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Early Childhood Literacy Program receives Community Support

San Luis Obispo, CA –  Community members are showing significant generosity to a fundraising and awareness campaign, Adopt A Classroom, that was launched in April of this year by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF) and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE).

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and support for an award winning, nationally recognized, early childhood literacy program, Raising A Reader, which began in San Luis Obispo County as an initiative of SLOCCF in 2003. This multiple site program is managed by SLOCOE, and implemented through partnerships with Head Start, State Preschools, First 5, and community libraries. The program prepares pre-school children of low-income families for school by training parents how to read with their children even if there are literacy challenges or if English is a second language. The science behind Raising A Reader proves that a child’s aptitude for learning must be nurtured during the critical window of brain development from birth to five years old. Research shows that incorporating the simple act of reading together into a family’s lifestyle (called book cuddling by the program), is the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills children eventually require for learning to read; without it, a child will be left behind in academic achievement.

Seven years ago, Raising A Reader began in two classroom site locations in San Luis Obispo County, with fifty-six families participating. Today, the program operates out of 13 classroom sites in 7 communities, and has served over one thousand families. Classroom sites are located in Oceano, Paso Robles, Shandon, Los Osos, Cambria, San Miguel, and San Luis Obispo.

So far, the campaign has raised more than $15,000 from private donors and local service organizations. Some of the generous Raising A Reader Classroom Adopters from San Luis Obispo include Lou Robinson, Mike and DD Patrick, and the SLO Exchange Club.

Lou Robinson

The Community Foundation is looking for other service organizations, companies, and individuals in the community who will join together with these Classroom Adopters to support Raising A Reader. Funding is needed for nine classrooms in order to continue next year. For a modest investment of $2,500, one classroom is fully supported for one year. “We are thrilled that some Classroom Adopters have chosen to support sites for multiple years, but any donation is appreciated by the Community Foundation and the grateful children and families who have the opportunity to participate in Raising A Reader” says Janice Fong Wolf, Director of Grants and Programs.

Presentations about the program, and visits to the Raising A Reader classroom sites, are available and can be scheduled by contacting Pat Holley (pat@sloccf.org) at the Community Foundation.

For more information, or to make a donation, please contact the Community Foundation at 543-2323, or visit www.sloccf.org., and go to the Raising A Reader program page that is listed under featured programs.


December 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Local Community Bank Now Offers Mobile Banking Service

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― American Perspective Bank (APB) is the first community bank in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria to offer mobile banking service. This new service will allow customers to access accounts from anywhere at anytime with web-enabled smartphones, creating a convenient, efficient and secure way for customers to monitor their accounts. Now customers can check their balances, transfer funds, check recent transactions and approve transfers originated by your office while you are on the go.

“Technology changing so rapidly enables us to continually upgrade our ability to better serve the needs of our business customers,” said APB President, Tom Beene. “One of the founding principles of APB is that we put a priority on using technology to give our clients more convenience. We want to offer banking access that meets their schedules, not ours.”

Customers can enroll mobile devices through APB’s online banking system, then only have a form to sign at the bank to activate. Once a device is enrolled, logging in is as easy as clicking the link provided in a text message and entering a pin. APB will be available to answer any questions and are even offering to help walk customers through the service “live.” In an effort to provide the highest quality service in technology, APB also offers a mobile application for finding the more than 40,000 APB-accessible ATMs nationwide.

Since 2007, American Perspective Bank has served commercial enterprises, professionals, real estate investors, family business entities, and residents in San Luis Obispo County, and in mid-2010 opened an office in Santa Maria.  They are located at 4051 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo and 2646 Santa Maria Way in Santa Maria, or online at www.AmericanPerspectiveBank.com.

December 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Largest Surety-Only Brokerage Company in the West Expands into Central Coast

SAN LUIS OBISPO—Contractors & Developers Bonding (CND), a surety bond only brokerage specializing in providing bonds to contractors in the public and private sectors, announces their new office now open in Pismo Beach. The company began over 15 years ago in Southern California and opened an office in Nipomo in 2009. According to CND President Philip E. Vega, the new office is needed due to growth in the agency, and in an effort to serve their customers better.

The Pismo Beach office will be staffed by Associate Vice President Myrna Smith, who comes to CND with more than 14 years of surety experience, and has lived on the central coast for over 30 years. Joining Smith at the Pismo Beach location is Vice President Jadon Smith, who has more than 33 years of surety experience. “Our experience makes us a well-seasoned team,” says Smith. “We are excited to be opening a new location in Pismo Beach and to have an opportunity to make our services more convenient for our central coast customers.”

With over 80 years of combined surety bond underwriting and brokerage experience, Contractors & Developers Bonding is the largest surety only brokerage company in the western states and the most experienced surety broker on the Central Coast. Contractors & Developers Bonding  has the resources to handle the smallest of bonds to the largest of any bond required for construction projects.

Contractors & Developers Bonding is located at 570 Price Street, #207 in Pismo Beach or online at www.cndbonding.com.

Myrna Smith

Jadon Smith

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rotarians Donate Time and Money to Clothe Over 100 Local Kids in Annual ChildSpree Event

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Bright and early on Saturday, December 4, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, along with families and friends, gathered at Kohl’s in San Luis Obispo and took 102 needy children on a shopping spree during the club’s 20th annual ChildSpree event. The Children were identified by their San Luis Obispo schools as children in need of warm clothes, jackets and shoes.

At ChildSpree, each child was paired with a Rotarian and received a $100 budget and a list of clothing needs from the child’s parents. Kohl’s charged no sales tax and also gave a 15% discount on all sales. After the shopping was over, the Rotarians and children joined the parents at the Embassy Suites for a complimentary hot breakfast and pictures with Santa Claus. Rotaract members, a division of Rotary, also brought extra adult and children’s coats from their Coats for Kids Drive to the event. The coats were donated to other family members in attendance to take home.

One of the children that participated in Rotary de Tolosa's "ChildSpree" program has a visit with Santa

“This event really illustrates what Rotary is all about: Service Above Self,” said Rotary de Tolosa President Jeff Buckingham. “Every year our members truly enjoy helping these kids shop for new clothes. It’s fun for everyone and really makes a difference in their lives. Some of them have never had a brand new coat or pair of shoes before.” Buckingham adds that the club especially thanks Kohl’s for their contributions to ChildSpree, to manager Jacqueline Piper and all the staff on hand during the event.


Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary members, who are part of more than 31,000 clubs in 167 countries. For more information on Rotary, please log onto Rotary de Tolosa’s website at www.rotarydetolosa.org, or to the Rotary International website at www.rotary.org.

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Women’s Shelter Program of SLO Receives Food Donation from Local Business

Quaglino Roofing Makes the Holidays Brighter for the Women’s Shelter Program of SLO

San Luis Obispo, CA—Quaglino Roofing recently donated food items to the Women’s Shelter Program of SLO (WSP).  The donation provided a full Thanksgiving meal for 25 families. “The WSP had a total of 65 families to serve this Thanksgiving, so such a large contribution for 25 families was extremely helpful,” said WSP Employment Specialist, Jill Powell.

The families that received the special Thanksgiving meals are victims of intimate partner violence and are receiving counseling, legal, case management, employment, or transitional housing services from the Women’s Shelter.  Since the holidays are a stressful time for many families, victims are oftentimes encouraged to go back to the abuser. The goal of these donations is to provide a meal so families can create new traditions free from violence.

Each Thanksgiving meal included a turkey, disposable roasting pan, potatoes, butter, aluminum foil, yams, chicken broth, onions, pumpkin dessert and piecrust, vegetables, rolls, stuffing/dressing, flour, sugar, oil, cranberry sauce, fruit, and olives.

For more information on the Women’s Shelter Program, please visit the website at www.womensshelterslo.org.

Quaglino Roofing and Quaglino Properties are located at 815 Fiero Lane in San Luis Obispo, and online at www.Quaglino.com.

December 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Local Restaurant to Host Tree Lighting Celebration and Benefit for Non-profit

Old Juan’s Cantina raises funds for the Boys and Girls Club of South SLO County

SAN LUIS OBISPO—On Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30pm, the community is invited to come together at Old Juan’s Cantina Mexican Restaurant in Oceano for a tree lighting celebration and benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County. The first annual tree lighting will take place in the parking lot of Old Juan’s Cantina where free Mexican hot chocolate and Mexican cinnamon tea will be served. All who attend can also enjoy caroling and a visit with Santa Claus.

“We wanted to do something for the community and for our hometown of Oceano. The Boys and Girls Club is a great organization, providing a safe place for kids to go while their parents work and at the same time provide them guidance and support,” says Old Juan’s co-owner Eva Verdin. Attendees of the celebration will have the opportunity to offer a donation or pick an item from the Boys and Girls Club wish list.  Items can be dropped off at Old Juan’s anytime during December. Old Juan’s will continue its support of the organization through the end of December by donating one dollar from every combination meal sold during the month.

Opening in 1994, the Boys and Girls Club now has five sites in South County and has served over 100,000 children and teens. The sites are neighborhood-based buildings designed for youth programs and activities.  The organization strives to enable all young people especially those who need their services the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.  “In 2009 alone, the Boys and Girls Club served over 3,000 local area youth and are on target to surpass that number again this year,” said Executive Director Moyses Muguira.

Old Juan’s Cantina Mexican Restaurant is located at 649 Pier Ave. in Oceano. For more information, visit www.OldJuansCantina.com.

December 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc…Here to Lend a Hand, Since 2004

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment