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Campus Clothing Letter

Campus Clothing Letter

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Council members;
 
I am writing you on behalf of Campus California TG, a non-profitorganization operating a clothing donation program in Oaklandand the San Francisco Bay Area.As a result of an article in Oakland Tribune, our organizationrecently came into the focus of Oakland city officials. Theconduct of the city (city administrator's office & codeenforcement) vas very professional and forthcoming and wewere able to come to an agreement in all points connected withCCTG's activities in Oakland. Due to the nature of our work,however we will be continuously paid attention to by the generalpublic and since questions about what is happening in the cityare usually directed to you, I feel it is important for you to be fullyinformed.
 
Campus California TG (Teachers Group) was incorporated in2000 and its main activities currently are:a.)
 
To train and place volunteers in development projectsabroad (The Development Instructor program)b.)
 
To operate a clothing donation program in the Bay Area toraise funds for the Development Instructor program and topromote the need to care for the environment through reuse andrecycling.
 
The development Instructor program is run in cooperation withHumana People To People Federation. CCTG offers completepackages for adults who wish to volunteer in various areas ofdevelopment work in Southern Africa or Central America. Theprogram includes:
 
Different durations of program ( 9, 14 or 18 months), food,lodging & program related travel expenses included,
 
Choice of project type (Education - children or adults,HIV/AIDS prevention, Child Aid, Environment - Tree planting, soil
 
conservation, secure water sources or others),
 
Choice of the destination country (Mozambique, Zambia,Namibia, Malawi or various countries in Central America),
 
Theoretical and practical preparation - In the USA (EtnaCampus, The San Francisco Bay Area and other location)
 
Travel arrangements including visas, vaccinations and othernecessities when traveling to a third world country
 
Regular contact and support during time in Africa or CentralAmerica
 
Final time for evaluation and readjustment after return
 
Since 2000, we had over to 2000 people traveling to the projects.The value of the work they done is reflected in manyinternational awards and partnerships Humana Federation or itsmembers received. An example of a development project withinternational recognition is Children's town near Lusaka, Zambia.This project has been featured in a TV series "The New Heroes",hosted by Robert Redford.(http://www.pbs.org/opb/thenewheroes/meet/zulu.html). One ofCCTG's participants choose this project for her volunteer periodin Africa and spent 6 months there working with AIDS orphans in2007. All the volunteer program expenses are covered partiallyby tuition paid by the participants, fundraising during theprogram, grants from Humana People to People and the profitsfrom the clothing donation program.
 
The Clothing donation program has been started in the Bay Areain 2003. Oakland was one of the first cities where we place thegreen donation boxes and for long time it was also the center ofthe operation, with warehouse first on Filbert St and later in theformer Army base. Only after the base was closed for businessin 2006 we moved to our current location in Richmond. Currentlywe service 26 locations throughout Oakland, and last year wecollected almost 180 000 pounds of used clothing and shoes inthe city. (the whole operation currently has little over 370 boxes

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