We are so excited to have had Gina Moreland, Founder and Executive Director of Habitot Children’s Museum join us at our November meeting. A core part of Habitot’s mission is to benefit as broad an audience of families raising young children as possible. As such, the organization partners with non-profits and social service agencies to reach and serve the following: children with special needs and their families, homeless families, LBGTQ families, teen parent families, low-income/immigrant caregivers, foster/adoptive families, families on the path to reunification. We were able to help by stuffing favor bags for the birthday parties for homeless children that they offer.
Habitot is looking for support in so many ways, especially as it continues its efforts to raise money to move to a larger space. We appreciate you reaching out to anyone you may know who may be interested in learning more. Learn more about Habitat online!
On Friday, October 26, several Orinda Juniors and their young ghosts and goblins visited the Orinda Senior Village for a frightfully fun small parade inside their dining area. The children, dressed in their Halloween best, passed out the pumpkins that the Orinda Juniors decorated in our October general meeting. They (and their Orinda Juniors moms) enjoyed some delicious cookies and lemonade afterwards, and received a lot of festive applause as we departed. Once again, it was a nice visit to help spread some joy to the residents and their visiting families at the Orinda Senior Village.
The Orinda Juniors came together with all of their costumed kiddos and decorated pumpkins to bring a bit of Halloween spirit to the residents at the Orinda Village Senior Center.
Special thanks to Brigitte Meagher for corralling the little kids and making sure they got those pumpkins out. The kids were adorable, and the residents were lovely. We had all the superheroes represented, along with StormTroopers, GameBoys, ninjas, Steph Curry a few butterflies, the best snail costume ever and many more.
The pumpkin centerpieces stood the test of time (storage), and the kids loved the cookies and M&Ms.
Thanks also to our new members who attended along with their adorable kiddos. The Senior Village really was appreciative of the effort, and their Friday night dinner was off to a great start as we filed out.
The Orinda Juniors were pleased to put together a wonderful Easter dinner for the staff and families staying at the Bruins Hospice House. Several Juniors and their families delivered the dinner on behalf of the group and received a wonderful thank you from the staff.
The Orinda Juniors were in action for Orinda Action Day on April 22. A group of over 20 Juniors and their children met to clean up the Orinda Park. Together we collected over 12 bags of trash and debris.
Orinda Juniors continued the tradition of putting together Easter baskets for the The Family House for Oakland Children’s Hospital. This low-cost “home away from home” has 16 bedrooms available to qualifying families who live 70 miles or more from the hospital. All residents share a common living room, play room, kitchen, and laundry room.
We assembled over 20 baskets filled with toys, books, and Easter treats to deliver to a very appreciative group of families staying at The Family House.
One of the favorite events of the year, is the Orinda Juniors annual Mug Exchange and holiday party. This year, the Orinda Juniors got together and not only exchanged mugs, enjoyed a decadent holiday spread of soups, salads and seasonal treat—we also donated holiday gifts for over 25 children from the Bay Area Crisis Nursery and kicked off a new holiday fundraiser! Inspired by our November meeting at Amphora, we bottled 142 bottles of specialty olive oils and vinegars, including Basil Olive Oil/White Peach Balsamic Vinegar, Herb Olive Oil/Fig Balsamic Vinegar, and Gold Medal Arbequina Olive Oil. Once bottled, we labelled and packaged them along with some great recipes and then sold them for holiday gift giving. Our best fundraiser to date!