Latest Jefferson Awards News

La Peña Cultural Center Thrives As A Berkeley Gathering PlaceWhen an East Bay cultural center came to a crossroads, it reached out to two young women for leadership. Now that center is exanding and thriving. And the two leaders are this week's Jefferson Award winners.
Writing Coach Brings Out The Best In Young AuthorsWhen Kent Wright retired ten years ago, he wanted to start volunteering. But he wasn't quite sure where. A decade later, this week's Jefferson Award winner knows that helping students with their writing skills has been the perfect fit.
Fairfield-Based 'Para Ti Global' Supports Children In Need Around the WorldA Fairfield sister and brother who went on a vacation a few years ago came back with an idea for a nonprofit. What they created earned them this week's Jefferson Award.
Soup Kitchen Feeds Thousands Across The South Bay And BeyondA Silicon Valley soup kitchen is reaching out to feed thousands more hungry people each year, thanks to a South Bay woman. Sharon Chin introduces us to this week's Jefferson Award winner.
Pacifica Pastor Serves Weekly Meal To Those In NeedFor years, a Pacifica pastor has been serving food that fills the stomach and nourishes the spirit.
Skyline Garden Project Restores Native Plants To East Bay TrailIf you hike the Skyline Trail in the Berkeley Hills near Tilden Park, the view will astound you. But thanks to this week's Jefferson Award winner Glen Schneider, it's what is not there that has added to the beauty of this prized East Bay open space: invasive plants.
White Elephant Sale Helps Fund Oakland MuseumWith a little humor and a whole lot of dedication, Judy Wilkinson is once again heading up Oakland's famed White Elephant Sale, a vast and varied shoppers' paradise that for nearly 60 years, has supported the Oakland Museum of California.
South Bay Teenager Donates Care Packages To Homeless YouthDeep inside a supply closet at Oakland's REACH Academy sit boxes of toiletry items, all donated by Ethan Auyeung. The Los Gatos High School freshman has been donating toothpaste, lotions, socks, wash clothes, colored pencils, and even snacks to REACH"s students for over a year.
Bay Area Man's Opportunity Fund Giving Small Businesses A Leg Up A Bay Area man has seen firsthand in his own family the need small business owners could have for micro-loans.
Nonprofit Teaches Kids To Code For FreeTeenager Rushil Kapadia was shocked to find that even in Silicon Valley, many students do not get any exposure to gaming, coding or programming until high school or even college. So he did something about it.

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