When Carondelet High School's Jefferson Awards, Students in Action (JA-SIA) Team heard about the evacuated seniors from the North Bay wildfire areas being temporarily housed at Montecito Senior Living in Concord, they immediately wanted to help them. Mrs. Cindy Lawrence, Community Service Coordinator, contacted Montecito Senior Living to find out what items the seniors needed. The JA-SIA Team spent over half of the Club's award money to buy t-shirts, socks, and Chapstick for the residents. They even donated gently used men's jeans. The students wanted to show the seniors that they care and support them during this difficult time.
"My heart immediately went out to all of those who were forced to evacuate their homes from the fire. I could not imagine what they were going through," said Adriana Conte ' 19. "This service project allowed me and the Jefferson Awards team to make a valuable difference in someone's life and bring happiness to them despite what they had been through. I could never pass up this opportunity."
JA-SIA is a nationally recognized club that promotes volunteerism and helps others with community service projects/events. Each year, Carondelet competes in the JA-SIA Regional Competition with other Bay Area schools. Last year, Carondelet's JA-SIA Team was one of the winners for Third Place, and they received a monetary award from the Jefferson Awards Foundation, which they used to fund these generous donations to the fire victims.