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Local partnership raises funds for Viola Blythe center
Tri-City Voice, November 11, 2011

Volunteers nominated for Newark’s Viola Blythe Volunteer of the Year Award
Inside Bay Area, May 11, 2011

News Highlights for 2013

Sunday Dec. 1 and Sunday Dec. 8 – Toy drives held at the Florence and St. Edwards School.

Produce received – 2,462 lbs. apples, 1,163 lbs. oranges and 806 lbs. pears.

Dec. 5 – Sent in 1st quarter reports to Measure A. I attended the Chamber luncheon.

Dec. 9-11 – Evening work-parties were held. Many groups volunteered including Interact, City of Newark, VB Board of Directors, Republic Services, Union Sanitary Dist. and many individuals.

Dec. 14 – Held annual Children’s Xmas Party. Over 385 children attended. The Newark Dancers performed a great show. We had a visit with Mr. & Mrs. Santa, treats were given, a new wrapped toy and a stuffed animals. We saw lots of smiles and this is a highlight for the year!

Dec. 16 – We purchased necessary food and began preparing and distributing Christmas boxes. All boxes included fresh vegetables, canned goods, fresh fruit, eggs, bread, juice and fresh meat or gift card.

Dec. 20 – Thanks to the Newark Rotarians we were able to provide 30 new bikes and helmets for the Children.

Dec. 23 – Picked up and distributed 45 Holiday baskets provided by the 1st Presbyterian Church.

Nov. 1 – This was the first day for Thanksgiving sign-up registration. We open Mon.-Fridays 9-5 P.M. through the Holidays. We received our first cash donation of $100 from the Child Welfare Group.

Nov. 4 – Delivered 25 barrels and 100 crates. Continue sign-ups. This is throughout the Holidays.

Produce Received – 1,234 lbs. apples, 640 lbs. pears, 715 lbs. oranges and 183 lbs. bread.

Kirk that promotes and manages the Big time wrestling matches and they wanted to help the Center. They will have a Toy Drive at the match on Dec. 6 at 7:30 P.M. He donated 25 free tickets also for our client’s children.

Iron Mountain donated 5,000 lbs. of goods. Included rice, beans, water, diapers etc. they will adopt a family also for the Holidays.

Elk’ Lodge RV meeting and made a presentation on the Adopt-a-family. They adopted two families and donated $300.00.

Nov. 10 – Unitarian Church Service passed the plate and collected the most to date for an organization. $749.00.

We received our first quarterly allotment from Measure A. $2,500.

Republic Services will hold their first curbside drive in Dec. for the Center. They also made a donation of $1,000.

Nov. 13 – Shopped at the Food Bank. We were able to pick-up a van load of goods for around $700.00. It included eggs, fresh produce, chickens, rice, beans etc. (Measure A funds covered the expense.)

Nov. 13 – Received 180 toys from LOV Newark.

Nov. 16 – Our Warehouse collecting canned goods collected by Boy Scout Troops #186 and #441. Approx. 5,000 cans.

We received our first car donation of $280.00.

The First Presbyterian Church prepared for 45 families. We picked them up and distributed them on the 25th.

Nov. 20 – Held a small work-party at the warehouse. Ten people volunteered including the sisters and Elders from the LDS church. The LDS Church has continued their Warehouse donations monthly. Food goods- $2,000.

Nov. 26 – The Center received a Holiday donation of $3,000 from Boeringer Ingelheim.

Nov. 21st – began Thanksgiving basket distribution. We had as many as 40 families per day.
The Center received a donation of approx. 4,000 calculators from (United Logistic Solutions). They will be distributed to clients, Newark Days Community Faire and shared with other organizations such as Tri-City Volunteers.

The first week of July was spent working and finishing up at the Fireworks booth. Friday July 5th I inventoried and returned the extra product.

July’s produce shipments- Cauliflower – 671 lbs., nectarines, 941 lbs., tomatoes-735 lbs., carrots-627 lbs., pears   1,500 lbs., plums-760 lbs. and 300 lbs. assorted produce.

July 17 – Grocery Outlet participated in a program named “Independence for hunger” to help feed the community. They choose our agency to give the food to.  We received 34 bags of groceries valued at $6.00 per bag.

Union Sanitary District and Niles Discovery Church (Niles Congregational Church), they donate new backpacks and school supplies.

The Center received – A United Way check from Silicon Valley for $515.76 (this is a first), $170.00 from Bank of America and $217.00 from the Share Program. Keep using that grocery card it helps.

Apr. 1 – Aeropostale donated 970 pairs of jeans.

Apr. 3 – The Center received a donation of 200 backpacks from Sports Marketing USA.

The Casino fundraiser 51 people attended. We had good weather, lots of fun and even a few winners! I received a lot of positive feedback and most could hardly wait for the next trip!

Mar. 27 – The Child Welfare Club adopted ten families for Easter. They received food and a $15.00 gift card.

Latest News and Past Events – 2012

October-December 2012

  • Signed up 78 families for Christmas baskets in the first week of December
  • Cargill Salt contributions committee approved a budget of $5,300 for Viola Blythe holiday adopt-a-family program.
  • Received a $3,000 donation from Washington Hospital Foundation
  • The Newark ALCO Firefighters presented a check to the Center in the amount of $2,000 at our October Board Meeting.

August 2012 – The following are annual ongoing donations we received in August

  • Through Radio Controllers – This was a personal donation of $500.00
  • Cargill Salt (500 lb. matched dollars per lb.) They donated extra – $2,000.00
  • First Presbyterian Church – $600.00
  • With the help of Union Sanitary District, Carol Quinn and the Niles Congregational Church we were able to distribute 29 new back packs, 52 School Supply packets and 4 new lunch boxes.
  • Iron Mountain donated another 1,500 lbs. of food. They had an employee competition between drivers. Donation is valued at $2,250.
  • Girl Scout Camporee donated 450 lbs.
  • Aileen Fox purchased 100 lbs. of beans

July 2012

  • Produce delivery – 1,690 lbs. celery, 1,548 lbs. cauliflower, 1,900 lbs. watermelon, 1,920 lbs. plums, and 2,520 lbs. cantaloupe.
  • Iron Mountain Company donated approximately $2,800 worth of food, goods and gift cards. They will be doing a food drive of beans and rice in August.
  • The Center received $131.00 from using the Share Cards. We also received $170.17 through the BofA United Way. This is $40.00 more than last year.
  • July 2012 – Fireworks sales were up this year. Thanks everyone for your support!

June 2012 and earlier

  • June 2012 – The Center received $181.00 and a $25.00 gift card from The Yung family in honor of Vanessa’s Birthday.
  • June 2012 – Valassis Company donated 61 pairs of shoes to the Center.
  • June 2012 – The  BBQ fundraiser put on by the Newark Pavilion was a success. Luis Freitas spoke about V.B. Center and what we do for the community. He also announced that the profit from the dinner would be donated to the Center. We received a check in the amount of $777.77.
  • May 2012 – The Center received a Scholarship grant in the amount of $353.00. This was through the Alameda County Food Bank due to the F.E.M.A. grants coming so late this year. The Viola Blythe Center was able to purchase some very nutritional items such as: rice, beans, cereal, tuna, peanut butter, canned chicken etc. we also received free salvage sorted food and over 300 lbs. of food drive food. This was a whole van full of food worth well over $1,000 for $728.00.
  • May 2012 – We held our annual V.B. Appreciation Dinner and had 78 guest present. It was an honor to have our Mayor, Al Nagy, two City Council members (Luis Freitas and Suzy Collozo), City Manager, John Becker, School Superintendent, Churches, Schools, businesses and volunteers all attend. To our surprise Dino’s Grill donated the entire dinner for this event. The Yung family made a $1,000 contribution.
  • May 2012 – Jean Ficklin donated $500.00 to the Center in lieu of her late husband’s car.
  • May 2012 – Youth director at the LDS church about collecting and bagging beans and rice. We received 150 lbs. of beans and 100 lbs. of rice.
  • April 2012 – Judy Mooney and Joe DiFede purchased two new computers for the Center. Judy and Chris DiFede spent many hours installing and connecting them. This has really made our work so much easier.
  • April 2012 – The Washington Township Children’s Welfare Group donated 50 packages of food to help the Center with Easter food Baskets.
  • April 2012 –  Our first Black Oak Casino fundraiser- We had 57 passengers, lots of prizes and a nice raffle basket. This was a great 1st fundraising bus trip for Viola Blythe.

Latest News and Past Events – 2011

  • Nov 1, 2011 – Petersen-Dean Roofing and Solar Systems and Viola Blythe Launch Fundraising Program NEWARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE) Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark launched their new fundraising campaign at the City of Newark Mayorand Council Candidates Luncheon. In partnership with PetersenDean Roofing and Solar Systems, Viola Blythe will receive from $250-$1000 for every roof or solar system purchased by Newark citizens depending on the purchase size. “Giving for Living is a practical way to drive funds to great community organizations like Viola Blythe,” says Jim Petersen, CEO and founder of PetersenDean Roofing and Solar Systems, “We all can’t spend the time or money like the volunteers at Viola Blythe so by participating in our fundraising program, homeowners can help others as a by-product of their purchase.” Website provided by Vistaprint homeowners can help others as a by-product of their purchase.”
  • October 25, 2011 – Newark Health and Resource Faire for Seniors
  • October 1, 2011 – Home Depot – Car Show/Canned food Drive
  • Sept 2, 2011 – Comcast Newsmakers interview about Viola Blythe with host Barbara Rodgers – filmed in Hayward. Air date on Comcast and YouTube: TBA
  • Sept 21, 2011- We just had the most exciting visit from the Alameda County Firefighters Association. They brought two fire trucks. We were presented with a $1,500 check from their fundraising pancake breakfast event.