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 3485, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

If you need additional information, please feel free to contact the program administrator, the Contra Costa Crisis Center at sharethespirit@crisis-center.org or 925.472.5768.

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.