eBay Computer Camp for Girls

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SJWC is honored to partner with eBay for the annual eBay Computer Camp for Girls at SJWC. In its inaugural year in 2017, 30 girls from Horace Mann School, an International Baccalaureate World School, learned to code using Scratch. The girls enjoyed meeting eBay executives, including CEO David Wenig, eBay Fellow Nick Whyte, Chief Infrastructure and Architecture Officer Mazen Rawashdeh, and Chief Product Officer R.J. Pittman. Many thanks to all the eBay WIT mentors who taught the coding sessions!

The girls kept up their strength with delicious breakfasts and lunches during the week-long camp, served by volunteers from the San Jose Woman’s Club and thanks to our lunch and breakfast sponsors¬†Vitos NY Trattoria,¬†Catering for All Occasions,¬†Vegetarian House, Pegeen Reilly, Director, Business Operations/Chief of Staff, eBay Customer Connection; Mazen Rawashdeh, eBay Chief Infrastructure and Architecture Officer, and RJ Pittman, Chief Product Officer at eBay.

Each girl left camp with new found computer programming skills, an eBay backpack, a certificate of completion presented by San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, an eBay lunch bag, and a science kit. Special thanks to Subhashini Pushparaj, Senior Program Manager at eBay Marketplaces, and Kevin Thayer of eBay for donating the science kits.

Following the camp, eBay donated the 30 laptops used at camp to the Horace Mann Library, where the girls and all other students can access them to continue working with scratch and other learning tools.

A summer camp following the same model was held in July 2017 for both ¬†boys and girls. This session included two types of programming, Scratch and Python. Many volunteers from eBay and the San Jose Woman’s Club, Notre Dame High School and National Christian League¬†participated in the success of this camp. Lots of learning occurred and many beginning programmers were very creative.

Vegan Dinner benefiting Rancho Compasión

In 2017, Best Furry Friends teamed with South Bay Vegans Drinks to host a Celebrity Chef Vegan Dinner: Miyoko Schinner, benefiting animal sanctuary Rancho Compasi√≥n.  More than 100 attendees enjoyed an elegant evening of vegan food and wine and helped raise more than $8,000 for animal sanctuary Rancho Compasi√≥n. Monthly we attend events benefitting local organizations such at 13th Street Cat Rescue, Silicon Valley Pet Project, and Rancho Compasion.

Be a Dear Community Event

Each spring, the Be a Dear Section hosts a community for women in need.

This year, the Section is hosting an afternoon tea, CommuniTea on Wednesday, June 24. Women from local shelters and service organizations will attend the tea. Each table at the tea will be hosted by a woman of influence. Each woman will leave will a new bra and a SWAG bag.

In 2016, The Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere Section sponsored the MOD (Make Over Day) Project on Monday, May 16 in downtown San Jose at Women’s Gathering Place.

30 homeless women enjoyed lunch and a full makeover including several outfits that best fit their personal style, new makeup and a new hairstyle. Each woman left with several outfits, a portrait, and a SWAG bag.

Many thanks to the many volunteers and the organizations who participated: The Family Album Project, Gardner Family Health Network, San Jose City College РCosmetology, Mary Lou Manlove of ColorInsight, Community Health Partnership, Office of the Independent Police Auditor, San Jose Women’s Gathering Place and First Presbyterian Church of San Jose.And finally, a very special shout out to our sponsors: Strickland Family LLC and Lisa Buchannan!