Latest SF Bay Area Jefferson Awards
When your wife tells you she wants to start a school for special needs children in your house, what do you say? If you’re this week’s Jefferson Award winner, you do more than just say ‘yes.’
May 5, 2013 will be the ninth annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour in the East Bay. What started as one woman’s passion to protect local watersheds has grown to change the way thousands of people look at nature and the value the planting and preserving of native plants.
Some call this Jefferson Award winner “Wonder Woman” – not because she leaps tall buildings, but because she builds them as homes for veterans.
This week’s Jefferson award winner learned a love of animals growing up in Wyoming. So it’s not hard to understand why she didn’t hesitate when she found horses in trouble here in the Bay Area.
In one tough East Bay neighborhood, children are blooming like a beautiful lotus flower grows from the mud. That’s the vision driving this week’s Jefferson Award winner.
Young little league players dressed in bright gold and white uniforms piled out of the dugout as Coach John Perry called out their positions for the field with authority. He’s earned it – having coached little league in Santa Rosa for 40 years.
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.