Season 4 Nonprofit Partners

Monument Crisis Center (President Vicente Fox)

Save Mount Diablo (Jean-Michel Cousteau)

Chabot Space and Science Center (Sally Ride)

Teach for America (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

Community Violence Solutions (James Carville and Mary Matalin)

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (Garrison Keillor)

Monument Crisis Center

The Monument Crisis Center is a nonprofit community based organization that provides assistance to at-risk people in Central and East Contra Costa County. The mission of the center is to provide food, offer help and referrals in crisis situations, and promote community awareness of needs and available resources.   The Center has proven to be a focal point in Contra Costa County for those in need.  The average income for a client family of four is $1305.00, their expenses include: food, rent, clothing, utilities, medical care and transportation. We have received tremendous community support but the need continues to exceed our resources. We are currently helping over 3,250 families, often seeing over 1,000 families a month for food. Our fulltime staff of 3 relies heavily on 3 part-time employees and our terrific volunteer base.  

Programs and services provided directly by the center:

  • Food Distribution: A three to four day supply of nutritious foods dispensed monthly. Daily perishables vary but include bread, tortillas, pastry, fresh produce and milk. Babies receive one dozen diapers each month.
  • Basic ESL classes offered three times a week with individualized tutoring
  • The After School Café hosting elementary and middle school students; mentoring, tutoring, enrichment, and physical education.
  • Senior Moments, the first and third Fridays of the month seniors gather for a social hour including music, refreshments, “Bi-lingo” (bilingual bingo) and  food distribution
  • Community Service Program for Juvenile Offenders
  • Holiday Adopt-A-Family program serving over 1100 families; December distribution of winter coats; September backpacks/back-to-school supplies; Mother’s Day toiletries
  • Homeless items including new sleeping bags; and personal hygiene items

On Site collaborations supported by the center:

  • Restraining Order Clinics hosted weekly at the Center with our staff, Bay Area Legal Aid and STAND against Domestic Violence
  • Latina Drop-In Center providing bilingual workshops from local service providers concerning violence prevention, education, preventative health care, mental health, nutrition, and more.
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano sponsors the federally funded Brown Bag Program and USDA Commodities
  • Safeway Stores Salvage Program
  • Concord Police Department, Children and Family Services of Contra Costa County, Contra Costa Crisis Center, Catholic Charities, Victim Witness, ALAS, County Mental Health, Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Community Violence Solutions
  • Local high schools including Carondelet, De La Salle, Ygnacio Valley, Mt. Diablo, Northgate and many others contribute thousands of hours of volunteer time. Elementary and middle schools host food and diapers drives for the families.
  • Many area churches contribute monthly donations of fresh produce and canned goods.
  • Mt. Diablo Adult Ed special needs students from  Tool Works, Life Skills and the On Track Program volunteer weekly
  • Students 2 Students, a quarterly food drive coordinated with the Volunteer Center and local high school students providing 100 children of the center with bags of nutritious food and more.

We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive such tremendous support from the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation.

For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer please contact the center at:
Monument Crisis Center
 2350 Monument Blvd. Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
(925)  825-7751

Save Mount Diablo

Save Mount Diablo is a local grassroots land conservation organization. We are hikers, bikers, equestrians, mountain lovers, bird watchers, and people who just like to look at the mountain.

Save Mount Diablo’s mission is to preserve Mount Diablo's peaks and surrounding foothills, through land acquisition and preservation strategies .  We Strive to protect the mountain's natural beauty, integrity, and biological diversity,  enhance our area's quality of life,  and provide recreational opportunities consistent with protection of natural resources.

In support of our mission, Save Mount Diablo:

  • Protects natural lands through land acquisition purchases, gifts  and cooperative efforts with public and private entities.
  • Educates the public regarding threats to the mountain's flora, fauna, and rugged beauty, and to the history and heritage of the mountain and its surrounding foothills.
  • Works with landowners to preserve their property and to ensure that they receive fair value in any transaction aimed at preserving open space.
  • Works in partnership with Mt. Diablo State Park, East Bay Regional Park District, and other public and private entities to increase and manage natural lands.  
  • Participates in the land use planning process for projects that could impact Mount Diablo and its surrounding foothills.
  • Aids in the restoration of habitat and the preservation of rare species;
  • Offers advice to community and neighborhood groups regarding preservation of natural lands.
  • Temporarily owns, and responsibly manages, lands prior to their transfer to a public agency for permanent preservation.
  • Encourages recreation and public enjoyment of Mount Diablo's parklands, consistent with the protection of their natural resources.

Founded in 1971, Save Mount Diablo has been instrumental in increasing open space on and around the mountain from 6,788 acres to more than 89,000 acres.

For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer please contact us at:

Save Mount Diablo
1901 Olympic Blvd., Suite 220
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 947-3535
or visit our website at   

Chabot Space and Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center (CSSC) inspires and educates students of all ages about our Planet Earth and the Universe.

Its observatory, planetarium, exhibits, and natural park setting are a place where a diverse population of students, teachers, and the public can imagine, understand, and learn to shape their future through science.

Through partnership and community support, Chabot Space & Science Center is taking a leadership role in helping to guarantee that our children have a powerful resource for the next century’s biggest educational challenge—equal access to high quality science and technology programs. Recognizing the new Science Center as a national model for other communities, in May 1998 the Smithsonian Institution and Chabot Space & Science Center entered into an affiliation agreement. Chabot is the only affiliate to focus on astronomy and the interrelationship of the sciences. In January 2000, the White House Millennium Council named the Chabot Space & Science Center an official Millennium Project. The White House Millennium Council recognizes national and local projects that facilitate public awareness of important educational and scientific issues that we as a nation will face in the new millennium.  

The new Chabot Space & Science Center addresses the critical issue of broad access to the specialized information and facilities needed to improve K-12 science education and public science literacy. Chabot continues to offer inquiry-based student programs, which correlate to state and national science education standards, and will expand and develop new programs for students, teachers, and the general public. With the resources available at the new facility, Chabot provides the following three types of programs on-site and online: 

  • Student Programs: Innovative and effective on-site and outreach K-12 programs will serve over 50,000 school children annually.
  • Teacher Programs: Up to 2,000 K-12 teachers annually can take part in professional development programs, who in turn reach up to 60,000 Bay Area students each year.
  • Public Programs: More than 200,000 yearly visitors have access to an array of science and technology educational experiences, including classes, lectures, shows and interactive exhibits.

For more information, please visit our website at

Teach for America

Teach For America's mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequality.  We work to accomplish this by building a diverse, highly selective national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in our nation's lowest-income communities, and who become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity.  In the short run, Teach For America corps members go above and beyond traditional expectations to ensure their students make more progress in a year than would typically be expected.  This fall, 210 corps members will begin this work in Contra Costa County, Oakland, Gilroy, San Jose and East Palo Alto.  In the long term, we are building a leadership pipeline for educational and social reform of individuals with unique insight and added commitment gained from teaching successfully in low income communities.  Ninety-six percent of the nearly 1,000 alumni in the region who responded to a recent survey report that they continue support Teach For America’s mission through their career, philanthropy, volunteer activity or graduate study.   

Given the enormity of the achievement gap in Bay Area schools, Teach For America must grow to a scale more commensurate with the problem we are working to address.  Therefore, by 2010, we aim to field a corps of more than 300 teachers working throughout the Bay Area who are part of a national leadership force of 7,500 corps members that, on average, effect 1.5 years of academic progress in a single year.  In addition, by 2010, we are working to ensure that 60 Teach For America alumni become school leaders and that ten more run for elected office.  Teach For America is proud to partner with the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation to make these goals a reality in Contra Costa County, where this fall 31 teachers will impact over 2,600 of the county’s most underserved students.

For more information, please visit our website at


Community Violence Solutions

Community Violence Solutions (CVS) is dedicated to working in partnership with the community to end sexual assault and family violence through prevention, crisis services, and treatment. Formerly called Rape Crisis Center, CVS was founded by the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program in 1974 and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1977. Since then, CVS has expanded its services to all of Contra Costa and Marin Counties.

Community Violence Solutions provides support services to child and adult victims of sexual assault and their families through these main programs.

24-Hour Crisis Intervention Hotline and Rape Crisis Center

Stepping Stones Counseling Center

Sexual Assault Response Team

Children's Interview Center

Prevention Services

Safe 4 Us program – A Visitation and Exchange Center for Children exposed to parental domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking

For more information, please visit our website at


East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Since 1968, the mission of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (EBCPA) has been:

  1. To ensure that opportunities for a quality education in the arts should be available to all persons, regardless of background, age, physical disability, previous experience or ability to pay standard fees.
  2. To engage the arts, which speak to our comon humanity, as a vehicle for social reconciliation and social change. Informed and enriched by the art forms of the new majorities and immigrant populations that make upour diverse community, the Center's programming seeks to create opportunities for personal growth, open communication, and artistic excellence.

For more information, please visit our website at