Community Engagement through Volunteering

I have been volunteering in San Bruno for a long time. I learned to help others from my mom. She showed me to help as much as you can. My first volunteering opportunity was managing a San Bruno Bronco Baseball team. I remember walking through city hall and saw a tv message listing that baseball managers and coaches were needed. This was the start of a long and wonderful experience. I managed and coached Bronco, Fall Ball, and Pony for about seven seasons. I took a break to start my own family and returned to manage and coach when my son was ready for Tee Ball, Junior Pee Wees, and Pee Wees. I squeezed in coaching for the Junior Giants too. I look forward to coaching Bronco baseball next year.

San Bruno Lions and the Rotary Club
of San Bruno

I am a member of both of these iconic San Bruno clubs. I can do more for our community as a Lion and a Rotarian. We seek out volunteer opportunities to help our community. If you are interested in learning more about the Lions or the Rotary please let me know. The San Bruno Lions have provided free Vision Screening for San Bruno students for many years. Furthermore, in response to Covid, the San Bruno Lions launched the Lion Ambassador Program where each school has a designated Lion Ambassador that works directly with each principal to help with staff appreciation and coordinating volunteer projects. I am Ambassador Program Chair and the Belle Air School Ambassador.

Furthermore, the San Bruno Lions’ were able to obtain a grant from the San Bruno Community Foundation for an emergency food pantry for San Bruno Students. Posy Parade…

I am extremely honored to share “Lion of the Year” for the second year in a row. “Lion Marty continually motivated me with opportunities to help our community. We spent many hours meeting with school leaders and business owners looking for ways our club could make a difference in the community. He then showed a complete willingness to put in the necessary work to ensure each project was a success!”

Lion President Greg Pierce 2021-2022

The Rotary also sponsors various community projects:

San Bruno Star with a Heart – an individual from San Bruno’s local government, private business or school community will be recognized and rewarded for making a positive difference in San Bruno.

San Bruno Welcome Sign – our club is collaborating with Caltrain and similar San Bruno service organizations to design an appropriate welcoming sign as you enter San Bruno on West San Bruno Avenue.

San Bruno School Program – looking to identify and fill any areas of need to insure continued optimum student development within our schools.

San Bruno Park Pavilion – with the building of a new community center the iconic San Bruno Park Pavilion will be moving. Our club is planning a new and improved pavilion to grace the park for another 50 years.

Schools. In addition to volunteering at school cleanups/beautifications and pancake breakfasts, I have been a strong advocate for our public schools. I was an early supporter of Measure X because I believe we must have great schools to be a great city. It’s wonderful seeing the brand new Allen school across the street from city Hall.

Belle Air School. I have been extremely active at Belle Air School, because I believe in equity. I volunteer for noon supervision, school clean ups/beautifications, fundraising events, appreciation lunches, and this past year I taught an after school robotics class. For Earth Day we planted a tree and flowers. Belle Air’s students are fantastic! The staff are incredibly dedicated!

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. I am the secondary site leader for The Second Harvest of Silicon Valley’s food distributions held the fourth Wednesday of each month at Belle Air School. Jay Morena has been the primary Site Leader for years. Over 200 households obtain groceries each month… increased to 230 last month. This would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers. If you or someone you know needs food please contact Second Harvest at the following link. If you need any additional help signing up or if you are interested in volunteering please contact me. Another way to obtain free groceries is to apply for CalFresh at this link.

Other Volunteering Opportunities.

Volunteering with others builds our community! Together we can do more to help at neighborhood clean ups, school beautification projects, American Legion breakfasts, greening of Florida Park, blood drives, cooking/serving at “Music in the Park”, Tongan Relief efforts, Bike to Work Days, Hosting National Night Out Events, Friends of the Library Book sales, Covid Testing, 4H Cleanups, and Serving on the Downtown Improvement Committee. Helping others is the right thing to do. Making sure my son serves others… there’s a place for everyone to help!