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Committee Updates

Are you looking for more ways to get involved in our community? Joining an after school committee is a great way to do that. The After school committee program is currently looking to add new members for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Below is a list of the year long committees with a little information and a link to the interest survey to fill out if you so choose.

Homeless Support Committee:

The Homeless Committee researches the needs of the homeless people in Sacramento and El Dorado counties. They then plan and implement projects based on the needs in the community. The youth involved in this committee have the opportunity to work directly with agencies that support the homeless population within our service area.

Kids Oasis Committee:

The Kids’ Oasis Committee members host a bi-monthly children’s program at Green Valley Community Church (GVCC) in Placerville. The committee collaboratively designs crafts, coordinates games, regularly attends and runs the program while mentoring the children who attend Kids’ Oasis. This program is currently paused but the committee is continuing to find ways to stay involved with virtual projects and activities. They are also working with the Project Birthday Committee to create lending libraries for the community.

MAPS Committee:

The MAPS committee is a Hands4Hope partnership with Montessori Autism Programs and Services (MAPS) in El Dorado Hills. This committee is currently focusing on building a sensory garden at the MAPS campus. The garden will serve to create a place for MAPS youth to discover new sensory experiences in a safe place. This committee is open to youth of all ages.

Project Birthday Committee:

The Project Birthday Committee creates, plans, and hosts fun and interactive birthday parties for youth living At the White Rock Village Apartments. The committee works together cake making, shopping for and wrapping gifts, decorating and selecting games and other activities for the parties held each month. Currently these parties are on hold but the committee is working to create Birthday Boxes in partnership with Team Celebrate that include cake making supplies, party decorations and a small gift for each child having a birthday.

These committees are all currently continuing to meet and are working from a distance via ZOOM. The committee projects look a little different but they still continue to support the youth in our community.

Lending Library Update By Grace Brasil

Kids Oasis and the Project Birthday Committees are working on an exciting new project for children, lending libraries. They will use a simple honor system where people will give a book and take a book at the different locations of these tiny libraries. With many of the traditional county libraries closed due to the CoronaVirus, this provides people with an easy way to stay sharp by reading over the summer. These committees are working together to collect books, build the lending libraries, and to better our community.

School Supply Drive Information:

The School Supply Committee has started to meet via Zoom and is in the process of creating plans to collect supplies for the upcoming school year. They are researching different ways to collect supplies this year in hopes of maximizing the impact of collection while minimizing contact among the community donors. They will be collecting supplies in the month of July in preparation for the distribution event happening August 7th at Schnell School in Placerville.

Fall Festival Committee

The Fall Festival Committee is currently in the process of forming. Starting in July, the committee will begin meeting to plan the 4th Annual Hands4Hope Fall Festival Fundraiser to be held in El Dorado Hills Town Center. This youth-lead committee will be in charge of all aspects of the planning process from operations and finance, games and activities, marketing and fundraising, to volunteer management. This year’s planning committee will have the added challenge of evaluating the current state of the pandemic and working to create a fun and festive event that also adheres to the current COVID-19 safety protocols.

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