Updates from Week Four in Pleasanton, Oakland, Dublin, and Union City

Union City

Union City Week 4 - ES Tristhan

Tristhan with the riddle of the week, “How many apples grow on trees?….. All of them :)”

Everything has been running great this past week at the Union City site! We are well past the halfway mark for our goal of GHC, nearing 150 completed appointments. Our outreach team has done a fantastic job scheduling appointments even without a wait list of people to go off of. We are striving to achieve the most this summer, and our Energy Specialists continue to be up to the challenge with whatever we throw at them. Avi and Jesse won our competition of getting the most referrals for the week, so they received free giftcards to TGI Fridays. Emily and Catherine won a different competition by making the least amount of mistakes on their forms. The prizes for them consisted of a free rock climbing coupon and a $25 gift card to Amazon. We have many more incentives for our Energy Specialist to come, which means they will stay motivated to be as professional and hard working as they can.

-Emilio

Oakland

This week in Oakland we have been very successful. We have gotten more than 50 appointments and referrals keep coming in. it has been difficult for us because one of our ES’s had an accident and had to leave the rest of the day but another group stepped up and took on their appointments. They have improved a lot in their professionalism as many of our clients inform us as we call back. We have also canvassed at many community centers which give us many appointments and keep us busy helping those in need. looking forward to next week to and those adventures..  

-Brandon

Pleasanton

Pleasanton Week 4 - Team with donuts from Jodi

Executive Director, Jodi Pincus, brought us donuts! Thanks for the donuts and the support, Jodi!

Despite the overwhelming amount of cancellations in week 3, the Pleasanton site has strived past adversity. We have serviced a wide variety of clients from houses in Ruby Hill to retirement homes and apartments. No house is too big or too small for our Energy Specialists. We are hungry for appointments and it is up to you to quell our insatiable appetites! In other news, we have collected a fair amount of donations thanks to the generosity of local businesses. A special mention goes to our Energy Specialist Darren for winning this week’s referral contest!

-Kennan

Dublin

After another fully scheduled week of Green House Calls, our highly motivated group of Energy Specialists have surpassed the halfway mark of our goal to service 250 Dublin residences over the course of this summer. What is even more impresive, is the fact that they have achieved this milestone with the absence of a fourth team. We have now contacted every person on the extensive waitlist of Dublin citizens who wished to take advantage of this free service, and we still have several appointments available! If you or anyone you know are interested in receiving a free Green House Call, please click here.

-Jason

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Week Four is Underway! Updates from Vallejo, Vacaville, Benicia, and Marin Sites

Benicia

Benicia Week 4 - Outreach Table

Week 4 is here! The past Friday was delicious as our team celebrated their hard work with pizza, chinese food and ice cream with hot fudge. We are proud of our youth for powering through as we try to inform Benecia residence of this new program. While we have been reaching out to Benecia locals, we have also met residents of Vallejo and Martinez who we are able to share program information with. Today our Green House Calls are low, so we are taking the day as an opportunity to do more outreach. The image above is our team stationed at 7-Eleven for National Hot Dog Day. Regional Outreach Manager, Molly, is spending the day with us as well to take some of our Energy Specialists on canvassing runs. Later on we will be going to the Soup Kitchen “to provide a service to people”, said by Kenya Wright. From Green House Calls, community service and canvassing, our team is helping the community in various ways. Raphael says that his favorite assignment is outreach because he loves wearing the mascot costume. For Julius, he really enjoys Green House Calls because he gets to “feel welcomed by the residents” and gets to know them more. Sometimes outreach comes with “cold shoulders”, but he feels the most welcomed on Green House Calls. At the end of the day, we are just community members who want to help one another. Each one of us is an individual from different walks of life with different experiences, but one thing we all have in common is that we care for the environment and our neighbors here in Breezy Benecia.

- Dharshini N.

Vallejo

Fourth week of Green House Calls (GHCs)! This week and last we booked some apartment complexes and our Energy Specialists (ESs) worked full days away from the office to perform 70 GHCs. They did extremely well working together to get the job done. They provided consistent quality service and dealt with the clients in a very professional manner. I’m planing to have a pizza party for them next week to celebrate their accomplishments.

-Faith

Vacaville

Vacaville Week 4 - Goal Thermometer

Hey everybody! We’ve almost reached the 4 week mark. We only have 2 weeks left. My team is working hard. I’m very happy because we are in the process of getting a 75 unit apartment complex. That’ll help boost our scores up and take us to the lead in the region. Wish us luck. Also our team has excelled in being able to canvass and get a lot of on the spot appointments. I’m very proud of them because it really helps develop their social and public skills. I’m looking forward to the professional development tomorrow on resume/cover letter writing. I can’t wait to see how beneficial the training is in helping the Energy Specialists understand the necessary steps to take to apply for future employment.

-Steven

Novato and San Rafael

Marin Week 4 - bagels

The Novato and San Rafael sites had yet another great week. Clients were delighted with their Green House Calls and the Energy Specialists were highly successful in procuring referrals. Last week the sites were also pleased to enter into a relationship with a bakery allowing us to receive essentially limitless day-old bagels whenever desired (the first batch is pictured above). Friday yielded an engaging and informative professional development about interviewing skills and resume and cover letter writing. The lesson was followed by an enjoyable burrito party. The teams continue to work diligently this week and celebrate the half-way point of the program.

-Katie

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Week Three Updates from CYES Sites!

Fairfield

Fairfield Week 3 - Lightbulb change

Week 3 has now begun. As the “Fairfield Force” we had 34 Green House Calls (GHC) in week 1 and 50 in week 2. To set the ultimate goal we are shooting for 80 GHC in week 3. With our very educated Energy Specialists (ES) in Fairfield we can accomplish this goal and knock the houses down. The city of Fairfield has been so cooperative with everything that we are providing and the installations that are being done. Left and right we walk and people point us out and put a good word in for us. We get appointment after appointment and every one receives our services.

Said By Schetar Akoto (ES) “This has been an amazing experience. I love going out there and making the changes the community needs. Seeing the amazement on the clients faces and the happiness and relief after we are done. In a recent home the lady told us that her bill was in the triple digits and she loved everything that we did to save her money. I took the initiative to tell her that I will check back for an update and see how shes doing with the CFL’s and how that bill is doing. All in all I love my job, I love what I do, and I’m very excited that they are all free.”

Said By Steven Carpenter Jr. (ES) “Free, Free, Free. When clients hear that it’s free they jump onto our program right away. I love the experience that I am getting through Rising Sun everyday and all the efficiency that is being spread through the city of Fairfield and Suisun. I have taken an interest in CFL’s and everything that we are installing. Our site is great and my partner Schetar has been fantastic. We make a great duo that keeps going and installing every fixture that has an incandescent.”

It’s A Great Week To Save Some Energy!

-Nawid    

Hayward

Hayward Tree Planting - Week Three

This was an exciting week. We had our Hayward tree planting event, where we all learned how to correctly plant and care for trees. Not only did we have a full schedule of appointments but we also made time to thank the earth by planting a tree in order to offset the driving we do during Green House Call appointments. Then in a couple years we can go back and show our kids and grandkids the tree we planted and explain the importance of giving back to the environment. Apart from that, the site competition is getting very competitive. Last week two Energy Specialist won a gift card to Cheesecake Factory which caused everyone else to work harder. All four teams are looking forward to winning the prize this week.  

-Maria

Fremont

Fremont Week 3 - ES sorting materials

 

Fremont’s site is rising up to it’s challenge of breaking the current Green House Call record of 362.  All of the teams are comfortable with each other which provides great adaptability, initiative, and teamwork no matter what the cost is. We’re pushing our ESes, driving them to be faster and stronger as they get through every appointment. It’s critical that they do this because they have the potential schedule of doing five appointments a day. When there’s downtime, we send our Energy Specialists out canvassing trying to schedule more appointments or helping out around the office, especially with breaking down the torchieres.

-Geron

Vacaville

This week we improved by a lot. we wound up hitting the 103 mark. I’m very excited and proud of my Energy Specialists because of their hard work. Professional development went great for us last week. My Energy Specialists also improved on their time management and better quality on the Green House Calls. So far so good for my site. We have the best site and staff and we are not afraid of any challenge. Some of my Energy Specialists have had cancellations and have come back with seven more appointments just from canvassing. Top That!!! Thank you for checking in with the Vacavillians.

-Steven

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News from Antioch, Richmond, Dublin, and Martinez CYES sites!

Antioch Week 3 - Azalea and Ifeoma

Antioch Energy Specialists Azalea & Ifeoma preparing to go on a Green House Call

Antioch

 

It was an awesome week three at the Antioch site. We are moving right along on our green house calls with a record number of 87. The Energy Specialists (ESs) are working very hard to surpass the goal of the organization by servicing as many of their family and friends with Green House Calls as possible.

Our first professional development was Friday and it went great. We learned about our identity statement and how we can better communicate with future employers by promoting our best skills and attributes. We also, enjoyed a donation of lunch from Chipotle Mexican Grill. It was very nice to eat and learn at the same time.    

-Brandon

 

Richmond

 

The Richmond Squad has been hustling very hard this week in order to help our community. Each team has mastered, or is on the verge of mastering, the arts of energy efficiency and have provided information about CFL light bulbs that astonish the clients. Also with the help of our energetic Outreach Manager, Grant, we were able to set up a Rising Sun dojo at a shopping plaza. People walking past were curious about our presence and teaching of what we call the “Green Life” and asked if they can be taught. Many were frightened but with the expertise of our Squad we were able to sign up at least 15 people in one day. Marking this week as one of the greatest weeks of all! We doubled Green House Calls from last week and yesterday we were able to service at least 17 houses. As a Squad we are trying to push our limits in order to teach our community the way of the “Green Life”. Richmond Squad!!!

-Souriya

 

Dublin

 

It has been another extremely busy, yet productive week here at the Dublin office of California Youth Energy Services! We have had cancellations here and there, but community outreach efforts from the entire team have kept us on track to exceed our goals for the amount of clients served this summer. So far, our total count for completed Green House Calls is approaching 100, and our incredible team of Energy Specialists have recieved excellent feedback for their professional demeanor within the community. As the summer is progressing and our team is becoming more time efficient, we have been able to schedule more and more appointments daily so we are able to reach every enthusiastic Dublin resident who expressed interest in our program. This week, we will be attending the Emerald Glenn Farmers Market to book our last remaining appointment times for the year. We hope see you all there!

-Jason

 

Martinez

 

Martinez Week 3 - Charlotte and Marcus - week three winners

Charlotte and Marcus – winners of the week’s referral challenge!

Standing in front of the Energy Specialists (ESs) after a long day of Green House Calls, the managers were preparing to announce the winners of the referral competition that had been going on for that week. Silence engulfed the room with anticipation and every ES listened attentively for the hope that it would be them. Finally the managers proclaimed with a grin “Charlotte and Marcus are the winners!” Both ESs stood up and happily accepted their Starbucks gift cards. The ESs that did not win fretted not, because they would have another chance to win a gift card for week three, and soon we will have another team victorious. Besides the competition the “Martsians” continued their best efforts to spread the word about this amazing free program. The Outreach Manager and LIFT even helped participate at a food bank and were able to get over 30 referrals while volunteering to feed people! Yes, it seems that our Martisian adventurers have been striving for excellence and going against any adversity. Week three approaches its end and along with it a mid point to this summer program. how will our Martisians do with another week gone by?? Stay tuned as we continue the MARTISIAN ADVENTURES!!!

-Juan

 

 

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A CFL is Only as Bright as its Dimmest Coil. . .

Pleasanton Week 3 - Wii E-waste

WE ALSO COLLECT e-WASTE! OR SHOULD I SAY Wii-WASTE? LOL

Pleasanton

The Pleasanton site has serviced almost 100 houses as it moves its third week. We have been tabling to promote our service at 80’s Night on Main St, the Pleasanton Library, and the Pleasanton Senior Center. Thank you to all those who signed up! Our Outreach Manager, Robbie, and a group of Energy Specialists got to plant a tree at Stoneridge Mall! Tight! When they aren’t occupied with Green House Calls, our Energy Specialists (ESs) are either out trying to schedule more appointments or lending a hand around the office. So far, the teams have all been getting along well and are more confident now that they have a good amount of experience. We will be switching up the teams soon, however, to give the ES’s a chance to get to know and help one another. After all, a CFL is only as bright as its dimmest coil.

-Kennan

 

Dublin

It has been another extremely busy, yet productive week here at the Dublin office of California Youth Energy Services! We have had cancellations here and there, but community outreach efforts from the entire team have kept us on track to exceed our goals for the amount of clients served this summer. So far, our total count for completed Green House Calls is approaching 100, and our incredible team of Energy Specialists have received excellent feedback for their professional demeanor within the community. As the summer is progressing and our team is becoming more time efficient, we have been able to schedule more and more appointments daily so we are able to reach every enthusiastic Dublin resident who expressed interest in our program. This week, we will be attending the Emerald Glenn Farmers Market to book our last remaining appointment times for the year. We hope see you all there!

-Jason

 

Oakland “Oa(klean)”

This week has been a very positive. The Outreach Manager has stepped up and has been collaborating with other community centers in orders to reach the public and has been very successful. He has contacted stores as well in order to do more outreach and continue the fluidity of the appointments. We also gave our referral victors (The Energy Specialists who got the most referrals at their Green House Call appointments) their prize which was a 10 dollar gift card to Fenton’s Creamery which they were happy to see. We decided to rotate the ES groups which has been good so far and hopefully it stays that way.

-Brandon

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Updates from Dublin, Union City, Pleasanton, and Fremont

Fremont Team Picture - Week 2

Fremont team looking serious

 

Fremont

 

I was given the chance to be one of the Energy Specialists for the whole day, “Oh man, I’ve missed being an ES.” We’re all working hard to provide the service to as many clients as possible, serving as many as four, maybe five appointments a day. At this pace, we should be hitting close to 100 Green House Calls by the end of this week. The ultimate reward for our hard workers is being able to say, “We did this. We accomplished our mission. We made our society that much more sustainable.” Of course a little pizza party is icing on the cake.

-Geron

 

Pleasanton

In our second week of Green House Calls the Energy Specialists really started to get into the swing of things. The week’s focus was on canvassing and outreach. Our youth were out in the field gaining important social and professional experience. They worked on their Professional Development and created Identity Statements that will, no doubt, aid them in the occupational world for years to come. Shout out to Energy Specialist Teddy for winning this week’s referral contest!

-Kennan

 

Dublin

 

I am proud to report that after a week of extensive training and practice, the Dublin site is off to another excellent start. We completed over 40 Green House Calls as of July 9, and already began to accumulate a large pile of old incandescent light bulbs and E-Waste to be properly disposed of. From the time I spent at the Farmers Market speaking with people in the community, I can tell that the city of Dublin is responding very positively to our efforts to cut back on residential water usage during the current drought.

 

This being our second year in Dublin, we have a long list of residents who we were not able to service during our program last year. Alfredo, our Outreach Manager, is working tirelessly to piece together a schedule of convenient appointment times for those who have been waiting since last summer. Meanwhile, our Site Manager, Dan, is actively working behind the scenes to ensure our office continues to operate at its full potential. Despite being short-staffed, this group of Energy Specialists is doing an excellent job of managing their time while working an overbooked schedule. That being said, I am greatly looking forward to seeing how the rest of this summer plays out!   

-Jason

 

Union City

 

This past week our Energy Specialists (ESs) at the Union City site have been very excited about all the Green House Call appointments they have been doing. To keep up with all the hard work that our ESs have been doing, we have started a friendly competition to see who can get the most referrals and scheduled appointments for this upcoming week. The team that gets the most referrals will win a Jamba Juice gift card, while the team that gets the most scheduled appointments will receive a $25 gift card to a place that will be named once the winner is announced. This incentive program is a great way for our Energy Specialists to have some fun while maintaining a professional work ethic. Stay tuned to find out which Energy Specialists are our weekly winners.

-Emilio

 

 

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Checking In with Hayward, San Rafael, and Novato CYES Sites

Hayward

Hayward Tree Planting - Week Two

The Hayward team planted a tree to help offset their carbon footprint!

Over the past two weeks we have served more than fifty homes in Hayward. Many interested clients have given us referrals as a result of our good work. Although there are still a few cancelled appointments here and there, we are able to pull through by canvassing. There is one Energy Specialist (ES) in particular, Maria, who is awesome at finding appointments on the spot. Due to her outgoing personality, the other ES’s are more comfortable doing door-to-door canvassing. I am excited to see individual growth as the summer progresses. Two different teams have won the weekly prize awarded to the team with a mixture of  the most referrals and on the spot appointments. This is a good way to keep all ES’s working diligently while also having fun and getting rewarded for their work.

- Maria G.

 

San Rafael

 

The San Rafael site had a highly productive past week with each team scheduled for five appointments a day. When not busy with Green House Calls, the Energy Specialists helped around the office without being asked. This was especially important as it allowed the Outreach Manager to leave the office to interface with the community without the site becoming less organized. The team switch (changing Green House Call partners) on Tuesday of last week only increased the positivity and effectiveness of the site. The San Rafael teams’ motivation will be further enhanced by the roll-out of a referral incentive program as well as a whole office party with the Novato site. The small but mighty San Rafael site continues to impressively serve the large territory of San Rafael and southern Marin County!

-Katherine

 

Novato

 

This past week, Novato’s Energy Specialists continued to impress their managers and community with their promptness and positivity. With once youth-phobic homeowners thrilled with the service they received and referring their friends to the service, the Novato site has truly been succeeding in their goal to service their city which is diverse in beliefs and interests as well as race and socioeconomic background. Outreach at venues like the Novato Farmers market, the food bank, and senior citizen programming has yielded great results with most teams having full schedules fully comprised of Novato addresses. Furthermore, collaboration between the Managers and LIFT for Novato and San Rafael has allowed the Outreach Managers at both sites to leave the office more frequently to advertise the program. Gearing up for the first team switch and professional development as well as a pizza party, Novato has alot to look forward to.

-Katherine

 

 

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