The Children’s Support League of the East Bay (CSL) provides grants to nonprofit agencies serving children in need
in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

In 2016, CSL has granted $145,000 to 17 agencies for the programs described below.
With these 2016 grants, CSL reaches a total of $3.5 million in grants given to support at-risk children
in the 28 years it has been raising funds through the annual Heart of the Home Tour.


Child Advocacy/Crisis Intervention

CALICO (Child Abuse Listening, Interviewing and Coordination Center) (Alameda County):
Provides trained staff to intercede and support toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities involved in an investigation of sexual abuse and exploitation, physical harm, neglect, drug endangerment, or severe violence, putting the child’s needs first.

CASA of Contra Costa County:
Advocates for children in the court system, particularly in foster care, by training community volunteers to be their “voice” and to provide mentoring. 

Community Violence Solution (Contra Costa County):
Works in partnership with the community to end sexual assault and family violence through prevention, crisis services, and treatment.

Youth Homes (Contra Costa County):
Provides an intensive therapeutic residential program for severely traumatized foster youth.

Special Needs

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation (BORP) (Alameda County):
Advances the lives of children with physical disabilities through sports and recreational activities.

Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) (Alameda County):
Provides children with physical and/or developmental challenges the opportunity to experience aquatic activities.


Educational Support

Camp Phoenix (Alameda County):
Campers receive individualized attention every morning in common core aligned math and literacy groups with a 3 to 1 camper to staff ratio, ensuring that none of them are falling susceptible to “summer learning loss”.

*Community Education Partnerships (CEP) (Alameda County):
Recruits and trains volunteers to provide high-quality, one-on-one academic tutoring and mentoring for homeless children in the pre-K to 12th grade school system. Most of the tutoring takes place in shelters, transitional homes, libraries, coffee shops – wherever they can meet the students.

Contra Costa Youth Council:
Offers tutoring for incarcerated boys ages 13 to 18, to master the academic skills to succeed upon release.

*Experience Corp Bay Area (Alameda County):
Engage adults 50+ to build relationships with children in grades K-3 to produce outstanding literacy results and more involved community members.

Faith Network of the East Bay:
Improves the reading skills of 1st and 2nd graders through one-one tutoring during school hours, library support, and home literacy.


Shelters and Shelter Programs

Building Futures for Women and Children:
Offers mentoring services to children living in shelters through educational advocacy, connections to needed healthcare services, therapeutic group activities, parental education and support, and individual and family counseling.

Women’s Daytime Drop In Center (WDDC):
As an integral part of a day program for homeless women, provides children with age appropriate educational and therapeutic play activities, essential educational materials, opportunities for greater positive social interaction with other children, and assistance with enrollment in preschool programs.

Winter Nights:
Provides a safe haven at night for homeless families with children, working collaboratively with churches and local groups who provide food, shelter and transportation to keep families until they find sustainable housing.

Therapy/Counseling/Supportive Services

Family Support Services of the Bay Area (Alameda County):
Builds on the strengths of children and families by providing child care, family preservation, kinship support, kinship youth programs and mentoring services for children of incarcerated parents.

George Mark Children’s House:
Provides life-affirming palliative care in a home-like setting for children with illnesses that modern health care cannot yet cure, or for those who have chronic medical conditions.

UJIMA (Contra Costa County):
Organizes field trips for children and youth, ages 6 – 16, participating in the KIDS GROUP program (aka Children’s Recovery & Education Program) that serves traumatized children and youth with substance-abusing parents.


*New Recipient