Through our our sponsorship of Wisdom 2.0 in 2015, we met Vlad, the project leader of the Compassionate Leaders Program. The program brings mindfulness practice to inner city high school students and provides them the tools and opportunity to connect with mentors from the project’s corporate sponsors.
Each year First Exposures holds its Looking Forward, Giving Back event to raise funds for the program. It’s always a fun event where all of the mentees and mentors work lines the walls. This year the event was held at SOMArts and a great crowd showed up to support this important program. We donated a photo booth and several of our team were also on hand for the event.
Orange Photography is committed to giving back to the community and helping in whatever ways we can. This includes volunteering at the SF Marin Food Bank on a regular basis and supporting the causes and organizations about which staff are passionate. Luckily for me, that means I get to bring dogs from the SF SPCA to the studio on doggie day dates to help the pooches get out for some fun and expose them to potential adopters beyond the shelter. […]
A day out with First Exposures, a San Francisco-based, nationally recognized youth mentoring program that strives to make a major long-term difference in the lives of high-need, underserved San Francisco Bay Area youth by providing a venue for them to enhance their self-confidence, develop their creativity, and gain a passion for learning.
Meet Bright Eyes. This sweet, 5.5 year old Welsh Corgi mix was our special guest last Friday courtesy of the SF SPCA, where I volunteer. The SF SPCA has a Doggie Day Date program, which allows more experienced volunteers to take one of the longer-term resident pooches out for an excursion. It’s a fun break for the dogs who have been in the shelter for an extended period. They get to explore new places and smells; gain exposure to new activities, situations, and stimuli; and receive some major lovin’ from the volunteer and other folks they meet.
The average length of stay for dogs at the SF SPCA is 17 days. Bright Eyes has been at the SF SPCA for more than 100 days.
According to Kiersten Anderson, the Dog Volunteer Services Coordinator at the SF SPCA,
“Bright Eyes was found as a stray in early July. She loves to cuddle and is a staff and volunteer favorite. I would take her if I could–and I’m not just saying that!”
As a San Francisco Green Business, we have been fans of what the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been doing for years. Each year they also have a party to celebrate the past years accomplishments and it’s a time for people to get together in person while raising funds to help support the SFBC – Winterfest!
Last week we were very excited to be on hand for Project Pinball dedicating a Stern Star Trek Pro Pinball machine in the lounge at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Orange Photography had photographed and organized several events to raise funds to get the machine including the last event, a tournament at Pizza Depot in Sunnyvale ahead of California Extreme that helped to raise the money to get the pinball machine.
Recently, some of the Orange Photography crew took a trip to the movies. We ventured out to see the limited release documentary about the work of social photographer Sabastião Salgado entitled, “The Salt of the Earth”. Salgado left his job as and economist in the mid-seventies and became a full-time photographer. He has traveled much of the world and captured many of the social and global issues of the past 40 years.
As part of our Giving Back Program, we recently partnered with Storytellers for Good as a photography sponsor for their yearly fundraiser. We worked closely with Cara Jones who founded Storytellers for Good, and this Emmy Award winning news reporter turned nonprofit producer is just as inspiring as the stories she brings to life.