HOW YOU CAN HELP

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.  
RAY CHAVEZ
The Downtown Holiday Festival in Richmond, an annual event, was hosted by the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) in partnership with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, at the historic downtown Winters Building that now serves as the performing arts center's headquarters.  
 
Hayward police give toys to more than 100 families.  
 
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.  
 
Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group
The Berkeley Food Pantry at Berkeley Friends Church takes advantage of its gentrifying surroundings to collect organic and other high-quality, healthy food for distribution to poor people  
 
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.  
 
Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group
Diagnosed with PTSD and medically discharged from the Army, Richmond veteran Nelson Pareja and his family were on the verge of homelessness after arriving in the Bay Area from Fort Hood, Texas in September. After connecting with nonprofit Shelter, Inc. of Contra Costa County, the Pareja family was provided with an apartment and had their rent covered through January.  
 
Dan Honda
Share the Spirit helps Las Trampas provide a holiday setting and meals for their clients who don't have a place to go.  
 
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.  
 
JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO
Shepherd's Gate is helping a mother and her two children regain stability and independence after years of tumult