Why a “Year In Review”? Three reasons: to show potential recruits and the curious exactly what we do; to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our teammates; to inspire anyone who’s wanting to help their communities with very little or no money, and with or without a team.
2016 was a very good year for the California branch of the Initiative. Many diverse events, the most media coverage we’ve had in five years, and lots of new recruits.
We look forward to accomplishing even more in 2017!
Want to join up? Just message us here or on our Facebook page:
We started the year off with a New Year’s Eve patrol and outreach after our midnight celebration.
We picked up 36 needles.
Then we went out again and picked up 56 needles.
We delivered Meals on Wheels to seniors and the ill, every Thursday morning.
Picked up 18 more needles and distributed care packs.
Picked up 46 needles and distributed socks, snacks and mini first-aid kits.
Picked up 15 needles. Rock joined the patrol from her wheelchair (torn calf muscle).
Performed in a David Bowie/Lemmy tribute show to benefit the American Cancer Society.
And here are links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in January:
The California Initiative was in a short video doc by AARP that hit 2 million views!
Rock gets interviewed on The Filipino Channel.
We picked up only 6 needles, but we only had 20 minutes to spare for a needle pickup.
On our Valentine’s Day Outreach, we teamed up with the Superheroines Initiative group and distributed 200 bean-and-cheese burritos, water and home-baked sweet treats to our homeless friends in Berkeley.
We were in an SF Newsfeeds article.
We were in a Laughing Squid article.
And here are links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in February:
Picked up 26 needles
Delivered Meals on Wheels every Thursday to the seniors and ill in our community
Rock was interviewed on Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa.
We patrolled the Silicon Valley Comic Con and took a photo with Stan Lee.
We collected socks for the homeless with members of the SFFD.
We picked up 14 needles.
We added “Phoenix,” martial artist and good guy-extraordinaire to our self-defense instructing team.
We picked up 108 needles.
Regardless of the weather, we spent our weekend nights on street safety patrols and helped to keep others safe.
And here are links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in April:
We were in a movie that premiered on May 1st:
Go see it! It’s amazing and inspiring!!
We picked up 42 needles.
Our band de-escalated a dangerous situation on the way home from a gig!
We picked up 26 needles.
Our self-defense instructing team taught a free self-defense seminar at St. Mary’s.
We picked up 79 needles.
Our CERT team helped to locate a missing elderly man with dementia.
And here are links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in May:
We were featured in Vanity Fair, Italia!!
We delivered Meals on Wheels every Thursday.
We picked up 51 needles and gave out some socks, food and water.
This is the first year we didn’t ride with the Dykes on Bikes, but we did patrol at the San Francisco Pride parade.
We were perched slightly above the crowd in order to improve our vantage point.
We put together our second “Real Life She-heroes and Villains” calendar to raise money for charity.
And here are the links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in June:
JULY: (was one of our busiest months!!)
We picked up 26 needles. (no photo)
We were in the 4th of July parade for the 3rd year in a row.
This is one of our cars in the parade procession.
We took a trip to Salt Lake City to put on a fundraising concert for charity. We were greatly helped by The Legacy Initiative and some amazing Super Villains, Kaptain Blackheart and Baroness Blackheart!!
We got to hang out with our friends/another group of superheroes and Super Villains, the Legacy Initiative and Kaptain Blackheart.
Back at home in the Bay Area, our band played in a benefit concert for over 600 people.
We traveled to San Diego for the 6th year in a row to take part in Project HOPE – a day of homeless outreach for hundreds of people. But before the HOPE event on Saturday, Rock N Roll had a book signing at San Diego’s Upstart Crow book store and cafe.
Here’s her book, which you can purchase by clicking on this link. All proceeds are used to purchase our homeless outreach supplies.
Superhero friends at the book-signing event.
On Saturday we joined dozens of other Real Life Superheroes and distributed packs of survival essentials to hundreds of homeless friends in downtown San Diego.
This a picture of the women of the first Project HOPE in 2011.
And this is the women of HOPE 2015.
Everyone gets into the Hip Hop Trooper’s selfie!
After the daytime HOPE event, the California Initiative and Legacy Initiative teamed up later that evening to put on yet another fundraising concert.
We traveled back to the Bay Area for our own inaugural Project HOPE SF, a week after San Diego’s HOPE project. We were joined by the Superheroines Initiative and a few superheroes from out of town!
We passed out several dozens of bags filled with survival supplies to our homeless friends in downtown San Francisco.
And we still managed to deliver our weekly Meals on Wheels.
Here are the links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in July:
We drove across the country to work with a film crew in the Catskills in New York. Did we mention that Yoda came along for the ride?
You can see videos of Yoda (and us) on our California Initiative Facebook page.
The film shoot was only a week long, but it was very memorable!
We came back home and picked up 74 needles.
We celebrated the California Initiative’s 5th anniversary with a volunteer appreciation dinner.
And here are the links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in August:
Our group posted emergency preparedness tips for National Preparedness Month.
We delivered our Meals on Wheels every Thursday.
On NightBug’s birthday, we met up with Spectre of the New York Initiative and Nyght and Nyghtingale of the Xtreme Justice League.
We teamed up with Spectre and some friends from Europe to pick up 157 needles.
And here are the links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in September:
A Hero By Any Other Name Might Not Be As Sweet
We met up with Temper of the Washington Initiative and gathered outreach supplies while on vacation (in Disneyland).
We picked up a couple of used needles while on vacation!
While in Southern Cal, we got to screen the movie, The Adventures of Miss Fit. Again, Amazing! We highly recommend it! Miss Fit is the head of the MissFits 4 Life Warrior Dash group. Under her leadership, our MF4Life group has raised over $100,000 in four years for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital!! Join our team!
Here’s a link to more info!
Back home, we picked up 107 needles and patrolled during Fleet Week.
We delivered our weekly Meals on Wheels.
And here are the links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in October:
Voted! Provided rides so that others could vote, too.
Spent several days with a crew while they filmed us for an episode of Time-Life/People Magazine’s “American Doers” series with host, James Marshall.
We took them with us and picked up 51 needles, and brought food, clothing and water to our free homeless street boutique.
We provided safety patrols in San Francisco and our weekly Meals on Wheels.
And here are the links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in November:
Our Superhero/Villain Band hosted and performed in a benefit for victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. We raised over $1,100.
We had grey-man safety patrols and helped to keep an injured/unconscious security guard safe until responders arrived.
We delivered our weekly Meals on Wheels.
We helped Veteran families with donations.
We collected toys for the Toys For Tots drive.
And finally, on Christmas Eve, we were joined by members of the Superheroines Initiative to make and deliver over 100 bean-and-cheese burritos, water, coats, socks, sweaters and blankets to our homeless friends in People’s Park in Berkeley, CA.
Here are links to our HEROES 101 Radio episodes in December:
As you can see, it’s been one helluva year for us! We now invite you to consider how you can make a difference in the world by finding a way to serve your community. With 9 Initiative branches in the US and in Europe, we’d like to help you on your way to becoming your own super hero! Please contact us for information, or with any questions/comments:
Thanks for reading and here’s to a super 2017!
– Your Friendly Neighborhood California Initiative