Local charities deliver
holiday season wish lists
As the Voice does every Christmas season, here is a list of charities, some Catholic, as well as interfaith organizations, that can use your help.
A Friendly Manor/Place
A drop-in center for homeless women run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Need: Christmas gifts for the women (e.g., scarves, gloves, hats, jackets, sweatshirts, sweatpants, or gift sets of soaps/perfume).
Where: 2298 San Pablo Ave., Oakland 94612
Contact: Sister Deanine Medina, CSJ, 510-451-8923.
Alameda County Community Food Bank
The food bank, which distributes food for 49,000 meals weekly through 275 food pantries, soup kitchens and community agencies, has been in business since 1985 — with a vision of the day when "we can go out of business."
Need: Monetary donations; non-perishable food items; volunteer time.
Where: 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, 94621
Contact: www.accfb.org or 800-870-3663.
Berkeley Food Pantry
Now in its 44th year, the pantry provides bags of groceries for more than 10,000 needy East Bay families every year. An effort of the Berkeley Friends Church, the pantry serves as an emergency food aid resource to help families get from paycheck to paycheck. "We provide lots of produce and as healthy a mix of food as we can."
Need: Cash donations, fresh or new canned and packaged food, such as tuna, peanut butter, cereal, soup, fruit and vegetables.
Where: 1600 Sacramento, Berkeley 94702
Contact: Tami Groves, director, 510-525-2280.
An international pregnancy service that supports pregnant girls and women who need help by providing positive alternatives to abortion.
Need: Diapers sizes 3, 4, 5, office volunteers, board members
Where: 1520 Catalina Court, Building C, Livermore 94550
Catholic Charities of the East Bay
Providing help and creating hope for people in need throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Where: 433 Jefferson St., Oakland 94607
Contact: 510-768-3100 www.cceb.org
Project Joybells is celebrating more than 25 years of providing toys for needy children age 12 and younger. By making a contribution to Project Joybells you will bring a touch of Christmas to a child who might otherwise go without, and provide parents a dignified way to give their children gifts during difficult economic times. Consider making a contribution of $20 or more per child. CCEB volunteers will purchase the gifts on your behalf.
Adopt-a-Family Program is seeking individuals, groups and companies to adopt low-income families for the holidays living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. You may choose to make a financial contribution or shop for a family. Consider adopting a family of any size in the $25-$50 per person range (children and their parents would receive gifts). CCEB case managers work with qualified families to identify and purchase the items they may want and need, or you may purchase the gifts on their "wish lists" and deliver them to the CCEB office located in Oakland.
Turkey Give-a-Way Program has been providing turkeys to disadvantaged families since 1997. Donations to this program will help feed many hungry individuals and families in crisis during the holiday season. You may make a contribution of any amount to support this program. We anticipate giving away 1,000 turkeys by partnering with churches and organizations who identify individuals in need on our behalf.
Contact: Carol Louisell, 510-768-3142 or go to www.cceb.org.
Fred Finch Youth Center
Founded in 1891, Fred Finch Youth Center has provided care and services to the most vulnerable children and their families throughout the Bay Area and since 2003 in San Diego County. Fred Finch currently serves more than 2,800 young people annually. It also works with their families, addressing not only mental health challenges, but the impact and circumstances that result from multigenerational poverty.
Need: Gift cards (increments of $25 are most useful).
Where: 3800 Coolidge Ave., Oakland 94602-3399.
Contact: Leah Jones, Fred Finch Youth Center, 510-482-2244.
Lasallian Educational Opportunities (LEO) Center
The LEO Center is an after school tutoring and homework help center for 6th to 12th grade students in north and west Oakland, and offers English language and computer training for adults.
Need: Binder paper, plain paper, graph paper; money for magazine subscriptions, flash/thumb drives, new books for the library, educational games, poster board, acrylic paints, brushes, copy paper, foam board; ink No. 60 and No. 58; and journals or weekly planners for the students.
Where: 710 40th St., Oakland; mail: PO Box 3238, Oakland 94609.
Mercy Brown Bag Program
Sponsored by Mercy Retirement & Care Center, this program provides bags of nutritious groceries to more than 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, plastic zipper bags, volunteers to take bags to homebound seniors and a strategic planning consultant to help us keep up with the growing need.
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 resource and support center assisting 5,000 people a month with nutritious food, information, educational workshops, tutoring, senior programs and referrals.
Need: Cash, checks, credit card donations to buy food or food donations of fresh, packaged or canned foods; diapers, especially sizes 4-6; gift cards of small denominations ($10-$20) to Safeway, Food Maxx, Grocery Outlet or Lucky's. Most of our families have housing but new sleeping bags are requested for those without homes. Please see website for further information and to donate online: www.monumentcrisiscenter.org.
Street address: 2350 Monument Blvd., Suite B, Concord, 94520; mailing address: PO Box 23973, Pleasant Hill 94523 (moving January 2014, check website for details).
Hours: 9-noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; extended hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Contact: Sandra Scherer, executive director, 925-825-7751, ext.105; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Step Learning Center
An older youth and adult literacy, GED preparation and college transition program operated by the Sisters of the Holy Names.
Need: Volunteer tutors, cash donations for literacy books; financial assistance for students unable to afford a bus pass or to pay cost of GED examination fees.
Where: 2222 Curtis St., Oakland 94607
Contact: Sister Cynthia Canning, SNJM, or Sister Rosemary Delaney, SNJM, 510-251-1731.
Nights on the Streets — Catholic Worker
Hospitality to the homeless and needy in local communities by providing food, clothing, shelter, counseling and referral, and assisting others who do so.
Need: Prayers for health, guidance and the support of our continuing works; financial support for our 17th year of hospitality and 10th year of shelter operation run with staff from two Catholic Worker houses; volunteers to prepare and service thrice-weekly "soup nights" each winter (this includes cooking 10 gallons of soup and distribution the same evening); servers for our Sunday breakfast served al fresco at two locations in Berkeley. Our bishop, Michael C. Barber, SJ, comes and serves at this event — get to know and serve with your bishop!
Sleeping bags are always needed and forever in short supply. a structure capable of housing 8-10 workers and guests including an expanded kitchen; a food storage area and extended bathroom/shower facilities to supplement existing shelter and hospitality facilities in the East Bay.
Mail address: PO Box 13468, Berkeley 94712-4468
Contact: J.C. Orton, coordinator, 510-684-1892; e-mail: email@example.com
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: Food donations, especially, canned food, rice and beans; cash donations; gift cards from Big Lots, Home Depot, Office Depot; volunteers.
Where: 4848 International Blvd., Oakland 94601.
Contact: 510-533-7375; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakland Elizabeth House
Elizabeth House is 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, 2014 Day-Timer calendars; gift cards: Safeway, Target, Wal-Mart, Ross, Home Depot, Trader Joe's; food items (sealed/current expiration dates), e.g., chicken/beef broth, olive oil, canola or vegetable oil, sugar, flour rice, tomato paste, tomato sauce, pasta; general cleaning items: dishwashing detergent, scouring pads, sponges, rubber gloves, buckets; household items: food storage containers, brooms, large pots with lids, large non-stick frying pans; children and family programs: passes/tickets — 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: Tina Humphrey, 510-601-1213; email@example.com; www.oakehouse.org.
Saint Mary's Center
We provide services to low-income seniors, families and preschoolers in downtown and west Oakland.
Need: Volunteers, gifts of cash, checks, property; help in the office; help prepare and/or serve meals.
Where: 925 Brockhurst Ave., Oakland 94608
Contact: Amy Vaughan, 510-923-9600, ext. 222; or Carol Johnson, 510-923-9600, ext. 223.
Sister John Marie's Pantry
A ministry of St. Joseph Church in Fremont, Sister John Marie's Pantry responds to the needs of people living in the Tri-City area (Fremont, Newark, Union City). These include Tri-City homeless; frail elderly people; single parents; senior citizens; and transients. The pantry offers assistance in times of tragedy or emergency, rent and bill payments; provides supplies for ADOBE Homeless Shelter.
Need: Financial donations.
Where: Sister John Marie's Pantry, St. Joseph Church, PO Box 3276, Fremont 94539
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room
Free meals to men, women and children in downtown Oakland, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Also provide lunches for several non-profit satellite locations in Alameda County.
Need: Volunteers, cash donations.
Where: 675 23rd St. (at San Pablo Avenue), Oakland 94612
Contact: To volunteer contact Rosa Baeza, 510-877-9252; must be 14 years of age or older.
To donate: Please send checks to: Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County (SVdP) In care of Marilyn Cahill, Director of Development & Communications
Mailing: 9235 San Leandro St., Oakland 94603
St. Vincent de Paul Center for Men
Drop-in center for men offering showers, haircuts, laundry facilities, mailbox service and support services, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
Need: Cash donations, disposable shaving razors, small bars of soap, shampoo, mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, socks, T-shirts and underwear (XL+), phone cards.
Where: 675 23rd St. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way.), Oakland 94612
Contact: John Ratti, Downtown Campus Operations Manager, 510-877-9237
St. Vincent de Paul Visitation Center for Women and Children
Drop-in center for women and children offering showers, laundry facilities, clothing, diapers and formula for infants and peer support, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Need: Cash donations, new children's clothes and new toys for Christmas, 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: Sonia Munoz, Visitation Center Coordinator, 510-444-3790.
St. Vincent de Paul retail stores
St. Vincent de Paul operates three retail thrift stores throughout Alameda County selling gently used goods and furniture. SVdP also operates Redux Studios & Gallery in Alameda, featuring art and goods from recycled materials and vintage items. 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 and clothing.
Where: Drop off your donation at any SVdP retail thrift store (East Oakland, Fremont, Livermore)
Contact: For bulk pickup, Linnie Moses (donation scheduler), 510-638.7600.
A social enterprise of St. Vincent de Paul accepts contributions of a wide range of electronics. 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.
A 1,000-volunteer strong, community-based social service, nonprofit organization that assists anyone struggling with hunger, poverty, homelessness, unemployment and underemployment in Fremont, Newark and Union City.
Needs: Financial contributions; canned and packaged food for the food bank; clothes for the gift store; industrial vacuum cleaner; 3,000 rolls of paper towels; 3,000 packets of toilet tissue; mannequins for our thrift store; $5,000 for a year's supply of produce bags; $350 for a new pallet jack; a new truck so we can keep providing food to an increasing number of seniors living in mobile home parks.
Where: 37350 Joseph St., Fremont
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