News

May 2024

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Swords to Plowshares: 50 years of vets helping vets

This year, Swords to Plowshares (Swords) celebrates 50 years of serving the Bay Area’s veterans. Swords provides comprehensive support for everything from VA benefits, housing, job retraining, and community. Koret spoke with two Swords ambassadors about the challenges of re-entering civilian life, and the successes of the organization’s approach to building trust and developing community.

April 2024

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Celebrating Passover across the Bay Area

Chag Pesach sameach! Across the Bay Area, local congregations and community organizations will host Passover Seders and holiday gatherings. Read more to find a celebration near you.

January 2024

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Jewish and multifaith MLK Day events around the Bay Area

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer in their communities, and the Bay Area Jewish community is hosting a number of events to honor his legacy through faith, social justice and service.

November 2023

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Glide gives out Thanksgiving meals to struggling Bay Area residents

With the help of volunteers, the Glide Foundation prepared and served over 3,000 meals both on-site and throughout the city on Thanksgiving. This year marked the organization’s 60th annual Thanksgiving distribution.

November 2023

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St. Anthony Foundation: Be our guest

St. Anthony Foundation has been a pillar of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood for over 70 years, and provides a plethora of services in pursuit of their goal to serve as a gateway to stability. But the dining room is regarded as the heart of the organization. We spoke with CEO Nils Behnke about the organization’s deep-seeded values of dignity and respect, the importance of treating every individual they serve as a guest, and the role that food plays in building relationships.

October 2022

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Meet the Horticulturists: Jason and Pat

Get to know the garden experts that make our parks beautiful Jason Martinez and Pat Quinn are gardeners and horticulturists for the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. They met when they were both working at the SF Botanical Garden, and have each been with Rec & Parks for over 20 years. We asked them […]

July 2022

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IsraAID partners with Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska to provide trauma care

In partnership with Zelenska’s national mental health initiative, IsraAid is sending teams of Israeli trauma specialists to Ukraine for several weeks at a time. Read the full story on eJewish Philanthropy.

November 2021

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San Francisco

St. Anthony’s opens new ‘Hygiene Hub’ in the Tenderloin

Responding to a dire lack of basic water access for people experiencing homelessness, St. Anthony’s has opened a Hygiene Hub, where guests can shower, use the restroom, and do their laundry in a safe, calm environment. Housed in St. Anthony’s building on 150 Golden Gate Avenue, the new facility promises to be a game-changer, providing 20,000 showers and 10,000 laundered loads annually.

August 2021

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San Francisco

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank expansion breaks ground

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank celebrated the groundbreaking of an expansion to its San Francisco warehouse, which will add an additional 32,000 square feet of space to respond to skyrocketing need and expand fresh produce offerings. Watch on ABC7:

April 2021

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San Francisco

San Francisco’s new tennis center opens in Golden Gate Park

After a complete renovation, the new Lisa & Douglas Goldman Tennis Center in Golden Gate Park is open and bustling with activity, with state of the art public courts to practice and play. It is also home to the Koret Tennis & Learning Center, which provides academic support, mentorship, and tennis instruction for middle schoolers from underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco.

December 2020

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San Francisco

Grantee Spotlight: SF-Marin Food Bank

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented surge in the need for food assistance in San Francisco and Marin. With unemployment still record high, more people than ever need access to healthy food. The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is now serving more than 56,000 households each week, nearly double the number helped before the pandemic. With community support, the Food Bank is able to continue to provide access to nutritious food that is essential to keeping our community healthy.

November 2020

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Alameda County

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Alameda County Community Food Bank has been at the forefront of local hunger relief efforts for 35 years. Before COVID-19, 1 in 5 County residents was experiencing or at risk of hunger. The need has now doubled, with the hardest impact on working families with children and seniors. Food distribution has increased by 50% in response: they will provide more than 50 million pounds this year through a network of 300 non-profit agency partners, schools, contactless drive-through distributions, and home-delivery.