Season 8 Nonprofit Partners

Chabot Space & Science Center (James Lovell & Gene Kranz)

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (Paul Tagliabue)

Juvenile & OAYRF Libraries (Laura Bush)

Oakland Zoo(Jack Hanna)

Catholic Charities. (Donna Brazile/Pat Buchanan)

California School for the Deaf (Marlee Matlin)

Chabot Space & Science Centerchabot

Chabot Space & Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate and Bay Area Certified Green Business, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about planet Earth and the universe.

Founded as an observatory in 1883, Chabot Space & Science Center offers the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, planetarium and large-screen shows exploring the mysteries of the universe. With activity-filled classes, workshops, summer camps, outreach programs and special events, Chabot Space & Science Center is the Bay Area’s go-to destination to discover and experience space and earth sciences.

Exhibitions such as Bill Nye’s Climate Lab increase climate and science literacy through engaging visitors as they discover the wonders of science and the joy of learning.  Chabot is also home to the Challenger Learning Center, a legacy of NASA’s Teacher in Space program, where students on simulated space missions take on roles of astronauts, scientists, and engineers as they launch into space and into a lifetime of exploration.

Set amid beautiful redwood parkland in the Oakland hills, bordering Contra Costa County, Chabot Space & Science Center is also home to Nellie, Rachel and Leah - three large, majestic telescopes, open to the public every Friday and Saturday evening. 

One of Northern California’s leading centers for informal science education, Chabot hosts field trips for schools from throughout the region although it is primarily a local institution. Last year, 2400 students from West Contra Costa schools visited Chabot, taking classes in subjects as diverse as chemistry, geology, space, biology, environmental science, and climate change.  Several WCC schools bring Chabot science learning directly to their school site through the innovative Chabot-to-Go program.

For more information about visiting Chabot, or to become a Champion of Science by supporting Chabot’s work, visit

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program

Founded in 1976, BORP , located in Berkeley at the Ed Roberts Campus (ERC) (home to seven independent living non profits serving the disability community, is the leading provider of accessible sports and recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities and visual impairments in the Bay Area. Our mission is to improve the health, independence, and social integration of those with physical disabilities through participation in sports, recreation, and fitness activities. We believe that these provide a path to greater achievement to which all people should have access. BORP programs include:

  • Adult Sports—Power Soccer, Wheelchair Basketball, and Goalball
  • Adaptive Cycling—includes open hours and guided rides for youth and adults at our Cycling Center, housing over 60 adaptive bikes, in Berkeley's Aquatic Park,
  • Adventures & Outings—weekly urban outings and outdoor recreation activities for adults, such as hiking, camping, and cultural events.
  • Youth Sports and Recreation—Wheelchair Basketball, Sled Hockey, Adapted Cycling, Power Soccer, and Junior Adventures
  • Integrated Fitness—adaptive yoga, core conditioning, and other movement classes at our Fitness Center at the ERC.
  • Veteran's Outreach—in cooperation with local VA hospitals and other agencies to encourage participation of vets in sports and recreation.

We provide opportunities for people with disabilities to play sports, explore the outdoors, and develop a healthy lifestyle, free of labels that follow them to school and work every day.
Last year, BORP served 1,400 youth and adults, from children as young as 3 to seniors .They were 54% Caucasian, 19% African American, 16% Hispanic/Latino, 9% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 2% other ethnicities or multi-ethnic. More than 70% were low-income. Individuals had disabilities including spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, stroke, brain injury, amputations, limited mobility, and visual impairments.

To learn more, please visit our website

Juvenile & OAYRF Librariesjuvenile

The Betty Frandsen Library at the Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall opened its doors to residents on November 1, 2006 with the mission to promote a love of literature and reading, support the school curriculum, and encourage the development of a lifelong habit of self-directed learning. The library at Juvenile Hall proved to be so popular, that a second library at the minimum security Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility (OAYRF) was established in September 2008. Both of these libraries were made possible by generous grants from the Lesher Foundation.

The Juvenile Hall Library currently contains 7,004 items, and the OAYRF Library contains 4,609 volumes. At Juvenile Hall, where the library provides services to the residents 5 days a week, 4,270 items circulate every month. This is an average of 6 books per week per resident! At OAYRF, where the Library is open 5 hours each week, 733 items circulate each month, averaging 2 books per week per resident.

Staff at the Libraries regularly schedule author visits for the teens, hold annual art and poetry contests, encourage participation in the summer reading program, help organize career days, and even plan field trips for the wards at OAYRF. Daily activities include researching reference requests, pulling books on hold, recommending good reads, and issuing Contra Costa County Library cards to all incoming residents.

Many of the teens here repeatedly state that they never read an entire book until they used the library at Juvenile Hall. Many have also said they thought they hated reading until they discovered all the books that speak to their experiences and involve subjects that are geared towards their interests. These teens often become some of the most avid users of the library.

For more information on these libraries , please visit:

Oakland Zoozoo

Since 1922, the Oakland Zoo has inspired respect for and stewardship of the natural world while providing a quality visitor experience. Managed by the East Bay Zoological Society, it presents  award-winning experiences for visitors, fosters  knowledge and understanding of animals and the environment through educational programs, and has earned international acclaim and awards for animal management and endangered species programs.

The 45-acre Zoo is home to more than 650 native and exotic animals and a unique collection of trees, palms, and exotic plants from around the world.  It offers 26,000 member households and 600,000+ visitors a slice of nature and outdoor experiences each year.

Breaking down barriers to the outdoors and creating learning experiences is the Zoo’s goal. Programs like Acorns to Oaks, Zoo-to-Community, Creek Keepers, and ZooCamp are ways the Zoo showcases its mission. Animals in the Zoo’s collection are ambassadors for conservation. The Zoo’s sun bears are a reflection of conservation work being done in Borneo to save bears from bile farms and poaching.

Today the Zoo is building a state of the art, 17,000 square foot Veterinary Medical Hospital designed to accommodate a variety of animals - from sun and humidity-loving reptiles, to tiny birds, and cold-adapted grizzly bears. Next is the construction of The California Trail featuring a 40-acre Ecological Recovery Zone and a 20-acre California Exhibit highlighting once native animals including grizzly bear, wolf, mountain lion, and bald eagle, specifically designed to tell the story California. 

The Zoo is a community resource; a place where people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds can come together to understand, appreciate, and care for nature. The Oakland Zoo provides memories, inspiration, and a deep emotional understanding that it is up to everyone to take care of animals and protect wildlife habitats.

For additional information, please visit 

Catholic Charitiescatholic

Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) was founded in 1935 and has served over a million people in the East Bay since its inception.  CCEB helps people in need who reside in the East Bay, regardless of religious affiliation.  These include child rearing families, immigrants and refugees, and youth who are all vulnerable to poverty and violence. 

Under CCEB’s mission, “Directed by our Faith, Catholic Charities of the East Bay lifts people out of poverty by promoting self-sufficiency, strengthening families, and supporting safe and just communities,” CCEB offers more than a dozen programs and services in the following three priority areas:

  • Poverty Reduction – CCEB offers services to lessen the effects of poverty in the community, and to help families chart a path towards economic self-sufficiency.  Programs include:  emergency financial assistance; homelessness prevention and foreclosure crisis services; financial literacy, family-to-family supportive services, volunteer income tax assistance; and other poverty prevention programs.
  • Violence Prevention – CCEB works to prevent violence in our communities by addressing both the roots of violence and its effects.  Programs include:  crisis response and support for family and friends of homicide victims; restorative justice work with at-risk youth to develop alternatives to violence; and trauma-informed mental health services, including work with families experiencing domestic violence.
  • Immigrant Integration – CCEB helps immigrants and refugees integrate into our community. Programs include: English as a Second Language;  family literacy; job training in the early childhood education field; resettlement assistance for refugees; employment assistance for refugees and immigrants; and legal immigration and naturalization services to reunite families and attain citizenship.

Through contributions from individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, and government grants, CCEB served and touched the lives of more than 23,000 families and individuals in crisis last year. 

Catholic Charities is the leading organization in reducing poverty and violence in the East Bay.

For more information, please visit

California School for the Deafdeaf

The California School for the Deaf, Fremont has made a commitment to be a Deaf-centered environment in which the design of learning and the language of instruction are consistent with a Bilingual-Bicultural approach to educating Deaf children. The school values itself as a multi-cultural community of varied ethnic backgrounds through which people are able to learn and work together to promote the academic, linguistic, vocational, cultural, social, emotional and physical development of Deaf children. The involvement of parents, students, staff, the Deaf community, the business community and the community at large is regarded as essential to the mission of the school.

For more information, please visit