Season 6 Nonprofit Partners

Walnut Creek Library Foundation (General Colin Powell)

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Rick Reilly)

The First Tee (Rick Reilly)

Junior League of Oakland-East Bay (Candace Bushnell)

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (Bob Schieffer)

Assistance Leaque of Diablo Valley (Peggy Noonan)

Marine Science Institute (Robert Ballard)

Walnut Creek Library Foundation

arfThe mission of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation is to raise private funds to supplement public funding for both the downtown Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries in order to achieve our vision that both libraries shall become indispensable information resources with free and convenient facilities and services.

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation is a public nonprofit organization formed in 1998 to raise private funds for new and improved library facilities, collections, programs and services for both the downtown Walnut Creek Library and the Ygnacio Valley (Thurman G. Casey) Library.

Tax limitations, growth in population and library use, plus rising costs have outpaced tax support to provide the quality library services we need and expect. With gifts from individuals, businesses and charitable foundations, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation makes the difference between libraries that are “just getting by” and great libraries.

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation is leading the campaign to raise private funds for a new library in downtown Walnut Creek – to make the difference between an adequate library and a library that truly meets the needs of the community for today and for generations to come.

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LPGA USGA Girls Golf

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009,  LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) was formed to connect girls, ages 7 to 17, with the game of golf.  A developmental junior golf program and the only national initiative of its kind, Girls Golf presents an opportunity for girls to make lasting friendships, gain self-confidence, learn to compete and have fun, while fostering a lifetime of enjoyment for the game.  

Girls Golf, with nearly 200 sites around the country and over 60,000 participants since its inception, is administered through a partnership between The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation and the United States Golf Association (USGA), both 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

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The First Tee

The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation which was established in 1993. We are a non-profit organization that positively impacts the lives of the youth of Contra Costa County through the game of golf and its traditional values.

The Mission of The First Tee of Contra Costa is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf.

Through The First Tee Life Skills Experience participants learn valuable lessons about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, how to make positive decisions by thinking about possible consequences to actions, and how to define and set goals on the golf course as well as everyday life.

On an annual base we have been able to introduce The Life Skills Experience to approximately 1200 participants through regular programming county wide as well introduced the game of golf and its inherent values to approximately 4,000 youth throughout Contra Costa County through our National Schools Program. We are continuing to fill our mission by increasing programming opportunities and facility sites throughout Contra Costa County.

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Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, Inc.
Celebrating 75 Years of Giving Back To East Bay Communities

“To move forward, we must give back” is the theme driving the women of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay (JLOEB), as we celebrate 75 years of service to east bay cities. Since inception in 1935, we have contributed over $3 million, 7 million volunteer service hours and launched six non-profit organizations into our community, including:

The East Bay Children’s Theater
Junior Center of Art and Science
Volunteer Center of Contra Costa County (currently known as Volunteer Center of the East Bay)
Oakland Volunteer Bureau
Family Stress Center
Super Stars Literacy, the most recent, launched in 2009

These organizations are serving the community today because the women of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay recognized needs and took action.  The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay is a dynamic non-profit organization that continues to touch the lives of countless individuals and influence the success of many community programs. From assisting victims of domestic violence to making blankets for needy children; from teaching children the value of healthy diet choices to tutoring children to help fight illiteracy, we are over 600 motivated women who work to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve our community everyday. 

As the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay 2009-2010 President Laura Lamison explains,” We provide a place to meet incredible women and make life-long friendships while, at the same time, offer a training ground for women to develop the volunteer skills needed and make a lasting difference in their community.” 

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Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing Inc. (CCIH) is a nonprofit collaboration of interdenominational faith communities with the mission of providing affordable, permanent supportive housing in Contra Costa County.  CCIH's programs focus on families impacted by disabilities.
CCIH’s vision is that residents of Contra Costa County are safely and securely housed, live with dignity, and experience the greatest degree of self-sufficiency possible.  We believe that all children should live in conditions that fully support their development into productive and healthy members of society.  In this way, the cycle of intergenerational poverty and homelessness can be broken.

In partnership with Mercy Housing California, CCIH provides permanent housing and services to formerly homeless families, all with special needs. Families have very low incomes (average annual income $13,000), yet pay 30% of their gross income for rent.  On-site professional and volunteer support services, rendered by CCIH, assist these families to overcome multiple challenges.   On average, CCIH serves 27 families at our first project, the Garden Park Apartments in Pleasant Hill.

CCIH’s program reduces the number of nights that Contra Costa residents spend in shelters or on the street by 25,000 nights per year.  On-site support services help these families re-engage as contributing members of society. Since 2004, over 90% of the tenants we have served have remained permanently housed – either at Garden Park Apartments or in another stable setting.   CCIH's supportive services have helped families achieve measurable improvements in self-reliance, parenting, education, and employment.  CCIH’s program model focuses on family stability, healthy living, sound parenting, and academic excellence in order to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and homelessness.

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Assistance League of Diablo Valleyassistance

Assistance League of Diablo Valley is a nonprofit, member volunteer organization dedicated to improving lives in our community through hands-on programs and has put Caring and Commitment into action for more than 40 years for the residents of Contra Costa County. Currently, more than 430 dedicated members, including the Buena Vista and Assisteens® auxiliaries, work to raise funds and to implement ongoing philanthropic programs for those in need in Contra Costa County. 

Assistance League of Diablo Valley is one of the more than 120 chapters of Assistance League, a national nonprofit organization that puts Caring and Commitment into action.  In 2008-2009, member volunteers gave over 54,000 hours and raised $565,000 to return to the community through philanthropic programs that touched the lives of more than 14,000 residents.  

Caring and Commitment in Action

  • Provided new clothes and shoes for 3,300 elementary school children
  • Awarded $66,000 in scholarships to 15 young adults
  • Provided 180 backpacks with emergency supplies for teens in crises
  • Donated first apartment supplies for 100 emancipating foster youth and funded foster youth high school senior year activities
  • Donated 150 Teddy Bears to Sheriff’s deputies for comfort to children in critical situations
  • Assembled 350 Baby Bags for infants at risk
  • Screened 1,600 preschoolers for vision and hearing problems
  • Performed educational puppet shows for 5,000 school children
  • Read monthly and provided a gift book to 950 second graders
  • Donated 2,000 books to classrooms and school libraries
  • Awarded $5,000 in teacher grants for student enrichment programs
  • Buena Vista Auxiliary funded 2,200 hours of tutoring for 275 children and donated $17,500 in books and school supplies
  • Assisteens Auxiliary hosted pizza parties for disadvantaged children, and delivered gift baskets to homebound clients
  • Donated 210 food boxes for families on CalWorks
  • Supplied emergency clothing to 180 survivors of assault
  • Provided household and personal items to STAND Against Domestic Violence
  • Performed musical revues for 820 residents of care facilities
  • Made 4,200 reassurance phone calls to homebound clients

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Marine Science Institute


Marine Science Institute (MSI) cultivates understanding of natural science through interdisciplinary educational activities that put students in direct physical contact with the San Francisco Bay and Delta marine environment. MSI’s best-known program, the Discovery Voyage, takes place aboard a 90-foot marine research vessel.

By nurturing students' natural curiosity through hands-on experiences, MSI stimulates a passion for learning in a scientific environment. Students observe, compare, measure, and interact with fish (including sharks and rays), invertebrates, and other forms of bay life. Information collected by students becomes part of MSI's body of research data on marine wildlife populations, thereby demonstrating to students the relevance of the skills they learn in school to real-world situations.

Each year, 42,000 students gain knowledge and appreciation of the interconnectedness of human and marine life through MSI programs. In its 40-year history, MSI has developed 500,000 students of all ages into more conscientious stewards of the bay as well as marine environments beyond their local shores.

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