Providing help and hope in the East Bay

Welcome to
Share the Spirit!

Last Thanksgiving, the East Bay Times launched the 2023 Share the Spirit campaign. This special annual drive during the holiday season is our way of giving back to Bay Area by shining a light on its most vulnerable resident. We have so far raised more than $500,000 for the 2023 campaign thanks to the readers of the East Bay Times and people like you.

This year will mark our 35th year of Share the Spirit. We are a non-profit that has been managed and produced by the East Bay Times since 1989. With your help, our community will become an even better place.


Sharon Ryan
Publisher of the East Bay Times

How Share the Spirit works

Share the Spirit launched in 1989. We are a non-profit philanthropy that is operated by the East Bay Times. Our mission is to connect its readers and anyone else who would like to help to Bay Area non-profits that assist seniors, alleviate homelessness, provide food and many other laudable causes.

Every September, Share the Spirit selects about 20 local non-profit groups in need of assistance. Those selected would have their stories and needs published in print and online in the East Bay times from Thanksgiving until the end of the year. Readers would then be encouraged to help fulfill these wishes by donating here

Non-profits who would like to be considered for a grant from Share the Spirit can learn more on our Grants page.