Message from the OA BOard – April 2023


The Orinda Association Celebrates 77 Years Promoting and Organizing Volunteerism

    April 17-21 is national volunteer week, but at The Orinda Association, one week is not enough. We honor and celebrate volunteers every day, 365 days a year.
    This month we shine a light on individuals and groups who inspire us to serve and the impact they have in our community. Our programs and events simply would not exist without the help of volunteers.
    Publishing a volunteer list is a very risky venture because we know we have missed some names. This is not a result of carelessness. Instead it’s because sometimes volunteers just show up at the right place and time, help where they can and then quietly go home – never asking for anything. These selfless people know the benefits they receive by volunteering.
    In addition to their daily responsibilities, people continue to seek ways to make a difference in the community where they live.
    Volunteering makes people feel fulfilled, helps develop social and professional skills and boosts self-esteem. Many older people who volunteer say it helps give them a feeling of importance, connection and value.
    When youth volunteer, it helps redirect their focus away from self and onto others.
    Nonprofits need people from all walks of life and at every stage of life, from leadership board positions to boots on the ground. Every volunteer effort leaves an impression on someone’s life, including their own.
    The effect of volunteering for Seniors Around Town equates to 1,208 free rides annually for Orinda seniors to medical appointments, errands or social events. Volunteering for the 4th of July parade, the Orinda Classic Car show or with other local groups, helps bring events to Orinda which all residents can enjoy with family and friends.
    Bringing the community together makes a healthier, vibrant Orinda.
    Time spent volunteering at schools shows children how important their education is, when one takes valuable time to be there. Strong community-supported schools help not just students and families, but longtime residents.
    Volunteering is the thread that keeps Orinda thriving.
    Add your name to this list of volunteers on page 8, you never know what your influence will be. Go to or call 925.254.0800 and let us know where you want to make a difference.

Kate Wiley can be reached at

(Charlie Jarrett, Photographer)
Dozens honored Sally Hogarty at her retirement party on March 8 at the Orinda Library’s Garden Room, for her 29 years of service working for The Orinda News, first as staff writer, onto editor-in-chief and her final years as executive editor. (L-R) The Orinda Association members Cindy Powell and Kate Wiley present Hogarty (middle) with a memory photo album filled with photographs and special notes written by those who worked with her at the non-profit community newspaper.

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