SVRG loves to donate time and money to local charities. Volunteering not only gives us a chance to reach out to the community that supports us but also gives us an opportunity to bond together with our derby sisters off-skates. As an added bonus, we get enormous satisfaction from learning new skills—like using power tools! Here’s a glimpse of a few of the local nonprofits we’ve been helping out this spring.
Habitat for Humanity, Silicon Valley
In honor of National Women Build Week, SVRG volunteered for a day at the development in Cupertino, where four houses are being built. We helped to build a fence and put up panels on the sides of three houses.
For each of our home games, SVRG donates 10% of all proceeds to charity. A portion of our March 24th bout proceeds went to benefit Habitat for Humanity, ... Read More »
SVRG fully supports the mission of the Silicon Valley YWCA. On April 27th, a group of our skaters were there to cheer on the participants of the YWCA's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes", a rape awareness event. Men signed up to walk a mile in a pair of borrowed high heels in order to demonstrate their support of women and help get the word out about rape statistics and prevention.
The mission of the YWCA is to empower women and eliminate racism. YWCA provides support to women in times of crisis, and helps them deal with the impact of domestic violence and rape. YWCA provides job training, career counseling and child care to help women be independent and strong.
How can you support the YWCA?
1) Financial donations are always needed.
2) Volunteer your time! Areas where volunteers are always needed include:
Family ... Read More »
The Silicon Valley Roller Girls have spent many volunteer hours with Sacred Heart since 2007, so it’s no surprise that Sacred Heart will be the recipient of a portion of our bout proceeds on Saturday, June 11th (tickets are available now - Click Here). SVRG has worked countless hours organizing clothing donations and bagging groceries to be given to needy area families, including during a volunteer event this past March. Our junior derby league, Derby 2.0, also joined in the fun and worked with us to give back!
The mission of Sacred Heart is to address the issues associated with poverty. Many different programs are designed to make the lives of local working poor families better. Three categories of assistance are available to the needy. One addresses housing and basic needs, such as food and clothing. The second addresses education and ... Read More »
Career Closet is our featured charity and will be accepting donations at our April 2nd bout! If you have clothing, accessories, or handbags that you would like to donate, please bring them with you and drop them off at their booth! You can also stop by to learn more about Career Closet's programs and locations. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will also go to Career Closet!
Career Closet is a nonprofit organization that lends a hand to women wanting to get back into the work force. Whatever challenges they face—poverty, being a single mother, or lacking experience—Career Closet helps set them on their way to landing a job they can be proud of. The first step to a good career is confidence, and yes, it may sound silly but appropriate work attire is part of that confidence. Women ... Read More »
The Bicycle Exchange, 2566 Leghorn St., Mountain View, CA
A part of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, the Bicycle Exchange helps needy families and individuals by repairing and donating used bicycles to partner community service organizations. Bikes benefit needy children as well as homeless individuals by providing transportation from shelters to schools and places of employment.
The Bicycle Exchange meets on selected Saturdays throughout the year to receive, repair, and distribute its inventory of donated bicycles. Their warehouse and workshop are fully outfitted with storage, repair stands, and tools for year-round operation.
New volunteers learn bicycle repair skills by assisting a team of more experienced volunteers. Mechanics always have lots to do and none are paid so they appreciate your effort to clean up your bike before donating it so they can focus on repairs.
SVRG recently volunteered with this group, and we were impressed with ... Read More »
A percentage of the proceeds from our February 5th game will be donated to One Brick, a local nonprofit organization that provides support to other local nonprofit and community organizations by creating a unique, social, and flexible volunteer environment for those interested in making a concrete difference in the community. They enable people to get involved, have an impact, and have fun—without the requirements of individual long-term commitments.
In 2010, utilizing One Brick’s awesome events, SVRG donated many community service man hours sorting school supplies at Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT), making crafts with kids on Family Fun Day at Palo Alto Art Center, serving food for a Christmas in the Park fundraiser, and sorting donations at Sacred Heart Community Service. Their events are always well-organized and tons of fun!
Come volunteer with us at One Brick by checking out their available ... Read More »
The Silicon Valley Roller Girls had a huge turnout at this past
Saturday’s Red Cross Blood Drive with 28 completed blood donations.
There were so many additional donors available that some walk-ins
weren’t able to be taken in and had to be booked for other blood
drives. Staff from the Red Cross said it was the biggest turnout the
donation bus had ever seen!
SVRG wants to thank everyone who participated in the event to help
save lives, especially our donors and staff who helped to keep the
event running smoothly. Many SVRG skaters also gave blood, including
Mauly Anna, Belle Wringer, Tennessee Smitan, Avida Sane!, Jene’mesis,
Catherine Beata Bones, Aim De Kill, Scait Riot, Smack Dahlia,
Pandamonium, the injured Saucy Monstrosity, and referee Teddy Wreckspin.
SVRG is already planning a bigger event to allow us to host more
donors for next year. ... Read More »
By Stevie Knickers
On Friday, August 6th, SVRG traded in our helmets for hard hats as we joined Habitat for Humanity on a build in Morgan Hill. Stevie Knickers, Raci Nikkers (no relation), Brigid Fitch, Peter Fondle, Bitch Puddin', Toasty Bunz, and Minister of Sinister arrived at 8 a.m., and after a brief orientation, we picked up our hammers and got to work. The day was hot and a lot of work, but in true SVRG style, we filled it with laughs, smiles, and, of course, lots of photos. At the end of the day, we stood back to admire our handiwork and were filled with pride knowing we had helped put up every exterior wall to someone's new home. It was a great day and an experience not soon forgotten.
Giving blood saves lives! SVRG will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, August 28, from 9 am to 3 pm at San Jose Skate. Refreshments will be provided by Vitamin Water and Larabar.
The Red Cross will be taking appointments online. Visit:
and enter the sponsor code: skate
All donors will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card from Best Buy--awesome!
By Spankin' Firecracker
On Thursday, June 3rd, several members of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls volunteered at the Resource Area for Teachers in Sunnyvale. SVRG had a great time sorting school supplies. From wildly wacky children's stories to deliciously attractive stickers, the team had their hands full of fun. While some of the girls sorted books, others made sticker stacks, butterfly packets, and box patterns. It was a very productive evening! The sorted, processed, and packaged materials are shipped to the RAFT store, where products can be bought by teachers at extreme bargins. For example, a teacher can purchase 12-15 books for their classroom for only 25 cents--what a deal! Having helped out at RAFT several times, we are looking forward to the next opportunity.