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Back Packs for Incline Middle School

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Seven Incline Middle School students were awarded “DaKine” back packs for a great start of new 2017 school year!
Here are a few photos of happy 6th graders raring to start the new school year.
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3rd Quarter 2017 Backpacks for 7 Incline students

Thank you to Lynn Zambrano, Teresa Kwan, Geoff Kinnaird for packing the backpacks and Sarah McMahan and Dustin Ring for delivering them to Incline Middle School.

[By Charlotte Kobayashi]
3rd Quarter 2017 KAH - Group Photo 7000 meals

Pleasanton Team Packed 6696 Meal Packs at KAH!

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Fourteen CVI employees, including friends and family, volunteered at the Pleasanton Kids Against Hunger facility, on August 17th, 2017. Gloria’s friend, Noriko Hill, joined in, as well as, Alexa and Kayla Terry [Joe and Katie's twin daughters]. Others included: Gloria Fan, Mary Rhoades, Katie and Nathan Findling, Francisco Ramirez, Justin Barry, Anthony Reta, Christian Stephen, Dominic Marquis, Kathy Callahan, and Charlotte Kobayashi.

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Partnering with The Kimpton Buchanan Hotel group of 7, we packed 6696 meal bags for a total of 31,696 meal bags for 2017.
We have exceeded our goal f 30,000 for 2017!
3rd Quarter 2017 KAH August 17 Alexa

Another Kids Against Hunger volunteer day soon to be scheduled in mid-November before Thanksgiving.Keep watching Slack, “in our communities” for more information.
[By Charlotte Kobayashi]

3rd Quarter Diane Volunteering Feature photo July 28-2017

Preparing for Strides for Life Walk

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The American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer.

The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

In preparation for this event, Diane spent the morning of July 28th assisting with inventory. There was an assortment of fleeces, tote bags, sun glasses, ski and baseball hats that needed to be counted, organized by sizes and packed in bids. These items will be sold at their upcoming Kick-Off event on August 23rd.

3rd Quarter Diane Sorting Clothes American Cancer Society July 28-2017

All funds raised go directly to help fund breast cancer research. The American Cancer Society goal is to have 300 participants for this year’s event.

The Darien Team is looking forward to volunteering at the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Kick-Off event.

(By Diane Frate)

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Nearly 3/4 Ton of Food Collected for Doylestown, PA Food Pantry

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Forty two million Americans—including 13 million children—live in households that are food insecure, meaning there was limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.

To aid local families and children around the CVI Doylestown office, Eric Nitschke (Product Marketing, Doylestown) helped collect 1,378 pounds of non-perishable food to benefit the Bucks County Opportunity Council and Bucks County Housing Group’s Doylestown food pantry.

According to the Bucks County Opportunity Council, “This is an awesome donation and it comes in handy during the summer months when our pantries are low.”
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Businesses around Plumsteadville Village participated by posting signs and displays, and holding food drives with giveaways and coupons for donations from shoppers and community members. Fun story displays included wheelbarrows, trashcans, and student desks.
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And, where is Eric Nitschke?

The Food Drive was set up as part of the Plumsteadville Village Business Alliance Eric founded in 2016, bringing together 50+ locally-owned businesses to participate in community causes, events, social media campaigns, and more. (

By Eric Nitschke

2nd Quarter 2017 Hugh Bishop Start Eric and Sebatstian and Dad. June 15-2017

Bishop Trio Bicycle 801 Miles in Ten Days!

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[Photo above: Hugh in red, to his right is his Dad, and to his left two sons]

Hugh Bishop and his two sons, Eric and Sebastian, started in Marblehead, Massachusetts. They covered 801 miles in 10 days to reach Cleveland, Ohio.

Along the way, they climbed 38,732 vertical feet, went through four states, had three flat tires, and raised over $2,000 for Kids Against Hunger located in Pleasanton, California.
2nd Quarter 2017 Hugh Bishop and sons Eric & Sebastian in front of hotel

2nd Quarter 2017 Eric and Sebastian Bishop

They had a great experience and are looking forward to continuing their cross-country trek in June of 2018.
[By Hugh Bishop]

Habitat Pleasanton Group Photo June 28-2017

Habitat for Humanity – Pleasanton Team Builds Playhouse for Blue Star Mom’s Group

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Many people are very familiar with Habitat for Humanity and their mission to provide affordable housing solutions for families in need.  Fewer people are familiar with their retail stores where they sell donated home building supplies, however not many people know about their playhouse building program.  Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley’s Playhouse Program is an opportunity that provides children in the community with a place to call their own.  Habitat for Humanity works with local charities and families to find deserving recipients of the playhouse at the end of the day.

On June 28, 2017, Build Day, LIFT team members, Mary Rhoades, Christian Stephen, Anthony Reta, Meghan Peddicord, Kelly Wong and Dominic Marquis, worked together to construct and decorate the children’s playhouse based on a theme picked out by the family receiving this one of a kind donation.

Building - Christian and Kelly
[Above photo: Kelly Wong and Christian Stephens]

Anthony Roofing
[Above photo: Anthony Reta]

The recipient of this woodland themed playhouse was a member of the Blue Star Mom group, a local charity that assists active and veteran military service members.  The father was a former submarine crewman based at Pearl Harbor but is now stationed locally while he goes through Officer training getting his PHD in electrical engineering.  His six children were all smiles as they jumped out of the family van and started playing with the playhouse and telling us all about their fun plans for it.

A special thanks to Charlotte, although she could not be present for the build, Charlotte and the Power Foundation were able to raise the necessary funds to do such a fun and rewarding charity event.

[By Dominic Marquis]



Yoga Fisherman Marks

Spreading Health and Wellness with Yoga

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June 21st was the Summer Solstice and it was also the first day of the F3 farmer’s market at Fisherman’s Mark in Lambertville, NJ. To celebrate their first market of the season, Fisherman’s Mark teamed up with Cassie Galster from CVI Doylestown to host yoga classes at the farm stand.


F3 stands for “Farmers, Families, and Fisherman’s Mark.” The farm stand, which operates every Wednesday from 10am-2pm throughout the season, offers locally grown (often organic) produce free of charge to the community. Along with the market, F3 hosts cooking demonstrations, as well as activities aimed at spreading awareness about health and wellness to everyone in the community. Cassie is a RYT 500 yoga instructor, and the day just so happened to be International Yoga day. It was a perfect opportunity to reach out to the community and show how you can incorporate yoga in your daily life.

[By Cassie Galster]
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CVI Doylestown Gets Mucked Up for MS

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Justin Bowers and Cassie Galster from CVI Doylestown participated in MuckFest MS on June 4th. This annual 5K mud run takes place in multiple cities across the country and donates 100% of its fundraising dollars to the National MS Society. The course features numerous obstacles—pits, tunnels, zip lines, ropes, and more—all with the focus on getting dirty and having fun.

This was the second year Justin and his wife Tricia took to the course, while Cassie was a first-time rookie. Our team, Tricia’s Little Muckers, also included many family and friends. A muddy good time was had by all.

Together, we raised $2,430 for the National MS Society. This would not have been possible without CVI’s help, as many of the donations came from our fellow colleagues.

[By Cassie Galster]
2nd Quarter 2017 Back Packs Ready to Go to Incline June 28-2017

Larkspur Team Stuffs Back Packs for Incline Middle School

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[Photo above: left to right- Geoff Kinnaird, Lynn Zambrano, Teresa Kwan and Charlotte Kobayashi]

On June 28, 2017, Lynn Zambrano, Teresa Kwan, Geoff Kinnaird and Charlotte Kobayashi, stuffed 7 “DaKine” backpacks with several required supplies for Incline Middle School 6th Graders:  3″ binders, subject dividers, colored pencils, dry erase markers with 4 different colors and erasers, plus scissors.

2nd Quarter Ready for Packing June 28-2017

2nd Quarter 2017 Packing Supplies donated by CVI June 28-2017Backpacks will be delivered to Incline Village and handed over to Sarah Mcmahon, who will represent Corporate Visions and award to 7 students when school begins toward the end of August. We have been coordinating with teacher, Liz Harrell, to help identify 7 students to be awarded a back pack.

Watch for follow up blog story for the award day and the 7 lucky students!

[By Charlotte Kobayashi]
2nd Quarter UK Fish Pond team photo 1 May 24 2017

UK Volunteering – Fishponds Park 24th May

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The majority of the UK team (Helen, Emma, Zoe, Avesh, John, Leo and Steve) spent the day at Fishponds Park in South London on what was very much an environmental project in restoring use of a stream between two ponds in the park. The ponds had previously been the habitats of many fish and aquatic birds but have become heavily neglected over recent years due to the reliance on charity funding and volunteering.

2nd Quarter 2017 UK at Fish Stagnant Pond May 24 2017[Photo above: The Stagnant Pond]

Basically the ponds have become stagnant, overgrown and uninhabitable due to the lack of water flow between them since the pump used to encourage the flow had broken some years ago. The charity which runs the park has managed to secure funding for a new pump but cannot put this into use until the dried up stream has been cleared of overgrown vegetation and litter. This is where we came in, having to dig out much of the dried up stream path and removing overgrown shrubs and brambles. Made harder work by the hottest day of the year (at that point) in the UK, the team put in lots of physical exertion to ensure we had maximum impact during our time there.

2nd Quarter 2017 UK Overgrown stream May 24 2017[The Overgrown Stream]

It was great to not only see the progress made on the day but also to receive very encouraging feedback whilst we worked away in the hot sun. The supervisor from the charity informed us that he saw more progress in half a day than had been achieved in the previous 6 months due to their reliance on volunteers and people on community service projects. We also had many local people passing by, come to talk to us and say thank you as they had seen this, place of beauty, become neglected, overgrown and an eyesore. The general feeling was that they were looking forward to the day when it’s natural beauty is restored and the fish and wildlife once again thriving.

2nd Quarter 2017 UK team gets to work May 24 2017

[The Team Clearing the Stream]

In addition, we spent some time towards the end of the day to create a new habitat for the endangered species which is the Stag Beetle. To do this, we had to dig a pit and partially submerge a number of logs before burying them in tightly packed soil. The rotting wood underground, creates an ideal environment for the Stag Beetles to live and develop.

2nd Quarter 2017 UK Stag Beetle has a home May 24 2017

[Creating the Stag Beetle Home]

Overall, this was hard work but very satisfying and great fun to do something different as a team.

[By Steve Sorah]