Latest SF Bay Area Jefferson Awards
Betty DeForest sat calmly amid the excited children swirling around her outside the South Hayward Parish pantry. Here she is known as “Mama” to about 400 families a week who receive free food donations. DeForest co-founded the pantry 30 years ago. It serves a third of Hayward’s hungry.
Sheryl Davis has been a teacher in San Francisco for 15 years. She started with kindergarteners at a private school in Pacific Heights. But when she volunteered her free time to teach low-income students in the nearby Western Addition, she was the one who learned something.
If you see people in need, help them out – That’s the mindset of a 16-year-old from Sebastopol, whose community service has even gained a pat on the back from President Obama.
An East Bay cancer survivor has turned his own diagnosis into an effort to heal others. A golf tournament he created has raised more than $1 million in the fight against the disease.
Ever wonder what happens to the piles of clothes and gear that get lost on the ski slopes? Two Walnut Creek teenagers came up with an idea that snowballed.
For coordinating the humanitarian missions of Operation Rainbow and changing the lives of children around the world, this week’s Jefferson Award in the Bay Area goes to Laura Escobosa.
If you’ve seen large groups of people suddenly break out in synchronized dancing on Bay Area streets, chances are a talented teacher is at the head of the pack. And it may look like the the dancers are professional, but they aren’t.
Four years, Zach Martinucci has made time to participate in Relay for Life, a 24-hour fundraiser put on entirely by students at Burlingame High School.
To guard the bay against sprawl and pollution, McLaughlin co-founded Save the Bay in 1961 with two friends, Catherine Kay Kerr and Esther Gulick. Today, McLaughlin is the last survivor of the pioneering trio.
A simple thrift store in Danville has become a community mainstay. The mission behind the market has earned the store’s founder a Jefferson Award.