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Dr. Patrick Arbore checks in with the staff at Friendship Line. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Reaches Out To Seniors With “Friendship Line”

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.

10/15/2014

Hafiz Hasani at Ygnacio Valley Park in Concord. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Organizes Afghan-American Soccer Club

Community. Friendship. Sportsmanship. They’re what a this week’s Jefferson Award winner brings to the Afghan American community on the soccer field.

09/24/2014

Dr. Diana Sylvestre leads the education group at the OASIS clinic in Oakland (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Diagnoses Hope In The Midst Of An Epidemic

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.

09/18/2014

Julia Tognotti packs donations at her Belmont home. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Delivers Care And Comfort To Migrants On The Move

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.

09/10/2014

Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver (CBS)

No-Puncture Ball Ignites Power of Play Around the World

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.

09/03/2014

Michael Rubenstein helps a child check out the Happy Wheels Cart at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Offers Compassion On Wheels

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.

08/27/2014

Joan Miller (right) teaches a piano lesson to student Fedra Britvic. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Keeps Music From Being Silenced In Schools

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.

08/13/2014

Jefferson Award winners Tim Harper (center) with Peanut Louie Harper (right). (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winners Coach Kids To Build Future Success

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.

08/06/2014

Dave and Rosie Basso gather at home with some of the beneficiaries of the Michael Basso Memorial Foundation. (CBS)

Marin Couple Honors Son With Foundation For Giving

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.

07/30/2014