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Broadcast date: 6/29/2017

The most recent Vital Signs report showed that seniors over the age of 60 are the fastest growing group in the county, making up 25% of the population in 2015, up from 21% in 2010. The CDC reports that increased life expectancy, brought on by the success of public health interventions of the past century, will bring new challenges for community programs who will need to respond to an increased need created by this achievement, including the growing burden of chronic illnesses in United States, a higher number of disabilities and increased issues surrounding concerns care-giving and rising medical costs. As our aging population continues to increase, we will talk about how you (and your family) can be part of the solution to bridge the gaps in safety net services for seniors and help support aging in place.

Mary Risley in her cooking school kitchen in San Francisco
Food Runners

Mary Risley, founder of San Francisco based Food Runners, talks about the grassroots organization that provides 15,000 meals every week to low income and homeless citizens. Every week, more than 200 volunteers pick up leftover food from hotels such as the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Westin St. Francis, and Park Central, grocery stores, Starbucks, tech and law firms, schools, bakeries, restaurants, caterers, and more. 

Broadcast date: 3/23/2017

Everyone knows that volunteering is meant to improve and support our community by giving our time and energy to nonprofit agencies that provide much needed services. However, that’s not where the benefits stop. There are a multitude of personal and professional benefits one can gain from volunteering.

SF Hotel Council's Jessica Lum (L) with Jo Licata, Hilton SF Union Square's Community Projects Manager
Thomas Wilmer

In addition to promoting the economic vitality of the City’s hospitality industry, The Hotel Council of San Francisco works continuously to partner with numerous non-profit organizations such as Project Homeless Connect. The recent Stay Green Forum 2016 sponsored by the Hotel Council, was specifically focused on sustainability, energy efficiency, water conservation and much more.

Michael Bongiorni, President of non-profit SCRAP in San Francisco
SCRAP

When SCRAP was formed 40 years ago, it was America’s first creative reuse center. San Francisco based, SCRAP (Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art Parts) assists teachers by providing free and low cost supplies. Through donations of reusable art supplies, each year more than 200 tons of materials are diverted from landfills.

Mary Risley (L) founder of Food Runners visits with Jo Licata at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Thomas Wilmer

Ms. Jo Licata spends full-time working with San Francisco’s non-profit organizations in partnerships with the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and numerous other SF hospitality enterprises.

Licata's mission as Hilton's Community Projects Manager is to provide non-profits with essential goods and supplies from food to furniture, mini-fridges and so much more.