Volunteers Give Back

Achieving His Goals

If Bruce Mattos could encourage Sacramentans to do one thing, it would be to join a sports team. “If we got more people involved in sports, we’d have a better sense of community,” says Mattos, longtime manager and now referee assignor of the Land Park Soccer Club. “Sports bring fellowship and comradery. Children are too connected to their devices—they need to build relationships.” Read More

Becoming Aware

For Melinda Carson, relationships are key. Whether in her former capacity as executive director of the Sacramento and Northeastern California Make-A-Wish Foundation or as current volunteer extraordinaire for the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, Carson knows that connecting with the community is crucial. Read More
Volunteer Melina carson posing at park

Passion for Pups

Nereo Rebellato is one of those kind-hearted souls who not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. The former Raley’s executive has volunteered for the Sacramento SPCA for the past four years doing a myriad things—one of which is befriending dogs who catch his eye at the shelter, “fixing them up” if they need medical attention or socialization, and then getting his many friends and colleagues to adopt them. Read More
Former Raley's executive Nereo Rebellato with american pit bull terrier porky

Reading Between the Lines

When Fruitridge Manor resident Susan Just started volunteering with AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps—an intergenerational tutoring program that helps children become grade-level readers by the end of third grade—she chose to work with kindergartners because she has “a lot in common” with them. Read More

United by Differences

As a 74-year-old white male, I sometimes fear being profiled by my appearance and lumped into a demographic group. In reality, my experience is exactly the opposite. Every day, I am reminded of the gifts that come from getting to know people of different religions and cultures. Read More

Maintaining Our Roots

To say that Leland “Lee” Ruth has a green thumb would be an immense understatement. The River Park resident not only boasts an impressive agricultural background, he’s also one of the key players involved in the maintenance of Sacramento’s iconic tree canopy. “Trees are being taken out faster than they’re being put in, especially in River Park,” says Ruth, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 40 years (his wife grew up four blocks from their current home). “If we want to continue to have a tree canopy—which beautifies the neighborhood and improves air quality—we have to get involved in planting new ones.” Read More
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