Give back this holiday season

Want to give back this Thanksgiving but not sure what to do or where to go?

Check out the following Bay Area Events!

CorePower Yoga in Berkeley will be hosting a 75 minute C3 donation based class — $10 is the suggested donation. This invigorating pre-turkey burn at 6:45 pm will be led in a round robin style by Carla, Lacy, and Natalie (check out Berkeley’s CPY website for instructor bios) with all proceeds benefiting the Homeless Action Center.

“HAC provides free public benefits advocacy to people who are homeless and mentally ill in Alameda County. In addition to helping clients obtain sustainable income and health insurance, HAC also works with community stakeholders to reduce the harms associated with a lack of housing and healthcare. Combining professionalism and compassion, HAC provides barrier-free legal assistance to the hardest to reach populations.”

Not only can you get a great workout in before the feast  begins, but, also give to a fantastic local community organization.

Yoga not your thing? That’s okay! Check out Glide in San Francisco for a few amazing opportunities to volunteer over the long holiday. Glide is one of the largest social service agencies in San Francisco and aims to provide nutritious meals to San Francisco’s underrepresented 364 days a year.

Interested in prep work? Glide could use your help then chopping, dicing, mixing and slicing as they prepare for their annual Thanksgiving feast. Wednesday 11/23 5pm-7pm.

How about serving meals? They could use your help there, too! On Thursday 11/24 Glide will serve almost 5,000 meals!

Here are the shifts available:

6am – 9am Breakfast
8:30am – 10am Dinner Service & Carving
9:30am – 11:30am Dinner Service & Carving
11am – 1pm Dinner Service & Carving
12:30pm – 3pm Dinner Service & Carving

Don’t forget about the day after the holiday — Glide is always in need of good volunteers! Breakfast resumes at 7am.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

Have a safe & happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Two Awesomely Good Events!

This weekend is sure shaping up to be a good one! Check out these two unique events happening this weekend in the SF Bay Area. I’ll be there, will you?!

Saturday, September 24th

Check out Slow Food’s first annual “Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference: Boots on the Ground.”

As a dietetics student, I’m thrilled to be able to attend COBA. For me, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain a better understanding of the issue as well as meet key professionals in the health and wellness fields. I’m especially excited that Slow Food has rounded up a well-diversified group of speakers including representatives from Shape up SF and the Contra Costa County Wellness City Challenge.

Members of the general public are encouraged to attend. Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite.

For more information, check out Slow Food’s website.

Sunday, September 25th

It’s no secret I love yoga! I have a unique group of outstanding yoga instructors that continually challenge me as well as provide an encouraging and positive atmosphere in which I’m quite blessed to practice. With all that said, my yoga studio also has an amazing teacher training program set in place. This Sunday, recent graduates will lead a special 75 minute class fusing together two amazing yoga styles, Hot Power Fusion and Power Yoga. Both inspiring classes aim to work the entire body through a series of poses set to music that will leave you feeling detoxified and energized!

This group of dynamic instructors has put together this class with the intention of raising awareness and donations for the Art of Yoga Project, a unique organization that brings yoga to at-risk young women in the juvenile justice system. Early intervention really is the key and through yoga, these young women will gain confidence and self-respect that ultimately will lead to healthy lifestyle choices. The class is free, yes FREE, but donations will be accepted! Please come out on Sunday to support a great cause and practice with CorePower’s newest grads!

For more information on CorePower Yoga, click here.

For more information on the Art of Yoga Project, click here.

Karma Yoga Class for the Art of Yoga Project
Sunday at 2:00pm
Corepower Yoga Berkeley

Team Spirit

As a dietetics student at SFSU, acquiring volunteer hours through working with the community is an important component of the major. Our opportunities come in a variety of settings and we are only limited by our own imagination. Nutrition, I have discovered, is a wide and varying field. This year, I would like to explore teaching nutrition to local kids in a school setting or possibly hosting cooking demos at a local farmers markets, featuring tasty, in-season produce. Opportunities to support the community really are endless.

I feel very lucky to have excellent professors in the Dietetics and Food Management program at SFSU. These professors work hard to support the local community and pass that excitement onto the students. This semester, rather than work in the Vista Room, SFSU’s fine dining establishment, a hands-on environment that allows students to explore the demands of the food service industry, I’ll be volunteering with Glide’s free daily meals program.

Glide, one of the largest social service agencies in San Francisco, provides an incredibly accepting community that aims to provide services to the underrepresented in San Francisco. In addition to nutritious meals, which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 364 days a year, Glide offers numerous complimentary health care services ranging from medical care to yoga. Glide not only relies on the public for support through generous donations, but, daily community participation is vital. For the meal program alone, Glide counts on about 60 volunteers every day. Organizations such as Glide could not function without this daily influx of enthusiastic volunteers. For many in our community, this may be their only filling, nutritious meal of the day.

Getting involved in your community is one of the best ways to establish a meaningful connection to the community in which you live. One of the best ways to learn is through experience, gaining valuable knowledge and passing it on to those around you. Volunteering allows you the extraordinary opportunity of meeting diverse groups of people, from a wide variety of backgrounds and organizations that you may have otherwise overlooked. Just giving one hour of your time each week will not only positively change your life, but will truly impact the lives of those you support. I assure you the experience will be overwhelmingly positive!

What are you doing to get involved in your local community?

For more information on Glide, click here: http://www.glide.org/

To learn more about SFSU’s Vista Room, click here: http://cob.sfsu.edu/cob/vista-room/about/