Welcome to Share the Spirit
On November 24, 2022, 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 1989, Share the Spirit has raised more than $4 million and made an estimated 680 grants to help as many as 785,000 local people. We work in a unique partnership with nonprofit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, more than 30 of whom join our effort this 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 being unsheltered. 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 28th year of Share the Spirit, and your contributions made it THE most successful year ever. While the pandemic continues to require adjustments from everyone, we hope you will continue to show this generosity and kindness if your circumstances allow.
We invite you to read 2022 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 2022 Share the Spirit initiative by visiting eastbaytimes.com or 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 2127, Dublin, CA 94568. 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.
Share the Spirit Board of Directors
Sharon Ryan – President
Bert Robinson – Secretary
Editor: Cecily Burt Reporters: Harry Harris, George Avalos, Peter Hegarty, Shomik Mukherjee, Rick Hurd, Joseph Geha, Jon Becker, Jesse Bedayn, Rowena Gondon, Nate Gartrell, Shayna Rubin, Annie Sciacca, George Kelly, Gabriel Greschler, Sharon Martin, Jakob Rodgers, Jim Harrington Photographers: Ray Chavez, Anda Chu, Dylan Bouscher, Aric Crabb, Jane Tyska Photo editors: Doug Duran, Laura A. Oda Director: Dee Dee Robillard
Editor: Cecily Burt
Reporters: Harry Harris, George Avalos, Peter Hegarty, Shomik Mukherjee, Rick Hurd, Joseph Geha, Jon Becker, Jesse Bedayn, Rowena Gondon, Nate Gartrell, Shayna Rubin, Annie Sciacca, George Kelly, Gabriel Greschler, Sharon Martin, Jakob Rodgers, Jim Harrington
Photographers: Ray Chavez, Anda Chu, Dylan Bouscher, Aric Crabb, Jane Tyska
Photo editors: Doug Duran, Laura A. Oda
Director: Dee Dee Robillard
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS! (click to view)
Congratulations to the 2022 Share the Spirit grantees!
Battle Tested Kids, Inc.
Bay Area Crisis Nursery
Berkeley Food & Housing Project
Berkeley Food Pantry
Centro Legal de la Raza
Child Abuse Prevention Council
Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance
Contra Costa Co. Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Down Syndrome Connection – Bay Area
Early Alert Canines
East Bay Innovations
East Bay Children’s Law Offices
First Place for Youth
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)
Las Trampas, Inc.
Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS)
Lions Center for the Visually Impaired
LITA of Contra Costa
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
Meals on Wheels Diablo Region
Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Saint Vincent’s Day Home
SOS Meals on Wheels
Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Org
Trinity Center Walnut Creek
Winter Nights Family Shelter