Nurturing Learning, Creating Change - Volume 1, Issue 12
June Newsletter
1. A Note from The Friends of Chabot College
2. Emergency Aid Campaign Update
3. Alumni Spotlight: Karin Richey
4. Upcoming Events - Summer Fun with Alumni
5. Commemorate a Chabot Gladiator
6. Community Resources for You
A Note from The Friends of Chabot College
The Friends of Chabot College would like to share the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District - Senior Leadership Team's response to the current tragedies affecting our nation and community .
Thank You for Your Continued Support
Emergency Aid Campaign Update
Thanks to the generous support of the Stupski Foundation, United Way Bay Area, Fremont Bank, Chabot employees, and our community, the Emergency Aid Campaign has distributed over $93,000 in direct aid to students. We are looking forward to holding another round of direct aid awards later in the summer.

For a recap of what we have accomplished so far, here is an article published in various news outlets, including the Mercury News .

If you are interested in supporting the Emergency Aid Fund, please click the donate button below.
Alumni Spotlight
Karin Richey
MAJOR: Communications
CURRENT ENDEAVORS: My name is Karin Richey. I attended Chabot College from 2005-2007 as I was pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre. I was at Chabot each summer as I did year-round schooling with dual enrollment at Chabot and California Baptist University in Riverside. I was so thankful for the online and in-person learning I was able to do at Chabot, which helped me earn my degree in 3 years. I graduated from CBU in 2007. 
After graduation I was excited to put my degree to use right away and looked for any opportunity to do so. I taught kids theatre classes, directed a school musical at a local elementary school and was cast in a few professional musicals. But after years of dreaming of starting my own theatre company, in 2017 I finally brought that dream to life. I called together a team of creatives I had worked with over the years at James Logan High School, Chabot and other ventures and assembled what would become the Board of Directors for Plethos Productions
“Plethos” is ancient Greek, it means plurality of people. That is what Plethos is all about, bringing everyone together - from all backgrounds, walks of life and experiences - to participate in live performing arts. Our mission is to use theatre as a tool to unite communities. 

We started in September of 2017 with an Indiegogo campaign that crowdfunded over $6,000. With these proceeds, we put on several fundraising shows, which allowed us to have a January 1st Season Announcement party where we kicked off a full season of performances - the musical In The Heights, 3 stand-up comedy shows, and a Civil Rights Movement drama by an Oakland playwright called Four Men in Paris. 
Since then, we’ve continued producing and are now in our 3rd season of shows. We’ve sold thousands of tickets and given dozens of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comics opportunities to share their craft with our local community. Even now as we had to halt our Spring drama in the middle of rehearsals due to COVID-19, we are still bringing people together via weekly virtual Open Mic nights, which have brought in performers from all over the country and the world to share their talent despite the difficult times. 
ADVICE FOR FUTURE ALUMNI : If I could advise current Chabot students of anything - it would be: Complete this sentence “My life won’t be complete if I never at least TRY to____________." Whatever that is, that goal, dream, aspiration - start now. It’s never too early and no step is too small if it’s in the right direction. And remember, you get to define success, happiness and a life you love on your own terms. It can be whatever you want, and you can change your mind at any time. Know that if you stay flexible, patient and work hard, you can accomplish more than you can even imagine. 

Join the Alumni and Friends Association today! It's free!
Upcoming Events
Summer and Fall Courses
Chabot College has numerous and varied educational opportunities available this Summer and Fall. For more information on how to apply, registration, and class schedules, please see the following the link:

Summer Semester:
Begins June 1st, 2020

Fall Semester:
Begins August 17th, 2020
Summer Alumni Fun - A Night of Comedy

Chabot College Alumni and Friends
Funny Feud: A Virtual Comedy Night
Friday, July 31, 2020
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Online via Zoom

The Friends of Chabot College is hosting a virtual comedy night for Alumni and friends. Chabot College Alum, Michael Booker , will host a virtual comedy game show. Tickets are free for Chabot College Alumni who RSVP. Tickets for additional guests are a suggested donation of $5 each. Space is limited.

Event details and link to RSVP to come! Look for more information in our July newsletter. 

Have questions? Contact us:
Commemorate a Chabot Gladiator
Looking to celebrate a Chabot College Alumni, student, parent, or retiree? Mark a place in Chabot College's history with a commemorative brick.

These customized 4" x 8" grey granite bricks are located in the breezeway between the 700 buildings on campus. Inscriptions can include:

Your Name, Job Title/Description
Year of Graduation from Chabot College
Honoring of a Co-Worker, Teacher, or Family Member

The cost is $250 per brick, and proceeds support Chabot students and programs.

To receive an order form or ask a question, please email us:
Did You Know?
Community Resources for You
Below you will find highlights of some resources in our community. More comprehensive resource lists can be found here:


211 is a free service to help provide referrals for local resources, such as food, paying bills, and other essential resources. Call 2-1-1 or visit .

The "Keep Everyone Housed" Rent Relief Grant application is currently open for residents of Oakland , though this is subject to close when the number of applicants exceeds funding available. To complete the application, you will need the following:
  • Valid ID
  • Current Lease Agreement or documentation of rent paid
  • Documentation of income and income loss
  • Proof of housing crisis (i.e. documentation certifying resident is behind on payments)
  • W9 from Landlord/Property Owner

Applications were previously open to residents of Hayward and Emeryville, as well. If funding is replenished, these applications may reopen.

  • StorylineOnline - Streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books with creative illustrations.
  • P-EBT Card - The Pandemic EBT Program (P-EBT) is for students who are normally able to get free or reduced price school meals. Apply by June 30th and get up to $365 per child to spend on groceries. Students enrolled in CalFresh, MediCal, or Foster Care benefits may automatically receive this P-EBT; see the website details.
  • CalFresh - If you are eligible for CalFRESH, you could receive up to $198/month for groceries. For information and assistance with the CalFresh application, contact Chabot College's Sofia Sanchez Pillot.
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The Friends of Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd 
Hayward, CA 94545
The Friends of Chabot College is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Donors are encouraged to consult a qualified tax consultant for more detailed information.
The Friends of Chabot College
Board of Directors
Hon. Mark Salinas, Chair; Hon. Pat Gacoscos, Vice Chair/Secretary;
Mr. Obray Van Buren, Fundraising Chair; Ms. Sheryl Boykins; Ms. Marita Cheng;
Dr. Hal Gin; Ms. Melinda Matsuda; Dr. Susan Sperling; Mr. Dale Wagoner;
Ms. Yvonne Wu Craig, Executive Director