Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cosumnes Firefighters Association Helping EG's Homeless

The Cosumnes Firefighters Association will be conducting their Second Annual Socks for the Homeless Drive, March 1 - 31, 2012.

If you are able to participate, bring new white socks to the fire stations listed below to benefit the homeless. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Clothing donations rarely include socks, which can be important to a person's health and well-being. Prolonged use of dirty, wet and worn socks can lead to fungal and bacterial infections, frostbite and blisters. Much of our homeless clients' life is spent on foot; imagine how your simple donation can make a big difference in an individual's life.

The event is also made possible by the generous contributions from Elk Grove Ford, facilitating signage and collection bins at all three stations.

Donation Locations:
Station 71 - 8760 Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove 95624
Station 74 - 6501 Laguna Park Drive, Elk Grove 95758
Station 46 - 1050 Walnut Avenue, Galt 95632

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cookie Sale

Michael and Meaghan’s mother and older sister came into our offices to tell us about their fundraising activities in Wilton. For their eighth grade confirmation project at St. Vincent De Paul, Michael and Meaghan decided to do some fundraising for Elk Grove Food Bank Services. The enterprising duo baked cookies and sold them at Dillard Store. They received support for their efforts from store management and from the Wilton community. They sold out in a couple of hours and raised $60.02 with help from the kindhearted people in Wilton.

With this success, Michael and Meaghan plan on more cookie sales in the future. Keep an eye out for them. I heard that the oatmeal raisin cookies are really great.

Thank you Michael and Meaghan for raising money to help your local food bank. If you want to join these civic-minded young people and help us serve those in need in our community, our website has some suggestions.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Girl's Night Out

Its that time again! Cosumnes Community Services District is having its fourth annual Girl's Night Out. This fun event will be on Friday, March 16, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Wackford Complex, 9014 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove.

There is shopping, a chocolate fountain, a "Big Hair Affair" competition, Women's History exhibit and more!

Pre-registration is $10 and it will be $12 at the door.

Our volunteers will be on hand helping out at this event, part of the proceeds benefit our Support Works program.

Girl's Night Out
Friday, March 16, 2012
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wackford Complex
9014 Bruceville Road
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Registration: (916) 405-5600

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Ellen O'Neill of Volunteers of America will be at EGFBS on Thursday, March 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to inform people about this new service available for veteran families.

This program is funded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the SSVF program is administered through Volunteers of America to provide supportive services to extremely low or very low-income veteran families (those with minor children) residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. These outreach and case-management services are designed to improve veteran families' housing stability, and also are designed to prevent at-risk families from becoming homeless.

These services may include assistance with:
  • Health care
  • Daily living
  • Personal financial planniing
  • Transportation
  • Fiduciary and payee
  • Legal issues
  • Child care
  • Housing
  • Temporary financial assistance to prevent or resolve homelessness

A veteran is defined as a person who has served in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States. You are a veteran even if you were never stationed in a combat zone, and regardless of your discharge status. However, SSVF cannot assist those who were dishonorably discharged.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

Volunteers of America

(916) 228-3153

Monday, February 20, 2012

Support Works - Week Six

This Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 10:00 a. m. we will discuss

Rejections - Staying Focused and Positive

Our Employment Specialist will help you through some tough questions:
  • What could have been done better or differently?
  • What did you learn from the interview?
  • How could you have handled yourself differently?

We will also work on not taking things personally, focusing on the present (not past mistakes), and focusing on your strengths.

Elk Grove Food Bank Services - Support Works
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA 95624
916-685-8453, extension 5 for more information

Pints for Pounds

February marks the 10th anniversary of the BloodSource Donor Center in Elk Grove. In celebration of this, BloodSource is partnering with Elk Grove Food Bank Services to present:

Pints for Pounds
a campaign that supports the mission to end hunger in Elk Grove.

Thursday, February 23
Saturday, February 25

Laguna Donor Center
9105 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove

Appointments Encouraged
Walk-ins Welcomed

For every blood drive participant, BloodSource will pay it forward by donating 5 pounds of food to Elk Grove Food Bank Services.

Laguna Donor Center
9105 Bruceville Road, Suite 6-A
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Support Works - Week Five

On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. we will discuss how to prepare for the interview.

  • Mind set - self talk

  • Review, practice responses to typical questions and answers

  • Knowledge of the company/business

  • Basic understanding of the work or duties to be performed

  • Personal appearance

  • Confidence

  • Selling self - addressing strengths and weaknesses

Next Week: Rejections - Staying focused and positive

Elk Grove Food Bank Services - Support Works
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA 95624
916-685-8453, extension 5 for more information

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Texas Roadhouse is Back!

Alanna Trevino, Local Store Marketer, for Texas Roadhouse

More beautiful warm clothes and food from Texas Roadhouse food drive

Alanna Trevino, Local Store Marketer, for Texas Roadhouse was back recently with more donations from their wonderful food drive!

Thank you to all at Texas Roadhouse for their kindness in helping their neighbors. Thanks for helping out locally.

Texas Roadhouse
8094 Orchard Loop Lane
Elk Grove, CA 95624

Travis, our Operations Manager, is always happy to accept donations.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Support Works Week Four

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. we will cover Researching Job Openings and Submitting Applications in our Job Readiness Training Class. A computer lab is open until 12 noon.

How and where to look for a job: Our Human Resource specialist will suggest different places at which to apply. Some are not the usual ones.

Organizing and devoting time to the search: How to use your time effectively.

Next Week: Week Five - Interview Preparation

Elk Grove Food Bank Services - Support Works
9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140
Elk Grove, CA 95624
916-685-8453, extension 5 for information