OTW participants, alumni, and leaders had multiple opportunities to bond and learn from others during the following events:
OTW's first volunteer activity of the year was helping Sanzuma, a non-profit organization dedicated to growing organic food for impoverished youth in Marin County. OTW participants spent the day weeding, cleaning up the garden and building a fence.
Marin County Probation facilitated the Colors Personality Assessment for OTW participants which taught them a lot about themselves and how they interact with others in the world.
OTW participants had a busy month with a trip to Google, a Cirque du Soleil show in the city, the annual holiday party where we put packages together for the homeless, gift wrapping to raise funds for our annual trip, a holiday party and game night.
Participants worked extremely hard to host OTW's 7th Annual Dinner Silent Auction with special guest speaker, former COO of Google Cloud and Intel Group President, Diane Bryant, who shared her personal story of resilience.
To start off the new year, OTW participants and alumni spent a weekend in the Redwoods learning about themselves and each other.
OTW went to Key West, Florida, to help Habitat for Humanity rebuild homes that were ruined by Hurricane Irma.
May was Mental Health Month and Marin County hosted multiple events to increase awareness about behavioral health issues. OTW partnered with Marin County Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division to challenge local political and civic leaders to walk a day in the shoes of someone who accesses Marin County's behavioral health service system. OTW then hosted a moderated panel discussion during which leaders spoke about their Challenge Day experiences. Challenge Day participants included:
• Ralph Pata, Police Lieutenant – San Rafael Police Department
• Mike Daly, Probation Chief – Marin County Probation Department
• Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent – Marin Office of Education (7-12; 5-7)
• Katie Rice, Supervisor – Marin County Board of Supervisors
• Grant Colfax, Director – Health and Human Services Department
• Jei Africa, Director – Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division
• Kate Colin, Councilwoman – City of San Rafael
• Anne Pletcher, Candidate – District Attorney
• Shelly Scott, Board Member – Novato Unified School District
• Lori Frugoli, Candidate – District Attorney
OTW was honored to be invited to WE Day in Los Angeles. WE Day is a global event held in 17 cities designed to celebrate young people who volunteer locally, nationally and globally, or who raise money for important causes. Celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Martin Sheen, YouTubers, and musicians all gathered to say a big thank you to the selected youth groups for making a difference in the world.
Each year, OTW volunteers with the Marin County CROP Walk. OTW ran the registration booth, blew up balloons, created and mounted signs as well as directed traffic so the walkers were safe. The walk raises awareness about how 2 in 5 people here in Marin County are food insecure as well as over 845 million people throughout the world. Over $13,000 was raised at the event plus an additional $6,000 in online donations. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds stay here in Marin and the remainder of the money raised goes to combat global hunger.
OTW hosted a FREE Career Exploration Day for Marin County youth with special guest speaker, Congressman Jared Huffman, and professionals from Health & Social Services, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Technology, Trades, and Arts & Entertainment fields who shared how they chose their careers and why.
OTW prepared, served and shared a meal with local homeless through the REST program. The REST program is an alternating shelter service for the homeless provided by local Marin County churches from late fall through to spring. We were humbled and fortunate to be able to spend our time helping with such an important need in our community.
OTW participants and community volunteers joined together and spent three days prepping, painting and then touching up Senior Access' Adult Day Center in San Rafael.
OTW's Career Exploration Day
Since last year's event was such a huge success, OTW will be hosting a 2nd Career Exploration Day for Marin County youth.
This year's speakers are diverse and will provide valuable information about how they chose their careers, what education they needed and the pros and cons of their chosen path.
If you would be interested in speaking next year or mentoring youth, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Opening the World, 636 Lindaro Street, San Rafael