Sunshine Buttercup Farms

Gardens, horses, people oh my! What a great combination to instill hope. Giving a hand up and not a hand out helps everyone to connect and grow and find purpose where it may have been lost. Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Diablo in Clayton, CA, Sunshine Buttercup Farms offers people an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment all the while creating a sustainable future. 

The garden at Sunshine Buttercup Farms produces delicious fruits and vegetables based on environmentally sound and healthy practices. It’s a one-acre farm that produces wonderful food as well as healthy, positive change in the people who are attracted to come and participate. 

What started off as a word-of-mouth organization, quickly shifted to something much more. Sunshine Buttercup Farms continues to build partnerships with other nonprofits that focus on creating positive change in people as well as around the globe. They aren’t like most other nonprofits in that all of the workforce are volunteers. That’s how they can guarantee that your donations go strictly to the people who will benefit the most instead of getting caught at the administrative level. 

Sunshine Buttercup Farms was founded in 1986 and is a California based 501(c)(3) whose mission it is to “help others help themselves.” Their original goal was to provide housing, purposeful activity, and mutual care. They now have locations in South American, Europe, Asia, and Africa and thrive through the generosity of donors and volunteers. Learn more about them and what wonderful contributions they are making to our local and global communities at https://www.buttercupfarms.org/. Feel free to give them a call at (925) 672-1474 or (925) 673-0785 or email us at: jorie@buttercupfarms.org.

 

Top Reasons Why Having A Reliable Car Makes Life Easier

As Americans, not only do we love and cherish our vehicles, but we often take them for granted. We are shocked when we walk out our front door one morning and find that our battery died or we somehow got a flat tire during the night. Most of us don’t even like to travel without the convenience of a rental car on the other end. To most of us, a car means freedom.

From the moment we held that precious driver’s licence in our hot little hands, we felt FREE! Freedom from our parents and freedom to roam. We tend to think of driving as a right instead of the privilege that it truly represents. Ultimately, however, driving is how we are able to earn a living and so much more.

How having a reliable car makes life easier:

We can make it to work on time every day.
We can get our kids to school on time every day.
We don’t have to worry about how we can come up with the money to fix our vehicles every day.
We can easily get to the bank, the grocery store, the park, play dates every day.
We don’t have to be on high alert wondering if we are going to make it to where we need to be every day.

The stress, alone, of having to constantly worry about the expense of an unreliable vehicle along with wondering if we will make it home today is enough to bring a person down. When we have a car that we don’t have to worry about, we sleep better at night and are less likely to snap at our children for the small things. Think about a time in your life when you needed your car and in some way or another, it wasn’t there for you. That didn’t feel good, did it?

Everyone needs reliable transportation. It’s a part of life in our world today. Without it, it is difficult to do some of the most basic of daily-living needs. When you consider how difficult life is without a reliable vehicle, you’ll begin to understand what life has been like for many of the Paradise Fires victims as well as many other families in need.

Here’s a brief story about the cars pictured above and how they are making the difference for one local family:

“The Kinsey family acquired its second Cars2ndChance vehicle on April 5, 2019, a 1999 Mustang V6 Coupe. The Kinsey’s first Cars2ndChance vehicle was a 1995 Honda Accord, purchased in 2017 which serves as Emily Kinsey’s daily driver. The Mustang got a spirited shake-down cruise through Marsh Creek Canyon on Saturday April 13th accompanied by the Accord.

Cars2ndChance offers vehicles in good condition for further rehabilitation, restoration, and ultimately use and enjoyment. The Kinseys are looking forward to the fun with their new project Mustang.”

The next time you take your car for granted, think again! Consider donating your used vehicle to help make a positive difference in the lives of a family who needs to be able to get to work, drop their children at school, and do all the things we need to do to survive. Spread the good word!

Partner Spotlight — California Vocations

Clayton Valley Concord Sunrise Rotary Charitable Fund administers Cars2ndChance and Clunkers 4 Charity. We are vehicle/car donation programs helping those in need get back on their feet with the renewed ability to get to and from work and other destinations that most of us take for granted. We are a strictly volunteer-based nonprofit and that means that we can make sure that all donations go directly to the recipients in need. We partner with many other nonprofits in the area to be able to provide as much assistance to those in need as possible. Today, we’d love to share about one of those wonderful partners that is doing such great work to also help the survivors of the Paradise Wildfires, California Vocations (http://www.calvoc.org/).

“California Vocations Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing residential and vocational support to developmentally disabled adults. CVI is located in Paradise, CA. Our organization consists of three distinct components: Licensed Residential Care (Arthur Schawlow Center & Dean Manor), Supported Living Services and Day Programs (COVE and SOAR).”

The Supported Living Services Program is designed to help participants live on their own as opposed to a group living situation. Independence is a wonderful thing for all who desire that lifestyle. This program helps with that goal by assisting with:

  • Health and medication management
  • Personal wellness plan
  • Home maintenance
  • Meal preparation assistance
  • Transportation
  • Daily living skills

Their SOAR Day Program focuses on Social, Occupational, Academic, and Recreational activities. They specialize in working with participants struggling with the most difficult behaviors. This is a small group that works helps adults with developmental disabilities become active participants in their own lives. SOAR empowers participants to make good choices and experience more of what life has to offer. They focus on encouraging: 

  • Choice
  • Independence
  • Social success
  • Vocational skills

They also offer employment and business services. They work with clients to give them the skills they need to be successful in the community. Transportation to and from work, job placement, and job skills development are the key components of this program. California Vocations is committed to assisting those with special needs to be the best they can be all the while being contributing members of our local communities, but they can’t do it without your help and the Paradise Wildfires took a huge toll on their resources as well.

California Vocations is still working to help clients and employees who were affected by the Paradise Wildfires. They have only reached $55,000 of $250,000 of funds needed to replace staff, offices, vehicles, and equipment. Please consider assisting them as they work to recover and move forward. They do phenomenal work in our community and are very worthy of all contributions. We are proud to call them one of our partners! 

Preparing For Disaster: 5 Things You Need to Know

A disaster can strike at any time, are you prepared for one? You might think that you will have time to pack a bag and stuff the trunk if a disaster were to occur, but in reality, panic will set in and you won’t have the time you thought. Whether you have a car full of kids or it’s just you, you should always be prepared for any situation.

You’ll want to make a plan that includes shelter, first aid, food and water, and sanitation. Those are the basics of survival. The first thing to do when preparing for a disaster it’s best to start with deciding on an emergency contact. Make sure everyone knows who it is and how to contact them, this could be a family friend or relative. Your emergency contact should live in a different area so they can provide a safe shelter.

After you’ve picked your emergency contact then the second thing you’ll want to do is create a disaster kit. Your disaster kit should include a first aid kit, a blanket or two, a case of water, flashlight, and food that will last a few days. By preparing this kit you can go through it once a year and replace perishable foods.

Thirdly, for insurance and the records, you should go through your house and document your belongings. This doesn’t mean counting how many pairs of socks you own, the list should contain valuables like your couch or an old antique lamp. It’s best to take photos of the items and write down the serial numbers so you can easily identify what was lost. Go around your yard and driveway too, take pictures of your car, lawn mower, camper, or any other outdoor vehicle. When you are finished you should upload them to a flash drive and store it in your disaster kit.

The fourth thing to do is to map an escape route. It’s best to have a central meeting place like your emergency contacts residence or a delegated spot. Discuss with each other how to get to that place in case some don’t have access to a vehicle or public transportation. Learn how to read a map and map out how to get to safety. It’s best to practice this route with your family at least once a year.

Lastly, do research about where you live and the risks that might happen. If you live in an area that is more prone to flooding or wildfires you can tailor your disaster kit towards that. The more you know the better you can prepare.

Hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires can happen at any moment without a moment’s notice. To prevent you and your family from being injured and unprepared, sit down and make a plan together. Have emergency preparations ready so you can get out of a disaster and into safety as quick and easy as possible.

Oakland’s White Elephant

We are proud to partner with Oakland’s White Elephant. White Elephant is part of Oakland Museum fundraising arm and takes in vehicle donations regardless if it running, no longer runs, and even if you’re a non-Oakland resident. They accept the vehicles through the Clunkers4Charity.org who has been serving Oakland residents for the past 9 years. Clunkers4Charity created a donation facility for vehicles as well as services to pick up a vehicle from your street or drive away and take it away for free. They take the vehicles and turn them into money so that they can give back to the community through local charities.

The Oakland Museum has over 1.9 million objects inside and is known for creating space and context in order for a greater connection, trust, and understanding between human beings. There are many interesting exhibits, educational programs, and cultural events. White Elephant is focused on helping the community. Every year they the biggest and best rummage sale, The White Elephant Sale, making it a new tradition in the Bay Area. This sale will be one of your memorial sale you’ve attended because it offers a wide variety of treasures for collectors, lovers of the arts and music, and a few other ones of kind pieces you can’t find anywhere else. You can also find things like furniture, sporting goods, fine jewelry, clothing, and anything else you can think of. With this sale, they raise over 2 million dollars which then goes back to support the Oakland Museum which includes the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, Oakland Museum programming and exhibits.

Our partnership with Oakland’s White Elephant is one of a kind and truly unique because it is a non-profit supporting another non-profit by sharing technology. This shared technology is the small website that you can find at Clunkers4Charity.org. We help the community by helping the community and give all that we can. We consist of many awesome volunteers which help reduce our administrative overhead. You can receive a tax-deductible when you donate. If you would like to volunteer then please reach out to us, we would love to have you on our team.

We are grateful to have another non-profit in the community to partner with and help further the community members. Thanks, Oakland White Elephant for all that you do. We are happy to be in this partnership and look forward to all the good work that will come out of this.

Oakland RiteCare Childhood Language Center – New 50/50 Partner

Clunkers4Charity, a vehicle donation program operated through the Concord / Clayton Valley Sunrise Rotary chapter is pleased to welcome the Oakland RiteCare Childhood Language Center as a new 50/50 Partner. Every time a vehicle is donated and Oakland RiteCare Childhood Language Center is selected on our donation form, 50% of the proceeds will go to this local Bay Area non-profit.

The Oakland RiteCare Childhood Language Center is a non-profit language and learning center that provides both neuroplasticity-based reading interventions and traditional speech and language therapy.

Their educational and speech-language therapists have provided free services to preschool through high school aged children and adolescents since 1984.

The Center is a philanthropy of the Scottish Rite, a concordant body of the Freemasons, one of 170 Rite Care Centers across the U.S. We are located at Lake Merritt near downtown Oakland.

Visit their website to learn more.

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

 

Tax Deduction 2014 Donate Your Vehicle

Make a vehicle donation before 12/31/14 and receive a tax deduction for 2014. And remember, running or not, we will pick it up. You get the tax deduction and Rotary International charities receive a donation.  Contact us if you have a question! All donations are subject to terms and conditions.

Now is a great time to donate that car, boat, RV or motorcycle that is running or not.

Donating a vehicle through Clunkers4Charity program, operated by Rotary International Sunrise Clayton/Concord Club is a win-win. Many non-profits have much higher overhead than Clunkers4Charity. We maintain a very low overhead — the day-to-day operations are volunteer-led. With a desire to serve our local communities and assist in international aid efforts (see images below), Rotary and the Clunkers program are at the forefront of philanthropic work. You’ll see it in our smiles and a genuine show of appreciation for your vehicle donation. And of course, when a vehicle is donated before 12/31/14, you receive a tax deduction for 2014.

So, don’t wait. Donate today!

 

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