Volunteer Spotlight

Serving the community has been part of Hood & Strong's mission since the day the firm opened for business in 1917, and today is stronger than ever. Nearly 100% of our employees honor this commitment by participating in a regular volunteer activity. In this new feature, we invite you to read about our employees and the organizations where they dedicate their time.

United Way Silicon Valley Women's Leadership Council
Darlene Hall, tax partner at Hood & Strong, recently joined the United Way Silicon Valley Women's Leadership Council. The mission of the Women's Leadership Council is to drive change in early education and to give struggling families better opportunities for success. Darlene has volunteered with United Way Silicon Valley over the past several years, including participating in mentorship and literacy programs for children. To learn more about United Way Silicon Valley, visit www.uwsv.org.

CalCPA East Bay Chapter's Board of Directors
Tammy Sugihara, Hood & Strong tax manager, was elected to the CalCPA East Bay Chapter's board of directors for the 2015-2016 term. CalCPA has 14 chapters in California, and its mission is to increase the value and promote the integrity of the CPA profession. The CalCPA East Bay Chapter serves more than 2,800 members in Alameda, Napa and Contra Costa counties. Tammy has been involved with the CalCPA East Bay Chapter for many years; she chaired the Chapter’s Nonprofit Interest Group committee from 2010-2014. Read more about CalCPA.

California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Raul Hernandez, Hood & Strong audit and advisory partner, was recently elected to the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CHCC) Board of Directors, where he will serve as director of the North Region. CHCC represents the interests of more than 600,000 Hispanic business owners in California. "CHCC plays a vital role in advancing Hispanic and minority-owned businesses, which has positive implications for California’s economy," said Hernandez. "I am proud to be part of CHCC, and look forward to working with chambers and businesses throughout California."

San Francisco Food Bank
On January 8, a group of 27 Hood & Strong employees volunteered for the San Francisco Food Bank. Volunteers participated in the Farms to Family Project, a statewide program that recruits farmers and arranges to ship their surplus directly from the fields to the food bank. Hood & Strong volunteers packed 13,700 pounds of apples, which were delivered to local nonprofit organizations in San Francisco and Marin including schools, churches, and senior homes.

The SF Food Bank relies on the help of volunteers to support more than 450 local non-profit organizations in San Francisco and 45 in Marin. This past year, the work of volunteers was equivalent to 70 full-time staff.

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
For the second year, Hood & Strong is hosting a food drive to benefit the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. The food drive will run from December 15 through Christmas Eve, in both the San Francisco and San Jose offices. The Food Bank will distribute more than 47 million pounds of food to the community this year alone – enough for more than 107,000 meals every day.

In conjunction with the food drive, Hood & Strong employees are participating in a volunteer project at the Food Bank in January, where they will sort, inspect and repackage donated foods for families in San Francisco and Marin. Generosity abounds during the holidays, but there is a need for volunteers throughout the year. As part of its commitment to community and volunteerism, Hood & Strong is proud to support an organization that makes such a significant contribution to local communities. Learn more about the San Francisco Food Bank.

Jorge Servin audit director at Hood & Strong, was recently elected to the Petaluma Community Foundation’s (PCF) board of directors. PCF is a 501 (c) (3) dedicated to encouraging informed and meaningful philanthropic giving. PCF identifies critical unmet needs in the community and channels the contributions of its partners and donors into an interconnected network of programs and services in the greater Petaluma area. Read more about PCF by visiting www.petalumacf.org.

Darlene Hall, Hood & Strong Tax Director, for the past eight weeks, has spent her Friday mornings mentoring two second-grade students at Dorsa Elementary School as part of Yes We Can Read Children’s Initiative, a collaborative effort by United Way Silicon Valley, Grail Family Services, Alum Rock Union High School District, San Jose Public Library, and other local community partners to support young children’s literacy development and later academic achievement, as children who experience quality early learning opportunities perform better in elementary school and beyond. As part of this program, Community Volunteer Reading Mentors work one-on-one with two students for an hour a week, for 8-10 weeks.

"Every week, I left there learning something, and with a big smile on my face," said Darlene. 'Working with Brittany and Jose was the highlight of my morning."

To learn more about Yes We Can Read, visit www.uwsv.org/yes-we-can-read.  

Leslie Deely, director of firm accounting at Hood & Strong, has been volunteering for the Salesian Boys' & Girls' Club, one of San Francisco's most respected and iconic after-school clubs, since 1994. The Salesian Boys' Club was established in 1918 in North Beach as a way to address the large number of delinquent boys who resided in the neighborhood. In 1994, it became the Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club, perfectly timed as Leslie's eldest daughter was then eight. Today, the Club is open to boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, and channels the energy of kids into sports, education, and cultural and music programs, including summer camps and tutoring. Membership is only $10 per year and is open to children of all backgrounds. Leslie previously served as Club treasurer for the SB&G Mothers' Club, and now raises money through Club fundraising events. Last year, Leslie received the prestigious "Woman of the Year" award for her years of service. To learn more about the Salesian Boys' & Girls' Club, please visit www.salesianclub.org.  

Jerry Zhou, CPA, audit & advisory manager at Hood & Strong, has served on the Oakes Children’s Center board and finance committee since 2010. Oakes Children’s Center is located in San Francisco, with a mission to provide educational and therapeutic services to children with emotional disturbance and/or developmental delays. Oakes provides enriched emotional, psychological and educational support to children and their families, and helps the children develop the skills and self-awareness necessary to continue learning and to fully realize their potential within the community. This October, Oakes Children’s Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary. To learn more about Oakes Children’s Center, please visit www.oakeschildrenscenter.org.

Diane Brown has been a member of Hood & Strong's Exempt Organizations department since March 2012, and for the past four years, she has volunteered for Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF). Since 2001, BCEF has been the only Bay Area organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men battling breast cancer. BCEF covers uninsured medical expenses, essential utilities, housing expenses, and assistance with funeral expenses. To date, they have delivered more than $1.5 million in quick, compassionate care to help reduce financial hardship, improve quality of life and enable people to focus on their health and their families.

This year, Diane is volunteering her time for BCEF's main fundraising event, "This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse." The 9th Annual Gala will bring friends and supporters together at the elegant St. Regis hotel in San Francisco on October 18, 2013 to bid on celebrity, couture and designer handbags. 100% of all ticket and auction sales directly benefit BCEF clients.

To learn more about BCEF, please visit www.bcef.org.



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