2017 - 2018 Major Beneficiaries
No One Left Behind
No One Left Behind is a national 501©(3) organization which assists Special Immigrant Visa holders (those who worked for the US Government in Afghanistan) and their families resettle in the US. NOLB provides airport greeting upon arrival and are committed to 5 years of support, providing household goods, laptops, employment and education support, family emotional and social support, emergency rent assistance, employment mentors, and social service support. They work closely with the local resettlement agencies, acting as a safety net after the 90-day support by these agencies upon arrival.
Since the inception of the local San Francisco East Bay Chapter in August 2015, NOLB has assisted more than 220 families, and currently supports 170 active families in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. All goods and services provided to the refugee families are donated; the value of goods distributed in 2016 was $112,204. The local chapter is staffed by an all-volunteer team consisting of a 7-member executive committee and 251 volunteers working directly with refugees.
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Girls Inc. of Alameda County’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Since 1958, the nonprofit has responded to the unique needs of girls from underserved neighborhoods, equipping them to navigate gender, economic, and racial barriers and grow into healthy, educated, and independent adults. Programs take place at the Simpson Center for Girls in Oakland and at more than 20 schools and satellite centers across Alameda County. All programs are developmentally appropriate, supporting girls’ changing needs as they grow. From literacy activities in elementary school, to exciting hands-on science projects in middle school, to building leadership skills and college readiness in high school, Girls Inc. girls receive the support and the opportunities they need to thrive.
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2017 - 2018 Minor Beneficiaries
City Slicker Farms
City Slicker Farms’ mission is to empower community members to meet the basic need for fresh, healthy food for themselves and their families through sustainable urban farming and gardening.
Founded in 2001, City Slicker Farms has been a leader of the 21st-century sustainable urban farming and food justice movement. In neighborhoods with very limited access to fresh produce, their programs offer residents tools for growing, accessing and preparing healthy food. Additionally, their urban farms and gardens provide safe green spaces for recreation and community building, empower children and adults who want to learn about the connections between ecology, farming and the urban environment, and promote social, economic and racial justice in underserved Alameda County communities. At the heart of City Slickers work is a hope that together, in partnership with the individuals, families and organizations we serve, we can build a healthier, more equitable food system in the Bay Area.
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White Pony Express
Starting as an unfunded, grassroots effort by local residents, White Pony Express has developed into the largest food rescue and delivery program in Northern California in its four years of operation. WPE has rescued and delivered 5,200,000 pounds of nutritious, fresh food--enough for 4.4 million meals, the hungry would have gone without.
WPE's second large program, the Free General Store, has distributed more than 400,000 articles of new and like-new clothing toys and books. Seven days a week, from early morning until night, 5,000 pounds of fresh food is delivered. All is free. WPE’s mission is to help end hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need. Among the 72 food rescue recipient organizations with which WPE collaborates are all of Contra Costa's largest service providers, including: Loaves & Fishes; Bay Area Rescue Mission; Shelter, Inc.; Greater Richmond Interfaith Program; Contra Costa Interfaith Housing; Love-A-Child Missions; Trinity Center; Monument Impact; Monument Crisis Center; and Brookside Shelter.
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Contra Costa Crisis Center
The Contra Costa Crisis Center offers free confidential services to the community 24/7, every day of the year since 1963. The Crisis Center meets the highest standard of service, certified by the American Association of Suicidology. Services are provided by highly-trained volunteers and staff, and by skilled professionals in three main areas: crisis & text lines, 211, and grief support.
The Contra Costa Crisis Center provides 24/7 counseling, support, help and hope for those in crisis or feeling suicidal, depressed or distressed. Help is available by phone or by text. 24-hour translation services available. They operate 211, the national, toll-free, three-digit phone number to call 24/7 for information about local health and social services. In addition, a free, comprehensive continually-updated resource database is available online in multiple languages: www.211database.org. Group and individual counseling for anyone who has lost a loved one from a sudden, violent, or traumatic death is also provided. Schools and businesses can request mobile grief teams after a student or colleague has unexpectedly died.
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