Thatâs the question I mumbled to the police, landlords, and other tenants as we gathered around the mess created by the Labor Day burglary at the commercial building that Be the Star You Are!Â® 501 c3 has called home since 1998.
Vandals had broken down double bolted locked doors, scattering wood and sheetrock in the hall, stealing video and production equipment used to create Be the Star You Are!Â®âs award winning radio programs and uplifting webisodes. Drawers had been ransacked, books flung from the shelves, paper strewn throughout the rooms. With limited financial resources, the nonprofit canât afford adequate insurance for business property coverage. âA benevolent benefactor is needed to help with essential annual expenses,â said volunteer, Greg.
When Rachel, a ten year volunteer veteran of the charity and the Making a Difference Reporter on the Voice America Kids Network, Express Yourself!â¢, heard the news, she cried. âIâm a journalism major now in college, and without Be the Star You Areâs help and direction over the years, I wouldnât have had the unique opportunities with real life reporting experience. Having our modest offices burglarized is unacceptable.â Other volunteers said they were shocked, saddened, and sickened. âWe donât have very much,â commented Jennifer, âand what we do possess we use to help others shine. â âIs there anything I can do to help,â Caie, a co-host of Express Yourself!â¢ and frequent contributor to Lamorinda Weeklyâs Teen Scene exclaimed.
Doug at the UPS store was outraged that this burglary had occurred. âBe the Star You Are!Â® does so much for our community and country, especially our teens. I hope that people everywhere will help support this nonprofit more.â The UPS store offered to print flyers for our Letters for Literacy programs and upcoming essay contest.
On Saturday, September 28th, I, along with many of our young volunteers will be hosting writing activities at the Pear Festival at our Be the Star You Are!Â® booth generously sponsored by The Lamorinda Weekly. âIâll be at the booth to meet the public all day,â said Youngjoo, writer for Teen Scene and host of the radio show, âand our donation box will be prominently displayed. We are going to have fun and move on.â For more information on the Pear Festival booth, visit http://starstyleradio.com/Events/Entries/2013/9/28_Pear_Festival_2013.html.
On September 9th, Be the Star You Are!Â® celebrates 15 years of service empowering women, youth, and families through improved literacy and positive message programming around the world. It has been honored as a Top Non Profit by Guidestar for several consecutive years making it in the rarefied 1% of charity’s that receive this title. Heather Brittany, the producer/host of Health Matters on the charityâs book centric radio program, StarStyleÂ®-Be the Star You Are!Â® best summed up this setback, âThere is always a rainbow after the storm. Itâs time to look for the silver lining.â
Cynthia Brian, producer/host for StarstyleÂ®-Be the Star You Are!Â®, producer of Express Yourself!â¢, columnist for Lamorinda Weeklyâs Digging Deep and teen coach of Teen Scene, is the Founder/Executive Director of the all volunteer Be the Star You Are!Â® 501 c3 charity.