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The ALASVC enthusiastically supports the Association's Community Connection (formerly Community Challenge Weekend), participating every year since inception and earning a spot on the CCW honor roll.  Past events are listed below.

In January of 2012, the Community Challenge Weekend (CCW) was restructured and is no longer exclusive to October, but instead is a year-round initiative that allows chapters to volunteer more often - and with more flexibility. 

 For more information on Community Connection, follow the link: alanet.org/about/commconnect

 

Year

Organization

Activity

CCW Chairperson

Chapter President

1999

OICW, East Palo Alto

Collect donations of professional clothing

Debbie Piker Sanders, Husam Hammad,
Linda Cunningham

Debbie Piker Sanders

2000

Children's Shelter, San Jose

Collect donations of new
school supplies, toys,
costumes, etc.

Linda Cunninham, Debbie Piker Sanders

Linda Cunningham

2001

KTEH, San Jose

Answer phones during
public television fundraiser
broadcast

Liz Tan

Husam Hammad

2002

Children's Shelter, San Jose

Sort food

Linda Cunningham & Debbie Sanders

Liz Tan

2003

Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC)

Collect donations

Jan Balli

Chavez

2004

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Collect money donations

Jan Balli

Jan Balli

2005

Second Harvest Food
Bank, San Jose

Sort food

Bonnie Neary

Bonnie Neary

2006

Second Harvest Food
Bank, San Jose

Sort food

Shawn Derfer

Jim Karkas

2007

Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT), Santa Clara

Assemble learning kits for
students and sort supplies

Shawn Derfer

Annette Ross

 

Pathways Hospice Foundation, Sunnyvale

Assemble flu kits

 

 

2008

Bring Me A Book Foundation, Mtn View

Assemble book covers

Shawn Derfer

Helen Ferentinos

 

Sacred Heart Community Services, San Jose

Sort food

 

 

 

The Smile Train

Collect money donations

ALA Headquarters

 

2009

On Bay Area’s (HOBA) Contribute to Literacy
at RAFT (Resource Area For Teachers)

Assemble learning kits for
students and sort supplies

Shawn Derfer

Yvonne Mills

 

Career Closet clothing drive

Collect donations of
professional clothing

 

 

2010

Project READ

Help provide a fun night for families with puppet shows, songs, crafts, snacks and a book to take home.

Shawn Derfer

Sally Downing

 

Sacred Heart Community Service

Sort and organize donations.

 

 

2011

Second Harvest Food Bank

Organize, separate, and bundle meals in bags and boxes to be distributed to those in need.

Carol Altamirano

Jim Karkas

2012

Family Giving Tree


Second Harvest Food Bank

Backpack and school supplies drive in support of the children in East Palo Alto

Prepare food for distribution

Christie Alexander-Ernst

Debbie Piker-Sanders

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