Community Service

    One of the charities our Board and Chapter Members are honored to support is the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP), located in East Palo Alto.

    EHP serves working families, seniors, people with limited incomes and those who have both emergency and on-going needs in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding communities. Their mission is to provide compassionate, dignified and practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship. They offer material help, support services, and advocacy for their neighbors in need, in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

    EHP is a special kind of community, a neighborhood of committed individuals and groups. In EHP’s neighborhood, people care for one another. They look after each other's welfare. They uplift those who are down. They express confidence in those who are disheartened. They support one another in a host of tangible and intangible ways. They believe in each other and encourage in those around us the self-respect needed to live in dignity. Through the relationships that the neighborhood provides, EHP can achieve the degree of self-sufficiency and self-worth that everyone needs to live useful and meaningful lives.

    It is for these reasons, and many more, that we partner with EHP on an annual basis. The chapter’s most popular annual drive benefiting EHP is the Back to School Backpack Drive where members bring brand new backpacks, filled to the brim with school supplies to our August meeting for donation to EHP.

    Another popular drive benefiting HEP is the annual canned food drive in November where members bring non-perishable foods to the November meeting to be delivered to EHP in time for Thanksgiving preparations.

    Last, but certainly not least, the chapter’s board members volunteer every year in December. We have worked in the food warehouse stocking and sorting food donations as well in the toys warehouse sorting and handing out Christmas presents to members of the community. It is a board favorite to work in the toy department and see the bright, excited faces of the children come to pick out toys for their loved ones. 

    We are so honored to be able to help EHP in any way that we can, and we hope you will help us too! Here are some of the upcoming drives we are hosting: 

    • July: Back to School Backpack Drive
      • Our back-to-school backpack drive, benefitting under-privileged students in East Palo Alto through The Ecumenical Hunger Program, is this month! We are very excited to bring this drive back again for a third year. We would love it if you could bring a new backpack filled with school supplies to our July meeting. Don't forget – any charitable donation is tax deductible! To learn more about the EHP, and why the Board has decided to continue our support of the EHP, and about future drives, please visit ourCommunity Service Page.

     

    • August: Back to School Gift Card Drive
      • One thing we’ve learned through the years of supporting the EHP is how gift cards provide a sense of autonomy and power to the community members supported by the EHP. That is why this year we have introduced a second Back to School drive focusing solely on gift cards. Suggested gift cards include, but are not limited to: Visa or MasterCard, Target, Wal-Mart, Burlington Coat Factory, Amazon, Kohls, Ross, Marshall, or any department store where kids and teens clothing items or school supplies are sold. For every $10 in gift cards you will received (1) free raffle ticket. Remember all donations are tax-deductible! To learn more about the EHP, and why the Board has decided to continue our support of the EHP, and about future drives, please visit our Community Service Page.

     

    • September: Canned Food Drive
      • Help feed a family in need! Please bring any non-perishable food items to this month’s meeting for donation to The Ecumenical Hunger Program. For every (3) food items donated you will receive (1) free raffle ticket. Remember all donations are tax-deductible! To learn more about the EHP, and why the Board has decided to continue our support of the EHP, and about future drives, please visit our Community Service Page.

     

    • October: Warm Coat Drive
      • Help keep a student or community member warm for the winter! We are lucky to live in a region with relatively mild winters, but it does get chilly and rainy here in the SF Bay. This month’s drive is designed to help keep children, adults, and the elderly warm this winter with our Warm Coat Drive. Please bring anew or like-new coat, for a small child, teen (teens are most overlooked when it comes to donations), or adult to this month’s meeting to received (3) raffle tickets. If you’d like to donate a gift card instead of a coat, we ask for gift cards to be $30+ and redeemable at stores that sell reasonably priced coats in a variety of sizes and styles: Visa/MasterCard, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Wal-Mart, Kohls, Marshalls, Ross, etc. Remember all donations are tax-deductible! To learn more about the EHP, and why the Board has decided to continue our support of the EHP, and about future drives, please visit our Community Service Page.

     

    • November: Thanksgiving Dinner food drive
      • More info to come when the season is closer and we can share with you the specific needs of the EHP for the 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday.