Season of Giving

What local charity or nonprofit program do you support, and why?


Rhythmix Cultural Works.

Mary Ann Cates: We began delivering Meals on Wheels almost nine years ago. What began as a simple volunteer job became one of the highlights of our week. We both agreed it was the hands-on aspect of helping people to stay in their homes and remain independent that appealed to us.

Audrey Lord-Hausman: I have supported Rhythmix Cultural Works for years, because I believe in their mission. I attend programs, donate each year, and love bringing people to a performance for the first time. I love Rhythmix for its variety of world music and entertainment, lecture series, and classes. There is something for everyone. What a true gift to our community.

Rina Austin: I support the Alameda Education Foundation; I cook for the shelter once a month; I regularly donate to my church, and many other local organizations. But what touches my heart and fills my soul is the Island City Opera Company. This marvelous troupe has brought quality music and musical experiences to Alameda.

Cindy Miner Kapelke: I support Friends of the Parks, Alameda. Not only do they raise significant funds with well-run outdoor events like the recent Bike for the Parks, but they also provide collaborative leadership with private and public organizations to ensure the parks have the resources to thrive. The parks hold our history. I walk my dogs and realize those are many of the same trees and benches that an Alamedan viewed 100 years ago.

Margaret and Dawna Dos Santos-Dowdell: A group of us were looking for a nonprofit and we heard that the Midway Shelter didn’t have anyone to help with food on the fifth Saturdays. So, years ago, we signed up and have been doing it ever since. We also donated bikes and helmets for each child for Christmas but had to stop, because it became harder to find companies to donate.

Daniel Kucera: I support the Alameda Food Bank in any way that I can. The food bank serves 2,100 families a month, which is almost 5,000 people in Alameda, which is about 7 percent of the population. They save families an average of $500 month in grocery costs, which could otherwise be used for rent, health care, or other necessities. Every dollar they receive is equal to $6 at the county food bank where they shop, so cash donations go farther than other kinds. That said, food donations are always welcome. I believe in the simple mission of feeding hungry Alameda neighbors.                    


Published online on Dec. 2, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

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