Community Outreach

ALASVC enthusiastically supports the Association's Community Connection, a global outreach effort to assist the volunteer organizations in our own neighborhoods, participating every year since inception and earning a spot on the CCW honor roll.  Past events are listed below.

Formerly known as Community Challenge Weekend, in January of 2012, CCW was restructured and is no longer exclusive to October, but instead is a year-round initiative that allows chapters to volunteer more often - and with more flexibility. 

For more information on Community Connection, follow the link:

Second Harvest 2014-0712HabitatForHumanity2014-1011

2013 RAFT 2013 Alzheimer's Walk

Summary of Community Projects




CCW Chairperson

Chapter President


OICW, East Palo Alto

Collect donations of professional clothing

Debbie Piker Sanders, Husam Hammad,
Linda Cunningham

Debbie Piker Sanders


Children's Shelter, San Jose

Collect donations of new
school supplies, toys,
costumes, etc.

Linda Cunninham, Debbie Piker Sanders

Linda Cunningham


KTEH, San Jose

Answer phones during
public television fundraiser

Liz Tan

Husam Hammad


Children's Shelter, San Jose

Sort food

Linda Cunningham & Debbie Sanders

Liz Tan


Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC)

Collect donations

Jan Balli



Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Collect money donations

Jan Balli

Jan Balli


Second Harvest Food
Bank, San Jose

Sort food

Bonnie Neary

Bonnie Neary


Second Harvest Food
Bank, San Jose

Sort food

Shawn Derfer

Jim Karkas


Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT), Santa Clara

Assemble learning kits for
students and sort supplies

Shawn Derfer

Annette Ross


Pathways Hospice Foundation, Sunnyvale

Assemble flu kits




Bring Me A Book Foundation, Mtn View

Assemble book covers

Shawn Derfer

Helen Ferentinos


Sacred Heart Community Services, San Jose

Sort food




The Smile Train

Collect money donations

ALA Headquarters



On Bay Area’s (HOBA) Contribute to Literacy
at RAFT (Resource Area For Teachers)

Assemble learning kits for
students and sort supplies

Shawn Derfer

Yvonne Mills


Career Closet clothing drive

Collect donations of
professional clothing




Project READ

Help provide a fun night for families with puppet shows, songs, crafts, snacks and a book to take home

Shawn Derfer

Sally Downing


Sacred Heart Community Service

Sort and organize donations




Second Harvest Food Bank

Organize, separate, and bundle meals in bags and boxes to be distributed to those in need.

Carol Altamirano

Jim Karkas


Family Giving Tree

Backpack and school supplies drive in support of the children in East Palo Alto

Christie Alexander-Ernst

Debbie Sanders


Second Harvest Food Bank

Prepare food for distribution



RAFT (Resource Area For Teachers)

Assemble educational kits for science, math and art teachers.

John Firth

Shelley Strong


Walk to End Alzheimer's

3K walk for Alzheimer's treatment, prevention and support programs



Sleep Train Foster Kids Pajama Drive

Collect donations from members of new pajamas to local foster children

Shirley LaBoy

Heather Larrick


Second Harvest Food Bank

Prepare food for distribution


Habitat For Humanity - Playhouse Program

Prepare materials for playhouses to benefit various organizations such as the Blue Star Moms


Heart & Soles 5K Walk/Run

Proceeds benefit Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County K-12 schools that want salad bars to promote healthier eating

Shirley LaBoy Heather Larrick