Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: April 1-7

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting all sorts of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Here are some top tweets for last week.

Sunday, April 1

The Commute ‏ @WalkTheCommute

It was a beautiful day in Shanghai. so a couple friends and I did a ~4 mile walking loop. We were not alone; it… http://fb.me/1NLI8GZR

Habitat Greater SF ‏ @HabitatGSF

There is a quiet market for homes, but how do you get into that club? http://ow.ly/9ZtZl @sfgate

Monday, April 2

Bay Nature ‏ @BayNature

Best time of the year to spot a mountain lion? April and May. http://ow.ly/a1FOI [Read more…]

Eighth Grader Making Birthday Wishes Come True For Less Fortunate Kids

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Every child has a birthday wish. But some children from poor or homeless families don’t get those wishes fulfilled, which is why eighth grader Yasmine Davis decided to step in and make a difference.

Davis and her family are founders of the nonprofit  Make a Birthday Wish, which provides presents and birthday parties for more than 300 disadvantaged children and teens in the Silicon Valley.

Along with her mom, Nike McDonald, Davis shops for presents for children and teenagers, then throws a party complete with decorations and cake for all the birthday boys and girls of one month. The children and teens are matched to Make a Birthday Wish through West Valley Community Services (WVCS).

“The kids all have a wish list, so we try and get them what’s on the wish list so they’ll be happy with their presents,” Davis said. “And even if we can’t they’re still really happy with the birthday party.”

While not shopping, planning, and party hosting—a volunteer job that keeps her busy for up to eight hours every weekend and sometimes after school—Davis is a student at Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino, where she keeps up good grades and plays sports. [Read more…]

Five Ways to Be a Good Neighbor in April

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It’s April, which means spring is now in full swing. Opportunities to be a good neighbor around Silicon Valley and the Bay Area are sprouting as fast as seedlings in the warm sun.

Here are five ways to do good for others (and yourself) this month.

1. Drive Focused: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The California Highway Patrol and other local departments plan on cracking down on distracted driving all month as a way to bolster public awareness of this dangerous problem. Using a cell phone while driving—hand-held or hands-free—delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent, according to one university study. And text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Find out more at Distraction.gov. In the meantime, officials want everyone to take the pledge to drive distraction free, and to encourage others to do the same.

2. Knit for a Cause: A group of people who love to knit and crochet get together regularly to create hats and scarves for Sacred Heart Community Services. Called One Brink Knits, it’s a part of the One Brick Silicon Valley group that helps connect volunteers with service projects. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: March 25-31

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting all sorts of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter list, “Silicon Valley Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Here are some top tweets for last week.

Sunday, March 25

Save The Bay (SF) ‏ @saveSFbay

Looking for #environmental #policy experience? Volunteer with @SaveSFBay_Wonks this summer: http://bit.ly/GWuXKf

Monday, March 26

Peninsula Family Svc ‏ @PeninsulaFamily

Photos: Oracle Volunteers with the Young and Elderly – Redwood City, CA Patch http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/oracle-volunteers-with-the-young-and-elderly [Read more…]