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Asian American Donor Program
June 4, 2013

The Asian American Donor Program is a grassroots community organization that has been an amazing resource and organizing force in Northern California efforts to fight and cure blood diseases. They have been instrumental in organizing efforts around my close friend Nina's search for a bone marrow donor to cure her rare case of lymphoma (more information at

AADP partners with Be the Match, the national bone marrow registry, to educate and recruit more potential donors from all backgrounds. They do provide additional support to those of Asian descent because this group is so largely underrepresented in the national registry. Many people don't know that typing for the registry is *free* and can be done in under a few minutes with a simple cheek swab. This simple act can potentially save the lives of thousands who are searching for a match.

I have volunteered for AADP on several typing drives at companies, schools, and events. I have personally met and worked with their extremely attentive and well-informed staff to organize drives across the Northern California area. It's people like this that make me hopeful we can find a cure for my friend.

In short, I can't think of a better organization working in this space that is more deserving of your donation dollars and volunteer time.

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None at all. They are doing some incredible work.

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Literacy Bridge
March 29, 2013

I have both volunteered and donated to Literacy Bridge for the past 3 years. Cliff Schmidt, the Founder and ED, and his team at Literacy Bridge are making a tremendous difference everyday in some of the poorest parts of the world. Their solution: a simple, yet powerful, technology called the 'Talking Book," which provides an innovative and unique way to fix a problem faced in many poor, rural communities -- the people who live there lack access to vital knowledge needed to better their lives. We love getting updates from Cliff and the team about how the Talking Book is helping to improve the health, education, and economic outcomes of people in some of the most vulnerable populations across the globe.

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
December 4, 2012

I appreciate the work Second Harvest Food Bank does in feeding hungry families in my community. We volunteered at the San Carlos warehouse last weekend as part of group and had a great time. I felt like my time was well spent and we'll probably volunteer again. The staff gave us a short overview of the program and what immediate needs they needed for the holidays. Then they went walked us through a training (we sorted food that was collected through donation barrels placed all over the Bay). It was difficult to remember all the sorting rules but all the staff were helpful and very patient with my many questions.

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