Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Research Essay Draft
Respond to minimally one classmate's essay. Look at how well he or she answered the questions, after stating the problem. Did the writer define social entrepreneur? Are there any questions you want answered? If so, ask them. Is the essay well-organized, if not, ask clarifying questions so the writer can address your concerns. List five things about the essay that the author does well. Oh, how is the MLA?
Make sure you include the outline and the works cited page.
Mrs. Wanda Sabir
13 May 2009
Alameda Meals on Wheels
As one ages and the good times roll by, it becomes harder to physically do
things on your own. Whether it be because of a disability or because old age
caught up to you. No one wants to feel dependent on another, but sometimes your
physical body leaves you no other choice. There comes a time when you find it difficult to
get out of bed, wash yourself, or even put together a decent meal. Luckily, there are those
few good people that want to help the disabled in any way, shape, or form. Alameda Meals
on Wheels is a foundation that helps make the days of the disabled go a little less stressful
and a lot more relaxing. Social entrepreneur is defined as "A person who uses creative
business practice to start a social services organization." (Dictionary.com) The director of
AMOW, and social entrepreneur herself, Rosemary Reilly along with a number of different
chairmen commit to the success of this great program. With the economy in such bad shape
as it is, it's leaving retirees no other choice but to go back to work. One could have worked
for over 50 years but when the prices of gas, food, and clothing rise, who else is going to
be able to pay for them? The resources are becoming more scarce as we speak. It's going to
be a long while until this country gets back on top of things. The Alameda Meals on
Wheels is happy to help during this tragic time. They deliver mid-day meals to any person
that feels that they don't have the ability to create their own meal. Some might think that you
would have to be a certain age to have this kind of help considering more than half of the
customers they deliver to are over the age of 50, but the truth is that there is no age limit and
you don't have to be on disability to receive this help. Although AMOW limits their
deliveries to residents in Alameda, there are a number of different Meals on Wheels in other
cities across Alameda County. Besides the delivery of food to the residents, they came up
with another program called the Alameda Friendly Visitors Program in September of 2004.
This is for if volunteers want to visit the residents they could either visit them at the
hospital, or their home and keep them company for a few extra hours out of the day. Kathy
Miranda, director of Alameda Friendly Visitors Program, and Rosemary Reilly have
changed lives in more ways than one, and gave the people who want to help an easy access
to do so.
Founded in 1973, Alameda Meals on Wheels is no stranger to this city. AMOW
delivers seven days a week, holidays included to roughly about 140 residents of Alameda.
This organization is locally funded, and has volunteers deliver the meals. These volunteers
range from the age of 7 through 65. Most of the volunteers are teenagers in high
school who get service hours for the delivery of a meal once a week. These special meals
are made by the staff at Bay View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and are kept in a tin
container to keep the food hot, and fresh for the residents. The cost to have a meal everyday
is determined upon if the customer is comfortable with it. Some customers don't pay
anything while some pay the maximum expense which is $6.00. Founder and committed
board member for 25 years, Hugh Tebault passed away in May of 2007. This shocking,
and sad news did not stop them from becoming more of a success just as Tebault wanted.
There are many chairpersons that help this program run smoothly. One of which is Ed
Kofman. He joined the team in 1990 and hasn't stopped yet. Some of the roles that he's
served were leading the board, refining the mission, giving out roles and responsibilities of
board members, holding the position of office of treasurer for 7 years, and the President on
the Board for about 9 years now.
The Alameda Friendly Visitors Program was founded in September of 2004 and
Kathy Miranda is now the director. This program is to help cure the loneliness of a senior
who is stuck in a hospital bed all day and sees no one except for nurses and doctors or
stuck at home with no ability to go outside and no one to be around. The hours spent with
the recipients is limited to their interests, and physical mobility. This is very different from
delivering meals, this requires a mass amount of questions for both the volunteer and the
recipient. First, the recipients are interviewed and asked questions based on personality,
certain needs, hobbies and such. The volunteers are also interviewed with similar
questions, and they would be trained, and given a full background check. When the results
are in, Kathy would pick the matches that are most compatible and friendships that were
formed from the beginning would now have an even stronger bond at the end. Recipients,
from the very start, have said nothing but positive comments that have truly helped them
with their long days. "My visitors are absolutely wonderful! We talk about families, our
problems and the world. This makes me feel like I am a part of the outside world." Says
recipient of the AFVP.
With a program so widely known, it's only fair that it has an outrageous amount of
sponsors helping it out. AMOW has about 32 different businesses that sponsor them.
These sponsors range from Alameda Magazine, Bank of Alameda, Peet's Coffee,
and Wal-Mart. This organization is a house-hold name by now. Volunteer work can be
more rewarding than someone could imagine. The feeling of putting a smile on someone's
face for doing something as little as delivering their lunch says a thousand words. The time
and energy that some of these directors put into this program are reasons why it's so
successful. It takes a lot to be the need of someone on disability, or to be the one putting
that smile on an elderly woman's face. But the committed volunteers, and the unbreakable
chairmen know what their doing. Coming from a first-hand experience, seeing their smiling
faces always puts a smile on the volunteer's faces. It doesn't matter if you get lost on the
way to the house, or you forget their small snow-globe as a special treat when delivering
near Christmas time, all that matters to them is knowing that they had someone care enough
about them to wake up every morning and feed them when they couldn't do it themselves.
The recipients will be forever grateful for this cause. Alameda Meals on Wheels' great
success will live until the end of time. It doesn't take much time to do something that means
the world to someone else.
Rosemary Reilly - Director of Alameda Meals on Wheels
English 201 B
5 May 2009
Niko Everett: Girls For a Change
"The simple act of listening and believing in [the girls] meant the world to them. Having
an adult in their life that they could talk to without judgment changed the way they thought about
themselves and their world." says Coaches from Girls For a Change. Now it's becoming harder
and harder for young women to find positive role models. It's difficult when you do not have
someone there to look up to for support or advice, and in result of that, some choose the wrong
path and make bad decisions. Girls for a Change is here to help and guide these young ladies and
women to change for the better and also help them help others. GFC gives these young ladies and
women the opportunity to see outside of how they were living and how the environment can
change all together if they can help one another out. Although Niko Everett did not experience
pregnancy, drugs, and gang activities, she had an interest in helping those young girls and women
into the right path because inspiring these ladies to making extraordinary decisions and seeing
the outcome touched her heart. Social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem
and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and mange a venture to make social
Girls For A Change is an organization that helps teens and women change and also lead
social change. This organization started in 2002 in San Jose, CA and has been really successful
ever since. GFC was founded by a social entrepreneur, Niko Everett, who is also the co-founder
of Young Women Social Entrepreneur. Everett grew up in New York and was the first person in
her family to go
to college, her mother was a waitress and her father was a carpenter. After graduating college
Everett moved to California to help watch a family friend's house, she worked as a waitress in a
restaurant. Everett was very unhappy and had no friends. She envied the professionals that would
come in the restaurant to eat, so Everett went out and searched for a job. Everett found a job and
started working at Cross Cultural Community Center, leading a self esteem workshop, then Girl
Scouts where she worked with young teen girls who were in middle school in the low income
neighborhoods. Everett herself grew up in the low income neighborhood as a child. Everett
started out from scratch not having any knowledge in this type of work. Everett majored in a
graphic design and art history, but really enjoyed helping females but never seen it as a job.
Everett realized more women doubted themselves than men. Working with many middle school
girls, Everett noticed a lot of them had low egos and wanted to change that.
At first, Everett had a job as a public speaking teacher, was also a dorm mother and was
reading about adolescent girls and was intrigued by it and thought to herself that it'd be a great
job. Everett sent out her resume to multiple organizations but none of them responded and she
was really crushed. Observing these girls who have no one to go to for support and just dealing
with difficulties in life just caught her attention. Working with these young girls really motivated
her. Girls need that positive role model to look up to when things get tough and GFC helped
Girls who have participated in this organization gained many friends and support. They don't
only help and support the girls but also encourage these girls to want to change the community
for the better. Everett wanted to help let these girls know that if you set your mind on something,
you can make it happen. There are girls out there that give up on hope and for the women in GFC
who wants to lend a helping hand really shows these girls that things can come around.
Everett got the community's support for the project by donation, corporate sponsorship,
and in-kind donations. She had investors and corporate partners from Sephora Inc, Bank of
America, Intel and American Express. She worked really hard to raise money to fund Girls for a
Change national expansion. GFC has spread to other communities outside of the Bay Area and
California; Baltimore, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, VA., Silicon Valley and even
international for example India. It has impacted many lives all over. GFC teamed up with
Sephora to help open the eyes of the women and girls that they are powerful, brilliant, and
beautiful. The money purchased to a Sephora bag, $3 goes to donating to GFC.
Everett gained experience in helping people set their minds to something and help them
accomplish things. She started out with very little friends when she first moved here in California
and after finding her orgnaization, she has gained many friends. Most of her close friends are
from her organization. She has also won many awards and honors such as Draper Richards
Foundation fellowship for social entrepreneurs in 2007, one o the "40 under 40" up and comers
in The Silicon Valley business Journal, and KQED Local Her (Women's History Month). Every
year, they celebrate with the girls, women, and community supporters because without them,
GFC would not be what it is now.
They did not realize there were local woman who made such
an impact in our community for the younger generation. They feel that Niko Everett reminds all
of them that they may not know what they want in life, but that's what life is all about, demise
and rise, everyone will eventually find their calling.
Boona Cheema Social Entrepreneur
A Social entrepreneur are people who have an organization that assume the risk of a business or enterprise. It’s someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage to make social changes. Social entrepreneurs makes a difference for people. They try to help improve community and environment at the best of their abilities. The social entrepreneur Boona Cheema is an interesting person because she’s one of the top people that are known to help people. She’s done so much in her life, for so long. Boona Cheema works with Alameda county, California with the people who need them extra help; for example adults who face homelessness and many children who are also in desperate family circumstances: HIV/AIDS, domestic violen ce, or bad health problems. Boona Cheema works for the organization called BOSS, she is the director of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency. BOSS provides a range of health programs to help people achieve the most possible health and wellness to support stable independent living. There offering respite from the street and a connection to life-changing support. The programs that BOSS has is shelter programs, transitional housing programs and employment programs. How they do that is they get recommendation from Alameda County. Or homeless just come to there office saying they need services and for mentally ill people they have to have prove, that they see a therapist on a regular bases. BOSS has several groups also like drug/alcohol recovery groups, peer support group and socialization , and life skills workshop. California has a lot of problems to be changed around. Boona Cheema has lived in California and most likely everyone knows how much our country needs the help, from poverty to sicknesses, and jobless people. It’s nice getting to know what Boone Cheema does; especially since she helps our community. Boona Cheema decided to help people in the community and helps make a difference and changes for people. That’s nice someone like Boona lives in the Bay area because people are really thankful for the support she has been giving to people.
Boona Cheema is a unique person. For twenty years Boona has dedicated her life to her community. Boona the BOSS executive director of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, has largest provider for homeless and people of low income in Alameda County. They have fought homeless, hunger, and poverty by creating housing, job support services, and opportunities. She built shared groups between service providers.
Boona was born in Peshawar, now called Pakistan (then India), on August 6, 1945, the day Hiroshima was bombed. She was born into a family of Sikhs, that is people part of an Indian religious group. She was a victim of the partisan riots that happened in India during the struggle to end British colonial rule. Her father Dr. Amrik Singh Cheema, was a civil servant and agricultural expert. Her mother, Raminder Kaur Gill, was a village organizer and farmer. Boona Cheema was one of three children. One brother Jatinder Cheema works for USAID/Africa; the other brother of hers, Jagdeep Cheema, is a farm consultant and organizer of young farmers in India as refugees. When she was two years old, Cheema saw how much violence that took place during separation
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Boona Cheema had personal experience with her son being mentally ill then later made her want to volunteer with war-wounded children, Boona has been committed for more than 35 years to human rights, social justice, and helping to make better opportunities and resources for people that need help. Boona also the BOSS organization which she is the director of has thousands of homeless people, ill people and people that just been struggling with problems. They have made a difference. And still until this day they are still supporting our community. I’m glad to know people in our community are being helped. Just knowing people are happy because of what they have and how they are being supported, makes Boona Cheema happy, because she’s feels for them and she’s being thanked for it. I love helping people, I always feel good about myself when I do. Boona Cheema is a great, strong woman who I admire, Boona is an inspiration.
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Boona Cheema. "Letter to the Community." The Berkeley Daily Planet
Tuesday October 19, 2004: Page 1.
www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/article/19901. 3 May 2009 Sept 8,2008
Berekeley Homeless commission. Torn Reed. Meeting Minutes.
May 5, 2009
BOSS Team. "Building Opportunities Self suffiency BOSS.”
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BOSS community organization Team. www.createpeaceathome.org/
BOSS Organization. www.selfsufficiency.org/what/health/wellness/
May 20 2009
A Social Entrepreneur Dr. Joseph Marshall
The youth of the Bay Area has a higher rate of being dead or in jail than being 'Alive and Free'. Dr. Joseph Marshall Jr. a social entrepreneur of San Francisco, CA. He felt the need to give back to his community by starting a nonprofit organization for the youth. An organization for youth where they can have a safe environment to hang out while learning to be successful at the same time. Social entrepreneurs are people that point out a problem in their community and start up their own business to change the social problem. Social entrepreneurs are dedicated to fixing the problem(s) of their community with a vision of a better future. Dr. Marshall jr. Took on the role of being social entrepreneur to improve his own community.
Dr. Joseph Marshall jr. Has taken the responsibility to give back to his community by starting a nonprofit organization for the youth. It is said that we are a product of our environment, Dr. marshall grew up in a single mother home in the rough area of Los Angeles. One day he picked up a book about Malcolm X and read what it had to offer his brain. The words of Malcolm X inspired and changed his thinking process causing him to look at life more optimistically. He refers that book to every man he meets, because he feels it is for every man to learn from. It even inspired him to write his own book, Street Soldier One Man's Struggle to Save a Generation, one Life at a Time.
Many people have experienced and heard how Omegas Boy Club has affected many people in the San Francisco, Bay Area. There has been said many people who wished there was an Omega Boys Club in their own city or State. Dr. Marshall and the staff of Omega expands as much as possible by teaching everything they teach in Leadership Classes to Elementary and Middle School classes. “Coach” Wilburn Jigetts spread so much wisdom before he passed in 2003 “the more you know, the more you owe” is one of his coachism that would represent what Omega is. Coach Jiggetts was the elder of The Omega family, like the grandfather, every year Omega celebrates his life with a memorial celebration. The Omega team has traveled the world to share the works of being “Alive and Free”. Omega has done its job by making an impact in its community to keep the youth “Alive and Free”. Yet, in reality there job is not done, because their plan is to keep the movement going on forever. Omega has not decreased the rate of violence, but it has increased the knowledge of the consequences of violence. Many people have participated in Omega keeping youth and adults out of street decreasing the statistic rate in San Francisco area, bay area. My life has personally changed from Omega. I have taken the Leadership classes, that has given me a different aspect on life on the way I handle every day situations. Out of all the programs that Omega had to offer the Black College Tour that they paid half for. I was able to visit the college of my dreams that I always told Dr. Marshall about. We were able to meet new people, have fun, and learn black history. Dr. Marshall told me that If “I claim something as mine it will be mine”, so I claimed Clark Atlanta University to be my school that I transfer to. The leaders of Omega teach us respect and I have nothing, but respect for everybody in the Omega family.
A Social Entrepreneur is a person who realizes the issues in their community. They find solutions to the problems by creating businesses that can help the issues. The businesses are usually non-profit, because they are more concerned for the change and not the money. No pun intended. Dr. Marshall has fit these categories of being a social entrepreneur by creating Omega Boys Club. Dr. Marshall is a role to his community and his idea will live on forever.