EVENT DATE: May 03, 2014
Mark and I have decided not to receive personal gifts from our guests. We instead have asked you to donate to the following Non Profit organizations.
Delancey Street Foundation: We’re considered the country's leading residential self-help organization for substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom. Our average resident has been a hard-core drug addict for sixteen years, abusing alcohol and multiple drugs and has dropped out of school at the 7th grade and has been institutionalized several times. Many have been gang members; most have been trapped in poverty for several generations. Rather than hire experts to help the people with problems, we decided to run Delancey Street with no staff and no funding. Like a large family, our residents must learn to develop their strengths and help each other. It’s an approach to changing lives that is “against all odds”.
We said we were going to take ex-convicts and ex-addicts and teach them to be teachers, general contractors, and truck drivers. They said it couldn’t be done. We said we were going to take 250 people who had never worked and had no skills and teach them to build a 400,000 square foot complex as our new home on the waterfront. They said it couldn’t be done. We said we were going to partner with colleges and get people who started out functionally illiterate to achieve bachelor of arts degrees. They said it couldn’t be done. We said we were going to run successful restaurants, moving companies, furniture making, and cafés and bookstores without any professional help. They said it couldn’t be done. We said we were going to do all this with no staff, no government funding, and no professionals. They laughed and said it couldn’t be done.
We struggle a lot but we’ve been doing it. For over 40 years we’ve been developing a model of social entrepreneurship, of education, of rehabilitation and change that is exciting and full of hope. If you need help, or want to help, please contact us. Most of all, we hope you can feel as inspired by ordinary people’s abilities to achieve extraordinary accomplishments as we’ve been.
- San Francisco Food Bank: Our mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. It's a huge job that's only gotten harder as our community struggles with a prolonged period of economic distress and record numbers of people are pushed to the point of hunger.
High unemployment and the lingering effects of the recession have pushed record numbers of people in San Francisco and Marin to the point of hunger. While government safety net programs are stretched thin with budget cuts, people can still count on the Food Bank. Thanks to our thousands of donors and volunteers, we haven't cut back. We've scaled up, and we're getting more food to more families than ever before.
This is the impact the Food Bank will have in this year alone:
225,000 people will be nourished through our programs
45 million pounds of food will be delivered throughout San Francisco and Marin, more than half of it fresh produce direct from the farm
100,000 meals worth of food will be distributed each and every day
30,000 families will receive wholesome foods at our pantries each week
11,000 children will be served fresh, healthy snacks in the classroom each school day
450 nonprofit partners will rely on us to supply their meal and food programs
230 farmer's market-style pantries will provide foods people can use to prepare healthy meals in their own homes