Articles & Press Releases

April 30th, 2017

A Sweet Partnership

The Leaven is lucky to have so many wonderful partners in our community, but one just might be sweeter than the others. Jelly Belly Charities have been supporting our programs for many years, and we are so grateful for their support. Recently, Jelly Belly Charities honored us by featuring The Leaven as part of their Annual Charity Golf Tournament. This yearly event is a great community outing, and one of our favorite activities to attend each year. B...Read more >

April 24th, 2017

Community Honor

One of The Leaven's proudest partnerships is our close partnership with the US Military and Travis Air Force Base. Our fighting men and woman give so much to our country and yet are always so willing to give even more to our community, helping to serve their neighbors and make local communities stronger. As part of their commitment to the community, members of Travis Air Force Base have given their time to help us prepare centers and deliver Valentines ...Read more >

April 15th, 2017

Easter Hope

Happy Easter from The Leaven! All of us here wish you a blessed season as you celebrate the glorious news that Christ is alive! This season of new life is a wonderful time to remember all of the blessings and give thanks to those who have invested in our lives. We are so thankful to Real Life Church for bringing new meaning to the season for our Leaven kids by hosting them at the Resurrection event last week. This event was a wonderful learning exper...Read more >

April 7th, 2017

Road to Resurrection

With Easter drawing near, we are excited to share the story of resurrection with our students. At each center we’ll present the story of Easter to our students over the next several days through reading and arts and crafts, but this weekend some of our students in Fairfield will also be attending a very special event to celebrate Easter, thanks to our good friends at Real Life Church. The Road to Resurrection is an Easter Event for everyone! This fami...Read more >

April 5th, 2017

Junior Heroes

As you may know, volunteers are at the very heart of our Leaven programs. These dedicated givers make our programs great. But what you might not know is that not all of our volunteers are adults; we also have a dedicated group of junior volunteers! These older students are an amazing resource for our programs. They stop by after school and help some of our youngest students with their homework and reading, some coming by every single day. These amazi...Read more >

March 27th, 2017

Small Steps for Big Gains

At The Leaven, one of our main core focus areas is reading. We emphasize this through daily reading times and our Summer Success program which helps kids maintain and improve their reading abilities over the long summer break. [caption id="attachment_997" align="alignright" width="362"] Photo by Darin Reyes[/caption] But we work on much more than just reading. Every day our centers are filled with all different kinds of learning, like math, science, ...Read more >

March 21st, 2017

A Cultural Exchange

What makes our Leaven programs so special is that we do more than just teach reading and math; we also offer young boys and girls the opportunity to engage in new experiences and learn about opportunities beyond what they already know. This past month our Leaven kids got the chance to learn about a new culture and make new friends when they were invited to join a Chinese New Year celebration at the Vacaville Homestay Program. The Chinese New Year, or Sp...Read more >

March 15th, 2017

Hometown Hero

When you think of the word hero, many different people could come to mind. To you a hero might be a parent, soldier or even a man or woman in a cape. We at The Leaven are honored to work with a true hometown hero, our own Board President, Joe Allio. Joe is better known as Chief Allio, and is a 30 year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department, serving as the Police Chief for the past 2 years. He has faithfully served multiple community organizations in...Read more >

March 3rd, 2017

The Gift of Time

One of the keys to The Leaven’s success is our amazing troop of volunteers who help out at our programs every day. Our volunteers help students learn reading and math, but the greatest gift they give to our students is their time and attention. Each program servers up to 30 children, so the more volunteers we have, the more individual attention we can give to each student. [caption id="attachment_1209" align="alignright" width="497"] Photo by Darin Re...Read more >

February 24th, 2017

Our Inspiration

A few months ago, we asked all of our friends to join with us in voting for The Leaven in Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Awards. And you all delivered! So many of our wonderful friends and supporters voted for us, and your loyalty paid off when, just a few weeks later, we were named the Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Truett Cathy Honoree, winning a $100,000 grant from Chick-fil-A. This week at a special ceremony in Southern California, we were presen...Read more >
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