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The California Report | Monday, Aug 25, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Teaching Fine Motor and Math Skills Through Sewing

We meet artist and fashion designer Kristi Holohanan, who teaches kids how to sew. It's the latest in our occasional series on volunteering in California, called "The Giving State."



The California Report | Monday, Jul 21, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Educational Games at a Migrant Farm Worker Camp

We meet Andy Archibald who leads educational games twice a week for children in a migrant farm worker camp in Watsonville. It's the latest in our occasional series on people who volunteer in California, "The Giving State."



The California Report | Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014, 8:50 AM

Giving State: Teaching Kids About the Ocean in Full Scuba Gear

We meet a commercial pilot from Martinez who teaches museum-goers about the ocean while submerged in an aquarium in full scuba gear. It's the latest in our occasional series on people who volunteer in California, "The Giving State."



The California Report | Monday, Jul 14, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Volunteering at the Zen Hospice Project

We meet San Francisco artist Tracy Grubbs, who volunteers with the Zen Hospice Project. It's the latest installment of our ongoing series on people who volunteer in California, "The Giving State."



The California Report | Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Bringing Magic to Hospitals

We meet a high school student from Santa Rosa who created "Magic is Medicine," bringing entertainment to patients in hospitals. It's the latest installment of "The Giving State," our ongoing series on volunteers in California.



The California Report | Friday, Jul 04, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: A Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Shares Her Story

As part of "The Giving State," our occasional series on volunteers in California, we meet a woman who used to work in the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond during World War II. She's returned to share her story with visitors as a "Rosie Docent."



The California Report | Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Giving Away Organic Produce in San Francisco

Fruits and vegetables are key to a healthy diet, and a growing number of farmers markets feed the need in neighborhoods all over California. But if you can get your groceries for free, why not? In the latest installment of our series on volunteering in California, we meet a psychotherapist who volunteers at The Free Farm Stand in San Francisco. The non-profit group gives away free organic produce with the help of people like Barbara Anderson.



The California Report | Monday, Jun 02, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Building Homes With Habitat for Humanity

We meet Laura Goderez, a retired occupational therapist in Oakland who helps build houses for low-income families with the East Bay chapter of Habitat for Humanity.



The California Report | Monday, May 19, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Bringing the Joys of Sailing to Disabled Boaters

As part of our occasional series "The Giving State" on people who volunteer in California, we meet a biomedical researcher from San Francisco who spends weekends helping people with physical and developmental disabilities to sail.



The California Report | Monday, Apr 21, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Leading Tours at the Computer History Museum

Here's another in our occasional series on people who volunteer in California called the Giving State. Today, we meet a retired engineer from Saratoga who gives tours at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.



The California Report | Monday, Mar 31, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Caring for Marine Mammals in Sausalito

Here is another in our occasional series on volunteers in California. Today, we meet a woman who cares for seals and sea lions in Sausalito. One word of warning: some of the sounds you're about to hear may strike you like a seagull getting strangled, but it's just the elephant seals, and they are perfectly safe.



The California Report | Friday, Mar 14, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Lisa Kolvites Provides Free Sewing Workshops in SF

For the next installment in our occasional series on volunteers in California, "The Giving State," we meet Lisa Kolvites, a senior caregiver from San Mateo who teaches sewing classes in San Francisco.



The California Report | Monday, Mar 03, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Mentoring Middle School Youth

Here's another in our occasional series on people who volunteer in California called the Giving State. Today, we meet a legal assistant who mentors middle schoolers in San Francisco.



The California Report | Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Maintaining San Francisco's Mt. Sutro Open Reserve

For the latest edition of "The Giving State," our occasional series on volunteers in California, we meet Rob Bakewell. He volunteers for Sutro Stewards, a park maintenance program that builds trails, restores habitat and maintains meadows throughout 60 acres of the Mt. Sutro Open Reserve in San Francisco.



The California Report | Thursday, Jan 30, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: The Rock Doctor

Today, we meet a woman who has volunteered for 35 years with Rock Medicine, a nonprofit that provides medical care at concerts. It's the latest installment of our series on people who volunteer in California called "The Giving State."



The California Report | Monday, Jan 27, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Physical Therapy on Horseback

We meet Sandra Goldstein, a public health nurse who volunteers her time helping people with developmental and physical disabilities learn to ride and interact with horses on the central coast. It's the latest installment of "The Giving State," our series on volunteers in California.



The California Report | Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Crafting Story Books for Preschoolers

As part of our series on volunteering in California, "The Giving State," we meet a nonprofit administrator from San Francisco who supports a reading program for preschoolers from low-income areas.



The California Report | Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013, 8:50 AM

Giving State: Angel Flights

For our series on volunteering in California, "The Giving State," we meet Gil Takemori, a pilot who donates his plane to take patients in remote areas to and from medical procedures. He works with a group called Angel Flights.



The California Report | Friday, Nov 29, 2013, 8:50 AM

A Tradition of Creating Friendships With the Elderly

On Thanksgiving, many hosts make a point of inviting strangers to the table. It's a lovely tradition. We expand our sense of family for one day. But for the other 364 lots of people languish alone, especially older people. Today we meet a sales executive from San Francisco who runs a program that sends friends to knock on some of those doors. It's part of our occasional series on people who volunteer in California, called "The Giving State."



The California Report | Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Eye Doctor Gives the Gift of Vision

In this installment of our series "The Giving State," meet an eye doctor who provides free care to low-income, uninsured people in the San Francisco Bay Area.



The California Report | Thursday, Sep 26, 2013, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Making Science Elementary

We talk with Werner Robert Haag, a chemist from San Jose who teaches science to elementary school kids. It's the latest installment of our occasional series on volunteers in California, called "The Giving State."



The California Report | Monday, Sep 09, 2013, 8:50 AM

Woman Goes From Accounting to Animal Rescue

In this installment of our occasional series "The Giving State," we meet a woman who needed a change from her work as an accountant. She now works rescuing wildlife in Northern California.



The California Report | Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013, 8:50 AM

Doula Offers Comfort and Kindness to Mothers in Need

We meet Madeleine Shernock, a deli clerk from Yolo County who started Welcome Home Doula Services to help new mothers in need in this installment of our Giving State series.



The California Report | Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8:50 AM

San Mateo County Students Find Their Voice in Mock Trials

In this installment of our series "The Giving State," a criminal defense attorney coaches a mock trial team at a San Mateo county high school.



The California Report | Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Recipient Speaks Out for Organ Donation

We meet a freshman at the University of San Francisco, Alfonso Garcia, who advocates for organ donation for the California Transplant Donor Network. It's the latest in our occasional series "The Giving State," on people who volunteer in California.



The California Report | Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Composting at Martha's Soup Kitchen

We meet Reuben Nahouraii, a website developer from Sunnyvale who is introducing composting at a San Jose soup kitchen. It's the latest installment of our occasional series on volunteers in California, "The Giving State."



The California Report | Monday, Mar 18, 2013, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Ushering in a Love for Theater

We meet Paula Grace, a training consultant who volunteers as an usher at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. It's the latest installment of our occasional series on volunteers in California, "The Giving State."



The California Report | Monday, Mar 11, 2013, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: A Voice Holds Hope in the Night

Today, we meet a psychology student who answers the phone for a counseling hotline in San Francisco in the wee hours of the morning. Our profile was produced by Don Clyde.



The California Report | Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013, 8:50 AM

Touring Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco

Ahead of the Oscars, we couldn't help but pick out a particular profile from our occasional series on volunteers in California, called "The Giving State." In this segment we meet a nonprofit consultant from San Leandro who leads free walking tours in San Francisco.



The California Report | Monday, Jan 21, 2013, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Coaching Corps

And now here's another in our occasional series on people who volunteer in California, called "The Giving State." Today we meet a biology major at UC Berkeley who coaches kids after school for the Oakland chapter of Coaching Corps. Jeffrey Lin was interviewed by our former intern Dana Varinsky.



The California Report | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: The Hidden Genius Project

In another installment in our series on volunteers in California, "The Giving State," we meet Jason Young, a technology entrepreneur from Oakland who started a program that teaches software development and business skills to inner-city youth.



The California Report | Thursday, Dec 13, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Transitions From Prison

Our occasional series on volunteers in California profiles an emotional management coach who helps recently released prisoners readjust to society.



The California Report | Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Muttville

Our series about volunteers in California profiles Marie Macaspac, a public relations specialist who does online marketing for a group that rescues senior dogs.



The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Urban Forest

Our occasional series on volunteers in California profiles a financial analyst who spends his spare time helping plant trees in urban areas.



The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Teaching Tech

In our occasional series on people who volunteer in California, we meet Kisha Richardson, a former investment banker who teaches technology skills to kids at the nonprofit Black Girls Code in San Francisco.



The California Report | Thursday, Jul 12, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Feeding the Ill With Love

Our series on volunteers in California continues with Ilahn Sadri, a bartender from San Francisco who fills grocery baskets with pre-packaged food for seriously ill people at Project Open Hand.



The California Report | Monday, May 21, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Pet Care for Disabled

Our occasional series on people who volunteer in California profiles Kristen Sinch of Oakland, who walks dogs for disabled people through the organization PAWS.



The California Report | Monday, Apr 09, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Creative Growth

In the latest episode of our occasional series on volunteers in California, we meet Laura Jaeger. She's a retired entrepreneur from Oakland who teaches art at Creative Growth, an art center for developmentally disabled adults.



The California Report | Monday, Apr 02, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Volunteering at Spokeland Bike Co-op

We present another in our occasional series on volunteers in California, "The Giving State." Today, we meet an actor and technical writer who helps people fix their bikes at a bike co-op in Oakland.



The California Report | Tuesday, Jan 03, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Wildlife Docent

As part of our occasional series on people who volunteer in California, we meet Jim Lautz, a video producer who leads tours at the Bay Area's Lindsay Wildlife Museum.



The California Report | Monday, Dec 26, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Music for Minors

Our occasional series on volunteers in California profiles a mom from Los Altos who teaches music to elementary school kids.



The California Report | Friday, Dec 16, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Guitar Hero

Here's another in our occasional series on volunteers in California, called The Giving State. 18-year-old Evan Hatfield of Visalia teaches other kids free guitar lessons through a program supported by a Central Valley arts group, the Sound N Vision Foundation.



The California Report | Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011, 8:50 AM

Giving State Profile: First Wardrobe, "Loved Twice"

Here's another in our occasional series on volunteers in California, called The Giving State. Today we meet Kim Wilson, a psychologist from Oakland who volunteers with "Loved Twice", collecting gently used baby clothes for new parents in need.



The California Report | Monday, Nov 14, 2011, 8:50 AM

Giving State Profile: Skate Shop Food Bank

In our continuing series on volunteers in California, we meet Danny Keith, a skate shop owner from Santa Cruz who gets kids to help feed the hungry in the community.



The California Report | Monday, Oct 31, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: The Dessert Lady

Our occasional series on volunteers in California continues today with a visit with Barbara Chassey, who bakes treats for homeless people at the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles.



The California Report | Monday, Oct 17, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Trail Maintenance

Californians love their parks and trails, but many hikers may not realize it takes some very dedicated people to keep them up. As part of our occasional series on volunteers in California, called we meet Eric "Bam Bam" Barnett of Napa County.



The California Report | Friday, Sep 23, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Teen Debaters

In another of our occasional series on volunteers in California, we meet a UC Berkeley philosophy / poli-sci major coaching teen debaters in the East Bay.



The California Report | Monday, Sep 05, 2011, 8:50 AM

Data Entry By Day, Theater By Night

In another of our occasional series on volunteers in California, we meet a data entry specialist who volunteers with a community theater called the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley.



The California Report | Monday, Aug 01, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Guerrilla Gardening

Our series profiling people who volunteer in California visits the streets of Oakland, where Frank Snapp is transforming neglected median strips into miniature gardens.



The California Report | Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Tennis Coach

The California Report's occasional series on volunteers in the Golden State profiles Dony Kang, who partnered with a group called Team Up For Youth to start a second-grade tennis team at an Oakland school.



The California Report | Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Mothers Milk Bank

Our continuing series profiling volunteers in California features Regina Wallace-Jones, an engineer from East Palo Alto who donates breast milk to the San Jose Mothers Milk Bank.



The California Report | Friday, Apr 15, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Tutoring Children with Gail Perin

In this installment of our occasional series "The Giving State," we meet Gail Perin, a retired nurse from San Rafael who tutors children.



The California Report | Thursday, Mar 03, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Introducing Elephant Seals

In our occasional series profiling people who volunteer in California, we meet Bob Droege, a retired engineer who spends his spare time leading groups of people on tours to see the elephant seals at a state park in Pescadero.



The California Report | Monday, Feb 14, 2011, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Working With Young Authors

In our occasional series on volunteers in California, we hear from a writer and restaurant owner from Marin who helped high school kids become published authors at a writing center called 826 Valencia.



The California Report | Monday, Feb 07, 2011, 8:50 AM

Giving State: Amtrak Volunteer

Our occasional series profiling people who volunteer in California, called "The Giving State" continues. Today we meet a retired insurance rep from Fresno who spends his spare time volunteering for Amtrak.



The California Report | Monday, Dec 20, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Computer Tutor

The California Report's occasional series on volunteers in the Golden State follows Kyle Warneck, a market researcher who teaches basic computer skills to low-income residents of San Francisco's Tenderloin district.



The California Report | Monday, Dec 13, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Historical Docents

Our occasional series on California volunteers profiles Dennis "Biscuits" Brhem, an artist from Sacramento whose alter ego is a blacksmith at Sutter's Fort State Park.



The California Report | Friday, Nov 26, 2010, 8:50 AM

Giving State Profile: Dave Calleri

We bring you another in our occasional series profiling people who volunteer in California, called The Giving State. Today we meet a retired firefighter from Santa Cruz who spends his spare time tracking bird populations at Ano Nuevo State Park on the California coast.



The California Report | Monday, Nov 08, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Platelet Donor

In our series of volunteer profiles, we meet Don Franklin, who donates blood components--red cells, white cells, and platelets--to Blood Centers of the Pacific.



The California Report | Monday, Oct 25, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Refugee Transitions

Our series of profiles on volunteers in California turns to Hope Richardson, a graduate student in public policy from Oakland who helps refugees learn English.



The California Report | Thursday, Oct 14, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Training Future Guide Dogs

In our continuing series about volunteers in California, we meet Nancy Olivas, a puppy socializer for Guide Dogs for the Blind.



The California Report | Monday, Sep 20, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Suicide Prevention

Our occasional series profiling volunteers in California meets up with Julia St. George at a suicide prevention hotline.



The California Report | Monday, Aug 30, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Companion Dog Patrol

In our occasional series profiling people who volunteer around the state, we meet Cathy Overmyer, a retired music store owner who patrols the trails of the East Bay Regional Parks, along with her dog.



The California Report | Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Mountain Rescue

In our occasional series on volunteers in California, we hear from a medical device design engineer who helps train a specialized search and rescue team, Bay Area Mountain Rescue.



The California Report | Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Solar Power

In our occasional series profiling people who volunteer in California, we meet Marc Fontana, a Santa Clara student who teaches people how to install solar panels.



The California Report | Monday, Jul 19, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Hospital Nursery

Our occasional series of profiles of California volunteers spends some time with Caroline Adams of the Maternal Child Health Program at Highland Hospital in Oakland.



The California Report | Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Skateboarding Students

In our occasional series profiling people who volunteer in California, we meet Shane Medanich, a San Francisco teacher who stays after school to supervise a skate park he built for students.



The California Report | Friday, Apr 23, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Tail-Wagging Tutor

From our occasional series on volunteers in California, called The Giving State, we hear from Lisa Saroyan of Fresno. She brings her dog to schools and libraries to help kids learn to read.



The California Report | Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Team Oakland

Our occasional series profiling volunteers in California features Jerry Silsdorf, coach of Team Oakland, a basketball team training for the Special Olympics.



The California Report | Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Giving State: Trips for Kids

Here's another in our occasional series profiling people who volunteer in California. Today we meet Douglas Long, an emergency room nurse from Marin who spends his free time leading trail-bike rides for kids.



The California Report | Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010, 8:50 AM

Power Soccer

We meet a coach for a competitive sport called power soccer -- played by people in power wheelchairs.



The California Report | Thursday, Nov 26, 2009, 8:50 AM

Feeding the Hungry

As part of our occasional series on volunteers around California, we meet a retired optometrist who serves the homeless at Street Meal at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.



The California Report | Thursday, Nov 12, 2009, 8:50 AM

Healing Sick Marine Animals

Meet Joanne Lasnier, a bank marketing specialist who spends her spare time caring for sick marine mammals.



The California Report | Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009, 8:50 AM

Full Circle Farms

We visit a farm which grows organic produce and teaches kids about where food comes from.



The California Report | Monday, Sep 07, 2009, 8:50 AM

Outfitting Success

As part of our occasional series on volunteers around California, we meet Sue Boland of San Rafael. She volunteers for Image for Success, a non-profit that helps people put their best foot forward in donated clothing.



The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 01, 2009, 8:50 AM

Hot Meals for Seniors

Our occasional series on volunteers in California takes us on a Meals on Wheels ride-along with Dorothy Moore and Nancy Lietzke, both of Saratoga.



The California Report | Thursday, Aug 06, 2009, 8:50 AM

Teaching Children about the Envrionment

Bob Dodge, lead docent for the Environmental Volunteers Organization in Palo Alto, leads educational field trips for kids along Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.



The California Report | Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009, 8:50 AM

Caring for Children with Disabilities

As part of an occasional series profiling California volunteers, we hear from Margaret Simpson of Albany. She works with the George Mark Children's House providing respite care for children with disabilities and their families.



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