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Mar-06-2020

“Transitional Justice” from Kuala Lumpur to the Tenderloin

Reflections of a powerful young voice from the global movement for justice Bee Ling recently came to GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice as part of the International Research & Exchanges Fellowship (IREX) on tolerance and conflict resolution. Having Bee here with us was a rare and very special opportunity. We learned from her, and we

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Jan-28-2020

Go Nancy Goh!

Nancy Goh is among GLIDE’s most dedicated volunteers, a loving soul and an inspiring member of this community. Not only is she a regular in GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program, but she has incorporated raising awareness and support for GLIDE into her passion for running. Below, Nancy reflects on the reciprocal nature of volunteering and the

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Feb-02-2019

Love in Action: Reflecting on 50 years in community with Ernestine Nettles

On the first day of Black History Month, we are delighted to feature and honor Ernestine Nettles, who this Christmas celebrated 50 years of service—not only to GLIDE, but to her community in Oakland, the Civil Rights Movement, gender equality and voting rights. Ernestine is a beloved pillar of the holiday feasts GLIDE organizes for

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Jan-12-2019

Celebrating Jonathan Leong

A dedicated volunteer whose legacy lives on through his bequest to GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program Longtime volunteer Jonathan Leong passed away on October 19, 2017, leaving a very generous bequest to GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program. Just days after creating his living trust, he told his sister Bonnie, “A person dies. A great charity

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Aug-08-2018

What Makes Me Volunteer

Ryan Clark is one of our GLIDE Emerging Leaders interns this summer. Joining us from Boston College, Ryan took an immediate interest in food justice, education and volunteerism, and has spent the last several weeks working on a campaign to increase and retain the number of volunteers in the Daily Free Meals Program. Though the

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Jul-31-2018

Giving Back to San Francisco with Eddie

Eddie is a Meals Program Team Member who first walked in the doors at 330 Ellis looking to volunteer. Two and a half years later, Eddie can do just about everything in the Meals Program – coffee house, prep room, main dining hall, opening shifts, closing shifts and everything in between. He does it all with a

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Jul-23-2018

It’s Never Too Late (Or Too Early!) to Make a Difference

Kent first came to GLIDE as a homeless teenager in search of a hot meal and assistance navigating San Francisco’s affordable housing system. Today, he returns every Monday and Thursday morning to volunteer in the kitchen, which comes easy to him – he has years of experience in the restaurant industry! He believes little things,

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Jul-12-2018

Serving Lunch (and Love) with James Sampaga

Welcome to our Volunteer and Staff Highlight Series! Throughout the next five weeks we will be shining the spotlight on a few of our amazing volunteers and staff members in the GLIDE Daily Free Meals program. These people pull off something miraculous every day — three times a day. If you’ve ever joined us for mealtime you know it’s a major operation, requiring

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May-31-2018

From Serving Meals to Improving Data

We are happy to feature this reflection by Precious Listana, Public Policy Fellow at Twitter, on some of the ways that Twitter gives back to the community by volunteering at GLIDE. Many thanks to Bano, Kania, and the entire Twitter crew for always making GLIDE a part of #TwitterForGood. 

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Jan-26-2018

Challah for Justice!

Breaking bread with Rabbi Michael Lezak, newest member of GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice In July 2017, GLIDE welcomed Rabbi Michael Lezak to its Center for Social Justice. This position, a Rabbi at GLIDE, was made possible by funding from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund and generous individual

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Dec-20-2017

Eye on the Ball: Let’s End Family Homelessness

Every Sunday in January, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at GLIDE. To sign up, call (415) 674-6080 or email GLIDE’s Advocacy Manager, Ben, at BL@glide.org According to the 2017 Point in Time Count, there are still nearly 200 homeless families with children in San Francisco. In a city as wealthy as ours, there is no

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Jul-14-2017

Service with a Smile

Meals program volunteer Michael finds meaning and pleasure in serving his Tenderloin neighbors Michael is a dedicated volunteer in GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program as well as a program participant. Originally from the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco, Michael had only been coming to eat at GLIDE for a week before he started to spend

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Sep-09-2016

Designing Outside Your Comfort Zone

  Editor’s note: These thoughtful reflections from Nick Crampton of the wonderful Adaptive Path team come as we’re in the midst of a re-stocking campaign for GLIDE Goods, the free store GLIDE has recently piloted with the help from the design crew referenced below. If you find yourself moved to learn more and to help

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Dec-17-2015

How I Found My Path

Gus Luong, aka Vegan Ultrarunner Gus Gus has raised thousands of dollars to benefit GLIDE programs by collecting donations from friends and supporters as he heroically prepares for and completes epic-length runs. It’s interesting how following a path can lead you to many opportunities and experiences both good and bad. For me, it all started

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Dec-14-2015

Grocery Bag Giveaway Days

By: James Lin, GLIDE’s Co-Director of Human Resources and Organizational Integration and GLIDE team member since 2004. If you’re a long-time friend of GLIDE, you know that we pack our holiday calendar with celebrations across the many communities we touch. Last week was our Senior Holiday Luncheon, the holiday gathering of GLIDE’s Women’s Center, the Old Navy

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Oct-05-2015

Celebrating 75 Years with 75 Hours of Service: Bi-Rite & GLIDE’s “Breaking Bread” Dinner

By: Sam Mogannam, Owner, Bi-Rite Family of Businesses September marked the 75th anniversary of Bi-Rite’s original market in the Mission, which my family has owned for more than 50 years. The anniversary presented us with an important moment to reflect on our history, celebrate our accomplishments, and thank the community that helped us achieve our

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Jul-10-2015

OVERCOME THE SEPARATION MINDSET

The following is an edited version of an article written by Miss Zoe Shulman, 7th Grader. Last summer, an interest in GLIDE Memorial Church was sparked in me. I attended a camp held at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and served lunch there everyday for a week. During my first day, I felt

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Jul-25-2014

MEET SASHA: Connecting the GLIDE Community Near & Far

My first experience with GLIDE started with hearing that Andreessen Horowitz‘s leaders would be featured at A GLIDE Talk with Ben Horowitz and Lars Dalgaard. As I was reading about the event, I decided to browse through the website and something really caught my attention about GLIDE’s mission: To empower the people at the bottom of

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Jul-14-2014

Meet Ross: A Search for Ritual

My experience volunteering at GLIDE began as a search for ritual. I moved to San Francisco from Washington D.C. in February to start a new job at a small real estate investment and development firm. Although I never expected the transition to be seamless, I was caught off guard by certain adjustments I’ve had to make as part of the move. On one hand, I did my research was braced upon arrival for the lack of seasons, the absurd topography, and the fervent debate over technology and gentrification that dominates the city’s political discourse.

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Jul-23-2013

One Foot in Front of the Other: An Introduction to GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program

Erica Rodriguez is an Emerging Leader intern from Chicago, IL. She is studying Human Development and Psychological Services at Northwestern University, and she hopes to pursue a career changing minds and changing lives. GLIDE has been an inspirational experience in her believing that this kind of change is possible. I had trouble looking anywhere but

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Jul-23-2013

One Foot in Front of the Other: An Introduction to GLIDE's Daily Free Meals Program

Erica Rodriguez is an Emerging Leader intern from Chicago, IL. She is studying Human Development and Psychological Services at Northwestern University, and she hopes to pursue a career changing minds and changing lives. GLIDE has been an inspirational experience in her believing that this kind of change is possible. I had trouble looking anywhere but

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Jul-12-2013

Meet Susan, Gabi and Tenderloin Residents as They Share Reflections on 2013’s Fourth of the July

After a celebratory week in San Francisco with the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and the termination of Proposition 8, last week promised to bring even more festivities as the city observed Independence Day. While many San Franciscans may have been deciding where to catch the best view of the fireworks show or what to

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Jul-11-2013

Meet Ryan Shipley: Standing as a Voice for Those Who Have Lost Theirs

Meet GLIDE’s Volunteer Coordinator Ryan Shipley as he shares his reflections on GLIDE’s radically inclusive community! It has been two years, but I can still remember the last time I spoke to my father on the telephone. I remember his voice, his tone, how it sounded as if he had already given up on life.

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Apr-23-2013

GLIDE Volunteers: Sharing Passion and Talent

Every year, GLIDE is fortunate to host thousands of volunteers that engage with our work in a variety of ways. GLIDE could not accomplish the important work of serving the community without the commitment and dedication of our volunteers – from those who come to help serve meals to those who contribute their time as

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Apr-01-2013

Experiencing GLIDE’s mission of Compassion, Care, and Unconditional Love

Today’s blog comes to us from Rebecca Sanchez, a member of the GLIDE Legacy Committee,  a radically inclusive team comprised of social entrepreneurs who strive to engage, inspire and educate new audiences of young professionals within the San Francisco Bay Area through GLIDE’s mission of unconditional love, compassion and social justice to broaden and deepen

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Feb-01-2013

Football Inspires Teamwork, Service, Transformation

As San Francisco gets ready to cheer on the 49ers at this Sunday’s Super Bowl, here at GLIDE, we are reminded of the wonderful work of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which took place on December 29, 2012. For the past four years, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has selected GLIDE as one of three

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Dec-24-2012

Christmas Eve @ GLIDE – Prime Rib Luncheon!

For over two decades, the famous San Francisco restaurant, House of Prime Rib, has donated 2,000 lbs of prime rib for GLIDE’s annual Christmas Eve meals. House of Prime Rib owner, Joe Betz, shares, “It’s a family tradition for the Betz’s. We see how it goes to the right places, and it makes you feel

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Dec-19-2012

Grocery Bag Giveaway at GLIDE!

It’s Grocery Bag Giveaway Day at GLIDE and the streets are abuzz with the spirit of joy and love as GLIDE staff along with hundreds of volunteers distribute over 5,000 bags of groceries to the community. The bags are filled with the fixings for a wonderful holiday meal, and those who receive a bag are

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Dec-11-2012

GLIDE Honors Seniors at Luncheon!

GLIDE’s seniors are in Freedom Hall enjoying a delicious holiday meal, served by volunteers and staff. Every year, GLIDE takes the time to honor this special part of our community during the holiday season. Check out photos of the festivities!

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Dec-10-2012

Chefs Without Borders Holiday Lunch & Dinner at GLIDE!

GLIDE’s Annual Asian Chefs Association (ACA) lucheon is underway! The Asian Chefs Association and Chinese American Community Foundation are hosting this year’s event, part of the ACA’s Chefs Without Borders Holiday Lunch and Dinner. Award-winning chefs and over 100 Asian American community volunteers have come together to serve a free lunch and dinner to the GLIDE community.

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Nov-20-2012

Thanksgiving at GLIDE: A Time for Gratitude

GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program is hard at work planning dinner for an anticipated 5,000 guests on Thanksgiving this Thursday. Our Meals Program, in collaboration with staff and hundreds of volunteers, will prepare hundreds of turkeys and hams, 1,500 pounds of potatoes, 950 pounds of fresh veggies, 312 gallons of stuffing, and a variety of

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Nov-08-2012

Recognizing Potential at GLIDE

by Rachel Parikh, Director Sustainability, SAP Today’s submission comes to us from Rachel Parikh, who recently visited GLIDE for a day of immersion and service. She shares the ways in which GLIDE challenged her to see the potential in all people. It was around 8.30 in the morning and the smells of the Tenderloin were

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Oct-19-2012

GLIDE Volunteer – Regaining Confidence

by Jason Quesada, UBM TechWeb This October, a group of employees from UBM, a global live media and B2B communications, marketing service and data firm, visited GLIDE for a day of immersion and service. Jason Quesada, Digital Media Marketing Manager at UBM TechWeb, shares his experience with us in today’s blog! I recently had the

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Oct-12-2012

Volunteer Appreciation at GLIDE!

GLIDE Volunteers received much deserved recognition from GLIDE leadership and staff at the Volunteer Appreciation Party last night. GLIDE treated volunteers to a delicious spread, including homemade pizzas from Facilities Director, Terry Zukoski. Pastor Karen Oliveto, Reverend Theon Johnson, III, Co-Executive Director Rita Shimmin, and other GLIDE leaders expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the people

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Aug-29-2012

Edelman’s Summer of Service Volunteer Day with GLIDE

By Anne McPherson, Account Supervisor, Edelman Last weekend, 15 members of Edelman’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices and family members were invited to volunteer with GLIDE to make meals for the homeless. GLIDE’s focus areas include feeding the hungry, offering compassionate health care, empowering women to overcome violence and helping men to break free

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Jul-12-2012

Volunteer Experience Reveals Hope, Happiness, and Unexpected Optimism

by Patrick Ciccarelli, CEO of Varsity Technologies When I moved to San Francisco 20 years ago, I knew I had to check out GLIDE and explore their operation. During my visit it seemed like everyone I met asked if I had attended the celebration at GLIDE church. Not wanting to miss out I went to

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Jul-11-2012

Twitter @GlideSF

By: Lindsay Schauer (@SchauerTime) About me: I’ve worked at Twitter since January 2010 on Twitter’s user support team, and spend a good part of my time working on company culture and values projects. When Twitter began to think about moving to mid-Market more than a year ago, many of us were eager to get involved

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Jun-22-2012

Character Study: Be Inspired with Alex Volberding

We sat down with Alex Volberding, GLIDE Legacy Committee Member, to find out what motivates him to give back to the community through GLIDE. The GLIDE Legacy Committee is a radically inclusive team comprised of social entrepreneurs who strive to engage, inspire and educate new audiences of young professionals within the San Francisco Bay Area

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May-18-2012

I was drawn to GLIDE by the soulful music…

by Katharina Neusiedler, 2011 Women’s Center Volunteer I was drawn to GLIDE , probably like many people, by the soulful music. I used to sing in a choir years ago back home in Austria and was in search for a musical home in San Francisco. As I sat at Celebration, Sunday after Sunday, trying to

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May-16-2012

Healing with Tai Chi

The GLIDE Health Services Wellness Center addresses the unique stresses of those who are homeless or marginally housed and makes a variety of alternative care accessible to all. This week, we get to know Kevin Dwyer, GLIDE’s Wellness Center’s Tai Chi instructor. What do you do at GLIDE? I am a beginning instructor in the

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Apr-30-2012

Sustaining Life at GLIDE

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director GLIDE stands for love, hope and opportunity for all.  We rely on your investment in our values to realize these aspirations.  GLIDE is part of the fabric of this City. We are doing important, pressing work to serve the poorest in San Francisco. I read an article recently that

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Apr-17-2012

Laurie "The Toy Lady" Ferreira

What is your GLIDE story? When did you first come? How did you hear about GLIDE? I met Cecil and Jan at a photo shoot in 1990 at GLIDE on a Sunday morning.  It was love at first sight! I have been attending GLIDE regularly after my first visit and began volunteering in 1992. Can you

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Apr-16-2012

Volunteers Make the World Go ‘Round at Glide

by Alison Wisdom,  Volunteer Coordinator From the Health Clinic to the Women’s Center, every program at GLIDE benefits from volunteer support. “Volunteers are an integral part of our beloved community. They bring generosity, love and expertise to our program participants, church congregation, and our operations departments. In return they receive the transformative opportunity that GLIDE

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Mar-27-2012

A "do-good" Place

by Dr. Karen Oliveto, Pastor We at GLIDE are grateful for the many volunteers we get from corporations, schools, and churches.  Did you know we need 20 volunteers for each mealtime?  Without the volunteer hours, we would not be able to provide the number of meals we serve each day to those who are hungry.

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Mar-14-2012

Beauty from the Heart

by Joyce Sood, Communications Manager Last week, Galleria Hair Design salon hosted its 3rd Annual “Day of Beauty” for the participants of GLIDE’s Women’s Center Moving Beyond Survival (MBS) Program. The women received haircuts, dyes, conditioning, styling and facials from a team of talented stylists as part of their journey towards self-love and healing. Moving

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Feb-27-2012

Westfield State is GLIDE!

by Ryan Meersman, Student Volunteer A little over a month ago, a group of 17 from Westfield State University, a Massachusetts state university, were welcomed into GLIDE’s doors for Sunday Celebration.  Tears flowed, bodies moved and danced, voices sang, and our minds were also moved towards thinking about love, justice, and change.  It was only

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Jan-12-2012

Schwab Employees Make the Holidays Brighter for Children in SF

by Jay L. Allen, EVP, Human Resources & Employee Serviced *originally posted on Schwab Talk Blog I’m privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside women and men who daily demonstrate a passion to serve our clients and one another. This spirit of service makes Schwab a special place to work and their commitment often

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Dec-14-2011

Happy Holidays here at GLIDE

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, co-Executive Director GLIDE has come to represent the best of the holidays to me.  Thanksgiving was the kickoff of the holiday season here.  Celebrations of gratitude combined with feeding others bring out the best in our community. GLIDE served nearly 5000 meals during on Thanksgiving, and about 400 volunteers came to

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Nov-30-2011

From GLIDE to Australia, with Love

by Ben Lintschinger, Volunteer Program Coordinator Back in April of 2010, a 17 year old high school student named Olivia “Liv” McFarlane visited GLIDE from Australia and took back with her an infectious idea on how to help her community. “I started up a program where people donate toiletries and my team of 4 girls

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Nov-21-2011

An Interview with Jaz Sawyer: Musician and Humanitarian

How did you first get involved with GLIDE?  My parents met at GLIDE and were actively involved in some of the earlier programs, as well as their own tokens of contributing to community development. How long ago was that? I arrived in May 1978, so that’s how long I have been involved. I’m one of

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Sep-01-2011

Lessons from the Coffee House

by Annie Prasad, Volunteer After a year of absolute intensity at Princeton, I came home to San Francisco, planning on working a 9-to-5 and partying with friends, relaxing before I went back to my sleepless college lifestyle. 3 months later, it didn’t quite work out like that, and this is why. It’s funny how fast

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Aug-16-2011

Random Acts of Kindness

by Dafna Michaelson, Volunteer In the year and a half that has followed since my 2009 Journey across America to find and share the stories of community problem solvers I have been blessed to work with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) to develop materials based upon the stories of my journey which help

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Jul-25-2011

3 Questions with Heather Pond, GLIDE Legacy Committee Member

                    Share your favorite highlight as a member of the GLIDE Legacy Committee. Hands down the Glide Legacy Gala has been my favorite highlight. The event itself requires a lot of dedication and hard work from the committee but it’s well worth it to know we

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Jul-12-2011

Microsoft partners to end poverty

by Michael Kifer, IT Director When you are out meeting people, one of the standard leading questions is “where do you work?” and “what do you do?” When I tell people I work for GLIDE, the conversation tends to shift to how GLIDE has touched them, or touched someone close to them. The conversation also

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Jun-14-2011

I Volunteer Because…

by Brad Gilbertson, FYCC Volunteer I volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide at GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare’s After School Program because I believe that education is one of the most important building blocks and gifts we can give to our children to help them be healthy, happy and productive for their own personal benefit, as

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Jun-09-2011

Summer in the City… and on GLIDE’s rooftop!

by Lindsey Goldberg, Graze the Roof Project Manager and Educator The dynamics of summer season is slowly setting in; bursts of heat, and clear skies, heavy clouds, to gentle fog and light rain. In San Francisco, you never know what the summer will bring. On the rooftop of GLIDE, the dynamics of weather brings energy,

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Jun-02-2011

Volunteering at GLIDE: Presidio Graduate School

by Kate Drane and Amanda Ravenhill, Presidio Graduate, 2011 Our community-service student group, Presidio and Community Engagement (PACE), spent the afternoon volunteering at GLIDE on March 8th. It was a wonderful experience for the 15 students and alumni of Presidio Graduate School to serve over 350 meals to those in need. Our group played a

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Jan-28-2011

Not just serving food…

by LaChe` Graybill, Volunteer Program Coordinator Lots of volunteers come in and think of serving food as just a physical job…oh no my friends, you get some life changing lessons down in the dining room! Each person gets hands on experience on what it means to be radically inclusive, truth telling, loving and hopeful, for

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Jan-13-2011

The ways GLIDE helps the world…

by Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director Yesterday, my 5 year-old daughter asked me to come to her class and talk to her and her friends about the ‘ways that GLIDE helps the world.’  I paused and ask her to repeat her request—‘to come and share the ways that GLIDE helps the world.’   I’ve been thinking

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