, is “a collaborative effort of area residents, non-profits, community groups and businesses that harvest surplus fruit and vegetables from backyards and small orchards and donate it to local food assistance agencies.” (soilborn.org) In 2013, over 50,000 pounds of fruit were harvested from Sacramento and surrounding regions. Volunteers of all ages are welcomed to participate in Harvest Sacramento gleanings year-round. Find more information about this “edible city initiative” here.
This Saturday, volunteers will meet at the Colonial Heights Library (4799 Stockton Boulevard) to overview plans for the gleaning, before heading off to various harvest sites. All gleaning materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sunglasses, gloves, water, a light snack, and a container for bringing home fruit. After the gleaning, volunteers will return to the Colonial Heights Library to enjoy a lunch of vegetarian soup, bread, and salad, provided by Soil Born Farms.
For more information or to reserve a free ticket, visit eventbrite.com. Spots are limited. All volunteers are required to bring a signed volunteer waiver, available here. For any questions or concerns, contact Dominic Allamano at email@example.com. For more information about Soil Born Farms, click here
Founder of the Sacramento Dream Center, Pastor Darryl Sanford talks about how the Dream Center was started, what programs they offer and how you can help.
Visit http://www.sacramentodreamcenter.org for more information.
Do you need to complete some community service hours? Are you a high school student looking for community service projects for school credit? Or do you just love to help out and take part in community events? Well then you’re in luck as plenty of volunteers are needed at two upcoming local seasonal community celebrations.
On Saturday, November 17, there will be the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, serving seniors from our area, at the George Sim Community Center. Local senior Anthony Alfaro says that he “can’t wait to be in this year annual luncheon.” Most seniors who attend the Luncheon go to sava or advance path at the sim center. The event starts at 11am and if you are interested visit the sim center.
Then, on Saturday, December 15, the annual blanket drive will be held to serving the greater downtown area. As many people may know, in downtown Sacramento, there are a lot of homeless people and around the holidays Sacramento is at its coldest peak of the year. The least we could do for our community is give them a blanket so they can remain warm. Local teacher Ms. Reed say that “each year they get more and more blankets and each year it pleases the community more and more.” It starts at 10am at the sim center.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events please contact “V” Roberson for more information by calling 916-808-3709 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Wilson, ACM Leader,
We Honor Him with the Mentorship Award.
|Friends of the Alliance for Community Media Western Region….. go to www.ACMWest.org for the application forms – 2012 Brian Wilson Mentorship Awards. This notice a bit late so we ask you to think and act immediately to submit your candidate names by Sept 28, 2012.
This is not a “competition” but rather a very special recognition to those individuals who go above and beyond in your PEG center to make things work and insure everyone feels respected and valued. Please consider carefully and submit their names and why they deserve this honor.
Brian Wilson was a friend and leader of the Alliance for Community Media for many years. The Brian Wilson Award is granted annually, in his memory, to recognize those individuals at all levels of PEG Access who take the time to provide EXTRAORDINARY mentorship and guidance to others.
Award winners may be PEG staff, Board members, producer volunteers, teachers, elected leaders, anyone who cares enough to routinely take time and energy to help others make good use of the public, education, and government access resources available in your community. Who deserves SPECIAL recognition because they don’t call attention to themselves? This is a special honor for a very special person in your organization.
The Award honoree(s) will be introduced during the Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) ceremony. Please take a moment and recommend someone you think significantly helps your PEG Access organization feel welcome and productive.
Wilson Awards applications are free to enter and should be sent by September28, 2012. For the complete application, go to www.ACMWest.org
“Access Sacramento Open House: Part 2”
Access Sacramento hosted the Express Yourself Festival which included an Open House tour of the station including a TV studio demonstration. In the TV studio we had a volunteer crew along with a couple of staff members taping a show with local performers. This episode features 2 wonderful performers who donated their time and performed for our event. Musician, Ralph Gordon charmed us with his wind instruments including the flute and the saxophone and played jazz. Also featured on this episode is singer and songwriter, Clemon Charles, brought to us through Vera Icon PR. Clemon plays guitar and sings with passion and honesty. We hope you enjoy their performances as much as we did and we thank them for supporting local public access television. We’d also like to thank our viewers for tuning in.
Tune in to Listen Up! Sacramento on Tuesday, August 7th at 11pm on Access Sacramento channel 17 or watch the simulcast online at www.AccessSacramento.org click ‘watch 17’.
The SYLP (Sacramento Youth Leadership Program) camp has morphed into something amazing in 2012–a 3-day/2-night camp for 500 incoming 9th graders at Sacramento State University, to be held July 31, August 1, and August 2.
Thanks to a partnership with WayUp Sacramento, the YDN and the Sacramento City Unified School District (and the Summer of Service program), this program will help enormous numbers of incoming 9th graders to develop a stronger sense of empowerment and leadership through a dynamic camp experience led by YDN staff, SYLP alumni, and youth and adult leaders from the schools which the 9th graders will attend in August.
This year’s theme:
Once your completed form is received (faxed, emailed or online) one of our volunteer coordination team members will be contacting you to discuss in more detail your selections and availability. We will also provide you with the forms and process necessary to complete the fingerprinting/background check, TB testing, and which orientation date works best for you to attend (Mon. July 16th or Mon. July 23rd – 6:00pm-7:30pm).
Again, we are excited about your possible involvement and look forward to our efforts together to support youth change!
Please feel free to share this information with others that you feel might be interested in volunteering to support this effort. And give me a call if you have any questions for for further clarification.
Last Saturday afternoon, Tahoe Park held yet another successful park clean up. It was a beautiful morning and volunteers were working hard. The Neighborhood Association, Fire Department, local Key Clubs and volunteers from Hands On Sacramento worked together to tidy up the pathways, sidewalks and street. The Neighborhood Association had a beautiful spread of fruits, snacks, water and juice to keep volunteers on their toes.
I was lucky enough to join in on the fun, along with a handful of Hands On Sacramento volunteers. Hands On Sacramento is a great organization dedicated to bringing volunteers and organizations in need of volunteers together.
I have volunteered, as a project leader, for the park clean up projects for about four months now and I really enjoy it. I get to chat with the youth, improve the community, and work with the City of Sacramento. Since the recession, the Department of Parks and Recreation have felt pressure from budget cuts, haven’t we all. So, Sacramento has struggled to keep up with park maintenance because of there lack of employees. It’s kind of silly, that there is all this work to be done, but no money to pay employees to do it. That is why it is important for the community to come out and help keep their parks up to par. So everyone can enjoy them!
There are dozens of opportunities to volunteer. You can visit http://www.handsonsacto.org/ for more information about volunteer opportunities near you. Or if you are interested in cleaning parks with me next month, July 21, email me at email@example.com
Many parks in Sacramento receive less maintenance from the city due to budget cuts. As a result, approximately 75 participants volunteered at the Tahoe Park cleanup event last Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The event was hosted by Isaac Gonzalez, a current resident of the area and a member of the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association. Gonzalez has been hosting cleanup days for the past two years. When asked, “How do you feel at this moment?” He replied, “I feel great! I’m really thankful for the kids that showed up. Because of the budget cuts, the cleaning is less frequent. It just wouldn’t get done.”
Everyone simply gathered and listened to Gonzalez giving directions and brief summaries of the flaws of the park that needed to be fixed or cleaned.
When someone looks at a park, many don’t see the little problems and dents unless you were searching to fix them. The sidewalks were leeched with weeds. The grass beside the sidewalks were growing steadily onto neighboring fences with branches of trees pushing against them. Not to mention the trash laying around every glance you take. Wendy stated, “Why throw trash in a place meant for fun and laughs?”
The volunteers all grabbed tools or bags and started working. Folks in the community just taking a stroll or walking the kids even pitched in to help. Mike, his wife Ann and daughter Sophia claimed, “It’s our park.”
Even with the heat at about 90 degrees and rising, most stayed until the end. Don’t worry, they didn’t dehydrate. Drinks and snacks were available.
I was very surprised to see the fire department show up. Their faces really boosted the morale and motivation of the participants. I asked them; “What has motivated you all to come?” “This is our home away from home. One third of our lives are in the neighborhood, so we are proud to support this. The city should be here, but regardless this is a huge turnout.” “How are you feeling?” they replied, “We’re tired but great! It takes a community to raise a child.”
At 11 a.m., Gonzalez ended the day with a raffle, handing out prizes to winning volunteers. The Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association also awarded them with a free ticket into the park’s pool. All the participants should be proud of themselves for ignoring the budget cuts and stepping up to clean a giant part of their neighborhood. Joe and Janet said, “It gives us something to do. Something to feel good about. To stay productive.”
“This should’ve happened a long time ago. I have a sense of belonging. This is a great way to teach the community to take care of our home.” – Mirna Gonzalez