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NEWSLETTER: December 2014
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Registration for the Feb. 1, 2015 Super Guadalupe River Run is the perfect gift for the athletes in your family or perhaps incentive to keep that New Year's resolution. 10K and 5K finishers earn a medal and t-shirt. Rates increase on Jan. 1st so sign up soon! Click here to register.
We get by with a lot of help from our Friends - and have lots of ways for you to contribute!
Whole Foods 1% Day
Fill your fridge and pantry at Whole Foods on The Alameda on Thursday, Dec. 18, and we will receive 1% of the store's proceeds. Or have a pint at the brewery; that works too. We greatly appreciate Whole Foods Market's generous support!
Did you know that you can donate appreciated stock (held for at least one year) and take a tax deduction for the fair market value of your gift? You avoid paying capital gains taxes, and we don't owe taxes when we sell the donated stocks so 100% of your gift goes to support our education, advocacy and stewardship efforts.
Please let us know if you are interested in making a stock donation. Your broker will need the following information to make the transfer:
For credit to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Acct # 574-584393
GRPC FEIN 77-0166797
Help us to:
- Connect children to nature through field trip programs, featuring environmental education activities tied to state standards.
- Produce excellent events -- Pumpkins in the Park and Super Guadalupe River Run -- that get people into the park and enhance the quality of life in San Jose.
- Engage volunteers and advocate for the expansion and upkeep of the downtown trail - the backbone of the city's trail network.
Other ways you can help include corporate matching. You might be able to double your contribution if you work for one of the many generous companies in Silicon Valley that offer a matching gift program! Stop by our office to pull a tag from our holiday tree (critter care, dip nets, waterproof boots, office supplies). You can also make a wish tree donation on-line.
The Donor Walkway
Looking for a way to pay tribute to someone? Consider a granite paver or park bench in Arena Green. Click here for more info...
We are pleased to introduce Cindy Moreno (photo right) as our new education coordinator. Cindy was an intern and Guadalupe Guide while an environmental studies student at SJSU. She moved on to other opportunities and even won an Environmental Hero award. She was drawn back to GRPC by the opportunity to connect people to nature via environmental education. One of her first tasks was accepting a $5,000 check from KLA-Tencor's Cathy McAbee (photo left). Thanks Cathy and welcome back Cindy!
Rotary PlayGarden Update
Lots of activity -- new walkways, slide supports, and play elements have popped up!
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past October:
California San Jose Mission
Cupertino HS National Honor Society
Gunderson High School Interact
Hands on Bay Area
Independence High School Key Club
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
XYZ Santa Clara University
Yerba Buena High School NHS
And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged more than 2060 volunteer hours in October.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties
- Rose Garden Workdays
Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30am. More info.
- Historic Orchard Volunteer Work Day
Sat. December 6, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.
- Monthly River Clean Up
Sat. December 20, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.
Meet a Volunteer Ramon Barragan
Ramon, a certified nursing assistant and native of Playa Azul, Mexico, commutes from Redwood City to join us every day for volunteer work. After living in Nevada for some time, Ramon made the move to California and has been a resident of the Bay Area for seven years. Ramon attends cosmetology school full time in San Jose and hopes to graduate this spring. He has become a great help to our staff and a valuable part of our Trail Ambassador Program. When Ramon isn't patrolling our trails or helping at the front desk, you can find him reading, spending time with loved ones and cooking some tasty goodies! Thanks for all your hard work Ramon!
Meet Board Member Teresa Davies
Teresa is PG&E's Senior Manager for the San Jose Division. Her team is responsible for managing customer relationships and services to PG&E's business customers with an emphasis on promoting energy efficiency, demand response, renewable generation, and climate change solutions. A Navy Veteran, Teresa has a passion to serve and has been an active volunteer in both industry associations and community-based organizations. She brings considerable non-profit experience in fundraising, marketing, outreach, and event planning. Though new to Silicon Valley, Teresa has made her home close to the park and is passionate about helping to bring our vision to life. Welcome Teresa!