The East Bay is not just where we work, it’s also where we live and where our children go to school. We care deeply about the relationships we have built within our communities and hope to make them better places to live through our support for the following causes.
YES Nature To Neighborhoods
Since 1999, YES Nature To Neighborhoods has brought 5,500 youth from low-income Richmond to Summer and Family Camps in the redwoods of Northern California. This program enables families, who would not otherwise have access to experience the outdoors, with opportunities that can ignite the imagination, build self-confidence, and enhance leadership skills.
Founded in 1993 and run in partnership with Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools program provides comprehensive, age-appropriate music curriculum to over 4,600 Berkeley public elementary and middle school students each year.
Founded in 1969, the Ecology Center is a nonprofit organization located in Berkeley, California that focuses on improving the health and the environmental impacts of urban residents. They address critical issues through a model of education, demonstration, replication, and advocacy. They envision a world where human activity nurtures the ecosystems that we all depend on — a world of sustainable cities; empowered, resilient communities; zero waste and zero toxics; equal access to healthy food; sustainable resource use; and a safe and stable climate.
Berkeley Public Schools Fund
The Berkeley Public Schools Fund was established in 1983. As the only organization serving the entire district, pre-K to high school, they direct resources to the schools and students with the highest needs, are a source for teachers beyond what the PTA can fund, address district needs, provide educational programs, and align with the district on larger change efforts. The Schools Fund is entirely supported by contributions from individuals and businesses in the community.
Oakland Animal Services
As the only facility taking in Oakland animals needing shelter, Oakland Animal Services hosts a wide range of adoptable animals with volunteers ready to help you find your best match. When you adopt a new family member from them, you change an animal’s life forever, and enrich your own. They also offer low-cost veterinary services, classes, and many pet owner and animal resources.
Berkeley Food Network
With a mission to help establish a foundation of good health from which all Berkeley residents can pursue opportunity, the Berkeley Food Network aims to provide an innovative, community-centered network of food sourcing and distribution to alleviate the problems of hunger and poor nutrition in Berkeley.
Since 2009 Planting Justice has built over 450 edible permaculture gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, worked with five high-schools to develop food justice curricula and created 40 green jobs in the food justice movement for folks transitioning from prison. In the last 9 years, their team has built over 450 edible gardens throughout the Bay Area, empowering hundreds of people to grow their own food.
Funded by community support, KCSM crafts extraordinary jazz programming, delivering the music and its related history to inspire and enlighten jazz listeners and artists worldwide. They are dedicated to the pursuit of education in all its forms; they embrace curiosity and constantly seek to expand learning opportunities for all our constituents.
Kearny Street Workshop
Founded in 1972, during the height of the Asian American cultural movement, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country. They offer classes and workshops, salons, and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings, and screenings. KSW makes artists out of community members and community members out of artists. Their mission is to present, produce, and promote art that empowers Asian Pacific American artists and communities.
We also donate to multiple public schools in the area including:
- Willard Middle School
- King Middle School
- Malcolm X Elementary School
- Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary School
- Glenview Elementary School/Oakland Unified School District