Living in one of the most beautiful and bountiful places is a gift. Working with some of the most passionate and ethical people is a gift, too.
These gifts and this community mean the world to us. We feel a deep responsibility to actively support local efforts to make a real difference in people’s lives right here. We launched “District Gives” to turn that responsibility into a program in which every District agent participates for the good of our neighbors — and ourselves.
We chose four categories that correspond with our values as people and as a company. Every year, we choose a local nonprofit within each category to which we provide financial support for the entire year. Our agents give a percentage of their closed transactions, then District matches that amount.
At the end of the year, we present each organization with a check. We give them our donation with hearts full of gratitude for the important work they do in making this rich community everything it is and will be in the future.
In 2021, District gave to the following East Bay charities in our four categories:
Children and Families: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center
“We believe every caring adult in the life of a young child matters and every family deserves a safe space to play, learn and grow. We are committed to building bridges of connection to health, social and learning opportunities that build confidence in caregivers and ensure that every child has a strong start in life.“
Food Insecurity: Alameda Food Bank
Founded in 1977, the Alameda Food Bank is a non-profit organization that helps the Alameda community by providing nourishing food to those in need in a compassionate and respectful manner with the support of dedicated volunteers and local partners.
Social Justice/Racial Equality: BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency)
BOSS was created in 1971 to help individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who had become displaced because of public hospital closures. Programs and services expanded over the past five decades to include services for unhoused, disabled, and low-income individuals, families, and neighborhoods in Alameda County. In 2013, executive leadership expanded the mission and began developing solutions for mass incarceration and violence in the community as unaddressed crises stemming from racially biased policies and systemic inequities.
Girls/Women: Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center
California’s Northern Alameda County is home to the country’s highest concentration of chronically homeless individuals, nearly all of whom struggle with addictions, physical disabilities, domestic violence, or severe and persistent mental illness.
The Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center provide a safe space, warm meals, counseling, and support to identify housing to any homeless woman and her children during the day, when shelters are closed. WDDC serves an average of 150 women and children each month.
In addition to these four organizations, we also provided sponsorships to:
Berkeley Community Scholars
Berkeley Public Schools Fund
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
Martin Luther King Jr Annual Fundraising Breakfast
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