All nonprofit depend on the kindness of strangers—better known as new donors and volunteers—to survive on bare-bones budgets, and San Leandro-based Building Futures with Women and Children is no exception.
“Our continuum of services benefits greatly from the many volunteers that help out at our sites in San Leandro and Alameda,” says Executive Director Liz Varela. “From neighborhood volunteers leading children’s program activities to psychology interns providing therapy and domestic violence support, our volunteers make all the difference in the world.”
Though most of volunteers contribute as individuals, the dinner cook program at the two emergency shelters is a way for families, neighbors and community groups to work together and provide a nourishing meal for the women and children working to rebuild their lives.
“Our dinner cooks provide far more than a tasty meal for 35 shelter residents,” adds Varela. “Such generosity demonstrates to our clients that the community is concerned about their well being. These donated dinners also reduce costs and free our shelter staff to provide direct service instead of working in the kitchen every day.”
Help help keep Building Futures’ programs to end homelessness in place with your gift towards a funding goal of $10,000 by June 30. Donations can be made online at www.BFWC.org or delivered to 1395 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577.