Common Ground For Common Good (NVCF)

Tuesdays at 6:44 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:45 a.m.


Common Ground for Common Good is a public awareness collaboration between NSPR and the North Valley Community Foundation, highlighting the grassroots methods for simple solutions to complex, compelling challenges. 

Each week for three months, you'll hear from a community member working hard to make things just a little bit better. The program is on air Tuesday evenings at 6:44 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 7:45 a.m. 

Our theme song is "Optimist" by Zoe Keating.

Common Ground For Common Good: Bridging The Gap

Jul 5, 2016
North Valley Community Foundation

While traveling to the base camp of Mt. Everest, Shirley Adams had to cross seven bridges. Their absolute necessity made her reflect on the people who served as bridges in her life. She also had time to reflect on the severe poverty around her, and all this led her down the path to helping the global fight for clean drinking water. 

She founded Bridging the Gap, a foundation that raises money for clean water access mostly in Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia and Uganda. 

Common Ground For Common Good: Chico Youth Court

Jun 28, 2016

The Chico Youth Court is a restorative justice program aimed at mitigating the impacts of juvenile crime. Joe Montes manages AAA Properties and also serves as the judge of Chico Youth Court, but he just helps from the procedural side — the youth are judged and represented by their peers. 

Common Ground For Common Good: Cubanabooks

Jun 15, 2016
North Valley Community Foundation

Chico State Spanish professor Sara E. Cooper struggled to get works by Cuban women writers into her students' hands for years. The U.S. economic embargo made it tricky, and even when she went herself to publishers to show them great unpublished  works, she was told the situation was too complicated. So she took things into her own hands.

North Valley Community Foundation

Growing up, Jacob Peterson was the beneficiary of some support from a community member outside of his family. This person helped Jacob down the path to his eventual college education, and one day he looked back and thought maybe he could give that same gift to others. As the executive director for the Junior Leadership Development Program, that's exactly what he aims to do. 

Ron Reed has been a public defender for the past 30 years. His focus: juveniles who end up in trouble. The Reed Family Foundation has produced a film for kids who may be considering a life in gangs, and they hope it can communicate a positive message. It's called "Who Are You Going to Be? Don't Let a Gang Decide for You." Much of the film consists of interviews with people who are serving lengthy prison sentences for gang activity they engaged in as a teenager.

Common Ground For Common Good: The Alex Project

Apr 26, 2016
North Valley Community Foundation

Dan Strauss started the Alex Project, which spreads the word about help for anyone in crisis — but especially teens. Alex was 17 when he died by suicide. He was Dan's son.

The Alex Project's goal is that no one die simply because he or she can't find someone to talk to. And for many young people, it's easier to reach out via text. The project spreads the word about how easy it is to connect with suicide prevention resources.

If you or anyone you know is in crisis, or just need to talk to someone, text "Listen" to 741741 — the numbers on the left side of the phone — and talk to someone from Crisis Text Line 24/7. 

Chico Children's Museum

The Chico Children's Museum exists in plans, ideas, a board of directors and more — but it doesn't exist in its physical form yet. When it does open (currently planned for April 2017), it will be a big space for a big vision. On this installment of Common Ground for Common Good, we hear from Dana Leslie, the museum's president and founder. She explains the museum's conception, and its ultimate goal of providing children with a place to play, socialize, make mistakes, experiment, and  — most of all — learn.

Common Ground For Common Good: Reading Pals

Apr 12, 2016

When Rory Rottschalk learned that there wasn't a program for citizens to help students with their reading, he decided to create one. Reading Pals aims to get every student in Chico reading at grade level by 7th grade, and it does so by connecting interested citizens for an hour a week with students who could use a little extra help. Rottschalk says one of the deepest joys of being a human is achieved when we submit part of our freedom in service of another.

Common Ground For Common Good: The Project

Apr 5, 2016

The North Valley Community Foundation's president and CEO Alexa Benson-Valavanis and director of community engagement Jovanni Tricerri share what their organization does, and how those involved benefit their communities.