Sewa Bay Area is one of the most active Sewa chapters with a wide range of projects and activities like Case Management, Serve community projects partnered with local nonprofits, the Lead high school community service program, and a summer mentorship for college students. This chapter continues to grow and help families in the San Francisco Bay Area regardless of color gender, race, religion, or national identity. All are encouraged to participate, volunteer, and donate to this growing chapter.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Camp-fire which started on November 8, 2018 killed at least 88 people and destroyed 15,000 structures, including homes and businesses. It virtually wiped out the entire town of Paradise, while Concow and Magalia were the other two cities that were severely affected. Nearly 50,000 people were evacuated, and many rendered homeless. It has been deemed the most destructive fire in the history of California. It has affected most of the residents hailing from lower income groups who were not sufficiently insured. More.
Join Bay Area Sewa International team in Sewing Masks for Healthcare Workers
Appeal to all who can sew or drive to pick up/drop off masks. If you can donate money or raw material needed for masks that will also be very helpful.
Please sign up to sew as many masks as you can or sign up to help pick them up & drop them off to Bay Area hospitals.
For the fabric please use 100% cotton cloth only
Please find more detailed instructions at the links below:
This project is coordinated by Sewa International Bay area volunteers
LEAD Bay Area 2020 - A Program for High School Students
LEAD is a Sewa International's Youth Engagement Program, engaging High School Students(including 8th Graders) to serve the greater community and experience the joy of giving with compassion to create a positive impact. It introduces socially conscious leadership to young enthusiastic volunteers. The program is an excellent opportunity for High School students to earn community hours.
Applications for LEAD 2020 Youth Engagement Program are now open. This is a great opportunity to meet socially aware community leaders, develop leadership, teamwork and organizational skills, serve community and have fun along the way besides achieving Sewa recognition and USA President’s award. (Go to Registration for more Details ...)
Annual Registration Fee: $100 / student. Fees pay the costs of the program throughout the year.
Parents need to sign up to volunteer for a minimum of 2 Sewa activities.
The Bay Area chapter of Sewa International initiated the ASPIRE After-School program in 2019 in order to reduce gaps in education for students in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto. While the school district serves a diverse population of 4500 students across seven public schools, it faces serious challenges such as low educational rankings, a high proportion of low-income students, and homeless students.
With the mission of empowering students intellectually, emotionally and socially, ASPIRE began its pilot program at Costano Elementary School in East Palo Alto in May 2019 and continued till the end of the academic year. Working with fourth-grade students in the after school program during weekdays from 3 to 6 pm, our volunteers helped students with their homework, math, and reading, and engaged them with creative activities.
Relief And Rehabilitation
Sewa Bay Area has been actively helping California Camp Fire victims from immediate relief, to rehabilitation and currently on to rebuilding tiny homes for the victims. Learn more on how you can support.