Volunteers & Fresh Food Needed for Holiday Meal 2019

Mia Stein, Chief of Service, and her committee are organizing the winter Holiday Meal to prepare for this amazing event where 300-400 meals are served for the local unsheltered community There is a preparation and set-up shift on Friday, December 13th while the actual meal will be served on Saturday, December 14th from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Our focus this year will be to gather as much warm clothing as possible for our attendees to choose from. In addition, we are hoping to raise enough funds to secure on-site laundry and shower services from a local non-profit!

Here is how you can help:

We have raised over $500 for our goal to reach $4,000 for the event. These funds offset staff costs, ingredients, supplies, decorations, and entertainment among other items. We are deeply appreciative of the many supporting donors who make the Holiday Meal possible. We accept CASH or CHECKS payable to “BHS ASB”.

Checks can be dropped off to Mr. Villavicencio’s mailbox or mailed directly to:

Berkeley High School

c/o Mr. Villavicencio BHS Holiday Meal  

1980 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

Fresh Food Drive

Please sign-up here to bring fresh food donations for the meal.


  • Turkeys (at least 12 needed)
  • Hams (at least 10 needed)
  • Alternative meat options
  • Desserts (Pumpkin and assorted pies, cookies)
  • Bread (Rolls, loaves, Corn bread)
  • Salads (Various salads w or w/o cheese, nuts, dressing) Yams/Sweet Potatoes/Mashed
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese
  • Butter (3 pounds needed)
  • Onions, Garlic, Spices, Herbs, and other assorted seasonings
  • Any Fresh hot or cold dish that you can lovingly donate Fresh food donations can be delivered between 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm on Friday, December 13 or 8:00 am-12:00 pm of Saturday, December 14 to the main doors of the school at Milvia and Allston. There is a loading zone located here. Please indicate what time you would like deliver your donation.

Canned Foods Needed:

Please bring in amount of the following types of canned foods. Any extra Thanksgiving ingredients lying in your cabinets would make a great contribution to the meal. Please consider sending your student to school with a few cans to drop off at the bins located outside of the leadership office in the main building. The food is donated to the Alameda County Food Bank.

*If you have any questions please ask Mr. Villavicencio or Mia S. in the Leadership Office.

  • Beans (Kidney, garbanzo, black, green, baked, refried) Corn
  • Chili (Vegetarian, beef)
  • Soup (Chicken Noodle)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie filling
  • Tomato Sauce or Diced Tomatoes
  • Pasta, Macaroni Noodles
  • Cooking Oil (Olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • Coffee, juice, tea, or other beverages

Warm Clothing & Toiletry drive will take place from now until December 15. With the winter season on it’s way we want to help the homeless community stay warm. We will have bins for donations placed throughout Berkeley High including near the Leadership Office and in the C-Gallery. We are asking people to donate new or gently used blankets and new toiletries including:

  • Warm Clothing such as coats, jackets, socks or blankets
  • Backpacks
  • Toiletry (toothbrushes/toothpaste, soap, shampoo/conditioner, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, kleenex, disposable razors, lotion, shaving cream, and/or other similar products)

Volunteer Info

The volunteer list will be on SignUp Genius and be made available to volunteers in mid-November.


Here is an example of the shifts:

  • FRIDAY FUNSTERS 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Please arrive at 4:00 pm and wait in the cafeteria for the orientation meeting.
  • EARLY BIRDS 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Please arrive at 9:00 am and wait in the cafeteria for the orientation meeting. There may be parking available in the STAFF parking lot along Milvia.
  • SUPER SERVERS: 12:00 – 2:00 pm & 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Please arrive at 12:00 pm and wait in the by staircase to the Library for the orientation meeting. Please keep large bags and valuable items at home. There may be parking available in the STAFF parking lot along Milvia.
  • TERRIFIC TRANSLATORS: When you arrive, please check in with Mr. V. He will provide further instructions and/or direct you to places of need. There may be parking available in the STAFF parking lot along Milvia.
  • HOMESTRETCH HEROES: 3:00 – 5:00 pm Please arrive at 3:00 pm and check in with Mr. V or Mia S. We will assign clean up areas from there with most of the help being needed in the kitchen and moving stuff back to normal in the cafeteria. There may be parking available in the STAFF parking lot along Milvia.
  • All volunteers should enter through the main doors at Milvia and Allston. There will be a sign-in sheet in the Leadership Office/Conference Room B which is important for students wishing to track their service hours. Once you sign-in, please wait in the cafeteria area until the volunteer orientation meeting begins. We will provide a snack for each shift, but please bring anything else you may need to feel comfortable. For Saturday, there may be parking available in the STAFF parking lot along Milvia.

Thank you so much for considering a contribution or for volunteering at the event.

Have a great day!

Berkeley Organizations that focus on Homelessness

Dorothy Day House

Berkeley Food and Housing Project


Bonita House

Women’s Daytime Drop In

Project Night by Night*


The following video and photo links demonstrate the magnitude and impact of the meal, if you have not been a part of it before.


Use the camera on your mobile device to see Leadership Apps!

We are excited to announce the opening of the leadership applications for the 2019-20 school year. Whether you are interested in getting hands-on experience on policy making groups like the School Site Council and the School Board, or making fun, memorable events for your classmates on a Class teams, ASB Leadership offers a variety of ways for you to get more deeply involved in BHS.

Applications are open as of now and will come in a new format.

For the 2019-20 ASB Leadership teams, we will begin using online forms as the main way of accepting applications.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Applications page of the BHS website.

Make your own QR code! Learn more by clicking here.

winter Holiday Meal 2018 recap

Thank you to our supporters, volunteers, staff members, and guests who made the 2018 winter Holiday Meal a success.

We had between 200-225 guests this year while trying a new format with student servers bring food to the table. We were able to offer soup, salad, a main dish (turkey/ham, ravioli/tortellini, fresh veggies), along with homemade potato and pasta dishes. For dessert, there were at least 400 chocolate cookies made along with donated pies, cakes, brownies, and other goodies. There was also plenty of Peet’s Coffee, tea, apple juice, sparkling water and hot chocolate. In the donation area, the Dorothy Day house contributed timely winter/rain gear along with student made toiletry kits. For entertainment, the BHS Orchestra played as guests entered before giving way to Milton & the Innovators performing their Temptations style Motown hits. All in all, it was a total team effort on the part of everyone in attendance to make this event successful. We surpassed our fundraising goal of $4,000 thanks to generous donors! Thank you also to SemiFreddi’s & Terrance Christianson for donations of bread. Thank you to Tiffani Augusta-Gaines and her mother’s workplace for arranging a huge donation of pasta.

On behalf of Sarah W., Chief of Service and the Holiday Meal committee

Holiday Meal Photo’s


We offer deep gratitude for your service to the Berkeley community.

And in reality there is more that needs to be done to solve or mitigate issues of housing, employment, and access to quality medical care. Don’t despair, get involved! Here are East Bay organizations that work with those in need and possible places for you to offer service:

Alameda Family Services
DreamCatcher Youth Services
2325 Clement Avenue
Suite A
Alameda, CA 94501
DreamCatcher Youth Services has been the only safe landing for homeless and disconnected at risk youth in Alameda County who are between the ages of 13-18. 800.379.1114http://www.alamedafs.org/dreamcatcher/
All Souls Episcopal ChurchMeals & Rides program510.848.1755http://www.allsoulsparish.org/
All Souls Episcopal Church
2220 Cedar (@Spruce)
Berkeley, CA
Meal Service 510.848.1755 2nd Sunday @ 4:00 pm510.848.1755http://www.allsoulsparish.org/
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
1901 Fairview Street
Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Food & Housing Project works with people who are homeless to move them into affordable permanent housing as quickly as possible – and to help them remain housed. To facilitate this, we provide an extensive range of food, housing, and social support services at 6 sites over 3 counties – Alameda, Solano and Contra Costa.
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri* 3:30–4:45pm

*A free spaghetti meal is provided by the Lutheran Church of the Cross on Wednesdays
from 4:00–6:00pm.
BOSS Multi-Agency Service Center
1931 Center Street
Berkeley, CA
The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. 510.843.3700https://self-sufficiency.org/
Dorothy Day House
P.O. Box 12701
Berkeley, CA 94712
P.O. Box 12701
Berkeley, CA 94712
Dorothy Day House Community Meal
2138 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709
Our community breakfast is provided 6 days a week, year-round, at Christ Church of Berkeley, located at 2138 Cedar Street (at Walnut) in north Berkeley. Anyone in need of a hot breakfast can join us between 7 and 8 am.925.519.9881www.dorothydayhouse.org
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Come be a part of God’s work in the world! Twice a month, the Street
Meal serves nutritious hot meals to people in need in the Berkeley
community. Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen and greet the
guests; contact Don Louie to sign up (information below). We are
especially looking for people who can serve on a regular basis as
assistant and lead cooks; to find out more about leading in the kitchen,
contact Fran Sheppard at (510) 524-8003 or franshep@juno.com.
Dates: 2nd & last Saturday of each month
Street Meal
Location: Gym (John Knox A), Westminster Hall
Time: Volunteer between 2:00 & 7:00 pm: Set-up at 2:00 pm; Kitchen Crew Leads at 2:30 pm; Greeters and Hosts at 2:45 pm; Kitchen Crews at 3:00 pm. Dinner begins at 5:00 pm
Free Clinic Berkeley
Address: 2339 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
The mission of the Berkeley Free Clinic is to empower individuals and communities by providing accessible, client-centered health services and information.

Since the Clinic opened, there has been an ever-present, albeit dynamic, need for its services as social conditions have undergone shifts and changes.
Clinic Phone: 800.6CLINIC
Harrison House
711 Harrison St. (at 4th.) Berkeley, CA
You must be referred through the Berkeley Shelter Hotline at (866)-960-2132.
Shelter is closed from 9am-5pm every day, open 24 hours for families. There is a separate wing for women and children.
Night on the Streets
Catholic Worker
In addition to weekly meals, NOSCW serves the neediest residents in the East Bay with an overnight storm shelter in winter (at the Dorothy Day House), pantry operation, soup nights, and a variety of other mail, legal, tax, and health services and other outreach that ranges from hospital and prison visits to advocacy for healthcare for the homeless.N/Ahttps://sites.google.com/site/berkeleycatholicworker/
Online Homeless Resource webpage
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Hot Meals for the Hungry
On the third Saturday of each month, volunteers from St. Mark’s
and the wider community cook for 120 guests. The volunteers work in two
shifts. From 1:30-4 p.m. volunteers set tables, prepare and cook the
meal, and prepare box lunches. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., volunteers serve the meal and clean up.
All volunteers are welcome, including one-time or walk-in
volunteers. Call (510) 848-5107 for further details or just show up and
introduce yourself.
United for Health – Suitcase Clinic (18-25 years old)
2300 Bancroft – St. Marks Church
The Suitcase Clinic is a humanitarian student organization and volunteer community offering free health and social services to underserved populations since 1989. Structured around the principles of public health, social welfare, community activism and empathy, the Suitcase Clinic currently operates three weekly multi-service drop-in centers in the city Berkeley: the General Clinic, the Women’s Clinic and the Youth Clinic.510.643.6786http://www.suitcaseclinic.org/partners/united_for_health-2/
Women’s Daytime Drop In Center
2218 Acton Street
Berkeley, CA
The Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center offers free services to any homeless woman and her children. Mon – Fri 8 am – 4 pm510.548.6933womensdropin.org
WOMXN’s Clinic
Address: 2236 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
This past summer, the Womxn’s Clinic relocated to LIFE Adventist Church. All womxn and children are welcome to receive our services, which include medical and professional services, nailpainting, childcare, and more. 510.269.7242
Youth Emergency Assistance and Housing (YEAH!)
1744 University Avenue
Lutheran Church of the Cross
Our mission is to support young adults (18-24) in Berkeley who are currently homeless. We provide basic necessities, offer case management and counseling, linkages to education, employment and housing, and opportunities for meaningful community involvement. Monday-Sunday 8 pm – 8 am. Hot meals, Showers, Pets Allowed510.704.9867yeah-berkeley.org/
Youth/ LGBTQ+ Clinic
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
The Y/LGBTQ+ Clinic strives to provide culturally appropriate and accessible services to homeless and street-identified youth, which simultaneously increases their opportunities for positive social and physical well-being. The clinic space is open to those in their teens and twenties and is LGBTQ+ friendly.510.423.3303https://www.suitcaseclinic.org/youth-lgbtq-clinic

2018-19 Student Elections Results

Chief of Publicity

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] S. CHANG 897 1035

[*] O. ASHLEY 536 602

  1. SCOTT 207

BLANK 96 99

Chief of Service

Candidate Rd. One

[*] S. WEAVER 875

  1. KIRTLAND 744


ASB President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] T. IRWIN 699 874

  1. SHEIKH 534 778
  2. RASHADA 443

BLANK 60 84

ASB Vice President

Candidate Rd. One

[*] M. DE SOUZA 1628


School Board Representative

Candidate Rd. One

[*] A. HARIRI 958

  1. TEZCAN 715


Berkeley Schools Excellence Project

Candidate First Pl. Second Pl. Total

[*] T. WEKWERT 892 672 1564

[*] G. GHOSAL 692 863 1555

BLANK 152 201 353

Sophomore Class President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] R. CHOKKALI 289 335

  1. SPENCER 204 252
  2. PAKTER 100

BLANK 32 39

Sophomore Class Vice President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] K. SULLIVAN 290 346

  1. O’BRIEN 203 242
  2. LEI 98

BLANK 34 37

Junior Class President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] E. HEMP 246 316

  1. GORDON-CH 192 242
  2. KHAN 131

BLANK 25 36

Junior Class Vice President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two Rd. Three

[*] R. ALPER 179 203 304

  1. SHEN 154 188 284
  2. TOMASIK 133 170


*BLANK denotes that a response was not bubbled in for first, second, and/or third choice.

Senior Class President

Candidate Rd. One

[*] S. EWELL-SZ 481


Election Returns 2018

Unity at Berkeley High By Adrian Feinberg

Unity at Berkeley High
By Adrian Feinberg
Berkeley High School is a big place. The institution has 3,200 students to be exact, not to mention the hundreds of staff members found on campus. Such a big place is bound to be diverse, hosting people whose origins span every corner of the earth. While swimming through the oceans of people in the hallways, the humm of many languages can be heard. However, the citizens of Berkeley High are not just divided by race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, grade, and sexuality. Berkeley High is also divided into six small learning communities: BIHS, AC, AHA, AMPS, CAS, and Independent Studies. Thus, in almost every way besides a shared educational institution, Berkeley High School students are seperated.
The goal of the leadership team is to serve all of the students of Berkeley High, and engage them in activities that unite them as one school. Berkeley High is so divided and vast, it can often feel like millions of different moving parts, not one school. Leadership members work hard to remind all students that Berkeley High is one community, all unified in Jacket Pride. This is done by organizing events like Unity Week, which provide events and theme days to feel as one in our school spirit.
But, in order to do this the leadership team needs to reflect the whole student population, so that all voices at Berkeley High in completing the goal of unifying the Berkeley High community. So, the leadership team reflects such a community in order to better help the school accomplish its goals. By having such a diverse team, people are also unified in bettering our school. People of all origins are unified themselves on the leadership team, despite their many differences. Thus, in more ways than one, Berkeley High leadership unifies the many people of BHS.

Ranked Choice Voting by Robert Ezra Stern

This year, Berkeley High will be using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), a system of voting a that allows you, the voter, to, well, rank candidates in various elections. Here’s everything you need to know about this new system in order to vote come March.


How do I vote?

For each race, you will be given the opportunity to select multiple candidates for office. Just fill out your ballot as you usually would, but now you can choose second-choice and third-choice candidates in races with lots of candidates. Learn more.


If I use my second- and third-choice votes, will that hurt my favorite candidate?

Absolutely not. We will only use your lower-choice votes if every candidate you ranked higher is out of the running. By not marking lower-choice votes, you not only don’t hurt your favorite candidate, you lose your voice if that candidate is eliminated. Learn more.


Why are we using RCV?

Simple! RCV is the system of choice of the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Leadership elections are designed to prepare you to vote in real elections, so why shouldn’t they be conducted the same way? Learn more.


What are other benefits of RCV?

RCV has been called “the antidote to negative campaigning”. It consistently produces winners that a vast majority of voters are satisfied with, and always produces a winner backed by a majority of voters. This allows voters to more accurately convey their preferences, instead of voting strategically. Learn more.


How does RCV work?

Slightly less simple! All of the first-choice votes are tallied first. Then the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Normally, their voters would not influence the outcome of the election. However, in RCV, voters whose candidate is eliminated have their vote for their next-favorite candidate counted. This process is repeated until a clear winner emerges. Learn more.