Nonprofit organizations

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This summer, Menlo Park resident Eric Wright is joining Bike & Build, a national nonprofit committed to raising money and awareness for affordable housing, to ride his bicycle across the country with a team of 30 other young adults from Connecticut to California.

The journey will begin on May 30, when Eric will report to New Haven, CT. Over the next 11 weeks, the CT2CA team will pedal an average of 73 miles per day to Half Moon Bay, CA, arriving on August 12. Along the way, the riders will participate in volunteer build days with 10 different affordable housing organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and small local housing nonprofits to help build affordable homes for families in need.

“I am excited about the opportunity to complete an adventure like riding across the country, l while supporting an important and often over-looked cause,” said Eric, who graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 2010. “Last summer, I biked almost 800 miles around Iceland, which introduced me to the joys of traveling from the seat of a bike.”

Eric must fundraise at least $4,500 to support the trip. Much of that money is then donated to affordable housing organizations. The 2015 CT2CA team donated $64,800; Bike & Build is confident the 2016 team can repeat or exceed that total. To support Eric, visit his fundraising page.

The CT2CA route is one of eight cross-country trips Bike & Build offers each summer. In total, roughly 300 18-to-29 year old riders will see and experience first-hand the need for affordable housing in this country. In addition to volunteering with construction efforts at affordable housing sites, riders also meet with local officials and community members to discuss affordable housing issues.

Riders will sleep in local churches, community centers, and schools, and will rely on the generosity of hundreds of community members for food, showers, and other necessities. Many former Bike & Builders have gone on to continue their commitment to service through their career choices or further volunteering.

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New M-A Leo Club is chartered at kick-off dinner

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On Saturday, May 21, the Lions Clubs International celebrated the Charter Night for Menlo-Atherton High School’s new M-A Leo Club at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Redwood City. The M-A Leo Club is sponsored by the Peninsula Veterans Lions Club. The event welcomed the M-A Leo Club to the Lions Clubs International — the world’s […]

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Rotary Club of Menlo Park awards scholarships totaling $125,000 to local high school seniors

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The Rotary Club of Menlo Park awarded academic scholarships totaling $125,000 to local high school students at the 31st annual scholastic achievement awards ceremony this past Monday, May 16.  These need-based scholarships aim to alleviate the financial burden of students who have proven themselves with high academic achievements. Scholarships to attend four-year colleges were awarded […]

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“Dine Out” to support Meal on Wheels on May 17

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On May 17, 2016, participating Peninsula restaurants will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.’s (PVI) Meals on Wheels program that feeds homebound older adults. “More than 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County are threatened by hunger every day,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Meals on Wheels Director for PVI. “We are hoping that […]

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Bita Daryabari continues a broad range of philanthropic efforts around the state

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We first talked with philanthropist and Atherton resident Bita Daryabari when she opened the Alameda de las Pulgas office of the Pars Equality Center in Menlo Park. PEC is the only non-profit organization that provides comprehensive social, legal and community services to the Iranian-American community. Since then, she’s opened additional offices in San Jose as well as Los […]

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2nd Annual Tuolumne River Film and Culture Fest set for Monday, May 9, at M-A PAC

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This year’s Tuolumne River Film and Culture Fest will feature Mark Dubois, a long-time environmentalist who is familiar to many on the Peninsula from his stint as International Coordinator of Earth Day 1990, headquartered in Palo Alto. That year more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in the first international Earth Day celebration. […]

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Community invited to Menlo Park Kiwanis Club May lunches featuring a variety of speakers

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Guest speakers at Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meetings in May will touch on a variety of subjects — police and the media, challenges facing the California legislature, how San Mateo County’s Harbor District benefits residents, and planting trees at local schools and in neighborhoods. The Kiwanis Club will also award its annual scholarships to graduating […]

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Rick Timmons is official artist of 2016 Menlo Charity Horse Show

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Rick Timmons of Dallas, Texas, will be the official artist of the 2016 Menlo Charity Horse Show. His artwork,  titled Cloud Jumper, is valued at $6,400 and will be auctioned off Friday night, August 12, at the Gala Dinner (sponsored by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry) which immediately follows the $10,000 Ryman Take Your Own Line Speed Jumping […]

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Menlo Park Girl Scout Troop’s work on Bronze Award benefits two non-profits

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In pursuit of their Bronze Award for public service, Menlo Park Girl Scout Troop 61719 was busy last week. On April 20, six Scouts visited Muttville senior dog rescue in San Francisco to deliver a $1,000 donation and visit the senior dogs in its care. They raised the money by hosting a movie night in […]

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SF Symphony benefit on May 1 features tenor Pasquale Esposito

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The San Francisco Symphony Mid-Peninsula League’s upcoming Symphony in Flowers event will feature a performance by Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito. Mr. Esposito performs a fusion of pop and opera. He has released seven albums and toured internationally, including a recent performance with the San Francisco Opera. He also has appeared in a PBS documentary in which […]

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Menlo Spark salutes Climate Action Heroes for Earth Day

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Emails Diane Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark: “We’ve just finished a fun project for Earth Day [April 22] called Local Climate Action Heroes to celebrate all the wonderful things that our local leaders, youth, families and businesses are doing to become more sustainable and lower their carbon footprint. You can see all of our Heroes […]

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