Category Archives: Non-profits
By Noelia González
Every week, at three different sites in Berkeley, volunteers set up a table with a few boxes of intravenous needles, some cotton and some disposal containers, and wait for people to drop by. They are part of a pioneering needle-exchange program the type of which, until 2000, was illegal in California.
In fact, Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (NEED), a nonprofit that seeks to reduce infectious disease risks for East Bay intravenous drug users, was born a decade before such programs were legalized, as an underground program run by HIV positive people, people in recovery, and health activists.
NEED is one of 37 programs in California that provide syringe exchanges to reduce harm among drug users in the state. All of them are based on the premise that using clean needles and syringes reduces the risk of HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis C infection. … Continue reading »
By Rebecca Spence / J Weekly
As UC Berkeley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the free speech movement this month, a long-simmering feud over funding for the Emma Goldman Papers — an archival project dedicated to the life and work of the iconic Jewish radical and free speech advocate — is coming to a head.
After 34 years of UC Berkeley affiliation, and more than $1.2 million of funding spread across the decades, the project could be reaching the end of the line. … Continue reading »
A bell tower constructed in 1878. A nursery school built in 1927. An import-export warehouse converted into a music venue. A prefabricated panel cottage put together in 1887.
These four Berkeley structures will soon be improved, thanks to $87,000 generated by the settlement of a lawsuit between Berkeley and Concerned Library Users, a group that protested how some Measure FF library bond funds were to be used. … Continue reading »
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are working out their relationship problems. The celebrities — impersonated uncannily by two 17-year-olds — are pretty angry at each other. But eventually they restore their romance, thanks to the help of an articulate 16-year-old mediator.
Mediation role-playing is just one sliver of the Summer Legal Fellowship Program at the Center for Youth Development Through Law. Each summer, the non-profit offers 30 disadvantaged youth from Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond paid internships and training in law and leadership.
This year’s program ended with a graduation ceremony last week. The teenagers worked hard until the end, juggling their internships at various government agencies and non-profits, attending college prep and constitutional law classes, and preparing their resumes for mock job interviews. … Continue reading »
Ming Horn is as excited about her summer plans as anyone. Over the next few weeks the Berkeley High junior will be teaching web design and other computer skills to orphans in Cambodia. The classes are part of KhodeUp, which is entirely Horn’s creation.
While organizing such an ambitious project is a tall order for a busy high-school student, Horn has risen to the challenge. At the time of writing, KhodeUp’s crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has raised 97% of its $15,000 goal in under a month, the initiative won $1,000 at the Thiel Summit’s first under-18 pitch competition, and, last week, it was featured on Tech Crunch.
“I don’t get a lot of sleep anyways,” said Horn, talking about the challenge of creating and running a major overseas educational program while balancing the everyday priorities of high school. “It is hard, but it’s definitely worth it.” … Continue reading »
Cats, dogs, and beer don’t often come up in the same sentence, but that could soon change thanks to a unique fundraising event for Berkeley Humane.
The Pints for Paws beer festival on June 7 at the Urban Adamah farm at 1050 Parker St. will bring together many well-loved elements: dogs, cats, humans, and brewer’s yeast. There will be a selection of 80 craft beers from more than 20 breweries, and attendees are encouraged to bring their (on leash) dogs.
Highlights from the festival include the chance to meet local artisanal craft brewers, cider makers, and wine makers and a wide range of delicious food will be provided by local food trucks and vendors. There will also be live music to bring the whole event to the next level. … Continue reading »
By Victor Casillas Valle
Nestled behind St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, on Bancroft Way in Berkeley, is one huge set of steel steps covered in rust and foliage. Walking up them, there’s a feeling of urban beauty, something that is calming with a rush of city excitement. Reaching the top, you enter a high-ceilinged auditorium with huge windows and an airy sense of natural light. Every Monday, the room is filled with conversation rising from the writing workshop, or occasional open mic, provided by the Write Home Project.
Conceived and run by two UC Berkeley alumni and working poets, Gabriel Cortez and Natasha Huey, The Write Home Project facilitates creative arts work by homeless youth (under 25). Write Home provides an outlet for its participants to be heard while they tell stories about, and create a dialogue around, the state of homelessness. … Continue reading »
Call it a “library warming.”
As a way to celebrate the completion of its branch renovation campaign – and highlight the dozens of community programs it presents each month – the Berkeley Public Library is hosting a month-long party.
The Branch Out! celebration will bring concerts, art exhibits, pop-up libraries at food truck gatherings, a sleepover party for stuffed animals, mindfulness meditation, and that beloved event – author readings – and much more to a branch near you in April. … Continue reading »
A popular bike shop and community bike repair space in West Berkeley’s Aquatic Park won approval recently from the city’s zoning board to expand its buzzing operation into new digs and bring bike rentals, and much more, to the park.
A new space for Waterside Workshops at 90 Bolivar Drive will give Street Level Cycles the space to offer low-cost bicycle rentals, more youth education, longer community hours and a community meeting space, as well as — possibly — a small indoor coffee bar. The organization currently has a café with outdoor-only seating.
“We see the building as a jump‐off point for community recreation that will make the park more accessible for all Berkeley residents, regardless of income level,” according to the group’s applicant statement. … Continue reading »
Amid speeches about the glorious new building and the patient-centric care it will foster, came memories of Berkeley in the 1970s and the push to revolutionize health care. … Continue reading »
Students George Manning and Ruben Perez in Power Yoga
Students George Manning and Ruben Perez in Power Yoga
George Manning in Power Yoga
Student Ruben Perez reaches for the floor in Power Yoga
Dr. Magdalen Edmunds listens to Nori Hudson's heartbeat
Liliana Moncada holds Nori Hudson and talks with Jitnalin Chanitwat and Tinnapans Kitsomboonloha
Brandon Gonzales leans in close to his mother, Georgia Santiago
(left to right) Kermit Hudson, Madisyn Byrd-Ray, Michela Allen and Georgia Santiago. The discussion continues.
Dr. Magdalen Edmunds and Michela Allen discuss baby Madisyn Byrd-Ray's health.
Gabriela Diaz and Rosa Vidal Hernandez discuss sugar conent in foods.
Gabriela Diaz talks food labels with Amaris Baca Arana and the Vidal Hernandez siblings (Rosa, Mirca, and Eden)
Brian Sanchez whispers into Gabriela Diaz's ear while Michael Valerio looks on during a game of telephone
Rosa Vidal Hernandez has her blood pressure taken
Brian Sanchez adds vanilla extract to the choclate pudding mix.
Dr. Sharad Kohli consults with Rodney Brown
Dr. Sharad Kohli (far right) joins the group's discussion on change, with (left to right) Rodney Brown, Tim Batts, Alex Kelsey, Derrick Dismucke, Ed Silberman and Ruben Perez
Tim Batts and Sam Tamori get ready to finish the meeting
Mark Johnson, Medical Records Supervisor
Jocelyn de Sena, Community Health Worker
Lina Medina, Americorps Member
Ivana Pereira Ambrose, Nurse Practitioner
Susan Canchan and Salvador Rios, Medical Assistants
Sara Woolf, MD
Sharad Kohli, AMD
Michael Valerio and Mirca Vidal Hernandez squeeze out honey to make chocolate pudding
Mirca Vidal Hernandez adds honey to the mix while Rosa Vidal Hernandez and Michael Valerio look on.
For 38 years, Lifelong Medical Care has been been providing high-quality medical, dental, and other services to Berkeley’s most vulnerable residents. Started by the Gray Panthers as the Over 60 Health Clinic in 1976, LifeLong has now grown into nine different facilities around the Bay Area, with most centered in northern Alameda County.
Lifelong just renovated and expanded its health center at 2031 Sixth Street in West Berkeley and will be holding a grand opening celebration Sunday, March 2, 3-5 p.m. to which the public is invited.
To recognize the work Lifelong does in the community, Berkeleyside commissioned contributing photographer Pete Rosos to create a photo essay on Lifelong Medical Care. Rosos spent several weeks on the assignment, photographing patients taking part in several Lifelong programs, including its Healthy Kids group, the Men’s Health group, a Power Yoga class and a Parenting class. Take a minute to view the slideshow above to see his beautiful images. (Hover over a photograph to see captions and to pause the slideshow.) … Continue reading »
Berkeley residents may soon see the fruits of a legal settlement between the city and a group that sued over plans to tear down and rebuild two branch libraries.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Wednesday that it will award $87,000 in grant money to historic places in South and West Berkeley. The money can be used for maintenance, physical improvements, and preservation of historic properties.
The Trust is encouraging “properties with a clear public benefit that are open to the public on at least a part-time basis,” to apply online by May 15 for grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. … Continue reading »