LOCAL PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
opportunities this month.
Protect Marin’s farmland
by becoming a member of
MALT. You’ll be supporting local families and their
farms and ranches, ensuring that their agricultural
future is secure. malt.org
Inspire the next chapter
by joining the County
Friends. Your membership
donation will be shared
with your choice of branch
or all 10 branches to
and provide materials.
Monetary gifts help end
generational cycles of
incarceration by providing
resources, guidance and
training for children of
BE YOND DIFFERENCES
Help stop social isolation
in schools and communities. Contributions go
to online and campus
programs aiming to prevent bullying and teasing.
MARIN CENTER FOR
Your donation provides
the assistive technology,
skills training and housing
assistance that promote
independence for people
of all ages and with all
types of disabilities.
➤ When you adopt a section of a Mill
Valley street, neighborhood or unsightly
corner through Clean Mill Valley and regularly pick up trash in your area, you are
helping to keep the town looking its best.
➤Milo Foundation provides sanctuary
and adoption services for homeless
pets throughout Northern California.
It welcomes all forms of aid, including
fostering, volunteering in the shelter, or
purchasing or donating much-needed
➤CASA (Court Appointed Special
Advocates) is a program that trains community members to speak on behalf of
abused and neglected children in court.
Become a volunteer in San Francisco and
be a child’s advocate. sfcasa.org
➤Girls Leading Girls, which uses soccer
to teach leadership and life skills to girls
ages 5 to 18, needs volunteers to coach
games, help at events or partner on new
1 What was the inspiration behind Project Glimmer? Our story begins in 2009 when our founder, Sonja
Hoel Perkins, attended a holiday benefit for the San
Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. Inspired by their
giving, she called the program leaders to learn how
she could give more and discovered that while there
were plenty of gifts for kids, there were never enough
for teenage girls. That year, Sonja launched the first
2 What is a Glimmer Drive? A Glimmer Drive is the collecting of new or like-new gifts for underserved
women and teenage girls. It’s like a toy drive, except
we collect jewelry, accessories, heat styling tools,
new makeup/beauty products, journals, water bottles
and gift cards.
3What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever eceived? Anything is possible. My parents
instilled a no-limits mindset at an early age. When
faced with a problem, I do my best to see it as a
challenge that can be overcome, not a limitation.
4 What aspect of your work is the most challeng- ing? Honestly, just keeping up with it all. We’re
growing so fast and now give to almost 300 nonprofit
organizations year-round. Last year we served over
100,000 women and girls across the U. S., and since
the founding, we have given over 300,000 gifts
to underserved girls and women across the U. S.,
primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area.
5 The most surprising gift someone donated? We see luxury gifts like pearl necklaces and Burberry
handbags, but the most unique gifts are those where
time and consideration are spent, when people put
together gift packages and include handwritten notes
expressing warm sentiments for a girl they don’t even
kno w. One gift arrived with a yello w Post-it attached
that read, “You Are Loved.”
“A girl who believes in herself can
change the world,” says Chrissy Shea,
executive director of Project Glimmer.
The nonprofit provides holiday gifts
to at-risk girls and women, letting
them know their community cares.