E’ville Good: A list of Emeryville Nonprofits to Help Spread the Holiday Cheer

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Homeless services, children’s causes, conservation, the arts, animals … there are so many deserving causes to contribute to this holiday season. I can’t think of a more impactful way to donate than by contributing to a local organization. To help, we’ve compiled a list of Emeryville-based nonprofits and a few that are making a difference within our city. Please consider making a charitable donation of whatever you can spare to your local charity of choice.

Ann Martin Center

Founded in 1963, Ann Martin Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit community clinic that provides treatment services and testing services: psychotherapy, educational therapy, psychological and educational testing to youth and adults.

Attitudinal Healing Connection

Our Mission is to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through art, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities.

Berkeley Humane

Berkeley Humane serves the people and animals of our community by providing life-saving programs for cats and dogs, cultivating compassion, and strengthening the human-animal bond.

Bike East Bay

The East Bay is a leader for innovative and accessible bikeways and streets that meet the needs of all users. Bicycling is a mainstream, comfortable and safe choice for people of all cultures, ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Bicycles are well integrated into the transportation system and are a key part of our thriving communities.

Center for Investigative Reporting (Reveal News)

The mission of The Center for Investigative Reporting is to engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy.

The Covenant House*

Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today we are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.

Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP)

ECAP’S mission is to provide food, household furnishings, care and compassion to those in need in Emeryville, California and the surrounding bay area communities. We believe food should always be available to everyone.

Escuela Bilingue Internacional

Guiding us as we pioneer into new territories of teaching and learning are our core values of bilingualism, educational excellence, diversity, international mindedness and character. When you walk into each classroom at EBI you can see how we are striving toward our dream of making the world a better place through understanding and respect.

Friends of Emeryville Senior Center

Friends of Emeryville Senior Center is a 501 (C) (3) public charity which raises funds to support the Senior Center’s programs and activities. Monies are frequently directed, at the recommendation of staff, toward teacher’s salaries, equipment and repairs. Membership includes seniors from many surrounding cities as well as local residents who enjoy the personal contacts; opportunity to travel by bus to museums and Bay Area events; classes in the arts, games, exercise, and computers; many celebrations of life; and the availability of numerous community services offered, on site, by Meals on Wheels, Mercy Brown Bag distribution, AARP, HICAP, and much more.

Make Checks Payable to: Friends of the Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem Street, Emeryville 94608

Head Over Heels Athletic Arts

Head Over Heels has provided positive athletic experiences to toddlers, children, teens, and adults since 1977. Our philosophy is that the self-confidence achieved through participation in organized athletics will follow an individual throughout their lives. We understand the balance between receiving positive reinforcement, understanding the need to practice good sportsmanship, and consistently striving to put forth one’s best effort. We believe these skills are the backbone of a healthy, active, well-adjusted adult and this is our wish for all students in our care.

JSEI, Inc.

J-Sei Home is a wonderful, Japanese assisted-living option in San Francisco Bay Area. The 14-bed licensed Residential-Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) provides care based on Nikkei traditions with an emphasis on Japanese and Asian meals, engaging activities and a warm, supportive environment. Caring staff aims to please and the newly renovated home provides a comfortable living environment.

Living Hope Christian Center

Living Hope is a Spirit-centered, word-filled gathering of passionate worshipers who pray fervently, love intentionally, and whose hearts burn to see Jesus and to reflect his glory to every creature under heaven.

Operation Dignity Inc.

Operation Dignity assists homeless veterans and their families. We provide emergency, transitional and permanent housing for homeless in Alameda County, California. We also offer comprehensive support services, nutritious meals and a strong peer community. Our goal is to help veterans rediscover hope and provide the tools needed to live a self-sufficient and stable life.

Trout Unlimited Inc.

For over 35 years, Trout Unlimited has been America’s leading trout and salmon conservation organization, dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring coldwater fisheries.


The mission of VIDA is to provide assistance to health institutions and development projects that support people in need in Latin America regardless of race, religion, and politics. VIDA’s top priority is to send quality medical supplies to people in the greatest need in Latin America.

* The Covenant House is the designated nonprofit for Oakland’s “Compassionate Communities” program that we recently spotlighted as part of our contribution to the SF Homeless Project.

If you are an Emeryville-based nonprofit that accepts online donations that we unfortunately missed, please contact us and we will add you to this list.

Feature Image: The Annual Community Christmas Dinner put on by ECAP and the Alameda County Fire Department (Photo: @AlamedaCountyFire via Twitter)

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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