Season 11 Nonprofit Partners

St. Vincent de Paul of CC (Leon Panetta)

Walnut Creek Historical Society (Scott Brown vs. Joe Lieberman)

NIAD Art Center (George F. Will)

Chabot Space and Science Center (Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Child Abuse Prevention Council (Jeannette Walls)

Richmond Art Center (Robert Edsel)

St. Vincent de Paul of CCplayworks

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, (SVdP) has been the “safety net of the safety net” for struggling families throughout Contra Costa for over 50 years, providing help and hope in challenging times.  Established in 1964 in Contra Costa, we have become a trusted resource with a proven track record for offering service to families in need. St. Vincent de Paul assists over 200,000 county residents annually.  We provide basic human services while families stabilize and work toward improving their situation long-term.

SVdP’s goal is to resolve the problems of hunger, homelessness, unemployment, suffering and low health outcomes in Contra Costa by providing a compliment of services including:

  • Emergency Assistance and Benefits Access/Referral, Our 650 volunteers, located at 27 branches throughout the county, operate 21 food pantries, provide emergency assistance, (rental assistance, utility assistance, transportation, homeless prevention), and referral/access to additional community services.  Over 150,000 residents are served annually by our branch volunteers.
  • Free Adult Medical Clinic, the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul, is a free clinic that provides care for the uninsured, providing over 3700 patient visits since opening in 2011.
  • Free Dining Room, providing 40,000 meals annually in partnership with Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa.
  • 21 Free Food Pantries, providing food annually valued at $1.5m to hungry and low-income families of the County.
  • Free Clothing and Furniture via our Thrift Stores, providing over $100,000 clothing/furniture to needy families annually.
  • Workforce Development Program, providing job training and paid, part-time transitional employment for those returning to society from incarceration, addiction, and homelessness. 
  • Daytime Homeless Shelter (The Oasis), in partnership with Winter Nights Shelter, providing daytime shelter for up to 700 families annually.
  • One Warm Coat Program, distributing over 4,000 warm coats in the County per year.

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Walnut Creek Historical Societyjfk

In 1967, members of the Walnut Creek Women's Club founded the Walnut Creek Historical Society (WCHS) to keep Walnut Creek's premier historic site, the Shadelands Ranch house and grounds, from demolition. Today, the WCHS has grown into a vital organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the Walnut Creek area.

Our varied programs include:

Shadelands Ranch Museum Operation:  The ranch and home of early Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman and his family is now a museum that depicts Walnut Creek's agricultural heritage.  The Museum is open to the public 2 days a week for docent led tours from February-October.  The Museum also houses the largest collection of local history resources. 

Living History Programs: The WCHS actively supports the local history requirements in area schools.  All Walnut Creek third grade teachers are invited to participate in two programs that meet the State social studies curriculum requirements and are supported by trained and dedicated volunteers.

Living History Day at the Shadelands Museum gives students the opportunity to learn about the Penniman family and the daily activities on a fruit and nut ranch circa 1906.

The Downtown History Tours enables third grade students and the general public to learn local history from the pre-Columbian period to present day.

Community Outreach: WCHS Volunteers plan and install rotating history exhibits at the Downtown and Ygnacio Valley branch libraries as well as at the Museum.

In 2012, with funding from several generous donors, the WCHS updated our Oral History Program, videotaping prominent business, political and education leaders from the 1940-70s.  This was the time of rapid suburban growth in Walnut Creek and is creating a legacy for future generations. 

Special Events: The WCHS hosts an annual Holiday Faire and Tea that fills the house with holiday spirit and activity and Antique Fair in June.  These events provide a great opportunity to visit the Shadelands Museum and for the WCHS to raise financial resources to keep the Museum going. 

The Shadelands Ranch Museum grounds are also available for rent for outdoor weddings and social gatherings.

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NIAD Art Center

Located in Richmond, California, NIAD Art Center’s visual art program promotes meaningful independent living by artists with disabilities—while its artists create remarkable contemporary art.

In a unique open studio environment, and with the guidance of qualified staff, NIAD artists acquire new skills in artistic practice and in independent living. As artists paint, build sculpture, mold clay, or work with textiles, their skills of observation and project management improve. As they explore and express their creativity, exhibit artwork in professional-quality galleries, participate in the community, and occasionally earn money from selling art, their feelings of independence and self-esteem increase.

Each NIAD artwork is an original piece of contemporary art that tells an individual story from the perspective of an artist with disabilities. Frequently remarkable, surprising, and engaging, NIAD artwork has become a highlight of the Richmond art scene and has received recognition from the national artistic community.

Most importantly, NIAD art is art everyone can feel great about. When you purchase a piece of NIAD art (or make a donation) you connect with the unique story of an artist with disabilities, honor an original voice in contemporary art, and allow an uncommon artist to earn income from their work. Your participation and support makes possible NIAD’s best work, which is found in the lives it has touched.

Oh yeah, NIAD is an acronym for Nurturing Independence Through Artistics Development. And we’ve been doing it since 1982.

Find a complete schedule of upcoming exhibitions, news, artist profiles and more visit our website

Chabot Space and Science Centerchabot

Chabot Space & Science Center is a nonprofit public science museum featuring over 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, a full dome planetarium, a telescope observatory deck, public programs, school field trips, science camps, teacher training, after school teen development programs and community outreach. The Center hosts 50,000 students on school field trips and over 120,000 public visitors each year.  In addition to robust daytime programming the Center is open every Friday and Saturday night for telescope viewing with the visitor experience guided by astronomer volunteers from the East Bay Astronomical Society.

Chabot’s core work addresses pre-K to12th grade STEM education with our Science Education Pipeline for youth in the greater Bay Area. With a concentration on earth, life, and physical sciences, Chabot provides opportunities in science education that promote critical thinking and STEM literacy skills needed in the 21st-century workforce. These educational programs equip youth with the skills and ability to succeed in science and in school generally; and that encourage, inspire and enable youth and especially at-risk and underrepresented youth to stay in school, matriculate to college and be equipped to pursue rewarding careers.

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Child Abuse Prevention Council

The mission of the Child Abuse Prevention Council is to promote the safety of children and prevent child abuse and neglect in Contra Costa County by raising awareness, influencing public policy, educating our community, and providing resources and support programs to families. Since 1985, CAPC has provided programs and services uniquely designed to build healthy families and prevent child abuse.

The services of CAPC are provided at no cost to the public and are provided in English and Spanish. CAPC works with families, teachers, and community members to provide child abuse prevention strategies in the places where kids live, grow and learn. Its evidence-based programs are endorsed by local school districts, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, First Five of Contra Costa, as well as local law enforcement and social service agencies.

 CAPC’s  programs provide evidenced based home visiting services for new parents and parenting classes for parents of young children; support and education for at-risk families separated by the courts; free child development and parenting skills information for all new parents and a free family resource guide, Surviving Parenthood.

CAPC also provides vital Mandated Reporter Training to schools, professionals and all those working with children throughout the county.

The program educates school staffs and others about how to identify child suspected abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reports and stewards of children.

In 2013 CAPC took a unique approach to support for schools and students by offering the Speak Up Be Safe (SUBS) Program to focus on all forms of child abuse and exploitation including bullying, cyber bullying, technology safety, and sexual harassment. The program provides parents, children and the school community with important training regarding what’s appropriate and what’s not in a child’s life.  

These and other programs make up CAPC’s comprehensive cost effective strategies within our communities.

Richmond Art Centercatholic

The Richmond Art Center is a visual arts showcase and hands-on learning center that gives wide-ranging audiences the opportunity to create, see and learn about art.  We’re the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, dedicated to bringing art to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community.

Every year, we serve more than 1,800 students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Center and off site at local schools, studios and community centers. Our four galleries allow us to mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jay DeFeo, Wanxin Zhang, Hung Liu, Ed Rossbach and Peter Voulkos have been showcased here.

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything we do at the Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.