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2015 Community Partners · YMCA of the East Bay


Bay Area TeacherTraining Insitute (BATTI)

BATTI LogoBATTI is a two-year elementary school masters and credentialing program under the sponsorship of University of the Pacific, Stockton. The program sends full-time assistant teachers to schools throughout the Bay Area, while they are taking university classes. Close supervision by thoughtful, experienced mentors and supervisors creates an atmosphere of reflection support and a tremendous resource to East Bay schools.

Sarah Sandford-Smith

Bay Area Teacher Training Institute Volunteer of Character

Sarah Sandford-Smith has been a volunteer on the BATTI board for 2 years, and has helped shepherd the BATTI partnership with West Oakland through its first two years of providing summer reading and math classes for Hoover School students. A labor and employment attorney for 10 years, Sarah comes from a long line of teachers and community-minded people. She represents teachers in school districts throughout the Bay Area, and through her work on the BATTI board is helping to train the generation of teachers for Bay Area schools. She is excited about the BATTI partnership with the Y and the new collaboration with OUSD schools, bringing paid resident teachers into classrooms, helping improve teaching and learning and building a pipeline for future teachers.

Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California LogoBlue Shield of California encourages employees to volunteer with local organizations that help serve the needy and programs that support health care in efforts, all of which align with the Blue Shield mission. Notably, in 2015, Blue Shield began offering all employees 8 hours per year of paid time off to serve their community.

Blue Shield of California, IT Department

Blue Shield of California Volunteers of Character

This spring, 120 Blue Shield IT employees gathered with volunteers from KaBOOM! and the YMCA to build a fun and safe play space for the children of Richmond, CA - KaBOOM!’s 2,596th playground build in the U.S. and the first build that was sponsored and staffed with a single department. With hard work and dedication, the entire playground was built in only 6 hours. Volunteers mixed 30,160 pounds of concrete (377 bags) and moved 105 cubic yards of mulch. We earned those next-day sore muscles! This event, reinforced Blue Shield’s mission of supporting and building healthy communities where we live and serve.

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente LogoKaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving the health of their communities extends past the traditional care of patients and into helping to connect physicians and employees with hands-on volunteering, skills-based opportunities and board service opportunities. Unlike traditional corporate philanthropy, their approach to community involvement is more than funding, they work side by side with organizations providing technical assistance, grant funding, and volunteers—impacting lives everyday.

Kiwanis Service Club

Kiwanis Service Club LogoRecognizing the world’s children will write the future, Kiwanis is devoted to serving the children. With hundreds of thousands of members in more than 80 countries, Kiwanis International is lifting up the lives of young people around the globe. Every nation, every neighborhood, and every child is different – and Kiwanis members embrace the unique needs of the individuals and communities in which we serve. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families and projects.

Jamersina Preston

Kiwanis Service Club Volunteer of Character

In her professional career, Jamersina devoted her time helping children and families for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Since her retirement, Mrs. Preston continues to support WCCUSD, spending many of her days filling the role of acting Principal or Vice-Principal at schools throughout the district. In addition, she identified a community need, and took the initiative to create a solution, when she began the Kiwanis Cook’s Dinner Program, supporting the Richmond Souper Center (RSC). Once a month, this program provides the RSC cook a much needed break, while Kiwanis members and Kiwains serve the family residents dinner prepared with supplemented spices, seasoning and service.

Let’s Do Lunch Hayward ... and Breakfast Too

Lets Do Lunch HaywardThe collaboration of Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, area churches, Hayward Firefighters Local 1909 and the Hayward Police Department Junior Giants Baseball Program, lead by the Hayward Unified School District, allows the District Food Services Department to prepare, package, and deliver breakfast and lunch free to participating sites. All children are eligible to participate (and there is no paperwork involved!) Volunteers are critical to the success of this program, distributing the meals to location sites all over the city.

Spectrum Community Services

Spectrum Community ServicesFounded in 1971, Spectrum Community Services is a community based organization that assists low-income and disadvantaged individuals, families and seniors in their efforts to live independently. They offer a wide variety of community programs and services including Meals on Wheels, Senior Meals, Fall Prevention, Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization. Their long history of community programs has advanced Spectrum’s mission of promoting the financial sustainability and improving the overall quality of their client’s lives.

Rosemary Arenas

Spectrum Community Services Volunteer of Character

Rosemary truly cares about her fellow seniors at the Ruggieri Senior Center in Union City where she serves meals five days per week. She is a leader in the kitchen training other volunteers and making sure the food is presented on the plates with care and love. Rosemary has a great relationship with everyone in the center and keeps smiles going throughout the room.

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley

SSPTV LogoEstablished in 1981 with a Friendly Visitor volunteer program serving 35 seniors, Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley has since grown to include programs which annually serve approximately 1,600 seniors in the Tri-Valley area, including 5,000 information and referral calls and visits. A core of about 100 volunteers provide over 4,000 visits and 5,000 phone visits a year to seniors. Assistance includes fostering independence, promoting safety and well being, preserving dignity and improving quality of life.

Carol Roberts

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley Volunteer of Character

Eight years ago, Carol began reading, shopping and assisting a blind senior, enabling this client to remain independent for the remainder of the client’s life. Carol has steadfastly stepped in where ever there has been a need, driving clients to their medical appointments, supporting the office staff, updating brochures and forms for all departments, and even hand writing addresses for mailings. Utilizing her fantastic computer skills, she now does all of the mandated county reporting, which truly gives our case managers more time to directly help clients. Her creativity shines when she supports our many functions, such as luncheons held for our seniors. Carol is absolutely wonderful, she is known for going above and beyond, the Senior Support Program does not know how they would do it  without her!

YES Nature to Neighborhoods

YES Nature to NeighborhoodsYES Nature to Neighborhoods provides youth, adults and families living in Richmond and surrounding West Contra Costa County access to experiences in the natural environment. Through several key partnerships, over 15 years YES has been able to take more than 5000 youth and 1000 families into pristine settings throughout California through Summer Camps, Camp-to-Community, Family Camps, Wellness Programs, Day Outings, providing unique, powerful and life changing adventures.

Devante Hill

YES Nature to Neighborhoods Volunteer of Character

Devante has chosen to follow a path of outdoor leadership and youth development, and has invested his time, energy, and learning into YES programs. He has truly become a model for younger YES youth. He has volunteered as a guide to families, supporting them through weekends on overnight camping trips, and a role model for teens on leadership day and overnight trips. He is a positive adult male role model for our youth, and his passion and love shines through in everything he does!

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