"You must simplify. You must make the complex simple, then you must make it work."

- I.M. Pei, Master Architect


Melissa, Bob (Santa Paws!) with Hilo and Lulu at a Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter sponsored event

Margaret Mead once said, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

This vision defines the belief of Tsirigo’s Orbit. Caring for this planet and for each other takes each one of us doing one charitable deed. To that end, the following are some of the areas in which Melissa and Bob contribute time and monetary support. You may have your own list. The purpose of this message is to pass it on and keep up the good work. Thank you!


If you were to ask Heifer project partners, "What are the most fundamental principles upon which you build your life?" many would answer "Heifer's Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development."

These principles, used for more than 60 years, light the way for people who are on the road to self-reliance.

Cornerstones stimulate group wisdom and personal insights, and they keep people's hearts, minds and actions balanced, focused and productive.

Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. For over 55 years, Girls Inc. has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

The mission of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter is to shelter and care for abandoned companion animals, find them new homes, and to prevent animal cruelty through education and community programs.

Services FAAS provides:

  • Animal Adoptions - cats, dogs and other small animals
  • House stray sick or injured animals
  • License dogs and cats
  • Community Service visits upon request
  • Spay/Neuter education coordination
  • Community Outreach through Volunteer Program
Photo of Buildings in Mikonos

Photo credit: Tonya Perme Photography

Hilo posing beside his best friend Princess Lulu of Sparkle