To reach a broader audience, the CBC plans to drape hangtags on bikes for sale at local retailers that feature the five steps to safe bicycling—handling, cooperation, position, responsiveness, and protection—printed in at least two languages on glossy paper. Functioning simultaneously as an educational resource and an advertisement, the hangtags will advocate the benefits of riding bicycles safely to cyclists and pedestrians alike, getting the CBC’s message out to as many potential bicycle advocates as possible. Though the CBC has allocated funds to distribute the hangtags, it still need to cover the production costs.
Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
The dogs, cats, pigs, and even horses living at the City of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Center depend on the tireless efforts of its Animal Care Technicians and volunteers. Every day, these committed individuals tend to the health and well being of each animal that comes through the door – happily performing duties such as feeding, administering medication, sanitizing bedding, and walking– all in the hopes that each animal will be matched with a loving adoptive family. Oftentimes, these animals arrive as strays or are rescued from abusive and negligent conditions, so they are in dire need of the basic socializing and medical attention that healthy domesticated animals enjoy. Furthermore, the center strives to educate pet owners on the importance of proper care, including disease prevention and spaying and neutering.
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California Conservation Corps (CCC) serves a dual purpose: it provides job training and leadership opportunities for underserved youth while using their skills to help protect our natural resources. CCC members come from diverse backgrounds—half of them don't have a high-school diploma—and range in age from 18 to 25. Participants are placed in crews of 15 and equipped with uniforms and safety gear so they can complete more than three million hours of public-service conservation projects every year. They act as emergency responders in the event of natural disasters, retrofit buildings to increase energy conservation, plant trees, install irrigation systems, and help restore wildlife habitats. After they finish one year of service, CCC members can receive educational scholarships through the state of California and AmeriCorps to continue their studies.
Through its food program, SFBFS provides fresh groceries donated from local grocery stores, farmers, and community members, in addition to free screenings for health problems linked to poor nutrition. The organization’s food-distribution model mirrors an open-air famers market, where individuals can see and select produce, ask questions, enjoy samples, and obtain seasonal recipes.
The growl of lions and tigers will be replaced by the growls of guitars as the Sactopalooza Spring Party lights up the Sacramento Zoo with music from tribute bands and DJ Rigatony. No Duh blasts a high-energy pop set based on the music of No Doubt with a number of visuals, costumes, and props from the band’s music videos. Nominated for Best Tribute Band at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards, the Red Not Chili Peppers fill the air with classic funk-rock melodies and the four-chord password that grants entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to the concerts, attendees can partake in hands-on activities such as mechanical bull riding and gladiator jousting with foam poles.
The Sactopalooza Spring Party is the largest annual fundraising event for the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento. This group of 20- to 30-year-old volunteers works year-round to improve the lives of local children with special needs. In addition to raising funds for children, the group organizes hands-on events to interact with children at an annual picnic, winter clothing drives, and a holiday party at the UC Davis cancer center. Proceeds from the party helps support these events and the organization’s work with children throughout the region.
In 1942, a group of women decided that it could raise funds to improve the community. The initial projects included war-effort contributions, starting a children’s theater, and the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento. As the decades passed, the women expanded their outreach, and today the Junior League of Sacramento welcomes all women aged 21 and older to engage in volunteerism in the community. Among their many outreach efforts, the group assists nonprofits and community programs through charitable work and fundraising to help programs reach those in need.