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NorCal Fundraising

In recent months, NorCal Student Corps chapters have raised a combined $1500 for three different organizations, each of which has a unique and invaluable effect on the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization dedicated to empowering youth to achieve their full potential through one-to-one mentorships. Student Corps has a long-running partnership with this organization, which includes annual donations to its Bay Area branch, and members once again came through with a five-hundred-dollar donation. This donation goes towards furthering BBBSBA’s mentorship programs.

Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful’s mission is evident in its name. Through numerous cleanups every year, the organization removes tons of trash from the Coyote Creek ecosystem. Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful was also a recipient of a five-hundred-dollar donation from Student Corps’ Fremont chapter, which directly contributed to equipment upgrades and other operational and logistical enhancements.

Finally, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano received five hundred dollars from the Tri-Valley chapter, which was enough to fund one thousand nutritious meals. This donation came during a critical period, as the food bank has seen a 50% increase in demand during the pandemic and has even moved into a new, larger warehouse to upgauge its operations and better fulfill the needs of the community.

Los Angeles Chapter Spring Tutoring

In 2021, more than 15 tutors from the LA chapter of Student Corps participated in the Spring Tutoring program.

With over 100 students served, we are proud to give back to our local community.

A wide range of classes supported a variety of students’ endeavors – including Chess, Speech & Debate, AP Biology, AP Physics, Music Theory and Composition, AI/Machine Learning, Arts and Crafts, Fun Math, Fun Games, Coding for Beginners, Elementary School Math, and more.

Written by: Richard Zhu

Image: Student Corps LA Tutors (Top row from left to right: Eric Gediman, Richard Zhu, Aaron Ellis; Middle row from left to right: Michelle Dorn, Angela Yang, Jerry Yang; Bottom row: Hannah Yang)

Tri-Valley Food Bank

The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano has experienced a 50% increase in food needs through the ongoing pandemic, serving 270,000 people a month instead of the usual 178,000. Nonetheless, the Food Bank has never failed to disappoint as they took on the pandemic with an expanded warehouse (over 100k sq feet!), increased advocation on food insecurities, and volunteers like you and me to help the community. With the food bank’s outstanding efforts, it was clear to the Tri-Valley Chapter of NorCal that this food bank deserved all the help it could get. Especially since they support over 240 nonprofits, they not only help out their neighbors but also their local charities! 

On June 16, 2021, seven members of the Tri-Valley chapter arrived at the food bank and went right to work. Within the warehouse were pallets stacked high with all kinds of canned goods such as corn, beans, and tomato sauce. These canned goods were all wrapped in large amounts of plastic wrap, so our job was to cut away all the plastic and transfer the food to an empty wooden pallet. In addition, with our donation to the food bank of $500, we will have provided an additional 1000 healthy meals to people in need! The food bank is a multi-level process with many moving parts, and we were able to contribute to something that helps hundreds of more people!

Fremont Chapter Park Cleanup 5/29/21

Written by: Steven Wang

This past Saturday, the Fremont chapter of NorCal Student Corps went out for both a park cleanup and a check delivery at Coyote Creek, hosted by KCCB (Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful). Bringing a 500 dollar check with them, which would, in the words of KCCB, “make a world of difference” for the organization, our volunteers all have taken time out of their day to contribute to the community.

Presentation of the check occurred in front of a mural with an interesting backstory. The wall on which it was painted belonged to an elementary school and had been graffitied repeatedly, so the city and the school got together and took input from various sources on what should be done. A mural was decided to be most effective. The content of the mural was largely decided by students of the school, and it makes a strong statement regarding environmental conservation and restoration – fitting for the day’s theme.