KTVU is partnering with charitable organizations that are committed to helping Bay Area residents make it through tough times. That's why every week, we'll be highlighting the work of a different nonprofit that's involved in the medical and economic relief effort. Please consider making a donation to support these groups as they continue to assist our community.
Salvation Army: For December, KTVU is highlighting local volunteers. One of the most well-known volunteer efforts is the annual arrival of the bell ringers with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. The Salvation Army serves 300,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area by providing shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and many other services.
Intertribal Friendship House: Founded in Oakland in 1955, this organization was one of the first to begin serving American Indians who have relocated to urban areas. The Intertribal Friendship House serves the cultural needs of Native people with traditions like pow wow dance, drumming, basket weaving, beading circles, cultivation of traditional foods and medicines, social gatherings, and ceremonies.
American Indian Child Resource Center: As part of Native American Heritage Month, KTVU focuses on the work of the American Indian Child Resources Center, which was founded by Native American nurses in 1974. The organization provides social services related to foster care, mental health, after-school programs, and other issues affecting American Indians.
Operation Dignity: Operation Dignity works to keep at-risk veterans and their families in their homes and find shelter for vets who become homeless. The group focuses on veterans in Alameda County and hopes to end homelessness among veterans there.
American Indian Film Institute: This San Francisco-based organization is hosting the annual American Indian Film Festival from November 5-14. For nearly five decades, the festival has showcased works by and about Native peoples.
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation: HERS helps breast cancer patients receive post-surgical supplies and services, regardless of their ability to pay. But beyond that, this group provides emotional support and tries to heal the whole person.
Making Strides of Silicon Valley: Head to San Jose's Discovery Meadow Park for a fundraising event on October 23 to benefit the American Cancer Society. There will be a farmers market, food stalls and other vendors to benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Campaign. KTVU's Alex Savidge will emcee. More details are on ktvu.com/FightCancer.
Making Strides of the Bay Area: This event on October 16 at Emeryville Marina Park is part of the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign. Participants take part in a fundraising walk. The event is emceed by KTVU's Heather Holmes. More details are on ktvu.com/FightCancer.
Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto: Nuestra Casa exists to uplift Latino families in East Palo Alto and the mid-peninsula through English language programs, food distribution and other services.
La Clinica de la Raza: Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, La Clinica de la Raza has been providing health care to a wide range of Bay Area patients regardless of their ability to pay. With sites in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties the clinic treats more than 91,000 patients each year.
Latino Community Foundation: As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, KTVU highlights the work of the Latino Community Foundation, which is the largest Latino philanthropist network in the U.S. That work has invested $17 million in 150 Latino-led nonprofits in California.
Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation: Family and friends of Sean Walsh founded this foundation to help police departments hire k-9 handlers. That's a tribute to Sean Walsh who had dreamed of becoming a police K-9 handler but died while serving in Afghanistan.
Police and Fire: the Fallen Heroes: To commemorate the 20th anni versary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, KTVU is highlighting the work of Police and Fire: Fallen Heroes, which supports the families and agencies of first responders who died in the line of duty.
Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley: The Boys and Girls Club plays an important role in students' education by providing an hour of homework help each day and offering a variety of other enrichment programs. The staff at the club also ran a network to support students make the transition to remote learning during the pandemic.
Rebekah Children's Services: The Family Resource Center at Rebekah's Children Services helps children and their families with all levels of education through programs and activities that focus on literacy, nutrition, programs that prepare young children for kindergarten and teens for college and more.
Tandem, Partners in Early Learning: Tandem helps children and families overcome barriers to education, including access, cost, transportation and language barriers. Each week, children in the Storycycles program borrow a bag of books to bring home and enjoy with their families.
Community Reading Buddies: Help increase literacy in the Bay Area. This group finds high school students to serve as mentors who unleash a passion for reading among younger students.
SupplyBank.org: SupplyBank.org is the nation’s first brick-and-mortar supply banking system (like a food bank, but for supplies). This year they are KTVU's partner on the School Supply Drive, which runs from Aug. 3 to Sept. 30.
Bay Area Music Project: The BAMP is a youth orchestra and choir in the East Bay that believes music education should be available to all children, regardless of their personal circumstances, because of the tremendous benefits it has on their development.
San Francisco Playhouse: Founded by Bill English and Susi Damilano in 2003, San Francisco Playhouse is perhaps the Bay Area’s premiere mid-sized theater company. They stage six plays a year at the Mainstage Theatre on Post Street.
The Crucible is a nonprofit organization and art school in West Oakland dedicated to making the fine and industrial arts accessible for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Our work is centered in Oakland and the East Bay, where we provide high-quality, fun classes and workshops to thousands of people each year. As part of celebrating and empowering Oakland, we also offer free programming, scholarships, and paid leadership opportunities for youth and adults who live locally and otherwise could not participate.
College of Adaptive Arts in Saratoga. The college provides a lifelong, equitable collegiate experience to adults with special needs who historically have not had access to college education. Students ages 18+ can take an individual class for a 3-unit certificate or can enroll in a particular course of study and complete a 60-unit undergraduate, 120-unit graduate, and 240-unit post-graduate articulated curriculum. CAA allows individuals to channel their passion and achieve competency to the best of the individual’s ability in an arts discipline such as the fine arts, dance, theatre, digital arts and video/television as well as in the academic disciplines of Communications, Science & Technology, Library Arts and Health and Wellness.
Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County Rainbow was founded in 1995 to serve the well-being of the LGBTQI+ Community in Contra Costa County. Founders wanted to develop programs to reduce the isolation of LGBTQI+ people and provide a space for community development. Rainbow offers social programs, support groups, clinical services, training, special events and emergency programs. Here is the link to donate.
Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center: The mission of the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center in San Jose is to provide community, leadership, advocacy, services and support to Silicon Valley’s LGBTQ People and their Allies.
San Francisco LGBT Center: The center hosts over 200 programs and welcomes more than 9,000 individuals each month, in addition to providing affordable office space. Its mission is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources, and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTQ people and our allies.
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center: The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, plus their families and allies.
Working Partnerships USA: This Silicon Valley-based organization is raising money for VTA workers who were victims of the mass shooting at a San Jose rail yard and their families.
Mosaic America: This Silicon Valley nonprofit organizes artistic events and cultural performances to celebrate the Bay Area's diversity and foster an inclusive atmosphere.
Regional Pacific Islander Taskforce: The Taskforce helps Pacific Islander communities in the Bay Area by making sure the under-served population gets connected to public services from county health departments.
Asian Health Services: AHS provides over 50,000 patients with essential medical, dental and mental health services in 12 Asian languages, ASL, and Arabic from our thirteen sites throughout Alameda County.
Asian American Donor Program: The AADP is dedicated to increasing the availability of potential stem cell donors for patients with life-threatening diseases curable by a stem cell transplant. AADP is an official recruitment center of the Be The Match registry.
Save the Bay: Founded in 1961, Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay for all people and wildlife.
Pollinator Partnership: The Pollinator Partnership is dedicated exclusively to the health, protection, and conservation of all pollinating animals. KTVU is highlighting the San Francisco-based group's work for Earth Day 2021.
Arab Women's Services: The Arab Women's Services is a program of Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco, and is the only program in the state dedicated to Arab immigrant, refugee, and asylee survivors of violence, particularly women and LGBTQ+ people.
Techbridge Girls: Founded in Oakland 21 years ago, Techbridge Girls works to create opportunities in science, technology, math and related fields for girls and non-binary young people, especially those who are Black or other communities of color.
About Face: Teen girls and non-binary youths who participate in About Face's media literacy programs become equipped to fight back against unrealistic beauty standards, stereotypes and other toxic messages in mass media.
YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley: The YWCA is one of the first multi-service agencies in the Bay Area and is focused on helping individuals and communities recover from violence, tackle homelessness, close the education and economic gap.
Bay Area Girls Club: Until recently, this group was known as Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County. The organization helps girls avoid the risks of dropping out of school, getting involved with gangs, becoming pregnant and other challenges they say are common in urban communities in the Bay Area.
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp: This camp centers the on the experiences of girls, trans and non-binary youth and makes an explicit commitment to gender justice and an inclusive environment. Through music lessons, workshops, group activities, and performances, rock campers acquire skills that help guide them throughout their lives.
The Hidden Genius Project: Trains and mentors Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. Through our student-centered, project-based approach, we invest in young Black men, give them access to technology training, and plug them into an ecosystem of innovation and empowerment.
Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness: Building a healthier community since 1986, Rafiki Coalition for Health & Wellness is a community organization that helps residents maximize their health and wellness. Rafiki’s holistic, integrated approach to wellness aims to improve people’s lives by reducing health inequities that impact the Black/African American community and other underserved groups in San Francisco.
Destiny Arts Center: This cultural institution has been in Oakland for more than 30 years. Destiny's "movement arts" program includes hip hop dance, African dance, and martial arts. It's designed for young people to express themselves and build an inclusive community.
African American Community Service Agency: The AACSA, founded in 1978, is one of the only African American cultural centers in the Silicon Valley. Its mission is to provide quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life,
Alameda County Community Food Bank: ACCFB has been at the forefront of hunger relief efforts in the Bay Area since 1985. The Food Bank serves 1 in 5 Alameda County residents by distributing food through a network of 350 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community organizations, as well as direct-distribution programs.
Redwood Empire Food Bank: Established in 1987, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization from Sonoma County to the Oregon border, encompassing Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley: Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is one of the largest food banks in the nation, serving all of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Since the pandemic hit, Second Harvest has been providing nutritious food to an average of 500,000 people a month, twice the number of people it served before the pandemic.
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano: An alarming 1 in 9 people within Contra Costa and Solano counties turn to the Food Bank for emergency and supplemental food. Food Bank CCS serves 178,000 people every month in those counties.
NAMI Santa Clara County: The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Santa Clara County offers practical experience, support, education, comfort and understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and their treatment in Santa Clara County.
Samaritan House: Based in San Mateo, Samaritan House is the largest food distribution agency in the county. They also provide free housing assistance, run medical and dental clinics and provide clothing to children, among other services, to 24,000 people each year.
Operation DREAM: Operation Dream is a group formed by San Francisco police officers to enrich the lives of children living in the city's low-income areas. There are two ways to donate to the group: one way is by sending a donation on Venmo to Operation Dream. Or mail a check to:
P.O. Box 12768
San Francisco, CA 94112
Salvation Army: There is a higher demand for the Salvation Army's services this holiday season. But there's less of an opportunity to contribute to the organization, because the Salvation Army has decreased the number of traditional red kettles seen on busy streets and at store entrances. Instead, consider supporting the "Rescue Christmas" program, which provides food, shelter and even presents.
SF-Marin Food Bank: Due to COVID-19, the food bank is facing an unprecedented challenge to support our neighbors who were already receiving assistance from the food bank as well as those who now find themselves facing hunger.
Family Giving Tree: For 30 years, Family Giving Tree has fulfilled holiday wishes for more than 1.8 million children and individuals throughout the Bay Area. The FGT aims to distribute 40,000 gifts this year.
Swords To Plowshares: For Veterans' Day, KTVU is highlighting this Bay Area-based nonprofit that's dedicated to helping underserved veterans get housing, improve their health and mental wellness, find jobs that pay the rent, and win the healthcare and disability income they deserve.
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Instead of trying to raise money, the Red Cross is looking for donors to give potentially life-saving blood to make sure that there is a supply for patients in need.
Pivotal: The COVID-19 pandemic has foster youth worrying about how they will pay their bills, buy groceries, and focus on school. Making a donation to Pivotal today will get much-needed financial relief and guidance to high school and college students.
Hunger at Home: In the tech cradle of Silicon Valley, one in three people experiences food insecurity. The nonprofit Hunger At Home connects surplus food and goods with those in need. Consider making a donation today to ensure no one in the community goes hungry.
The Mission Food Hub: KTVU is highlighting the work of the Mission Food Hub, which is providing food in San Francisco's Mission district with its COVID-19 Latino Task Force. Consider donating to the Mission Food Hub, because 100% of your donation will feed seniors, people who are disabled, and families with children.
The Unity Council: The Unity Council provides critical financial assistance, resources, and coaching to low-income children, families, and immigrants in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. Your donation would support programs for thousands of individuals and families.
One Warm Coat: In the face of historically high unemployment rates and homelessness created by COVID-19, the looming cold of winter will have especially dangerous consequences this year. Donations made on this national "One Warm Coat Day" of October 1 will be matched up to $12,500.
Oakland Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation: Firefighters have higher than average rates of cancer, but the Oakland Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation is trying to change that. Your support would help active and retired firefighters get screened.
Alameda County Community Food Bank: The Alameda County Community Food Bank works with more than 200 food pantries, hot-meal programs, senior centers and other non-profits to distribute millions of pounds of food every year. KTVU is partnering with the food bank for their signature fall fundraising event, Savor the Season.
California Fire Foundation: The California Fire Foundation provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.
Camp EDMO: Camp EDMO is a live, online, interactive learning platform committed to providing equitable access to all children, especially in the areas of STEAM and "social emotional learning."
Tech Exchange: Tech Exchange provides refurbished computers, affordable internet, and tech support to digitally disconnected families.