Monthly Archives: August 2012

What’s a Zine?!

Each session of the SOS Purple Team creates a ZINE (as in magazine) all about SOS. It includes articles and photos of all the other SOS teams, short stories, news articles, opinion pieces, and silly advertisements. Click on the cover of each Zine to view it!




SOS 2012 Success

Summer of Service has completed another fantastic summer of, well… service! Throughout the 8 weeks, SOS participants contributed over 5,300 hours of community service to various organizations throughout Santa Clara County. The amount of dedication, compassion, and energy this summer has proved to be very beneficial to the community.

The Orange, Red, Striped, Green, and Purple Teams rock!

So what did SOS accomplish this year?

– Cooked and served 167 plates of food at Emergency Housing Consortium

– Packaged 5,190 pounds of pears and 6,000 pounds of carrots at Second Harvest Food Bank

– Performed 2 original theater plays for over 700 Museum visitors

– Packed 100 boxes of food for Santa Maria Urban Ministry clients

– Painted and beautified exterior and interior areas for Santa Maria Urban Ministry

– Sorted 10,000 pounds of produce and packing 500 bags of food for Sacred Heart Community Services

– Sorted through 200 bins of clothes at Georgia Travis Donation Depot and Sacred Heart Community Services

– Held craft and activity fairs at Mommy and Me children’s faire

– Hosted luaus for over 120 senior citizens

– Played with 58 preschool through 5th grade children at Estrella Family Services

– Created 4 magazines produced entirely by youth

– Interviewed all the other SOS teams

– Created the SOS 2012 movie “The Wizard of Woz”

– Facilitated arts, crafts, and science activities for over 900 Museum visitors

– Removed more than 2500 hemlock plants at Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge

– Weeded and harvested more than 15 rows of produce at Veggielution Community Farm

– Planted 24 new planting beds at Full Circle Farm

– Restored and mulched 75 feet of hard packed dirt and planted flowers at Santa Maria Urban Ministry

– Prepared over 1,000 craft kits for teachers at Resource Area For Teachers

– Removed over 20 bags of garbage and recycling from the Guadalupe River

– Weeded and re-potted over 300 trees at Our City Forest

– Prepared and planted 4 planter boxes for CDM’s Kids Garden

– Participated in 3 exchanges with Palo Alto SOS

– Painted 4 benches for CDM’s Kids Garden

– Played with 30 elementary school students at Santa Maria Urban Ministry

and they still had time to make friends, play games, and reflect on the service they performed! Way to go SOS!

Check out the summer’s epic movie titled: “The Wizard of Woz” HERE!