Oaklandish regularly donates a portion of proceeds to local non-profits, and this holiday season is no exception. Throughout the month of December, we’ll be taking donations in the store for three of Oakland’s finest service-based non-profits — the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts, and DreamCatcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services.
All three donation barrels will be in the Oaklandish shop at 1444 Broadway throughout the holiday season. You can also make monetary donations to all three organizations at the store, five dollars or more will give you the opportunity to decorate your own tree ornament for our in-store display.
Since 1985,The Alameda County Community Food Bank has been the hub of food distribution to hundreds of non-profits that serve the hungry all over Alameda County. Last year alone, the food bank distributed 20.1 million pounds of food — 52% of it fresh fruits and vegetables. This year they are looking to exceed that amount, but need the community’s help in providing it. You can drop off non-perishable food items in their donation barrel: canned fruits and veggies, canned meats and fish, low sodium soups, stews and chili, pasta and tomato sauce, beans and rice, peanut butter, cereal and oatmeal, or powdered milk. Just make sure there are no glass containers that may break while in transport.
The Oakland Firefighters Random Acts is an organization run by individual firefighters within the Oakland Fire Department. Its aim is to reach out even further to the communities they encounter every day through 911 calls. The organization’s annual toy drive helps to brighten the holidays of children throughout Oakland, donating to hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, and individual children in need. Random Acts has a donation barrel inside our store this month and is accepting unwrapped toys to be handed out to children of all ages this holiday season.
Finally, DreamCatcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services is a voluntary support center and youth shelter for runaways, commercially sexually exploited youth, and at-risk youth ages 13-19. Serving youth from their center in West Oakland, DreamCatcher provides such services as lunch and supper, laundry services, case management/crisis counseling, health education workshops, a health clinic, and academic assistance. This year, they are looking for practical gifts to give these teens in need — bath wash sets and other toiletries, scarf/glove sets, gift cards, or help with Christmas dinner.
Happy holidays from Oaklandish!