Philanthropy - Community


Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs, as well as ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships with four types of canine assistance:

  • Service Dogs assist adults with disabilities by performing daily tasks like picking up dropped items and opening doors.
  • Hearing Dogs alert the deaf and hard of hearing to important sounds.
  • Facility Dogs work with professionals in a visitation, education or healthcare setting.
  • Finally, skilled Companion Dogs enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.
  • All of this is provided to the recipient at no cost for the life of the dog.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Attend graduation, an awe inspiring ceremony when dogs and their people are presented upon completion of training
  • Prepare and serve lunch for the students and their families during their Student Team Training period.
  • Volunteer with registration during various fund raising events, such as the DogFest Dog Walk.
  • Walk the local fundraiser.
  • Volunteer as a puppy raiser.

Gifts From the Heart

Each month at our Business and Luncheon Meetings we gather items to support our community and philanthropies. Members or guests may bring these items to either meeting. Members are not required to participate. Each month our newsletter and Web page will list the "gift" we are collecting.If you have any questions please contact Kay Sanchez.

Penny Pines Reforestation Program

Penny Pines Reforestation Program - In 1941, the San Francisco Sportswomen Association began this program for reforestation in CA. The AWC has supported Penny Pines since at least 1965 through monthly donations of loose coins and have planted over 86 acres of tree in this reforestation program.