Feb 3, 2015

First Scholarships Awarded to Children in Poverty

Scholarship Award Recipients Awaiting Certificates
Scholarship Award Recipients Awaiting Certificates

On Friday, January 23, 2015, at the San Ramón Regional Museum, the Community Action Alliance (CAA) distributed scholarship certificates (redeemable only for school supplies, shoes and uniforms) to 23 young students in the greater San Ramon area; and of whom 19 were elementary students and 4 were high school students.  Each of those selected was nominated by a teacher or school administrator as performing at or above grade level and in need of financial assistance in order to remain in school.

The sonrisas y abrazos (smiles & hugs) of these happy students and parents at Friday’s presentation tell the real story—one of encouragement, opportunity, and gratitude.  CAA volunteers and globalgiving.org donors can all take pride in the success of these students, and continue to support them as they work toward high school graduation, and possibly a university degree.

CAA had originally planned to fund 20 scholarships for the first academic period of 2015, but because of the generosity of donors in the US and Costa Rica through Globalgiving.org, an additional $623 was raised in November, enabling CAA to provide scholarships for an additional 2 elementary students and 1 high school student, bringing the total number of scholarships to 23 awarded in this first period of 2015. This represents a financial commitment of 2,500,000 colones or the approximate equivalent of $4,720. Other CAA Education Committee fund-raising activities last year provided funding for the initial 20 students.

We will be able to increase the number of scholarships awarded in June, 2015 in the middle of the school year.  Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving donors, CAA has already received $4,455 in donations, nearly 30% of our goal of $15,000, insuring an additional 20+ students will be able to continue their education who would not otherwise have been able to do so.

Our goal of assisting 60 students is within reach with your support and with that of your friends and family members. The need in the San Ramon area is great and we hope you will consider making an annual donation to help further the dreams and aspirations of these hard-working students. A little bit of money goes a long way.

CAA Student Scholarship Award Recipients 1/23/2015
CAA Student Scholarship Award Recipients 1/23/2015
Dec 2, 2014

Thank You for a Wonderful Year!!! Our Project is Ending with this Farewell Report.

THANKS primarily to our Global Giving Fundraiser, The Community Action Alliance Animal Welfare committee raised over $10,000 for 2014 and spayed/neutered 430 street dogs (and a few cats), as well as providing emergency veterinary care, fostering litters born on the streets, and supporting adoption events.  

This past Sunday the Committee presented an educational program at Jorge Washington grade school in conjunction with other activities that day.  In addition to three speakers who addressed wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, Ana Rodriguez Del Valle from Oscar’s Oasis, and Karen Arce Rojas from 4 Patas de Puro Amor, spoke about spay/neutering.  They also showed heartwarming “Before” and “After” slides of a number of our successful rescues, and two of the dogs were there “in person” with their families.  The perfect ending?  Five puppies born to street dogs were adopted at the event! 

Please check out the photo gallery from the event at Jorge Washington school here:


As we close out a year successful beyond our wildest dreams, we are deactivating this Global Giving project. We hope you will consider supporting The Community Action Alliance Education Committee's new project helping the children of San Ramon who are living in poverty.


Warmest Regards,

Michele Gawenka, Ana Rodriguez Del Valle, Helene Wirt, and Karen Arce Rojas

Nov 23, 2014


Congratulations to Karen Arce Rojas, of 4 Patas de Puro Amor, for a successful adoption event at the fairgrounds in San Ramon.  This local rescue group routinely fosters litters born on the streets (most recently under a bench at the bus depot)  or abandoned in coffee fields. Sixteen puppies and five kittens born homeless were adopted, and the new owners all signed contracts to spay or neuter their pets when they're old enough (with partial financial assistance from the Animal Welfare Committee).  

The event included a costume contest and prizes donated by businesses in the community.  Check out the photos on our blog page, including a Chihuaha in a helmet and goggles ready to accompany its burly owner on a motorcyle!


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