Mr. Batista S. Vieira has been extremely generous to POSSO since its inception. A presentation of his biography in a hard cover bilingual book, Batista S. Vieira: Builder of Dreams and Realities by prolific Azorean author Alamo Oliveira will take place on Friday, September 5th at 7:00p.m. at the Portuguese Band of San José, 100 N 27th Street. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. All Bay Area proceeds realized from the sale of this book will be 100% donated to POSSO. A heartfelt “obrigado” from the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and clients of POSSO.
On Friday, October 3rd, we will leave POSSO at 8:30a.m. and return at 5:00p.m. Please call to reserve your spot. Transportation, foods, drinks and salads will be provided. If you are able to bring a dessert to share, we appreciate it. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Our sweet bread fundraiser was a lot of work, but a great success! Special thanks to: Alice Sarmento, Helena Oliveira, Manuela Pires, Lucinda Cardoso, Maria Terra, Adelina Belém, Tina Neves, Ligia Sarmento, John Sarmento, Juvenil Nunes, and Joe Nunes who helped with the baking and preparation. Our thanks to Julia Amaral and Rita & Ted Leal for donating the ingredients.
San Jose Earthquakes celebrated Portuguese Heritage Night! It was a sad night for the Earthquakes, but indeed an awesome one for our Portuguese pride. POSSO’s President, Arnold Rodrigues, was presented a $1,000 donation from the Earthquakes and a commendation from the City of San José presented by District 3 Councilmember and Mayoral Candidate Sam Liccardo. POSSO thanks the Earthquakes, Taylor Amarante and Jason Amarante from Fecha a Luz Productions, and all who purchased tickets and gave donations.
The remodeling of our office space is done! I know Agostinho feels a bit cramped, but he’s a good sport and is making the best of it. Although many helped, it is important to mention those who go above and beyond especially in time of need. Art & Sylvia Carroll have been phenomenal in helping us reach our goal to get the entire staff downstairs. A sincere thank you goes outs to a dear friend of mine, Roger Silveira. Roger helped with all the final touches and even amazed Sylvia with his efficiency. POSSO’s dearest volunteer, nurse, food scrounger, and Board Secretary just happened to drive by and came in to dust, vacuum and even paint. Sue Avina, you are a godsend. “Mahalo”!
Become a Partner of POSSO! We have several generous benefactors who donate to POSSO through their employers, whose contributions are highly appreciated. Most companies will match an employee donation, doubling your contribution. Below is a list of companies that have registered/accepted “Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities” (POSSO) as a valid non-profit organization. If you work for one of them, please seek their support for our services.
My dear friend, Vickie Rose, has asked her employer, Cisco Systems, to partner with us. She needs fellow employees to help her reach $1000 in order for Cisco Foundation to match the donations. If you work for Cisco, please join Vicky in reaching her goal for POSSO. We at POSSO appreciate it sincerely.