CSL Grant Recipients 2018

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 2018 CSL has awarded $190,000 to 23 agencies for the programs described below. With these 2018 grants, CSL reaches a total in excess of $3.8 million in grants given to support at-risk children in the 30 years it has been raising funds through the annual Heart of the Home Tour.

Basic Needs

*Assistance League of Diablo Valley (Contra Costa County)
In 2017 the Assistance League initiated the Common Threads program which provides clothing to homeless students in Contra Costa County. Our grant will allow them to provide clothing to approximately 100 children.

*Grateful Gatherings (Alameda & Contra Costa Counties)
This agency improves lives by providing new and gently used furniture and household goods to low-income families transitioning out of homelessness, crisis, and poverty. CSL’s grant will fund new children’s bunk beds, trundle beds, and new mattresses for those beds.

**Loved Twice (Alameda & Contra Costa County)
CSL’s grant will enable Loved Twice to give 250 newborn children a year’s worth of donated baby clothing.

Child Advocacy/Crisis Intervention

**Bay Area Crisis Nursery (Alameda & Contra Costa County)
BACN operates an emergency 24-hour shelter for children aged 0-5. CSL’s grant will help to feed and house 25 children.

CALICO: Child Abuse Listening, Interviewing & Coordination Center (Alameda County)

Achieves justice and healing each year for over 600 toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities that result from sexual abuse and exploitation, physical harm, neglect, drug endangerment, or witnessing severe violence in their home or community.

Community Violence Solutions (Contra Costa County)
CVS’ Violence Prevention Program provides anti-violence programming to students from first grade through high school, through an integrated approach that includes multiple-session classroom presentations and ongoing small-group workshops. The goal is to eliminate/decrease the incidence of interpersonal violence among teens while increasing respectful relationships, communications, and positive bystander behavior.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Contra Costa County
CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for and mentor foster youth. CSL’s grant will support a case coordinator who advises the CASA volunteers.

Youth Alive (Alameda County)
The Teens on Target Program trains Oakland high school students to be violence prevention educators, role models, and participants in civic efforts to create a safer, more peaceful city. The teens are paid a stipend for presenting a violence prevention program at Oakland Middle Schools.

Educational Support

Ann Martin Center (Alameda County)
The Center’s Educational Therapy program offers specialized intervention around learning disabilities occurring in children in grades K-8. CSL’s grant will help fund services for 100 lower income children.

Aspire Education Project (Alameda County)
The Community Reading Buddies program pairs 160 trained teenage volunteers with 140 K-3rd grade buddies living in some of Oakland’s most underserved low income neighborhoods.

Camp Phoenix (Alameda County)
This sleep away summer camp offers 80 low-income, East Oakland middle schoolers and 10 High school CITs common core–aligned math and literacy instruction, leadership opportunities, and social-emotional learning designed to keep them from falling into summer learning loss.

Community Education Partnerships (Alameda County)
CEP recruits and trains volunteers to tutor and mentor homeless children at shelters, transitional housing, libraries, and other locations as they move.

Experience Corps Bay Area (Alameda County)
Experience Corps recruits and trains senior volunteers to tutor children in grades K-3 in reading at five Alameda County schools. The tutors stay with the same child or group of children the entire school year, improving each child’s reading level half a grade level or more.

Faith Network (Alameda County)
The Succeeding by Reading program recruits and trains adult volunteers to go to Oakland elementary schools during school hours and offer one-on-one reading tutoring to students in grades 2 and 3 who are the furthest behind their grade level.

Family Support Services (Alameda County)
The Kinship Youth Program is a year-round comprehensive after school and summer program for 100 disadvantaged Oakland youth being raised by family members who are not their parents. CSL’s grant will support program aides, a youth aid, and educational materials.

*Singing Eagle Foundation (Contra Costa County)
The Read 2 Live program offers five months of one-on-one reading tutoring five days a week to approximately 30 boys incarcerated at the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility in Byron, CA.

Shelters and Shelter Programs

*Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (CCIH)(Contra Costa County)
CCIH offers permanent housing to 202 formerly homeless families. CSL will fund CCIH’s Youth Enrichment Program that provides mental health counseling, academic support, teen club, preschool readiness, and summer enrichment camp for 300 children.

Winter Nights (Contra Costa County)
Winter Nights provides safe housing for homeless families with children working with faith groups that provide food, shelter, and transportation to keep families safe until they find sustainable housing. CSL’s grant will house 15 children for a month.

Special Needs

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation (BORP) (Alameda & Contra Costa County)
CSL’s grant supports BORP’s adaptive sports and recreation programming for over 130 Bay Area children and youth (ages 5–18). BORP provides adaptive sports and recreation activities including cycling, wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, power soccer, track & field, rowing, and nature outings to physically disabled children.

Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) (Alameda & Contra Costa County)
CSL’s grant supports SNAP’s adaptive aquatic program for 77 children with significant physical and/or developmental challenges.

Therapy /Counseling/ Supportive Services

Building Futures for Women and Children (Alameda County)
CSL supports the Children’s Program at two emergency shelters, a Domestic Violence Shelter, and supportive housing. The Children’s Program provides developmental assessment, case management, educational advocacy, individual and family counseling, parent education and support sessions, and therapeutic activities for the children.

* A New Day for Children (Alameda & CCC)
This agency provides restorative care and education to American minor girls rescued from sex trafficking. A New Day provides housing, healthcare, education, and other support. CSL’s grant will cover specialized psychological therapy focusing on childhood trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder for the three girls from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Stand for Families Free of Violence (Contra Costa County)
Our grant supports the Children’s Services Case Manager who ensures that the children resume school within 3-5 days of arriving with a safe entry and exit plan, assesses the children for mental health therapy, and offers trauma-informed art therapy for roughly 100 child victims or witnesses of family violence who reside with their non-offending parent/caretaker at the Family Violence Emergency Shelter.


*Indicates agencies CSL has never previously funded.
** Indicates agencies CSL has not funded in 5 years or more.