After Hours: John Bird Serves the Community at CRIL Hayward's Tips for Change

August 23, 2018

Farallon Principal Geologist John Bird will put his wealth of experience to good use . . . by waiting tables. John will revisit his waitstaff roots to benefit Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) during its 4th Annual Tips for Change Fundraiser on August 27, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gianni’s Italian Bistro in San Ramon, California.

Over 5 years ago, John was led to CRIL after seeing the challenges faced by a Boy Scout with disabilities who was a part of his son’s troop. He sought to get a “better understanding of the resources necessary to support those with physical and intellectual disabilities and where to find those resources.” Through his desire to help meet the needs of his son’s friend, he found a calling of his own.

CRIL LogoLearning about CRIL’s history and mission was an eye-opening experience, prompting John’s dedicated volunteerism. CRIL provides extensive services in assistive technology referral and loans, benefits advocacy, disaster assistance workshops, employment benefits assistance, healthy living workshops, independent living skills training, peer support, travel training, information and referrals, personal assistance services, and system advocacy. In addition, CRIL is a resource for disability awareness education and training and technical advice to more than 4,000 residents and businesses throughout southern and eastern Alameda County. John noted, “I have always felt strongly that the community didn’t fully support people with disabilities, and once I discovered how CRIL was able to benefit the underserved members of our community, I was eager to help.”

After 5 years of connection with CRIL, John was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2018 to serve on the Development Committee. John is profoundly proud of the way CRIL lives up to its mission of empowerment through the selection of board members. John said, “CRIL supports, empowers, and teaches skills to people of all ages with disabilities in Southern Alameda County so that they may more fully participate in the community. More than half of our board members are persons with significant disabilities who are substantially limited in their ability to obtain, maintain, or advance employment and/or function independently in the community.”

This year marks CRIL’s 4th Annual Tips for Change Fundraiser, a unique fundraising method for local organizations. Volunteers and supporters of local non-profit organizations suit up and become servers for the evening, with all tips and 10 percent of sales going to support their organizations. Farallon is proud to have employees like John who are dedicated to making a difference in our communities, one order at a time.

To learn more about CRIL and how you can help, visit their website at