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placeholder November 22, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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Local charities deliver
holiday wish lists

A Friendly Place/Manor
A drop-in center for homeless women run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Need: Christmas gifts for women, cold and cough medicine, socks (new or clean used), wash cloths (new or used), safety razors, spray deodorant, air freshener, hotel-size soap, shampoo and lotion.
Where: 2298 San Pablo Ave., Oakland 94612
Contact: Sister Maureen Lyons, CSJ, (510) 451-8923

Alameda County Community Food Bank

The Food Bank, in business since 1985, distributes food for 300,000 meals weekly through 275 food pantries, soup kitchens and community agencies.
Need: Monetary donations, non-perishable food items, volunteer time.
Where: 7900 Edgewater Dr., Oakland 94621
Contact: www.accfb.org or (800) 870-FOOD

An international pregnancy service that supports pregnant girls and women who need help by providing positive alternatives to abortion.
Need: Maternity clothes, baby clothes, layettes, cash donations, volunteers, office counselors, board members.
Where: 1520 Catalina Court, Building C, Livermore 94550
Contact: John M. Kupski, director, (925) 449-5887 or 1-800-550-4900; Fax: (925) 449-5164

Need: Prayer support, cash donations, diapers size 0–2, T-shirts, baby boy clothing and hooded towels.
Where: 1048 Grant Ave., San Lorenzo 94580
Contact: Roseanne Maki, (510) 481-9677

Casa Vincentia

A residence for pregnant women, 18-25, who are homeless and/or in crisis.
Need: Financial donations; layettes, diapers, women’s pajamas (M, L, XL), sweat shirts (M, L, XL), slippers (M, L), baby wipes, lotions, oils, bath wash and powder; new bed-in- a-bag sheets and comforter sets (bright colors, twin and full) and pillows, bath towels and wash cloths; bassinette sheets and skirts; paper towels, toilet tissue, butcher’s block, water glasses, food storage containers, disposable cameras, flat iron, blow dryer, carpet sweeper.
Where: 3210 62nd Ave., Oakland 94605
Contact: Barbara Jackson, (510) 729-0316

Catholic Charities of the East Bay
Catholic Charities lifts people out of poverty by promoting self-sufficiency, strengthening families, and supporting safe and just communities. Since 1935, the agency has served people in need in Alameda and Contra Costa counties regardless of their religious affiliation. This year, CCEB is proud to celebrate 75 years of service.
Where: 433 Jefferson St., Oakland 94607
Contact: (510) 768-3100, www.cceb.org
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Individuals, parishes, businesses or schools adopt a family in need throughout the year. This is an opportunity to walk with a family through a particularly troublesome time in their lives, helping locate furniture, bedding, clothing, housing and job opportunities.
Need: Long-term sponsorship of a family.
Contact: Karla Salazar, (510) 768-3107

Project Joybells

An annual toy drive for children of CCEB clients, spearheaded by long-time volunteer, Mary Moyce. Financial contributions support the purchase of toys for these children.
Need: Financial contributions payable to “Catholic Charities Joybells”
Where: 433 Jefferson St., Oakland 94607
Contact: Executive assistant, (510) 768-3121

General Holiday Fund
Our holiday food fund allows us to provide housing assistance, counseling, education to those who need a helping hand during the holidays.
Need: Financial contributions payable to “Catholic Charities of the East Bay”
Where: 433 Jefferson St., Oakland 94607
Contact: Joe Vallor, (510) 768-3138

Family Literacy Program
New and gently used books to support the children in our Family Literacy Program. The head start the children receive from the FLP gives them a strong start to their school careers.
Need: New or gently used books, financial contributions payable to “Catholic Charities Joybells.” Please put FLP in the memo line.
Where: 433 Jefferson St., Oakland 94607
Contact: Joe Vallor, (510) 768-3138

Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition

A network of faith-based communities, including several Catholic parishes,, which assist the needy in Contra Costa County by buying, preparing and distributing food at the Concord Homeless Shelter, and by supporting housing programs that help the homeless to become self-sufficient.
Need: Cash donations, new or washed blankets, box springs and mattresses, Safeway or Lucky’s gift certificates, sleeping bags, volunteers.
Where: 3319 Deerpark Dr., Walnut Creek 94598
Contact: John Krajcir, (925) 937-6742

Delta Christian Community Food Pantry
Delta Community Presbyterian Church in Discovery Bay, St. Anne Parish in Byron, and Byron United Methodist Church recently opened this food pantry to feed the hungry and offer information and referrals to individuals and families in need in Eastern Contra Costa. Food collection barrels are located at the three churches.

Need: Food, volunteers, money.
Where: United Methodist Church, 14671 Byron Highway, Byron.
Contact: (925) 634-0184

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO)
A coalition of congregations and community members helping homeless families move to self-sufficiency. The non-profit organization serves families with minor children by providing shelter, transitional housing, nutrition, mental health counseling, life skills training, job skills development and housing placement assistance.
Need: Monetary donations, gift cards for groceries (e.g., Costco, Safeway), gift cards for shoes and underwear (e.g., Target, Walmart), copy paper, diapers, laundry baskets, bath towels, wash cloths, twin-sized sheet sets, pillows, blankets, pots and pans, plates and cups (child friendly), utensils, cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper.
Where: 21455 Birch St., Ste. 5, Hayward 94541
Contact: (510) 886-5473; adasilva@fescofamilyshelter.org; www.fescofamilyshelter.org

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
The food bank, which feeds over 132,000 people every month, seeks to alleviate hunger and increase public awareness regarding hunger and food security issues in Contra Costa and Solano counties.
Need: Donations of time, food and money.
Where: 4010 Nelson Ave., Concord, and 1891 Woolner Ave., Ste. I, Fairfield
Contact: (925) 676-7543 or www.foodbankccs.org.

Lasallian Educational Opportunities (LEO) Center
An after-school tutoring and homework help center for 6-12th grade students in north and west Oakland; English language and computer training for adults. Operated by the Christian Brothers.
Need: Binder paper, calligraphy pens, ink cartridges, plain paper, graph paper, money for magazine subscriptions, new books for the library, educational games, poster board, acrylic paints, brushes, copy paper, foam board.
Where: 710 40th St., Oakland
Mailing address: P.O. Box 3238, Oakland 94609
Contact: Deacon Noe Gonzalez, (510) 450-0747

Mercy Brown Bag Program
Sponsored by Mercy Retirement and Care Center, this program provides bags of nutritious groceries to over 3,000 needy seniors twice monthly, free of charge. The program helps seniors make ends meet, retain their health and stay in their own homes.
Need: Cash donations, large-sized paper or plastic bags, produce bags, Ziploc bags, volunteers to take bags to homebound seniors, small gifts for volunteer appreciation.
Where: 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland 94601
Contact: Krista Lucchesi, director, (510) 534-8540, ext. 369

Monument Crisis Center of Contra Costa County
An emergency food pantry and community support center assisting 7,000 at-risk families (6,800 people per month) with food, information, educational workshops, tutoring, senior programs and referrals.
Need: Cash, checks, credit card donations to buy food, food donations of fresh, packaged or canned foods, diapers, especially sizes 4–6, gift cards of small denominations ($10-20) to Safeway, Food Maxx, Walmart, Target, and new sleeping bags. See website for further information and to donate online: www.monumentcrisiscenter.org.
Where: Street address: 2350 Monument Blvd., Suite B, Concord 94520
Mailing address: P.O. Box 23973, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Contact: Sandra Scherer, Executive Director, (925) 825-7751; e-mail: sscherer@monumentcrisiscenter.org

Oakland Catholic Worker
A hospitality house for Latin American immigrants and refugees which has as its mission: “living simply and communally in a community of multicultural volunteers and guests; helping those most in need; supporting an extended community in keeping itself organized and healthy; changing the unjust structures of our society.”
Need: Cash donations to pay utilities and property taxes, canned food (beans, soup, etc.), van, blankets to hand out this winter, bath towels and sheets/pillow cases, cleaning supplies, postage stamps, Spanish/English dictionaries, gift cards from local grocery stores, volunteers.
Address: 4848 International Blvd., Oakland 94601
Contact: (510) 533-7375; e-mail: oaklandcatholicworker@yahoo.com
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Oakland Elizabeth House
A transitional program for women and women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction, or poverty. Its mission is to support women and children in their transition to independence.
Need: Cash donations for emergency expenses of the families, e.g., medical, transportation, food, child care; office supplies: printer paper, postage stamps, spiral notebooks, 2011 Day-Timer calendars; gift cards: Safeway, Target, Walmart, Ross, Home Depot, Trader Joe’s; food items (sealed/current expiration dates), general cleaning items, household items such as food storage containers, brooms, large pots with lids, large non-stick frying pans; passes/tickets to movies, museums, theater performances or events. Volunteer needs: handy person, gardening help, grocery shopping, help with meal preparation, clerical.
Where: 6423 Colby St., Oakland 94618
Contact: Lori Ottolini Geno, (510) 658-1380; e-mail: oakehouse@oakehouse.org; web: www.oakehouse.org

St. David’s Food Pantry
An outreach ministry that provides food for low-income families. Food is distributed 9 – 10:30 a.m. Fridays behind St. Mark Church, Richmond. Conducted by St. David Parish in Richmond in cooperation with other area parishes and churches.
Need: Cash donations, volunteers, prayers for the ministry.
Where: St. Mark Church, 159 Harbour Way, Richmond 94801
Contact: (510) 237-1531 or davidofwales@gmail.com

St. Mary’s Center
A multi-purpose center for the poor.
Need: Volunteers to “Adopt-a-Family.” Will arrange a match for individuals, families or parishes interested in providing Christmas gifts and dinner for a family in need. This includes a gift for each child and monetary donation to St. Mary’s Center marked “Christmas Food” to cover a $50 food voucher for your adopted family. Volunteers to prepare and/or serve evening meals for 25 homeless seniors in emergency Winter Shelter, December through April; funds to help St. Mary’s Center.
Where: 925 Brockhurst St., Oakland 94608
Contact: Sister Marilyn Medau, PBVM, (510) 923-9600, ext. 220

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Alameda County District Council
Free Dining Room
Daily free meals to men, women and children in downtown Oakland, 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.; also prepare free lunches for several non-profit satellite locations in Alameda County.
Need: Volunteers, cash donations, large quantities of protein and fresh produce, spices, condiments, catering equipment, beverages, No. 10 canned foods, aprons, and paper napkins
Where: 675 23rd St. (at San Pablo Ave.), Oakland 94612
Contact: For donations, Dining Room Manager at (510) 877-9213. To Volunteer, Shalyn Pugh, (510) 636-4265

Champion Guidance Center for Men
Drop-in center for men offering laundry, showers, hair cuts, clothing, health care, mailbox service, Internet access, substance abuse meetings. Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Need: Cash donations, volunteers, disposable shaving razors, small bars of soap, shampoo, mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, socks, t-shirts and underwear, hair clippers, sleeping bags, phone cards, gift cards.
Where: 675-23rd St., Oakland 94612 (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way.)
Contact: John Ratti, Men’s Center Manager, (510) 877-9218

Visitation Center for Women and Children
Drop-in center for women and children offering laundry, showers, clothing, diapers and formula for infants, health care, educational classes. Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Need: Cash donations, new children’s clothes and new toys for Christmas, women’s robes, blankets, disposable diapers, travel and full-size shampoo and conditioner, razors, lotion, soap, mouthwash, dental floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hairbrushes, deodorant, socks and underwear for women and children.
Where: 2260 San Pablo Ave., Oakland 94612 (between 23rd and West Grand)
Contact: Amanda Reichmuth, Women’s Center Manager, (510) 444-3790

St. Vincent de Paul Food Locker
10,500 square-foot food bank providing groceries and staples to 150+ churches, nonprofit organizations and community groups.
Needs: Volunteers, large quantities (i.e. pallets) canned foods, turkeys, ham, cheese.
Where: 9235 San Leandro St., Oakland 94603
Contact: Food Locker Coordinator, (510) 636-4262

St. Vincent de Paul Retail Stores
Four retail stores throughout Alameda County sell gently used goods along with new mattresses and dressers. Shopping with SVdP helps your community stay green — tons of items with useful life are diverted from landfills every month from our stores. Also, revenue generated from sales help to support our human services programs and provide job training services.
Need: Gently used or new furniture, household items, clothing.
Where: Drop off your donation at any SVdP Thrift Store (Oakland, Alameda, Fremont, Livermore)
Contact: For bulk pickup, Linnie Moses (Donation Scheduler), (510) 638-7600

We accept contributions of a wide range of electronics through our WasteNot enterprise. Your old computers, televisions and cell phones help provide job training to the disadvantaged. SVdP receives revenue from recycling your electronics, and you can be assured that your equipment enters a safe, reliable recycling stream — saving our landfills.
Need: Televisions, monitors, laptops, computers, cell phones, scanners and printers, VCR and DVD players, computer cables, digital cameras, telephone systems, stereo equipment, fax machines, other electronic equipment.
Where: Drop off your donation at any SVdP Thrift Store (Oakland, Alameda, Fremont, Livermore)
Contact: For bulk pickup, Linnie Moses (Donation Scheduler), (510) 638-7600

Winter Nights Family Shelter
Some 20 parishes and faith congregations provide a warm, safe place to sleep for homeless families with children and elderly individuals in central Contra Costa County from Oct. 11, 2010 – April 25, 2011. The shelter provides three meals a day, tutoring and transportation to school for the children, and case management and counseling.
Needs: Financial contributions for operating costs; BART tickets, gasoline cards.
Where: Winter Nights Shelter, c/o Interfaith Council of Contra Costa, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek 94597
Contact: Gwen Watson, (925) 930-9965

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