Community

Making a Difference

WBE is very much involved in corporate giving both in time and money to non-profits and community programs. Everyone participates in giving back including our CEO/COO, executive team, managers, and employees. Our company has created a program in which each executive team member leads teams of employees to donate four hours of time each to local causes such as Marin Food Bank, North Bay Conservation Corps, St. Vincent DePaul, COTS, Homeward Bound, Earth Day, Novato Human Needs Center, and North Bay Children’s Center.

WBE Giving and Random Acts of Kindness Committees

In 2016, WBE donated $256,000 and has donated over $875,000 within the past five years. Our giving supports nonprofit organizations in our community as well as members of the WBE Family who are involved with their own personal volunteer efforts. As part of our community involvement, we’re privileged to work with a variety of nonprofits whose work helps enhance the lives of many in times of need. We also support organizations that provide important services to our communities through sports, awareness, and education.

Our Giving Committee and Random Acts of Kindness Committee are great examples of how WBE likes to go above and beyond. The Giving Committee meets on a regular basis and selects worthy programs and charities to donate to. They also hold “Lunch and Learns” in our Novato office in which the organization is invited to come and share information about their cause and all lunch proceeds are donated to them afterwards. The Random Acts of Kindness Committee randomly selects individuals/organizations and surprises them with unexpected benefits. These benefits can range from passing out gift cards to donating supplies to the local animal shelter.  Everyone is encouraged to participate as reflects in our Core Value #5: “We share a mission to make an impact on our local and regional societies. We strive to mentor, give back, donate, coach and serve others so that this world is a better place because of our existence.”

 

School Supplies Surprise

Our RAK committee decided to surprise one of our local Elementary schools with all sorts of supplies for their classrooms. Over 1,200 items were donated from pencils and paper to calculators and rulers we think it’s safe to say they were surprised!

Valley of the Moon

This past holiday season, our RAK Committee brought cheer to Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Foundation by exhausting their budget and donating five shopping carts full of toys, games, puzzles, etc. for the kids to have something to open on Christmas Day.

End Summer Hunger

Led by the Giving Committee each year, WBE employees participate in a food drive to support the Redwood Empire Food Bank and SF/Marin Food Bank. Empty barrels are placed to collect donations. This past year we were able to donate 452 pounds of food!

Petaluma Animal Services

A few members from our Random Acts of Kindness Committee delivered $1,000 worth of supplies to Petaluma Animal Services in order to help cover some of the items listed on their Amazon wish list. The supplies ranged from food and toys to beds and crates.

Target Giftcard Giveaway

As one of our Random Acts of Kindness activities, our team went out and passed out gift cards to shoppers in order to help cover their expenses. It is always fun to see people’s reactions when they receive a surprise like this. This is a nice way that we can make people’s days a bit brighter.

Poly Klass Breakfast

Our RAK Committee set up and provided breakfast for over 100 regional members of law enforcement, social service agencies, and foster care providers. This event was held to train all attendees on child trafficking and how to handle such cases.

We Care Packages

WBE proudly supports all members serving us and our country. Recent efforts by our Giving Committee included sending care packages to serving members in the states and overseas. Packages included signed card, food items, laundry supplies, baseballs, t-shirt, and more!

Blessing Bags

As part of our holiday giving last year, the Random Acts of Kindness Committee put together bags to give to those who are less fortunate. Each member took bags filled with snacks, water, gloves, socks and hygiene care to give away to whoever they passed that may be in need.

Mentor Me Lunch & Learn

A Lunch and Learn was held for the office to come together to learn more about “Mentor Me,”  a program whose mission is to match every child who needs a mentor with a caring adult to do so. We were able to contribute over $1,000 towards this great program!

Causes We Support

Boys and Girls Club
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Petaluma is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
COTS

COTS is an organization that empowers homeless families, veterans, and adults to rebuild their lives and find housing. COTS is nationally recognized for their programs that consistently achieve housing results at twice the national average.
SF-Marin Food Bank

SF Marin Food Bank advocates at the local, state, and national levels for policy reform and program improvements to assist people at risk of hunger.
Redwood Empire Food Bank

The Redwood Empire Food Bank is Sonoma County’s largest hunger relief organization, serving 82,000 individuals and families.
Matrix Parent Network

The Matrix Parent Network empowers families of children with Special Needs to successfully understand and access the systems that serve them.
Social Advocates for Youth

Social Advocates for Youth provides support, opportunities and hope to children, youth and families. We are dedicated to creating and supporting a caring community where all children, youth and families grow, thrive and succeed.
North Bay Children's Center

Since 1988, North Bay Children’s Center programs have demonstrated success inspiring young minds and transforming the lives of thousands of children.
Community Action Napa Valley

Since 1965, Community Action of Napa Valley has been helping to increase self-determination and self-sufficiency for low-income families, disadvantaged people, and senior citizens in our community.
Novato Human Needs

Novato Human Needs works to help low-income people overcome their crises and confidently move forward to achieve self-sufficiency.
Novato Youth Center

Novato Youth Center’s mission is to inspire and prepare youth to succeed. Annually they serve 2,800 youth and their families.
Marin Summer Theater

Marin Summer Theater is an award winning non-profit theater company for students of performing arts between the ages of 13 and 23. The MST company prepares and presents three fully-staged productions in a six-week summer season. MST’s mission is threefold: To present exciting, professional quality drama, musical theater and musical revue productions; to keep tuition as low as possible so that cost is not a barrier to participation; to create a diverse company of college and high school students.
Big League Impact

Big League Impact is dedicated to creating VIP physical and digital experiences that unite fans with professional athletes, celebrities and musicians in an effort to raise money and awareness for effective organizations in the US and abroad.
Bowl for Kids' Sake North Bay

For over 40 years, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies throughout the country, serving as the premier fundraising “Thank You” party.
CYO Camp

CYO Camp is is a community where children of all religious backgrounds feel comfortable participating in youth-centered programming-including our value based themes of community, stewardship, and friendship.
Westminster Woods Camp

The mission at Westminster Woods is to foster the development of character, community, and science literacy in students through experiential outdoor education.
YMCA

YMCA community initiatives are for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Their organization priorities address holistic health for all, young and old.
Valley of the Moon Children's Home Foundation

The Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Foundation is committed to continuing efforts to positively impact the present and future lives of abused, abandoned and neglected children in Sonoma County.
Beyond Differences

Every student should feel accepted, included, and valued by their peers. Beyond Differences works directly with middle and high school students, on campuses and online, to help them promote social inclusivity within their schools.
Dominican College

With specialized academic tracks geared towards particular professions, Dominican College provides the benefits of a broad-based liberal arts education.
Voices Foundation

The Voices Foundation helps children and young people to learn to sing and develop as musicians.
Petaluma Animal Services Foundation

Petaluma Animal Services Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit, with an emphasis on no-kill, high outcomes sheltering in our service ares. Petaluma Animal Shelter handles all animal control and adoption services for the city of Petaluma and animal control services for the cities of Calistoga, Cloverdale and Healdsburg.
Rip City Riders

Rip City Riders California strive to establish a positive image for motorcycle enthusiasts and are not affiliated with any clubs or organizations. Their mission is to benefit Marin and Sonoma counties through charitable events and donations and to support other organizations that help the less fortunate in their communities.
Judy Fund

The Judy Fund was established by Marshall M. Gelfand and his family at the Alzheimer’s Association in 2003 in loving memory of his wife, Judy Gelfand. Since its inception, this family fund has raised and invested more than $7 million in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association with one clear mission: To help create Alzheimer’s survivor-ship for future generations.
Miracle League

The Miracle League’s mission is to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle LEague baseball, regardless of their abilities.
Be The Match

Be The Match saves lives through cellular therapy. Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. It can happen to anyone, at any time. But so can a cure- a marrow or cord blood transplant.
Mentor Me

Mentor Me’s mission is to match every child who needs a mentor with a caring adult. 1 in 3 children will grow up without a mentor.
CalSERVES

CalSERVES programs are designed to meet the needs of California’s children, families and communities facing the complex challenges associated with poverty.
Conservation Corps North Bay

Conservation Corps North Bay achieves their mission by providing a diverse group of youth and young adults with opportunities to transform their lives through paid work, education, employability, civic engagement, and leadership.
Friends of Stafford Lake

The Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park is a nonprofit organization specifically formed to support the Marin County Parks and Open Space District’s efforts to build and maintain the Bike Park at Stafford Lake County Park.
San Francisco SPCA

As the fourth oldest humane society in the U.S. and the founders of the No-Kill movement, the SF SPCA has always been at the forefront of animal welfare. As a result of their efforts and those of their community partners, San Francisco has the lowest euthanasia rate of any major city in the United States. No adoptable dog or cat in San Francisco goes without a home, even if they have medical or other issues.
Salvation Army

The Salvation Army assesses the needs of each community in which they serve. They work to understand the obstacles, hardships, and challenges native to the area’s particular population.
Marin School of the Arts

As a specialized program within the Novato High School, MSA offers students who are passionate about the arts the benefits of a traditional high school with strong academics combined with college-level arts training.
North Bay Leadership Council

Over twenty five years ago, business leaders founded the North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC) on a simple premise: We can accomplish more by working together. Their members represent a wide variety of businesses, non-profits and educational institutions.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention funds research to improve interventions, train clinicians in suicide prevention and advocates for policy that will save lives.
Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Lazarex Cancer Foundations improves the outcome of cancer care, giving hope, dignity and life to advanced stage cancer patients and the medically underserved by providing assistance with costs for FDA clinical trial participation, identification of clinical trial options, community outreach and engagement.
Casa Allegra Community Services

Casa Allegra Community Services provides community, education, and employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. They are the voice for all blood cancer patients and they work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.
Jessica's Haven

Jessica’s Haven’s mission is to be a small dog rescue that offers vocational and social opportunities to individuals with disabilities-they prefer saying people with different abilities.
Elton John Aids Foundation

The Elton John AIDS Foundation believes that AIDS can be beaten. Their goal is to create and AIDS-free future for everyone in the world.

You have arrived in our lives at the most opportune time. Your donation has made up for our major budget cut at our family shelter. Your gift will allow us to reinstate several items for our children

Rev. Linda S. Powers

Program Director, Samaritan Family Shelter

It’s gratifying to know that we have the support of everyone at WBE. You’re the best!

David Goodman

Executive Director, Redwood Empire Food Bank

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