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Coins for the Community May 2020 Update
Our March collection was earmarked for senior dog rescue through our friends at Muttville in San Francisco and The Milo Foundation in Richmond, both of whom lovingly give senior dogs a second chance. And since we celebrate both Arbor Day and Earth Day in April, our April collection was to have benefited two community organizations that dedicate their efforts to planting and caring for our street trees in Oakland and San Francisco: Urban Releaf and Friends of the Urban Forest, respectively.
When the shelter-in-place order with its social distancing protocols was enacted in mid March, we disabled our PIN-pad donation prompt at our cash registers to reduce the number of touch points, and also removed the coin jars. But in the two-and-a-half weeks that folks were able to donate, we raised $2,401.08 for Muttville and The Milo Foundation. This brings our grand total since our collection began to $260,514.84! Our donation prompts and jars remain disabled, so we have unfortunately been unable to collect for Friends of the Urban Forest and Urban Releaf.
In the meantime, we still want to support our valuable community partners who make San Francisco and Oakland better for all of us. Many organizations have had to cancel their spring, summer, and in some cases autumn fundraisers, which they rely heavily on for a large part of their budgets. We have added a donation page to our website for the two organizations who were shorted, and we’ve additionally added a few other groups. Oakland Fund for Public Innovation and San Francisco Council of District Merchant’s Save SF Small Businesses are working to help the many small businesses that have been shuttered these past few months. Food Runners cooks meals for those in need from COVID-19, and East Bay FeedER provides about 3,000 meals a week to local hospitals, buying the meals from local restaurants to support those establishments in turn.
The economic downturn is certainly going to affect the many nonprofit organizations in our community. If you are able to donate, please visit our donation page. It’s wonderful to see the work our community partners are continuing to do at this time, such as North Beach Neighbors and Russian Hill Neighbors, whose volunteers are delivering meals each week from a local restaurant.
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