Volunteer Profiles

 

Founder, Erik Watts Design Office

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The Boys and Girls Club of Coastside is proud to acknowledge one of our many dedicated volunteers: Erik Watts.

“When friends and acquaintances tap me for a cause I support – I’m in,” says Erik. “I like to help non-profits as much as I can using my design skills. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to assist numerous non-profits. As I was raising my kids, most of the organizations were kid-oriented, such as HMB Little League, Moss Beach Park, HMB Cougar Boosters, and the Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF).” Different organizations require different help. Erik partnered with CEF to develop their branding – their identity, website, and communication materials.

Why BGCC?

“I started volunteering for BGCC seven years ago and it’s great to be back!” starts Erik. “It’s a great way to meet new people. And there are so many wonderful people on the BGCC Team.” His wife, Tena, is also a graphic designer. They were able to work together to design the BGCC 25th Anniversary Gala logo, invitations, signage, and slide show.

What stands out to you about BGCC? Recently, the Cabrillo School District made significant cuts that decimated the Cunha middle school sports program. Thankfully the BGCC has stepped up to keep the middle school program running. I believe that so much happens at that age that sports are essential. An active and engaged child is a better student. Balancing sports and school teaches students to manage their time. The social aspect of a sports program is fundamental too. Kids need to build relationships and learn to work together as a team. Learning to accept wins and losses is another valuable life lesson. Kids can learn to reach their personal best when they work as a team. Teachers are great coaches; coaches are great teachers.

What next? First, I want to support the community (and BGCC) in their efforts to keep sports at the middle school. Secondly, I would like to support the community effort to slow bluff erosion caused by the construction of the breakwater with the Surfer’s Beach sand replenishment project.

Who is Erik — with a K?

Erik graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He currently lives in Moss Beach with his wife, Tena. They have two adult sons, Cole and Ward. You might not know that…

He had great 80s hair!  You may know him now as a “bald guy.” But before he shaved his head, he had fabulous long hair!

He owns an extensive vinyl record collection! Before it was “cool,” he started buying used records specializing in the 80s, 70s, and jazz. One of his favorite albums he inherited from his Dad. The album “Stan Getz / Cal Tjader Sextet” (Fantasy label) features Cal Tjader and Stan Getz, a classic West Coast jazz duo. What’s particularly unique about this record is its color…its red vinyl!

His friends enjoy his cocktail creations!  Sorry, you will have to find out about this yourself.

Thank you, Erik! 

Erik understands the importance of collaboration – on the field, in the boardroom, and at home. Teamwork is an important life lesson for all children. We appreciate Erik’s contributions to kid-centered activities throughout our community.

 

Today we say thank you and honor his contribution to the BGCC team!

 

Volunteer Profile: David Worden

Owner & Principal Broker, Windward Commercial Real Estate Services

Dave@windward-commercial.com

The Boys and Girls Club of Coastside is proud to acknowledge one of our many dedicated volunteers: David Worden.

The “Dave Worden Delivery Service” is a creative twist on volunteerism! During shelter-in-place, Dave offered to deliver wine for a local shop and donate his tips to BGCC. As he says, “I simply saw an opportunity to generate business for a local company – and earn tips for a favorite charity.”

How does this work?

Most tips are added to the credit card charge online – but I’ve also raised more than $280 in cash tips. I started shortly after S.I.P. was put in place and have raised over $2,250 to date. People seem to really like that the tips are going to support a worthwhile local cause, like BGCC.

How did you get involved?

As a commercial real estate broker, I work with a lot of people on the Coastside. Years ago, I leased space to a young couple opening up a wine shop, Vinoteca, in Half Moon Bay.

The husband and wife team Larissa and Kit Cutler were actively building their business and started offering delivery. When COVID-19 hit,Larissa was nine months’ pregnant. I thought, “She can’t be out delivering wine — but I have time! What else am I going to do while sheltering-in-place?”

My goal was to generate business for my friends at Vinoteca Wine Tasting & Shop (330 Main Street, Suite 105 • 650/560-8954) and raise funds to support BGCC at the same time. I hoped that I could really help them boost sales if customers knew they were also supporting a fundraiser.

Why BGCC?

The BGCC is a favorite charity of mine. My kids grew up before the club opened, but I think the BGCC is a wonderful organization and I am happy to help. This experience has really been a “labor of love — and kind of fun!” I have “met some really nice people” in our Coastside community in the process of delivering wine.

Dave explains that “just yesterday I delivered wine to a lovely woman, and when she tipped me, I said, “thank you – this will go to the BGCC!” She didn’t know about our partnership, but she was so pleased given her personal history with the organization.”

How did you spread the word?

Larissa and Kit announced that tips were going to BGCC on their website (www.vinotecahmb.com). They also reached out to their email distribution list. Our story was in the HMB Review. BGCC posted it on their Facebook page. I think we were all looking for good news!

More good delivery news?

Yes! Larissa and baby are doing very well. Phineas is a month old and “a very cute kid from what I see 6 feet away!”

Did you know?

Before delivering wine, Dave was a model (once)! When the BGCC started, they held an annual fundraiser at La Piazza, which included a Fashion Show!

If others are inspired, what can they do?

Dave suggests everyone “Stock up your wine cellars – and don’t forget BGCC!”