August Volunteer Newsletter

Thank you, Sutroites!

It’s remarkable individuals like you, who truly make a difference! We appreciate your interest and time invested, in changing the lives of others. Each month this webpage will be updated with new volunteer opportunities and ways to give back to our community. Enjoy these fun and fulfilling activities while making a positive impact!

(Virtual Event) Career Connection Summit

CLSA–CLSI Racial & Social Equity (RSE) Initiative

Sign Up By:  August 6
Event Date: August 9
Contact: Lori Lindburg,

RSE Career Connections Summit with Slone Partners’ ENVISION invites historically excluded (Black, Indigenous and other People of Color, or BIPOC) high school and undergraduate students to embark on a career navigation journey supported by industry professionals and prospective mentors. In addition to learning about an expanded range of science-related careers, the quarterly virtual summits are designed to provide students with practical career navigation tools and connections to help them embark on their science careers.

Industry professionals who participate in the summits will have the opportunity to introduce their companies and their career journeys, while forging connections with diverse student talent. Interested industry professionals will also learn how to become ENVISION mentors.

CLS is launching its first RSE Career Connections Summit with Slone Partners ENVISION Mentoring Program on August 9 for 50-75 BIPOC high school and undergraduate students and industry professionals.

WHAT: Racial & Social Equity (RSE) Career Connections Summit


  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenious & Other People of Color) high school and undergraduate students in CA and beyond
  • Industry professionals seeking access to diverse talent

TOPIC: Making Your STEM Resume Pop

WHEN: Monday, August 9, 12PM-1:30PM PST via Zoom

STEM Career Panel: 12PM-12:30PM


  • Candace Nortey, Exec Dir, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Slone Partners
  • Hilda Mwangi, Esq., MBA, Research & Communications Lead, Takeda CA
  • John Newby, CEO Virginia Biotechnology Assoc
  • Andrew Rodriquez, Head of Business Development, Millipore Sigma

12:30PM-1PM PST
How to Make Your STEM Resume Pop

  • Dianna Ngo, Scientific Recruiter, Kelly Services

Students and Industry Participants will be guided through a set of questions aimed at helping them get to know one another.

(Virtual Event) Middle School/High School Choice Mentor Program

Peninsula Bridge

Sign Up By:  August 10
Virtual Mentor Training: August 24, 10AM PST
Event Date: Year-Round Academic Guidance
Lead Contact: Karen Zamora,

Join us in supporting motivated middle and high school students this fall! Peninsula Bridge is seeking volunteers for two of our highly impactful mentor programs – our Choice Mentor Program and our High School Mentoring Program.


Middle School/High School Choice Mentor Program

Many of our talented 5th and 8th graders are interested in applying to independent schools, but they often face barriers during the process. The Peninsula Bridge Choice Program supports our raising middle and high school students with test prep, workshops, and financial aid support. 

As a Choice mentor, you will act as an advocate and sounding board for your mentee and his/her family throughout the independent school application process. Your primary focus will be on the life skills developed in the process, such as interviewing and character development, and their implications for continued success in school. 

Time Commitment: 1 meeting per week (1-2hrs), from Sept 2021 to Jan 2022. Mentors are able to set their own meeting times to best fit their schedules. 

Join Us: To join the Choice Program, please sign up here by August 10th. Virtual Mentor Training will take place August 24th at 10am.

Questions about the role and/or commitment? Please reach out to Karen Zamora at


High School Mentoring Program

Our High School Mentoring Program connects 9-12th grade college-bound teens with caring adults who act as life coaches, providing encouragement, support and guidance. Mentors make a tremendous positive impact on the lives of students who often don’t have family members who attended college. Students learn to step outside their comfort zones and try new things. 

Time Commitment: 1 monthly meeting with your mentee for a minimum of one year, as well as attendance to two group events scheduled by Peninsula Bridge.  

Join Us: For those interested in applying, please submit this application form and complete the background check (at the end of the form) by August 10th. Please contact Komal at for any questions.

For more information

Letter Writing Team

Soldiers’ Angels

Event Date: August 1-31
Lead Contact: Justin St Jean,

Who We Are and What We Do

The Letter Writing Team (LWT) is a team of amazing Angels who enjoy writing to our heroes, and who know how important it is for the service members to hear their name called at mail call. Sadly some service members get no mail at all from back home. LWT Angels write a one-time letter to a service member who is waiting for adoption through the Deployed Adoptions Team and to those who might need additional support. Angels on this team are required to write a minimum of one letter per month, but can write many more during the month, if they choose!

How You Can Help

Please note: the minimum commitment as an LWT Writer is three months, and you must request a minimum of one name per month.

To join Soldiers’ Angels and participate in the Letter Writing Team click here to get started! If you’re already an Angel, log in to your Angel account and join the team.

We look forward to volunteering with you!


“You just don’t know how much we appreciate how much you do for us. Days like today my head was down, until I got your postcards. A lot of us have families that don’t even take the time out to write, whether it’s on Facebook or paper. It’s a special feeling just to get mail, just to know you’re being thought about is a blessing…We love you all and thank you for your appreciation.” – Specialist Harris

“I have received a lot of letters from all over the country and I just want to let you know how much each one means to me and my family. Just knowing that each person has taken time out of the lives to write a letter and put so much care into each one does make a world of difference.“– Corporal James

“Well, words can not express the gratitude that I feel knowing that I had a group of ladies that cared enough about me to send me cards and letters. I will always carry each of you in my heart and thoughts no matter where I go in this world. This deployment was very bright thanks to all of you.” – Shay

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