Rebuilding Together Oakland’s Safe at Home program transforms the houses of low-income seniors and people with disabilities with safety and efficiency modifications to prevent falls and improve accessibility. Safe at Home house remodelers install grab bars, raised toilet seats, shower seats, handheld showerheads, nightlights, and non-slip mats to prevent falls in accident-prone spots such as the bathroom and hallway. The program also outfits homes with emergency equipment including smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, and performs checks of equipment that is already present in the home. If necessary, Safe at Home can also provide wheelchair ramps to improve mobility. Since its inception in 2007, Rebuilding Together Oakland has installed safety modifications in the homes of more than 475 homeowners.
Grammy winner and R & B singer Rihanna unleashes her formidable pipes and celebrated songbook as she continues on her LOUD tour. Vibrant costumes and first-rate production harmoniously augment the singer's chart-topping oeuvre, which includes hits such as "Umbrella," "S & M," "Only Girl (In the World)," "SOS," and "What's My Name?" From the Oracle Arena's 100-level seats, concertgoers can marvel at the elaborate set pieces gilding the stage as their eardrums feast like hungry dachshunds in an unmanned pizza parlor. Opener J. Cole adds his own vocal talents to the evening's aural enticements, creating a two-pronged attack on musical monotony.
The organization's Family Literacy Nights provide parents and students with academic tools and services aimed at ensuring that children master reading and writing in English. The program provides an opportunity for parents and children to share a learning experience as they play games, solve puzzles, and craft projects designed to boost literacy. OASES hopes to distribute literacy kits for up to 240 students at Family Literacy Nights held at Lincoln Elementary School on October 20 and at Cleveland Elementary School on December 16. Each kit includes a book, a parent-participation guide, puzzles and word games, and a notebook and pencils for practicing writing skills.
Loved Twice's community volunteers seek out recyclable infant attire and assemble separate wardrobe sets for boys and girls, which licensed social workers then distribute to low-income mothers. Each wardrobe-in-a-box contains 75 clothing and accessory items in sizes 0–12 months, including newborn onesies, sleepers, hats, booties, books, a warm blanket and a First 5 California new-parent-education kit. In 2010, Loved Twice recycled enough items to clothe 1,050 newborns, thus keeping babies warm while easing new parents' financial burden.
Pairing their civic-mindedness with a strong business sense, a group of University of California, Berkeley students grabbed a laptop and a borrowed pickup and began delivering school supplies to underserved students across the region. Today their initiative, K to College, distributes the resources students need to excel in school and attain a solid education. Collaborating with local businesses, K to College creates grade-appropriate supply kits as part of their Give 22 campaign, named as such because the kits cost $22 to complete—a third of their retail price. Packed in a sturdy canvas tote bag, these kits of pencils, papers, and dental-care items go to public-school students in the free or reduced-price lunch program. K to College also advertises back-to-school efforts through local TV stations and works with the Folsom State Prison to organize community-service opportunities for inmates as part of a rehabilitation program—an effort that caught the attention of CNN.
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