Community Outreach

Supporting the communities where we work is important to RMC. Each of our offices has an active outreach program that gives employees the opportunity to contribute to our local neighborhoods and communities.

Walnut Creek office staff pose with donated backpacks

Family Giving Tree's Back-to-School Drive

The RMC Bay Area offices participated in a Back-to-School Drive with the Family Giving Tree (FGT) this summer. FGT's Back-to-School Drive was launched in 1995 with the goal of “closing the educational gap for in-need K-12 students.” Together, the San Jose, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek offices donated 34 backpacks filled with school supplies, an additional 60 Kindergarden-1st grade school supply kits, and over $550 in online/cash donations - totaling a value of almost $3,000! The San Francisco office also received donations from Lotus Water, a partner on our joint-venture contract with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Our contributions to FGT help students around the Bay Area.

San Francisco staff pose while watering plants at the LEJ Nursery

LEJ's Native Plant Nursery and Community Garden

The SF office employees got their hands dirty on July 15th volunteering at the Literacy for Environmental Justice’s (LEJ) Native Plant Nursery and Community Garden. The volunteers spent the morning doing a variety of tasks around the garden including cleaning seeds, hauling dirt, weeding and watering the demonstration garden and nursery, cleaning pots, and sewing seeds. The day ended with a picnic lunch with LEJ staff and other volunteers. LEJ actively works with youth, SF residents, educators, and volunteers to restore ecology, improve environmental health, and strengthen community in southeast San Francisco.

Walnut Creek staff pose after a hard day's work

Earth Day Cleanup

To celebrate Earth Day, staff from the Walnut Creek office and our friends and family volunteered at the Oakland Zoo. They spent the morning removing grass under trees and pulling thistle by the zoo entrance. The zookeepers informed us that the thistles are fed to animals like giraffes, whose leathery mouths can handle the prickly plants.

SF staff pose with donated items

South County Outreach Thrift Store

In December, members of our Irvine office donated their time to the South County Outreach Program's thrift store. The volunteers worked to sort, organize, and clean donated toys, books, and other items. South County Outreach operates the Upscale Resale Thrift Store to support the agency’s mission. South County Outreach distributes clothing vouchers to clients to shop at Upscale Resale to help with the cost of clothing and other household necessities. The revenue that is generated by the store assists with operational costs.

SF staff pose with donated items

Concord Child Care Center Adopt-a-Family

Members of our Walnut Creek office purchased toys and clothing specifically requested by families through the City of Concord Child Care Center's Adopt-a-Family Program. The donated items ranged from warm winter coats and shoes, to sports equipment and action figures. Staff wrapped the presents and delivered them to the program's office; assisting 6 families and 15 children in all.

SF staff pose with donated items

San Francisco Firefighter's Toy Drive

Staff from our San Francisco office purchased toys to donate to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. As shown in the picture, gifts included stuffed animals, coloring books, footballs, games, and still-popular Frozen merchandise. Since 1949, the Program has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2013, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children.

San Jose staff pose with some of the donated items

SARC Gift Drive

Staff from the San Jose office helped shop for gifts to support the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) holiday gift drive. SARC is an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities who live in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties. This holiday season they were collecting gifts/toys for their clients in low income households. They were in particular need of gifts for teenagers, so our shoppers focused on that age group. Among our gifts were games, kinetic sand, nail polish and pajamas.

SF staff pose with donated items

Life Moves Gift Baskets

The San Jose office made several gift baskets filled with Thanksgiving goodies which we delivered to a nearby Life Moves home Thanksgiving week. Life Moves, formerly known as InnVision Shelter Networks, is an organization that the San Jose office has supported for many years during the holiday season. Life Moves’s mission is to provide interim housing and supportive services that create opportunities for homeless families, individuals and veterans to rapidly return to stable housing and long-term self-sufficiency.

RMC SF staff with new rain barrels at Rooftop Elementary

Rooftop Elementary School MakerSpace

A group of RMC’ers, friends, and families from the Rooftop Elementary School in San Francisco joined up for the day to paint and assemble a MakerSpace, which will be used as a classroom for science experiments and shop classes.

RMC SF staff with new rain barrels at Rooftop Elementary

Rooftop Elementary School Garden Rain Barrels

RMC San Francisco joined the Rooftop Elementary School to install rain barrels in their garden. The event involved some creative engineering and a plethora of zip ties to capture rain water from the garden roof and store it in three rain barrels. The collected rain water will be used to water their garden and the whole system will serve as a cool lesson for the students regarding water reuse and conservation. It even rained that day so we were able to catch the barrels in action!

RMC Irvine staff pose with donated backpacks

Families in Need Back-to-School Drive

The Irvine office donated backpacks and school supplies for the Back to School Event for families in need in the South Orange County area. The focus of this event is to assist families in getting their children ready to go back to school with tools for their education. Many families that receive services are in the extremely low income category and often struggle with the costs associated with the starting school season. Each backpack is fully supplied with the necessary materials needed to successfully start the new school year!

RMC staff pose with donated backpacks

Family Giving Tree Back-to-School

The Walnut Creek and San Jose offices participated in a Back-to-School Backpack Drive hosted by the Family Giving Tree. Between the two offices we donated 21 backpacks filled with school supplies that will be sent to low-income K through 12th graders across the Bay Area. In addition to the backpacks, the two offices donated several hundred dollars more to the organization to help supply additional backpacks.

RMC San Jose staff pose with donated blankets

San Jose's Project Linus

This spring staff in RMC’s San Jose office spent several lunch hours and staff meetings working on blankets for Project Linus. Project Linus is an organization dedicated to providing “love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.

RMC Walnut Creek staff removing invasive species from Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Restoration

Members of our Walnut Creek office recently spent the day removing invasive species and restoring grassland at the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in Oakland.

RMC Irvine staff working at the food pantry

Irvine South County Outreach

Staff from RMC's Irvine office spent the morning helping the South County Outreach's food pantry service project. The group sorted, stocked and cleaned the shelves as the fresh food came in from markets and kind donors in the area. The food is then distributed to residents in need.

Sacramento staff planting trees

Friends of Folsom Parkways Tree Planting

In mid-March, a group of RMC employees from the Sacramento office planted 18 trees along the Johnny Cash Trail near the intersection of East Natoma and Randall Drive. Once grown, the trees will one day become a “tree tunnel”, providing shade along the trail.

RMC Northern California staff pose with fruits of their hard labor

Crown Beach Invasive Species Removal

Members of our Walnut Creek and San Francisco offices volunteered at Crown Beach in Alameda to help with the East Bay Regional Park District’s habitat restoration project. The RMC group was tasked with invasive species removal (fennel and radishes).

RMC SF staff pose with donated items

San Francisco Firefighter's Toy Drive

During the 2015 holiday season, RMC employees donated puzzles, soccer balls, books, and dolls to the San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program. Since 1949, the Program has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2013, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children.

RMC Santa Monica staff pose with bags full of collected garbage

Santa Monica Beach Cleanup

In an effort to help protect the ocean from pollution, members of our Santa Monica office participated in a local beach cleanup on May 7, 2015. A significant amount of trash was collected; most notable was the amount of plastic items that were littering the beach including bottle caps, Easter eggs, and discarded sand-castle building toys.

San Diego staff pose with Ronald McDonald

San Diego Ronald McDonald House

The San Diego office recently served lunch to the families of sick children at Rady’s Children’s Hospital. The work was done through the Ronald McDonald House, a facility located adjacent to the hospital which provides three meals a day, napping/overnight rooms, and other amenities free of charge to registered families.