18 Sep

Help us reach our goals this year!

On September 12th, at the lovely home of our friends, Amorah and Max, we launched our Fall Challenge, asking our existing Financial Family monthly donors to find someone in their circles to match their current donation, and for new donors, from any source, to step up and join our Financial Family.

We made significant progress toward our goal of $1500/month from Financial Family donors at that event, and we are now at $930/month!

We also want to raise $10,000 in one-time donations, and we are now at $3390!
Just go here to contribute online, or call Ruth Schwartz, President/Board Chair at 415-935-6132.

Lastly, we are looking for two donated mini-vans, ideally recent model Honda Odysseys, with mileage below 50,000 and in good condition. Our current van, donated to us by Birkenstock two years ago, is on its last legs, and we also now need a second van as a backup and to help handle more pickups and deliveries.

Whatever you can do is most appreciated!

27 May

We could not do what we do without all the food that is donated to us

Lying awake last night from all of the excitement around the Jefferson Award story on KPIX/Channel 5 and KCBS 740 radio, I was thinking about the wonderful markets that have set up systems in their stores to make sure that the food that is close to date, too ripe or packages that are a little squashed are put in our hands for us to take directly to so many people throughout Marin County.

Without the stores who donate food to us every day, we would clearly not be able to do what we do.

This is also a call to those stores who are still throwing food away. Let us help you reduce your dumpster bill and get that food directly out to people who can use it. We hear from more and more apartment complexes and individuals who could really use your food. Let’s have this be a win/win all the way around.

26 May

Jefferson Award Honor

Jefferson Awards for Public Service

Curt and I are totally thrilled and honored to have been selected for this week’s Jefferson Awards for Public and Community Service by KPIX/Channel 5. Here’s a link to the story, complete with the video that aired tonight on Eyewitness News at 6PM. It will also be aired on the following days and times:

Thursday, May 27 pm Eyewitness News at Noon and on CBS 5 Early Edition on Saturday, May 29, 2010 (probably 8AM, but times vary), and can be viewed online here (see right sidebar). The story is also running on KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM on Wednesday May 26 at 6:50 PM, 9:40 PM and 11:50 PM, and Sunday, May 30 at 11:50 AM and 3:50 PM.

As mentioned in the story, we are actively seeking the donation of a newer mini-van (or two). If you have something no more than five years old with less than 100,000 miles, light in color, with working air-conditioning and the other usual features, please get in touch right away. You can reach us at info@respectingourelders.org, or by phone at 415-515-9003. We are also looking for additional vehicles for some of our volunteers, and because your vehicle will be put into service for a 501(c)3 nonprofit, you can get the maximum tax write-off.

We could also use financial donations to help us with our insurance bills that are coming due and to keep our van on the road. Curt puts over 1000 miles a week on this awesome vehicle donated two years ago by Birkenstock, and that means a lot of gas, oil and upkeep.

Channel 5 interviews Curt Kinkead and Ruth Schwartz

Channel 5 reporter, Sharon Chin, with the help of photographer, Ted Nguyen, interviews Curt Kinkead and Ruth Schwartz.

Last, but certainly not least, this award is the result of the amazing Susan Miller, one of our long-time volunteers, nominating us. Thank you, Susan. You are a total blessing in our lives!

12 Apr

Exciting News regarding Whole Foods stores

We are very excited to make two announcements:

1. Whole Foods Novato is opening on April 22 and we have been selected as one of the “out the back” donation nonprofits. This means that we are picking up every evening at 9:30 PM, seven days a week, and also on Sunday mornings. There are some big Open House festivities happening at the store this week. The event that is open to the public is the Community Taste Fair on April 18, from 11-3. Whole Foods Novato is at 790 De Long, on the corner of De Long and Reichert.

2. Whole Foods Mill Valley has once again selected us as a beneficiary of their Nickels for Nonprofits program. Last year, we received almost $1000 through this program. From April 12-July 4, we are a Nickels for Nonprofits recipient at Whole Foods Market in Mill Valley. Every time a shopper brings in their own bag, they can either receive a nickel credit or donate a nickel to one of three nonprofits – we are one of the nonprofits! When shopping at Whole Foods Market in Mill Valley, please bring your bags and remember to select us at the register!

So if you are in Novato on April 18th, do come by and say hello. And if you live in the Mill Valley area, do go shop at Whole Foods Mill Valley and bring your bag(s).

From April 12-July 4, we are a Nickels for Nonprofits recipient at Whole Foods Market  in Mill Valley. Every time a shopper brings in their own bag, they can either receive a nickel credit or donate a nickel to one of three nonprofits – we are one of the nonprofits! When shopping at Whole Foods Market in Mill Valley, please bring your bags and remember to select us at the register!
09 Nov

Paradise Foods Chooses Respecting Our Elders

We are very pleased to announce that we have started picking up food donations from the new Paradise Foods store in Novato on Ignacio Blvd.

This is a great store, and they are excited to have found a local Novato nonprofit to receive their “spoils.”

Do stop by, do some shopping, and if you can, thank Karen McCloskey, the Store Manager, for deciding to work with us.