The Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) Core team will participate in East Bay Gives 2017, a 24-hour online fundraiser that supports Bay Area nonprofits, on May 4, 2017. For the fourth annual day of giving, East Bay Gives aims to mobilize more than 40,000 people to give $5 million to support hundreds of nonprofits in the East Bay, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.
“We are very excited to once again participate in East Bay Gives. This online fundraiser makes it easy for residents to support local agencies that serve our community,” said Judy Schwartz, FRC Administrator. “It is our primary fundraiser for this year, so we hope the community will be generous and help us to assist low-income families save their money, reach their financial goals, and become self-sufficient.”
This year the FRC is raising funds to support SparkPoint Fremont’s free financial services program. New
laptops are needed for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax preparation program and for personal financial coaching.
Here's how you can make a difference in the lives of local limited-income families:
- $500 is the cost to purchase half of one laptop for tax preparation services.
- $100 provides one hour of financial coaching.
- $70 provides free tax preparation and filing services for a very low-income family.
Last year’s fundraising efforts made an impact on SparkPoint Fremont’s financial services. Here are some notable highlights:
- 2,681 families saved an average of $159 each by getting their taxes done for free, saving a total of $426,279.
- $3.8 million in Federal and State tax refunds were returned to families and the local economy.
- 85 percent of clients raised their credit score an average of 40 points through the Peer Lending Circles program.
For this year’s East Bay Gives, on May 4 from midnight to 11:59 pm, anyone can visit East Bay Gives from their computers, tablets, or phones and donate to the Fremont Family Resource Center.
About the FRC Core Team
The FRC Core Team consists of 15 employees providing three main direct service programs:
- Family Support Services provides clinical case management services to families by licensed social workers.
- Family Service Team is an expanded wrap-around model offering counseling, case management, and support services to CalWORKs families.
- SparkPoint provides financial services to help families become economically self-sufficient. Services include financial coaching, asset building, credit repair, and the largest free tax preparation service in Alameda County, known as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program.
These services provide enormous benefit to the community and are co-located at the Fremont FRC, a collaborative of more than 20 government and nonprofit social service agencies working together to serve families in Southern Alameda County. The City of Fremont’s Human Services Department is the lead agency and provides the core staff that coordinates FRC-wide initiatives. Services at the FRC include: adult and youth employment; childcare information, referrals and subsidies; counseling and family service coordination; public benefits; housing information; mental health services; advocacy; services for veterans and those with disabilities; nutrition services for mothers and children; health insurance counseling; mediation services; financial counseling and programs; free tax preparation services; workshops and support groups; and on-site drop-in childcare.