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Our Community Focus

Giving a Gift that Makes a Difference

Nov 27, 2016 10:00AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Each December, the Community Focus compiles a list of local organizations that provide services and caring for those in need of assistance over the holidays and year round.  We’ve also “Spotlighted” four non-profits that serve hundreds of young people every day, and have an increased need over the winter months. Gifts to any of these organizations have a direct impact on seniors, families, and homeless individuals right here in our community. Donations needed range from gently used blankets and clothing to food, cash, and volunteer hours.  Take a look and consider where you might be able to help this year:


Catholic Charities East Bay works with youth, children and families to promote self-sufficiency, strengthen families, and pursue safety and justice.

3540 Chestnut Ave.

Concord, CA 94519

(925) 825-3099


Christmas for Everyone provides each person with a new gift and almost-new clothing, serves a traditional Christmas meal, and provides entertainment for both children and adults. Food and gifts can be delivered to the homebound upon request.

Visit website or call for various donation sites.

(925) 228-2233


Community Outreach Hillcrest Congregational Church has three programs: food, clothing and layette; staffed by volunteers and serving Contra Costa County for more than 40 years!

404 Gregory Lane

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 689-8260


Contra Costa Interfaith Housing provides permanent, affordable housing and vital support services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals in CC County.

399 Taylor Blvd. Suite 115

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 944-2244


Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano works to end hunger and increase access to nutritious food for low-income individuals and families.

P.O. Box 6324

Concord, CA 94524

(925) 676-7543, ext. 213


Foster A Dream provides programs and resources that build the hopes, dreams, and futures of Bay Area foster children, and is a guiding source for successful transition into the adult world.

628 Escobar St.

Martinez, CA 94553

(925) 228-0200


Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa feeds the hungry by providing free, hot nutritious meals at local dining facilities.

835 Ferry Street

Martinez, CA 94553

(925) 293-4792


Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Your cash donation will be used to help prepare and deliver a hot meal to an elderly senior that says, “You are not forgotten.” Volunteer drivers are always needed.

P.O. Box 3195

Martinez, CA 94553

(866) 669-6697


Meals on Wheels & Senior Outreach Services coordinates care for older adults (over 60) in Contra Costa who have a wide variety of needs. Their six programs - Meals on Wheels, Fall Prevention, Home Care Referral, Friendly Visitors, C. C. Cafes, and Geriatric Care - offer full-service resources to seniors in need. Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visitors rely on volunteers to deliver hot meals to 700 homebound local seniors or provide weekly one-hour visits to isolated seniors. 

1300 Civic Drive

Walnut Creek, CA  94596

(925) 937-8311, ext. 133


Monument Crisis Center offers nutritious food, resources, and referrals to low-income individuals and families to help them become stable and secure.

1990 Market St.

Concord, CA 94520

(925) 825-7751


Salvation Army works towards “the advancement of the Christian religion - of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.”

3950 Clayton Road

Concord, CA 94521

(925) 676-6180


Shelter Inc. of Contra Costa rebuilds lives, one family at a time, by giving them a home, the skills and the resources to live the life they deserve.

1333 Willow Pass Rd., Suite 206

Concord, CA 94520

(925) 335-0698


STAND for Families Free of Violence is a catalyst for breaking the multi-generational cycle of violence, promoting safe and strong relationships, and rebuilding lives.

1410 Danzig Plaza, Suite 100

Concord, CA 94520

(925) 676-2845


Winter Nights Shelter provides a clean, safe, and warm facility at night and a daytime services center during winter for homeless seniors and families with children.

1543 Sunnyvale Ave.

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

(925) 933-6030