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Holiday Guide: Give in Alameda

Submitted by on 1, December 21, 2010 – 12:01 amNo Comment

‘Tis the season to think about the people in our community who are in need, and fortunately, Island residents are a generous lot. To make things easier for everyone, we here at The Island have assembled a giving guide featuring a host of nonprofit organizations from across Alameda. Here are some places where your donation dollars will be appreciated.

The Alameda Education Foundation is made up of parents, teachers, business people and concerned members of the community. A vital force in the community since 1982, AEF has supported educational programs in Alameda public schools by providing millions of dollars in funds, materials, and volunteer resources to supplement the opportunities available in our schools. The foundation provides vital programs in art, music, drama, sports, science, technology and much more for thousands of Alameda school children. They believe that thriving schools are essential for a desirable community and a promising future. (P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 337-7189.)

Alameda Family Services is a human services organization, active in Alameda and the East Bay, whose programs improve the emotional, psychological and physical health of children, youth and families. Their programs include new parent support, Head Start, school-based health centers, homeless youth services, counseling, drug and alcohol treatment and a clinical training program. (2325 Clement Avenue, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 629-6300.)

The Alameda Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food to the low-income residents of the City of Alameda on a non-discriminating basis. Last year the Food Bank’s fifty regular volunteers served an average of 1,350 individual recipients per month from the Food Bank’s 1,500 square foot, handicapped accessible, office/warehouse at 1900 Thau Way. (1900 Thau Way, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 523-5850.)

Alameda Meals on Wheels/Alameda Friendly Visitors is a locally-funded, seven-day-a-week program that has been delivering hot, nourishing meals to Alameda residents since 1973! Each day, holidays included, their cheerful and caring volunteers deliver a mid-day meal to more than 140 Alameda residents of all ages that need their assistance – whether due to recent surgery or hospitalization, because they aren’t able to get out to grocery shop, or because they can’t cook their own meals. Subscribers pay on a sliding fee scale, based upon their ability. In 2004, Alameda Friendly Visitors was created, making additional services available under the umbrella of Alameda Meals on Wheels.  It is now possible to offer a weekly 1-2 hour visit to seniors or anyone who is homebound. (516 Willow Street, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 865-6131.)

The Alameda Museum offers permanent displays of Alameda history, the only rotating gallery showcasing local Alameda artists and student artwork, as well as souvenirs, books and videos about the rich history of the Island City. The Alameda Historical Society was founded in 1948, and the Museum was established in 1951. In 1983 the Alameda Museum was designated as the official repository of historical documents and artifacts for the City of Alameda. (2324 Alameda Avenue, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 521-1233.)

The Alameda Point Collaborative is a unique neighborhood located on 34 acres of Alameda Point that works to end homelessness by providing housing and services to create communities where formerly homeless families and individuals can flourish. APC is situated on the former Alameda Naval Air Station, and operates 239 housing units. APC provides affordable housing, job training, health services and employment in a community that fosters support and interaction. APC operates a community garden, bike shop, commercial plant nursery, health center and community center. (677 West Ranger Avenue; Alameda, Calif. 94501; 898-7800.)

Alternatives in Action is a non-profit that works with youth who have leadership potential and prepares them for college, career and community. Through education, skills-building and real world experiences, young people, some of whom may otherwise fall through the cracks, become successful, contributing adults and leaders in their community. Alternatives in Action operates the Bay Area School of Enterprise and the Home Sweet Home Preschool on the West End of Alameda and after school programs in Alameda and at partner sites in Oakland: McClymonds High School and Life Academy. Their programs directly impact over 700 children and youth each year. Alternatives in Action is holding its annual fundraising drive click the link above for more information. They’re also looking for people who are interested in volunteering or joining their board of directors. (1900 Third Street, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 748-4314.)

The Boys & Girls Club of Alameda provides a safe place for kids to go for educational activities and companionship after school and on Saturdays. The club offers fun, adult-supervised programs and activities for kids ages 12-18, six days a week, 52 weeks a year. Programs range from educational to sports, fitness, arts and crafts, and recreation, and are designed to tap the interests of the club’s varied members. The club’s leadership is working to finish a new facility to open in February 2011. (2900 Main Street #100, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 522-4900.)

The mission of Building Futures with Women and Children is to help women and children in crisis become safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and family violence. Our programs include two emergency homeless shelters (55 beds), including Midway Village; a domestic violence safe house (20 beds); 52 units of temporary and permanent supportive housing; a 24-hour crisis line; a children’s program; and a domestic violence outreach program. In response to the economic crisis which is forcing more families into homelessness, we implemented two new homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs. (1395 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro, Calif. 94577; 357-0205.)

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts works to fulfill and build upon Frank Bette’s legacy of being a place for meetings, readings, showings, and other creative doings. With respect and generosity of spirit they nurture a space of creative energy where fine arts, crafts, literary and musical arts meet and thrive. (1601 Paru Street, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 523-6957.)

Girls Inc. of the Island City has provided the only youth development services just for girls ages 6-18 in Alameda. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold through innovative programs, activities, and advocacy. At Girls Inc., girls are challenged to explore science, math and computers; examine how money is earned and invested; and to ask questions about themselves and the world in which they live. Their nationally recognized programming is designed to be hands-on and interactive in order to encourage each girl to take risks and gain a sense of her own power and strength. (1724 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 521-1743.)

Rhythmix Cultural Works community arts center in Alameda is committed to bringing people of all ages together through a wide range of affordable art offerings in dance, music, theater, exhibitions and arts education. With a 175 seat theater, art gallery and classroom facility, RCW seeks to promote cultural awareness, encourage participation in the arts, support artists in the presentation of work and be a resource for community gatherings and events. (2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, Calif. 94501; 865-5060.)

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