Working & Volunteering


Blossom Birth – Your Resource for Pregnancy, Birth & Parenthood

Are you a new or expectant parent? Looking for advice and support? There are lots of places in the Bay Area which provide support, classes and events for parents. We’ll highlight a few of them in the blog in the coming months. Our first spotlight will be on Blossom Birth. Blossom Birth is a non-profit education and resource center that provides parents and birth professionals with a balanced, non-judgmental view of pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting. Through classes, workshops, support groups, and accessibility to community resources, Blossom strives to support and inform expectant and new parents to raise healthy, secure […]


Deborah’s Palm – A Community for Women

  I’ve been living here in the Peninsula for nearly two years now, and I’m still discovering new things every week. This weeks’ discovery was ‘Deborah’s Palm’. A fellow CCIS volunteer at Stanford pointed me in their direction. I met with Katie Ritchey, Founder and Executive Director, to learn more and wanted to share this great resource with all of you. Katie, born and bred in Palo Alto, retrained to be a counselor after her children had grown. As part of her final project she was tasked with researching a non-profit that she would be interested in working for upon […]

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Culture shock coming home?

When you are planning to go abroad for any length of time, you probably expect to experience some degree of culture shock when you arrive in your new city. Your mode of transportation may change. You’ll probably have to find a new supermarket and bank. Some new experiences will be exciting….like finding your new favorite restaurant, bar/pub and Saturday afternoon hangout spot, while others will just be a pain! I certainly experienced some culture shock when I went abroad, but I did not realize that I would have to go through the same thing when I finally came home! I […]


International Rescue Committee & Life in the Bay, making a difference together!

The IRC offices in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Turlock (Northern California) offer many opportunities to assist with refugee resettlement. Whether you have time to act as a professional mentor, or even just help with a trip to the grocery store. You can make a difference.


Refugees in the Bay Area: How You Can Help

Resettlement in the US is their only beacon of hope. It is discordant to what America has always believed in…Isn’t the Statue of Liberty a symbol that signifies freedom from oppression? What about refugees fleeing from persecution in Syria, aren’t they entitled to life and freedom too? They’re every bit as human as you or I.