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Sherry Higgs (CBS)

Cancer Patients Get Free Rides To Treatment Appointments

A cancer patient often has another concern: how to get to all those medical appointments. But that’s where this week’s Jefferson Award winner steps in. Sherry Higgs knows firsthand what it’s like to battle cancer. And she’s devoting her life to make sure patients get a ride.. and a friend.

06/17/2015

Ray Harris helps move a new bed into a family's home. (CBS)

Castro Valley Families In Need Get Free Necessities

Castro Valley families in need have somewhere to turn for the necessities they just can’t afford: this week’s Jefferson Award winner is providing support whenever someone calls for help.

06/10/2015

Rue Mapp hits the trail with Outdoor Afro. (CBS)

Group Connects African Americans With A Love Of Nature

Combine African Americans, the outdoors, and social media, and what do you get? A non-profit this week’s Jefferson Award winner says cures a “nature deficit disorder.”

06/03/2015

Ali Barekat at a San Jose Sunday Friends program. (CBS)

‘Sunday Friends’ Program Helps San Jose Families End Poverty

This week’s Jefferson Award winner switched from a career in technology to the world of non-profits and found his calling in helping San Jose families.

05/27/2015

Barbara and Rob Dicely introduce a cheetah to the students at Twin Hills Middle School in Sebastopol. (CBS)

North Bay Couple Brings Wild Cats To Schools For Conservation Lessons

She taught kindergarten. He taught high school. But now, the retired couple lives on the “wild” side. This week’s Jefferson Award winners are offering a different kind of educaton: one that brings wild cats up close.

05/21/2015

Bob Senz at the 2015 Dream Machines event in Half Moon Bay. (CBS)

‘Dream Machines’ Event Founder Funds Senior Center For Half Moon Bay

The tens of thousands of people who attend every year go for the fun. But for the founder of Dream Machines in Half Moon Bay, it’s always been about the good it could do.

05/13/2015

Ryan Traynor teaches his Money Smarts class for teenagers. (CBS)

Peninsula Teenager Leads Youth Literacy Campaign

He teaches science, math, and finance, collects books and board games for kids… and this week’s Jefferson Award winner is still a teenager!

05/06/2015

Judith Cohen with some of the Handful Players in San Francisco. (CBS)

Western Addition Kids Take To The Stage To Fine-Tune Life Skills

Some San Francisco kids are taking to the stage under the direction of this week’s Jefferson Award winner, learning all about teamwork, communication, and presentation while they have a whole lot of fun.

04/29/2015

Marie Jobling (left) chats with Ana Aureoles at a Community Living Campaign event in San Francisco. (CBS)

San Francisco Woman Supports Elderly And Disabled With Housing Help And Activities

Thousands of people, elderly and disabled in San Francisco, no longer feel lonely. That’s because this week’s Jefferson Award winner helps them — help themselves.

04/22/2015