LOCAL PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Top five volunteer
opportunities this month.
➤ YOU TH IN ARTS
Support the gift of creativity by helping young
artists find their voices
and express their visions.
Your donation goes
toward classes, scholarships and performances.
➤ CENTER FOR
Let’s help end domestic violence and abuse.
Contributions fund support groups, emergency
shelter and hotline access.
➤ ST. VINCENT DE
PAUL SOCIE TY OF
MARIN COUNT Y Your
provides those in need
with food, shelter and a
chance for a better life.
➤ WILDCARE Assist the
ongoing efforts to teach
respect for the area’s wildlife and to heal orphaned
and injured wild animals.
➤ TO CELEBRATE LIFE
Donate to this dedicated
organization whose vision
is to help fund emergency
and direct cancer services.
1Does your Marin business or organization have extra food? Donate your excess
to ExtraFood.org, an organization helping
to end hunger in Marin. You can also volunteer in other ways, such as being a food
2Have a car and a caring soul? Help
West Marin Senior Services by giving
rides to elders who can’t drive. Provide
access to health care and holiday shopping while also helping seniors live full
3Every child counts. Volunteer with
Marin Foster Care Association and join
one of the fundraising, holiday or grant
writing committees. marinfostercare.org
4Give the gift of reading thorugh
Experience Corp Marin, where you can
be a literacy tutor for San Rafael schoolchildren grades K– 3. ec4marin.org
5Feed body and soul. Project Open
Hand needs volunteers to shop, prepare
or deliver meals in S. F. to those less
1What first drew you to ExtraFood Marin, and how long have you been contributing to its efforts?
My best friend, Heidi Krahling, who owns Insalata’s
and Marinitas in San Anselmo, introduced me to
Extra Food because of my interest in giving back and
my ability to raise money for good causes. I’d been
involved with Meals on Wheels San Francisco for
a long time, but wanted to do something in my own
community. That was five years ago.
2 Precisely what is it that you do for them? And what do you get out of it? Nine years ago, I
started a benefit concert to celebrate my turning 50
years old in a positive way. Getting food to people in
need seemed like a good thing to do. Since then, 100
percent of all proceeds from my music go to assist
various organizations in San Francisco and Marin
that help the homeless, the LGB TQ community, food
banks, Shanti Project, anti-bullying organizations
and various drug rehabilitation programs. Why do I
do it? It makes me happy.
3 Do you perform in benefits outside of Marin? Next year, I’ll do a widely publicized concert at
Eglise Saint-Eustache, one of only t wo churches in
Paris, France, that welcomed people suffering during
the early days of the AIDS epidemic. This amazing
church also started a soup kitchen that is still active
today. This concert, and my upcoming record St.
Mary’s, will be part of my 60th birthday.
4 What inspires or motivates you to do these concerts? I grew up in Detroit in a big family and,
as the oldest, I always felt a strong sense of responsibility. While raising my sons around a lot of affluence
here in Marin, I taught them that economic grace
comes with responsibility. We do it in our family
business, BM W of San Francisco, and we do it in our
family life. I love grand gestures that help people, but
all acts of kindness matter. My husband of 40 years,
two sons, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, granddaughter
and future grandson all remind me every day of how
lucky I am. I know that all the gifts I have been given
are for a reason, and it is my job to put them back out
into the world in whatever way I can.
The San Anselmo singer/songwriter is
back December 7 at the Throckmorton
Theatre for her ninth annual charity
benefit. Audiences love her soulful
vocals and the fact that 100 percent
of proceeds go to ExtraFood.org.