To donate to Share the Spirit, mail check to: Share the Spirit, PO Box 5498, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 — or donate online here.
The Volunteer Center co-sponsors the Share the Spirit Fund with the Bay Area News Group East Bay which includes our long-standing partner the Contra Costa Times, and the Oakland Tribune, Alameda Times Star, The Argus (Fremont) and Daily Review (Hayward). Newspaper readers contribute to the campaign, which benefits nonprofit organizations in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Proceeds from the fund support children, adults and families in need during the holidays.
( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )
Share the Spirit: St. Vincent de Paul
The international organization with chapter's all over the Bay Area takes care to "custom-fit" their service to the particular region's needs, and to ensure that the bulk of their services remain free.
The Oakland organization runs four group homes for youths, providing food stipends and a roof over their heads while also helping guide its clients to the jobs, education, emotional connections and confidence that will help them over the course of their lives.
The Fremont charity serves about 6,000 families and 16,000 individuals each month in its Centerville district warehouse. It is the largest of the Alameda County Community Food Bank's 280 food pantries.
The Richmond-based rescue mission is a nonprofit organization that helps homeless men, women and children in the area through a multifaceted, Christian-centered approach. It is one of 36 nonprofits participating in the Share the Spirit holiday fundraising program.
(Ray Chaves/Contra Costa Times)
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