Jefferson Awards

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

Marilyn and Jerry Burke. (Burke Family Collection)

East Bay Mom, Dad Honor Memory Of 16-Year-Old Daughter By Ensuring Bright Future For Others

Parents turn grief into giving, helping music in the schools, organ donation, and the poor from Oakland to Angola.

04/15/2015

Ali (left) and twin brother Hadi Partovi. (CBS)

Twin Brothers Teaching Millions Of Kids That Coding Can Be Fun

One in ten elementary and middle school students are learning how to code, and thousands of instructors are learning how to teach programming, because of twin brothers with a single vision.

04/08/2015

Charles Williams with the robotics team at Cupertino High School. (CBS)

Robotics Team Mentor Helps South Bay Students Engineer Success

Some South Bay high school students are getting lessons in engineering that will carry them a long way outside the classroom, and it’s thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

04/01/2015

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Volunteer Brings Scientists, Engineers Into Elementary Schools To Play Science With Kids

A school volunteer and Ph.D. saw that elementary schools were missing something in their science classes. So she jumped in, and brought a few scientific friends with her.

03/25/2015

Narada Michael Walden at the piano at Tarpan Studios in San Rafael. (CBS)

Marin Musician Shares His Time And Talent With Kids

A North Bay musician fills his calendar with work for his own band and producing music for top recording artists. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner still makes time to share his art with local kids.

03/18/2015

Joan Jeung (CBS)

Oakland Pediatrician Helps Refugees Navigate New Culture

An estimated 400 to 500 people living in East Oakland are refugees who’ve fled political oppression in Burma, the southeast Asian country also known as Myanmar. And they’re navigating their way in a whole new culture, thanks to the kindness of a soft-spoken, unassuming pediatrician who is this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

03/11/2015

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East Bay Restaurant Owner Uses Her Own ‘Second Chance’ To Pay It Forward

From serving thousands of homeless people, to giving etiquette classes to kids, this week’s Jefferson Award winner has made it her mission to give back.

03/05/2015

Shakti Butler at a recent workshop in Oakland. (CBS)

Founder Of Oakland Nonprofit Eases Difficult Discussions About Race

It’s a talk few people would initiate on their own. But thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner, it’s a conversation more and more people are having these days.

02/25/2015

Sue Holman (left) and Susan Weeks in the kitchen for Meals on Wheels in Sonoma. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winners Deliver Caring… With Cake

Sometimes Meals on Wheels is the only contact recipients have with other people. This week’s Jefferson Award winners lead the Sonoma program, delivering caring — and cake — to dozens every day.

02/18/2015

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