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February Volunteer of the Month: Victor Rosario

Feb 13, 2015
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When did you start volunteering with RTSF? About four years ago I got an invitation from our Corporate Social Responsibility division for a volunteering opportunity. Since then, it's been an annual experience; and in doing so, involving fellow Bank employees, friends, neighbors and other organizations such as the Asian-American Bar Association.  I got the bug back in the early 80's watching PBS' Bob Villa in This Old House.  At every episode, I would say, I can do that, if I had a house. Read More »

January Volunteer of the Month: Pooja Ramaswamy

Feb 13, 2015
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How did you first get involved with RTSF?I got Rachel Fontenot's contact through my mother after they met at a social event back in October and then contacted her for volunteering opportunities at RTSF. I heard back from the team within a few days and immediately hopped on board at the opportunity to serve our community! Read More »

Project Snapshot: Ms. W from the Bayview

Nov 21, 2014
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The Project: Ms. W has been living in her Bayview home for 34 years, sharing he space with her daughter, Ms. T. Her daughter is her main caregiver, as Ms. W struggles with mobility and dementia issues. This family needs a safe and healthy home! Why We Love Them: We’ve already helped Ms. W and Ms. T through our Home Safety program, and are more than happy to return to complete some needed repairs so the women can live in their home in increased safety and comfort. Read More »

Project Snapshot: City of Dreams

Nov 19, 2014
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Project Snapshot: City of Dreams The Project: City of Dreams goes beyond conventional youth development nonprofit programs to give kids a real chance at becoming the best they can be. They provide motivation and support for growing learners. They help youth in low-income housing build brighter futures through mentorship and youth development. Their vision is to end the generational poverty cycle. Read More »

Project Snapshot: Carver Elementary

Nov 17, 2014
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The Project: Carver Elementary School in the Bayview neighborhood is a participant in Education Outside’s Outdoor Classroom Initiative. They host a full-time Education Outside Corps member and incorporate experiential learning, environmentally sustainable practices, and innovation into their lesson plans. By 2015, Carver Elementary will be one of fifty green-friendly schoolyards in San Francisco. Read More »

Project Snapshot: Brava! For Women

Nov 3, 2014
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Project Snapshot: Brava! For Women The Project: The Brava Theater Center is located along the vibrant lower 24th street Latino cultural corridor in the Mission district. It encompasses two performance spaces: the 360-seat main theater and the smaller 60-seat studio theater. Some of Brava’s activities that serve the surrounding Latino community include Loco Bloco, Escuela de Danza, Calle 24 Merchants and Neighborhood Association, Carnaval San Francisco planning meetings and more! Read More »

July Volunteer of the Month: Russ Holt

Jul 16, 2014
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July's volunteer of the month is Russ Holt, who really came through for us with Builders &Brewers. The event  looked fantastic! We sat down recently for a quick interview. How did you first get involved with RTSF?   It was early 2013 and my boyfriend (a longtime volunteer) asked me if I would be interested in assisting on that upcoming Rebuilding Day, and I jumped at the opportunity. Read More »

Project Snapshot: Arab Cultural & Community Center

Jul 2, 2014
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  The Project: The Arab Cultural & Community Center has been a cultural hub for the Bay Area’s Arab-American community since 1973. Staff provide culturally-sensitive ESL classes, social    service referrals, and trainings on domestic violence, mental health, and sexual assault in Arabic. Starting in 2002, the Center offered more services to match the influx of Arab immigrants, including computer classes, parenting classes, and legal referrals. Read More »

Project Snapshot: AP Giannini Middle School

Jul 1, 2014
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The Project: Founded in 1954, AP Giannini Middle School was named after Amadeo Pietro Giannini, the son of Italian immigrants and founder of Bank of America. Giannini was best known locally for lending money and extending credit to individuals and small businesses in need of rebuilding their lives following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Today, the school serves students in middle school and emphasizes valuing diversity, differences, and respect for one another. The school has a serious need for minor renovations, painting, and landscaping. Read More »

Project Snapshot: The Family School

Jun 30, 2014
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Project Snapshot: The Family School The Project: The Family School was founded in 1985 to meet the needs of a small group of San Francisco families and their children. Today, The Family School Child Development Center is a community-based non-profit organization which provides infant, toddler and preschool care to 32 children from four months through five years of age. Through other centers and services, the Family School serves over 800 people, including youth and adults. Our work at their site at 3101 Mission was aimed at making their center more organized and helping them meet requirements for an upcoming grant. Read More »
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