Our New Partner: Oakland Museum Women’s Board

oakland museum womens board and White Elephant SaleThe Oakland Museum Women’s Board is a California non-profit public benefit corporation whose sole purpose is to provide services and funds to the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). Founded in 1955, The Women’s Board has been providing funds and services to OMCA for over 50 years.  With the annual White Elephant Sale as our only fundraising activity, they have contributed more than $20 million in support of OMCA educational programs, acquisitions to the permanent galleries, exhibitions, facilities, capital improvements, and more.

The legendary annual White Elephant Sale returns to the San Francisco Bay Area is organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board every year and all Sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.

Made possible by donations from the public, the White Elephant accepts donations almost year round. Thanks to generous donors, over the years, shoppers have been able to purchase the usual and the unusual, including a pony, paintings, pianos, cars, and estate furnishings.

In 2016 The Women’s Board of the Oakland Museum announced another outstanding sale result: $2.13 million will benefit OMCA.

But that’s not all: In 2014, the Women’s Board contracted with three prominent Bay Area artists – Vogue, Ernest Doty and Griffin One – to paint a 7,200 square foot aerosol mural on the Derby Avenue side of its warehouse. Demonstrating pride in Oakland and its Jingletown neighborhood, the mural shows nature blending into the urban landscape and includes a White Elephant with its trunk raised high.

Nearly 30,000 school children and teachers annually visit the Museum. Their financial funding has helped enhance their OMCA experience through a wide range of engaging and interdisciplinary education programs. Recent grants from the Women’s Board have also contributed to improved museum-wide technology, conservation projects and the recent marketing campaign. The OCMCA has backed such impressive exhibits as Pixar, 25 Years of Animation, Summoning Ghosts: The Art and Life of Hung Liu, and the annual community celebration honoring the Days of the Dead tradition.

Clunkers4Charity is proud to have the Oakland Museum Women’s Board as a partner and help this great cause! You can also help them by donating your car to Clunkers4Charity!

6 reasons why charity is so rewarding

pexels-photo-13918-largeYou don’t need an excuse to give: you’re altruistic, generous and love others without expecting anything back. But sometimes we need a little incentive. Here are a few reasons:

  1. Be part of something greater than yourself: an ocean is made of little drops, and your contribution, together with many others can make a difference in this world. There are many other charities have opportunities so you can see how your small donation really does make a big difference, like Clunkers4Charity!
  2. Setting an example: children are most likely to repeat what they’ve seen while they were growing up. If you show them how to be generous and caring towards others, they will likely be like that in the future. If you involve your children in choosing charities, you will instill a desire to share and serve that will last throughout their lives.
  3. Join a cause: By volunteering, you have the opportunity to build your social circles while reaping the physical, mental and spiritual benefits from the labor you contribute to your favorite cause. You probably know people who run or bike a race to support a cause close to them. If you feel passionate about a cause like this, join a race or donate money or time.
  4. A grateful heart: The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that you sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can give you a sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction. As you give food to a local food bank, or write a check for an organization that helps people in need, you can’t help but feel thankful for the blessings in your own life.
  5. Social injustice awareness: You may discover new points of view and opinions on topics about which you were previously uninformed. This knowledge may position you to help increase the awareness of social problems among those in your sphere of influence from a balanced and educated standpoint.As a result, you become more educated about social injustices around the world.
  6. It’s tax deductible! Although this isn’t the main reason we’d suggest donating to charity, it is a nice bonus. Keep records of money or property you donate so you can itemize correctly on your tax forms. But not only is the money you give tax deductible, so are the amounts you spend on travel, parking costs and even convention and event fees that are related to the non-profit group, as long as you are not being reimbursed by the charity for these expenses.

16 extremely interesting facts about California you didn’t know

sanfrancisco16 extremely interesting facts about California you didn’t know:

  1. The name California probably derived from a popular Spanish novel published in 1510, called The Adventures of Esplandián, which described a fictional island paradise named California.
  2. California’s State Fish is the Golden Trout.
  3. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state.
  4. San Francisco Bay is considered the world's largest landlocked harbor.
  5. California produces over 17 million gallons of wine each year and more than 300,000 tons of grapes are grown annually.
  6. Death Valley is recognized as the hottest, driest place in the United States. It isn't uncommon for the summer temperatures to reach more than 115 degrees.
  7. Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet in circumference and some of its giant redwoods are more than 2,000 years old. They are the tallest and largest living organisms in the world.
  8. California is the first state to ever reach a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
  9. California is the birthplace of the Frisbee, Barbie dolls, skateboards, and video arcade games.
  10. Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947 a young woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville's first Artichoke Queen. She went on to become actress Marilyn Monroe.
  11. Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
  12. Joe DiMaggio, Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and John Steinbeck were all from California.
  13. There are 10 National Parks, 18 National Forests and 278 State Parks & Beaches in California.
  14. The State Insect is The California dogface butterfly.
  15. Yuma, Maidu, Pomo, Hupa and Paiute tribes originally inhabited California.
  16. Clunkers4Charity accepts all vehicles from anywhere in California!

14 facts about Rotary!

All you wanted to know about Rotary but never had the courage to ask.1. The first Rotary Club was formed in 1905 when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago.

2. The four founder Rotarians (from left) were: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris.

3. The founders called it “Rotary” after the practice of rotating meeting locations.

4. The Rotarian motto “Service Above Self” means  the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

5. There’s a secondary motto: “One profits most who serves best.”Chicago Rotarian Meeting

6. The first meeting was held in the Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. It no longer exists (was demolished in 1989).

7. In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test as a moral code for personal and business relationships. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

           Of the things we think, say or do:

               – Is it the TRUTH?Rotarian Test

               – Is it FAIR to all concerned?

               – Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

               – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

8. In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children.

10. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.

11. Rotarians usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships as an opportunity for service.

12. Women currently account for 15% of international Rotary membership (22% in North America)

13. The most notable current global project, PolioPlus, is contributing to the global eradication of polio.

14. Rotary has 7 official languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.

15. You don’t have to be invited to join the Rotary! Click here and join us today!

 

Clunkers4Charity is a 501-3c California Registered Non-Profit organization. The Clunkers4Charity program is operated by D&H Enterprises, a member of the Clayton Valley Concord Sunrise Rotary Club  which was chartered in May 1987 and locally serves  the Town of Clayton and the Clayton Valley area of Concord. The club is involved in many projects around the world but and has projects that are important in the local community as well.

Sources:

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/history-rotary-international

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/history

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_International

 

Diablo View Rotary New 50/50 Partner

We’re happy to welcome Diablo View Rotary to the Clunkers4Charity family!

The Diablo View Rotary Club joins 17 additional partners and designated recipients. Partners apply and if granted, receive a portion of donated proceeds when donors select that organization on our Donation page.

While most rotary clubs attentions are focused internationally, Diablo Valley Rotary club is dedicated to helping the local community. They organize outings within the community to clean beaches, sort food at local food banks, serve meals to those in need, package reading materials for local tutors to use in the area’s schools, and anything else that their members can do to make the community better.

Contact them using the Diablo View Rotary Club contact form.

Meeting Time & Location Information
Tuesdays at 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Buon Vino
1545 Locust St
Walnut Creek, CA 94598 map it

Clunkers4Charity generates over $50,000 dollars each year from vehicle donations that are given directly to Rotary. For the person making a vehicle donation, the program is simple and straightforward and the process is easy. A tax deduction is usually an added bonus for vehicles donated to the program.