In Depth

Harvesting Hope

*Editor’s Note: In Focus will be starting an ongoing column, discussing upcoming opportunities and events for the Pinewood community.

  November is associated with one thing — Thanksgiving. But many people around our nation and around the globe, might not be focused solely on that this month. People who are sick, people who are in need, all might have a little more on their minds. We love to give thanks — why not help people have something to be thankful for? I invite you to participate in any of these events to help give back.

  This month is also known as No-Shave November, which is centered around, well, not shaving. No-Shave November supports and raises awareness for those who have cancer. Many cancer patients must undergo chemotherapy, which causes people to lose their hair. The goal of No-Shave November participants is to grow out their hair in order to donate the money they would have spent on items like razors, products, threading, and waxing to charities that support cancer patients. To learn more about No-Shave November, visit

  If you don’t want to skip shaving but would still like to give back to the community, there are plenty of community service opportunities in November. One event to donate your services to this season is the Habitat for Humanity Cycle of Hope. In addition to participants in the cycle, this group is looking for volunteers. You won’t have to go far – it takes place in Palo Alto. The Cycle of Hope, which will take place Nov. 3, is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, an organization that repairs homes in low-income areas, builds homes, sells them to low-income families, and offers “housing counseling” to help future homeowners develop the skills they need to succeed in having a stable home situation. You can learn more at If you can’t make it to this or do not fulfill the age requirements, you can always volunteer at (or donate to) Second Harvest Food Bank. To learn more, go to