April was filled with unique and powerful events and workshops. We are very grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with some incredible community members and organizations.
Critter Compassion: Learn about Amazing Animal Helpers
We partnered with an amazing heart-led organization called Xenephon Therapeutic Riding Center. Our families got to learn about kids with special needs, practice outdoor yoga, visit with therapy dogs and horses and make cookies for the horses.
March has been a busy month with lots of exciting projects and workshops. Here are just some highlights from March!
Shelter Workshop at the Animal Rescue Foundation
Always a hit are our shelter workshops at the Animal Rescue Foundation. Families had a chance to make animals with clay, do some fun animal yoga poses and get a wonderful interactive tour of the shelter with ARF.
Cooking Meals for Operation Dignity
We had the chance to cook meals for Operation Dignity in Oakland. Local families joined us to make stuffed pasta shells and croissants with hazelnut spread. This was the first time we had Youth Leaders from Boys Charity League join us to deliver the meals to the shelter.
AWE workshop at Temple Isaiah Jewish Sunday School
We are doing more and more educational workshops at local institutions. Temple Isaiah in Lafayette welcomed us to facilitate workshop on a Jewish value called Awe. Families had a chance to learn about Awe, practice yoga outdoors and make treasure chests filled with awe-inspiring goodies to take home.
Lamorinda Moms Egg Hunt
Some of our youth leaders, Reagan and Harper, ran an entire station at the Lamorinda Moms Egg Hunt and visited with hundreds of families. Mindful Littles is the exclusive charity partner for Lamorinda Moms, and we are excited to be teaming up for the April 29 backpack event to help Oakland Unified School District.
Emergency Backpacks for the Homeless with White Pony Express
A special event to help to a special nonprofit organization- White Pony Express- which dedicates itself to helping low-income people with a lot of love. We organized an Emergency Backpack project to help provide cold weather supplies and kits that the homeless could use.
Yesterday Mindful Littles and MySustainableTable teamed up again for another Cookin’ for a Cause event, and this time we got to make over 300 meals for the Bay Area Rescue Mission. The Bay Area Rescue Mission has been around since 1965, providing food, shelter, clothes and resources for homeless people in Northern California. In the Bay Area alone, there are over 150,000 extremely low-income people and 35,000 homeless people. In fact San Francisco has the highest per capita rate of homelessness in any major American city. In one dinner alone, Bay Area Rescue Mission serves 300 people, and with the help of organizations like ours, we can make a small difference to help the shelter deliver it’s mission. Read more →
Last week we had another Mindful Littles event, where 20 families from our community gathered to prepare holiday food baskets for Bay Area Crisis Nursery (BACN). BACN is a local nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping “prevent child abuse and child neglect by providing supportive services to families who are in stress or crisis.” They provide warm shelter, food and other services for young children, so that families can manage their emergency or stressful life situation. This year BACN had a big need for non-perishable food items for the families, so we organized a food drive around this cause. Read more →
Food. One of the most important and basic human needs, and yet 1 in 9 people are chronically undernourished in the world- around 795 million people according to the United Nations. The majority of undernourished are in developing countries, but there are local communities right in the Bay Area which suffer from homelessness and hunger. Yesterday we had the incredible opportunity to do a very small part to feed some local community members as part of our new Cookin’ for a Cause program. Read more →
In years past I have always spoken of our veterans with great respect and honor, but it isn’t until this year that I really appreciated the human experience of our veterans and their loved ones. This appreciation goes beyond our political views, our religious views, our differences; it is about understanding the humanness of what a veteran may have gone through in the hopes of protecting some of the greatest freedoms we have in this country. Read more →
November 13th is WORLD KINDNESS DAY and as part of OrindaCares, we have some exciting initiatives planned to celebrate this GLOBAL CELEBRATION during the month of November. Our November initiative is focused on two major aspects: Expressing Kindness Creatively and Expressing Kindness for Those in Need.
With the leadership of some incredible community members to spearhead these efforts, OrindaCares is launching several kindness projects.
The silver lining to a disaster is the power of community coming together to create positive change. After kickstarting our OrindaCares: Helping Hands for Houston project just 5 weeks ago, we saw the force of good that can come out of a community-wide effort to help those in need. Here’s just a small synopsis of our community efforts. Read more →
It’s hard to believe that Hurricane Harvey occurred less than two months ago. Given the onslaught of disasters from Irma to Maria to Mexico to Vegas and now the California fires, the devastating Texas hurricane feels like it was ages ago. Often speaking to our littles about these disasters is a tricky subject. We don’t want to traumatize our littles, especially when the news is overwhelming for even most bigs. However, we also don’t want to shelter them from the realities of life, or ignore that they may be exposed to the news regardless.
Last week as part of our OrindaCares initiative I spoke at school wide assemblies at all elementary schools in our local district about our efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The goal of the talks was to help the children understand why we were doing our first Helping Hands for Houston project. We want our students to not only engage in service work, but do it from a place of compassion. As I prepped for the talks, I journeyed into my own heart. Read more →
We strive for all Orinda students to contribute as engaged, compassionate citizens to local, national, and global communities. That is why we have launched #OrindaCares, a partnership program between Mindful Littles, Orinda Schools,Miramonte High School and The City of Orinda to inspire all Orinda students through meaningful service learning opportunities.