Imagining Yolo Davis

Imagining Yolo Davis interviews citizens (imaginers) of this community who are imagining projects that will affect all of us for the greater good. From recycling, music, community groups to park clean-up groups ... the list goes on — private imaginers using their talents to enrich our community.

What makes these imaginers tick and what is so important? The health and well being of our community.

The goal of Imagining Yolo Davis is twofold: first, to learn about a particular project and what motivates the imaginer's participation, and second, to to motivate other imaginers in our community.

This show airs Fridays at 5:30 p.m. on KDRT. Repeats are available on or on your favorite podcast app.

Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

Pen Pals from 1933, on a special Imagining Yolo Davis, Jan. 5, 2024

Today we have a special show with a playlist written by a 15-year-old (Jane Hutchens) in 1933. Jane lived in Bloomington, Ind., and was pen pals with my uncle Joop Pastoor in 1933 and 1934. Jane talked about herself and the music she loved. I do not have any letters Joop wrote to Jane. Joop was born in Holland in 1915 and died in Amsterdam 2013. He lived a long life. Not so for Jane, who was born in Indiana in 1918 but passed away from an illness in 1946. Listen to her letters and her playlist.

I end the show with a couple of songs by local musicians. Check the playlist.

A conversation with Robin Dewey of Team Davis, on Imagining Yolo Davis, Dec. 8, 2023

Today we talk with Robin Dewey, president of Team Davis, which says its mission is to "help enrich the lives of children and adults with developmental, intellectual and/or physical disabilities living in or close to Davis. We sponsor athletic, social, recreational and educational activities that help build physical skills, a sense of camaraderie, and a more fully integrated connection with the Davis community for our participants and their families and support staff."

Team Davis is run almost entirely by volunteers. They enrich lives as well as our community.

Odd Fellows Davis Lodge with Noble Grand Larry Guenther, Dec. 1, 2023

This week we have the pleasure of learning about the Odd Fellows, Davis Lodge. Lodge Noble Grand Larry Guenther explains the mission and opportunities offered by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows -- an amazing and unique group of concerned volunteers -- to help citizens of their community. According to the Odd Fellows Creed, members believe in the universal brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God. Odd Fellowship is non-partisan, non-sectarian, and welcomes all people without regard to religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, and national origin.

The Davis Lodge has more than 80 committees working with its volunteers to make Davis a better community for all of us. Listen in as Larry does a great job of representing the Odd Fellows.

Liane Moody and the many facets of STEAC, on Imagining Yolo Davis, Nov. 17, 2023

Today we sit down with Liane Moody, the executive director of the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, who explains the three areas -- rent, food and bills -- where this Davis nonprofit helps our neighbors who need short-term assistance. This wonderful organization could not function without its many volunteers.

For example, here's more about its Food Project, whose mission is to help STEAC's food pantry "have a steady, reliable source of non-perishable food year-round by collecting food from community members every other month. While food drives are an invaluable and critical source of food, they provide only about 30 to 40% of our needs, and we often run short between these events."

Joy Cohan from Meals on Wheels, on Imagining Yolo Davis, Nov. 10, 2023

Joy Cohan is the executive director of Meals on Wheels in Yolo County, whose mission is "to nourish and enrich the lives of individuals in Yolo County, with emphasis on those age 60 and older, by providing nutritious meals to active and homebound people, thereby promoting their health, well-being and independence."

On Imagining Yolo Davis, Joy shares her passion for the nonprofit's mission as she explains how the distribution works. Getting five meals a week, some hot some cold, to more than 800 recipients, takes a well-oiled machine supported by many dedicated volunteers. She gives us a peek behind the scene, and helps us understand the need for this truly exceptional organization.

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