The Central Valley Saints, a chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association, staged a food drive recently to benefit the Riverbank Christian Food Sharing agency. Club members visited more than 600 homes Oct. 29 asking for donations. Then they picked up some of the goods while other donors delivered items to the food bank’s truck Nov. 2 at a park in Riverbank’s Crossroads community. The club generated more than 70 boxes of nonperishable food items. Riverbank Christian Food Sharing helps more than 100 families each month.
The drive was organized by club Vice President Jake VanVliet and involved about 10 members of the club who scoured the neighborhoods in search of food contributions.
Court nominee has Valley link
Former Modesto resident John Owens, nominated for a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, proceeded through a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
He was introduced by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Owens spent his summers in the Central Valley while attending school in the South Bay. Owens completed his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in 1993, and graduated first in his class at Stanford Law School three years later. He worked for Judge J. Clifford Wallace, and served as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. His most recent position was with Munger Tolles & Olson law firm in Los Angeles.
Mom of four receives car
Paula McDowell of Modesto on Friday drove off in a Ford Focus, the reward for graduating from the First Step Perinatal Treatment Program in 2004 and staying clean and sober ever since.
HelpPoint, the Alfred Matthews auto dealership and Mark Buckley Insurance donated the car in conjunction with Sierra Vista Child & Family Services.
Since completing First Step, McDowell earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of Phoenix in 2012. She is a house director at Valley Recovery Resources’ Redwoods Corson House, a sober living facility for sober mothers attending or completing treatment and their young children. McDowell is a single mother of four children ranging in age from 10 to 18. The family members are clients of the Sierra Vista agency.
Farmers Insurance donated the wrecked vehicle, while local businesses donated parts and materials and the Alfred Matthews dealership provided labor to repair it.
Scholarship drive yields $23,875
Donations of 47 individuals and businesses generated $23,875 for scholarships at LearningQuest–Stanislaus Literacy Centers in Modesto.
The Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation pledged to match up to $10,000. Community members contributed $13,875 in the drive that began Sept. 1 and concluded Oct. 31. The money will provide scholarships of $500 for students to attend evening GED classes beginning in January.
Engineers install president
The Modesto Engineers Club recently installed Evangelina Paoluccio as its incoming president at the annual officer installation dinner. She is the 82nd president. The organization has 65 members and meets monthly in Modesto.
Modesto City Schools’ September heroes
Modesto City Schools named its heroes for September. They are Jill Burford, a special day teacher at Gregori High; Phuc Pham-Goulart, a special education program manager/interpreter who voluntarily added Grace Davis High to her workload; John Newton, a network technician in computer systems; and Cindy Wyeth, a Gregori High parent volunteer and the school’s Future Farmers of America president.
40 years of volunteering
Bob Bettencourt celebrated his 40th year this week as a volunteer with the Hughson Fire Department. He is a captain.
Submit items for Success & Service to firstname.lastname@example.org.