Feeling the joy of giving back to her community propels Rebecca Jepsen to literally dig in with both hands, both feet and all of her boundless energy.
The longtime Saratoga resident, transplanted from a Midwest farm where her beloved dad was always doing for others and never said no to requests for help, inspired Jepsen to believe that this is the way things, and people, should be.
Rebecca Jepsen is always focusing on creating and sustaining healthy communities, from her work as a certified master gardener, to her work with the Master Gardener Corporate Outreach Program, helping corporations go green and garden.
She calls herself “naturally wired” to be involved and “feels the responsibility” to do so whenever she can.
So it’s not surprising that she embraced her nomination and appointment to Saratoga’s Public Safety Task Force formed by the City Council in 2017. Nor does she miss a beat serving on the Jazz on the Plazz Committee for Los Gatos Music and Arts’ annual summer series.
Jepsen has always been focused on creating and sustaining healthy communities from her work as a certified master gardener, to her work with the Master Gardener Corporate Outreach Program, helping corporations go green and garden. She is also the past executive director of Sustainable Community Gardens, (Full Circle Farm and Charles Street Gardens), where she helped promote garden-based education for children, delivery of fresh produce to those in need and community involvement in local, sustainable food systems throughout Silicon Valley.
Part of the healthy community equation also includes safety and the arts.
Jepsen hosts a Neighborhood Watch gathering in her backyard.
Jepsen was already a Neighborhood Watch lead for her neighborhood when former Saratoga Mayor Emily Lo tapped her for the Public Safety Task Force. A quintessential “people person,” Jepsen had already been successful in meeting her neighbors, making introductions, and hosting neighborhood get-togethers to share crime prevention tips and more. Lo said she met Jepsen at one of the meetings the City Council had with the leads and block captains and was immediately impressed by her passion.
“She’s willing to speak up and that is important,” says Lo. “She’s also willing to reach out.”
The five-member Public Safety Task Force was formed for an 18-month assignment to work with the City Council, staff and the sheriff’s department; to do outreach; and to make recommendations to the City Council and mayor about improving safety for the residents of Saratoga.
One outcome is …
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle