Season 1 Nonprofit Partners
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
The Wellness Community – Geraldine Ferraro and Tucker Carlson
Junior Giants Baseball
Contra Costa Police Athletic Association
Opportunities for Technology Information Careers (OPTIC)
All Wars Memorial Foundation
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano – Jay Leno
The Food Bank was incorporated in 1975 and in 1995 the food bank in Concord merged with the food bank in Solano County and formed the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The Food Bank's mission is to alleviate hunger by providing an efficient, centralized and coordinated system for collecting and distributing food that reduces food waste and increases public awareness regarding hunger and food security issues.
Toward this end, the Food Bank solicits donations of food, purchases staple foods not normally donated in sufficient quantities, and distributes emergency and supplemental food to people in need and to local Food Bank-member, nonprofit, charitable agencies. The Food Bank's major activities are:
Food Collection: Most of the 6.9 million pounds of food the Food Bank distributes every year is donated by growers, packers, shippers, handlers, manufacturers, retailers and individuals. Food purchased by the Federal government (U.S. Department of Agriculture) is made available to people in need through the Food Bank. Every year, over 1.2 million pounds of USDA food commodities are distributed to assist hungry families.
Food Drives: Food Drives are conducted throughout the year with the help of participating community groups, including the Bar Associations of Contra Costa and Solano counties, U.S. Post Office Letter Carriers, Deputy Sheriff Associations, local TV and radio stations, schools, churches, newspaper agencies, and the Boy Scouts of America. Every year, the Food Bank collects more than 1 million pounds of food through food drives.
Food Distribution: The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano provides food for more than 70,000 hungry people every month through direct service programs and through a network of more than 220 Food Bank-member nonprofit, charitable agencies. We distribute over 6.9 million pounds of food every year, enough food for 5.5 million meals at an average cost of 51 cents per meal. We get food to where it's needed most—to hungry people. The Food Bank's direct service programs are as follows:
The Wellness Community provides support, education and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones. Our programs now include the following:
All of our programs are provided free of charge, to be as accessible as possible for people affected by cancer. For more information, please call 925.933.0107, or check our website at www.twc-bayarea.org.
- Newcomer meetings to introduce people with cancer and their caregivers to available resources
- Support groups for people with cancer who share similar experiences, including those with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostrate cancer, brain cancer, gynecologic/ovarian cancer, lung cancer, and for life after cancer
- Support groups for caregivers or significant others
- Services for children whose parents have cancer
- Creative expression and stress reduction programs, such as yoga and guided imagery
- Workshops on topics such as nutrition, treatment advances, and complementary therapies
- Spanish-language cancer support groups and educational activities
Junior Giants Baseball– Cal Ripken, Jr.
Junior Giants, the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, is a non-competitive recreational program serving youth 5-18 years old, both in the inner city and rural areas in Northern and Central California. Along with the fundamentals of baseball, the leagues stress self-esteem, education, teamwork, and leadership.
We are grateful to the volunteers from local Police Activities Leagues, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Recreation & Parks Departments give their time as coaches and mentors. With the help of 1,700 volunteers and representatives of community organizations, more than 13,000 boys and girls are involved in Junior Giants baseball this year from Medford, Ore., to San Luis Obispo.
Contra Costa Police Athletic Association – Frank Abagnale
The Contra Costa Police Athletic Association was formed in 1995 to provide athletic, educational, and social programs for youth in Contra Costa County. The aim is to help counter drugs, gangs, violence, and juvenile delinquency. They are an all-volunteer organization made up mostly of active and retired law enforcement officers from federal, state, and local levels, who live and/or work in Contra Costa County.
CCPAA award grants of up to $250 for an individual child and up to $1,000 for a group of four or more children that are mentored by an active or retired law enforcement officer. This is the Kops For Kids Youth Mentoring Program. So far more than $50,000 in grants has been awarded.
The Positive Mental Attitudes Seminars & Sports Clinics Program is for continuation and alternative high school students in Contra Costa County. Last school year this program reached more than 1,100 of the 1,800 students in these schools. It combines classroom presentations and sports clinics in basketball, softball, volleyball, swimming, and other sports.
Opportunities for Technology Information Careers (OPTIC) – Jane Bryant Quinn
Opportunities for Technology Information Careers (OPTIC) is a non-profit organization opened in 2000 as a sustainable solution to Contra Costa County's need to move CalWORKS recipients and other underemployed residents to economic self-sufficiency. Responding to the local demand for workers with strong technical and computer skills, OPTIC trains and then employs participants as part of the OPTIC DataWorks social enterprise.
To provide low-income Contra Costa residents with the technology and life skills that will enable them to become economically self-sufficient.
A Unique Approach To Economic Empowerment
The status quo in workforce development is to find people jobs no matter the quality of the employment or the skill level of the employee. OPTIC believes this formula is only a recipe for employee frustration, employer disappointment and poor job retention.
To avoid this common pitfall, OPTIC provides a carefully tiered program of support services and training, which culminates in OPTIC's employment of participants in a highly supervised, supportive work setting. Paying over minimum wage, OPTIC employs participants to provide database maintenance, entry, and similar services for local businesses. Adhering to strict quality and confidentially standards, OPTIC provides contracted businesses with competitively priced solutions to their data management needs. In turn, OPTIC's participants gain on-the-job experience, preparing them to enter the traditional job market within three to six months.
All Wars Memorial Foundation – Bob Dole
The All Wars Memorial Foundation provide educational activities and community outreach through a Historic Document Display program, operate History Clubs at local high schools and award merit scholarships to deserving Contra Costa students. In addition the All Wars Memorial Foundation has constructed a living memorial site at Oak Hill Park in Danville, California. The purpose of the organization is to continue the education of the community about citizenship and to honor those who have served their country through military service.