Latest SF Bay Area Jefferson Awards
National estimates show a third of older Americans living in nursing homes suffer from depression, and 60% don’t receive any visitors. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner has created a one-of-a-kind program to lift their spirits.
Community. Friendship. Sportsmanship. They’re what a this week’s Jefferson Award winner brings to the Afghan American community on the soccer field.
Hepatitis C is the most common bloodborne infection in the country. In fact, nearly two out of every 100 people have been exposed. This week’s Jefferson Award winner started a clinic in Oakland to help those infected with this liver damaging virus — a unique place where patients are not only changing their lives, but also a community.
A Bay Area teen is mobilizing neighbors and strangers to extend a humanitarian helping hand to migrant children. This week’s Jefferson Award winner was inspired by a film she saw at her San Francisco high school.
The idea started with a news story on refugee children in Darfur: children finding a way to play soccer even in war-torn areas. That’s when this week’s Jefferson Award winners set out to create a ball that wouldn’t let these kids down in the harshest of conditions.
There’s s a lot of stress on families miles from home getting medical treatment for a sick child. That’s when this week’s Jefferson Award winner rolls in offering care and compassion — and smiles — on wheels.
When budget cuts began to slash music programs in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, one woman jumped in to keep it from being silenced altogether. Now this Jefferson Award winner is helping keeping music alive for students.
Thanks to modern culture, a lot of kids measure success by money, power, and status – at any cost. But this week’s Jefferson Award winners are coaching a different message at schools around California and their students are thriving.
A North Bay couple whose son died twenty years ago has transformed their grief into something good. Dave and Rosie Basso decided that the best way to pay tribute to their son was to live life as he did.