State Farm Insurance - Don't Text and Drive
KOIT and State Farm Insurance remind you that a study shows that 1 in 6 adults said they had been so occupied while texting and driving that they physically hit a person or object. This isn't just a teen problem. Texting and driving just isn't worth it.
Second Harvest Food Bank
For the 1 in 5 children who rely on free school meals, there is no vacation from hunger. Donate to 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara amd San Mateo counties. Just $10 can feed 20 children. Click here for more information.
Our City Forest
It's amazing what a well placed shade tree will do. It will reduce energy costs, filter pollution, and even increase property values. 'Our City Forest' offers free trees to be planted in schools and parks in San Jose. Click here for more information.
Donate Life California
You have the power to give the gift of life. Visit DonateLifeCalifornia.org and sign up today to become an organ and tissue donor. The power to save eight lives – is within you.
Center for Independence of the Disabled
The Center for Independence of the Disabled needs volunteers in San Mateo County. There are many ways you can make a difference. www.cidbelmont.org or call 650-595-0783 x117
Register as a Marrow/Stem Cell Donor
Help 10,000 searching patients and register as a Marrow/Stem Cell Donor. Just 10 minutes of your time could save a life. To register all that will be done is a cheek swab. Ethnicity is crucial. When matching patients with donors, there is a shortage of minorities on the national registry. People of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to register. For more information go to www.aadp.org or call 1-800-59-DONOR.
The men and women of our armed forces deserve our support. There are more than 130 USO centers around the world. Volunteers help to see that our troops have what they need. Uso.org
Waste reduction and reuse are at the top of the "zero waste" hierarchy. You can help by bringing your own bag to the store, and your own coffee mug to work. It even helps to leave your grass clippings on the lawn. zerowaste.com
Washing cars in driveways and on the street can send soap, grease, copper from brakepads, and other heavy metals to gutters which flow to local creeks and the Bay. Be green this summer and wash your car on the grass or dirt. You'll find more tips at www.baywise.org.
First 5 California
First5California.com/parents is the resource for parents with children ages zero to five. There you’ll find the information you need about health, education, services and support to help raise healthy, happy children, that are ready for school and better prepared for life.
Flex Your Power
If every Californian helped another Californian save money by conserving energy, we’d all save more of both. Tell a friend that a programmable thermostat saves up to $160 a year. Then, tell yourself to visit FlexYourPower.org for more energy, money, and planet-saving tips.
KOIT knows that you care about the environment. From alternative energy to alternative transportation, we all have options. Find out about Earth Day events, learn how to reduce your impact on the Earth, and share your “1 Thing” on the “1 Thing” page at KOIT.com.
If you are bilingual in Cantonese or Mandarin and have a flixable schedule, Family Bridges is looking to train volunteers. FamBridges.org or call 510-839-2022
SF Food Bank
The San Francisco Food Bank needs volunteers throughout the year. Here’s your chance to help end hunger in the Bay Area. sffoodbank.org or call 415-282-1900
Community Health Charities
Community Health Charities is an organization that attempts to unite donors in workplaces. They join with some of the nation's most trusted health charities in an effort to cure diseases and save lives. You can conduct a health charities campaign in your workplace. Healthcharities.org or call 1-925-947-5771
Habitat for Humanity
You can be part of the East Bay's recycling of new and used building materials. Here’s your chance to help low income housing. Habitatforhumanity.org
BreastCancer.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable up-to-date information about breast cancer, and to help women make the best decisions for their lives. Breastcancer.org
You may have the power to make a child’s wish come true. Your airline miles donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation may help kids with life threatening medical conditions experience travel to a destination of their dreams. Makeawish.org or call 415-982-9474
Citizens for Fair Housing
Discrimination in housing based on your race, disability, or because you have kids is illegal. Fair housing counselors will inform you of your rights and help you to take action. For more information, call MCFH at 650-327-1718.
HomeAid of Northern CA
HomeAid was established to build or renovate shelters for temporarily homeless individuals or families. For more information please contact them at www.homeaidnc.org or 925-820-7626.
Get Your Smokey On
We invite you to “Get Your Smokey On!” If you see someone doing something that could cause a wildfire, call authorities immediately, because 9 out of 10 wildfires can be prevented. www.fs.fed.us/r5/
We know you’re looking for ways to connect with other families in your community. Las Madres Neighborhood Playgroups of Silicon Valley has a full schedule of events for kids and parents. Call 1-877-527-6237 or www.lasmadres.org
International Culture Exchange
The American Foundation for International Cultural Exchange is looking for host families, and community representatives to help match students with Bay Area families. 866-462-3423 or call www.afice.org
Breast Cancer Support Group
We know a breast cancer diagnosis or recurrence is very stressful. The Breast Cancer Support Group meets twice a month at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. 510-869-8833
Starlight Children's Foundation
The Starlight Children’s Foundation helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. www.Starlight.org
Stanford Blood Center
Did you know that the winter holiday poses a major challenge for community blood supplies? Stanford Blood Center just opened a new center in Menlo Park. Why not try it out and help local patients by donating blood? The new center, at 445 Burgess Drive, replaces its 780 Welch Road center in Palo Alto. Please make an appointment at bloodcenter.Stanford.edu. Thanks for supporting your community!
Special Olypmics Northern California and Nevada - The Polar Plunge
The Polar Plunge sees individuals jump or run into icy-cold water in the middle of winter. This year's San Francisco Polar Plunge will be held Saturday, February 23rd with a Silicon Valley Plunge at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk taking place Saturday, March 16th. Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada serves over 15,700 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Each year, we host 154 competitions in 12 sports as well as competitions in K-12 public schools. Each person who plunges can change a Special Olympic athlete's life by fundraising just $125, which provides one year of sports participation at no cost to the athlete. Visit www.sonc.org/events/polar-plunge for more information.
National Pancake Day at I-HOP
February 5th is National Pancake Day at I-HOP! Visit your local I-HOP and enjoy a FREE short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7am-10pm. In exchange guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals programs at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. For more info click here. Take a moment to look at a short video for National Pancake Day.