At the Orinda Juniors Women’s Club April meeting, members came together to help package 1,800  reusable cloth masks for students and staff of Oakland Unified School District. The masks were produced by Junior member, Kristiana Tom, owner of Mask the Bay, who received a donation of 15 bolts of fabric from Orimono Imports. The support of a retired Oakland elementary teacher, Mrs. Penny Wong and her neighbors also contributed to this amazing effort.

 

Thank you to all of the Orinda Juniors who purchased, shipped and dropped off items and to those who came by to assemble ‘Bunny Baskets’ for the children staying at Family House at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

It was great to see so many of you – the baskets turned out great and will be such a special treat for the kids!

 

A huge THANK YOU to all of the Orinda Juniors who so generously donated to our annual holiday gift drive for Stand! Against Domestic Violence. We reached the goals set out on our sign up genius and collected 53 new coats, hoodies, and sweaters for kds, teens, and adults.We also delivered $325 in gift cards.

STAND will be setting up a boutique with your items so that families can come in (one by one in isolated manner) to pick out what they need and like! An empowering experince for the women and families impacted by domestic violence during this crazy pandemic!

Thank you to Preety, Seema, and Joanna for organizing this great effort!

 

Each year, the Orinda Juniors assemble and sell a unique holiday gift to raise money to support our philanthropies. Like seemingly everything else this year, we had to make some changes, but the bay area fires and social distancing guidelines could not stop us!

Masked members came in shifts to one of our backyards to put together everything you need for a perfect cup of tea – assembling 75 Green Tea and Honey gift sets! Sales of the gift sets will support our annual YouthInk Writing Contest for middle school students as well and support the many great community service projects we participate in.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this great event happen!

In keeping with tradition, the Orinda Juniors assembled and delivered (with a little help from some younger bunnies) over 20 fun-filled baskets to the Family House at Oakland Children’s Hospital.

This year we took on a new project working with Habitot Children’s Museum. We undertook the construction of a giant gingerbread house from beginning to end. Several members donated supplies for building, participated in a day-long baking session at my house, and spent four days putting the house together at Habitot. The house was then decorated by little hands and then donated to the West Berkeley Family Shelter. The project was challenging, messy, and a lot of fun giving a way for us to put our hands to work for a good cause.

 

Happy holidays from all of the Orinda Juniors! We hosted our annual holiday party tonight.

Thank you all so much for the gifts you donated to The Bay Area Crisis Nursery families. The Nursery depends on outside assistance and is mostly run by volunteers. Every gift is a blessing.

The Orinda Juniors had a great time gathering last night to make and assemble lovely jars of bath salts for our 2019 Holiday fundraiser!  As part of our service project in support of Warm Winter Nights, we also collected toiletries and other personal items for families in need.

 

One of our local philanthropies, Habitot, enlisted the Juniors to help make ‘sugar skulls’ for use at their annual Halloween party for underprivileged children. Members, both old and new, got busy and made a fun evening of it!

We had a great turn-out at our open house this fall and are pleased to welcome many new members to the Orinda Juniors.  Please welcome:

  • Charlene Stratton
  • Natalie Vansant
  • Susan Glynn
  • Roxanne Christophe
  • Kristiana Tom
  • Erin Mitchell
  • Camille Andrews
  • Preethy Kalra
  • Keri Nakamura Ouye
  • Ritu Goel
  • Kara Dille