YAD Day of Volunteering 2016

July 17, 2016
12:00 AM
San Francisco


Registration is now closed. If you want to be put on the email list, please email Shoshana Gould.

Join YAD for our annual Day of Volunteering! With over 130 YADers volunteering at various sites throughout San Francisco, we make a large and memorable impact. Registration will open on Friday, June 17.

9:00 am: Participants meet at the Federation for breakfast, socializing, and inspiration from Danny Grossman, the Federation's CEO, on the importance of giving back.

10:00 am: In transportation organized by the Federation, participants depart for their service sites.

10:30 am: Time to make a difference!

1:00 pm: Optional meetup at Biergarten

Site and Volunteer Descriptions

AIDS Walk: KidZone

Background: AIDS Walk San Francisco is a 10K fundraising walk starting and ending in Golden Gate Park. This event benefits Project Inform, Ward 86 at San Francisco General Hospital, Project Open Hand, and HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area.

Volunteer assignment: YAD will help set up and clean the KidZone, where family entertainment is provided after the walk. Volunteers must be outgoing and friendly! 

Alemany Farm

Background: Friends of Alemany Farm is a volunteer group that manages the horticulture, volunteer, and educational programs at Alemany Farm, a 3.5 acre organic farm ecosystem in southeast San Francisco. Friends of Alemany Farm grows food security and educates local residents about how they can become their own food producers. They strive to increase ecological knowledge and habitat value, and to sow the seeds of economic and environmental justice.

Volunteer assignment: After receiving an orientation of the farm, YAD will be working with Friends of Alemany Farm to plant and beautify the farm.

Glide Memorial Church

Background: Glide has been a spiritual home and refuge for people from many diverse backgrounds and traditions, as well as a provider of services to the people of the Tenderloin and San Francisco.

Volunteer assignment: YAD will be attending church services at 11:00 am and then be making bagged lunches to be distributed to those in need.

Holly Park

Background: Holly Park, one of the city's oldest parks, has modern playstructures, a basketball court, and BBQ areas.

Volunteer assignment: YAD will be beautifying Holly Park with the help of San Francisco Recreation & Parks.

Jewish Community Library

Background: The Jewish Community Library serves as a neutral ground for discovery, where both Jews and non-Jews can explore Jewish tradition from many angles with no barriers to entry.

Volunteer assignment: YAD will be working with Howard Freedman, director of the Jewish Community Library, to organize and shelf the collection of books.

Jewish Home

Background: The Jewish Home has served San Franciscans for more than 140 years. It provides high-quality care, services, and programs that give local seniors a place they can call home.

Volunteer assignment: YAD will join the Jewish Home’s director of creative arts, Gary Tanner, and a small group of residents in the creative arts studio to work together on a group project that Gary will plan (the Home will provide the necessary materials). Gary will also provide an overview of the Jewish Home and its history in San Francisco.

Larkin Street Youth Services

Background: Larkin Street Youth Services integrates housing, education, employment and health services to get homeless and at-risk kids off the streets. Each year, Larkin Street gives more than 3,000 youths a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self-respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future.

Volunteer assignment: YAD will be working with Larkin Street staff to beautify, organize and paint the facility to create a more welcoming environment for those they serve.

North Beach Citizens

Background: North Beach Citizens is a resource center that homeless and low-income residents use as a base and a starting point to rebuild their lives and reconnect with their community.

Volunteer assignment: YAD will help North Beach Citizen’s volunteer team in beautifying the streets and neighborhoods of North Beach and Chinatown.

Stow Lake

Background: Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park’s largest body of water, is a popular spot for strolling, picnicking, and pedaling around in boats.

Volunteer assignment: YAD will be beautifying Stow Lake with the help of San Francisco Recreation & Parks.

Interests: , Volunteering, Young Adults
Organized By: 
YAD of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Shoshana Gould
Phil Ginsburg
Phil Ginsburg is the general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. With more than 4,100 acres and over 220 parks under its jurisdiction, the Recreation and Park Department stewards some of the most spectacular public spaces in the world, including Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower and the Palace of Fine Arts. During his tenure, Ginsburg has made increasing access to public recreation the department’s primary objective, ensuring that the city’s children and families have the opportunity to not only survive in the city, but thrive. Understanding the realities of 21st Century government, Phil has also helped San Francisco’s park system avoid catastrophic cuts, closures and service reductions through the strategic use of public-private partnerships, creative revenue strategies, technology and administrative efficiencies.
Danny Grossman
Danny Grossman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Federation. Danny, a successful business owner and entrepreneur, has served extensively on the Federation’s Board of Directors, Endowment and other committees, as well as on numerous Jewish and non-Jewish boards. He brings decades of experience as a leader in the Bay Area’s Jewish and civic communities, and many years of business and public sector leadership. Previously, he was CEO of SLOW Food for Fast Lives and CEO and founder of Wild Planet Entertainment. He also served for seven years in the U.S. Foreign Service, as a diplomat overseas and at the Department of State. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and received his B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University.