DANCE DAZE in the COMMUNITY BLOG

Dance Daze Heads to San Rafael!

This spring, we have been working with two incredibly motivated students, who have worked tirelessly to create a free summer ballet and hip hop dance program in Marin County! The students, Onalli and Lauren, have taken on this venture to fulfill their school’s service-learning requirement, and they are doing a fantastic job!

Beginning next Saturday, June 22nd, and going through Saturday, August 10th, Onalli and Lauren will be teaching dance classes at the Albert J. Boro Community Center at Pickleweed Park! Dance Daze in Schools is proud to sponsor these girls and their R.O.S.E. (Real Opportunities for Service in Education) Dance Program!

Spring 2013 Update!

In comparison to last year, when I used to post about volunteer opportunities each month, I’ve been terrible about posting this year! Although I was busy earning my Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, I still made time to volunteer!

Back in January, we volunteered with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and helped clean up San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.image

In March, we volunteered with Sunday Streets and enjoyed keeping the streets cleared for pedestrians and bikers to enjoy a fantastic day on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.image

In May, we volunteered for Walk Now for Autism Speaks and cheered on walkers who were raising money for autism research.image

I hope you are having a fantastic end of spring and beginning of summer! Keep volunteering!

- Saumirah

Fundraiser Follow-Up

A few weeks ago, you helped Dance Daze in Schools raise over $300 to bring a free dance program to a Title 1 school in the San Francisco Bay Area! Though we didn’t meet our target goal of $500 for 8 weeks of dance classes, we are excited to bring a 5-week program to a school with the money that we raised!

We are reaching out to Bay Area schools that may qualify for this program. If you think you might know of a Title 1 school in the Bay Area that would love to have 5 weeks of free dance classes, please email info@dancedaze.org ASAP! We plan to have this program running during the fall of 2013!

The biggest THANK YOU to all who donated, shared, tweeted, re-tweeted, and liked our posts during our campaign week! You all are awesome, and we are so grateful for you! We can’t wait to post photos and videos from the program once it gets going!

Want to let us know you donated? Complete the Groupon Grassroots Donor Contact Form on the Dance Daze in Schools website.

#inspiration #optimism

#inspiration #optimism

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Bring Dance Daze to a Title 1 School!

The Dance Daze in Schools fundraising campaign to bring a FREE dance program to a Title 1 school has launched! We have 3 days remaining (until April 24th, 2013) to raise nearly $400 (we have already had 11 donations pledged!)!

Here’s how YOU can help out:

Thanks for your support!

Dance Daze Love,

Saumirah

Dance Daze® Brings FREE Programs to a Title 1 School

Hi Friends,

The Dance Daze in Schools Fundraising Campaign to bring a FREE dance program to Title 1 school in the Bay Area has gone LIVE! I hope you will support our cause and/or share the link with your friends and networks! 

Below is some information:
  • You can donate in increments of $10
  • Your card is only charged if we meet our goal of $500 by April 24th
  • 100% of donations go directly to Dance Daze in Schools
  • Dance Daze in Schools is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • The Dance Daze in Schools Federal Tax ID Number is: 45-3066147
  • Let us know if you donate! Complete this form: http://dancedazeinschools.org/home/groupon_grassroots_donors

Thank you in advance for your support!

— Saumirah

What School Should Get FREE Dance Classes?

In a couple of weeks, Dance Daze in Schools will be fundraising to provide a session of FREE dance classes to a school or community center in the San Francisco Bay Area. We want your input! What school or community center should get the free classes and why? Let us know! Drop us a comment or email your thoughts to: outreach@dancedaze.org

We Donated 125 Pounds of Food!

I last mentioned our food drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank over 3 months ago! Even though several months have passed, I wanted to let you know how we did with accomplishing the goal I set of doubling last year’s collection of 70 pounds of food. Well, we didn’t quite double the amount, but we were able to collect and donate 125 pounds of food this year! image

I can’t wait to try to raise twice this new amount in a couple of months!

I hope your 2013 is going well! I’ll try to get back to posting more once my schedule settles down a bit! In the meantime, be sure to follow the Dance Daze Intern Blog, where I occasionally post “Founder Blogs”: http://dancedazeinterns.wordpress.com/

All my best,

Saumirah

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving from Dance Daze®!

Happy Thanksgiving from Dance Daze®!

Update On Our Fall 2012 Food Drive

Our Fall Food Drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank is going well! Last year, we were able to donate 70 pounds of food. I am grateful that more people from our office have gotten involved this year! Together, I hope we’ll be able to double last year’s weight and donate at least 140 pounds of food to families in our communities. The photo featured in this post shows some food I purchased for our barrel last night!

Follow Dance Daze in the Community on Facebook to keep up with the status of our food barrel!

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Happy Veteran’s Day

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Happy Veteran’s Day

Fall 2012 Food Drive

Where does the time go? It has already been one year since we had our first Fall Food Drive to collect food for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which provides healthy meals to deserving families throughout Alameda County! Last year, with literally only a couple of volunteers, we collected 70 pounds of food and helped provide 54 meals to children, adults, and families in Alameda County. This year, with the help of our awesome Dance Daze Interns, we are hoping to collect twice as much food! Although this will be our main service project for the month of November, we are getting an early start! To keep up with our Food Drive efforts, like the Dance Daze in the Community Facebook Page! Also, be on the lookout for some of the fun community service projects we are working on this month, under the direction of our Saint Mary’s College of California Intern and Volunteer Coordinator!