Welcome to Share the Spirit
On November 25, 2021, 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 $3.5 million and made an estimated 650 grants to help as many as 750,000 local people. We work in a unique partnership with nonprofit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, more than 50 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 27th 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 2021 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 2021 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 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!
Acts Of Grace Bay Area Foundation
Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Battle Tested Kids, Inc.
Bay Area Crisis Nursery
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP)
Bay Area Rescue Mission
Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP)
Berkeley Food Network
Berkeley Food Pantry
Child Abuse Prevention Council
Contra Costa Crisis Center
Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area
Downs Memorial United Methodist Church
Early Alert Canines
East Bay Innovations
East Bay Children’s Law Offices
First Baptist Head Start
Hayward Police Department
Hijas del Campo
Immigration Institute of the Bay Area
Las Trampas School, 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
Mental Health Association of San Francisco
Monumental Toy Drive
Open Heart Kitchen
Options Recovery Services
Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County
Richmond Community Foundation DBA SparkPoint Contra Costa
Richmond Public Library – Literacy For Every Adult Program
Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Saint Vincent’s Day Home
Service Opportunity for Seniors (SOS) Meals on Wheels
Shower House Ministries
St Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County
Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization
The Berkeley Baby Book Project
Trinity Center Walnut Creek
Veterans Accession House
We Care Services for Children
White Pony Express
Winter Nights Family Shelter
Women’s Cancer Resource Center