Columnist Faith Barnidge highlights the upcoming Corporate Caring Volunteer Week in her Good Neighbors column this week (excerpt below).

For the full article, click here.


Elaine Clark, chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, front row from left, awarded the Ray Zenoni Volunteer of the Year Award to the Wells Fargo volunteer teams led by Wells Fargo Bank vice president Darlene Campbell and Jennifer Lopez, with, second row, from left, Carole Schultze, Kathy Sutton, Mona Aviles, Debbie Goodenough, Gayle McKinley, George Kanto, Nancy Carrell, Mary Gerach-Levenesque and Maria Andrews, and top row, from left, Rita Nyulassy, Kent Tambazidis, Linda Fuller, Dave Brown, Shirley Pettit and Paula Lloyd.


By Faith Barnidge, Columnist

The Contra Costa Crisis Center provides support and safety net resources for individuals and families in stress in Contra Costa with a 24-hour crisis line, crisis-response training, face-to-face grief counseling, homeless services, and a 211 information and referral program to keep people alive and safe.

Crisis resources are available for residents for issues concerning suicide, alcohol abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse, elder abuse and mental illness.

The Crisis Center has expanded its mission to assume management of the Corporate Caring Volunteer Week from Sept. 19-24, an annual week of service where committed, corporate volunteers from Bay Area businesses are matched with local nonprofits.

Management of the event was previously supported by the Volunteer Center of the East Bay, a nonprofit organization that sadly ceased operation at the end of May.

Corporate volunteer teams may select and register for projects that have been submitted by nonprofit organizations through Aug. 23, and expect confirmation by Sept. 1.

Projects vary in size and scope and could require a few to dozens of volunteers, so businesses of all sizes are welcome to participate.

For volunteer program inquiries, contact Dee Dee Robillard at or 925-939-1916.

For more information about the Contra Costa Crisis Center, visit






This year’s Hearts of Gold Gala will celebrate the Contra Costa Crisis Center’s 50th anniversary of service. Each November a group of outrageously dedicated Contra Costa Crisis Center volunteers organizes an annual fundraising gala to support the Crisis Center’s programs. This elegant and fun event generates funding to keep life affirming and life-saving services available 24 hours a day and to keep them free of charge!

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Event Details

  • Diablo Country Club

    Diablo, California

  • Saturday November 2, 2013

    5:30 pm
    Cocktails & Hors D’Oeuvres
    Silent Auction

    7:30 pm
    Live Auction

    Fiat 500 Grand Prize Drawing

    Attire: Black Tie

  • The Rosemary Caldwell Award Recipient – 2013

    Audrey Bramhall

  • Master of Ceremonies

    Dan Ashley
    Co-Anchor ABC7

  • Auctioneer

    Ed Gold, Reynolds & Buckley

  • Presenting Sponsor



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Hearts of Gold Raffle

For the first time ever, the raffle includes not only a brand new Fiat 500, but a second prize of a Gold Paddle worth $5,000 in our live auction.

Register and RSVP by Saturday, October 25, 2013

For more information, call 925-939-1916 x100

Register Online Today