Land Park area area nonprofits gear up for the May 5 BIG Day of Giving

The mission of

My Sister’s House,

3053 Freeport Blvd, No. 120, is to serve Asian and Pacific Islander and other underserved women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by providing a culturally appropriate and responsive safe haven, job training and community services.

Slow Food Sacramento,

1010 4th Ave. is a local chapter of an international organization that advocates for “Good, Clean, and Fair Food For All”. Conviviality is central to its mission.

The Sacramento French Cultural Society,

2634 28th St., is committed to organizing and presenting stimulating, entertaining, and challenging signature events designed to bring people together in celebration of French culture through film and the arts.

Capital Film Arts Alliance,

PO Box 188093, aims to be the region’s most respected organization of active film and digital producers, craftspeople and artists within all visual media crafts, and to contribute to the development of the Sacramento-Sierra film industry, economy, and its people.

Galena Street East Productions,

2770 21st St., serves the community through entertainment presented by professionally trained young performers and to provide uplifting programs that educate and inspire. For participants to grow from nervous to brave in every aspect of their life.

Meals on Wheels by ACC,

7375 Park City Dr., promotes the general welfare and to enhance the quality of life for older adults by identifying, developing, and providing culturally sensitive nutritious meals and related activities.

ACC Senior Services,

7334 Park City Dr., promotes the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for our community by identifying, developing and providing culturally sensitive health and social services for older adults.

The following was a submitted profile the local nonprofit, ACC.

Aging well at ACC
“I just want to thank you and your staff for providing such a wonderful service for seniors… I want to thank you tremendously… I just can’t thank you guys enough!” That comment was left on the voicemail at ACC Senior Services. ACC, which has been in the Pocket/Greenhaven neighborhood since 1987, provides community-based programs and services for seniors and family caregivers. The goals of the programs are to help seniors age well and live as independently as possible. The compliment was left for ACC Rides, a transportation service run by a handful of staff and 100 volunteers. ACC Rides takes seniors living in nine zip codes in Sacramento County, to doctor appointments, dialysis, grocery shopping, senior lunch centers, and more. Maybe you’ve seen their wheelchair accessible vehicles with the distinctive round logo, dropping off seniors at Kaiser or at the bank.
ACC offers classes and workshops through the Lifelong Learning & Wellness Program. Classes and clubs include Pickleball, the fastest growing sport for seniors, ping pong, and aqua fit. We hear Hawaiian music played by the ukulele clubs and rock ‘n roll by the guitar clubs. The boom boom boom of taiko drum lessons inspires us in the afternoon. Seniors waltz at ballroom dance classe, line dance, and do hula. There are five different types of tai chi classes, four different types of yoga classes, including “Senior Yoga,” swimming lessons in the summer, and a whole range of computer, photography, and videography classes. The Utilities Education program helps people understand their phone and PG&E bills and help with disputed bills with the companies.
A special focus of ACC programs is serving family caregivers, individuals and families taking care of a senior loved one. The Bridge to Healthy Families offers caregiver support in the form of care plans, referrals, home safety assessments, in-home respite and more. Volunteers assist in many ways at ACC, from driving for ACC Rides, to teaching classes, to helping in the office. Volunteer Jo says, “There’s a variety of things to do, the people are nice, and I feel wanted.” Both Jo and Volunteer Shirley say, “I like talking to people and helping out the seniors.” Funding for these programs comes from nominal fees, grants, and donations.
This year, ACC is participating in the 2nd annual Big Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The Big Day is an online 24-hour giving challenge brought to the region by the local community foundations,

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