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December 2009 Charity of the Month

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People of the Book

Temple Sinai’s People of the Book Literacy Project was founded in the Spring of 1998 with the mission of helping Oakland’s school children learn to love reading and books.

We partner with five elementary schools in the Oakland Unified School District: Santa Fe School, Lazear School, Think College Now, International Community School, and Greenleaf School.We work toward our mission in many ways:

  • More than 30 tutors meet with over 70 students each week throughout the school year.
  • We give 3000 books directly to students each year, and also donate many books to classrooms and school libraries.  We provide weekly magazine subscriptions to every student at two schools, and donate magazines to a third school’s library.
  • Library volunteers help by processing and shelving donated books. (We have stocked four school libraries with attractive, quality books.)
  • Teen volunteers provide academic help and companionship at an after-school homework center at Lazear School.
  • Over the years, our volunteers have visited classes to read stories as well as to provide art and music enrichment. We have donated supplies for schoolwork, sports, and art projects.
  • With our congregation’s generous cash donations we have bought microscopes for a science class; arranged author assemblies and school-wide magazine subscriptions; purchased books, reading incentives like bookmarks and classroom materials; and have donated carpeting, posters, and beanbag chairs for libraries.
  • In cooperation with other groups, we also have provided much needed social services: arranging delivery of 150 bags of food a week to one school, conducting a holiday Adopt-a-Family project as well as a food drive for the winter break, and making school-site improvements as part of the Temple’s annual Mitzvah Day project.

EFC Team donated $33.00 to People of the Book in December.


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November 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm

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November 21, 2009 at 3:07 pm

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November 2009 Charity of the Month

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress.  UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.  We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.

We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children.

We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished, because it is wrong for a child to suffer or die from a preventable illness.

We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.

We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. We are present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened, because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation.

UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.

We are part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child.  Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, we encourage young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

We work in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees. We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

EFC Team donated $28.00 to UNICEF in November.

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October 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

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October 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm

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October 2009 Charity of the Month

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Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

EFC Team donated $60.00 to Komen in October.

Written by Richard Chan

September 27, 2009 at 9:37 am

September 2009 Charity of the Month

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Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

Our mission

To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Our vision

A world without Alzheimer’s disease.

EFC Team donated $50.00 to Alzheimer’s Association in September.

Sep 2009 Donation - Alzheimer Page 1

Sep 2009 Donation - Alzheimer Page 2

Written by Richard Chan

August 27, 2009 at 10:03 am

August 2009 Charity of the Month

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices.

With chartered divisions throughout the country and over 3,400 local offices, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is committed to fighting cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy, and rehabilitation.

EFC Team donated $80.00 to American Cancer Society in August.

American Cancer Society

In August, EFC individual members donated
$8 to Save The Rhino

$7 to Feed The Children

Written by Richard Chan

July 30, 2009 at 11:30 am