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Family Dog Rescue Pairs Dogs At Risk With Loving Homes
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) Angela Padilla has a special connection to her dogs. "Shelter dogs saved my life when I was struggling with cancer," she explained. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, she says volunteering with shelter dogs gave her a...
Menlo Park Center Teaches Fitness, Arts, And Service
MENLO PARK (KPIX 5) He wanted to be a pro football player and a rock star. But then a debilitating injury sparked a new life of community service. People often come to Gary Riekes wanting to learn one thing -- but they end up pursuing many...
Counselor Answers Crisis Calls Through The Night
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) When there's a crisis in the middle of the night, who can you call? In San Francisco, there's a hotline where someone is ready and willing to listen. This week's Jefferson Award winner is one of the counselors who's been...
SF Pediatrician Works To Heal The Effects Of Childhood Trauma
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) Research shows childhood trauma can lead to lifelong health problems. That's why a Bay Area doctor is creating a national model of care Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is revolutionizing pediatric medicine in the middle of San...
Photos: Jefferson Award Winners
The winners of the 2015 Jefferson Awards were honored Wednesday night at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre.
Full Circle Fund Links Non-Profits With Expertise And Resources
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) When a tech entrepreneur wanted to turn his efforts to the non-profit world, he -- of course -- launched his own start-up non-profit. And that brought giving back "Full Circle." Josh Becker had a law degree and an MBA from...
Startup Accelerator Puts Tech To Work For Good
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) What do you get when you combine technology's best minds with the good work of nonprofits? You can change the world, according to this week's Jefferson Award winners. Shannon Farley had helped start two nonprofits. Kevin...
Minority Students Thrive With Support From Peninsula College Fund
REDWOOD CITY (KPIX 5) After 30 years in advertising, this week's Jefferson Award winner decided to go back to teaching. That decision both opened his eyes.. and opened the door to college for more than 100 kids in the Bay Area. As one of seven...
Police Officer Raises Thousands To Buy Bikes For Tykes
SAN LEANDRO (KPIX 5) He is a full-time police officer who's no stranger to burglars and shoplifters. But this time of year, he's known as the Bike Cop, or Santa Louie. "Just the excitement and expression on their faces, it means so much to see...
Firefighters' Toy Program Delivers Holiday Cheer To Thousands Of Kids
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) Twelve years ago, Sally Casazza walked away from her full time job with a big corporation, only to find herself running something much bigger: she chairs the San Francisco Firefighters' Toy Program, a holiday toy drive that...
Urban Ed Academy Sets Boys On A New Path To Success
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) Some remember him as a deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Gavin Newsom. But others see him as the Ultimate Godfather. And he's turning boys into young responsible young men in San Francisco's Bayview. Thanks to Dwayne...
East Bay Nurse Supports Children Left Behind By Nurses Who Die Young
Shekhiynah Larks was 15 when she and her younger sister and brother had to leave their home in Oakland and move to Texas to live with her aunt and uncle. Their mother Charm, a nurse and single mom, was sick. In December of 2011, she told her friend...
TeenForce Connects South Bay Youth With Jobs
(KPIX 5) -- While the national jobless rate holds steady at 5%, unemployment is three times as high among teenagers. But a South Bay man is expanding job opportunities for young people by finding out what businesses need, and preparing young people...
Mobile App Connects Victims Of Violence With Safe Spaces
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) -- Marnie Webb is trying to get people to talk about something few want to discuss. "We don't go to work the next day and say, 'Oh I tried to get housing last night because my spouse beats me,'" she said. The CEO of...
Oakland Non-Profit Teaches Leadership Skills For Students Building Bright Futures
Inspired by her own family history, an East Bay woman has spent the last 40 years "paying it forward" in her native Oakland.
Peninsula Mother Fights Violence With Foundation Honoring Her Son
The worst night of Stacey Redman's life brought out the best in her. She turned a senseless act of violence into a network of caring.
Express Service Delivers Food And Caring To Those In Need
When Contra Costa County families cannot afford enough food, they oiften rely on the White Pony Express. And the woman behind the organization is this week's Jefferson Award winner.
Retired Doctor Still Working Hard To Give Babies A Healthy Start
BERKELEY (KPIX 5) -- Dr. Vicki Alexander, or "Dr. Vicki" to most people, loves babies. The retired OB/GYN has dedicated her career to making sure babies born to African American mothers have a healthy start in life. That was true at UCSF Medical...
Teenager Shares Big Dreams Packed In Small Boxes
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) Seventeen-year-old Patricia Manubay has a dream. "My dream that I kind of established when I was 12 was that I wanted to change the world," she said with a smile. You could say she dreams big, and this may be...
Young Oakland Students Conquer Coding In New Robotics Program
Mark and Joanne Perra were volunteering in after school science programs when they realized kids weren't getting enough in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. So the pair jumped in.
Raiders Player And Wife Share Books And Hope With East Bay Kids
Read, understand, succeed, and hope - or "R.U.S.H." -- that's the message from this week's Jefferson Award winners, and Oakland Raiders player and his wife.
Oakland Man Sustains Those In Need With Meals And Encouragement
Leave them better than when they came in. That's what this week's Jefferson Award winner tries to do everyday among Oakland's down and out.
Math Tutoring Program Boosts Kids' Grades And Confidence
Math can be a tough subject for a lot of young students. But now many are getting a helping hand from this week's Jefferson Award winner, who provides tutors.. and a hot meal!
Nonprofit Leader Sends Students On Life-Changing Journeys
How do you inspire teens to change the world? This week's Jefferson Award winner takes them on the journey of a lifetime.
Oakland Woman Helps Refugees Navigate Life In America
Refugees from Burma can find it difficult to navigate life in the Bay Area. Without English skills, they often can't drive, pay bills, find a doctor, or even call 911. Some say they would be lost without the compassion of this week's Jefferson Award...
Bay Area Volunteers Support Better Education In The Philippines
Millions of books and tons of school supplies have made their way from the Bay Area to the Philippines thanks to a Walnut Creek couple who wanted to make a difference for children they came across decades ago.
Food Pantry Founder Still Serving After 50 Years
An East Bay man started serving those in need when John F Kennedy was president, and he has not stopped since.
Future Doctor Helps Other Undocumented Students Plan For The Future
A San Francisco medical student is reaching out to others who want to build careers in medicine, but face the same obstacle: undocumented status.
SF Volunteer Uses Therapy Dog To Brighten Lives
This week's Jefferson Award winner brings hope, happiness, and humor, whether she's helping the elderly, foster children, or the developmentally disabled.
Artist Inspires Youth To Embrace Creativity And Culture
A San Francisco man is sharing his love of art with young people, and inspiring a new generation to embrace their creative sides.
Professor-Turned-Tailor Mends Clothes And Community
While riding home one day, a man picks up an old-fashioned sewing machine he found dumped in a trash heap. What he's done with it the last 14 years makes him this week's Jefferson Award winner.
Swim Program Combines Fun With Support For Special Needs Kids
It started with one lesson nearly 25 years ago. Today, many special needs children are discovering the joy of playing in a swimming pool, thanks to this week's Jefferson Award winner.
Teenagers Create Free Program To Teach Other Kids Computer Coding
Most high school students would rather spend their summer vacations far away from the classroom. But Jefferson Award winners Vineet Kosaraju and Nikhil Cheerla are choosing to go back to school, and this time they are the teachers.
East Oakland's Youth Uprising Transforms Lives For Future Leaders
In an East Oakland neighborhood, where some are even too scared to drive, there is a woman who has helped thousands of young people turn their lives around.
Jefferson Award Winner Has Been A Beloved Public Servant In Richmond More Than 40 Years
If you live in Richmond, you probably know the name Emma Jean Clark. As Elizabeth Cook shows us, she's been a beloved public servant for more than 40 years, and this week's Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.
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