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Seedlings PLANTING JOY. GROWING HOPE. ALL WHILE HAVING A BIT OF FUN.

Backpack Builds: Taking our Warehouse Wherever!

Did you know that Family Giving Tree can bring our warehouse experience to your organization? Often, our corporate partners want to host large-scale volunteering events, and we are always impressed by the sheer number of employees that want to help out! Depending on the size of our warehouse or how early we are in our drive, we may not have enough space or volunteer work for all of their amazing (and amazingly efficient) employees. That’s where Backpack Builds come in.

Backpack Builds provide on-site volunteer opportunities for corporate employees. FGT purchases backpacks and supplies in bulk and delivers these materials directly to the event location of the corporation’s choice! Our staff and experienced volunteers then support the employees in assembling their backpacks. With the help of our hard-working drivers, we transport the completed backpacks to our warehouse, where they’re distributed as students get ready to head back to school.

There are 3 main reasons to host builds from a corporate standpoint: convenience, customization, and cost-effectiveness. We’ve held builds in a wide variety of locations (everything from staff lunch rooms to the middle of the Moscone Center) and time frames (anything from one dedicated hour of volunteering to a day-long drop-in event). Interested in the team-building aspect of volunteering? We also collaborate with organizations to create playful, competitive build experiences! And finally, bulk purchasing for these builds allows us to spend a fraction of the average cost that individuals might otherwise spend on supplies. That isn’t to say that we don’t need individual backpacks from donors; in fact, maintaining the balance of physical backpacks being donated to FGT and those we purchase using monetary donations is incredibly important to us. We couldn’t reach the 41,000 students we aim to serve this year without both physical donations and Backpack Builds, so no matter how you participate this Summer, thank you for your dedication to these Bay Area kids!

Boba Review: Bobaholics

Ordering Experience: 5/5 The cashier took our order right from Google sheets and even put our individual names on our items!

Taste Factor: 5/5 Celeste ordered the Peachy Keen with strawberry popping boba, which she described as “refreshing and colorful.” Both Evelyns ordered the “Compassion”--perfectly sweet with jelly customized to suit their different tastes.

Snackability: 6/5 Everyone who ordered a drink also picked up a snack. The tater tots were crispy on the outside and soft in the center, and one order was enough to feed the entire office! Our boba team shared a couple amazing macarons while waiting for their order. The salted caramel and coffee + nutella flavors were definitely a great treat to pass the time with.

Overall: 5/5 The staff at Bobaholics is super-friendly and super-efficient. Evelyn Huynh, our resident boba expert, considers it to be her “favorite of all the boba places we've gone out to during our boba adventures.”

Upcoming Events

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Silicon Valley Shakespeare is producing A Midsummer Night's Dream! From June 7th-23rd, Thursday-Sunday at 7PM, you can watch professional actors tell the tale of mischief, magic, and love for free in Willow St. Park. FGT will have collection bins at every performance, so bring backpacks and school supplies, and enjoy the show!

SubZERO Festival

SuBZERO is an annual arts festival celebrating the emerging and present subcultures in the Bay Area. We'll be hosting an activity booth on both nights, so stop by for trivia, backpack matching games, and a raffle! We'll also be taking backpack and supply donations at our table.

Sunday Streets: Golden Gate Park

We'll be at Sunday Streets on the 9th! From 11AM-4PM, the western half of JFK Dr. in Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway from the Park to the SF Zoo are closed to cars so that pedestrians can come out and play. Visit our booth (we're at the Murphy Windmill at the South-West entrance to GGP), answer trivia about education in the Bay Area, win a raffle prize, and bring backpacks and supplies to donate!

Makers Market Craft Fair

Makers Market is all about American craftsmanship! And since this one is on 6/15 - the Saturday before Father's Day - it's the perfect time to get a one-of-a-kind gift for your one-of-a-kind Dad! At these monthly fairs from 11AM-5PM in Old Town Los Gatos (on 50 University Ave), locals are able to shop from artists in their own neighborhoods. US Handcrafted goods such as jewelry, handbags, ceramics, glassware, soaps, succulents, candles and more are all available! We’ll be collecting backpacks, and spreading the news about FGT’s mission, so we hope to see you there 🎒

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