The month of October marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Knights for Neighbors was present across California for the fight! Our Knights in Ventura, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, to support loved ones, survivors, and those affected by this terrible disease. We banded together in our pink shirts to help raise donations and awareness for critical research across the nation!
Bay Area Knights gathered together at the Alameda County Community Food Bank where they packaged fresh pears to be distributed to individuals and families in need. By the end of the event the team packaged a total of 2,200 pounds of pears! The food bank was incredibly grateful to have our Knights volunteer their time, and help make the possibility of their mission, "Until Everyone's Fed", closer to reality.
For the second year in a row, Knighted competed in the Sacramento Sheriff’s Activities League Golf Tournament where Knighted was one of the largest donors! This event helped the Sheriff’s Activities League fund, a nonprofit juvenile gang and crime prevention organization that bridges the gap between youth and law enforcement through volunteer work, sports, and mentorship.
Knighted proudly volunteered and donated to the Dr. Raymond F. Lopez, Jr. Golf Classic held in Southern California! This tournament benefitted El Concilio Family Services, an organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, helping the Latino and immigrant communities through immigration paperwork, education, and relief services. Knights had a great time either acting as judges for all types of golf games or handing out prizes and goodie bags to participants. Thank you, El Concilio Family Services, for having us there!
On Saturday, July 15, our Knights from Players Casino took to the track and participated in Relay for Life Oxnard! During the 24 hour event, the team raised almost $200 in donations and raffled off some great prizes. All donations help fund cancer research, patient care programs, and make differences in communities across the nation. This was our second Relay and we're proud to say it was a success! We'd like to thank all the Knights that came out to help the fight against cancer!
On Saturday, May 20th, Knights for Neighbors in the Bay Area joined the fight against blindness at the Bay Area VisionWalk! Over 10 million Americans are affected by some type of blinding retinal disease, and walkers like us were able to help raise over $140,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. A special thanks to Supervisor Reagan Yang for bringing this to our attention and being a leader at the event!
Knights for Neighbors had the opportunity to complete its first Relay for Life event in Bakersfield where the team participated in a 24-hour walk to help the fight against cancer! One in every three people will be diagnosed with some kind of cancer in their lifetime, making it a fight that is very personal for many Knights. About fifteen Knights braved cold and rainy weather all day and night to show their support. Special thanks to Emma Selby and the Golden West team for making this event a blast!
Knights for Neighbors had its first company-wide volunteer event, teaming up with Walk MS to assist in the fight against multiple sclerosis! Knights in Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Barbara, and Long Beach took part in a 5K walk to raise awareness of this debilitating disease, while also raising funds for critical research. Over 40 Knights that attended received a special orange “Knights for Neighbors” t-shirt to show their pride in volunteering for this initiative. We can’t wait to to participate in this event next year!
Knights for Neighbors happily helped A Place Called Home with another event in LA: the Cinderella & Prince Charming Project! Through sorting donations and guiding students toward desirable dresses and suits, we were able to help give low-income teens a prom or graduation that they’ll never forget. Our Knights even donated their own apparel and accessories to make sure every student had a chance to find their style!
Knights for Neighbors was able to assist with habitat restoration at the Oakland Zoo! Due to the heavy rains, our volunteers were able to get into the mud for planting and gardening, making sure the exhibits looked their best. An added bonus: our generous Knights were able to hang out and visit the animals in the zoo after their volunteer work was completed!
Holiday spirit spread all over when our Knights joined “A Place Called Home” to sort and bag over 10,000 toys! The organization then distributed the toys to needy families throughout South Los Angeles. We want to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers that donated toys or who signed up for this heart-warming event. You all contributed to the smiles from deserving kids' faces this holiday season!
The One Voice Annual Holiday Food Drive is one of the most beloved (and most fun!) SoCal Knights for Neighbors events we participate in every year. Each year the food program provides Christmas food baskets, toys, and books to 2,500 families (12,500 people) living in poverty in the Los Angeles area. The event is held in a huge airplane hangar near the Santa Monica airport while lively Christmas and pop music is played to get everyone in the spirit. We sorted, bagged, and lifted throughout the night and want to give thanks to all the Knights who participated in this gratifying event!
The Knights for Neighbors SoCal Team participated in the 12th Annual Healthy Family Update and Turkey Giveaway in the city of Compton. For the third year in a row, Knighted Ventures collaborated with Senator Isadore Hall, MLB’s Urban Youth Academy, The Los Angeles Dodgers, and El Camino College Compton Center to provide thousands of local residents with Thanksgiving turkeys. Thank you to the entire Knighted team that came out to volunteer for this years event. Whether you were hauling frozen turkeys, handing out stuffing and canned vegetables, or redirecting foot traffic, your efforts helped provide thousands of families with a meal for Thanksgiving!
SoCal's Knights for Neighbors joined forces with United Way of Greater Los Angeles the morning of November 19th to participate in the 10th annual Home Walk. Our fellow Knights, along with 15,000 others, took off from Grand Park to complete a 5k walk in support of eradicating homelessness. It was a beautiful Saturday morning and the team had an excellent time! We would like to thank those that came out on their days off and after working overnight shifts to be part of a such a great cause!
SoCal Knights for Neighbors took over the streets of Downtown LA at the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 15th. Together with thousands of supporters and survivors of breast cancer, our Knights for Neighbors team joined the sea of pink to raise awareness and walk for a cause. We would like to thank all of our Knights for their help in raising close to $800 to benefit breast cancer research. We'd also like to give a big shout to to our KV team members who came in on their off day, after a long night of work, or right before their shift to walk with us. All in all it was a wonderful morning and the team had a lot of fun bonding while participating in the walk.
Approximately 30 KV team members + family came and we raised over $500.
This month we continued our volunteer work at the Alameda County Food Bank. With the Bay Area becoming one of the most expensive places to live, we are facing a rise in hunger. In Alameda County alone, 1 in 5 families face financial hardship and cannot afford to provide their families with enough to eat. In addition, food banks are seeing a shortage of warehouse volunteers (those doing the back end work), so staff members end up working late through the night.So, because of all of you, we helped bag 11,100 pounds of food! Your hard work and dedication provided hundreds of families with nutritious produce... such an amazing feat!!!
SoCal Knights for Neighbors had a blast at the Walk MS in Long Beach last month on April 30th! Together, thousands of people showed support in the fight against MS, and our Knights for Neighbors team was able to raise over $1,000! One of our Knights, Breanna Dato, reached out to us about her dad suffering from MS, and he'd like to let us know how much he appreciates our effort. In the end, it was a sunny day full of fun and excitement for our team!
Go Knighted!!! Our most recent Bay Area volunteer event at the Concord Food Bank was a success! An amazing group of Knights for Neighbors came out to sort and pack hundreds of fruits and veggies for low-income families in the Bay Area. It was heartwarming to see everyone giving back to the community, even after a long day at work. A special thanks to our rockstars -- Elizabeth, Luis, Tuyen, Joshua, Alexa, Eadie, and Sam -- who came out with big smiles and even bigger hearts.
On November 24th, Knights for Neighbors was lucky enough to ensure that thousands of families in the Compton area had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Classes were given about health dangers like obesity and diabetes, and companies like the MLB Youth League and the offices of Senator Isadore Hall III were able to lend a helping hand.
On Saturday, October 17th, SoCal Knights for Neighbors came together with thousands of others at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in support of the American Cancer Society. With over $196,000 raised in total, the SoCal Knights for Neighbors team was one of the few teams not nationally sponsored to raise over a thousand dollars for the event! Thank you to everyone who came out and/or donated to the event - we were able to not only represent Knighted Ventures this weekend, but we were also able to contribute to finish the fight against breast cancer.
Approximately 60 KV team members + family came and we raised over $2000.
On December 18th, the Knighted SoCal team was lucky enough to work with One Voice LA for their Holiday Food Program. Volunteers from the LA area took part in sorting and packing food for 2,500 needy families in the community; it's estimated that with our help, One Voice LA was able to feed over 12,500 people for the holidays! Our gratitude goes out to all of our volunteers for lifting boxes, sorting food, and making the holidays happier for families in need!
On November 24th, Knighted was privileged to work in conjunction with the offices of Assemblymember Hall for the Healthy Family Update and Turkey Giveaway! Held at the MLB Urban Youth Academy field at El Camino College, the annual event provides free turkeys and canned items for the community of Compton, as well as free medical screenings for adults and children.
According to the 2010 census, Compton has the highest risk for obesity and diabetes in the state of California, which organizations like the offices of Assemblymember Hall and the Urban Youth Academy fight against every day. The event provided services like hypertension testing, HIV screenings, and BMI measures, just in time for the holidays.
Associates from across Knighted Ventures were called to arms on Sunday, October 19th to fight against Breast Cancer! Sadie Moua from the Cordova Casino organized a fundraiser and a walk in Sacramento that was a huge success. Associates of Knighted Ventures raised $540 and the company matched $500 for a total of $1040, putting the team in 10th place as the most amount raised from companies in Sacramento. Aside from the fundraising and the wonderful contributions both by participating in the event and by donating to the cause, we wanted to shed some light on the importance of breast cancer research and how the disease have affected so many lives.
Knights for Neighbors had its first ever volunteer event on December 19th, and it was a success on all counts thanks to the gigantic hearts and refined efficiency standards of Knighted! Coupled with One Voice LA's Holiday Program, we used our amazing sorting, packing, and lifting skills to ensure that families in the Head Start program had food on the table and presents under the tree for Christmas. We even helped set a record for One Voice's attendance, on top of helping the volunteer teams finish two hours early!