Building Bridges Recognition Series re-distributes ad space donated by media sponsors to multiple worthy non-profit organizations in local communities. From 1996 to 2012, local media sponsors Contra Costa TV provided television programming time, Contra Costa Times and AGI, Inc’s Valley Yellow Pages donated ad space to recognize non-profit efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although the Buiding Bridges Recognition Series now has media sponsors for international recognition , we wish to acknowledge the beginnings of this program, which happened at the local level in the San Francisco Bay area. Below is an example of one of the non-profit organizations who was recognized through a Building Bridges Recognition Series Ad Grant in the city of Walnut Creek, CA in 2012.
Building Bridges Recognition Series Recognizes the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek’s Career Connect Day and Online Video Broadcast.
About the Service Project Recognized in Video above:
On Tuesday, September 25, the first annual career connections day took place at The Gardens at Heather farm in Walnut Creek. The Diablo Valley College (DVC) business administration department and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek co-sponsored the career connections day, a special day to bring DVC business students and local business leaders together for a day of learning, sharing information, job shadowing, and networking.
The students and mentors arrived at 8 a.m. and began the morning with breakfast prepared by Wilma Lot Catering. Students were matched up with mentors who worked in industries in which they are planning to major. After an hour, student rotated to new mentors, followed by a third session.
About 22 DVC business students met with 17 Rotarian mentors. The mentors who volunteered their time were small business owners and entrepreneurs: a financial adviser, a food and beverage manager, an event planner, a technical writer, a franchise business owner, a banking VP, a senior IT manager, a bank branch manager, an executive director of a nonprofit organization, a community education coordinator for a nonprofit, a city manager, a postmaster, a sales engineer for a telecommunications company, an attorney, a CEO with Boy Scouts of America, and a professional videographer.