Jefferson Awards

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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

Liinda Hannawalt at work at QuiltWorks.

Jefferson Award Winner Comforts Foster Children With Handmade Gifts

Quilting started as a hobby for a retired San Francisco woman, but in just a few years, it’s become the center of a whole network of community giving.

02/11/2015

Scott Smith (right) holds an injured hawk for treatment. (CBS)

Volunteer Changes His Life To Spend Time Saving Animals

An East Bay man gave up his tech career to leave more time to volunteer to help Bay Area wildlife — and the result has been life-changing for countless creatures.

02/04/2015

Rick Richards addresses the percussion students at Bancroft Middle School. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner ‘Keeps Music Rockin” For San Leandro Schools

Some call him the Santa Claus of the San Leandro schools’ music program. If teachers and students need something, he finds a way to grant their wish, making him this week’s Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.

01/28/2015

Art Shanks (right)  watches a construction class at The Cypress Mandela Project in Oakland. (CBS)

Earthquake Rescuer Builds Training Program For Builders

The Loma Prieta earthquake changed a lot of lives back in 1989. Thanks to the creativity and hard work of this week’s Jefferson Award, it’s still changing lives today.. for the better.

01/21/2015

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