ALDV shares a vision

Prevent Blindness Northern California program director April Nakayoshi spoke at Assistance League of Diablo Valley's monthly meeting in January, recounting the rewarding history that these two nonprofit organizations have forged since 2005.

Prevent Blindness has trained Assistance League of Diablo Valley Foresight program volunteers, who in turn, have screened more than 13,000 preschoolers, resulting in 400 referrals for full vision exams and identifying 32 cases of amblyopia, commonly known as "lazy eye."

Prevent Blindness is devoted to the preservation of sight for children and adults through vision screening training programs, public education, and advocacy.

Vision affects learning because the brain needs input from the eye and screening at an early age increases the degree of recovery.

To learn more about Assistance League of Diablo Valley philanthropic programs, membership or to schedule a Speaker's Bureau representative to address your organization, visit diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.

To learn more about vision screening in your area, visit Prevent Blindness of Northern California at www.eyeinfo.org.

Be an Ombudsman

Are you a people person? A problem solver? Would you like to make a real difference in the lives of others? Then consider becoming a volunteer with the nonprofit Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa.


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The next training class will be held Wednesdays from Jan. 29 through March 5, at the Ombudsman office, 4415 Cowell Road, Suite 100, in Concord.

Volunteers must complete the 40-hour certification training class and 10 hours of "on the job" shadowing, in addition to passing a background clearance check. Volunteers also must have access to transportation.

Ombudsman volunteers investigate and help rectify claims of abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities throughout the county so that seniors and other residents can live with dignity and respect.

Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, authorized by the federal Older Americans Act and the Older Californians Act, is a federally-mandated but donor-funded senior citizen's advocacy group that is available to serve the more than 9,000 residents of long-term care facilities in Contra Costa County.

Etta Maitland, executive director of Ombudsman of Contra Costa says, "Ombudsman volunteers are trained and certified to advocate for residents -- mainly seniors -- of licensed LTC operations such as nursing homes, residential care facilities for the elderly, and assisted living facilities throughout Contra Costa County."

Those interested in becoming a certified Ombudsman volunteer are invited to call Debra Hanschar at 925-685-2070, for an interview. Visit www.ccombudsman.org.

AAUW film, speakers

The American Association of University Women of Contra Costa County invites the public to watch a one hour-film, "Sexual Assault, Naming the Unnamed Conspirator," at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. The event is free.

In the film, Anne Munch examines how societal attitudes influence cases of sexual assault. Munch is an attorney with 25 years of experience as a career prosecutor and advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

She has worked extensively on the development of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs in the military.

A discussion will follow with a panel of experts, including Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office lawyer Nancy Georgiou, Martinez Police Department Detective Patrick Salamid, recent University of Washington graduate Alyssa Harkins and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Children's interview center representative Dr. James Carpenter.

Contact Diane at dbellrettger@gmail.com for more information.

  • The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch of AAUW has invited Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox to speak about Homicides, Drugs and Gangs, at a luncheon meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Diablo Country Club, 1700 Clubhouse Road in Diablo.

    The cost is $29. For more information, email daw.aauw@gmail.com or visit http://daw-ca.aauw.net.

    Muir Health donation

    John Muir Health recently donated $25,000 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano's Community Produce Program that distributes fresh produce twice a month at more than 50 sites in the two counties.

    "Providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a critical component of improving the overall health of our community, which is in keeping with John Muir Health's mission," said Cal Knight, John Muir Health's president and CEO.

    Sing with chorus

    The Martinez Community Chorus is seeking new recruits to join their fun-loving organization. And all levels of experience are welcome!

    The chorus meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Martinez Adult Education Building, 600 F St., in Martinez.

    This lively bunch celebrates a love of singing at free concerts in Martinez, at Veterans and Memorial Day ceremonies, and holiday and local senior care homes throughout the year. The group is directed by Sara Stafford.

    Contact Lucy Williams at lazro@sbcglobal.net or Martinez Adult Education at 925-228-3276.

    Help Lindsay Museum

    Are you are interested in wildlife rehabilitation? Reserve your seat in the free Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation class at Lindsay's Wildlife Hospital and animal rehabilitation program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25, or from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 1931 First St. in Walnut Creek.

    Register at wildlife-museum.org or contact Megan Jankowski at mjankowski@wildlife-museum.org. You must be a member to volunteer at Lindsay.

    Crab fundraisers

  • Rehabilitation Services of Northern California's crab feed and auction begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 22, at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane. Auction and raffle prizes include trips, airline tickets, golf outings, hotel stays and restaurant certificates. The cost is $50 for advance tickets only.

    All proceeds benefit programs and provide scholarships for deserving elders at Rehabilitation Services of Northern California, providing care and comfort to frail and disabled adults at the only licensed adult day program in Contra Costa County that offers nursing, transportation, social work, physical, speech and occupational therapies.

    Mail checks for reservations to RSNC/Mt. Diablo Center, 490 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. For more information contact Peggy Dillon at 925-682-6330 or email pdillon@rsnc-centers.org.

  • The Alamo Women's Club annual crab feed fundraiser, themed 'Under the Big Top,' will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at their clubhouse, 1401 Danville Blvd. in Alamo. The cost is $50.

    Funds raised will support scholarship and philanthropic programs, including Canine Companion for Independence, We Care, Brighter Beginnings, VESTIA, George Marks Children's Home, Hospice of the East Bay, STAND for Families Free of Domestic Violence, Knit for the Kids, and Pennies for Pines. Email mama12@aol.com for reservations or visit www.alamowomensclub.org.

    BoardWorks

    A Volunteer Center of the East Bay workshop will evaluate what it means to effectively serve on a nonprofit board and, if you're an executive director, what it means to work in partnership with your board as a leadership team.

    The workshop is from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle.

    Participation is limited to 20 to ensure a quality experience and open only to nonprofits registered with The Volunteer Center. The $125 cost includes dinner and materials. Visit www.volunteereastbay.org.

    Send information to goodneighbors@bayareanewsgroup.com.