May Mission – Spreading Literacy

About

Literacy and instilling a love of reading is so important in the lives of our youth. Books teach us, take us away from the mundane and connect us to a world much bigger than ourselves. Reading is a large part of our families lives and we want to help spread the gift of books to others.

 

MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE

This month’s mission is a little different than our past missions. We do not have a particular focus group, but rather a target action……spread literacy.  Our goal is to collect books in good condition. They can be kids books, board books, picture books, novels, anthologies…..really, any books! We will sort them and donate them to different organizations who will find them as wonderful as the original owners.

  • Collect books…glorious books…books of all types from now until June 4th, 2017
  • Ask friends and families.
  • Come to Our book sorting party….June 4th at 10 am.
  • Drop off all your collected items. // You can drop off your books at The Finding Kindness Project drop-off location: 14685 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 OR email us for pick-up. We are happy to come get your books for you and drop them off as well. Email us at thefindingkindnessproject@gmail.com.

BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE

Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:

  • Cleaning out our family book shelves.
  • Tell family and friends…Ask them to go through their books as well.
  • Purchase your favorite book to donate
  • Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.

If you have ideas of organizations or charities that would love book donations….please message us your ideas. Your ideas are valuable to the kindness cooperative’s missions.

Thank you and stay tuned for our next mission.

 

February Mission – Land & Resource Conservation

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Guadalupe River Park is a three-mile ribbon of park land that runs along the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose from Highway 880 in the north, to Highway 280 in the south. It is a resource of regional importance to the people of Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. It is composed of many different areas, all of which are summarized and linked below.

IT’S YOUR PARK, GET INTO IT.

In the dense urban environment of downtown San Jose, the trails, parks, and plazas of the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens not only serve to enjoy and preserve natural ecology, they offer residents and visitors a multitude of ways to recreate, relax, discover and enjoy.

Ride, walk, run or skate 2.6 miles of trails. Enjoy the public art. Attend a festival, watch the birds, or romp in a playground. Stop and smell the roses, there are 3,700 varieties to choose from in the Heritage Rose Garden. See the fruit trees that put this valley on the map in the Historic Orchard. Explore the latest in drought tolerant landscaping in the Courtyard Garden. Or cultivate your own plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden. Take a rest at one of the seven Sister City seating areas to simply watch the river flow. Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to sign up for a class, pick up a map, and check out our local wildlife displays.

ABOUT

Top Ten Reasons to Support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

We: (in no particular order)

  1. Operate the all-access Rotary PlayGarden with the goal of maintaining the cleanest and safest place to play in the South Bay.
  2. Connect children to nature by providing field trips with hands-on STEAM activities tied to state standards.
  3. Advocate for the expansion and upkeep of the downtown trail – the backbone of the city’s trail network.
  4. Leverage private resources – grants, major gifts, and corporate sponsorships – to support the completion and programming of the park and gardens.
  5. Produce excellent events — Pumpkins in the Park and Super Guadalupe River Run – that get people into the park and enhance the quality of life in San Jose.
  6. Maintain a presence with civic leaders and local elected officials to champion a vision for the park and appropriate maintenance and security levels.
  7. Provide leadership for a bold new vision for San Jose’s central park that includes gorgeous gardens, iconic artwork, family friendly trails, and active and passive recreation amenities.
  8. Give tours for children and adults, supplying information on flora and fauna, history, and public art.
  9. Pay for the ongoing operating costs of the Visitor Center, freeing up city resources for other projects.
  10. Coordinate the upkeep of the Heritage Rose Garden and Historic Orchard, providing useful projects and a fulfilling experience for individual and corporate workday volunteers.

A message from the members of the Conservancy:

WE ARE the volunteers, citizens, business people, and board members who give our time and talents to act as stewards for Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. We are the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

WE SEE an active, iconic, world-class central park. Our vision encompasses gardens, trails and parks where natives and visitors alike can enjoy open spaces and natural habitats. We see a hub for social interaction, a retreat from urban life, and a place to come together for education, to honor our heritage, for colorful festivals and for physical fitness. We see our unique urban parkland as a flowing ribbon of opportunity – for our economic stimulation, and enhancing the quality of our lives. We see our park as the living centerpiece of a thriving San Jose.

WE CONNECT people with the park. We manage volunteers, we activate programs, we raise awareness, and with that, we raise funds. With careful consideration of The City’s needs, we spearhead and execute the completion of the Guadalupe River Park’s Master Plan.

We are the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Welcome to your park.

 

MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE

This month’s mission is a one-day event filled with a heart pumping walk/run on SuperBowl Sunday through the downtown Guadalupe River Parks! Get your day started on the right foot!

  • The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is hosting the Super Guadalupe River Run. You can either participate in a 1k (for kiddos), a 5k (3.1 miles) or a 10k (6.2 miles). You can register by clicking HERE.
  • Click HERE for more race info and map.
  • If you are a go-getter you can get people to sponsor you to run the race and support the conservancy and the jewels of our downtown area. Check it out HERE for more info.
  • Finally…..come join us on race day! If you would like to walk with us…just pop us an email and we will pick a meeting spot.
  • If you can’t make the race don’t fret! Get your friends and family together and enjoy the parks and explore what they have to offer throughout the whole month of February!

BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE

Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:

  • Putting on our walking shoes….making our families to the same and get out there on race day. Our families have chosen to do the 5k!
  • Tell family and friends…form a walking posse and soak in some fresh air while exploring our beautiful downtown parks….see what we have been missing.
  • Message us and join us for the walk!
  • Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.

FISCAL INFORMATION

  • If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HERE. 
  • Want to become a member of to the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy? Check out all it’s benefits HERE. 
  • How about taking a class? Gardening, painting, local plant identification, nature walks and more! Check out all of the educational opportunities the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy provides HERE
  • Want to know who else supports the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy? HERE is some information about Guadalupe River Park Conservancy sponsors for your review.

Thank you and We will be posting March Mission Soon!

January Mission – Clothing The Homeless // January 3rd-January 22nd

Life Moves

While the number of homeless in the United States has declined for the third consecutive year, a federal survey highlighted a troubling reality in Santa Clara County.

The region’s homeless problem remains among the worst in the nation. In Santa Clara county, the cost of living is nearly 50% higher than the national average. With such high housing costs, many people earning minimum wage live on the brink of homelessness.

In a detailed report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, San Jose/Santa Clara County posted the nation’s fifth-highest homeless population. It also ranked among the places with the most chronically homeless and homeless children and young adults.

In January of 2015, Santa Clara County conducted a count and found 6,556 people homeless in our County. 71% of those were unsheltered, living on streets, in parks, encampments or other places not meant for human habitation.

These facts and the falling temperatures are just some of the many reasons we chose January’s Mission to be focused on “Clothing the homeless”.  Take a look at what we will be doing this month and join along, however, you can…

ABOUT

With more than 40 years of service and experience in successfully serving homeless families and individuals, LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Their successful and multi-faceted therapeutic service model combines clean, modern housing with intensive supportive services that promote dignity and respectfully motivate our clients to achieve autonomy.

LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today – and tomorrow – by teaching comprehensive life skills that help their clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency, and effectively break the cycle of homelessness.

Their innovative and effective program model helps clients understand the root cause of their homelessness. The Lifemoves program requires accountability from our clients and helps them to refocus on developing core competencies they need to succeed for the long-term.

Similarly, their in-depth children’s programming provides academic support to bridge achievement gaps. They support their physical and mental health by addressing the extensive traumatic issues caused by homelessness. Their focus is on maximizing opportunities for homeless youth to help them mature into self-sufficient adults and to end intergenerational poverty which leads to homelessness.

Through these carefully designed programs – and with the support of 225 employees and over 15,000 dedicated volunteers – LifeMoves is able to serve 9,636 homeless clients throughout the Bay and to provide 244,801 nights of shelter annually.

The impact of LifeMoves programs and services is tremendous: typically, more than 92% of families and 78% of individuals completing LifeMoves transitional programs successfully returned to stable housing and self-sufficiency.

MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE

  • Collect clothing and Warm items for ALL ages. // New or gently used items, please. Most needed items:
    • Men’s, Women’s, Teens and Children’s clothing
    • New underwear, socks & pajamas
    • Sweaters and Coats
    • Thermals
    • Comfortable shoes and wool socks
    • Gloves, scarves, beanies, umbrellas and ponchos
    • Tote bags, duffel bags, and purses
    • Blankets

   **All items will be sorted, inspected and distributed to LifeMoves   

  • Drop off all your collected items. // You can drop off your donation items at The Finding Kindness Project drop-off location: 14685 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 OR email us for pick-up. We are happy to come get your donation items for you and drop them off as well. Email us at thefindingkindnessproject@gmail.com.

BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE

Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:

  • Having a household closet cleaning party
  • Post your collection in neighborhood sites like Facebook or NextDoor
  • Taking a wagon around our neighborhoods with our kids after school collecting from neighbors.
  • Reaching out to our immediate social circles; i.e. Girl Scout Troop, Gymnastics Gym, School Board, Hockey Team and Book Club
  • Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.

***We will be closing out our January mission with our clothes sorting party on Sunday, January 22nd from 10-1 pm. Click HERE to find out more info!

FISCAL INFORMATION

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HEREWant to know where your money is going? Here is some information about the LifeMoves for your review:

2014-2015 Annual report: HERE

Companies that sponsor LifeMoves: Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, Kaiser, Microsoft, Visa and much more! For a list of Corporate Sponsors click HERE.

Thank you and see you next month for our next Monthly Mission:

Land & Resource Conservation-Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

December Mission – Fighting Hunger

second-harvest-food-bank

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

The face of hunger is all around us, and it is hard to see, especially in affluent areas like Silicon Valley where we live. Millions of Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from and the fight to end hunger is a long, ongoing, uphill battle.

These are just a few of the many reasons we chose December’s Mission to be focused on “Fighting Hunger” however we can and we chose to work with and support the Second Harvest Food Bank. Take a look at what we will be doing this month and join along however you can…

ABOUT

Based in Silicon Valley, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. Currently providing food to more than one quarter of a million people every month, Second Harvest is a trusted community-based organization that was founded in 1974.

Despite the immense wealth in Silicon Valley, and partly due to the high cost of living, hunger and malnutrition are pervasive. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than any other food bank in the country, through a network of over 320 nonprofit partners at more than 850 sites. Partner agencies include shelters, pantries, soup kitchens, children’s programs, senior meal sites, and residential programs.

In fiscal year 2016 (July 2015 – June 2016), Second Harvest distributed more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to low-income people in need in every zip code of our service area from South San Francisco to Gilroy, and from the ocean to the bay.

MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE

  • Collect canned goods. // Most needed items: Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), Tuna or canned chicken, Peanut butter, Canned foods with pop-top lids, Canned fruit in its own juice or water, Low-sodium canned vegetables, Olive or canola oil, Spices, Low-sugar whole grain cereals, Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit). Please avoid donating items packaged in glass. If you find glass items in your barrel, please package them in a box outside of your food collection barrel to prevent breakage.
  • Drop off all your collected canned goods. // You can drop off your donation items at The Finding Kindness Project drop-off location: 14685 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 OR email us for pick-up. We are happy to come get your donation items for you and drop them off as well. Email us at thefindingkindnessproject@gmail.com.

BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE

Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:

  • Having a Canned Food Shopping Party with our local friends and family. If you are local, please join us!
  • Taking a wagon around our neighborhoods with our kids after school collecting from neighbors.
  • Reaching out to our immediate social circles; i.e. Girl Scout Troop, Gymnastics Gym, School Board, Hockey Team and Book Club
  • Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperativeto follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.

FISCAL INFORMATION

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HERE. Want to know where your money is going? Here is some fiscal information about the Second Harvest Food Bank for your review:

Throughout the fiscal year, volunteers contributed over 310,000 hours of service, which saved them $6.6 million in equivalent personnel costs.

Below are some figures from their 2014-2015 annual report.

  • 96 % of operating expenses go to food distributions and programs
  • 2% to fundraising
  • 2% go to management
  • 60% of Operating Revenue comes straight from individuals like you and I.

If you would like to check out their 2014-2015 annual report in it’s entirety check out it HERE.

Thank you and see you next month for our next Monthly Mission:

The Warm Clothing Drive!