The following list details events, programs and services, and tangible items that are in need of sponsorship at Whistlestop. For each opportunity, we are happy to discuss public recognition options that may be of interest to match your charitable corporate goals.
“Whistlestock” – 60th Anniversary Benefit Concert
In celebration of Whistlestop’s 60th anniversary in 2014, and in honor of those over 60 who are still giving so much to our community, we hosted a benefit concert aptly named “Whistlestock” at Rancho Nicasio. This has become an annual event featuring legendary musicians: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe McDonald, Peter Kaukonen, the former It’s a Beautiful Day Band, Sopwith Camel, and Ace of Cups, Imperial Messenger Service, Sal Valentino of the Beau Brummels, Barry “the Fish” Melton, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Lester Chambers and the Mud Stompers, and Norman Greenbaum. The 2016 Whistlestock concert will be held on Sunday, 9/25/16.
Find out about 2016 sponsorship opportunities HERE.
Multicultural Intergenerational Exchange
This unique program gives native Spanish-speaking older adults the opportunity to share their culture and language with local high school English-speaking students who are learning Spanish. Here are a few quotes from the students:
“Thank you so much for helping us practice our colloquial Spanish! It has helped a lot. I appreciate how patient and easy-going you have been. I realize it can be hard to listen to teenagers who are butchering your native language. Your visits have shown me that what we are learning in class has a real world application: conversing with people! Thank you again.” – Sam B., a Junior
“It was a pleasure to talk to you all when you came to Drake High School. I was fascinated by all of your lives and the interesting experiences you’ve had. I feel as though I learned beyond Spanish and learned the rich history with which each one of you holds. It was a great learning experience.” Jamison B. Sophomore
A sponsorship of this program could help us grow the frequency of visits and variety of schools we could visit. A sponsorship of $5,000 would help to cover transportation, staff, lunch for the older adults and supply costs.
Meals on Wheels Route Sponsorship
The Meals on Wheels (MOW) service provides weekly home delivered meals from a friendly face to over 250 homebound older adults around Marin County. While federal funding helps cover part of the program’s costs, we must rely on our community to make up the difference. A Meals on Wheels route sponsorship is a wonderful opportunity to help raise awareness about the program and demonstrate your commitment to older adults in our community. A $1,000 sponsorship will provide a magnetic sign on our volunteer driver’s vehicle with your company’s name or logo for the month of your sponsorship. Click here for more details.
Jackson Café Food
The Jackson Café offers a friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome to dine, but those 60 or better get a full lunchtime meal for only $6.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members. The meals are deliciously prepared by the student graduates from the New Beginnings Culinary Academy. Our corporate giving program sponsors the food costs in the café for a period of three months for $5,000. For the duration of the sponsorship, we provide large appreciation, recognition signs (16″ x 48″) on the backs of two of our para-transit buses, signs on every table in the café and a ¼ page acknowledgement in our monthly Whistlestop Express newsletter with a distribution of 25,000 throughout Marin.
In addition to the sponsorship of events or programs and services, we have a number of tangible items that we need to continue our operations.
We currently use 150 chairs in the Jackson Café and program areas and 20 meeting room chairs all in need of replacement. A sponsorship of $17,000 would cover this need. We are happy to discuss public recognition options for this sponsorship.
We currently own two Toyota Prius Hybrids for our Meals on Wheels home delivery service. We would like one additional Prius for staff and volunteers to use for deliveries. A sponsorship of $25,000 would assist us in purchasing a new model. We are happy to discuss public recognition options for this sponsorship.