Supporting Our Nonprofits

February 2022

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
Lafayette Chamber Announcements
"Coffee" with City of Lafayette Mayor Teresa Gerringer

Let’s start the year off with a brief update on Council priorities then answer questions!

Refill your coffee and join the Lafayette Chamber and the 2022 City of Lafayette Mayor Teresa Gerringer for an online Zoom meeting at 8am on Friday, January 28.

Register for Zoom link at Send any questions in advance to
Early Diagnosis Foundation Wellness Kit
Ribbon Cutting at Woehrle Real Estate and Development
Friday, January 28, 5pm-8pm, Ribbon Cutting at 5:30pm, 1010 Oak Hill Road, Lafayette

Woehrle Real Estate & Development, a boutique real estate firm serving a variety of clients for over 28 years, will host a Lafayette Chamber ribbon cutting for the rebranding of its agency and its mission to provide unmatched service as a multi-licensed brokerage firm. Woehrle Real Estate & Development holds real estate, general construction and general engineering licenses which enable the firm to deliver outstanding client service on all levels and provide strategic expertise throughout any real estate transaction scenario.

Woehrle Real Estate & Development is experienced in selling, purchasing, designing, planning, permitting, remodeling, rezoning, procuring and developing property to meet most any need no matter the complexity.

Woehrle Real Estate invites you to the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on Friday, January 28 at 5:30 pm. Food and beverages will be served from 5-8 pm at 1010 Oak Hill Road, Lafayette. Over 40 attendees are expected including City of Lafayette, Mayor - Teresa Gerringer, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director - Jay Lifson and Chamber board members as well as local business owners, executives and residents.

All attendees will have the option to receive a complimentary Early Diagnosis Foundation wellness kit at the Ribbon Cutting!
Inspiration Contagion Book Launch Party
Tuesday, February 1, 12-1 pm PST

You can purchase your copy in ebook or paperbook format here or search for "Inspiration Contagion" on Amazon.

Join member and author, Holly Jean Jackson, in celebrating her newly published book, Inspiration Contagion, Health Secrets for Raving Success! In this session, Holly will do a book reading, share how the launch is going, invite you to share your personal stories of inspiration and growth and answer any questions you have. Register today!
Lafayette Chamber Connectors!
Wednesday, February 2, 4:30pm, online via Zoom

Join us for a unique take on networking. 
This group discusses current challenges members are having with their business, big or small. Share your ideas and fresh perspectives with other members. Participation is encouraged and appreciated. We are ALL in this together!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
2020 Citizens of the Year recipients, Janet & Rick Cronk.
Submit a nomination for the 2022 Lafayette Citizen(s) of the Year!

Criteria for Lafayette's Citizen of the Year are as follows:
  • Must NOT be a current elected or paid member of any City Council, school board or commission.
  • Must be a current Lafayette resident.
  • Must be someone who has given of their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community, where people will want to live, work and shop.
  • Must be someone who models excellence in everything they do.
  • Must be someone who brings this community together and/or makes us proud to be a member of the community.

For more information including a list of past recipients and to submit a nomination visit Deadline for nominations is noon on Friday, February 11, 2022. 

📷 2020 Citizens of the Year recipients, Janet & Rick Cronk.
Become a lifetime Friend of the Chamber

A Friend of the Chamber membership provides a way for community members to support the efforts of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. We are 74 years strong and our mission continues “To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette.” 

All aspects that make up a community are important to us: schools, residents, churches and synagogues, community organizations, activities, and the city government. Chamber members work with representatives of all these groups for the betterment of our community. A lifetime Friend of the Chamber membership is $150 per family. Learn more here>>
Happy New Year!! Stand out in the crowd in 2022. Advertise in The Grapevine®.
Serving the Lamorinda community for 40 years.
Upcoming Events & Special Announcements from our Nonprofit Chamber Members
Please consider supporting our various nonprofits.
Our Arts Community email blast (many of which are also nonprofits) will be sent Friday, February 11.
Have an event to share with our community? Add it to our Community Calendar!
A Brighter Day Charity

A Brighter Day Charity works to help teens and young adults recognize and access resources to cope with the risks of stress and depression through education and socially interactive events.

A Brighter Day Charity was founded in 2015 in memory of Jake Kallen. Our mission is to help teens survive and thrive in early adulthood and beyond. We’re committed to helping teens understand, protect, and sustain their mental health. Our culture and initiatives are driven by our core values of education, creativity, and community. For more information, please visit
Our East Bay office is hiring! Manager, Walk to End Alzheimer's

Achieve your higher purpose and make a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer's Association has been ranked as a Best Non-Profit to Work For by The Non-Profit Times every year since 2010.
Bay Area Crisis Nursery 22nd Annual Crab Feed DRIVE THROUGH

Ahoy, mates! We are keeping our Crab Feed tradition alive! On Sat, Feb 12, 2022 we will host our 22nd Annual Crab Feed and Auction—a night of community, crab, and giving, at Carondelet High School in Concord. All proceeds directly support the Nursery! With more than 300 guests, BACN’s Crab Feed & Auction is our biggest fundraiser annually.
For $65 you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat crab dinner and support the Nursery. Tell your friends, family, coworkers! This fundraiser directly supports the Nursery! So come one, come all to this drive through event, and support this magical place for children and families.

Date: Feb 12, 2022 | 5 pm – 10 pm
Location: Garaventa Center @ Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr, Concord
This event has been moved to a drive through event. Please stay tuned for more details.
Price: Tickets- $65 & Tables for 10- $60. Purchase tickets here.
Senate OKs Bill to Raise Awareness of Mental Health Concerns Among Youth
Press Release, Wednesday, January 26, 2022:
Californians would have the opportunity to help raise awareness of mental health concerns for youth by purchasing specially designed license plates under legislation by Senator Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa, approved by the full Senate today.
The license plate purchases would establish a new source of funding for schools to invest in mental health crisis prevention services, under the bill, SB 21.
But, to put the mental health license plates on the streets, 7,500 people must pre-order these license plates. People can register their intent to buy the license plate here:
Senator Glazer has joined with a coalition of mental health advocates to promote awareness of the license plate drive, including BeingWellCA and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, is a co-sponsor of the legislation. 
The legislation is especially timely as teenagers are dealing with the strain of COVID-19 limits and youth anxiety, depression and suicide are on the rise as social and public health concerns.
“We face a crisis in which anxiety, depression and suicide among young people are serious social and public health concerns,” Senator Glazer said.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic, people are keenly aware of its toll on people’s mental health and the need for increased services for everyone across the state,” Senator Glazer said. “But, the pandemic has had a particular impact on our youth who have had to adapt and change every aspect of their lives at a critical point of development.”
If the bill is approved and signed into law, and once 7,500 pre-orders are made, the bill would require the State Department of Education to sponsor the mental health awareness license plate program through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles would make the plates available for a fee. The sales revenue would go into a Mental Health Awareness Fund for mental health services in public schools.
These funds would be used for mental health services school districts and sites in California to increase awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Among many coalition partners aiding this effort are the National Alliance on Mental Illness, California, with more than 19,000 members and 62 chapters in California, and BeingWellCA, a mental health support organization founded by Graham Wiseman, whose 15-year-old son Colin died of suicide in 2013.
“We knew something had to be done to address the alarming rise in student anxiety, depression and suicide ideation to honor Colin’s life and save others,” Wiseman said.
Over the last several decades, numerous license plates have been created to support programs such as breast cancer awareness and the California Arts Council. These license plates are an effective way for people to support initiatives without raising taxes or placing the burden on certain groups or individuals.
“This license plate is one small step to bringing greater awareness to mental health and greater funding for services that help young Californians dealing with a mental illness,” Glazer said. “Please sign up to buy the license plate at”
Cancer Support Community is excited to share the lineup of events this year!

First up is the annual Hope Walk where you can walk from anywhere the week of May 15 and join CSC in-person to walk and celebrate on May 21st!
Register today:
CASA of Contra Costa County is Hiring!

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Contra Costa County is a community benefit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, established to recruit, train and support volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Juvenile Court process. A CASA volunteer helps to ensure that a foster child’s needs are being met while assisting the Court in moving children from temporary placement to safe and permanent homes. 
CASA currently has two job openings: Screening and Training Coordinator and Recruitment Coordinator.

The Screening and Training Coordinator is responsible for volunteer screening prior to acceptance into the CASA Program as well as the development and delivery of training for prospective and existing CASA volunteers. Apply for Screening and Training Coordinator.

The Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator is responsible for recruiting individuals within the community to serve as CASA volunteers and represents the CASA Program at outreach events in order to raise awareness of the CASA Program’s mission. Apply for Recruitment Coordinator.
Friends Corner Book Shop

Friends Corner Book Shop offers a wide variety of gently used books in dozens of topic areas for your shopping pleasure. New Store Hours, effective February 1:
Monday through Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 9am-1pm
Sunday Closed
The Book Shop is recruiting for volunteers. The average time commitment is a few hours per week and training is provided. Come join the all-volunteer staff and their good work supporting the programs, collections, and service of the Lafayette Library.
Interested? Send an email to
Hope Solutions: The Heart of Housing & Services
At Hope Solutions, (formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing), we envision a world in which everyone has a place to call home and the support of a strong community so that they can live with dignity and reach their full potential.
We are thrilled to announce that we are planning our Annual Gala, Ruby Slippers - There’s No Place Like Home on March 5 at the Blackhawk Museum. Tickets are on sale now. Early bird pricing ends February 1st.

We are also looking for donations for our silent auction. Consider creating an auction basket with your friends or community group. A list of suggestions and sign-up can be found here.

Volunteer Opportunities:
After-School Program Volunteers Needed: We are looking for patient and compassionate volunteers to provide academic support and mentoring for the children in our after-school program. We ask volunteers to commit to one afternoon per week (Monday-Thursday) through May at one of our four sites: Pleasant Hill, Concord, Pittsburg, or Bay Point.
If you are interested in becoming a Homework Club volunteer tutor, please complete our interest form:

To see a full list of our current involvement opportunities, click here.
If you have any questions about any of our volunteer opportunitiesplease contact Sandibel Arnold at or call (925) 788-3676.
Hope Solutions Career Opportunities
We invite you to join us help reach our mission to heals the effects of poverty and homelessness. Come join our passionate and fun team. We have several open positions at Hope Solutions, including:

Learn more about all our career opportunities, by visiting:
Come and Shoppe with us at Hospice Thrift Shoppes!
Love to shop and want to find some great deals? Stop by any of our six local thrift shoppes! Come in and find rare high-end items at affordable prices, all donated by members of our community. By supporting our thrift shoppes you're helping us fulfill our mission to provide quality hospice care to everyone in our community. To stay informed on all upcoming sales, online shoppe offerings and more please follow us on social media. Be sure to mention the Lafayette Chamber to receive an additional 10% off your purchase!
JMLT 2022 Kick-Off
Join John Muir Land Trust on February 3 at noon for their virtual 2022 Kick-off event to learn how you can help preserve and protect the hills, valleys, and shoreline of our beautiful East Bay region.
* Hear about upcoming land acquisitions, including JMLT’s plan to save Harvey Ranch
* Discover unique programs that will get you excited about our natural world
* Connect with others who love the outdoors

Register here:
Lafayette Community Foundation Excellence Grants Application

The Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) has extended its Excellence Grants application deadline to April 30, 2022. For more than 20 years, LCF has been giving grants to community nonprofits in the categories of Human Services, Seniors, Youth Development & Education and Arts & Culture. If you are interested in applying for an Excellence Grant, please click HERE. To learn more about LCF and the work it does to support local nonprofits, please visit
Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation

Lafayette Library programs are only possible thanks to our generous donors. If you value great storytelling and believe in the power of Library’s to inspire, enrich and change lives, please consider making a gift today.

Your support ensures we can continue to offer meaningful programs throughout the year. Many past events are available to watch anytime on the Lafayette Library YouTube channel.  You’ll be inspired, informed and entertained!
Project LPIE
Support Lafayette Schools!
Instant Wine Cellar
Have a bottle to spare? The LPIE Gala’s Instant Wine Cellar Auction is a crowd favorite. Please consider donating a special bottle or two to our biggest fundraising event of the year and support the remarkable work of our students, teachers, and schools. Bottles can be dropped off at the LPIE office at 3450 Golden Gate Way, Suite A from 9-5 on Monday through Friday, or email to make arrangements to drop off your donation by March 18th.
Project LPIE Volunteers
Are you an expert in your field? We are looking for professionals to judge Project LPIE, an annual event that showcases and acknowledges Acalanes High School students for their project-based learning. Students compete in 13 categories including: 2D Art, Drawing/Painting, 3D FineArt/Applied Design, Acting, Creative Writing, Digital Design, Digital Photography, Editorial Writing, Entrepreneurship, Instrumental Music, Journalism, Science/Engineering/Environmentalism, Video Production, and Vocal Music. Please click here for more information about how to be a part of this community event! Judge applications are due by February 28th.
Lafayette War Veterans, Inc. - Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building

The Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building is now accepting reservations. For information on booking an event, contact Building Director for info 925-283-1153 or
CERT Water Drum Sale in Progress
The Lamorinda CERT Foundation emergency water drum sale is now in progress. Lamorinda CERT sells water storage drums in various sizes as well as fire extinguishers, GMRS and HAM hand held radios, and utility shutoff tools three times each year. The first sale of 2022 is on now through mid-February. Pickup will be on the evening of Friday, March 4 and the morning of Saturday, March 5. Pickup is behind Fire Station 41 at 1284 Moraga Way in Moraga. All residents are encouraged to have an emergency supply of drinking water in case our community water supply is disrupted by a major event (earthquake). To purchase water drums, fire extinguishers, radios or shut off tools go to the Lamorinda CERT website:

In addition to the water drum sale, Lamorinda CERT has also resumed in-person CERT Basic classes and the winter class is in full swing! While it is too late to register for the Winter class, we invite residents to register for the Fall class starting in September 2022 in Lafayette. The Fall class series will be on Thursday nights from 9/8 – 11/3 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Lafayette Community Center. The subjects covered in the class include: personal and home preparedness for all-hazard emergencies; utility, hazardous materials and fire safety; disaster medical response; light search and rescue; Incident Command System; disaster psychology; terrorism; radio communications and pet preparedness. To register go to: With wildfire season right around the corner it is never too early to start getting prepared!
Lamorinda Spirit Van

Shopping Shuttle Pilot Program: Are you available for 5 hours once a week to help out the Lafayette and Lamorinda community? One paid driver and several volunteer drivers are needed for the Lamorinda Spirit Senior Transportation Program. The paid driver will drive a 9-passenger vehicle for a 4-hour shopping shuttle circuit up and down Mt. Diablo Road in Lafayette on Tuesday or Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each week, taking passengers of all ages from store/business/restaurant to store/business/restaurant. Training is provided. If the shuttle is well utilized, a second shopping shuttle day will open up. Volunteer drivers are needed to take Lamorinda older adults to their appointments, shopping, and errands, mornings or afternoons, every week or two. A 5-passenger mini-van is used for these trips. When volunteers are not available, the paid driver may wish to fill in. A regular Class C California Driver’s License, a good driving record, and cheerful communication skills are needed. To learn more, please contact Mary at or phone 925-284-5546. 
Sometimes it Takes a Village
Lamorinda Village is a membership organization of like-minded senior residents who are dedicated to building a community that engages and empowers its members to thrive as they age. Established in 2015, we support our members with innovative ways to live well and safely in their homes. Led by a dynamic group of long-standing residents of the community and a committed team of volunteers, we offer:
·       Wide variety of local social activities and events
·       Educational presentations often with recognized experts in their field
·       Essential services provided by volunteers or vetted vendors.
Our volunteers are the foundation of Lamorinda Village. We always welcome individuals from the community who are interested in helping our older neighbors with your time and expertise. 
We invite you to reach out to us to learn more about our organization for yourself, for your neighbor OR to become a volunteer at: Visit us at:
Leave a Legacy
Here at Las Trampas, we support adults with developmental disabilities to discover their capabilities and to lead full lives in their home, at work, and in the community.
As you may know, our new state-of-the-art, ADA accessible building is so close to the finish line! One of the last pieces to be completed is the Entry Canopy and Walkway, which will be lined with personalized laser-engraved pavers.
Las Trampas is excited to offer you the opportunity to pave the way into the next era, by purchasing a legacy paver to be set in this memorial location. Won't you help us complete our new building, and leave your mark? 
Our Entry Canopy and Walkway will feature names of donors, loved ones, and local businesses. Customized pavers are a great way to honor your loved ones, and/or promote your business! Don't miss out on this opportunity to leave a legacy. It's easy to create your personalized paver today, at this link.
Small Pavers - $1,000: 8x8 inches with three lines of text
Large Pavers - $3,000: 16x16 inches with five lines of text
Monthly payments can be made, just request a pledge form!
Your personalized paver will mark the way for the individuals we serve, their families, and everyone who passes into the building, where choices and opportunities change lives every day.
If you would like to pay by check or make monthly installments, please email Katherine at
The Live Like Leo Foundation

The Live Like Leo Foundation is intended to harness rich global experiences and bring them to students who do not have such access. We believe through opening societal borders and bringing the best of educational programs from around the globe, we can raise awareness to the underexposed and in turn breed a more connected world.

The Live Like Leo Foundation draws its inspiration from young Leo Cellura who’s life was cut short in a tragic accident. Leo's global experiences over his short eleven years of life are what has inspired all of the people he touched and given us the purpose to pay it forward. Learn more and make your donation at
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa ROCK OUT HUNGER Gala 

You are invited to our largest fundraiser of the year! Cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, silent auction, special guest speaker and dancing to the 925 Band!

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville, CA.

Please join us! Tickets - $150/Table of 10 - $1500. Sponsorships Also Available.

Loaves and Fishes will be celebrating its Expansion Plan and New Mobile Delivery Vehicle. Come check out our new mobile unit and hear about how Loaves and Fishes is reaching more people in need! 
MCE's 2021 Impact Report

MCE is pleased to announce our 2021 Impact Report, highlighting the successes of our last year. We are excited to move into our second decade of service together, fostering the clean energy economy and building an equitable energy future. The power of MCE is about more than clean energy — it’s the power of people over profit; it’s community power. We all deserve a fossil–free future that combats climate change and gives us cleaner air to breathe. The climate is in our hands. Learn more and take action at
Dropoff locations coming soon! Learn more at
Host a Drive for Monument Crisis Center

Monument Crisis Center is accepting non-perishable food donations on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9am-noon. Help families in our community by donating or hosting a drive. The most-needed items are: pasta, canned tuna, peanut butter, and spaghetti. All food items must be within their expiration date, no glass containers please. Donations can be dropped off at 1990 Market Street in Concord. To find out more about hosting a drive, visit:
Do you want to help your neighbors?

Mobility Matters is a nonprofit that gives rides to Seniors and Veterans in Contra Costa County.

Volunteer Drivers are needed to take seniors grocery shopping and to medical appointments. Volunteers must be 25 to 75 years old.

Call Mobility Matters at (925) 284-2215 for additional details.
MVPC's Food Pantry
At the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church

MVPC’s Food Pantry
Every Wednesday from 5pm-6:30pm MVPC’s food pantry is open. Come to our campus located at: 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga where we are open to the public for food distribution. If you would like to donate food to the pantry, there is a donations box located by the Church office. 

Hygiene kits for Bay Area Rescue Mission
February 13th MVPC will be assembling hygiene kits for the Bay Area Rescue Mission after our 9:30 am services. These hygiene kits will be donated to the new Bridge of Hope women’s and children's shelter at the Bay Area Rescue Mission. In the event you would like to make a kit at home to donate, we have included instructions on our website:

April 2-8 MVPC Mexico 2022
MVPC is excited to continue our 30+ years of partnership with Amor Ministries to serve families in Mexico with our week long mission trip. We are excited to invite 100+ high school students and adults during spring break to work towards justice while building homes and hope for families in Mexico. As you learn to build a home, you will also build relationship with one another and deepen your relationship with God. Join us to discover how one week of your life can change a family’s life forever. 
Registration is now open! The cost is $990 by check and $1025 by credit card. The cost covers Amor Ministries registration fee, construction materials, meals and transportation. Sign up by February 20th. Space is limited. For more information and to sign up, please visit:

Vacation Bible School June 6-10th
VBS at MVPC is back this summer! More information to come about this special week. We wanted to share the dates early so you can mark your calendars. Watch for registration information at:
From the Orinda Association

Orinda's 4th of July Parade
Remember last summer how much fun you had at the 4th of July Parade!!! We are starting our 4th of July Parade planning now.  If you are interested in planning or helping with the 2022 parade, please contact The Orinda Association at

News Writer Wanted
The Orinda News, a monthly publication, is looking for a local writer to cover news in Orinda. Very part time. One - two stories per issue. Great way to get your byline out there! Email or call 925-997-0360. Go to for more information on the newspaper.
Composting becomes law in California!
Starting January 1, 2022, all California residents (including multifamily complexes) and businesses are required to recycle organic waste such as food scraps, yard trimmings and uncoated food-soiled paper. The goal of the law, Senate Bill 1383, is to reduce the amount of organic waste in landfills by 75 percent by 2025.
For more information about prevention, reuse and recycling programs and services visit
Rotary Club of Lafayette

Join the Lafayette Rotary at their weekly meetings on Thursdays! Every Thursday from 12:15 – 1:30 pm. Each week we feature a different guest speaker in addition to regular club business. Guests are always welcome! If you are interested in checking us out, email for more info.

We hope to be in-person soon, but in the meantime- join our Zoom meeting!
Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary is proud to announce the return of HOME Team! This free service provides local seniors with "fix-it" help on projects around their homes. To schedule a visit, please go to or call 888.204.5573.

Rotary cashes in on donated vehicles: Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club is firing on all cylinders with a vehicle donation program that in every instance is win-win.

Called Cars2ndChance (C2C), it was started 13 years ago by Dave Kemnitz, owner of D&H Enterprises, an auto repair shop in Concord. At the time C2C was conceived, Kemnitz was a member of the Clayton Valley Concord Rotary Club. He has since transferred to Lamorinda Sunrise.

C2C will accept motor vehicles of all descriptions – automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, boats, even jet skis – provided that there is a valid title. They can be in any condition, including not running. C2C will arrange for vehicle pickup at no charge.

The program has yielded substantial revenue for Lamorinda Sunrise and for partnering entities. There are over 80 charity partners to choose from, including many chamber members.

If you have a vehicle you wish to donate, call (925) 360-5260 or visit to submit an online donation form. All donations are tax-deductible as provided by law. If your organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) you may be eligible to become a C2C charity partner. Please call (925) 360-5260 to inquire.

Kemnitz calls C2C “one of the most worthwhile programs I have been involved in all my years as a Rotarian. For the prospective donor, it’s a no-brainer. For Rotary, it’s precious revenue used to fund community service projects.” He adds, “everyone knows someone that has a car they don’t need.”

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club Meetings are held every Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m., Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building OR Zoom Link at Guests are always welcome. 
Register for Sunflower Hill's virtual cooking classes!

Designed for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Teacher Abby's 8-week Skill Building Cooking Class is perfect for budding chefs. Participants will engage in live, virtual lessons that teach cooking basics such as following a recipe, measuring ingredients, practicing safe knife skills, and cooking with heat. Classes start in April. Details and registration at
Fast Fashion Is Hot Garbage: Green Sofa Cinema Series
Feb 16, 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In February, as Fashion Week kicks off around the globe, we delve into the world of “Fast Fashion” and its impact to the environment and industry workers. Fast Fashion refers to the cheaply made, mass produced garments, which not only produces millions of tons of greenhouse gases, contributes to air pollution, and uses millions of gallons of water in its production, it often uses unethical work practices to produce the garments in other countries.
Watch these two short films from the comfort of your home and then join us to hear from Sophia Marie Poulos, Remake Ambassador and Fashion Designer. Remake is a community-based organization of fashion lovers, focused on the environment, and women’s rights. Their mission is to change the industry’s harmful practices on the people and the planet.

Green Sofa Cinema Series is sponsored by 350 Contra Costa, Generation Green, Sustainable Contra Costa and Sustainable Rossmoor.
Sustainable Lafayette and Stanley Middle School’s Project Earth team up for first movie screening at Town Hall Theatre in over two years. The film, “Idle Threat”, follows its director/producer George Pakenham as he brings the attention of New York motorists to the dangers caused to the environment by idling cars. Following the film Project Earth will lead a youth panel to discuss the film and ways we can combat the effects of vehicle exhaust on a local level.

George Pakenham’s film premiered at the 13th Woodstock Film Festival in 2012 and has been screened around this country ever since. In the film Pakenham, who has been called a “Verdant Vigilante”, captures his crusade to confront drivers around New York City and make them aware that their idling vehicles – cars, buses, trucks – all contribute to inflated gas prices and illnesses like asthma.

Sustainable Lafayette has had a long relationship with Town Hall Theatre where they have presented short films and talks on environmental issues. This presentation will be the first Sustainable Lafayette has hosted at Town Hall since March 2020. “Idle Threat” is being present for free thanks to Sustainable Lafayette.

This is the first time Sustainable Lafayette is teaming up with Project Earth to present a film-and-panel event. Project Earth is comprised of students from Stanley Middle School who have taken on the mission to get Lafayette parents to stop idling during school pick-up and drop-off. These youth activists will lead a discussion about the threat of car exhaust especially near schools, the benefits of adding bike lanes to existing roadways, what individual community members can do to cut down on air pollution, and other topics.

Tickets will be available at

SAVE THE DATE! Lafayette Earth Day Festival - Saturday, April 30, 11am-2pm on Golden Gate Way by the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
Trinity Center

We are so grateful for the opportunity to be highlighted as a non-profit partner of Newsmakers Lesher Speaker Series.

We were highlighted on KTVU Fox 2’s Giving Day, and at Newsmakers Lesher Speaker Series January 5th kickoff with David Axelrod and Karl Rove at the beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts.

Please enjoy hearing our Executive Director, Leslie Gleason give an update on Trinity Center services and priorities. This video was that was highlighted on KTVU Channel 2 and on the big screen in the Hoffman Theater.

Thank you Lesher Speakers, Lesher Center and KTVU Channel 2 for supporting our programs and community. #TrinityCenterWC

Thank you for supporting Trinity Center!

Trinity Center is a doorway to opportunity, providing essential safety net services and a pathway forward for vulnerable populations. We advocate for those who are seeking housing, financial stability, and wellness. Join us in our mission to uphold the values of dignity, respect, inclusion, equity, and vibrancy of life for all.

Photo: Trinity Center Board Chair, Molly Clopp - Executive Director, Leslie Gleason – Development Director, Pam McGrath, joined by Donna Labriola of Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association.
Help End Hunger and Combat Climate Change with White Pony Express!
White Pony Express is on a mission to end hunger in Contra Costa County and now it’s easier than ever to volunteer with the brand new White Pony Express app!

Becoming a Food Rescue Hero is EASY as 1-2-3

Step 1: DOWNLOAD the app and SIGN UP to be a Food Rescue Hero!
Step 2: COMPLETE the online Food Safety Training.
Step 3: CLAIM a ‘food run’ via the app and off you go!
No long-term commitment needed – In as little as an hour you can make a difference by delivering surplus food to our neighbors in need. Food rescue prevents healthy, fresh food from being wasted by delivering it to families in need.  
If you are a local restaurant or catering company, you can set up regular or one-time food rescue pick-ups by contacting Pete at
For Valentine’s Day Sponsor a child in the hospital for only $20.

A $20 dollar donation to Wishers and Dreamers Inc. (501c3 Nonprofit) will sponsor a child to receive a Wishers and Dreamers Hospital Doll Gown for their little buddy or doll. Many children in the hospital bring their favorite doll, stuffy, or little buddy to be by their side during their surgery or treatments. The gown is used as a comfort item, encouragement, and a teaching tool by many children’s hospitals.

To make a donation please visit:

Checks are accepted as well. Please make checks payable to: Wishers and Dreamers Inc. 31915 Rancho California Road Ste 200-407 Temecula, CA 92591.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and for helping put smiles on children’s faces. Wishers and Dreamers Inc. (501c3 Nonprofit) sends to children suffering from illness, disease, disabling condition, or fighting medical challenges a hospital gown for their doll, bear, or little buddy to be used as a comfort item, encouragement, and a teaching tool for FREE.
Steph Curry and Draymond Green are changing the odds for foster youth

The Bay Area’s own Golden State Warriors are helping Youth Homes continue to change the odds for current and former foster youth. Place your bid on one or both of our custom poker tables signed by two of the Golden State Warrior greats: Stephen Curry (#30) and Draymond Green (#23)!

All funds raised by this auction will enable Youth Homes to continue critical support for the lives and futures of young people. BID NOW! This auction made possible by the generous support of Beau Bautista of Blue Dog Events, BBO Tables and Suzart Photo.

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Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA
Office hours by appointment only:
Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm
Closed for President's Day Holiday, Monday Feb. 21.

(925) 284-7404