Recently I’ve joined a fantastic group at Oakland Rotary #3. It’s one of the oldest groups in the U.S. and I’m proud to be affiliated with them. I was able to travel to Colombia with the international affairs committee in early 2015 and participate in the first annual South American project fair. I’ve taken the first steps in solidifying my contribution internationally in a meaningful and important way.
It is not always easy to find meaningful ways to give back, not to mention the time. Many people default to making simple financial contributions at the end of each year, I commend that. However for me this is just not enough. For years I’ve been striving to find ways to incorporate charitable work into my daily and weekly life and into my business and my kids lives. I’ve located the organizations that represent each of my areas of effort, the environment, homelessness, and international work.
The Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food to the low-income residents of the City of Alameda on a non-discriminating basis. The Alameda Food Bank is a private, non-affiliated, non-profit, tax-exempt agency. The Food Bank is overseen by a board of directors composed of community volunteers. Its day to day operation is run by two paid staff members and over 150 volunteers.
St. Mary’s Center, a nonprofit organization, provides essential services to improve the quality of life for at-risk seniors and preschoolers in Oakland. Each year we stabilize the lives of more than 1,350 homeless seniors and frail seniors living alone, assist neighborhood families who need supplementary groceries, and provide a preschool for 48 children living in poverty. Nearly 3,000 people are impacted each year by the work of St. Mary’s Center.
The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
We are Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.