Lend A Hand Foundation

Lend A Hand Foundation The Lend A Hand Foundation was designed to empower youth to stay in school through various programs and services.
Through all of our programs and services we instill hope, strength and confidence in our young people to help create a better future for themselves.
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Programs and Services: Annual Back to School Giveaway (August) - Lend A Hand is approaching its 12th Annual Back to School Giveaway; gave out 10,000 backpacks in 2010 and hope to reach beyond that in 2012; seeking additional supporters to make sure we can take care of as many schools in Oakland/Alameda County and other areas. Annual Holiday Celebration (December) - Approaching our 10th Annual Holiday Giving providing youth and families with a great holiday celebration. Seeing the smiles on their face is priceless. This past December provided over 400 youth with toys, new clothing, educational items, a wonderful meal, entertainment and much much. Dise/Gardere/Smith Scholarship Fund - approaching our 5th year of giving out 2 - $1,000 scholarships to youth desiring to continue their education but need financial support. Stay In School - developed a pilot program to enroll up to 10 youth into a program designed to empower youth to stay in school through incentives. The program is developing as planned with 5 seniors and 6 juniors. It is planned to continue to develop this very worthwhile project.

Mission: To enhance the quality of life of low income at risk children, youth, and families by offering resources not otherwise available including educational, cultural, and sporting activities as well as basic needs.

04/11/2020

Good Morning, sending good thoughts and prayers for all.
Many thanks to everyone risking their own lives to help others.
Thanking everyone who are taking time to reach out to others who are all alone during this time. Continuing to keep faith. Thank you Lord that I woke up this morning and that my family, extended family, friends, and all are good. Amen

04/02/2020

Greetings to all. Social Distancing to help flatten the curve and staying in we believe will SAVE LIVES. As we are all going through some tough and uncertain times, let us all do all that we can to be safe, stress this fact to others, and help those that need help best we can. We are doing our very best to keep hope alive and sending out good thoughts.

04/02/2020

Greetings All, hope you are doing good. Sending good thoughts and much love. During this time of social distancing, let's help by continuing to be a blessing to others. We are raising funds to help save and make lives better and to ensure our 21st. Annual Backpack Giving Program succeeds so that whenever our children return to school they are equipped with the tools they need to learn as well as to provide some basic needs. We sincerely thank you for your time, consideration, and support. We are forever grateful. Big shout out to all who helped us with the funding and delivery to shelters and the unhoused on Monday, March 30 (Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Athletics, Lambda Psi Xi Sorority, Alameda County Supervisors, and Blaisdell).

12/25/2019

Happy Holidays.

Lend A Hand Foundation
11/25/2019

Lend A Hand Foundation

We have a Cookbook just in time to be a holiday gift. Any interest...reach out to LAHF - [email protected]

We have a Cookbook just in time to be a holiday gift. Any interest...reach out to LAHF - info@lendahandfoundation.org
11/25/2019

We have a Cookbook just in time to be a holiday gift. Any interest...reach out to LAHF - [email protected]

Please join us as we support our families.
11/18/2019

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Please take this opportunity to share with another family by supporting us.
11/07/2019

Please take this opportunity to share with another family by supporting us.

Lend A Hand Foundation
11/03/2019

Lend A Hand Foundation

Please support us as we help others during the holiday season.

Please support us as we help others during the holiday season.
10/30/2019

Please support us as we help others during the holiday season.

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10/17/2019

Lend A Hand Foundation

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10/17/2019

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10/12/2019

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09/24/2019

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09/20/2019
Lend A Hand Foundation

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We honor and celebrate our supporters. (We do not own the rights to this music.)

09/20/2019

We honor and celebrate our supporters. (We do not own the rights to this music.)

09/20/2019

We honor and celebrate our supoorters. (We do not own the rights to this music.)

Please join us. Tickets can be purchased from any member. This is a fundraiser to help defray cost for our annual Christ...
09/11/2019

Please join us. Tickets can be purchased from any member. This is a fundraiser to help defray cost for our annual Christmas Celebration.

Please plan to support this worthy cause. Thank you in advance .

Please plan to support this worthy cause.  Thank you in advance .
08/31/2019

Please plan to support this worthy cause. Thank you in advance .

This is our Christmas Fundraiser for our youth. Please get your tickets now.
08/31/2019

This is our Christmas Fundraiser for our youth. Please get your tickets now.

08/12/2019
It's going down tomorrow!!!
07/18/2019

It's going down tomorrow!!!

Lend A Hand Foundation
07/06/2019

Lend A Hand Foundation

The 2 week countdown has begun. Please support this very worthy cause.

Lend A Hand Foundation
07/06/2019

Lend A Hand Foundation

The 2 week countdown has begun. Please support this very worthy cause.

The 2 week countdown has begun.  Please support this very worthy cause.
07/05/2019

The 2 week countdown has begun. Please support this very worthy cause.

Please join us. Tickets are still available.
06/23/2019

Please join us. Tickets are still available.

06/23/2019

Good Morning, To God Be The Glory! It has been a while since I posted anything but when there is good news...why not! We want to share information about our upcoming event that will take place on Friday, July 19th - 20th Year Celebration & Awards of the Backpack Program. There are still some seats and a few more sponsorship opportunities available.

Our celebration and awards event will support our raising funds to provide 17 schools in Oakland/Alameda County with backpacks and supplies this August and other areas. We are grateful to each of you who have supported and will as well as our wonderful honorees who paved the way for this milestone. We could not do it without all of you! The children and parents are also grateful.

Our continued focus is to also provide food, clothing, hygiene kits, transportation, and much more. Many of our children are living in unstable conditions at this time. Please consider supporting our efforts. You can reach out to us at [email protected] or call 510 553-1262. We sincerely thank you.

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06/18/2019

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06/18/2019
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06/02/2019

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05/27/2019
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05/23/2019

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05/22/2019
Early Bird Deadline May 15th. Get your tickets now.
05/14/2019

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05/13/2019

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Address

8105 Capwell Drive
Oakland, CA
94621

General information

The organization was started with little or no funds in order to provide as many services as possible to less fortunate youth with a special focus on youth in transitional housing facilities (shelters, foster care) and their families. Many fish frys, raffles and other fundraising activities were held to meet the goals of the organization. The first mission of love in 1998 was to provide over 100 youth at the Henry Robinson Multi-Service Center with Easter Baskets. Many volunteers and supporters came forward to help. Today, the organization has grown to an 11 member Board of Directors with 7 Advisory Board Members, 13 and growing very important Ambassadors who carry out the day to day functions making sure the organization continues to provide very important services in our communities.

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(510) 553-1262

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Did You Know, the Lend A Hand Foundation (LAHF) started the first backpack giveaway program in downtown Oakland in 1997 in front of the Henry Robinson Multi-Service Center at the corner of 16th and Clay. In 1997, we provided 200 backpacks that were provided by a great sponsor. Then UPS, another sponsor who has been with LAHF since the beginning, used their expertise by stuffing the backpacks and delivering them to the site. To date, LAHF has provided over 85,000 backpacks and supplies to impoverished children and youth.

Giving of backpacks serves many purposes as it provides a sense of confidence, pride, preparedness, eliminates embarrassment, and relieves parents from bearing, most likely not available, the expense. Again, this August, LAHF and its volunteers will roll up its sleeves to support over 5,000 students attending schools needing support. The supplies will be delivered directly to the schools the sponsors have chosen to support.

Also, this year LAHF will celebrate its 20th Year Anniversary of the Backpack Program along with honoring many who paved the way to reach this milestone. Not only does LAHF provide a backpack program, it also attempts to eliminate as many barriers as possible that keep students from getting to school, participating, and achieving. We want the most fragile youth in our community to experience as many opportunities as possible so they too can thrive.

In December for the past 19 years, LAHF has held a Holiday Celebration for families mostly residing in transitional housing facilities. This event brings much joy to not only those on the receiving end but for all that are involved. Imagine 300+ children/teens, and parents walking into a room with large round tables covered with decorative table cloths, a stage covered with bags of gifts, the aroma of a delicious meal being prepared, entertainment, Santa, and soon as happy dine that almost raises the roof.

Then imagine the tearful thank you from a parent or guardian for helping his/her children have a wonderful Holiday Season –and the ear-to-ear grins as the youth open their gifts and find that their wish lists have become reality. That is the annual LAHF holiday celebration – with the Lend A Hand team right in the middle of it all, encouraging and thanking volunteers, hugging everyone, happy, exhausted, and grateful for all who have responded to their call and have helped turn this annual dream into a reality once again. Some come with a little doubt but they leave with joy and appreciation. An added treat is the clothing give-away room (Holiday Boutique) where guests can help themselves to what they need for their families.

Lend A Hand works diligently to obtain the resources necessary to support as many children, youth, and families that it can. Its first mission of love began at the Henry Robinson helping many in need with the help of great people. Want to join our team, volunteer, and support our causes go to our website (www.lendahandfoundation.org) where you can find out more about what we do and how you can help. Thank you for reading our story!

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