Gift Baskets for Homeless Moms "Baskets of Love"
BasicNecessities initial project (2008) was for the homeless mothers at Tri-Valley Haven and Shepherds Gate homeless and domestic violence shelters, who are often overlooked on Mother's Day. 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.
The next year, we were able to provide 35 gift baskets to the moms at Shepherd's Gate and Tri-Valley Haven.
Support to Local Families and Individuals
Imagine sharing a one bedroom apartment with 7 people, or being a single mom with 5 children and also being a victim of domestic violence, or moving into an apartment with no furniture or cooking tinsels, or just needing to ask for help in a crisis but not knowing English well enough to do so. Due to your generous support, and grants from local foundations, we are able to provide crisis support and in some cases financial support for the purchase of groceries, clothes, and other items.
As part of this effort, we provide food, clothing, and bedding on an ongoing basis to families of children who attend Marylin Avenue Elementary School in Livermore, Ca.
How you can help: Donate food, furniture, kitchen utensils, and clothes in good condition, disposable baby diapers, baby formula, money, or cars and trucks. For a more detailed list of our needs, please see our "How You Can Help" page.
Holiday Food Baskets
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. See our "Support Us" page.
We offer two types of grants. Reentry Grants are for students who are reentering the academic environment after a long period of time away of academia. First in Family Grants are for those students who are the first in their family to attend college. The focus of our grant program is economic need. Applicants must be enrolled in at Las Positas College or Chabot Junior College. Applications will be accepted in February and March. Please visit us again for updates.
Sole Mates (Shoes) - Livermore
Imagine being in the 2nd grade and never having had new shoes. It's hard to believe, but that is exactly what happened this year when we gave new shoes to a number of underprivileged students at Marylin Avenue Elementary in Livermore. The children were so excited and there were so many tears of joy (mostly the adults watching). This year we want to provide shoes for additional children at Jackson Avenue Elementary, and Portola Elementary, also in Livermore.
How you can help: We primarily need financial support, because the shoes are purchased to fit specific children. With the discounts provided by local businesses, shoes are typically less than $20.
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.
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).
Cuba Art Fundraiser
For this program we provide canvas and paint to artists in Cuba, and subsequently sell their finished art in order to raise funds for the Cuba Mission (above).