Welcome to Share the Spirit

On November 26, 2020, Thanksgiving Day, the East Bay Times will launch its annual edition of Share the Spirit, one of the most meaningful endeavors we undertake each year. This holiday campaign is our way of giving back to the community by shining a light on its most vulnerable residents — and showing how we all can help. 

Since 1994, Share the Spirit has raised more than $3 million and made an estimated 600 grants to help as many as 700,000 local people. We work in a unique partnership with nonprofit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, more than 50 of whom joined our effort last year. The organizations contribute their expertise to individuals mired in the toughest of situations, whether it’s offering a hot meal, warm winter clothing, or the support needed to escape homelessness.  Our stories about their efforts illustrate your donations at work, so you can feel confident you are helping the families and communities we serve. 

Last year was the 26th year of Share the Spirit, and your contributions made it one of the most successful years ever. The East Bay Leadership Council honored Share the Spirit in 2018 for its record of philanthropy, a distinction we share gratefully with you, our partners and supporters, even as we acknowledge how much work remains to be done.

We invite you to read 2020 Share the Spirit stories that will be published in print and digital editions of the East Bay Times throughout the holidays. You can also stay updated on the 2020 Share the Spirit initiative by visiting http://www.eastbaytimes.com or https://sharethespiriteastbay.org.

To make a secure and tax deductible donation, please click here. Additionally, checks can be made out to Share the Spirit Fund and mailed to Share the Spirit, P.O. Box 3491, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

If you need additional information, please feel free to contact the program at 925.655.8355 or email Dee Dee Robillard at [email protected].

Your generous support will help make the East Bay community an even better place to live. By working closely together, we can make the holidays brighter for thousands of our neighbors, one gift at a time.


Congratulations to this year’s Share the Spirit grantees!

Act of Grace Bay Area Foundation
Alternative Family Services
Assistance League® of Diablo Valley
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP)
Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP)
Berkeley Food Network
Berkeley Food Pantry
Beyond Emancipation (B:E)
Brighter Beginnings
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance
Downs Memorial United Methodist Church
East Bay Childrens Law Offices
East Bay Innovations
Eden I&R
First Baptist Head Start
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Grateful Gatherings
Hope 4 the Heart
Las Trampas
Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS)
LITA (Love Is The Answer) of Contra Costa
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
Love Never Fails
Loved Twice
Meals on Wheels Diablo Region
Open Heart Kitchen
Opportunity Junction
Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa (Rainbow)
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
RCF DBA SparkPoint Contra Costa
Rubicon Programs Inc.
Service Opportunity for Seniors (SOS) Meals on Wheels
ShowerHouse Ministries
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County
Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization
The Davis Street Community Center, Inc.
Trinity Center Walnut Creek
Tri-Valley Haven