Community Service and SVRG
Our fans know that the Silicon Valley Roller Girls are a hard-hitting sports team. Did you know that SVRG is a legit (501 c3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving our community? This year, we’ve created partnerships with several community-based organizations and our skaters will volunteer to plant gardens, build homes, collect books for women in prison, distribute school supplies to kids in need, teach health & wellness to the daughters of farmworkers and lead empowerment workshops with young female athletes. That’s just a snapshot of our activities through the summer of 2015!
In April, SVRG volunteered at HaTikvah (Hope) House, an assisted living and micro-community for developmentally disabled adults alongside members of the Congregation Shir Hadash. This event provided a wonderful multi-generational opportunity for our skaters to engage with HaTikvah residents in a meaningful and fun way, while focusing on the task of planting the residents’ summer garden.
Once the garden was planted, the afternoon evolved into a crafts project of hand drawing signage for the garden to identify the location of the peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and radishes we’d planted with the residents. Meanwhile, junior derby skaters focused on baking cookies and playing indoor basketball alongside the residents.
Upcoming Community Service Events and HOW YOU CAN HELP!
MAY: Book Drive for Women in Prison: Our May/Mother’s Day Community Service project is to gather and donate books for incarcerated women and youth. Two thirds of the women in prison are mothers. Supporters of SVRG can bring books to our weekly practices through May 14th or arrange for a drop off at a downtown San Jose location.
JUNE: Sacred Heart Community's “Pack a back education campaign”: SVRG will be gathering school supplies and backpacks for children in need at our June 6th home bout. Supporters can bring supplies to donate to the bout!
Don't forget to come to our home double header TOMORROW (Saturday) at 6pm! You can still buy tickets online here, and get them soon! We could sell out! Stop by during the bouts and talk to our head of Community Service, Doc U Mental, if you're interested in learning more about SVRG's presence in the community.
~Doc U Mental
Head of Community Service (email@example.com)