I was up early on that Sunday morning, and I walked down the shoreline to a point that looked across the bay to the SFO airport and took some shots of our planes taking off. Later, I had a little brunch and listened to the jazz quartet that was playing in our hotel lobby. Then, it was time to load up our buses and head to the Alice Griffith Opportunity Center and do a little Community Service.
The Center is a part of Mayor Gavin Newsom's Communities of Opportunity (COO) initiative in San Francisco. COO is currently focused on city government, residents of the southeast corner of the city, and philanthropic organizations to fundamentally change the way these three groups work together to transform neighborhoods and revitalize areas of the city that have been long neglected.
Our two bus-loads of volunteers divided up into groups. Some helped clean up the garden and other public areas; others played with some of the 400 children that are supported by the center; still others prepared the afternoon meal; and a final group loaded school supplies for the back packs we were giving away.
And then, there was ice cream and a DJ for some street dancing. There was even a little Hokey Pokey!
We had a great time, and it felt good to give back to a part of the community that has been so supportive of our return.