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Willows, CA

Lamb Derby Parade in Willows and Glenn County Parade in Orland (annually) – We donate a bus and staff volunteer to walk the parade routes and pass out candy.

Glenn County Resource Fair (annually) – We donate a bus and provide transit information to pass out at booth for advertising community local resources. Also, we provide activities for children, items for give-away, and a drawing for a monthly pass.

Glenn County Health Fair (annually) – We show up with a bus, schedules and different program information to assist the community in using the bus to get to their health care appointments. Also, we provide activities for children, items for give-away and a drawing for a monthly pass.

Reality USA Event – Staff participate in this event at the local senior high school. Students participate in a mock life experiences where they are given a certain amount of money and different life scenarios. Representatives for each scenario are available to assist the students with decisions. As an example, scenario elements could include opening a bank account, having a baby and caring for it, child safety issues, renting an apartment, grocery costs, paying utilities, purchasing a car, insurance, paying for a speeding ticket, going to court, going to college, and finding alternative transportation. This is an exciting experience and full of fun trying to help these kids learn how to save money by using bus transportation.

Kindred Adult Spirits of Glenn County Saint Patrick’s Celebration (Annually) – Staff participate in bowling and/or game day events.

Strength for Willie (2012) – A community-wide event held for a young man that was stricken with Leukemia. Community had a fund raiser to assist the family with medical, lodging and travel expenses to the Sacramento area. Paratransit donated Bus Passes and help with the raffle. (He received a bone marrow transplant is doing well.)

Lower Lake, CA

Toys for Kids (2008-2012) – Paratransit Services Lake Transit staff provided transportation beyond our normal bus routes to children in the community to see Santa and his elves at the Lake Transit Authority facility. In 2012 we provided rides for over 700 kids and received a letter from Congressman Thompson thanking us for our contributions and past efforts. (The following year the event was moved to the high school, which is served by our standard routes.)

Clearlake Cleanup Day (annually) – In May 2014 a team of eight employees from Paratransit Services' Lake Transit operation volunteered their time to clean the Olympic Drive Corridor for the 10th Annual Clearlake Cleanup Day. Our Lower Lake crew plans to continue to participate in this annual event.

Make A Difference Day (annually) – Lake Transit participates in the National Make a Difference day program sponsored by the Lake County Hunger Task Force. The project scope is to collect non-perishable food items in coordination with the Hunger Coalition, Ameri-Corps and numerous other volunteer organizations. Paratransit Services’ Lake Transit staff parks buses at local grocery stores, and collects food donations with the goal of "stuffing the bus" with food. The donations are then distributed to local senior centers and community service groups.

"Thank you so much for allowing the use of two Lake Transit buses for our 5th annual Stuff-A-Bus event in Lake County on October 25. ... We collected a total of 4273 pounds for the event, and you helped us make a difference in the lives of fourteen local food pantries and four senior centers. On behalf of the Lake County Hunger Task Force and NCO Community Action, we thank you for your participation." --Lori Gray, Event Coordinator, Lake County Hunger Task Force (11/3/14 letter)

Veterans Community Projects (annually) – In 2012 our local staff provided transportation for Veterans for VET Connect Stand Down functions with free rides for the day. Our Assistant GM coordinated these activities, which has become an annual event for our Lake Transit team.

Medford, OR

Central Point After School Program and Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Staff volunteer at the school for after school programs and run the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

AA Meetings/Sponsor Alcoholics/Addicts – Staff volunteers at the County Jail and have become AA sponsors for individuals serving time.

Food Baskets and Christmas Gifts – Staff prepares and organizes food baskets and Christmas Gifts for kids for the needy in the community.

Care packages for Military and College Students – Bi Annually staff organizes and prepares care packages for those serving in the military and college students.

Asante Rogue Regency Medical Center – Staff volunteers at this medical center assisting maintenance staff and assembling furniture for the hospital.

Lake Creek Rural Fire Protection District – General Manager volunteers and is a Captain for this fire department.

Department of Fish and Wildlife – General Manager volunteers and teaches hunter education for this state department.

Bend, OR

Central Oregon Veterans Outreach – This is a Veterans health outreach project providing free rides to struggling Vet’s and their pets for free medical, dental and veterinary exams and treatment at the county fairgrounds.

Commute Options Week – Free ride day on the opening Monday, to encourage folks to use alternative transportation to decrease traffic and the carbon footprint in the community.

Earth Day Celebration – We provide a bus and driver to man a booth to distribute literature and answer questions.

PTAC (Public Transit Advisory Committee), CAT (Citizens for Accessible Transportation), and Bend MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) – General Manager has been a regular member of these organizations for planning future transit for Bend the Central Oregon region.

Longview, WA

Veterans Stand Down (annually) – we provide free transportation for Veterans for a full day.

Project Homeless Connect – People participating in this event could ride the bus free for the day.

Senior Fair (annually) – We provide drivers and buses to be on display for tour and education about all the services available to local community seniors.

Local Assisted Living Homes – Provide travel training for people living in these homes.

Red Bluff, CA

Christmas Lighted Tour – For the 13th Annual Lighted Tour in 2012, we utilized 11 buses and served 227 passengers. Cookies and candy canes were given out. Carols were sung and the passengers chose the best decorated home out of 11 choices. Staff had a great time and so did our passengers.

Red Bluff Rodeo and Parade, Corning Olive Parade, Red Bluff Downtown Christmas Parade (annually) – We are a participant in the parades with a float and we also provide transportation for the events.

Stuff the Bus and Food Drive Campaigns (annually) – Staff have Stuff the Bus campaigns for food to help both local homeless shelters and underprivileged families. They also give Turkeys for families each Thanksgiving.

Shoeboxes for Kids – Staff members in this make a Difference Day of civic volunteerism sponsored by USA Weekend magazine. The Shoeboxes are filled with various gifts for children in need.

Kids fair at Fairgrounds – Annually participate with staff and a bus to teach kids how to ride and navigate the transportation options open to them.

Civil Way Days, Boat Drags, Salmon Festival, and Orchard Festival – Provide transportation for these annual events in Red Bluff.

California Emergency Management Agency – Paratransit is a member of this organization and the General Manager and staff have been active participants in planning and drills for the community

Calaveras, CA

Food Drive (2011/2012) – Stuff the bus / Santa's Express – Staff participated in a food and money drive through Thanksgiving and Christmas and were able to raise significant donations. The buses were parked in five different locations and collected 7,280 non perishable food, $1,716 monetary donations and 227 turkeys/hams.

Senior Awareness Conference (Annually) - We donate transportation service for seniors who wish to attend the annual Senior Awareness Conference at “Frog Town,” as the fairgrounds at Angels Camp is affectionately known. This is an outreach event to inform local seniors of the many programs that are available to them.

After-School Transportation (2011-12 school year) - When the local school system canceled service for after school programs, we were able to re-route a run to accommodate students who still wished to participate in extra-curricular activities. (We received a nice “Thank You” letter signed by the Calaveras High School Track and Field Athletes.)

Social Services Technical Assistance Committee (Ongoing) - Our General Manager in San Andreas, Cynthia Lawrence, is Chair of the Social Services Technical Assistance Committee, which serves as a forum for identifying unmet needs and opportunities for social services in the local community.

Interagency Transit Committee (Ongoing) - Our General Manager in San Andreas also holds a seat on the Interagency Transit Committee, which examines ways to implement transportation services to improve the quality of life for area residents.

Lassen, CA

Christmas Lights Tour – The General Manager and his team utilized four buses to provide a Christmas Lights tour for the Elderly and Disabled. It was a successful event and our GM there reported a good time was had by all!

Veterans Ride Free – In appreciation for Veteran’s service to our Country, Lassen Rural Bus invited all Veterans to ride for free on Veterans Day, Friday November 11, 2011. The Veteran’s just had to tell the driver, “I served”! The event was well received by the Transit Board and the community.

Bremerton, WA

Georgia’s House (opened April, 2011) – Named “Georgia’s House” in honor of the late Georgia Mattson, a local resident who advocated for people who are homeless, the shelter provides housing for homeless women and their children. Paratransit Services is leasing the building for the shelter for a nominal one dollar per month. The project was spearheaded by the Weaver Foundation (a group based in Port Orchard) in partnership with the Bremerton Rescue Mission. See video

Corporate/Brokerage Staff Bremerton Foodline (annually) – Each year Paratransit Services’ employees give donations to the Bremerton Foodline. In 2016 we donated 252 lb of food; in 2017 we donated 238 lb of food, plus 26 lb of non-food items and $45 cash.

United Way campaign (annually) – Paratransit Services works with the local United Way chapter each year and holds a United Way campaign drive. In 2010, the United Way of Kitsap County presented Paratransit Services with a Campaign Chair Challenge Award for our outstanding efforts.

National Women Build Day-Habitat for Humanity (annually) – Staff participates in the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Day each year in May.

Presentation to St. Gabriel Church Mission Team (2018) – On August 6, 2018, Paratransit Services Board of Directors Chairman Bill Mahan, and Director Mary Ann Huntington visited St. Gabriel Church in Port Orchard, Washington, to give a presentation to middle school students who are members of the parish Mission Team. They spoke to the students about the importance of transportation for their neighbors in need, and the assistance provided by Paratransit Services. The Mission Team is made up of youth and adults who set time aside in the summer for community service activities.

In appreciation for the presentation, the Mission Team sent a wonderful "Thank You" letter to Mr. Mahan and Mrs. Huntington.

Letter from St. Gabriel Mission Team

Letter from St. Gabriel Middle School Mission Team

Night to Shine (March 2019) – A prom for people with special needs who are 16 years of age or older, Night to Shine provides a wonderful opportunity for attendees to receive VIP treatment as they get dressed up in formal attire with corsages and boutonnieres, and then have a fun time together eating, dancing, and singing. At the end of this festive evening, each Night to Shine guest is crowned as a king or queen of the prom.

The event, which is being held in Silverdale, Washington, is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, and hosted by newlife church. Paratransit Services is a community sponsor, and our Executive Assistant/Clerk of the Board, Kristen Syreini, is volunteering.

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