Latest Jefferson Awards News

Salon Owner Shares His Skills With Cancer SurvivorsIt's not easy to feel you look your best during chemotherapy. But salon owner and stylist Stephan Wakefield is changing that for Bay Area cancer survivors.
Volunteers Run Woodworking Program For Los Altos SchoolVery few schools today give students a chance to take a woodworking class. But at one small school in the Bay Area, every eighth grader looks forward to the time when they can pick up a block of wood, and make something with their own two hands. It's all thanks to this week's Jefferson Award winners.
Social Worker Provides Teddy Bear Comfort To Traumatized ChildrenFor more than three decades, a San Francisco social worker has distributed 200,000 teddy bears to kids facing all types of trauma, everything from abuse and neglect to the ravages of war.
Bay Area Mom Inspired By Son's Disability Promotes Special Needs Kids' RightsWhen her son was diagnosed with a disability, a Bay Area woman found a way not only to help her son, but also help many other children with disabilities.
Oakland Entrepreneur Pays Forward Mentoring She Received On Her Way UpAn East Bay woman who reaped the benefits of having been mentored as a teen has now made it her mission to encourage and inspire girls through her own mentoring.
Former Teacher Brings Stress-Busting Yoga Programs To Bay Area ClassroomsA former Bay Area teacher who discovered yoga as a way to overcome stress is now getting students to practice yoga to perform better in school.
Non-Profit Matches Donated Items With Those In NeedThis week's Jefferson Award winner runs a small non-profit that's helping people who need just a little to make a big difference.
Volunteer Group Grants Little Wishes To Hospitalized ChildrenWhen a neighbor said she wanted to help chronically ill children who were stuck in the hospital, this week's Jefferson Award winner jumped in to help. She's not a doctor or nurse, but she found a way to use her own expertise to make a difference.
Little Gifts Inspire Big Dreams For At-Risk GirlsThis week's Jefferson Award winner is inspiring women and girls to believe in themselves -- and it starts with a simple gift and a special message. 
Project Grants Wishes For Bay Area SeniorsKnowing that a simple act of kindness can change a person's life inspired this week's Jefferson Award winner to help low-income Bay Area seniors realize their dreams.

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