Oct 1, Pacifica, CA-

Jazz sensation, Jacqui Naylor, treated 40 lucky guests from the Bay Area and beyond to a performance of her newest CD release, "Lucky Girl" to
raise funds for expansion of Kids 4 Change into chapters throughout the Bay Area.  

The evening was a clear, coastal night, filled with original jazz pieces and artful covers,  fine art by Nicole Keating, wine poured from Napa and Lake Counties, and gourmet food pairings throughout the evening.

Read the article in Pacifica Patch     Jazz Night Helps Kids Change the World

Local fundraiser a success.  By Jody Webster October 12, 2011

Jazz sensation Jacqui Naylor treated 40 lucky guests from the Bay Area and beyond to a performance of her newest CD release, "Lucky Girl" in Pacifica on Oct. 1 for a private charity function benefitting the local organization Kids 4 Change.  The evening was a clear coastal night filled with original jazz pieces and artful covers, fine art by Nicole Keating, wine poured from Napa and Lake Counties and gourmet food pairings throughout the evening.  Donors included Ridge Vineyards, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Sweetwood Guitars, Organized Chaos, Ma{i}sonry and more.  Attendance helped raise funds for expansion of Kids 4 Change into chapters throughout the Bay Area.

Anticipation of the release of Jacqui Naylor's eigth album has been high.  Released September 27th, the newest material from the sultry, smoky singer is a refreshing foray into wine-sipping, star-gazing jazz. National Public Radio has discribed Ms. Naylor's style as bringing a new twist to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes - without high-tech assistance.

Kids 4 Change is a Pacifica-based non-profit which involves children in charitable giving and local community service.  Children in the most recent project collected donations and packed 12 boxes which were sent with letters from the kids to military personnel in Afganistan and Iraq.  The next project begins October 14, for children in grades K-5.

 Kids 4 Change is pleased to announce that our organization and President, Jody Webster, accepted a national honorable mention for a Real Action Hero Award in New York City during the popular, celebrity-supported FFAWN gala  from the Good Well Giving Group . 

 The entertainment for the evening included performances by Anita Baker, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Jill Scott, Queen Latifa and more, and was attended by three Kids 4 Change Board Members, Amy Mayo, Kim Jones and Jody Webster. 

The Good Well Giving Group, founded by Madeline Nelson and sponsored by Mary J Blige, recognizes and promotes women who "do good so others can live well".   This award is their first annual recognition of  Real Action Heroes within our community "who make strides daily to improve the way of life for women, children and animals as well as tackle the ever-important issues concerning our education system, environment and cultural preservation."

Kids 4 Change, founded in 2007 by Ms. Jody Holman and Ms. Amy Mayo, both local Pacificans,  is a grassroots, educational and charitable organization which teaches children that even small acts of kindness can improve the lives of others.  In the past four years, Kids 4 Change has raised funds for The Global Fund, Habitat For Humanity, The San Bruno Fire Fictims' Fund and more, all chosen and driven by the children; the children served the community, raised funds, donated to charity and participated in micro-lending projects with the intent of making other people's lives better.  The K-2 group just concluded Project Gorilla, raising money for little Kids Rock and the Rob Schneider Foundation by making cards they sold around town.

An enormous thanks to all of you for helping make this possible!
GoodWell Newsletter

Kids 4 Change makes a difference for firefighters and fire victims

Pacifica Tribune, November 4th, 2010

Hudson of Kids 4 Change presented a check to Fire Cpt. Andy Sloane for $500, which the organization raised at its annual fund-raising event. This year's event was held Sept. 11 at A Grape in the Fog. Kids 4 Change's current project is raising money for the victims of the San Bruno fire.

Kids 4 Change raises money for good causes

 On the evening of Sept. 11, Kids 4 Change, a local, grass roots non-profit, hosted its annual fund raising event with the gracious help of a new local wine bar, A Grape in the Fog. Kids 4 Change raised funds to support its ongoing community service, micro-lending and charitable giving projects for kids who want to make a difference in their communities. In attendance were several members of our Pacifica Fire Department. From the proceeds, $500 will be donated to the Pacifica Fire Department in their honor. 

Left to right, Officers Dominici, Sullivan, and Brown with Kids4Change Board Members and Pacifica Residents, Stephanie Hanepan, Karla Robbins and Kim Jones
(Submitted by Jody Webster)

Pacifica Tribune  Posted: 03/30/2010 05:03:13 PM PDT

Save the Vallemar palms

Last Sunday, March 28, in a David vs. Goliath face-off, a group of children and concerned citizens gathered in Vallemar for a book recycling and fundraising effort to save 11 century-old palm trees from being cut down by PG&E. Kids 4 Change, a non-profit children's group which performs charitable services and funding, voted unanimously to make saving the palms their current cause. They rallied Sunday with other children and adults to raise awareness about the fate of the trees they love.

The trees, Canary Island Palms, were planted in this urban forest circa 1906, more than 50 years before the city of Pacifica was incorporated. Stunning in appearance with large fronds that drape majestically from the crown, the trees are threatened not by disease but by poor urban planning. Though they are only one third of the way through their estimated 300-year lifespan, last Tuesday night, Pacifica's Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Commission voted to allow PG&E to kill the first three of these trees, which are at risk of becoming a safety hazard, because the city does not have the money to move the utility poles or underground the wires.

The core issue is that the trees have now grown close enough to PG&E's high voltage lines to present a fire and electrocution hazard. Citizens have argued this was a foreseeable consequence of placing lines directly above these trees which have, naturally, grown taller.

As of now, PG&E is not willingto fund environmentally friendly solutions such as redirecting lines, extending poles, or undergrounding the wires.

In the past 50 years, hundreds of trees have been removed from the rarefied tree-laden neighborhood of Vallemar, many of which were sick, or at the end of their lifespans.

Now the remaining healthy palms are at risk only because PG&E placed power lines directly in their line of growth, and the severe trimming required would kill them. Concerned citizens and Kids 4 Change are now joining with a local non-profit, the Vallemar Conservators, which has been working for decades to save and replace the lost grandeur, and to raise awareness of this situation in hopes of finding a solution other than removal of the trees.

The book sale will take place on April 17, in the same neighborhood, and all proceeds will go towards saving the trees.

To learn more about the palm crisis go to www.vallemarpalms.com.  To donate or learn more about Kids 4 Change please visit www.kids4change.org. All monies raised between now and April 17 will go to saving the palm trees.


SF Chronicle April 15, 2010

Residents of Vallemar, a district of Pacifica, are fighting with PG&E about the fate of four 100-year-old palm trees. The utility company wants to cut them down because they are reaching power lines. The residents think the trees are treasures and that cutting them down would ruin their neighborhood (and destroy the homes of owls who live in the trees).

Meanwhile neighborhood children in Kids 4 Change have joined in the campaign. Some of those kids spoke at a rally March 28, and this week they've been organizing books to sell to benefit their cause. (The installation of taller utility poles, which would put greater distance between the trees and the electricity, would be costly; PG&E estimates more than $40,000; the group takes issue with the figure.) Meanwhile, the kids have collected two truckloads of books, to be sold at $1 each. The sale is Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 119 Berendos Ave. in Pacifica. -- LEAH GARCHIK

 Pacifica Tribune

City Council to decide the fate of the Vallemar palms Neighborhood holds rally to save them

Pacifica's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission voted unanimously March 23 to allow PG&E to cut down three Vallemar heritage palm trees, but the decision has already been appealed to City Council.Council is expected to hear the matter as soon as possible as the trees have grown so tall they present a hazard to the high voltage electrical wires and PG&E can no longer trim them without potentially killing them. The trees slated for removal are located at 197 Ramona, 477 Reina del Mar and 835 Reina del Mar. Besides those in immediate danger of touching a high-voltage wire, nine more palms are growing close to the danger line. Some will jeopardize the power line in about a year's time.

A PG&E representative at the meeting said PG&E would pay for the cutting down of the trees and for the replanting of other trees on the sites. The proposed new trees, mid-sized in 40-gallon containers, would grow out in many directions, not straight up like a palm tree, and max out at 25 feet tall. According to letters received by City Arborist Aren Clark from PG&E forester Erin Parks, the city or local residents would have to be responsible for bearing the cost of funding other options to save the palms."PG&E cannot spend ratepayer funds to relocate or underground the lines," she wrote.

Since 2007, Vallemar neighbors, city representatives and PG&E have been meeting to come up with other options. Options noted included raising the poles, which would cost $10,000 per pole and would postpone the removals for several years, moving the trees at a cost of $10,000 per tree, or undergrounding the utilities. Reina del Mar is not currently on the city's priority list for underground conversions. Palmetto Avenue, West Manor Drive, the area around San Pedro Creek and Highway 1 from Linda Mar to Crespi are on the priority list.

Vallemar residents beseeched PB&R to find other solutions other than cutting down the trees. Several residents spoke about the issue of foreseeability — that when PG&E placed its poles near the already existing palms, planted around 1906, the company should have known this was going to someday present a problem because the palms have a very long lifespan."Does PG&E have a duty to the neighbors?" asked Rich Campbell. "PG&E has had decades to do something with the trees. Moving the lines or undergrounding the lines is their responsibility."

Alp Sendil, a leader in the fight to save the palms, told PB&R he thought PG&E should be responsible for paying for undergrounding the wires.The community has started fundraising and so far raised $7,000 toward the projected cost of $42,000 to provide a solution for the trees other than killing them."We need more time to come up with a comeback offer," said Josh Gordon.The local grassroots organization, Kids 4 Change, kicked in another $900 from a tree rally on Palm Sunday and will donate all proceeds from a later book sale.

Patti Wylie, a member of the Palms Committee of the Vallemar Conservators, said, "We want to keep these palms. We don't want small trees in their place. Canary Island palms have survived a tsunami and an earthquake but cannot survive man.""We'd like to have a good relationship with PG&E," said Jeff Moroso. "The long-term solution is to underground. Every year, branches fall and the power goes out. I'm sure it's a huge expense. I'd like to see the long-term analysis. We can get an assessment district together to pay for undergrounding."If undergrounding is pursued, it will come with some cost to the residents, said Van Ocampo, director of public works.Nancy Murphy said cutting down the palms will put a pall on everyone's enjoyment of the neighborhood."This is not just for the residents. This is a park. Lots of people come to use it and enjoy it," she said.

PB&R Commissioner Bruce Banco said he felt as if the commissioners' hands were tied. "We have to consider public safety as our primary charge. I don't want to cut down those trees. City Council needs to hear what the residents are talking about," he said.Commissioner Richard Zuromski agreed. "I don't want to see a tree cut down either, but this is a real safety issue. Everybody has had lots of time to think about this. Now is the time to lobby City Council for undergrounding," he said. "We are going to vote our conscience," said Commissioner Julie Hartsell, "but this is a wake up call for you to focus this energy on PG&E and the city."PB&R Commissioner Greg Cochran volunteered to serve on a committee of commissioners, PG&E representatives and Vallemar residents to hash out solutions for the future to save the trees not in immediate danger.

Last Sunday, Palm Sunday, the local Kids 4 Change baked sweets and gathered their books to sell to fundraise to save the trees.Speaking into a karaoke machine in a Vallemar front yard that borders a couple palms, the kids told the audience why they love the trees and why the trees should be saved. About 30 children, their parents and neighbors gathered together to brainstorm ideas, share feelings and, for the kids, enjoy a read aloud of "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss.Kids 4 Change member Joya Palmer said, "The trees are home to animals. If they cut them down, the owl will have to go away.""If they cut too much down, people might die because the trees produce oxygen, which people need to breathe, and the owl might die," said Kids 4 Change member Solia Mayo, 7, who, with Hunter Acheson-Lagios, 9, brought up this cause for the group to vote on to put their fundraising energy behind.Eli Mehrling, 9, said it's just not fair. "The trees were here first. PG&E put up poles not thinking the trees were going to get bigger," he said.Hunter Acheson-Lagios said the kids are planning another rally April 17, but probably won't realistically be able to raise all that's needed to save all the neighborhood trees. The rally and book sale will be held on April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 119 Berendos.

City Council Member Julie Lancelle, who attended the rally, said collaboration is important. "I think it's important for the city, the neighbors and PG&E to work together," she said.

Pacifica Riptide 

February 19, 2010

Kids 4 Change Make Lots of Change

 If you have found time between downpours to take a stroll along the curvy trail at Rockaway, or have been able to enjoy the huge surf there in the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the trail and beach areas are a little bit cleaner than usual. For their first project of the year, Kids 4 Change decided to clean up. Ten children spent time collecting six bags of trash from our beautiful coastline. Ranging in age from 5 to 8, these children are part of local nonprofit Kids 4 Change, which teaches kids that even small actions can make great change. The kids vote on a service to perform in their community, a way to raise money, and a recipient of their hard-earned cash. This project raised more than $135 to be split between Habitat for Humanity and a project in the Philippines through KIVA, a microlending organization.

On February 12, Kids 4 Change teamed up with Ocean Shore School to increase awareness within our community about heart disease. Ocean Shore teachers educated students about how to keep their hearts healthy, and each student designed a Valentine's Day Card to sell. They raised more than $200 on behalf of the HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY ASSOCIATION and CHILDREN'S CARDIOMYOPATHY FOUNDATION, the leading organizations for funding research and supporting families with these life-threatening conditions. Cardiomyopathy is a chronic disease of the heart that can lead to heart failure and/or sudden death in severe cases. Some 600,000 people in the U.S. suffer from it, and one in 100,000 children are diagnosed every year with it. Cardiomyopathy in children can be acquired (e.g., viral infection or cancer chemotherapy) or inherited through one or both parents.


Photos by Holman Photography. Below: Kaiya and Paige. Above: front row, left to right--Kaiya, Nate, Paige, Peter, Lucca, Calvin, Isaac, Hudson, Solia, Keaton, Ely, Sylvana; back row, left to right--Karla Robbins, Catherine Mehrling, Kim Jones, Amy Mayo, Sarah Northrop.



Kids 4 Change Feel the Holiday Spirit

Pacifica Tribune

Kids 4 Change raised money for Habitat for Humanity by collecting change, $130, from local neighbors by knocking on doors in Vallemar and describing who Kids 4 Change is and what we do. Kids 4 Change cleaned up the beach from Rockaway to Linda Mar as a service and donated whatever contributions they gave us to Habitat for Humanity.

The holiday party was an additional fundraiser with raffle items and baked goods the following week where neighbors came and opened gifts from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A percentage of what was raised at the holiday party also went towards Habitat for Humanity and administrative costs towards our non-profit.

For more information, contact http://www.kids4change.org/.

Copyright Kids 4 Change 2011  (All artwork on this site has been created by Children in Kids 4 Change)

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