Winter Food Basket

This program provides food baskets to low-income families during the holiday season. Last year, during the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we were able to provide 25 food baskets to families of CAPE (Community Association for Preschool Education) students in Livermore. The CAPE program serves low-income, Children 0-5 years of age, pregnant women, and children with special needs. Each holiday food basket contained a turkey and all the other foods for a holiday meal. Last year we were also able to provide food baskets during the Easter holiday to several families.

How you can help; Donate food, cash, or help us put the holiday baskets together and distribute them to the needy families.

Bust Out Bullying

Bust Out Bullying aims to educate children between the ages of 5 and 14 about traditional bullying and cyber-bullying through a series of workshops, demonstrations and readings. In addition to addressing children, Bust Out Bullying will also work with teachers and other
school staff, as well as parents. Potential participants will beindentified through the schools and the Junior Giants program of Livermore.

We are currently seeking funding to match the Giants Community Fund.

Baskets of Love

Gift Baskets for Homeless Moms "Baskets of Love"
The homeless mothers at Tri-Valley Haven and Shepherds Gate homeless and domestic violence shelters are often overlooked on Mother's Day. This past may, the Mothers were presented with gift baskets containing a gift certificate at a local restaurant, nail polish, mascara, lip gloss, earrings and a bracelet, a music CD, a journal, coffee or tea and a mug, bath items, and much more. We focused our attention on providing gifts that the women would normally have little hope of receiving. This year we provided 60 baskets: 10 baskets to Shepherd's Gate Women's Shelter, 27 baskets to Tri-Valley Haven Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters, and 23 baskets to moms in Livermore's Migrant Worker Program.

Last year, we were able to provide 35 gift baskets to the moms at Shepherd's Gate and Tri-Valley Haven.

 

A Salute to Our Veterans at the Livermore VA Hospital

National Salute Week takes place during the third week of February. Basicnecessities.org and its partners are planning to honor the more than 100 veterans at the Livermore VA Hospital with a special day during that week in 2012: A Salute to Our Veterans at the Livermore VA Hospital. We will provide a luncheon, entertainment, personalized portraits of each vet, a special calendar, and a basket of amenities. We are also preparing a static display of ground vehicles. Finally, we are planning to present the Hospital with a new big screen TV.

Sole Mates for Cuba

Sole Mates for Cuba
The Cuba mission program, started last year, will provide shoes, school supplies, and books to school age children in rural areas of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, and Camagüey. Cuba is an extremely poor country, and many school age children in rural areas are not able to go to school because they don't have the proper shoes. Also school supplies are difficult for the average family to obtain. BasicNecessities, in collaboration with Las Positas College, will work to purchase these items in Cuba (since they can't be imported into the country).

How you can help: Financial donations are needed for shoes, school supplies, and books. 100% of your donations will go towards the purchase of these items, and none will be used for travel expenses.

Nosotras En Control

Nosotras En Control
This program is for middle-school and high-school aged Latina girls. Nosotras En Control is for Latina girls who are the first or second generation of their family to live in the Unites States. They are also typically the first women in their families to attend school after the primary grades, and thus the first to have a chance at graduating from high school. The goal of the Nosotras En Control program is to empower and educate young Latinas in the Tri-Valley so that they can become the leaders of tomorrow. This program focuses on building self-esteem, making positive choices and creating an educational plan. For many of the girls, gangs and teenage pregnancy are what await them if they do not “take control” when they are young. BasicNecessities.org works with several departments at Las Positas College in Livermore to provide the girls with a series of workshops during the summer.

NEWS

September 3, 2011 - Bust Out Bullying @ AT&T Park

Basicnecessities.org has received a $10,000 grant from the San Francisco Giants Community Fund to establish an anti-bullying program with Livermore students. We were awarded the grant in an on-field ceremony held at AT&T Park in San Francisco prior to the September 3 Giants game.

Busting Out Bullying

© Photo by San Francisco Giants
In This Picture: Catherine Suárez Dunbar and young Melanie Lopez (far right) at AT@T Park, September 3, 2011.

Bust Out Bullying aims to educate children between the ages of 5 and 14 about traditional bullying and cyber-bullying through a series of workshops, demonstrations and readings. In addition to addressing children, Bust Out Bullying will also work with teachers and other school staff, as well as parents. Potential participants will be
indentified through the schools and the Junior Giants program of Livermore.

We are currently seeking funding to match the Giants Community Fund.

 

 

 

We want to thank all of our sponsors for your gracious support. We would not be able to do our work without your help.