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Monthly Activities

Others First Receives the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award!

Congratulations to Others First for receiving the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award! We received this because so many of you participate in Others First. Please continue your support by signing up for activities online now!

Read about it in the Orinda News!

Learn more about William Penn Mott and his dedication to California State Parks.

"OIS Others First - we would not be able to man the stations without the help of the amazing WR Alums! "

-Alissa Lille, Wagner Ranch Round Up


Online Sign Up!

We are blessed with so much; let's give back a little and help others in our community! Sign up for any or all of the following activities.

By using SignUp Genius we will no longer be sending out confirmation emails. If you sign up, we expect that you will mark your calendar and honor your commitment. The system will send out a reminder email 2-3 days before the activity to the email address you used to login with SignUp Genius. If something comes up where you cannot go, it is your responsibility to remove your name from SignUp Genius as soon as possible to free up spots for others and for us to plan accordingly. If you are canceling or adding within 24 hours of the activity, please contact Jeanette Chang directly. The number of spots available is a little generous to make sure we have enough. We will contact you if we need to wait list anyone. The sign ups are time/date stamped; it will be first come first serve but with first priority to anyone wait listed previously or with parents chaperoning. Please refer to the descriptions below for drop off and pick up instructions.


April Activities - Click here to sign up

 

Glide Memorial Church - Lunch Service, Sunday 4/16, 10:30am to 2:45pm,

Time Changed - Sunday 4/30, 09:30am to 2:30pm

Join us in helping serve lunch at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

Sun  4/16, meet at BART at 10:30am (train leaves at 10:45am with or without you!!). Shift runs from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Chaperone needed.

Sun 4/30, meet at BART at 09:30am (train leaves at 09:45am with or without you!!) Shift runs from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Chaperone needed.

The minimum age to serve is 12. Please wear comfortable clothing. Each volunteer is required to wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and shirts with long or short sleeves (no tank tops please!) 

Meet at BART at 10:30am (train leaves at 10:45am with or without you!!). Parents pick up same location at 2:45pm. Pick up time may vary depending on early or late release at Glide. Please bring $9.00 for BART ticket. Children 12 and younger can pre-purchased a discounted Red Ticket. See Bart’s website for details.

Please print volunteer minor waiver form, bring it filled out/signed with you, and give to Chaperon Leader. Chaperones cannot accommodate special requests for alternate drop off/ pick up arrangements for safety reasons. At the end of event, there will be no adult supervision after Bart pick up. Glide is located at 330 Ellis St., San Francisco, at the corner of Ellis & Taylor.

 

Orinda Action Day, Saturday, 4/22, 9:15am to 12:15pm

Lend a hand to help beautify the town of Orinda – be a part of the 9th annual Orinda Action Day of Community Service by residents and friends of all ages!  Check-in with the OIS parent volunteer at the Orinda Library Plaza on 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563. Our group will check in at 9:15am and pick up free T-shirt (1st 300 volunteers), and we will be assigned our project.  Enjoy light refreshments before we start to clean up Orinda!  We report back our successes at noon after our project is completed. Pick-up at 12:15pm by Orinda Library (waterfall).

 

Relay For Life at Saint Mary’s College, Saturday 4/22/17, 7am to 9pm,

Sunday 4/23/17, 8am to 11am (many shifts available, check online sign up for details)

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help finish the fight against cancer. Others First volunteers will help with Luminaria sales, decorating bags for luminaria, registration table areas, giving out T-shirts, putting up signs, set up event and more. Join the campus for a high-energy kickoff opening ceremony.  Contact person: Jessi Norris. The event is located at 1928 Saint Mary’s Rd, Moraga, CA 94575. Drop off and pick up at St. Mary’s College.

(Opening Ceremony 4/22 at 10:00am, Luminaria Ceremony 4/22 at 8:30pm, Closing Ceremony 4/23 at 9:30am)

 

Wagner Ranch Nature Area – Earth Day / Wildlife Festival, Sun 4/23, 11:30am to 4:30pm

WRNA is hosting the 16th annual Earth Day/Wildlife Festival. We need volunteers to sell food and help visitors with activities like: pond activities, hiking, crafts, games, music, and learning. It's fun to attend and even more fun to be a volunteer.  Meet and volunteer registration at Wagner Ranch Nature Area, adjacent to Wagner Ranch Elementary, 350 Camino Pablo Road, Orinda, CA 94563. Pick up same place.

 

Contra Costa Food Bank, April and May 2017

This event is no longer offered after school. All volunteers must register online this year using this link to the Contra Costa Food Bank Calendar. You may browse through monthly calendar to view volunteer opportunities. Space is limited so sign up early! If only interested in Sort Food at Concord Warehouse during April to May 2017, check details here. Warehouse volunteers sort and box food donations, and box or bag fresh produce. This position does require standing and some volunteers may need to lift filled boxes up to 35 pounds. All volunteers must be scheduled. Groups in Concord may not exceed 15 volunteers per slot. Closed toe shoes are mandatory (tennis shoes are fine.)  Age 11 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers provide own transportation. Volunteers need to fill out and bring the Independent Activity Hours Form, and have it signed by the event coordinator to receive Others First volunteer/credit hours. Concord Warehouse is at 4010 Nelson Ave., Concord, CA 94520. 


May Activities - Click here to sign up

 

JF KAPNEK TRUST 1K FAMILY FUN RUN, Sunday, 5/7/17, 8:45am to 12:15pm.

Come join us for the 14th Annual JF Kapnek Family Fun Run at Miramonte’s football field. The event helps to support children and families affected by AIDS in Zimbabwe. Others First volunteers will help out with the children’s 1K races with the starting line/finish line, cheering the kids on (bring your pomp poms!), and handling out medals and goodie bags after the run.  Besides the race, there will be music, kids' crafts, face painting, prizes and fun for all. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and a healthy brunch after the race. Event contact person: Amy Campbell. Drop off and pick up at Miramonte HS, located at 750 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA 94563

 

Glide Memorial Church - Lunch Service, Sun 5/14, 10:30am to 2:45pm.

Join us in helping serve lunch at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Shift runs from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Chaperone needed.

The minimum age to serve is 12. Please wear comfortable clothing. Each volunteer is required to wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and shirts with long or short sleeves (no tank tops please!) 

Meet at BART at 10:30am (train leaves at 10:45am with or without you!!). Parents pick up same location at 2:45pm. Pick up time may vary depending on early or late release at Glide. Please bring $9.00 for BART ticket. Children 12 and younger can pre-purchased a discounted Red Ticket. See Bart’s website for details.

Please print volunteer minor waiver form, bring it filled out/signed with you, and give to Chaperon Leader. Chaperones cannot accommodate special requests for alternate drop off/ pick up arrangements for safety reasons. At the end of event, there will be no adult supervision after Bart pick up. Glide is located at 330 Ellis St., San Francisco, at the corner of Ellis & Taylor.

 

Wagner Ranch Elementary Annual Carnival Event, Sat., 5/20, 10:45am-1:15pm (shift one) & 12:45pm-3:15pm (shift two)

Calling all Wagner Ranch Elementary alumni and carnival fans! The event takes place from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Volunteers will help run the carnival games. We need your help to make this a success! Please check-in at the Volunteer Check-in Booth in front of the school. Wagner Ranch Elementary is located at 350 Camino Pablo, Orinda, CA 94563. Drop Off and Pick Up at same location.

 

Contra Costa Food Bank, April and May 2017

This event is no longer offered after school. All volunteers must register online this year using this link to the Contra Costa Food Bank Calendar. You may browse through monthly calendar to view volunteer opportunities. Space is limited so sign up early! If only interested in Sort Food at Concord Warehouse during April to May 2017, check details here. Warehouse volunteers sort and box food donations, and box or bag fresh produce. This position does require standing and some volunteers may need to lift filled boxes up to 35 pounds. All volunteers must be scheduled. Groups in Concord may not exceed 15 volunteers per slot. Closed toe shoes are mandatory (tennis shoes are fine.)  Age 11 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers provide own transportation. Volunteers need to fill out and bring the Independent Activity Hours Form, and have it signed by the event coordinator to receive Others First volunteer/credit hours. Concord Warehouse is at 4010 Nelson Ave., Concord, CA 94520. 


Lunchtime Activities - No Advance Sign-ups needed!

 

OIS Others First LUNCH TIME ACTIVITY – MINI GYM #1 or MPR, Wednesday, May 10, Date Changed   

Join us during lunch activity to assemble toiletry/care kits for homeless or women’s shelter, for organizations such as STAND, Shelter Inc., or Monument Crisis Center.

TOILETRIES NEEDED!

We are low on donations for our toiletry drive. Please help by dropping off toothbrushes, small toothpaste tubes, combs, travel-sized soaps, shampoo, conditioner and lotions. Donations will   benefit homeless families. There is a collection box in the office. Thank you!

 

OIS Green Team, meetings on Friday during lunch, Room 11 (Ms. Kisch's room)

The Green Team is an active group that is trying to improve the environment, starting here at OIS! We have done many things to make the campus greener and cleaner. We monitor the recycle/landfill/compost centers, sort bins, educate students, conduct waste audits, and host lunch time activities which include "green screenings" and games. The highlight of the year is our week long celebration for Earth Week/Earth Day in April. We also participate in off campus activities throughout the year, Brower Youth Awards in the Fall and Goldman Environmental Awards in Spring, both in San Francisco. See Ms. Kisch or Ms. Hessefort to know more about OIS Green Team activities.

 

Knit-A-Square Project for Africa, Wednesdays during lunch, Room 33 (Ms. Hodder's room)

Come join us on every Wednesday lunch period in room 33 for a special knitting project. Students will be making 8' x 8' squares that will be sent to Africa and turned into blankets for abandoned orphans. Don't know how to knit? It's easy. Mrs. Hodder and her helpers will show you the basics. This project will be on going throughout the year. We welcome parents to join us. No knitting experience necessary.


Participating this month? Thank you!

Please Note:

  • An annual permission form must be on file for each student volunteer (included in on-line registration).
  • Please ensure the student has no conflict with the times or dates of the activities checked below.
  • Make every effort to honor the commitments signed up for as the community organizations rely on our ability to show up, be on time and fulfill the commitments.
  • Because of the large number of students signing up for activities, your student might not get the activity(ies) he/she has signed up for.
  • Students not getting a choice this period will have first priority in getting an activity the next period.
  • Students whose parents can drive will be given first priority!
  • We will contact you if we need to waitlist anyone.