At the church, we played soccer in the pouring rain with some of the kids. Eventually, it started to pour so hard we couldn’t play outside so they said we could play in the hall. We also helped the kids make ornaments, paper snowflakes, origami, and we helped them draw. The ornaments were supposed to have a little reindeer on them, but kids got really creative and made up their own ideas.
At the event, we met many different families including the most recent Syrian family who just escaped a civil war two weeks prior to the event. Their family didn’t speak English and had a little girl that was in a wheelchair and a boy with curly hair. The mom was pregnant with her third child. We also met a girl, older than us, who loved soccer and has two younger brothers. They were from the Middle East. She was really friendly and had a lot of things in common with us. She helped us a lot with the kids. From this experience we had a lot of fun and everyone was very happy and said that this had been their favorite feast ever!
After making the blankets with the team and the elders, the next day, we drove to the Oakland Children’s Research Hospital to deliver the blankets. When we were there we got to meet Ms. Veronica. She told us all about the hospital and what she does. We got taught how they deliver the blankets to the children, and how they always put a smile on their faces. Ms. Veronica thanked us many times from donating the blankets, and we thanked her for getting the opportunity to give back to our community.
All in all this project was a great success, and we hope to be able to have more opportunities like this one. We recommend doing community service for everyone from all ages. You would be so shocked how fun it really is.
My name is Kieran Wallace and I choose to work with E-Soccer as my Leadership Project. E-Soccer is a free soccer full-inclusion program for kids with special needs ages 5-18 run by Broch Brody. The special needs players learn basic soccer skills as well as how to interact with others. The volunteer coaching staff provides one-to-one or small-group training. E-Soccer meets once a week and provides great encouragement and support to special needs families in the community.
I didn’t know anyone the first time I went to volunteer at E-Soccer but all of the volunteer coaches were very welcoming and I looked forward to working with the participants. I felt very comfortable working with these kids because I have a 7 yr old brother with special needs. I helped out with the 5-8 year olds. It was really fun to use my experience with someone with special needs and teach the kids the sport I love. In the beginning of the season, the older first time volunteer coaches who had no experience with kids with special needs would watch how I interacted with the athletes and got them to participate in the activities. You can’t treat these kids like babies. Treat them like you would treat any kid their age. They just need more encouragement and patience on your part to do what you are asking. It meant a lot to me that I was able to serve as a role model for other volunteers and help make them more comfortable with these athletes.
After my first session, I had so much fun that I continued to volunteer coach every week for the entire spring season. It was so rewarding to get the appreciation for my efforts not just in the kids bonding with me, but from the parents who were so thankful of someone taking the time to connect with their kids.
I would recommend volunteering for E-soccer to everyone. It is a great way to share your love of soccer with kids and parents who are so appreciative of the time that you offer. I can’t wait until the next season!
For the RAGE Leadership Project I knew right away what I wanted to do. I wanted to help the Valley Humane Society. Besides soccer on the U11 White Team, I have a love for animals, especially cats & kittens. The first thing that I did was to look on their website to see their wish list of the items that they needed and printed it out. Next, my Mom and I visited the Valley Humane Society to ask questions like is the wish list current or what events are coming up. We found out about a Christmas event where you get a tag from their Christmas tree and it tells you about something that they need. We picked two tags, one said to buy a heating pad for kittens and the other said to buy Friskie’s Party Mix, also known as a cat treat brand. We then bought the two items and put them under the tree. Afterwards, I played with the kittens and the cats. After Christmas we checked the wish list again to see what they still needed. They still needed cat toys, cat treats, and dog and cat food. Next, I collected donations right outside of PetSmart. We ended up with five 10oz packs of Friskie ‘s Party Mix, or cat treats , one bag of cat food, one bag of dog food, and lastly, two mice with catnip inside and two bouncy balls, one that makes tweeting noises and one that lights up. In March I get to be a Junior Volunteer and will enjoy helping out at Valley Humane Society. I hope more dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies will get adopted very soon!
Emily Hunt – U11 White Team 2013
For our leadership project we went to Kids Against Hunger to help pack food for kids. We invited some teammates and friends to help pack food with us. When we got there we put on our apron, hairnets, and rubber gloves; then we got started. First we watched a video on needy kids in Hatti. (That is the place we would be sending the food.) In the video Kids Against Hunger gave food to the kids unfortunately some didn’t get any; so this challenged us to pack food for everyone that was in need. First they taught us how to pack the food, and what to put in it. We each had a different job, and to remember the order we were supposed to put the food in the plastic bag we made up a song. The food was healthy and provided with protein. Some of the jobs were: holding the plastic bag, then putting in the wheat, veggies, protein powder, and rice. After we put everything in we handed it to the person who weighed it, then we handed it to the sealer who had to seal it, and finally put in boxes to send to Hatti. In conclusion we loved packing for the kids that are very hungry, and can’t wait to pack again.
This winter Haley Roundtree, Isabella Adamos, and Addyson Mapes participated in the RAGE leadership program. They were all very excited to be selected and have the opportunity to learn how to improve their leadership skills and complete a team project together that benefited the community. The three girls play on the U13 Orange Soccer team for Coach Trisha Gonzales. For their leadership project they decided to raise money to donate to the Red Cross in order to help the survivors affected by the typhoons in Hayian, Philippines.
Money was earned by having a bake sale. The bake sale took place on the weekend at Fallon Middle School and captured the attention of those attending and participating in club games. People had a chance to purchase cookies, brownies, hot chocolate and candy canes. In just one weekend of selling baked goods, the group raised over two hundred dollars. The hope is that the donation, coupled with other resources from the Red Cross can help at least 20 people by providing them needed food and shelter.
The team immediately knew they wanted to help this charity when they first heard of the tragic difficulties the people of Hayian were faced with. Many families were displaced when their homes were destroyed. Thinking about what this might mean and the suffering that these people were faced with was humbling. They related to the children and thought about how confusing and sad it must be to have constant reminders of not being able to attend school, play in their neighborhood or see their friends. “Raising the money for the people in the Philippines made me feel good” said Haley Roundtree. Isabella Adamos shared, “I had a lot of fun making the brownies, and I’m glad people were willing to buy them.” “I’m happy about the money we raised and the results” said Addyson Mapes. They all agree that Leadership has taught them to give back to their community and show people that every little bit that they do can make a big difference in someone’s everyday life.
Leadership is a very important thing for everybody to learn and know from young ages to elderly ages. To us leadership is being heard and being a good example for everyone around you. This class helped us learn about becoming a great leader with our teammates, but also in life. These classes have made us want to help others that don’t have as much as we all do. To do that, we decided that we wanted to help a young 2 year old, Delaney Newton that lives in Livermore. Delaney is any ordinary little girl that has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She has undergone many surgeries and treatments, but still keeps fighting no matter what happens. This little girl inspired us.
We decided to sell homemade rainbow loom bracelets at Amador and Foothill girls’ varsity soccer games. As a result we raised $234.00. In the process of selling we saw many people we knew such as coaches and others in the Pleasanton Community. We told our customers about Delaney Newton by making awesome posters and signs. The way we displayed the bracelets and signs was by taking wrapping paper tubes and cutting slits in the tube and sticking a piece of paper in the slits. We put our bracelets on the tubes, and walked around to the screaming fans.
Doing this leadership project helped us see that we are lucky to have what we have and do what we do.
By: Bella Segundo, Penny Murphy, Immie Burstein, and Naya Williamson Rage U11 Orange 2
“Although she is little, she’s FIERCE”
My name is Maille Smith, a u11Orange1 player, and I participated in the Soccer Leadership Program 2013-14. At the end of the program we were asked to do a community service project. For my part, I decided to give back to my old school Gingerbread, by offering to work in a few of the classrooms that I first attended school at age 4. I offered to work on my 4 half days off from 5th grade in November when we had conferences. I was given the opportunity to work side by side with some of my old teachers, who welcomed me back with smiles. It was very fun. They put me to work aiding in projects, setup and indoor play, reading, teaching, outside play, and clean up. My old teachers appreciated that I was there to help and were very nice. The kids were pretty wonderful too. I met and played with two French red-headed twins who are 3 years old and who didn’t speak much English! Lots of the little girls loved to play with me, which made me feel great about helping. I also was able to read to them and they actually listened to my entire story! I found that no matter what I did each ½ day I worked, I had fun and was helpful to others but it really challenged me to build my patience, negotiation and communication skills.
I loved working at Gingerbread and am scheduling more volunteer work there in February/March 2014 on my ½ days with school!
Ever since the first day, we knew exactly what we wanted to do. We, (Lauren and Jennie), wanted to do a project to help kids who didn’t have the privilege to play soccer. We decided to collect old and new soccer supplies and give them to the third-world countries. The supplies were received from members of the Pleasanton RAGE Soccer Club, San Ramon Indoor Sports, and also people we know.
We started by contacting Soccer Pro and asking where they donate their supplies because they do this service also. They gave us the number of the guy and we called right away. Now that we had our donation center, we needed to get the supplies. We set up a bin in the Rage offices and started collecting on December 9, 2013, and stopped on January 20, 2014. It was a huge success! Lauren had to go empty the bin every week!
In December, we had a meeting with the owner of San Ramon Sports, asking if we can have a bake sale and have a donation center for a day. He said yes so a few days later, we set up a table in San Ramon Sports. Lauren made cookies, brownies, peppermint bark, pumpkin bread, and brought the table-cover. Jennie brought cookies, brownies, and made signs. We also had our friend, Sydney, help us out by baking cupcakes and she even stayed to help run the bake sale! So many people bought treats from us. A lot of people donated supplies and money too. By the end of the bake sale, we had almost $200 to spend on new supplies.
The next week, we all went to Sports Authority and Target to buy new things that people didn’t donate much of, like socks, shin-guards, shirts, shorts, and accessories. After we finished our whole project, we ended up with 73 cleats, 66 soccer balls, 26 shin-guards, seven bags, 40 pairs of socks, 70 shirts, 29 shorts, five sweatshirts, two sweatpants, and 15 accessories. That’s a total of 333 supplies!
I’m sure we were happy to work this hard and we hope we made many under-privileged kids joyful.
Jennifer Waldo & Lauren Russell
U14 Rage Premier
Rage Leadership Project
We are the Rage U11 Grey team. In our group we had Hope Bergmark, Clare Beer, Olga Merkadeau, and Ella Camp. We thought of many charities, but since we all love animals we decided on helping the East Bay SPCA for our community service project.
After the first meeting for leadership our group thought about having a bake sale and selling lemonade the next day. So we decided to meet at one of our houses to prepare. That morning we met up, got our supplies together and headed over to Val Vista. We set up our stand and spread out the baked goods. Next two of us decided that we should go out on foot and sell to the people on the field. There were many generous people who bought lots on treats or made donations, however one person stood out and gave us a twenty dollar donation and told us to have a treat. That day we raised $118. At the next meeting we decided that we should have one more bake sale. We met up at Val Vista again and we decided that we should only make the treats that sold the most from the last bake sale. We sold to many different people and informed them about the SPCA. We raised around $300 total for the SPCA. We looked at the SPCA wish list to find items that the shelter needs. Two months later we went to Pet Smart and they gave us an amazing discount to help us reach our goal.
Once we bought all of supplies for the dogs we drove out to the East Bay SPCA.
We brought in our donations and they thanked us for all our hard work and donated supplies. Next they invited us to visit the dogs in the shelter and feed them treats. It was such an amazing experience and we can’t wait to do it again. In all we donated $400 worth of pet supplies for the dogs.
Our goal was to get as many donations as possible. To achieve this, we wrote a letter containing the program details and gave it to all the people we knew. We asked them to donate a toy and told them we would pick it up from their house and would deliver all the toys we collected to the Marine Core reserve center. We collected three huge boxes of toys! This meant we could help brighten the Holiday season for a lot of kids.
Toys for Tots is a fantastic nonprofit organization. It made us feel really good to help out kids who are less fortunate than we are. We are so glad we choose to support Toys for Tots. We hope you decide to support it next year.
By: Victoria Frentz, U11 Orange
Hi my name is Tiara Lewis and for the community service project I made fleece blankets for the children of Children’s Hospital Oakland.
To start out I went to the fabric store with my mom and purchased blanket kits. We got many different kinds of blankets: kids, teens, animal, cartoon, and sports.
My mom and I went to Children’s Hospital Oakland after the holidays because lots of people come in around that time and I felt it wouldn’t be as special. When we got to the hospital I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I met all the nurses who were so happy to see what I had made for their patients.
I came to the first room and opened the door, there was a little girl and she was the cutest thing ever. All the nervousness went away and I handed her a blanket with a smile on my face. I gave a blanket to a teenage boy who was not able to talk and could not move on his own, but I handed him a blanket and he smiled big when I gave it to him. Next, I gave one to a little boy who was pretty badly injured. It was hard to look at. He didn’t want to take it and only wanted his mom because he was in a lot of pain. I left the blanket on the end of his bed and his mom seemed veryhappy about it. Before we left that night the nurses brought me back to his room to peek in and he was laying down in his bed cuddled up with my blanket! That made me really happy that he enjoyed it so much. I gave blankets to many other patients, but those were the one’s I remember the best, the ones that still make me smile as I’m typing this. The nurses at the hospital were more than nice and enjoyed my visit also. They told me how hard it was for their patients to be alone and scared in the hospital and how much this would mean to them. I didn’t think that giving a blanket to someone could mean so much, but after I left I knew it did. Doing this project helped me realize how fortunate I am and when you are fortunate in life it is important to share with others and help people out who may not be as fortunate as you are.
Tiara Lewis U14 ECNL
Five of us from U12 Premier worked together to complete our community service project for the RAGE Leadership Program. The five girls are: Allison Hunter, Allison Jenezon, Ashley Cole, Kate Hottinger and Kylie Racer. We decided to do a project to help the local Valley Humane Animal Shelter. As a group we decided to make blankets for the dogs and cats that are waiting to be adopted. We also decided to collect donations for the shelter.
On a Saturday after one of our games we went to Valley Humane and talked to them about our project. They had just received 8 rolls of fleece and were very excited that we had 5 girls that could help cut and tie the fleece and make blankets. Additionally we had already purchased fleece for blankets. In all we made 49 blankets! Now every cat will have a blanket to keep even when they get adopted. To help pay for the fleece we bought we sold mistletoe to friends and family and raised enough money to cover the cost.
Trader Joe’s donated 50 brown bags and we printed a wish list from Valley Humane to attach to each bag. We delivered bags to friends and family and asked for donations. In all we collected 28 bags of pet supplies, 4 large bags of cat food, a scratching post, 7 bags of cat litter. $125 cash donations and gift cards to PetFood Express. From now on, Valley Humane Society will have plenty of blankets and supplies!
Hi my name is Allie Jenezon. I am from the U-12 Premier team and I took part in the Rage Leadership Program with Kylie, Ashley, Kate, and Allie H. For our community service project, we decided to focus on the Valley Humane Society. We all got together and made blankets for the animals. In order to pay for the blanket material, we sold mistletoe door to door. We also asked family, friends, and neighbors for donations for the Valley Humane Society. We collected many bags filled with cat toys, dog toys, food, kitty litter, and cleaning supplies. We also collected cash donations. The last thing we did was to deliver the blankets and donated items. We even got to play with the animals in the shelter. The people at the Valley Humane Society were very grateful for all of the hard work we did. We were proud of our accomplishment and glad we could help a worthy organization.
During the holiday season many animals that do not have a home are forgotten. My leadership team chose to help the Valley Humane Society to make the holidays better for animals that do not have a home. We worked as a team to figure out what we were going to do to help and then how to do it. We used different ways of communicating to work on the project. In addition to helping the animals, I learned many lessons.
My leadership team had a meeting to decide what we were going to do for a project. Everybody had a chance to give ideas for the project and we made the decision as a group. Once we decided on what to do, we talked about it via email, text messages and meetings.
During one of the meetings we decided we would make blankets and get donations of things that the Valley Humane Society needed. The Valley Humane Society gave us a list of things they needed. We put this list on paper bags and gave them to our family and friends. We also sold mistletoe to raise money to pay for the cloth to make blankets for the animals. We had another meeting after a game and made the blankets.
When the project was done we had gotten a lot of donations for the Valley Humane Society and made a lot of blankets. I learned many lessons doing this project. I learned how to work as part of a group and listen to ideas that other people have. I also learned how to share my ideas with other people. Finally, I learned how to get a project and idea done on time while still doing other things I had to do.
Completing our community service project for the RAGE leadership program was a unique experience. Our group had five people. During the leadership classes we decided together to do our community project to benefit animals in need. There were several different places to donate and we decided to select the Valley Humane Animal Shelter because it was a smaller facility and one of the parents knew the director of the center. During the last two sessions of the leadership program, we started to work on what we could do for the project. We started the planning for our project during these sessions. We all had good ideas and we worked well in class. It was nice to know what we were working on before we left the leadership classes because part of our planning was already done.
As a group, we decided to make fleece blankets for the animals, we weren’t sure how many or what size. We also knew that we wanted to collect pet supplies and donations for the animals. We all met after one of our soccer games and cut and tied pet blankets. We were able to get more fleece donated from the shelter so we made more blankets on our own time. In total, we made 49 blankets. They were different sizes and prints. Some were very little for baby kittens and a few were larger for medium sized dogs. To cover the cost, we sold mistletoe door to door. One of the parents had a friend who donated bushes/branches of mistletoe to our group. We pulled them out, cut them into little bundles and tied red ribbons on the tops of each small branch. We raised almost $70 to pay for the fleece and other supplies.
We also went to Trader Joe’s and asked to have them donate brown paper bags. We attached a flyer of the shelter’s wish list on each bag and we passed them out to family and friends to fill. We also asked for cash donations. I collected a $100 from cash donations and several bags of supplies. We all met at the shelter to drop off our donations, they were very grateful. It was amazing to see how generous people were when it came to donating and helping out the animals and our project. The shelter allowed us to visit all the animals and we spent a lot of time with the dogs and cats in need.
Community project work is hard because it takes time and planning. Not all of the work is fun even though you are with your friends. At times making the blankets was tiring because of the time it took to make the blankets. It was also hard to schedule a meeting time that worked with all of our schedules. In the end, when I saw the actual animals in the shelter, it made me realize that all the hard work and time was worth the effort. I think the project helped me become a better leader because at times it can be challenging to have the same goal and to stay on task just like on the soccer field. You also have to stand up when someone isn’t doing the right thing and leading the team in the wrong direction, just like when we don’t listen to how our coach wants us to approach a game situation. I also learned how there are different ways to be a leader from the class, a leader isn’t someone that speaks the loudest but it can be someone who leads by doing the right thing quietly. I also liked the feeling I had when I left the shelter, I felt that we made a difference.
I had a lot of fun doing this leadership project and it taught me a lot. We chose this project because we all love animals and we don’t like to see them homeless and not getting a lot of attention. We continued planning our project after the classes by getting together and talking and meeting. We planned that we were going to make kitty and puppy blankets, and donate food, toys, medicine, litter and much more.
Yes, we were successful! We collected over 40 big bags of stuff for cats and dogs. Also, we made more than 40 blankets.
I learned that not everything revolves around me, and to help others. I am healthy and I have a home; not all animals and people are healthy and have homes so I’m very happy I had the experience to help. My favorite part of this project was to see all the animals and giving them attention. Also my favorite part was basically the whole project! The hardest part was probably collecting everything and telling everyone what this was for and what we were doing. I’m so happy to have gotten this opportunity to do what I did and I hope I will do it again some day and maybe next I will adopt a little homeless animal. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to help and to get closer to my 2nd sisters (my soccer team!) I LOVE LEADERSHIP.
We are five members of the U12 Orange RAGE soccer team. Our names are Leila Shafi, Abby Fried, Kasey Cring, Sarah Mirr, and Maggie McPeek. For our leadership project, we fundraised for a non-profit organization called the George Mark’s Children’s House. This is a house that serves children that are terminally ill and their families so they can live in a homey atmosphere that provides medical care, while still having fun in a place that is fun loving, yet supportive in a medical manner.
We raised money by starting a bake sale at the Pleasanton farmer’s market, and asking for donations, while advertising this foundation. We also sold baked goods to the people that donated. So far we have raised about $666.00. We plan to keep on raising money for this house until we reach our goal of $1,500.00 or more. According to the foundation, our contribution will help them fulfill their mission for the children and families that they serve.
We worked together by having meetings and get-togethers to make the supplies needed for our two bake sales. We all baked, advertised, and fundraised together. Our inspiration to raise money for this foundation was to help terminally ill children that were just like our friend Zachary who has been to this home. This project helped us realize how fortunate and lucky we are. Zackary’s story touched our hearts and that’s why we wished to help and donate to this foundation.
Hi, our names are Julia Damiani, Emily Verbeck, Grace French, MacKenzie Wiedel, and Annika Laberge-Shusterman.
We are from the U11 Black Rage soccer team and we are in the Rage leadership program. For our community service project, we chose to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Susan G. Komen Fund. Our group chose breast cancer as our cause because one of our grandmothers was diagnosed with breast cancer over this past summer.
We had a bake sale on November 17 on the corner of Main St. at the farmer’s market in Pleasanton. We made various kinds of cookies, brownies, and muffins. Our group was able to raise $325 for this great organization. During the morning at the farmer’s market, we met many people who were very thankful for what we were doing, including a man who bought numerous baked goods and then donated them back to us to resell and raise more money. We werevery happy to raise money for a great cause and do something fun at the same time. We had a great time in our leadership class and appreciate all the things we learned!
Our names are Michaela Riter, Peyton Raun, Kate Reedy, Ashley Atkinson, and Hannah Deljkic. We are from the U11 Orange Team and we participated in Rage Leadership. For our community service project, we chose to make toys and treats to put under the Valley Humane Society Christmas tree. We did this for the dogs and cats, which need a home for this holiday season. Prior to the visit to the shelter we got together at Ashley’s house and began to make toys for the animals in need of a home for the holidays. The toys were made out of soft braided fabrics. We also made puffballs for the cats. We each went home and tested them on our own pets. Then we made homemade treats in holiday shapes. We met Shoshanna Reed at the Valley Humane Society and brought the goodies in on Monday the twenty sixth. She gave us a tour of the shelter while we gave attention to the dogs and cats wanting to be adopted for the holidays. We visited Kitty Corner and Doggy Drive where the animals were. We put most of the toys under the tree and gave one to each lonely animal. After seeing the animals play with the toys and have fun, we felt the joy of doing something good for the community. This leadership program has prompted us to help with more things in the community. We want to say thank you to Shoshanna Reed and Erika Carlson for teaching us all these great and useful leadership skills. And don’t forget everyone needs a home for the holidays so come and adopt, and you will feel as good as we did.
Hi, our names are Caroline Clark, Emily Hickey, Emily Meier, Jessica Schmidt, and Allison Harizal. We are from the U14 White Rage soccer team, and we are in the Rage leadership program. For our community service project, we chose to raise money and donate blankets to the Benham Blanket Drive, organized by Natasha Benham-Erdi, who was sending blankets to families in Port Jefferson, New York, a little town that was greatly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We had a bake sale at the Sports Park to raise as much money as possible to buy blankets, and we ended up raising $170. We used that money to go to Target and buy ten big blankets. Then the next day we brought the blankets to the drop-off site, The Bracelet Bar downtown. During this process, we met many people who were very thankful for what we were doing, including a man at the bake sale, our cashier at Target, her manager, one of the women who was collecting the blankets, and Natasha Benham herself, although we didn’t get to meet her (she sent an email). We were very glad to help the families in New York, and it made us want to do something like this again. Thank you for all the great leadership skills you have taught us!
Provide Blankets and Treats to Animals in a Local Shelter.
Besides our love of soccer, our love of animals was another thing we all had in common too! We decided to get blankets and treats for animals in a local shelter!
We didn’t want to just buy these items; that would be too easy, so we decided to hand make the blankets and bake treats ourselves! The 5 of us from our U12 White team brainstormed about how to get this done. Turned out there were 5 different things to do to get our project completed successfully! We worked on the project step by step with all of us participating in each step as a group. Click Here to read story.
Hi, our names are Sadie Grozier and Ashley Morton. We play for Pleasanton RAGE U13 Orange. This year we were involved in their leadership program. For our community project, we decided to collect items for www.pleasantonmilitaryfamilies.org. This group collects donations to prepare holiday packages to be delivered to troops that are overseas. In order to make our project a success, we needed to ask for donations. We decided to ask our teammates, friends, family, and churches for help. The items we collected were simple, everyday items that we take for granted like Chapstick, gum, snacks, and toothpaste. We also received cash donations that allowed us to purchase socks, T Shirts, and other items. We were able to collect so many items. In all, we collected about 7 Trader Joe’s bags and 3 large boxes full of donations. Our mentor, Tracey Buescher, was very happy. She is one of the Co-Chairs of Pleasanton Military Families. We were very lucky to have her help through all of this. Pleasanton Military Families is a great organization to donate to if you want to show your appreciation for our military personnel.
For our leadership project, we first started with a meeting at the SPCA. We decided as a group to do the giving tree. The giving tree is where people select ornaments from the tree that has items that they need for the animals. We started with decorating ornaments, then set up the tree and hung up the ornaments. Every week somebody from our group would come by and check on the tree and put the donations in the donation room. This project continued through New Years. We are excited to see that there were a lot of donations for the animals. We collected a wide variety of items for the SPCA. Some of them include dog and cat food, a large box of leashes, dog kongs (chew toys), cat scratcher towers, a large dog bed, chew bones and pet snacks, dog and cat collars, and money donations. At the end we collected all of the addresses of people who donated and hand wrote thank you notes to them. We are happy that we could help the SPCA, take a part in saving animals lives.
Quinn Lombardi, Holly Judson, Delaney Soble, Kiera Hegarty, Maddy Mole
For my leadership project, through my soccer club, Rage, my four teammates and I decided to do the giving tree. This project was a program that the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) did every year around the holidays. Our job was to set up a fake Christmas tree, and decorate it with tons of paper ornaments saying what they needed for the animals.
At first, I was thinking that the project would be a lot of work, but then I realized that if I tried my best, the animals living there would get a benefit from it. After spending hours making over 60 ornaments, I was extremely tired. With all of the help from my mom and my younger sister, things were much easier. Once this task was finished, my group and I could go to the SPCA and put up the tree, decorate it and put baskets under it. On a hot Wednesday after practice, we all arrived at the SPCA. An employee there, Ellen, told us to get the tree, decorate it and then she would lead us to a closet full of baskets. It was so cool! When we finished all of our tasks, we could go see the homeless dogs and cats. It made me really depressed seeing all of them sitting there with nothing to play with. A second after seeing the cute pets I remembered that one of the items on the wish list was toys. Knowing that the animals would receive a toy for the holidays really cheered me up! With our parents emailing nonstop everything was up to date. They coordinated this process, which was, each girl would go one week and take all of the items to the donation room. When I went, I almost fainted! There were tons of donations under the tree. Wow, this project was awesome!
I feel that this project changed my life because it was very educational and because I can carry the fact with me everywhere that I changed some animal’s lives! Now in the future I know about all of the programs the SPCA has to help the animals. I learned, on top of all of the interesting facts about the SPCA, that helping is so fun. Even though you have to put a lot of time and work into the activity you are doing, you can change someone’s life in a very special way.
In October 2011, one of our fellow soccer players from Tri-Valley Force was diagnosed with bone cancer. She had been in a great deal of pain and had seen a Physical Therapist for some time before the therapist recommended her to see a doctor. It was then she discovered the bone disease.
Breezy has been very sick and her medical bills are very high. So, after my team had heard about Breezy’s game at Amador High School, my coach, mom, and I found it the perfect opportunity to raise money for Breezy. With the help of my mom we contacted many people to tell them about Breezy’s fundraiser. I hand made the poster and talked to people to encourage them to donate. In the end we raised $643.00! We have sent the money to Breezy’s family and we really hope it helps.
Thank you for teaching us about leadership,
Karin L. McCarty
Devyn Baldus, Zoe Moura, and I did our leadership project for Soccer Pro’s international collection of soccer items for kids that need them. First, we gave out flyers to RAGE teams, as well as our team—U11 Grey—to show that we would be putting out collection boxes for a week at the Sports Park in Pleasanton. After a week, we had collected many items such as balls, backpacks, flags, shin guards, socks, cleats, uniforms, and flags. On December 14th, we went to Soccer Pro to drop off the items we had collected. We got to see pictures of past collections that went to Haiti, and Costa Rica, as well as receiving Soccer Pro t-shirts (pictured at bottom) to commemorate the collection. I learned that it is very simple to make people’s lives much, much happier. I am so glad that we got to help many kids have soccer equipment!
For my service project I decided to volunteer at our local E-Soccer program. It is an organization throughout California that helps kids with mental challenges play soccer and get out of the house in a good environment. I mostly worked with kids from ages four to seven, and it was really gratify to see these kids, and being able to work with them. I felt really blessed seeing how easy my life was compared to the kids and the parents. It was also interesting to see these kids playing the sport I loved, and enjoying it just as much as me. It really brought back memories, or feelings of when I was little and how much I loved to play the game. Because now soccer can sometimes be all about winning, training, and just being the champion player out there that you kind of lose some of the love of the game. However, teaching these kids really reminded me that the game of soccer isn’t about politics but getting out and having fun like I used to. It was interesting to see how the kids could teach you just as much as you could teach them. Also how they were extremely energetic. I also learned some new coaching strategies, and just how you interact with these kids, because yes they are different. You have to teach them differently and treat them differently sometimes, but they do care a lot about the game and having fun. You might have to communicate with these kids differently but I know they are just as intelligent, and wonderful as any other kids you could meet; even if they were a little hard to handle sometimes. It was amazing also seeing so many other helpers coming out to play with them too, I even got my teammate Erin to help out which was really fun, seeing her play with the kids as well. I feel extremely blessed by this because I hope not only did I give something, but I know that I received something from these kids as well. A new found love of the game because of how much you could see they loved being out there, because this was special for them, and they didn’t always get to do it, and it was amazing seeing their energy and the happiness in their eyes when they scored a goal or kicked a ball; something I will always remember and cherish.
We were invited to partake in the “Winter Wonderland Project” We really wanted to make the project our own so, we had a meeting and planned it out, and with a little help executed it very well. We decided the best way to make it our own, was to earn the money on our own to buy fleece to donate. We did this by cooking hot dogs, baking treats and other miscellaneous items and selling them at the Sports Park. Kira Broacha set it up with her sister’s U13 team that we would be selling refreshments on a specific date. We all prepped food, made signs and put our best sales face on. After 2 ½ hours and a lot of walking around to neighboring games , we made $114.00 dollars.
The next Saturday after our own game, we met at JoAnne’s Fabrics, coupons and money in hand, and personally selected and purchased fleece to donate for the project. In total, we purchased enough to make 28 blankets and received additional donations of fleece. We enlisted our teammates, including Coach Walter, siblings and friends to help with the project and ended up with a great turn out. In total the entire crew made 89 cut and tie blankets. We were very grateful to be a part of making these Foster children happy and warm and felt fulfilled about the way we went about organizing our endeavors. We worked awesome as a group!
Thank you for the tools you have given us!
Molly Griston, Kira Broacha, Nikki Trucco and Lexi Trucco
For my leadership project I decided to write letters to service people and collect items to send overseas in care packages. I knew that the soldiers like to receive mail and care packages from back home so I wanted to give back to them since they are sacrificing time with their families to keep our country safe. The organization that I chose to go through is called Blue Star Moms of the East Bay. I asked family & family friends to contribute what they could and I used my own money too. I bought things such as snacks, toiletries, batteries, etc and I also wrote letters to be included in the packages . The website that you can visit if you would like to show your support to our troops is www.bluestarmoms.org.
Ariana Cisneros, U11 Grey
For my leadership project, I looked up some websites and called a few places that need warm blankets. I just happened to come across the Shepherd’s Gate. The mission at Shepherd’s Gate is to meet the practical, spiritual, and emotional needs of battered and homeless women and children through the love of Jesus Christ, equipping them to lead a life of faith, hope, and love and to reach out to others in His name. Shepherd’s Gate is a shelter of kids and moms that have been abused. So I decided to make three blankets for the homeless children and moms, which is just in time for the cold and long winter. We went and purchased fleece fabrics, matching threads, and needles to complete our needed materials. My mom and I worked together. I put pins all around the cut-off fabric and to fasten them into place, and then Mom sewed them together for a finished blanket. We delivered the blankets on December 30 at their Livermore site.
This was a very fun process working with my mom and at the same time it gave me pride and joy to have achieved this goal in my small way to help out needy kids and abused moms. Just a little tip for you all, don’t do this last minute, do it way before the holidays to beat the crowd.
The people in charge were very friendly and appreciative that I chose Shepherd’s Gate.
U12 Rage White Team
For our leadership project, we collected toys for Toys for Tots. We made flyers and gave them out to neighbors, friends and teammates. They were also given the option to make a monetary donation on line. We had great results. Items collected include: Books, board and card games, educational and baby toys, art supplies and stuffed animals. We even received clothes.
Collecting for Toys for Tots was a great experience and now more kids can have a great Christmas.
Lauren Epps, U14AC
We participated in the Soccer Leadership Program and at the end of the program we had to do a community service project. We all got together and decided to do a children’s book drive. We all took action in different ways. Some talked to their class, while others collected books from their neighborhood. We set a goal for the group to collect 500 books.
We decided the books we collected would be donated to Books for Barrios. Books for Barrios is an organization that collects all different things from books to gently used clothing and toys for underprivileged children in the Philippians. A couple times a year, they will go to the Philippians and give all of the kids and schools the donations they collected. When we delivered the books, they gave us a tour of the warehouse and we also helped pack boxes for their next delivery. They were thrilled at how many books we had collected-there were over 800 books!!! We all loved knowing that we helped many kids in need. This experience was amazing and from now on we will help people more often.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Leadership class.
Audrey Goodman, Tami Kwong, Taylor Noval, Nicole Riordan, Lilly Ryan
Hi my name is Lailinda Xu. Have you ever seen your grandparents not able to say any words, like, can’t pronounce it? Probably not, if your grandparent’s native language is English. That’s why I decided for my community project I decided to go to my grandparent’s senior center and teach some of their friends (including them) English, because they take English as a 2nd language, not their native language. I taught them things like grocery shopping, how to look at commercials, a map of Pleasanton and how to say cities near them, like Dublin, Fremont, etc. I also taught them some holiday songs for them to sing on Christmas, or their birthday, since they didn’t always know what to sing or do during a holiday party. Lastly, I taught them some of the addresses, or how to say them, like the Pleasanton Public Library. I think this helped them because now they know some of the basics, and so they won’t fumble short on words every time they want to go somewher. They even suggested me to come back and teach them again! I look forward to going back!
For our leadership project we collected soccer equipment to send to the US Soccer Foundation’s Passback program, which sends new or used soccer supplies to organizations that need the equipment. We chose Passback because we wanted to do something that was challenging, fun, and had something to do with soccer; Passback had all of these things. After choosing what we where going to do, we had to design and hand out fliers to advertise the collection. We then decorated bins and put them out at local locations such as: Sports Park, Donlon, Val Vista, and companies such as: Body Max, All Star Sports, and Soccer Pro. Thanks to Pleasanton’s generosity, we collected 440 pieces of equipment: 72 pairs of socks, 108 jerseys, 53 shorts, 46 balls, 63 pairs of cleats, 3 goals, 5 warm up tops, 4 warm up bottoms, 27 pairs of shin guards, 5 goalie tops, 8 goalie gloves, 3 soccer bags, 2 pennies, 1 cone, 37 practice shirts, and finally 2 pairs of indoor shoes. The local Passback donation group we selected was Club Manchester from Stockton which is young and growing soccer club. It was amazing to see how much the city of Pleasanton donated, and it was great to see it go to a community that could use it. Soccer has given us a lot. It was nice to be able to give something back.
~ Elise Allari, Brianna Wolfe, and Katie Judson
U11 White 2010
Lauren and I turned in the toys for the Toys for Tots organization after a couple weeks of collecting toys from our neighbors, sports teams, friends, and family, etc. I got some toys from my soccer team at one of our occasional practices. I also donated some toys from my own old toy collection and finally my family bought some new toys as well. Lauren did a really good job of collecting toys from neighbors and her basketball team. It turned out to be a really big collection of toys, we dropped them off at the fire station and we got a couple pictures with one of the firemen who was really happy to take the toys from us (I’ll attach the pictures). They explained to us that they would hand over the toys to a church and the church would personally give the toys to the family in need; knowing this Lauren and I walked away feeling happy about our good deed and hope to try new things like such to help others in need again!
We participated in the Leadership Program and learned that we had to do a community service project. We immediately thought of the Toys for Tots program because we wanted to help kids that were less fortunate than ourselves in our community. To accomplish our goal to collect a significant number of toys, we needed the help of our friends, teammates and family. The first thing we did was make up flyers and hand them out in our neighborhood. The response was incredible and many people were willing to give toys. We collected about 85-100 toys over a 2-3 week period. We took all the toys down to the Fire Station near Stoneridge Mall on Sunday, Dec. 12th. The firemen were amazed by the number of toys we brought!
By organizing the toy drive, we learned how lucky and fortunate we are to have everything that we need. It made us feel good to help less fortunate children and hopefully make their holiday a little bit better. We really appreciate everyone who has supported and helped us with our successful toy drive! Thank you Erika!
Lisa DeFeo, Mildreth Gil and Amanda Jensen
U13 RAGE AC White
For our leadership project, we decided to make wheelchair backpacks, activity bags, and travel packs. A wheelchair backpack is a backpack that goes on the back of a wheel chair for people to carry things in them. An activity bag has a book, arts and crafts, and games to play while the kids are in the hospital. A travel pack is for parents that need to stay overnight, and they don’t have any shampoo, conditioner, etc. For the wheelchair backpacks we sewed beautiful fabric together. The activity bags have mini books to read, creative activities like: puzzles, beads, foam balls, and t-shirts to design. The travel packs contain shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and may have: toothbrush, mouthwash, toothpaste, and floss. We both put a bucket in our classrooms to get some materials for the activity bags. We did speeches in our classes talking to them about what we are going to do. We got all sorts of things from arts and crafts to conditioner. All of the classmates brought in at least one thing to donate to the cause. With these donations we are going to give them to the Oakland Children’s Hospital. One night we put all the activity bags together, and finished making the wheelchair backpacks. We are very glad that we could help these kids in need, and hopefully put a smile on their faces. ~ Lauren Casby & Erin Schafer
My name is Sarah Broacha and for my service project I went to the St. Augustine church and helped sort food as well as put Thanksgiving baskets together for the people that cannot afford to buy a their own dinner. The first thing we had to do was donate food. Once many people donated some food, we all sorted the food that was given into piles on many rows of tables. After that, we all got some boxes and a sticker with: a name, if they were an adult or child, and how many people in the family. Then, we would take the baskets and fill them up with the food we think would be good for that family. I learned that giving food to others especially for a holiday, is fun to do and very helpful. I also learned that we all should help donate food to help people in need. From now on, since this experience was very fun, I will help organize and give food to people for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. Here are some pictures of my friend and I at the St. Augustine church.
On Weds, Nov 17th, 2010 – Hannah Myers (me), Natalie Lambros, Jenna and Jessica O’Neal made 100 bag lunches for Open Heart Kitchen. We talked to Wendy Weather who works for them and she told us what was needed in each lunch: a tuna packet, mayo, 2 pieces of bread, rice krispy treat, orange, chips and 2 juice boxes. They pass out over a 1000 lunches in this area every weekend for school kids who don’t have enough to eat so this was really needed. My mom delivered the lunches during the day on Thursday the 18th and Wendy told her how happy she was and how generous we were to do this and thankful. They are really down in their food donations this year and really need more stuff. This was a cool thing to do – makes us feel like we are giving to others.
Hannah Myers, Jenna and Jessica O’Neal and Natalie Lambros
For my community service I did something called a Safety Valet. I did this with my school. I go every Friday after school to help kids stay safe. I applied awhile back and it is still going on. My job is important to teachers, kids, parents, and others. I stand out side with others for 20 minutes at least. So far kids on their own have done a pretty good job of staying safe. Mostly because their parents are next to them. We have this thing called a red line, this is in front of the school and you have to stay on the right side other wise we say please step on the other side of the red line. If they still don’t come on the other side we blow the whistle. This is my job for the year, my friends and I have a responsibility and we’re going to use it well for others.
By: Samantha Frost
We made four baby blankets and donated them to Shepherd’s Gate. This will help give warmth for many children. Shepherd’s Gate is a shelter for homeless or abused Women and children. They stay there for as long as they want until they learn how to live and to stay away from those that hurt them. It is also a religious shelter and their main saying from God to those who were hurt is; “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. Wherever they go they will find green pastures.”
We went to Walmart and purchased fleece to cut out the right size squares and tie them at Megan’s house. We chose baby patterns including teddy bears, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, and baby zoo animals. This was a fun process.
At the shelter, the people in charge were very nice, they were very happy about getting blankets. We filled out a receipt so that they could send us a thank you note. After we gave these blankets away, we felt good and thought that we did a good deed.
Taylor Campbell and Megan Shackley’s service project. They are from the U12 Grey RAGE team.
Kailyn and I completed our leadership project yesterday. In the last few weeks we have taken donations from friends and family of pet supplies for Valley Humane Society.
Yesterday we delivered food, cat liter, leashes, and toys to the animals. While we were there we visited and played with all the cats waiting to be adopted.
In the future we hope to become volunteers to help care for the animals, but we were told to wait until we are a little older. Emma Theroux U12G and Kailyn Coleman U12G.
Since I have pets, and I love animals, I decided to help the Valley Humane Society. They had a list on the website of things to donate, so I made a flier that had my name, an explanation of what I was doing, and the list. I put them all around my neighborhood, and my mom sent them to some other people. The results were very good: about 9 or 10 blankets, 5 bags of dog food, 2 bags of cat food, 2 bags of cat litter, toys, lots of paper towels, paper plates, paper cups, pillows, 4 swiffer products, toilet paper, flea control, a huge tub of soap, 3 normal-size liquid hand soaps, 2 collars, and $45. (I didnt’ count, so all of that was estimated). Happy holidays!
Kayln Epps U13AC
Spenser Jaye, U14P player, worked on a project for her Rage leadership class. She had her team work together with her on it. She did a Toys for Tots charity drive, so younger kids could have a Christmas that they never have had before. Spenser and her teammates made that happen this year! Spenser collected toys from her team and delivered them to Pleasanton Firestation #1 last Friday. She met Patrick, a firefighter who took time out to congratulate her and her teams hard work.
For our Leadership project, we collected books for Mrs. Sandy Schnurr’s third grade class. Mrs. Sandy Schnurr teaches at Rodeo Hills Elementary School. She was in desperate need of books for her classroom. A lot of her students were reading below the class level and she did not have enough reading materials to improve their reading skills. So we decided we would collect new or gently used books to give these kids a chance to improve their reading skills. We set a lofty goal of collecting 100 books and we exceeded our expectations by collecting 205 books. The books we collected were at different elementary reading levels so it would benefit her entire class. Mrs. Schnurr was very excited and very thankful. We hope our project helps these kids develop a love for reading. - Anjali Rai, Marisa Riordan, & Cassie Santana
Cassie, Anjali, and Marisa did another part of a project together:
We also went to Harvest Park and cleaned up the trash that was lying around everywhere. We collected more garbage than we thought we would which, is good because now the school looks a lot cleaner. This picture is of us holding the garbage bag full of garbage that we collected.
Posted: December 9, 2009
Yesterday was the day Olivia Christensen from RAGE U12W did her Juggling Project to raise money for Toys for Tots.
” I got 398 juggles in 5 minutes. For Coach Nick only, I continued to juggle until I reached 1000…it took about 12 – 15 minutes. I raised $263, which is a lot of money when you’re buying toys for little kids who are less fortunate. My mom took me to Target and gave me a cart to start the shopping. We kept a list of how much we were spending, and were able to fill up the entire cart.
After that, we went to the Fire Station in Pleasanton to donate the gifts. The firemen were very proud of my donation and impressed with my project. Take a look at the pictures. Thank you so much for helping me with my project. The children will definitely appreciate the toys this year.”
Posted: November 29, 2009
Olivia Brown, Paige Hughes and their RAGE U14AC soccer team raised $1,025.00 for the Tri-Valley Haven—just exceeding their original goal of $1,000. As a community service project for the RAGE Leadership Program, Olivia and Paige, with the help of naturalist and photographer Sue Evans, organized the morning hike up the Pleasanton Ridge and into Augustin Bernal Park on Sunday, November 8. It was a beautiful day, and a great way to give back to the Pleasanton Community. (Photo by Sue Evans)
Posted: November 10, 2009
ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH, U-15 WHITE TEAM WALKED TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION AT CRISSY FIELD IN SAN FRANCISCO. THE TEAM WAS INSPIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT BY A FELLOW TEAMMATE WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES AT THE AGE OF 2.