LAS POSITAS COLLEGE VETERANS
COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS
Blue Star Moms is a Danville-based organization that is a chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, founded in 1942 by a mother who had two sons serving in World War II. It provides opportunities for Tri-Valley mothers of sons and daughters now in the military to share concerns, needs, and emotional support. It also prepares and ships care packages.
Organized in 2004, as a support group for active military personnel and their families. The group provides on-going emotional support, as well as goods and services as needed to address the needs of families impacted by key wage earners being deployed for extended periods away from home. It facilitates counseling services through local churches and nonprofits to address emotional distress, financial assistance, and services for those returning from deployment. Every returning comrade receives a special welcome home celebration.
"To provide care, comfort and support to the families of military
personnel (Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve) who live in
Pleasanton and surrounding communities as their loved ones serve in harm's way around the world--especially those involved with Operation Iraqi
Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and in the Global War on Terror."
The mission is clear and simple – support our troops, both active duty and retired.
We accept no hidden agendas or self-aggrandizement. All monies collected go to the direct benefit of the troops - any need identified by them, we try to meet. We have a Board of Directors, skilled professionals, available to provide needed support. Everything is donated and all efforts are volunteer.
VVF operates on a multi-faceted approach:
- support for our adopted units through care packages and mail
- school supplies for children in countries where our troops are deployed;
- Operation Welcome Home for our Livermore sons and daughters returning from service, where the Mayor presents a proclamation thanking them for their service - a simple, yet profound acknowledgement
- aid for Wounded Warriors, our outreach to soldiers who come home wounded and have needs that may not be met, where we provide assistance with employment, housing, transportation, mentoring
Also developing programs include the Patriots’ Walk, where Livermore intends to construct a “Patriots’ Walk”with individual bricks, each having the name of a Livermore son or daughter who has served in the military; and a future Scholarship Fund where we propose establishing a fund for the purpose of making an education available to children of our troops.
CASTRO VALLEY ROTARY
LIVERMORE VALLEY ROTARY
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
All Rotarians subscribe to a higher business and ethical standard as noted by our four-way test.
THE FOUR-WAY TEST of the things we think, say or do:
- First , is it the TRUTH?
- Second, is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Third, will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Fourth, will it be BENEFICAL to all concerned?
Swords to Plowshares was started in 1974 by six veterans volunteering at the Veterans Administration in San Francisco and a few others who were concerned that the needs of returning Vietnam veterans were not being addressed. They formed an organization whose guiding principle was that veterans must never again be treated as second-class citizens, such as they were after the Vietnam War, and that war in general causes wounds that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares is a community-based organization whose programs have evolved to meet the changing needs of veterans. With the country now involved in armed conflict, Swords to Plowshares’ programs will remain among the most needed in our society.
The VFW, District 14 of California is structured to be operationally efficient while providing the highest degree of control of the organization's activities by its membership which is made up entirely of combat veterans. District 14 is based out of Oakland California and services 15 Posts in the Alameda County.
WOSL is a national organization of women who have served overseas in or with the Armed Forces. American women who had served overseas with the military forces during World War One founded WOSL in 1921.
- To keep alive and develop the spirit that prompted overseas service.
- To maintain the ties of comradeship born of that service, and to assist and further any patriotic work.
- To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation.
- To work for the welfare of the armed services.
- To assist, in any way in our power, the men and women who served and were wounded or incapacitated in the service of their country.
- To foster and promote friendship and understanding between the United States and all other nations of the world.
Fr. Patrick Power Council was founded March 30th, 1958 and has been an active part of Livermore and the St. Michael and St. Charles parishes since. It is named after Father Patrick Power, the second pastor at St. Michael parish. He served from March 4th, 1879 through February 11th, 1915, and was instrumental in the early growth of the parish, including founding the St. Michael School. The Fr. Patrick Power Council works closely with the people of both of the parishes in Livermore, as well as other councils and parishes in the Tri-Valley area, providing funds for various projects, members being active participants in their parish. etc.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.
Championed by Councilman Jerry Thorne and its founder Mike Conklin, Sentinels is unique in the U.S. in that it uses contributions and grants to provide comprehensive support systems for some 30 recovering soldiers to again assimilate in communities and fulfill their ambitions. Pleasanton mentors in the Sentinels organization include David Cooper, Doug Miller and Judy Lloyd who will be working with the 1st Pleasanton Sentinels returning home soldier, Jay Wilkerson to move into an apartment the Sentinels organization is providing in the Promenade apartment complex on Case Avenue. He also has been given a car and a full four-year college scholarship, and he's already signed up for summer classes at Las Positas College.
Iraq War Vet Makes Pleasanton Home - KGO TV San Francisco Press Release - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | 7:20 PM
Alameda County Blue Star Moms, Chapter CA23, is a local San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. serving all Cities of the County of Alameda in the SF Bay Area of California. We are a non-partisan, non-political organization. We do not support any political candidate, nor do we endorse any religious organization. The military represents all aspects of America as does our organization.
We are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. We are a non-profit (501[c]3) service organization supporting each other and our children while promoting patriotism.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans. Being an IAVA Supporter is free, and it's a great way for people to show real support for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. You'll get occasional information about things you can do in your community, or online, to help out. And you can unsubscribe at any time.
The Mario Pedrozzi Scholarship Foundation will award hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to deserving graduates of Livermore high schools in pursuit of higher education, and to the graduates of Alameda County high schools who will be attending St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park. These scholarships are available to eligible students of all ages whose higher education goals may range from a technical and vocational certification to an upper graduate degree.
Recently, the Pedrozzi Scholarship Foundation with the collaboration between the Pedrozzi Foundation, Las Positas College Veterans First Program, and the Las Positas College Foundation has added a new scholarship for Veterans who graduated from high school.
Livermore Military Families is intended to be a support group for families in Livermore, CA who have a loved one serving in the United States Armed Forces. It will be a safe place for moms, dads, sisters, brothers, siblings, wives, husbands, grandparents etc. to come and share the joys, tears and fears they have with others
who understand what they are going through. All family members are welcome to attend meetings. Support will be provided by sharing and socializing with each other, and by serving the troops, veterans and other
Military organizations in any way we can.
Please add this email address to any email list you may have for area wide support groups. We look forward to working with all of you in the future. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please email Pleasanton Military Families for location.
Free Healing Touch sessions for active, inactive, combat or retired Veterans from any military branch. A single session can help relaxation, ease pain, improve sleep, help focus thoughts and promote overall feeling good.
The Healing Touch Program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. http://www.healingtouchprogram.com/