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Posted on: December 4, 2018

City of Fremont Giving Hope Holiday Program

Giving Hope 2018

Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, yet for some people they are anything but. The truth is that this time of the year is very hard on some of the most vulnerable in our community—those seniors, families, and youth who are socially isolated, in the midst of a crisis, and experiencing severe poverty.

Giving Hope is a reminder that our community cares

Giving Hope is intended to help raise the spirits of community members in need by providing gifts and grocery cards to help lift the spirits of children, seniors, and families who are struggling. The program also provides low-income seniors with supplies and treats for their much loved furry and feathered companions. Also, every effort is made to make sure that children and students supported by the program have the learning supplies they need to succeed.

Help us make the 2018 effort a success

Giving Hope is a community partnership with the City of Fremont Human Services Department. City staff identifies people in need of extra support and cheer, and creates wish lists for each individual and family identified. Then the community donates the funds and resources and time to provide the much needed items. For donors, and everyone involved in the effort, it’s an opportunity to help others who are in desperate need of support and cheer.

Giving Hope shows the neediest in our community that they are not forgotten

This program is unique. For nearly 20 years, every dollar raised and every gift donated has gone directly to help someone in need—there are no added administrative costs. The program started as a City of Fremont giving program, with City employees reaching into their pockets each winter to provide funds used to buy grocery cards for local seniors in need. In 2009, support grew and pushed the program to a new level by also recruiting donors from the local community, businesses, and organizations. The added resources allowed the program to begin serving families, seniors with pet companions, and children and teens.

Additionally, fundraisers such as a recent benefit concert in Niles, along with generous donations from the business community, have allowed Giving Hope to grow each year.

Giving Hope needs donations of cash and gifts, as well as people to sponsor a senior or family

Giving Hope donors help in many ways. Some donate cash. Some organizations sponsor a family or multiple families. Some businesses create gift baskets for a group of seniors. Currently, Giving Hope needs it all.

To sponsor a family and/or senior, view the Stories and Wish Lists, and follow instructions to be matched.

To donate financially, you can contribute here.

Contributions are tax deductible to extent allowable by law.

For more information about Giving Hope, please contact Jane O’Hollaren, Fremont Family Resource Center, at 510-574-2026 or by e-mail or Monica Dominguez, City of Fremont Senior Services, at 510-574-2057 or by e-mail.

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