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September 11, 2014

With a Focus on the Homeless, Target and the County of Santa Clara, partner with the State’s Largest School Supply Nonprofit to aid local Kids

SAN JOSE, California – Target volunteers teamed up with the nonprofit organization K to College to give school supply kits and dental kits to all 580 kids at Olinder Elementary School in San Jose. The event was part of a new public-private partnership between Target, Santa Clara County and K to College, which will provide school supply kits and dental kits to more than 3,000 kids from homeless and other low-income families throughout the County.

Attending were a playground with hundreds of happy kids, numerous Target volunteers, Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, San Jose Unified Superintendent Vincent Matthews, and representatives from K to College.

Santa Clara County is home to one fourth of the Title One population of Bay Area school children and more homeless children than any other county in the Bay Area with 4,503 as of June 2013. “Although we live in one of the wealthiest regions in the nation, the needs among our youth and families continues to grow,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez. “That is why efforts such as this, which directly addresses poverty itself, is so crucial to our children’s success.”

This new partnership will initially benefit 3,000 students, with the County focusing on the homeless and corporations such as Target focusing on both the homeless and low-income schools. “At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with K to College as we work to strengthen Santa Clara County communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

Modeling the business models of food banks, K to College says the partnership is an example of how its “supply bank” model can solve the unmet basic material needs of low-income kids. “Today’s distribution is a celebration of a great effort in Santa Clara County and another example of how our supply bank model can leverage limited resources for a great impact,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director of K to College. “Santa Clara County and its leadership in both the private and public sectors have demonstrated how these collaborative efforts can produce substantial and efficient results, but there is still much to be done.”

This year, Target, Santa Clara County and K to College will be able to assist more than 3,000 kids throughout the County. Most of those served will be homeless children and youth, a population that has increased more than 100% in the last two years in Santa Clara County. Support will also go to schools such as Olinder Elementary, which has more than 90% of its students enrolled in the subsidized school lunch program.

“These materials mean so much to our school’s students, teachers and families,” said Olinder Elementary Principal Carla Chávez Torres. “Too many of our students struggle to get the basic materials they need for class. We are grateful for this wonderful gift.” Each school supply kit contained essentials like paper, pencils, erasers, art supplies, and more. Each dental kit contained oral hygiene basics like toothpaste, floss, but also a bilingual pamphlet providing best practices for parents and kids. In addition to Target, additional major corporate partners in the region include Kaiser Permanente, Huawei Technologies and others.

About K to College

K to College, founded in 2008 by a group of UC Berkeley students and alumni, is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that models the approach of food banks to address the unmet material needs of homeless and other low-income kids, serving tens of thousands of disadvantaged kids each year. Through various partnerships and economies of scale, the program can produce up to a three dollar benefit for every dollar invested. The organization’s vision is to ensure that all children have the basic materials they need to develop, learn and thrive.

From 2010-2013, K to College has distributed more than $14,500,000 of grade-appropriate school and dental supply kits to more than 230,000 students in more than 100 California school districts. In an effort to target public school students identified as homeless and others enrolled in the subsidized lunch program, K to College partners directly with school districts to help mass distribute supplies and reach those most in need.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,856 stores across the United States and Canada, and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood

September 10, 2014

Join Congressman Honda and Mayor Matthews for the Santa Clara Home Show Charity Pregame Pancake Breakfast

This Sunday, September 14th, Congressman Mike Honda and Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews will be spending their 49ers pregame morning serving pancakes as part of a Pre-Game Charity Pancake Breakfast benefiting K to College! Taking place on the final day of the World Class Shows South Bay Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center, breakfast will be served from 9:00am - 11:00am. As the official charity of World Class Home Shows, proceeds from the breakfast will go to K to College, supporting their efforts to provide school supplies and other materials to homeless children in Santa Clara County.

Following the breakfast you can visit K to College at the World Class Shows' South Bay Fall Home Show, where K to College will be featured to raise awareness of our effort to help homeless children and youth in Santa Clara County acquire the basic materials they need to achieve.

Please also visit K to College's table at the South Bay Fall Home & Garden Show on Friday, September 12 from 12pm-6pm and on Saturday, September 13 from 10am-6pm!

September 3, 2014

A Free Way To Help: Amazon Brings A Smile to K to College

A Free Way To Help: Amazon Brings A Smile to K to College

By just shopping as you normally do on Amazon, you can now support K to College. For qualified purchases (just about everything), the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to K to College to help provide basic material needs assistance for homeless and low-income children throughout the state. It’s the same price you normally pay, free to sign up, and every dollar will be matched in-kind.

How it Works

Click Here to Sign Up for Amazon Smile

1. Click on the link above (or go to smile.amazon.com) The link will take you directly to the K to College specific sign up.

2. When shopping through Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and enter your Amazon password (it may automatically go to your account).

3. Products that are eligible for the AmazonSmile matching donation will be noted in the description.

4. Shop as you normally would, knowing that part or all of your purchase is helping support disadvantaged children and youth.

For more information and frequently asked questions, click here.

August 28, 2014

K to College Hosts Annual Berkeley Volunteer Event for Area's Low Income Kids

K to College Hosts Annual Berkeley Volunteer Event for Area's Low Income Kids

Returning to their roots, on Sunday, August 24 K to College hosted it's Annual Berkeley Volunteer Event. This year's event was held in the Chevron Auditorium of the International House near UC Berkeley. Volunteers helped assemble more than 3,500 school supply kits that will be given to children eligible for the free & reduced lunch program attending Berkeley Public Schools and other nearby districts. Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente, Give Something Back Office Supplies, Berkeley Lions Club, Delta Upsilon and others spent the day working together to provide needed materials for students to start the school year off right.

August 25, 2014

K to College Partners with World Class Shows: First Event September 6th and 7th

World Class Shows

To increase awareness of our effort to help homeless and other low-income kids throughout California acquire the basic materials they need to achieve, K to College is partnering with World Class Shows! The top producer of Home Improvement & Garden Shows, World Class Shows serves all corners of the Bay Area and soon other parts of California.

Attracting thousands of people at each event, K to College’s efforts to assist homeless and low-income school children will be highlighted, along with ways in which the public can help, at each upcoming show. As their featured cause, K to College will also be featured in World Class Shows direct mailings, billboards, commercials and other media at each individual show. This includes the upcoming Marin show in San Rafael on September 6th and 7th and three other shows in the South and East Bay Areas in the coming weeks. Look for K to College team members at each of these upcoming shows by visiting our booth. More information about World Class Shows is available at www.worldclassshows.com.

August 8, 2014

K to College Partners with San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department and District Attorney's Office

K to College has partnered with the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office to provide at-risk youth with school supplies.

The new partnership, headed by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, will enable K to College to provide children and youth served by these programs with school supplies for the next three years. Various stakeholders convened on August 5, 2014 to commemorate the partnership and celebrate the arrival of school supplies and dental kits for the upcoming year.

July 3, 2014

Volunteer with K to College


It has been a busy year for K to College as we continue working towards establishing a statewide “Supply Bank” to address the material needs of California’s disadvantaged children and youth. Please support our cause by volunteering with us this December in Sacramento!

June 23, 2014

K to College’s 5th Anniversary Reception

Awardees and special guests at 5th Anniversary Reception
Pictured Above (from left to right): Mayor of Dublin and K to College Board Member Tim Sbranti, San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen, San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman George Miller, K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson, K to College Board Chair Don Solem, San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, KTVU News Reporter John Sasaki, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier

On Saturday, June 21st, K to College celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a reception at the Berkeley City Club. The evening featured many of California’s most respected civic and corporate leaders to support K to College’s objective for the next few years: to build a statewide supply bank that can meet the basic material needs of our state’s 270,000 homeless kids. An awards ceremony emceed by KTVU News' John Sasaki recognized numerous longtime supporters of K to College, including:

  • Congressman George Miller, recipient of "K to College Founder Award"
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recipient of "K to College Founder Award"
  • State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, recipient of "K to College Hero Award"
  • San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen, David Chiu and Mark Farrell, recipients of "K to College Social Innovator Award"
  • Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner
  • California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel
  • Give Something Back Office Supplies (represented by Mike Hannigan, Co-Founder & President), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Mechanics Bank (represented by Dick Stephenson, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal and Risk Officer), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Huawei Technologies (represented by Alison Jenkin, Senior Director of Government & Community Affairs), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Comcast (represented by Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Investment), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Kaiser Permanente (represented by John Garcia, Vice President, Government Relations), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"
  • Target (represented by Dean Robinson, ‎District Team Leader), recipient of "K to College Founding Partner Award"

Pictured Above (from left to right): Richard Stephenson, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Mechanics Bank; Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Investment, Comcast; Mike Hannigan, Co-Founder & President, Give Something Back Office Supplies; Nancy Skinner, Assemblywoman, 15th District; Dean Robinson, ‎District Team Leader, Target; Alison Jenkin, Senior Director of Government & Community Affairs, Huawei Technologies; John Garcia, Vice President, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente

Special Thanks to K to College's 5th Anniversary Reception Sponsors:

California Champion

Give Something Back Office Supplies
Kaiser Permanente
Huawei Technologies

Campus Hero

Mechanics Bank
Mr. Sean Carr and Mrs. Irene Lee

Schoolhouse Star California Teachers Association
The Honorable John Pérez

Classroom Booster

Berkeley Lions Club
KICU/KTVU TV36 Cox Media Friend of K to College

Emerge California
East Bay Community Foundation
Lozano Smith

Host Committee

Mr. & Mrs. Don Solem
City of Berkeley Councilmember, Gordon Wozniak
City of Berkeley Councilmember, Linda Maio
City of Berkeley Councilmember, Maxwell Anderson
Mayor of Dublin, Tim Sbranti
Mr. Steve Larson