Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 24, 2014

Hundreds turn out for Make a Difference Day

Theme was 'Get Connected, Stay Connected'

by Jeb Bing

More than 600 turned out last Saturday for the city's annual "Make a Difference Day" at the Pleasanton Library.

Sponsored by the Community of Character Coalition and Accusplit, the focus was on community service and volunteerism.

Exhibitors showed how their organizations give service and how others may also participate in giving back. The theme was "Get Connected, Stay Connected through Community Involvement."

Comments made to event coordinator Ken Mano included:

"In comparison with the last one at the Pleasanton Senior Center where we seemed to have more space, we didn't get the library 'traffic' then that we did this time, so that was a plus." - Carolyn Ainsworth of the Assistance League of Amador Valley.

"We met many wonderful people who showed interest in the Garden Club and our various projects." - Nancy Harrington of the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club.

"It was a fantastic event. So many people attended and came through. It was positive and very rewarding." - Heather Rizzoli, Community of Character.

"It was a wonderful day and a great way to gain exposure for our Foundation since most of the people we spoke with did not know about us or what we do. It was also timely in that we were able to promote our largest fundraiser of the year, Ragin Cajun to those who stopped by." - Tina Onderbeke, Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies Foundation.

"Thank you so much for an excellently run event." - Anne Sanderson, EF Foundation for Foreign Study.

"This was Relay for Life's first time attending the event. We are very happy with the turnout, agree it was very crowded but we do not feel this hindered in any way our ability to speak to people. Can't wait for next year!" - Lisa Brown, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

"What a great group of folks you all are, working toward the benefit of your community. You are quite a model for others to follow." - Joanne Remillard, executive vice president, eScrip.

"The Alviso Adobe Community Park table was busy the entire time with very interested and engaged community members. Thank you for helping us to make these connections." - Maureen Morley, Alviso Adobe Community Park.

"This event was a 'home run!' We made many connections and signed up 23 volunteers including some potential Axis Foundation Board members." - Kitty Harvey, Axis Community Health.

Over 30 of the leading non-profit groups in the city participated, including: Accusplit, Alameda County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), AV Athletic Boosters, Amador Valley Quilters, Alviso Adobe Community Park, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, American Red Cross and the Assistance League of Amador Valley.

Also participating with representatives and information booths at the event were Blankets for Kids, Boy Scouts of America, Bundles of Joy, City Serve of the Tri-Valley, eScrip, Hope Hospice, JustServe.org, Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club, Museum on Main, National Charity League, Open Heart Kitchen and the Pleasanton Library.

Other participants were the Community of Character organization, Lions Club, Pleasanton Military Families, Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Rotary Club of Pleasanton North, Pleasanton Police Department, Senior Support of the Tri-Valley, Special Olympics, Tri-Valley Youth Court, Valley Humane Society and the Tri-Valley YMCA.

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