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Sandy Gabriellimerging with the 100 hour goal

I’m going to merge this goal with 100 hours of voluntary work

Once I decided to put a concrete measureable goal on it, it became much more of a challenge to complete. 7 months ago


MagentaPearl5 4 years ago


Sandy GabrielliPlanting walnut trees with the Mountain View tree people

“Tree planting is always a utopian enterprise, it seems to me, a wager on a future the planter doesn’t necessarily expect to witness.” -Michael Pollan’s Second Nature: a Gardener’s Education

I had signed up to be a tree planting volunteer at a table set up by mountainviewtrees.org at our local farmers market. Got an email and even though it was suppose to be rainy, I dragged myself over to the site. Turned out to be a break in the rain, which made it easy to dig. I help 2 bigger stronger guys dig the holes, which weren’t very big at all because we just had tiny trees.

When it came time to “plant” our second tree we invited a mom and her 3 kids to actually put it in the ground. There were lots of families with kids there. Two people had brought older girls, maybe 11 year olds and there were two families with 3-10 year olds like our group. The trees are next to a Senior center, day care and bike path. We made sure to have the mom take a great photo of the kids next to the tree so they can come back some day and look at it.

Great way to spend a Saturday. 14 months ago


Sandy GabrielliPlanting walnut trees with the Mountain View tree people

“Tree planting is always a utopian enterprise, it seems to me, a wager on a future the planter doesn’t necessarily expect to witness.” -Michael Pollan’s Second Nature: a Gardener’s Education

I had signed up to be a tree planting volunteer at a table set up by mountainviewtrees.org at our local farmers market. Got an email and even though it was suppose to be rainy, I dragged myself over to the site. Turned out to be a break in the rain, which made it easy to dig. I help 2 bigger stronger guys dig the holes, which weren’t very big at all because we just had tiny trees.

When it came time to “plant” our second tree we invited a mom and her 3 kids to actually put it in the ground. There were lots of families with kids there. Two people had brought older girls, maybe 11 year olds and there were two families with 3-10 year olds like our group. The trees are next to a Senior center, day care and bike path. We made sure to have the mom take a great photo of the kids next to the tree so they can come back some day and look at it.

Great way to spend a Saturday. 14 months ago


Sandy Gabriellidonated blood

I went to donate blood at the Red Cross after the hurricaine. I called to make an appointment but they didn’t answer or call back and I read that you could just walk in so I did. When I got there they said that there was a 2 hour wait but I had already driven there so I just stayed. It was only an hour and there was such a need on the east coast.

What I discovered, after the donation and waiting in the snack area is that only about 12% of people in our area can donate. I had no idea about the limitations. That made me feel even more responsible to donate regularly because I’m eligible. How could I have not understood all these years how important it is to donate blood if you can? It isn’t like I didn’t know about blood drives. Sometimes I’m amazed by my own cluelessness.

Afterwards I talked to my daughter about it and she told me that she had been a regular donor after my mom was hospitalized. She has not been able to for a couple of years because she has been pregnant or nursing but will continue. Again, I was clueless.

I felt really grateful to be healthy enough to do this. 17 months ago


Sandy GabrielliPackages for Soldiers

I joined in on an event last weekend where we packed “xmas” presents to be delivered to solders who are deployed in Afghanistan. There is a volunteer organization called “onebrick” that lists several opportunities and you just email them and show up at one. Its easier than joining a club. I saw that the were helping with this event on Veterans Day so I went.

There were hundreds of volunteers. They do this every month but this particular event allowed kids to participate and included all of the leftover candy donations from Halloween. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up. The “organizer” explained that these boxes were going all the way to the guys out in the field and could possibly be the only thing that they recieved by xmas because we had started early enough. She told us to remember to pack the boxes with love. I kept thinking about how they’d share what they got with each other and the local people they were with. Kept getting me choked up.

The kids and some adults were seated on long tarps and put little packages of candies into ziplock bags. Those were used to fill up the bottoms of larger boxes.

It was pretty disorganized. First we taped the bottoms of the boxes. Hundreds of boxes and not so many tape dispensers. Then we carried the boxes around from the back of the building to the front of the building. The kids put the candy in. Then the teen boys carried the boxes back to the back of the building and lined them up to be filled with other stuff.

The boxes were filled with other foods, books, dvds, cards, handwritten letters, handmade things, and all sorts of other stuff. Other boxes were filled with hygene products. Someone accidentally started putting the hygene stuff in with the foods so we had to undo a bunch of boxes.

Then the boxes got taped up and stacked into 3 big Military transport trucks. There was lots of candy in those boxes. I’m sure that those who recieve them will like it. 17 months ago


MovingForward73 17 months ago


Sandy GabrielliBone marrow registry

I sent my cheek swab in to the bone marrow registry. They mail you a kit with 4 swabs and you just swab your mouth and mail it back. Donating bone marrow is much easier now too.http://marrow.org/Home.aspx

Our friends son started the chemotherapy today. They were able to find 2 matches for him right away. Hope it works for him. Saying prayers for him and his little family. 21 months ago


Sandy GabrielliApricots hitting me in the head

Picked apricots on July 4th. We got 400lbs. That with the 1200lbs they picked on the weekend http://villageharvest.org/ went to a local food bank.
They are going back tomorrow too.

There were so many on the ground that were unusable after they had fallen. I guess the earth get fertilized that way.

It takes many hands to do this work. 21 months ago


Sandy GabrielliGlobal TBI Awareness Picnic - Local picnic

Brought water and other drinks to the 1st Global Brain Injury awareness picnic in San Jose. I know there was one in San Francisco that a co-worker was at too. 22 months ago


Sandy GabrielliProject 2: Unthwarted cherry picking

I got an invite back to pick with Village Harvest on Saturday so I DID! We picked 660lbs of cherries and sent them to various food kitchens. I even climbed a ladder which terrifies me, but had to do it to get all of the cherries! The trees are in a park being tended by one Americorps employee. She’s trying to pay back some student loans for her degrees in agriculture and food equity. She has some master gardners and volunteers. The trees were beautiful and there were just handfuls and handfuls of perfect cherries.

Going back next weekend to pick something else.

The fellow fruit pickers were a mix of dedicated volunteers, newcomers, and moms with slothlike texting teen daughters. They were so nice to me.

I was up on the ladder having a great conversation with an elderly chinese american woman about growing out of ethnic necessity to have the right veggie, life and children, the miraculous silicon valley food growing environment and had a momentary sense of “when the student is ready the teacher will appear”. Then she left and I was up in the top of the tree by myself. I thought, “Its lonely at the top”.

After 4 hours we sorted the good from the bad and filled box after box.A lady at the sorting table rattled off wonderful cherry pie, jam, and preservation tips. According to my fitbit I climbed 5 flights of stairs. A gleeful group of teenagers cheered when I told them that they may have burned off 800 calories.

It was a good day. I’m going back next weekend. 22 months ago


Sandy Gabriellia attempt thwarted

I tried to volunteer to pick cherries for Village Harvest on Saturday. They needed 20 and 50 people volunteered. They need more cherry trees. 22 months ago


Sandy GabrielliProject 1: A friend in need

I finally got to do a helpful project for someone. It wasn’t community service but it was close enough that I’m counting it. One down three to go.
My friend is a realtor. After a big slump, the market is picking up and she’s starting to have success selling, but she’s still pretty green. She sold a home a couple of weeks ago and mentioned to the seller that she’d throw her a going away party before she moved.
It turned out thet the seller decided to make a real party of it and invited about 90 people. So my friend was stuck for buying the supplies and for serving. She called me all confused. I offered to go help out.
It turned out to be very fun. Some other people also showed up with food. The people trickled in so it wasn’t so busy, and it was very fun. I acted like a hostess and filled peoples drinks, kept the food organized and filled and washed dishes as required. I left before the heavy drinking began but I think it was all going to be OK.
Nice to get that one done. 23 months ago


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schau982 5 years ago


Sandy Gabrielli43 acts of kindness

I always say I’m going to do this so I’m mixing it up with my count my Saturday goal. So the plan is to go get those Marbles that I found the other day and put them in a jar that reminds me of why I want to use my time wisely. I’ll take one out for each service project I complete and put it in my other jar. I’ll also take one out for each Saturday I don’t do the loving things I hope for in my life. Its all quantification but maybe you need to measure sometimes.

Have to figure out how to do this without taking too much of my time though. Ironic how we think we can do something without taking the time to do it instead of something else. Guess thats the point.

Found this beautiful poem by Pviel about the timelessness of his marbles. Maybe thats the thing. Kind acts are eternal. http://pviel.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/marbles-are-free/ 2 years ago


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I’d like to give back to the community by getting more involved. I think I will begin volunteering for the community outreach office this semester. 2 years ago


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