DOVIA: Leading the Leaders

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-08-16

(L-R) Mariann Eitzman, volunteer coordinator, Bayside Church, Roseville, Rachele Doty, volunteer coordinator for First Call Hospice and vice chair, DOVIA, Sacramento, and Meredith Holkeboer, Volunteer Services Assistant/Pet Therapy Coordinator at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sacramento, at a recent workshop lead by Eitzman on giving presentations. Photo by Jacqueline Fox

DOVIA Sacramento Supports Non-Profit Volunteer Managers

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - With few exceptions, among the most important individuals behind any successful nonprofit organization, including its return on investment, are its volunteers. But how do you find them, keep them motivated and give them the tools to they need to effectively make an impact?

Enter DOVIA, or Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, which has chapters across the country, including Sacramento.  The Sacramento Chapter is currently celebrating 40 years of service, providing some 100 volunteer managers from a vast range of non-profit agencies, most of whom are members, with the support they need to successfully build and serve their core of volunteers.

DOVIA workshops and trainings offer ideas for learning how to motivate volunteers, as well as avenues for members to connect with other volunteer leadership professionals and collaborate and exchange ideas.

Rachele Doty, is the volunteer coordinator for First Call Hospice in Citrus Heights. She also serves on the board of directors as vice chair for DOVIA, Sacramento.  She views the organization as an indispensable resource, where, through workshops, trainings, networking and annual conferences, she can access an evolving and valuable exchange of information on relevant issues facing professional volunteer managers, no matter the size or scope of their agency’s mission.

“I have just on-boarded 20 new volunteers at First Call Hospice, so I have been utilizing every tool and workshop or training I have under my belt through my membership with and my role on the board of DOVIA,” said Doty. “The agency is absolutely critical for anyone who is working with volunteers. You get the support you need to promote your own growth but also the growth and development of your volunteers, whether you’re part of an executive team or some other administrative department.”

Dues for membership to DOVIA are $55 for one year for those who are signing up as an employee of a non-profit agency, and that fee allows for the bundling of two employees from the same agency.  For individual memberships, the annual fee is $30.00, all nominal fees for access to support for trainings that often non-profits themselves simply don’t have the resources to provide, despite their dependence on volunteers.

Lynne Moore is a member support specialist with the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Council, one of 112 councils in the nation.  She and several colleagues from her agency recently attended a DOVIA workshop at Bayside Church in midtown, Sacramento focused on delivering effective presentations to volunteers. For her, the workshops and DOVIA membership provide unsurpassed support and education needed to oversee the some 300 volunteers that support her council. 

“I get so much from my membership,” said Moore. “I have a lot of moving parts in my job and a lot of changing faces, so it’s critical that I keep up with new trends in recruitment and retention of volunteers. We depend so much on our volunteers and they deserve the best leadership available to them.”

The biggest challenge many non-profit organizations face with respect to volunteers, says Doty, is finding them.

“That’s an ongoing battle for everyone in the capacity of recruitment,” Doty said. “One of the things we focus on with our workshops and trainings is how to utilize all of the available tools out there to reach potential, new volunteers. That includes social media apps, creating events to attract volunteers and how to effectively get the message out to volunteers in the community about your organization and its mission.”

Meredith Holkeboer is the Volunteer Services Assistant/Pet Therapy Coordinator at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sacramento.  To say she’s landed her dream job would be an understatement.  She also finds her membership with DOVIA as invaluable. It has provided her with the tools to network with other volunteer coordinators and share ideas for how to keep volunteers engaged and impassioned about their work.

“The unpaid volunteers that support us are critical to our mission, so I am always on the search for new tips and ideas for how to work more effectively with our volunteers at Shriners,” Holkeboer said. “I get a lot out of my membership. I learn new things every time I attend a workshop or a conference and I am reminded that I’m a part of a unique group of leaders out there who are overseeing people who make a choice whether to keep showing up and helping out.”

DOVIA will cap its 40th year with participation at the upcoming annual conference on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Shriners Hospital. The AL!VE Hybrid Conference: Take the Leap | Embrace Change, will feature presentations for DOVIA members by four internationally renowned volunteer leaders with workshops centered on navigating organizational and professional changes.

DOVIA, Sacramento offers two, two-day trainings each year as a part of its membership focus, as well as monthly workshops, speaker events and other educational sessions.  These are open to both members and non-members.   Next year, the chapter will be taking a deep dive into the world of corporate giving, offering members in-depth trainings centered on how to make and maintain strong relationships with corporate giving managers who oversee employee volunteer pools in the community.

Presentations are planned by the heads of corporate giving departments from various companies who will provide DOVIA members with insights on how to recruit from their employee base and what their companies look for when determining which non-profits to support—something that can shift from year to year, depending on the nature of the economy and community needs.

“We are very excited about our plans for working with corporate giving representatives next year,” said Doty. “Corporate support is very important to every non-profit, regardless of the size or what their particular mission is, so that is one huge part of what we’ll be focusing on next year.”

Other areas of focus for upcoming workshops will include stress management, supporting volunteer managers with tips and tricks of the trade to keep their volunteers from overpowering or, in some cases, de-railing the mission. And, just as importantly, training support will provide members with ideas for keeping their sanity when volunteers drop off, a phenomenon that, unfortunately, “goes hand-in-hand with our profession,” Doty said.

To find out more see www.doviasacramento.org/

Dear Mayor and West Sacramento City Council Members,

As residents of West Sacramento and Clarksburg/Delta Alumni, we wish to voice our family’s opposition to the proposed location for the Nest project.  We support the idea of the Nest, but the current proposed location is a public safety risk, particularly for the young students who attend Our Lady of Grace School.

The Nest is proposed to be built less than 100 feet from the Our Lady of Grace School playground, a school that has students as young as four years old.

When businesses at the Southport Town Center force transients and other unwanted visitors to leave, the Nest would be a natural place for these individuals to congregate. If these individuals are not welcome at places of business, then they certainly are not welcome next to a school playground.

Assemble Sacramento has suggested a barrier between the school and the Nest. This is an unacceptable solution because our school has limited financial means and should not be saddled with the financial burden of maintaining the barrier. Additionally, it will create more work for a school that already handles the bulk of its maintenance through the help of parent volunteers.

Please consider these factors and urge Assemble Sacramento to find another location for their project.  We as parents and long time residents URGE your consideration in this matter!!

Thank you for your consideration,

Amanda and Jason Warren

 
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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - On August 17, 2017, at 8:27 p.m., a 15 year old male from Natomas was riding his bicycle northbound on El Centro Rd north of Moscatel Ave. An unknown dark blue sedan was traveling at an unknown speed southbound on El Centro Rd north of Moscatel Ave approaching the bicyclist’s location. The front right side of the sedan struck the bicyclist causing him fatal injuries. The driver of the sedan then fled the scene driving southbound on El Centro Rd.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs was a factor with the driver of the sedan.

CHP Investigators are asking for your help in locating the driver and vehicle involved in this collision. The right side mirror was left at the scene and it is believed that there is significant damage to the front right side of the vehicle. Evidence indicates that this is quite possibly a late model sedan. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Special Investigations Unit at the North Sacramento Area CHP office at (916) 348-2300, Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or contact Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 443-HELP or 1(800)-AA-CRIME. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Source: CHP

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Dear Mayor and West Sacramento City Council Members,

As residents of West Sacramento, we wish to voice our family’s opposition to the proposed location for the Nest project.  We support the idea of the Nest, but the current proposed location is a public safety risk, particularly for the young students who attend Our Lady of Grace School.

The Nest is proposed to be built less than 100 feet from the Our Lady of Grace School playground, a school that has students as young as four years old.

When businesses at the Southport Town Center force transients and other unwanted visitors to leave, the Nest would be a natural place for these individuals to congregate. If these individuals are not welcome at places of business, then they certainly are not welcome next to a school playground.

Assemble Sacramento has suggested a barrier between the school and the Nest. This is an unacceptable solution because our school has limited financial means and should not be saddled with the financial burden of maintaining the barrier. Additionally, it will create more work for a school that already handles the bulk of its maintenance through the help of parent volunteers.

Please consider these factors and urge Assemble Sacramento to find another location for their project.

Thank you for your consideration,

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Yolo County, CA (MPG) - A new collaboration between the California State Library and Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc., has brought virtual reality technology to patrons at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento. 

Yolo County Library has been awarded one Oculus and one Rift/Oculus Ready PC from Facebook that has allowed the West Sacramento branch to now offer virtual reality programs. 

“Virtual Reality is a generational leap in the services that our libraries provide,” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas. “Just as computers have become a critical part of our libraries, this generous gift from Facebook and Oculus will bring new technology to libraries from Redding to San Diego.” 

This project is managed by Califa, a nonprofit cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in California, and is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Project coordination, implementation of software and on-site staff training was supplied courtesy of VARLibraries. 

“Oculus is proud of our work with the California State Library and Califa to make virtual reality technology available through local libraries,” said Cindy Ball, program manager for Oculus Education. “Californians will gain access to a wide range of enhanced services, from curriculum that takes students into outer space to providing hands-on training in skills like engine repair and beyond.” 

Participants must be 13 years or older to participate and those younger than 18 need to receive their parents’ permission. For further information regarding the new virtual reality programs at the West Sacramento branch library, please call 916-375-6465. The Yolo County Library supports self-directed learning and the importance of new technologies to our communities and residents. To learn more about the Yolo County Library visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org or connect with the library on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.  

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Two West Sacramento Parks Get Upgrades

City of West Sacramento  |  2017-08-16

One of the structures to be replaced. Photo courtesy City of West Sacramento

West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Playgrounds at Elkhorn and Bryte Parks will soon benefit from significant upgrades. The City has been awarded a $40,000 Play Spaces Grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company for improvements to Elkhorn Park. This grant will help create a multicultural, multigenerational, family-oriented venue at the park, including replacing the dated swing set and play structure with new play equipment to accommodate a wide range of skills and needs.

Additional amenities include installation of a new shade structure and picnc tables that may also double as game tables for ping pong and board games, and improved access from the park entrance to meet ADA requirements.  The grant leverages resources already budgeted by the City to fund the replacement of the shade structure and seating at the 750 Cummins Way location that was recently damaged by storms. Work will start in the coming months with a finish date of May, 2018.

“Creating playful spaces that bring together neighbors from many cultures and across generations is a signature priority for West Sacramento, so we’re grateful for this important grant from the National Recreation and Park Association with support from the Walt Disney Company,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “You can feel, see, and experience the momentum in the Bryte and Broderick neighborhoods of our city, anchored by park improvements. The Walt Disney Company’s investment in the KaBOOM! Playground brought more than 400 volunteers from throughout the community to create a magical place for children, and it has inspired even more imaginative ideas and investment.”

A shade structure to cover the KaBOOM! Playground in Bryte Park has been approved by the City Council, as well as Bryte Park Phase 2 improvements that will start construction this week and include a 47-stall parking lot, covered picnic area, sport court for basketball and pickle ball, restroom, water fountain, landscaping, and pedestrian street crossing.

Source: City of West Sacramento Media

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River Cats unveil 2018 home schedule

By Robert Barsanti  |  2017-08-16

Home opener scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Raley Field


West Sacramento, CA  (MPG) - As Minor League Baseball approaches the end of the 2017 season, the Sacramento River Cats are excited to unveil the home portion of the 2018 River Cats baseball schedule. Next season will mark the 19th year of River Cats baseball and the fourth campaign as an affiliate of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants.

Sacramento will kick off the 2018 season with an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, March 24. Two weeks later, the River Cats will welcome the Reno Aces and Tacoma Rainiers to Raley Field for a seven-game opening homestand starting on Tuesday, April 10.

The River Cats will play on multiple holidays next season, including Mother’s Day (5/13), and Memorial Day (5/28). In celebration of Independence Day, the River Cats will once again host the Sacramento tradition July 3rdFireworks Extravaganza. The River Cats will close their home schedule on Thursday, August 30 before ending the season on the road.

The full home schedule is made up of 70 dates, 33 of which are weekends, including 11 Sutter Health Fireworks Saturdays and 11 Orange Fridays. While game times have not yet been announced, next season's schedule will also include 16 home day games. To view the full 2018 River Cats home schedule, visit rivercats.com.

The 2017 All-Star break will again take place in the second full week of July from Monday, July 9 - 10 in Columbus, Ohio at Huntington Park, home of the International League’s Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians).

The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants.  The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2017 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

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Woodland, CA) (MPG) - The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is seeking applications for an opening on its Community Services Action Board.

The mission of the Community Services Action Board is to combat poverty by promoting the health, safety, stability and self-sufficiency of low-income persons residing in Yolo County.  The board serves as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors, and its primary functions include:

·         Convening bi-monthly meetings to evaluate local progress towards combating poverty in Yolo County;

·         Conducting a biannual community needs assessment to identify critical gaps in Yolo County’s social service system;

·         Overseeing the provision of services using Community Services Block Grant funds by reviewing project proposals and making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on how to expend the money;

·         Monitoring the performance of Community Services Block Grant funded programs by examining outcome reports and conducting annual site visits; and

·         Serving as advocates for Yolo County residents living in poverty

The Community Services Action Board currently has one vacancy for a representative of a local civic organization.

The Community Services Action Board meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with meeting locations rotating between Davis, West Sacramentoand Woodland.

Those interested in serving on the Community Services Action Board are encouraged to complete the online application form: http://bosmembership.yolocounty.org/ (indicate on your application that you would like to serve on the Community Services Action Board).  Alternatively, the standard application can be found at: http://www.yolocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=10 for printing and returning to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, 625 Court Street, Room 204, Woodland, CA 95695.

For more information on the Community Services Action Board, e-mail Tracey Dickinson at Tracey.Dickinson@yolocounty.org.

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Dear Mayor Cabaldon and West Sacramento City Council Members: 

Our family has called West Sacramento home for nearly fifteen years and we have loved how the city has grown while protecting the sense of community. 

As parents of an Our Lady of Grace School student, we were deeply disappointed to learn about the Nest Project that is proposed to be built right next to the school playground. While the Nest Project has merits, the amenities provided by the project may also invite trouble.  Once the retail stores in the Southport Town Center shoo away transients, those individuals will naturally gravitate to the Nest. The project is so close to the playground that someone could easily have a conversation with a student.  As you may already know, there is a transitional kindergarten program so there are four year old students at the campus. It is an extreme public safety risk to have our children so close to a spot that may invite loitering and all of the negative accompanying impacts such as graffiti, fights, profane conversations and lewd acts. 

We have heard that the project proponents have suggested a barrier, but that’s simply unacceptable especially since Our Lady of Grace would be tasked with maintaining the visual barrier. We did not ask for this project near our school and our small school already has limited resources. Therefore, it is not fair that our school community would be forced to bear the financial and physical burdens of maintaining the barrier. 

Many residents feel that this project has not received the public input it deserves.  A growing group of parents will make their voices louder in opposition to the Nest’s proposed location.  

Additionally, we have blind copied the sponsors of Assemble Sacramento on this note. They have contributed financially to this project and we think they would be disappointed to lose customers because of their support of this project. Our family will not patronize these businesses until the location of the Nest moves. If our voices aren’t heard, we will be sure to use the power of our spending to help make our point. 

We have also included the local newspapers because more members of our community should be informed about what’s happening in our city. 

Again, we support the idea of Nest, but we are adamantly opposed to the current proposed location of the Nest.  We simply ask that you consider the health and safety of the children, teachers, and families who call Our Lady of Grace School and West Sacramento home and move this project to somewhere else along the bike trail.

Thank you for your consideration, Jeff and Sabrina Lockhart

cc:

Oscar Villegas, Yolo County District 1 Supervisor

Cindy Tuttle, Director West Sacramento Parks and Recreation

Laura Macdonald, Principal, Our Lady of Grace School

Sarah Kirby Gonzalez, Board Member, Washington Unified School Board District

Marianne Estes, Yolo County District 1 Deputy Supervisor

Carol Strunk, Yolo County District 1 Assistant Deputy Supervisor

Clark Pacific

Emily Begay, Teichert Foundation Grants Manager

Fred Teichert, Teichert Foundation  

Chuck Cunningham, CEO, Cunningham Engineering

Wood Rogers

Tim Harris, CEO, Insight Public Relations

Bridgeway Play

Village Nurseries

Old Sugar Mill

Bike Dog Brewing Company

Tumber Law Firm

Ridge Capital Real Estate Investment, Inc.

Matt Morrow, CEO, Morrow Surveying

West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce

Gil Torres, Owner, Exclusive Realty

Saara Torres, Owner, Exclusive Realty

Jim Brown, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates

Andrew Sturmfels, Founder, Sacramento Assemble

Clarksburg Wine Co.

Bogle Winery

West Sac News Ledger

West Sac Web

West Sac Sun

 

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Hello City leaders, business owners and West Sacramento community members,

My name is Leticia "Tish" Palamidessi and I have lived in West Sacramento for 25-years. My husband Chris and I always knew when it was time to raise our family and start a business, there was no other place we’d want to be than our home town of West Sacramento. Over the years we’ve been so proud of how the city has grown - while still protecting its feel of a small, tight knit community. I currently have three children at Our Lady of Grace School, and am a part of the parents in opposition to the bike Nest's location along the Clarksburg Trail.

I was recently given a letter from Mr. Sturmfels to all of you in response to our opposition; calling our group "small" and a "minority" of the Our Lady of Grace community. I write today to repeat the previous opposing views to your project's location - and would like to add, as a Yolo County resident and tax payer, along with pulling my dollars from your businesses - I'd like to remind you I am a registered voter and will not forget the disregard for our concerns come the next election.

The continued dismissal of concerns we have for the safety of OUR CHILDREN as "small" by Assemble Sacramento is not sitting well with me. It shouldn’t sit well with ANY of you either. We do not see the construction of this project within 100-feet of our campus the same as the other parks near schools in West Sacramento. The Diocese of Sacramento has also assured the OLG community that they HAVE NOT in any way showed support of this project's location in relation to our campus. 

The opposition to the location of your project is larger than you think. I encourage all of you to reach out to us and hear us out.

"While the Nest Project has merits, the amenities provided by the project may also invite trouble. Once the retail stores in the Southport Town Center shoo away transients and loiters, those individuals will naturally gravitate to the Nest. The project is so close to the playground that someone could easily have a conversation with a student. As you may already know, OLG has a transitional kindergarten program -so there are four year old students at the campus. It is an extreme public safety risk to have our children so close to a spot that may invite loitering and all of the negative accompanying impacts such as graffiti, fights, profane conversations and lewd acts.

We have heard that the project proponents have suggested planting a tree barrier, but that’s simply unacceptable - especially since Our Lady of Grace would be tasked with maintaining the tree barrier. We did not ask for this project near our school and our small school already has limited resources. Therefore, it is not fair that our school community would be forced to bear the financial and physical burdens of maintaining the barrier.

Many residents feel that this project has not received the public input it deserves. How did the city choose to give this project money? Was there a public notice the city was looking for ideas on what to do with this space? Were other non-profit proposals considered? Or only those of members of the City’s Planning Commission? A growing group of parents are ready to make their voices and questions louder in opposition to the Nest’s proposed location.

We have copied the sponsors of Assemble Sacramento on this note. They have contributed financially to this project and we think they would be disappointed to lose customers because of their support of this project. Our family will not patronize these businesses until the location of the Nest moves. If our voices aren’t heard, we will be sure to use the power of our spending to help make our point.

We have also included the local newspapers because more members of our community should be informed about what’s happening in our city.

Again, we support the idea of Nest, but we are adamantly opposed to the current proposed location of the Nest. Our request to move the Nest one-tenth of a mile North or South from its current location is not unreasonable. We simply ask that you consider the health and safety of the children, teachers, and families who have called Our Lady of Grace School and West Sacramento home for nearly 60-years and move this project to somewhere else along the bike trail."

Thank you for your consideration,

Leticia “Tish” Palamidessi

 

cc:

Hon. Oscar Villegas, Yolo County Supervisor

Cindy Tuttle, Director West Sacramento Parks and Recreation

Laura Macdonald, Principal, Our Lady of Grace School

Sarah Kirby Gonzalez, Board Member, Washington Unified School Board District

Oscar Villegas, Yolo County District 1 Supervisor

Marianne Estes, Yolo County District 1 Deputy Supervisor

Carol Strunk, Yolo County District 1 Assistant Deputy Supervisor

Clark Pacific

Emily Begay, Teichert Foundation Grants Manager

Fred Teichert, Teichert Foundation

Chuck Cunningham, CEO, Cunningham Engineering

Wood Rogers

Tim Harris, CEO, Insight Public Relations

Bridgeway Play

Village Nurseries

Old Sugar Mill

Bike Dog Brewing Company

Tumber Law Firm

Ridge Capital Real Estate Investment, Inc.

Matt Morrow,CEO, Morrow Surveying

West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce

Jim Brown, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates

Andrew Sturmfels, Founder, Sacramento Assemble

Clarksburg Wine Co.

Bogle Winery

West Sac News Ledger

West Sac Web

West Sac Sun

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