FamiliesFirst has been providing support services to children and families since 1974. Today, the agency serves more than 10,000 Northern California children every year. FamiliesFirst betters the lives of children and their families by providing treatment and support services which emphasize CARE-collaboration, adaptation, respect, and excellence. FamiliesFirst of Contra Costa Country provides services for families in need throughout the county. Programs include: the Independent Living Skills Program, Homework Club and Recreational Activities for Children. During 2008-2009, JLOEB updated and categorized the After School Program Library and the Resource Library at the FamiliesFirst facility. Our efforts included creating events to collect new and gently used books and organizing reading materials for FamiliesFirst and updating existing literature for the different programs, which rely on skills-based books and other staff resources. The after-school library is used by children who participate in the after school program or homework club. The resource room is used by the FamiliesFirst families, as well as staff members. League members also helped to plan recreational activities for the children including seasonal parties, and tutoring sessions for the After School Program. These events promoted self-esteem, provided activities for underserved children, enriched academic learning and provided fun to children who need more of it.
Loved Twice is the JLOEB's new community partner! Loved Twice clothes newborns from low-income families with gently used baby clothing for their first year of life. Community volunteers collect baby clothing, sort these precious garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute the boxes through licensed social workers in hospitals, shelters and clinics. Each baby receives approximately 75 items, including newborn onesies, sleepers, hats, booties, books and a soft warm blanket. More...
Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen
Together with the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI), and more than 225 sister Leagues in four countries, the JLOEB is participating in an exciting new initiative for National Volunteer Week called Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen. The League-wide initiative, supported by the ADA, USDA and Bon Appetit magazine, is designed to create an impact in our communities around issues of growing importance - childhood obesity and poor nutrition. More...
Our 2012-2013 Community Impact Projects:
Alameda County Community Food Bank
The Alameda County Community Food Bank has been in business since 1985. Through a network of 275 strategically placed member agencies – food pantries, soup kitchens, child-care centers, senior centers, after-school programs and other community-based organizations – the Food Bank distributes enough food for 300,000 meals weekly. Its mission is to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public, and promoting public policies that address hunger and its root causes. JLOEB volunteers helped sort, screen, shelve, and/or box food to be distributed to 275 strategically placed member agencies in the community.
Alternative Family Services (AFS) Wish Upon a Wreath
AFS has developed Wish Upon a Wreath to support foster youth during the holiday season. AFS has about 500 children in care during the holidays. JLOEB volunteers decorated wreaths with wish hang tags. The wreaths were then distributed throughout the community where businesses and organizations "adopted a wreath". In conjunction with the wreath making activities, volunteers helped stuff pre-sorted school supplies into backpacks for foster children.
Bay Area Crisis Nursery
The Bay Area Crisis Nursery prevents abuse and neglect of children by providing support to families who are in stress or crisis. They provide a warm, loving, homelike environment for children birth through eleven years of age by offering 24 hour residential care. JLOEB volunteers helped organize items for a yard sale and, later in the year, helped wrap presents.
California Symphony Ball Music in the Schools Program
JLOEB volunteers assisted with the California Symphony Ball. This fundraising gala raises money in part to continue its Music in the Schools Program which serves more than 3,500 Contra Costa school children. Since this program began in 1992, nearly 55,000 students in 75 schools have benefited from it’s offerings.
Eat Real Festival
JLOEB volunteers helped stock glasses, stuff goody bags, pour wine and sell drink tickets at the Eat Real Festival in Jack London Square. Eat Real was founded in 2008 by a group of people who believe that delicious, convenient, affordable and sustainable food should be celebrated through an annual food festival.
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The Farm at Alameda Point Collaborative
The Farm at Alameda Point Collaborative is a one-acre, organic urban farm that was created by the Growing Youth Project in 2005 to give young people in the community an opportunity to help their friends and neighbors live healthier lives. Today, it is a vibrant working farm that provides valuable food resources to our community and is a job training site where APC residents can sharpen the skills they need to find meaningful employment. JLOEB volunteers helped with weeding, mulching, and harvesting.
FESCO -- The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition
FESCO is a nonprofit organization comprised of over 30 churches and community members serving homeless families with food, shelter, counseling and links to community resources. FESCO operates two critically important facilities. The first facility is Les Marquis House, a 24-bed emergency shelter where low/extremely low-income homeless families with children receive a safe, warm place to stay, food, and supportive services for up to 60 days as they move from crisis to stability. The second facility is Banyan House Transitional Housing, which provides eight families with a private bedroom and bath for up to 10 months as they move toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing. JLOEB volunteers assisted with prepping and painting indoors and outdoors.
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for 35 years and provides food to more than 132,000 hungry people in need every month directly at community sites and through a network of 180 charitable agencies. They distributed 12.6 million pounds last year! JLOEB volunteers sort and pack the food.
Medshare is a non-profit organization that collects donated medical supplies. They package and ship them to over 80 countries that are in desperate need of these life saving supplies. JLOEB volunteers sorted medical supplies and boxed them up for shipment.
Monument Crisis Center
Monument Crisis Center offers nutritious food, quality resources and referrals to low-income individuals and families in order to help them become stable and secure. Over the last year, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and donors, Monument Crisis Center distributed a 5-day supply of food to over 12,000 individuals, thereby providing one million meals to those most at risk in Contra Costa County. In addition to food service programs, Monument Crisis Center advocates for at-risk families and individuals and strives to unite the community in a forward effort to alleviate poverty. JLOEB volunteers have helped distribute food and also set up for a holiday event.
Salvation Army Helping Hands
Every year the Salvation Army gives out hundreds of gift baskets filled with toys and food to those who are homeless, abused or disadvantaged in pursuit of its goals: serving the most people, meeting the most needs, DOING THE MOST GOOD! JLOEB volunteers filled gift bags at the Oakland Salvation Army Helping Hands Holiday Gift Giving event.
St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. JLOEB volunteers helped by sorting items at the Pleasant Hill Thrift Store.
STAND! For Families Free of Violence
STAND! For Families Free of Violence is committed to promoting safe and strong families. Their approach to eliminating family violence is well-rounded and community-wide. In addition to providing a complete spectrum of prevention, intervention, and treatment programs, they also enlist the efforts of local residents, partners, and institutions, all of whom are striving to stop domestic violence and child abuse. JLOEB volunteers cleaned out and organized items in the shelter. JLOEB volunteers also assisted with the STAND! oscar fundraiser at the Brenden Theaters in Concord.
Super Stars Literacy
Super Stars Literacy gives children the foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. Their vision is to be the early literacy education partner-of-choice providing children most in need with rigorous, proven programming that builds essential skills and develops their potential to participate fully in society. JLOEB volunteers helped with Super Stars Literacy's 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Celebration that celebrated ten successful years.
Taylor Family Foundation
The Taylor Family Foundation's Mission is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. JLOEB volunteers wrapped holiday gifts for shoppers at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, raising money in support of Taylor Family Foundation.
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Wardrobe for Opportunity
Wardrobe for Opportunity is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that provides professional clothing and career support to low-income women and men so they can secure employment and become economically self-sufficient. JLOEB volunteers helped with the curbside sale of used clothing and accessories.