Latest Jefferson Award Recipients

Marin County Woman and Therapy Dog Offer Comfort to Stressed First RespondersA North Bay woman and her dog travel around the state to bring comfort to first responders on the job.
Lacrosse Coach Brings Sport, Mentoring, College Counseling To Oakland Public SchoolsAn East Bay lacrosse coach is helping to bring one of the oldest team sports in North America to more Oakland public school students.
Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Teaches Others to Give with GratitudeA venture capitalist who set a goal of making a difference in the lives of 50 million children around the world is paying it forward, already impacting the lives of nearly 40 million of them.
East Bay Resident Makes Fire Prevention a PassionAn Bay Area resident who has been a fire prevention activist since she lost her home in the Oakland Hills firestorm 30 years ago, Sue Piper is passionate about disaster preparedness.
Playwright Brings Theater, Art, Music To Kids In San Francisco ChinatownA poet, teacher and playwright is sharing her prodigious talents with children while filling a niche in San Francisco Chinatown.
Oakland Man's Non-Profit Refurbishes Thousands Of Used Computers, Laptops To Help Close Digital DivideAn Oakland man leading a technology nonprofit had a big part in helping close the digital divide among the city's students during the pandemic switch to virtual learning.
COVID Vaccines: San Francisco Doctor Opens Own Vaccination Site For His Senior PatientsWhen the COVID-19 vaccine became available earlier this year, a San Francisco doctor realized many of his patients could be left out.
Hayward Woman Fosters More Than 80 Infants In Her Home Over The Past 34 YearsLinda Owens has cared for a 7-week-old baby girl since she left the hospital as a newborn. She is the 81st infant Owens has brought into her home in 34 years as a resource parent.
Hayward Teachers Bring Science to Life With Home Kits For StudentsTwo Hayward teachers are bringing hands-on science activities to life for students learning from home during the pandemic.
Latino Community Foundation Invests Philanthropic Dollars In Businesses, Future Leaders & MoreCalifornia’s Latinos are the fastest-growing demographic in the state with an estimated population of 15 million, and yet only about one percent of philanthropic dollars are invested in Latino organizations. A San Francisco woman is working to change that.
82-Year-Old North Bay Retiree Works Nonstop To Assist Families With Food, Bills, Rental AssistanceA retired Fairfax man is volunteering seven days a week, coming up with new and creative ways to help his North Bay neighbors stay afloat.
Helping Children And Families Survive Tough Times Is Mission Of Oakland Man's Non-ProfitNever give up on any child or family has been the mission of an Oakland man’s non-profit organization for the last 36 years.
East Bay Program Helps Thousands Of Kids Learn Coding SkillsChildren in the East Bay's Tri-Valley are learning coding, thanks to a community program started by this week's Jefferson Award winners, a mother and son from Dublin.
Free Program In San Francisco's Mission District Teaches Students the Power of MusicA pair of musicians is using the power of music to transform the lives of underserved students in San Francisco's Mission District.