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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 This Summer

Volunteers

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 out cause by joining us at K to College's volunteer events this August and December!

Berkeley Volunteer Event: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Join us on Sunday, August 24, 2014 for K to College's Annual Berkeley Volunteer Event. The event will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of the UC Berkeley International House, at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way in Berkeley. We will assemble many hundreds of school supply kits and dental kits that will be given to children eligible for the free & reduced lunch program attending Berkeley Public Schools.

  • RSVP via Eventbrite!
  • For all inquiries, contact Georgia Faulkner, volunteer@ktocollege.org, (510) 569-5862
California Volunteer Event: Sunday, December 7, 2014

On Sunday, December 7, 2014 we will gather hundreds of volunteers to assemble hundreds of thousands of dollars of materials into thousands of school supply kits, preschool kits and dental kits. Volunteers will include members of the state legislature, additional government officials, other corporate employees and employees of various state associations. The event will also serve as an opportunity to highlight our larger effort to ensure all of California’s homeless children have the basic materials they need to achieve. The assembled kits will be distributed to disadvantaged kids throughout California.

  • RSVP via Eventbrite!
  • For sponsorship inquiries, contact Amy Rose, events@ktocollege.org, (510) 569-5862
  • For volunteer inquiries, contact Georgia Faulkner, volunteer@ktocollege.org, (510) 569-5862

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

Comcast
Give Something Back Office Supplies
Kaiser Permanente
Huawei Technologies
Target

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

April 1, 2014

K to College is Building a Supply Bank

K to College is building a statewide supply bank, similar to a food bank, as a sustainable nonprofit solution to efficiently and systematically provide basic material needs assistance to all homeless and other under-resourced kids. This collaborative project involves manufacturers, several public agencies, corporate partners and more than 200 school districts and county offices of education.

Children Go Without Basic Material Needs Met

During the 2012-2013 school year, nearly 270,000 children and youth enrolled in California public schools were identified as homeless according to the California Department of Education (CDE). Based on academic research, a survey of more than 200 school district homeless liaisons and our own experiences with school districts that represent more than 90% of this population, we can conclude that the basic material needs of these children and youth are largely unmet. These are kids attending school without school supplies, clean clothes, the ability to brush their teeth and other symptoms of basic material needs going unmet.

While there are several actions needed to alleviate the many hardships faced by homeless children, the lack or absence of basic material needs assistance, which additionally impacts other impoverished kids, reflects the overwhelming need for one piece of the puzzle. Not discrediting the numerous community supply drives and like-minded efforts throughout California and the United States each year, they are in large part isolated to one particular community and thus lack scalability. Additionally, nearly all of these efforts do not coordinate with school districts, which are the only entities that can systematically distribute to those children and youth most in need.

Above: California's K-12 homeless population by county. Los Angeles County accounts for roughly one-fifth of the state's total with more than 60,000 homeless children and youth. In total, there were just under 270,000 kids statewide and likely more than 300,000 when accounting for children in the 0-5 age range.

The Need to Build a Statewide Supply Bank and How It Reaches Kids Throughout the State

What is needed for California to meet the basic material needs of children and youth is a statewide supply bank, similar to a food bank, which can efficiently and systematically provide assistance to all homeless and other under-resourced kids by working with local school districts and county offices of education. Food Banks were created to serve as a centralized distribution hub that could achieve economies of scale and simplify the process for farmers, government agencies and other parties to fight hunger, while also sending food to organizations on the front lines of hunger such as soup kitchens, shelters, churches and other organizations.

K to College’s supply bank will serve as the central distribution hub, with school districts and domestic violence shelters serving as front line organizations that systematically distribute to kids most in-need. Moving in this direction, K to College has partnered with more than 200 school districts and county offices of education establishing the statewide structure to systematically provide every homeless child with basic material needs assistance.

As required by the U.S. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, each school district designates at least one McKinney-Vento (homeless) liaison. Often the point person(s) for our program coordination and planning, each liaison identifies homeless children enrolled in their district and is responsible for distributing goods, referring services and other support measures. To identify preschool-aged children we work with County First 5 Commissions, who can identify the best programs and/or shelters. Although eligible, children and youth residing in domestic violence shelters are not identified through the McKinney-Vento law, as their privacy is critical. Therefore, K to College partners with these shelters directly for distribution to the kids residing in their facilities.

Moving Forward

Preparing to distribute resources to several tens of thousands of kids in more than 200 school districts this coming year, K to College is continuing to develop additional partnerships to make this vision a reality – benefiting all under-resourced children and youth in California.

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