Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Day of Caring

By Kristin Thebaud  |  2017-09-12

If you can donate your talents to care for others contact the United Way. Photo courtesy United Way.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)  – More than 1,000 local residents are needed to spend a day caring for the community Sept. 22-23 by signing up for one of dozens of volunteer projects happening at nonprofits, schools and community parks across the region during United Way’s Day of Caring. The event, sponsored by Nationwide, will begin with a kickoff breakfast and rally at Cal Expo. To sign up for Day of Caring: http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/day-caring

Last year, volunteers gave 5,450 hours through the event, which equated to more than $128,000 in volunteer time that many nonprofits, schools and groups could not have otherwise afforded.

“This is the single largest volunteer day in our region, and we hope people will be as enthusiastic about it as they are about Big Day of Giving,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This our chance to give big through our time and energy as we dig our hands in to help the hardworking nonprofits, parks and schools that do so much for our community every day.”

As part of Day of Caring, United Way is holding its Stuff the Bus campaign to collect school supplies for Robla School District in Sacramento through Sept 22. All donated school supplies will be placed in a school bus and driven to Robla School District at the end of the day. To donate to Stuff the Bus: http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/StufftheBus2017

Nationwide is the presenting sponsor for Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus, and Cal Expo is the kick-off rally sponsor. Project sponsors include Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, ESM Prep, KPMG, Law Offices of Deon R. Stein, Nelson Staffing, SAFE Credit Union, SMUD, Social Interest Solutions, Sutter Health, Syzmanowski Orthodontics, TaxAudit.com and Zurich. Media partners include Entercom Radio’s ESPN Radio 1320 AM, 98 Rock, Eagle 96.9 FM and 106.5 The End. To sponsor: www.yourlocalunitedway.org/day-caring

Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus are part of United Way California Capital Region’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer: www.yourlocalunitedway.org

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Meals on Wheels by ACC Asks Congress to “SAVELUNCH”!

By Michelle Bustamante, Program Specialist  |  2017-09-12

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Meals on Wheels by ACC along with thousands of others are making our voices heard by participating in the national “SaveLunch” campaign. Help us send a message to Congress and other elected officials to stop budget cuts and save senior nutrition programs across the country.

Meals on Wheels by ACC provides much needed meals to nearly 1,500 homebound seniors, many of whom depend on our program as their main source of nutrition and socialization. Another 900 seniors gather to enjoy nutritious meals and the companionship of friends at one of our 20 All Seasons Café’s throughout Sacramento.

Meals on Wheels by ACC is more than just a meal, for many the daily or weekly visits from our volunteer drivers may be their only connection to the outside world, their only smile, their only friend.  

Each Meals on Wheels by ACC participant has been provided a paper plate in which to write a message to their local congressperson, we invite you to join us in this effort. On September 15th we will be sending hundreds of paper plate messages to our elected officials, we would like yours to be one of them, and together we can “SaveLunch”.

Please send your paper plate to:

Meals on Wheels by ACC, 7375 Park City Dr, Sacramento, CA 95831

For more information about the “SaveLunch” Campaign or to learn how to become a Meals on Wheels by ACC volunteer, please call (916) 444-9533.

Source: Meals on Wheels

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Stand Up Against Bullying September 15th

By Rick Reed  |  2017-09-12

Mr. Robinson

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Black Belts aren’t going to take it. They want you to know how to avoid conflict, stop a bully and share confidence that comes from knowing self-defense. Bullies are not going away. Will your family have the tools they need to counter unwanted aggression?

Let Robinson’s Taekwondo Black Belts raise your personal awareness to avoid conflict, share strategy on short-circuiting or diverting a Bully and at last resort how to fight back!

This free family friendly workshop is being held at participating Robinson’s TKD locations in the Sacramento region. Reserve space by registering to join us in battling bullying with knowledge, planning and self-defense skills your whole family can learn.

Join us for this 90-minute community service event Friday, September 15, 2017 beginning at 6pm.

Everyone is welcome and families are urged to attend together as we all stand against bullying in the Sacramento community!

Bullying is not going away and the only way to fight back is by learning how to cope, avoid danger and fight back. Bullying at school, on the streets, at home or at work Sacramento can say ‘We are not going to take it anymore’ alongside the Black Belts of Robinson’s TKD.

Robinson’s has nine Sacramento regional locations, please visit www.robinsonstkd.com to find a school near you, register to reserve space for your family at this special community service event. Or Click: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bully-busting-clinic-2017-tickets-37502545122

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Join Us for a Fun and Informative Afternoon

By Suzanne Jones  |  2017-09-08

Yes, politics can be fun! Come and join the interesting ladies of SRWF for lunch. Photo courtesy SRWF

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Calling all conservative women!  Please join us for a fun, informative and delicious afternoon.  The Sacramento Republican Women Federated are hosting their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  This month our guest speaker is Debbie Bacigalupi.  Debbie will tell us all about “Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development”.  If you have never heard of this, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be well informed about Agenda 21 and how it will affect you! 

According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social, and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity.  Those that believe in “sustainability” insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction. 

In addition to becoming a well informed citizen, this is a great opportunity to meet a wonderful group of like-minded women from the Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Folsom, and Gold River areas.  We meet for a delicious “sit down” lunch in a beautiful setting at 11:30 am., September 12 for the very reasonable price of $25.  This month our menu includes Pork Loin, New York Cheesecake with Berry Sauce, coffee and tea.  For more information please visit our website www.SacramentoRWF.org   or call Suzanne at 916-947-9241.  Reservations are required. 

Our luncheon for the next month will be on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:30 am.

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Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - No Place Like Home (NPLH) is a new State program that will provide counties with grants in 2018 to provide critically needed housing for chronically homeless individuals who are also struggling with mental illness. Sacramento County​ will be applying for NPLH funding as an essential piece of our “housing first” approach to reducing homelessness.  

As a first step toward pursuing those funds​ Sacramento County will be working with a consultant to lay the groundwork for a plan that will align with No Place Like Home specifications.

“Permanent supportive housing options are critical to people experiencing homelessness and who are also in need of mental health services,” said Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County District 2 Supervisor and Governor Brown’s appointee to the No Place Like Home Advisory Committee. “Securing these funds will be a critical component of success in addressing the needs of this vulnerable population in the Sacramento region.”

Paul Lake, Sacramento County’s Deputy County Executive for Social Services, worked to ensure collaboration with key stakeholders when the planning committees began to meet in late 2016. 

“Broad representation from advisory bodies, advocates and cities was essential for ensuring the appropriate people were sitting at the table,” Lake said. “Collaboration is imperative as we move forward to successfully address issues around homelessness in the Sacramento region.”

The NPLH Steering Committee includes Sacramento County’s Director of Homeless Initiatives as well as representatives from the County’s Departments of Human Assistance and Health and Human Services, the Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee and the City of Sacramento’s Mayor’s Office. 

Additionally, the NPLH Advisory Committee includes the County’s Homeless Services Manager, Veterans’ Services Officer, and Behavioral Health Director as well as representatives from Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Advisory Boards, the Homeless Continuum of Care Advisory Board, the Sacramento Housing Alliance, and the Steinberg Institute, among others.

Members on the Program Development Work Group include representatives from the Cities of Folsom, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Galt and Sacramento.

NPLH funding is vital for the County because in order to fund NPLH, the State will be withholding the County’s Mental Health Services Act growth revenues, which will create shortfalls in funding mental health programs. 

However, through prudent use of reserves, the County will continue to sustain those programs while pursuing new opportunities the NPLH grant will provide to address chronic homelessness in the Sacramento region.

The permanent housing would be linked to on- or off-site flexible, voluntary and individualized services to retain housing, improve health, and live and work in the community.

The county’s next step is submitting the grant application, due September​ 30. Project funding is anticipated to begin in 2018.

Source: Sacramento County Media


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Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department (Metro Fire) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is having an introductory (Basic) training open to the public this September.

Citizens may take the class just for their own information, they may also take the class as the first step in becoming a member of the Metro Fire CERT program. As a member, participants are eligible to attend additional training including: advanced Medical Training, Severe Weather / Downed Lines Training, and Sandbag Training; to name a few. Mentorship and support is provided throughout this process to help all interested volunteers become active members of the program.

Metro Fire CERT members have served in numerous capacities including staffing the Sacramento County Emergency Operation Center, Sacramento County Sand Bag Stations and deployment to areas impacted by wild fire. CERT members also volunteer numerous hours within local communities for events including but not limited to: Capital Air Show, Hot August Bites, Special Olympics Softball, Rancho Cordova 4th of July, and Eppie's Great Race. During all events CERT members serve as Outreach liaisons and Stand-By First Aid.

The Metro Fire CERT Basic Training Includes: What your local risks are and what you need to do to prepare; How to manage utilities, hazardous materials, and put out small fires using the appropriate Fire Extinguisher; How to use "START Triage" and how to treat the "Three Medical Killers" by: opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; How to provide basic medical aid; How to effectively search for and rescue victims safely; How to organize yourself and spontaneous volunteers to be effective as a team and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts; Disaster Psychology; Terrorism.

The dates are: Thursday September 21st,  Saturday September 23rd , Thursday September 28th,  Saturday September 30th. There is no cost for this training.

For more information about this program, please email metrofirecert@gmail.com.

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Rising Star Jennifer Reason Performs at Pioneer Church

By Vi McNally  |  2017-09-08

Pianist Jennifer Reason, Photo courtesy Pioneer Church

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Jennifer Reason, concert pianist, will perform at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street, across from Sutter’s Fort.

This is the first concert in the 2017-2018 Sacramento Community Concert Association series. Hailed by German critics as a pianist "in the league of Carnegie Hall," a "rising star" whose playing is "lush, sensual and colorful: like a painting" (Sulzbach-Rosenberger),

Reason is a vibrant young performer. Recently she completed her 8th international tour, including twice appearing as a soloist to critical acclaim at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany, as well as at the Schlern and Orfeo International Music Festivals in Italy. She has also twice appeared in an ensemble setting at Carnegie Hall, as well as the Vatican, the Liszt Academy in Hungary, and the International Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Italy.

Reason is a versatile performer of various styles of music from Classical New Music, Jazz to Pop, and Broadway to Gospel. Tickets at the door $25, students $13, subscriptions available by calling the Sacramento Community Concert Association at 916-400-4634.

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