President’s Message – February 2021

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Serving the Community During COVID and Beyond

    I am honored to serve as The Orinda Association’s President a second time, and on behalf of the entire OA Board I’d like to thank Carlos Baltodano for his dedicated service as our president the past two years.
    This is indeed a tumultuous time, and yet like most non-profits, we have continued to serve the community in the wisest way possible. We reopened our office last June, and have maintained and even expanded our essential services, including this newspaper and our Seniors Around Town (SAT) free ride program.
    And, we look forward to hosting an actual Fourth of July celebration and Classic Car Show later this year – details will follow next month.
    But first I wanted to share the following update from Kate Wiley, our SAT Director: “As seniors are now starting to get the COVID-19 vaccines in our county, Seniors Around Town is encouraged that more vaccination groups will follow, and we can return to providing more than medical transportation for seniors.
    “This generates the need for more volunteer drivers. Orindans, we’re ready whenever you are comfortable to do so. We’ve been driving seniors to critical medical appointments during the pandemic since June 2020, with complete safety and protection thanks to all of our riders and drivers consistently following SAT COVID protection guidelines. Thank you!
    “SAT also wants to thank the very generous support of the community during this past, most challenging year. A shout out to all who participated in the #giving Tuesday matching gift event, heavily supported by the Wilder homeowners. You all helped us reach our fundraising goal!”
    Our OA office continues to serve the community in other ways too. For example, here is an update from Cindy Powell: “Answering the phones for the Volunteer Center has been so rewarding.  People in Orinda, young and old, have been asking how they can help. They have donated warm coats (450 by Dec. 15), rides for seniors, eyeglasses and their time and money. 
    “And thank you to our city and county offices. They have continued to send information for our Senior Resource Center. The first Orinda News email reminder was a hit!! We are amazed how many people like receiving the The Orinda News online, whether college students, family members working out of town or residents living away for a bit. To get the monthly newspaper reminder sent to your email, just call or email the OA office, or go to

www.theorindanews.com, and we will add you to our growing list.”
    And finally, the OA Board will be working on ways to celebrate our 75th year!  The William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental award provides a valuable reminder for us to appreciate our beautiful environment. We will be announcing more details about our celebration of this award, our Volunteer Award and other events in the coming months. And lastly, we all thank you again from the bottom of our collective hearts for your support of the OA, The Orinda News, SAT, the Fourth of July celebration and parade and the Classic Car Show. Stay safe!

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