By Kat Arinduque (bottom right in picture)
The CIA events are an amazing way to give back to the community and directly interact with the people we're helping. I loved baking for the events and educating the community about our cause. For the Troops bake sale, I made shortbread cookies decorated with chocolate. They were pretty popular. I can't believe that the cookies I made ended up helping the troops. The time I spent baking and selling them was definitely worth it.
In honor of veteran's day, we are working with the rotary to make care packages for the troops. To raise money to buy products for the care packages, we hosted bake sales.
Thank you to all the students who helped bake treats and work the bake sale!
Front: Andy Krumbein, Jocelyn Tsai, Kat Arinduque, Vivian Johnson, Olivia Verzosa
Back: Kai Nittenberg, Skylee Falk, Eleanor Huang, Kat Ehlen, Aislinn McKelvey, Kayla Yu, Angela Tsai, Emily Wentzel, Katrina Osborn
Come back soon for updates on what happening next in our troop care packages project!
By Angela Tsai
The thought of baked goods makes everyone happy, especially when they end up helping a local elementary school. This past month, the CIA decided to fundraise for Venetia Valley school supplies through bake sales. Thanks to the amazing staff at Marinwood Market, we were able to set up a booth on Sunday mornings. We sold a range of treats: green tea cupcakes, shortbread cookies, and brownies, which were the best seller. (make sure to follow @tl.citizensinaction on Instagram so you know when to stop by next time!) Lots of very kind people donated to us without purchasing anything, showing their support for our cause.
After just two bake sales, we had enough donations to buy wobble stools and pencil sharpeners for Ms. Castro’s second grade class at Venetia Valley. We wanted to deliver these gifts in person to see their reactions. The kids greeted us with handmade cards and thank you’s, and then raced each other to get a chance on the wobble stools. It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. They addressed me as Miss Angela, which was honestly more polite than most people I know. Ms. Castro then invited us to stay, and together we sang songs on the guitar. On the way out, they thanked us again.
Venetia Valley is home to the sweetest children ever and this experience has made our organization even more motivated to help the community.
Hi everyone, my name is Jocelyn Tsai, a high school student in Marin County. I started Citizens in Action (CIA) because I wanted to make a difference in the place I grew up in. Luckily for me, I wasn't the only person who felt this way. All the people in CIA are committed to turning their community into a better place. CIA achieves positive change through events to raise donations for local causes and through volunteer work.
CIA is a small charitable organization, and it will take people like you to help it grow and influence even more communities. Thank you for taking your time to read this.