On April 18, 1906, the US economy could easily have been destroyed in one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the nation. A massive earthquake and subsequent fires ripped through the streets of San Francisco, leaving devastation in their wake. Though the downtown area and local banks were wiped out, the architect who had designed the Second San Francisco Mint—otherwise known as “The Old Mint” or “The Granite Lady"—knew that the Pacific coast was prone to earthquakes. He built the stately edifice to “float” on its foundations instead of shattering. Thanks to his foresight and the valiant efforts of Treasury Department employees who kept the fire at bay, The Old Mint was virtually unscathed and was the only San Francisco financial institution to stay open. The $200 million worth of gold in its vaults remained unharmed, and the country's economic welfare remained safe.
In January 2003, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society's plan to renovate the unused Old Mint building and create a permanent home for the San Francisco Museum gained approval from the mayor's task force. Today, the society oversees its preservation, renovations, and ongoing activities; visitors can see temporary exhibits against an elegant backdrop of fluted columns, checkered floors, and vintage light fixtures. The society also educates people about Bay Area history through walking tours, monthly programs, and special events including a history expo, holiday tea, special exhibitions, and the Standing Ovations awards gala. It produces two members-only publications: “Panorama,” a quarterly newsletter, and the Argonaut, an original journal that tells the city's stories through items such as photographs, articles, and personal musings.
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Members of City Carshare, the company reports on its website, drive 50% less than individual car owners, annually saving more than 20 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is exactly what the local nonprofit had in mind in 2001 when they opened more than 200 Bay Area lots full of fuel-efficient, alternative-fuel, and electric cars and sleighs pulled by Virginia creeper. These vehicles are the linchpin in their two-fold social commitment to creating healthy urban spaces and strong communities.
The first part of that is relatively straightforward: fewer cars on the road mean less congestion and smog and reduced demand for parking lots that could be transformed into parks that grow into concrete jungles. The company defrays the high monetary costs of car ownership by providing insurance coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance, and all the fuel your vehicle needs to get on the road. To foster a sense of community, they hook members up with a private ride-sharing program and entice them to explore the city via their key fob, which unlocks perks at other local businesses. Their mission is backed by a global network of transportation visionaries in the international CarSharing Association, of which City Carshare is a founding member.
It’s 10:15 a.m. at West Marin Elementary School and the children in Luis Burgos’ class have begun to eat their midmorning snack. Perhaps mandarin oranges, string cheese, or baby carrots, the snack—provided to everyone thanks to SF-Marin Food Bank—helps the youngsters stay focused throughout the day, particularly if they haven't been getting enough to eat at home. Such effective simplicity is emblematic of the Food Bank's quest to end hunger across its community.
The Food Bank concentrates the power of 450 partner organizations, more than 130 dedicated staff members, and 25,000 volunteers to that singular purpose. This network ensures community partners such as West Marin Elementary, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Calvary United Methodist Church, and more than 240 food pantries have enough to distribute every day. Last year alone, the organization provided 46 million pounds of food to more than 225,000 people in the course of the year—including 11,000 children through the Morning Snack Program and more than 300 homebound seniors—adding up to more than 105,000 meals each day.
The SAT can be a life-changing experience. Garrett Neiman, cofounder of CollegeSpring, knows this firsthand: in 2006, he boosted his own SAT score up nearly 400 points to achieve a perfect 2400, securing his acceptance to Stanford. Initially, he tried to help students by running a tutoring business but quickly realized that the students who could afford his services weren’t the ones most in need. Students from low-income backgrounds, on average, score lower on the SAT than all other students. Coupled with a lack of assistance preparing for the college-admissions process, this creates a significant barrier for such students to gain access to a college education.
So he decided to help. He and cofounder Jessica Perez created a business plan for what would become CollegeSpring. Through partnerships with schools and community organizations, CollegeSpring works with students from low-income backgrounds, combining instruction from professional teachers with near-peer mentoring (undergraduates working with high schoolers) and diagnostic SAT testing. Since 2008, CollegeSpring has helped more than 4,400 students in Los Angeles and the Bay Area improve their SAT scores, turning an obstacle into an opportunity.
The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project proves that one person's trash can become another person's two-wheeled treasure. At the heart of the project are leaders who train volunteers in bike mechanics so they can upcycle salvaged and donated bicycles, parts, and resources to bring more safe, functional bikes to the Bay Area. By adding more bikes to the streets, the project hopes to make cycling more accessible to people who may not otherwise be able to afford a bike and create a larger community of people who travel using green modes of transportation. Volunteers also gain valuable bike-maintenance skills that may empower them to ride more frequently and increase the number of bike commuters. In addition to constructing refurbished bikes, volunteers can earn bikes by completing volunteer hours, resell the bikes to community members, and distribute small bikes to classrooms and youth organizations. The project also builds bikes from diverted landfill items, which are painted yellow and available for short-term rental for a small donation.
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