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October 23, 2012 > Wells Fargo Bank honors volunteers

Wells Fargo Bank honors volunteers

Submitted By Mariana Phipps, Photo by Pam Richards

Wells Fargo recently announced the names of its team members who received one of its annual Volunteer Service Awards. Locally, Rick Richards, a recent retiree from Wells Fargo's Risk and Compliance group, was among those honored for his efforts on behalf of Keep Music Rockin' Foundation in San Leandro which received a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo.

Keep Music Rockin' Foundation (KMRF) is a charitable organization created in San Leandro, California in 2005 by a group of local community leaders, educators, music personalities, and radio celebrities. Its mission is to uphold awareness on the importance of quality music education and to raise funds to help enrich the lives and learning experiences of every student in San Leandro. (

When Richards was serving on the San Leandro Board of Education as a trustee, he worked to establish and found Keep the Music Rockin' after realizing the great need for an organization that would promote the importance of music education programs in public schools. With educational funding continuously stretched to the limit, the Foundation sees the value of providing financial support and ensuring that quality music education continues and thrives throughout the entire San Leandro Unified School District.

"I realized there was a big need for music programs in public schools and a very limited budget for it. We have approximately four thousand kids in the program and it is so gratifying to see them grow and watch some of them pursue music colleges," said Richards. "We are different people and have different styles, but all the children do better in school when involved in a music program."

Through Richard's leadership Keep Music Rockin' Foundation has been continuously providing supplemental funding on an annual basis to all 11 schools within the San Leandro Unified School District. Through its fundraising efforts, it was able to purchase new instruments (baritone saxophones, violins, cellos, and trumpets), repair old instruments (trumpets, trombones, and violas), acquire much-needed classroom supplies (music sheets, reeds, and strings), obtain desired musical equipment units (choral risers and music stands), and enhance opportunities and programs in San Leandro public schools to achieve quality music education. Funding from Keep the Music Rockin' has helped more than 4,000 students enroll in music classes, bands, and choral programs.

The $10,000 Volunteer Service Award will be used to purchase new instruments and classroom music supplies and will bring an air of professionalism because the teachers will no longer be embarrassed by the poor condition of their pianos, especially when they use them outside during community or school activities and events.

Overall, Wells Fargo contributed $38,000 to 20 Bay Area nonprofits in honor of these Wells Fargo team members who make valuable contributions to nonprofits as volunteers. Two nonprofits received $10,000 each, while 18 received $1,000 each.

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