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Chapter: Bay Area, CA

Overview

Sewa Bay Area is one of the most active Sewa chapters with a wide range of projects and activities like Case Management, Disaster rrecovery, Serve community projects partnered with local nonprofits, the Lead high school community service program, and a summer mentorship for college students. This chapter continues to grow and help families in the San Francisco Bay Area regardless of color gender, race, religion, or national identity. All are encouraged to participate, volunteer, and donate to this growing chapter.

Coordinator 

Guru Prasad


Joint Coordinators

- Rajesh Shastry

- Utpal Dixit

 bayarea@sewausa.org 

 203 USA SEWA (203 872 7392)

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COVID-19 Relief Activities - Bay Area Sewa International

As of June 1 2020, Bay Area Chapter has donated over 50,000 medical grade masks and ~6000 hand made masks to essential workers. In addition, we have donated food to ~6000 families impacted by COVID-19 

Sewa International’s Bay Area Chapter distributed hot meals, groceries, masks, water, and hygiene kits to more than 700 families in a drive-through distribution event held in Oroville, CA on Saturday, May 30, as part of its extensive COVID-19 relief efforts. In addition, Sewa International also donated 500 masks to the Oroville Hospital and distributed goody packets to kids which included wipes, school supplies, and snack bags of cereal.


Checkout press release: Newsgram , IndiaPost

Sewa International’s Bay Area Chapter donated almost 28,000 surgical, N95, and KN95 to first responders such as healthcare workers, police officers, fire fighters, and hospital staff as well as almost 1500 meals to families in need on Sunday, May 3  in an invitation-only drive-through event in Milpitas,CA as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.Supplies were distributed to almost 20 agencies including San Mateo Medical Center, Oakland Children’s Hospital, City of Sunnyvale, City of Cupertino, Muslim Community Center of Pleasanton and the Mountain View Police Department. About 10 volunteers and a few key donors made this event possible. 

Prior to this event, the Bay Area chapter had distributed almost 20,000 KN95, N95, surgical, face shields and hand made masks to the United States Postal Service, Valley Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, San Ramon Police Department and many other medical and emergency service responders.



Press release links on mask donations. India Currents, India Post

Press release (IndicaNews) for help on provided to stranded passengers 



Sewa Bay Area Helplines have helped more than 200 stranded passengers, students with their needs. 

Contact today: 203-872-SEWA for any COVID-19 help (Medical, Travel, Other)  in the Bay area

Join Bay Area team in Sewing Masks for COVID-19 Healthcare Workers

Appeal to all who can

•  Sew

  • Drive to pick up/drop off masks
  • Donate Raw material needed for masks
  • Donate Money to procure materials for masks


Please fill form below to sew masks or Sign up to help pick them up & drop them off to Bay Area hospitals. Please fill out the form below and spread the word - tinyurl.com/sewabacmm 

You will be then added to a WhatsApp group with other fellow sewers. 

Demands continute to grow. So please join and spread the word

For any questions contact: fs@sewausa.org or 203 872 7392

Sewa International Donates home to Veteran Casey Renfro, May 30,2020

Sewa has been helping camp fire victims since they were impacted in 2018

So far Sewa has donated the third tiny home its volunteers built to Casey, a veteran who had lost his home in the fires that ravished his area last year. Three more tiny homes are being built to be donated by Sewa.

“This is amazing. I had basically forgotten how people should live. It had been so long that I got so used o this tent (that I was living in). I had basically lost hope. This gave me hope. I can become human again…What you all are doing is amazing -- your loyalty and everything. Please keep doing it, if you can,” said Casey in appreciation of receiving his new home.


LEAD Bay Area 2020 - A Program for High School Students


LEAD is a Sewa International's Youth Engagement Program, engaging High School Students(including 8th Graders) to serve the greater community and experience the joy of giving with compassion to create a positive impact. It introduces socially conscious leadership to  young enthusiastic volunteers. The program is an excellent opportunity for High School students to earn community hours.

Applications for LEAD 2020 Youth Engagement Program are now open. This is a great opportunity to meet socially aware community leaders, develop leadership, teamwork and organizational skills, serve community and have fun along the way besides achieving Sewa recognition and USA President’s award. (Go to Registration for more Details ...)

Annual Registration Fee: $100 / student. Fees pay the costs of the program throughout the year.

Parents need to sign up to volunteer for a minimum of 2 Sewa activities.

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The Bay Area chapter of Sewa International initiated the ASPIRE After-School program in 2019 in order to reduce gaps in education for students in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto. While the school district serves a diverse population of 4500 students across seven public schools, it faces serious challenges such as low educational rankings, a high proportion of low-income students, and homeless students.

With the mission of empowering students intellectually, emotionally and socially, ASPIRE began its pilot program at Costano Elementary School in East Palo Alto in May 2019 and continued till the end of the academic year. Working with fourth-grade students in the after school program during weekdays from 3 to 6 pm, our volunteers helped students with their homework, math, and reading, and engaged them with creative activities.

                                                             

Relief And Rehabilitation - California Camp Fire

Camp Fire and Its Impact

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Camp-fire which started on November 8, 2018 killed at least 88 people and destroyed 15,000 structures, including homes and businesses. It virtually wiped out the entire town of Paradise, while Concow and Magalia were the other two cities that were severely affected. Nearly 50,000 people were evacuated, and many rendered homeless. It has been deemed the most destructive fire in the history of California. It has affected most of the residents hailing from lower income groups who were not sufficiently insured. More.

Relief And Rehabilitation

Sewa Bay Area has been actively helping California Camp Fire victims from immediate relief, to rehabilitation and currently on to rebuilding tiny homes for the victims. Learn more on how you can support. 


Family Services

Family services are designed to provide families tools for leading more meaningful fulfilling lives.


Volunteer Development

It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts.

Upcoming Events

    • 1 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM (PST)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 11:59 PM (PST)
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    LEAD Bay Area 2020 - Program for High School Students

    General Eligibility: High School Students. Student should be sincere in their commitment to the values of Sewa with integrity and discipline.

    Selection Criteria:
    Limited seats, first come first serve basis. Open to all nationality, 
    religious and ethnic backgrounds.

    We Need volunteers to run several local programs and we request parents  to sign up to volunteer for a minimum of at-least two Sewa activities this year.

    Registration Fee: $100

    As a part of the LEAD summer series, young adults are given opportunities to participate in different activities. Below is the list activities from 2019-2020.

    All the upcoming sessions for the year 2020 will be held Online.

    • Bio design (Stem) “Design to Lead” – A collaborative effort with Professor Anurag Mairal, who led the Global Outreach Programs at Byers Center for Bio design at Stanford University. The project focused on training high-potential, socially minded teenagers in design-thinking based approach to understand and address society’s most significant challenges.
    • Social Cause - Be the face of Sewa International’s Girls' Hygiene Project: Yes, I can go to School! - https://sewausa.org/Toilets. Lead Kids participated and actively engaged with the larger team to raise awareness and funds for the program.
    • Arts and Humanities - In partnership with ENActe, a talent incubator and a platform for engaging diverse populations in conversations on social issues to create greater awareness and tolerance from a South Asian perspective.
    • Technology - Sewa Programming Club -  A collaborative effort with Steam Vision for Online Mentoring/Tutoring between Lead kids and Kids from Cameroon.
    • Apart from such programs Lead Students can also get involved in following:
      • Participate in Sewa service activities.
      • Internship with Sewa Research, Documentation, Marketing and Public Relations.
      • Event Planning and organizing the events
      • Fundraising to support Sewa projects.
      • Conducting Sewa awareness and outreach programs.
      • Opportunity to open a Sewa club at your school.  More info on the school club activities at one of the School Club (https://www.mvsewa.com/)

    Contact: lead-ba@sewausa.org for any question.

    • 1 May 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 31 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Fremont, San Jose, San Ramon, Saratoga .... in Bay Area, CA
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    Sewa International has partnered with Vyasa Houston & Yoga Bharati (US based Yoga Institutes affiliated with S-Vyasa University) to offer this program in U.S.A. through its local chapters to improve public health, in particular those having diabetes and pre-diabetes.

    Yoga Workshop Objectives:

    • Helps pre-diabetic individuals from becoming diabetic (Type II)
    • Helps diabetic individuals to control and manage their diabetic condition. 
    • Reduce probability of other health complications arising from diabetic conditions.
    • Reduce diabetic condition from severe to moderate, moderate to mild, and from mild to normal.

    Yoga Workshop Includes

    • Asanas - Yoga postures and stretches
    • Pranayam & Meditation - Yoga breathing and relaxation
    • Guidance regarding diet and nutrition from certified Dietician
    • Basic medical screening prior to the start of Yoga workshopto determine physical fitness to practice yoga. 
    • Concepts of Integrated approach to help individuals change their Life Style 
    • Materials provided to practice
    Structure of Yoga Workshop
    • 14 Sessions – each 1.5 hours, 4 days a week(Tue, Thu, Say, Sun)
    • Locations: Fremont, San Jose, San Ramon, Saratoga ....
    • Deposite $150 (Payable on first session)

    Contact
    Seema - 801-471-1729
    Email - sdm-bayarea@sewausa.org


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