Doylestown Helps BUCKs KNOCK OUT HUNGER—Again!

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A team of 9 CVI Doylestown employees, along with a few family and friends once again volunteered at the annual Bucks Knocks Out Hunger event sponsored by United Way. We rolled up our sleeves, donned our hairnets and together with a few hundred other volunteers, packed a whopping 125,000 meals.

According to the United Way, 9% of Bucks County residents – 16% of them being children – face hunger. These families end up having to make some hard choices. Many times, cutting back on nutritious food is their only option. By participating in this BKO Hunger event, we provided more than just food on the table. We’re helping to make sure kids stay healthy. And, that they don’t suffer from the stress of not knowing where their next meal will come from.

Doylestown Helps Bucks KNOCK OUT HUNGER 1
It was a great way to hang out with, get to know better, and generally break in a few of our new team members…Rob, Rebecca and Ryan (Ryan’s 1st week on the team). Fun times!

Doylestown Helps Bucks KNOCK OUT HUNGER 2

Person-to-Person 2017 Toy Store Volunteer Opportunity

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Every December, Person-to-Person opens its “Toy Store”, a marvelous pop-up holiday shop where client families select a free toy, book and board game for their children for the holidays. Gifts are chosen, and wrapped during Person-to-Person’s on-site “Toy Store” in Darien, Connecticut.

This year P2P’s Toy Store delighted more than 1,900 children.!

Lisa Slen helped set-up the holiday ‘pop-up’ Toy Store on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
[by Lisa Slen]

CVI Fundraised with Elks for Ukulele Music Education & Veterans

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[Photo above of Award Ceremony for 26 ukuleles for Laurel Dell Elementary School on November 16, 2017]

On May 13, 2017, Corporate Visions employees Lynn Zambrano, Jaime Farrar, Charlotte Kobayashi partnered with Elks  Lodge #1108, Dennis McNell, Officer, to fund raise for music education for youth and to support Veterans in Northern California, by walking the 5K Bay Area Human Race at Marin Civic Center.

[Photo after the walk of Jaime, Danny, Lynn and Sofie and Charlotte] 2nd Quarter 2017 Three Divas and 2 keiki's living Boldly! (1)

2nd Quarter 2017 Bay Area Human Race- entire group photo

The team raised $3500. With these funds, we will complete 6 ukulele workshops for 6 elementary school teachers, develop a 9 week  curriculum in process to be copyrighted [pro-bono by a entertainment lawyer, Bob Gordon] to potentially be used for elementary school music program county-wide.

Thanks to The Magic Flute Music Store, we were able to purchase the first set of  26 ukuleles for Laurel Dell Elementary School in San Rafael to add to their music program for 4th graders.  Fundraisers’ names were inscribed on the bottom of each ukulele. Here are a few:  Donated by Corporate Visions- Lynn Z; Donated by Corporate Visions – Jaime Farrar, others not shown- Donated by Mike F; Donated by Matt G.etc.
4th Quarter Ukulele Lynn Z for Laurel Dell Nov 16 2017

4th Quarter 2017 Laurel Dell Ukulele Jaime F Nov 16-2017

A performance of all the students from the 6 schools is scheduled for March 29, 2018 at the San Rafael Elks Lodge #1108, main ballroom which will hold 200 people. Parents, other teachers, ukulele clubs and Mary Jane Burke, Marin Superintendent of Schools has accepted our invitation to attend and do the closing words. This is open to the public, everyone is invited to watch the first performance of 100+ 4th graders, many of them, playing the ukulele for the first time.

Thank you for your contributions – small sums added together make a huge difference.
Let’s change the world through music the ukulele way!

Ukulele Curriculum

[By Charlotte Kobayashi]




Incline Angel Tree Gift Giving

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This year the McMahan family bought gifts for children in need and represented the Corporate Visions’ Incline Office.  Noah, Josiah, and Salomon McMahan each bought a gift using their own money to understand Christmas is about giving and receiving.  See their joyful expressions as they pose for the first Angel Tree Gift Giving photo!            [By Sarah McMahan]

86 Bicyclists for 4th Graders!

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[Photo above taken by Kathleen of San Rafael Elks Lodge: 10 students, their parents, Principal Pepe Gonzalez, Elks’ Members/Officers, Private donor and Charlotte]

Corporate Visions, Inc. partners with San Rafael Elks, private donor, and Bicycle Odyssey to award 10 more bicycles to deserving 4th grade students of Laurel Dell Elementary School on November 9 2017. Eight of the bicycles were funded through San Rafael Elks grant funds, one set from Corporate Visions and one from an on-g0ing private donor.  And now, after 4 years of awarding bicycles, there are 86 bicycles wheeling around the county.

Laurel Dell Bicycle Nov 9-2017

{Proud mother and son]

Many of these students walk to and from school and are not able to participate in extra curricular activities after school due to lack of transportation.  These happy 10 students now have brand new $325 bicycles [purchased at cost price], plus safety helmets, and a lock to bicycle themselves to and from school, ride with friends and family and participate in additional activities after school and weekends.

[By Charlotte Kobayashi]



Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ Team Share Proud Moment with CEO Erik Peterson

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[Photo left to right: Katie Findling, Charlotte Kobayashi, Erik Peterson, Francisco Ramirez. Missing are Meghan Peddicord,  Lynn Zambrano, Laurel Botsford, Stewart Munson, Donna Platt, Tara Kott, Nathan Findling and Luis Castillo with volunteers- Curita Harper, Yesenia Ramirez and Marissa Kobayashi]

Due to the North Bay fire, air pollution and lack of manpower to man the Peak Hike Trail, the October 15th BCPP 7 mile Peak Hike was cancelled.

Some of the team members proudly show their unworn Corporate Visions’ tee shirts.  Partnering with CVI were San Rafael Elks Lodge and UCSF staff.  The team led by Captain Meghan Peddicord exceeded their goal of $6000.

Thank you to many CVI-ans who supported the team and individuals – Mike Finley, Erik Peterson, Mike Miller, Hugh Bishop, Fabiana LaBauve, Joe Terry, Dustin Ring, Francisco Ramirez, Lynn Zambrano, Teresa Kwan, Patti Fiore, Amy Merrill, Conrad Smith.. to name a few…]

The Peak Hike is not being re-scheduled this year.

Some of us joined teams to prepare quiche and sandwiches for the North Bay fire evacuees.

[By Charlotte Kobayashi}

Fu Hong Society Hong Kong

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Fu Hong Society, (an organization serving people with intellectual disabilities, psychiatric disabilities and those with autism), organized the sightseeing at Tai Po Waterfront Park on October 9, 2017.

Roxanna Yuen took care of two service users and walked them  around the park – the insect house and ponds.  They were mainly interested in seeing the fishes and tortoises.  The most exciting part of the day was the barbecue lunch.  The service users were all looking forward to the barbecue as they are generally not able have this type of food.

Roxanna was responsible for grilling the food. They were overjoyed! See their lovely smiles in photo.

[By Roxanna Yuen]

Jog-a-Thon at Incline Village

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On October 13th, 2017, Sarah McMahon volunteered for 6 hours for the annual Jog-a-Thon Fundraiser.  The event raised $35,000 to pay for the physical education and wellness programs at Incline Elementary School.

Kids from Kindergarten through 5th grade run as many laps as they can in 30 minutes.

[By Sarah McMahan]


Oregon Team Supports Their Local Food Bank

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On September 1st, 2017, Leela Newman, Pete Fulford, and Fabiana LaBauve worked on the Oregon Food Bank’s community farm, digging up rows of weeds to clear a new plot for farming, picking several flats of tomatoes, and composting organic materials.

3rd Quarter 2017 - Oregon Food Bank - September 1st Tomatoes

Oregon Food Bank’s Community Farm is a 3/4 acre site next to OFB’s warehouse, where community members can learn to grow food under the instruction of a farmer-educator. The farm is operated in partnership with MudBone Grown, a women-minority-veteran owned small farm working communities. Volunteers grow food to localize the food economies of underprivileged and marginalized communities, learn new skills, and take home a share of the harvest for free. The program offers a nutritious supply of fresh produce to low-income individuals and families in need of fresh fruits and vegetables in communities across the state. Additional produce is distributed to hunger-relief agencies throughout Portland. Harvest Shares, such as MudBorne’s, encourage healthy eating through nutrition education, skill building, and access to a rich and diverse array of community resources.

[By Leela Newman]