Good Causes

Project AMPLIFI supports small non-profit organizations by raising their public visibility, providing access to new supporters, and producing music-based events on behalf of select organizations. 

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Bay Localize

Mission Statement: We inspire and support Bay Area residents in building equitable, resilient communities. We confront the challenges of climate instability, rising energy costs, and recession by boosting our region's capacity to provide for everyone's needs, sustainably and equitably. We achieve this by equipping local leaders with flexible tools, models, and policies that strengthen their communities.

Description: The goal is clear. Reaching it means coming to terms with climate change, our addiction to oil, and deep social inequalities. Bay Localize creates innovative solutions for communities to meet basic needs in ways that harness local resources creatively, sustainably, and equitably. We catalyze change at the community level by providing tools to chart a path to resilience, and ramping up good models to scale through local policy change. Bay Localize focuses our work where we live in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, but our tools and models are replicated throughout the country and the world. Bay Localize believes that vibrant local economies and healthy communities are the answer to our growing challenges. They are the best safeguard against global insecurity, an essential part of achieving social equity, and a vital way to enrich our day-to-day lives. Join Bay Localize in creating a hopeful and vibrant future for us all.

Website: www.baylocalize.org/

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At The Crossroads

Mission Statement: The mission of At The Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives.

Description: Our model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. We work with young people who others have given up on, who would not get help without us. We remove common barriers to service by bringing our counselors onto the streets, and shaping our support services around the needs of each individual client. Our goal is to help our clients build outstanding lives, not just lives of subsistence.

Website: www.atthecrossroads.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

At The Crossroads is an organization in San Francisco that reaches out to homeless youth at their point of need and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives.

We are huge fans of Party Corps! We were recently the beneficiary of Party Corps' November concert, and we couldn't have been happier with the event!

Coordinating the event with Alexis and Olivia  and the rest of the Party Corps team was a joy - they are enthusiastic, organized leaders who are passionate about connecting people with good music and important causes in the community.

The concert was not only packed with incredible talent - Carolyn Malachi's performance was absolutely amazing, and guests enjoyed dancing to Señor Oz's DJ mix - but the event also gave us a unique opportunity to share about At The Crossroads and the young people we work with. 

Thank you, Party Corps, for your creativity, enthusiasm and community-building!

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I work with At The Crossroads, an organization in San Francisco that reaches out to homeless youth at their point of need and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. 

We are huge fans of Party Corps! We were recently the beneficiary of Party Corps' November concert, and we couldn't have been happier with the event!

Coordinating the event with Alexis and Olivia  and the rest of the Party Corps team was a joy - they are enthusiastic, organized leaders who are passionate about connecting people with good music and important causes in the community.

The concert was not only packed with incredible talent - Carolyn Malachi's performance was absolutely amazing, and guests enjoyed dancing to Señor Oz's DJ mix - but the event also gave us a unique opportunity to share about At The Crossroads and the young people we work with. 

Thank you, Party Corps, for your creativity, enthusiasm and community-building!

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Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco. Inc.

Mission Statement: Mission: Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. is a youth development and empowerment organization rooted in community service and advocacy. Culturally competent and linguistically sensitive programs are driven by the needs of our youth and reflect the diversity of the population serviced. Horizons primary goal is to engage, educate, and inspire youth.

Description: Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. (Horizons), is a community based organization, located in the northeast sector of the Mission District; and has historically been a major point of access for Latino native, immigrant, newcomer, and other youth of color and their families. Horizons was established in 1965 by a small group of community individuals to provide employment and education opportunities for at risk youth. In the 1970’s Horizons provided job readiness services through Federal work programs, and began to offer substance abuse prevention and substance abuse treatment services in 1985, gender specific services (for young women) in 1994, youth specific employment services in 1990; entrepreneurial services in 2000, and gender specific (for young men) in 2008. Horizons has a history of providing culturally competent high appeal programs, that are based on Horizons theory of change (which is predicated on the notion that change is only possible when it is envisioned and desired, is tied to a personal belief system, celebrates cultural values and traditions, understands and considers risk factors and incorporates appropriate protective factors, and uses assets as a means for attainment of client driven goal), evidenced and community best practices, and youth development and leadership principles that promotes inclusiveness and youth becoming stakeholders in their own success. It has been our intention to unite and prioritize the health of Latino and other youth of color and their families who have been exposed to violence and trauma, yet lack access to, and face stigmatization in seeking prevention and treatment services.

Website: www.horizons-sf.org

Our Experience With Party Corps: No.

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Building Opportunity for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)

Mission Statement: Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) helps families and individuals overcome homelessness and rebuild their lives. BOSS provides shelter, housing, job & housing search, skill-building, health care, and other services that support self-sufficiency. The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. The organization was founded in 1971 by a group of volunteers who responded to the needs of mentally ill individuals being released to the streets by state hospital closures.

Description: BOSS provides comprehensive services that help homeless families and individuals move from homelessness to homes ~ with improved skills and knowledge of resources so they can stay healthy and housed. Moreover, BOSS is an award-winning grassroots organization that combines neighborhood-based housing and assistance programs with a strong social justice focus—actively working to change the root causes of homelessness through community education, sharing our data and lessons with policy makers, participating in community planning, and organizing for improved policies and resources for homeless people.

Website: http://www.self-sufficiency.org/

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CommunityGrows, A Project of the Tides Center

Mission Statement: CommunityGrows mission is to cultivate healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income communities. Our tagline is: Planting seeds...empowering youth.

Description: Altogether, CommunityGrows will serve more than 1,300 youth (ages 5 to 19) in 2013. We operate the following three inter-connected programs that provide educational enrichment, specifically environmental education, and encourage healthy behaviors. Environmental Education during the school day, after-school and during the summer. A Seed to Mouth Cooking program teaching healthy eating and cooking. A green jobs training program for teens 15-19 years.

Website: communitygrows.org

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Shanti Project

Mission Statement: Founded in 1974, the Shanti Project was one of the first ever volunteer organizations to work with terminall0ill individuals, and later became one of the very first community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in the world. Each year, SHanti supports over 2,000 of San Francisco's most underserved individuals facing the challenges of HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.

Description: Shanti Programs The L.I.F.E. Institute provides effective health-enhancement and wellness counseling services based on the principles of mind-body medicine to people living with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and HIV-Hepatitis C co-infection; conducts research on the role of psycho-social issues in disease onset and progression; and provides training and technical assistance to agencies operating L.I.F.E. nationally. LifeLines Breast Cancer Program offers a continuum of education, care and support services to women and men with breast cancer so they can access medical care, maintain treatment, and enjoy better health outcomes Services are currently in Mandarin, Cantonese, Toisanese, Spanish and English. HIV Services is designed to meet the emotional and practical needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, service include care navigation, peer support, treatment advocacy, a drop-in lounge, and social activities. Volunteer Services offers exciting opportunities for volunteers including facilitating wellness classes, providing emotional and practical support to a client, marketing and outreach, as well as special events.

Website: www.shanti.org

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Rooted In Community

Mission Statement: Rooted In Community's (RIC) mission is to be a vehicle for youth voice and power in the food justice movement. Our overarching goal is to support the work of young people, particularly youth of color, and their mentors in the food movement. We do this by creating a point of entry into the national food movement and providing resources and training to bolster work on the ground and in the policy arena.

Description: RIC is a national network of youth food justice leaders from low-income and communities of color dedicated to transforming their food systems to regenerate community health and economies. RIC unites young leaders at trainings, conferences, and coordinates campaigns to transform communities through food systems change, arts activism, and grassroots leadership. RIC creates space for youth to cultivate leadership and a heart of service that prepares them to be agents of prosperity through agriculture, business entrepreneurship, honoring sacred traditions, holistic health education, and community organizing.

Website: www.rootedincommunity.org, www.youthfoodbillofrights.com

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Project Open Hand

Mission Statement: Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides “meals with love” to seniors and the critically ill.

Description: Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 400 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of old age. We serve San Francisco and Alameda Counties, engaging more than 100 volunteers every day to nourish our community. Learn more at www.openhand.org.

Website: www.openhand.org

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Canal Alliance

Mission Statement: Canal Alliance helps low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants acquire the tools they need to thrive.

Description: Incorporated in 1982, Canal Alliance is a comprehensive community resource center that helps low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants from the greater Marin through access to health and social services, youth development, economic security, and citizenship. We provide the full spectrum of immigrant integration initiatives under one roof—from basic services to systemic solutions. No other single organization offers Marin’s immigrant community the breadth of services that we do. Canal Alliance services address all barriers to immigrant integration faced by our clients, and our cutting edge evaluation processes allow us to clearly measure progress toward integration. Our bilingual, bi-cultural staff are unrivaled in their ability to understand the needs of Marin’s low-income immigrant populations, and are highly networked with public agencies and community providers to ensure immigrants are connected to appropriate services. Serving the community for 30 years, we have earned the trust of immigrants as a cornerstone organization in the Canal neighborhood.

Website: http://www.canalalliance.org/

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Each One Reach One

Mission Statement: EORO believes that youth behind bars are children, first and foremost; that one-on-one mentoring through the creative act of playwriting, painting, academic tutoring and life skills workshops provides the best way to positively influence and change the image that both incarcerated youth and society hold of them. Using the arts and education, EORO is transforming the lives of youth behind bars in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties to assist them on the path to becoming successful adults and in breaking the cycle of violence that entraps so many of their peers.

Description: Since 1997, Each One Reach One (EORO) has remained dedicated to its mission to divert incarcerated youth from a life in prison, to become productive community members through mentor-based performing arts and academic tutoring programs, serving over 1,850 youth and engaging over 3,500 community members. EORO’s roots were planted in the exploration of theater-based strategies that could effectively break the cycle of violence and divert youth, particularly young men of color, from the adult prison system. EORO was founded as an arts advocacy organization to divert incarcerated youth and youth on probation from a life in prison. Since its inception, EORO has expanded to become a cutting edge education, arts, and health/wellness detention based program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Website: www.eoro.org

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EarthTeam

Mission Statement: Building the Next Step in Environmental Education: using the environment as a context for learning our commitment is to increase environmental literacy and service-learning project opportunities to help students become critical thinkers, informed decision makers, and environmental leaders for the future.

Description: Our Sustainable Youth Development Program is aimed at developing and implementing high quality environmental education content standards in participating Title 1 public schools. Our goal is to provide as many youth as possible with in-class support and out-of-class project experiences that offer students the inspiration, knowledge, skills and leadership opportunities to take an active role in a more sustainable future.

Website: www.earthteam.net

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Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP)

Mission Statement: Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs. At BORP, we believe that sports and recreation provide a path to greater achievement to which all people should have access, and we continually strive to make this a reality.

Description: BORP is headquartered in Berkeley, California and is the leading provider and promoter of accessible sports and recreation opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to our high quality innovative sports and recreation programs, our expert staff provides advocacy, trainings, referrals and consultation services and have helped initiate adaptive sports programs in several other cities across the state. BORP also conducts disability awareness trainings and adaptive sports exhibitions for a variety of community agencies and serves as a valuable resource to physical therapists, rehabilitation hospitals, parks and recreation departments and related organizations.

Website: www.borp.org

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Center for Youth Wellness

Mission Statement: Our mission is threefold: To Prevent. We are helping to prevent toxic stress by raising national awareness among those who have the power to make a difference – from parents to pediatricians to politicians. To Screen. We screen all kids who walk through the Center’s doors for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress – and we are making sure pediatricians throughout San Francisco and the country know how to diagnose toxic stress. To Heal. We are a national leader in developing the best ways to heal kids experiencing toxic stress.

Description: Our Model Our work is based on emerging data on how exposure to poverty, domestic and community violence and other early life stressors affects the developing brains and bodies of children. We take an innovative approach to addressing the root causes of poor outcomes for children and youth in high-risk communities. The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) model includes the following: Treatment & Practice: Provide multidisciplinary care wrapped around the pediatric medical home that recognizes and treats chronic stress and trauma, including comprehensive case management, mental health, family support services, holistic interventions and education advocacy. Research & Evaluation: Conduct promising and evidence-based practices to reduce the impacts of toxic stress and trauma on children. Education & Advocacy: Raise awareness about the health issues facing children experiencing ACEs and toxic stress and the best strategies to improve health, educational, and life outcomes for these youth. Adverse childhood experiences are defined as childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors.

Website: http://centerforyouthwellness.org/our-model/

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The HIV Story Project

Mission Statement: The HIV Story Project uses multi-platform media and personal stories to advance HIV/AIDS education and awareness, support HIV/AIDS nonprofit organizations, fight the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, and give a voice to the HIV positive community.

Description: We produce documentary films, public service announcements, fundraising videos, online content, non-profit profiles and oral history projects about, with and for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Website: www.thehivstoryproject.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

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Surf For Life

Mission Statement: Surf For Life is dedicated to improving the impact of tourism through community-based health and education projects. Volunteer. Travel. Surf.

Description: We work with local communities and strong Local Partners to identify and design projects such as schools, health clinics, and community centers - creating sustainable projects by maximizing the level of community ownership and engagement. These projects are made a reality by the passion and hardwork of our Surf For Life volunteers.We offer a unique opportunity for people to experience a new and altruistic kind of travel that takes individual vacation to the next level. Our trips are open to everyone – from experienced surfers to anyone who wants to travel and lend a helping hand.

Website: www.surfforlife.org

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Bread & Roses

Mission Statement: Hope and Healing through Live Music. Bread & Roses is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. Our performances (1) enrich the soul and promote wellness through the healing power of the performing arts; (2) create a sense of community for our professional performers, with a non-commercial setting in which they can donate their talents to inspire and be inspired; and (3) provide an opportunity for non-performing volunteers to contribute a variety of skills and resources that support our humanitarian services and increase the impact of donor contributions. In carrying out its mission, Bread & Roses seeks to create a social awareness of people who are isolated from society, and to encourage the development of similar organizations in other communities.

Description: Bread & Roses serves about 120 agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, presenting 600+ shows per year to approximately 30,000 audience members - elders, adults, teens and children - in convalescent homes, hospitals, drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, special needs schools, detention facilities and more. We book performers in residential and day facilities serving people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live music and other live performance. We have over 1200+ volunteer performers, including musicians (in a wide variety of genres), comedians, dancers, magicians, storytellers, etc.

Website: www.breadandroses.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

Not yet, but we have just agreed to work together, and Bread & Roses is enthusiastic about the collaboration.

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CoachArt

Mission Statement: CoachArt's mission is to improve the quality of life for children with chronic illnesses and their siblings by providing free lessons in the arts and athletics.

Description: CoachArt programs offer patients and siblings free lessons in the arts and athletics. We do this through our outpatient mentoring, activity clinics, in-hospital workshops and community events. The core of the CoachArt program is our outpatient mentoring where students are matched for 12 weekly lessons with qualified volunteer mentors skilled in the arts and athletics. activity clinics provide short- term instructive settings, for a small group of youth to learn a new skill and interact with other children. Our in-hospital workshops are monthly activity sessions that occur in one of our hospital or healthcare partner facilities. community events provide cultural, educational and recreational activities in the community for our patients and their families.

Website: www.coachart.org

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Alemany Farm

Mission Statement: Friends of Alemany Farm is a volunteer group that manages the horticulture, volunteer, and educational programs at Alemany Farm, a 3-acre organic farm ecosystem in southeast San Francisco. Our Mission Friends of Alemany Farm grows food security and educates local residents about how they can become their own food producers. We strive to increase ecological knowledge and habitat value, and to sow the seeds for economic and environmental justice.

Description: Friends of Alemany Farm pursues four main goals: • Fostering Environmental Education by introducing children and adults to the idea that local food production can be part of a healthy ecosystem, and inspiring visitors to start their own gardens at home. • Boosting Food Resilience by providing organic, healthy food to community members. • Growing Leaders through the communal ethic of the barn-raising that encourages people to play an active role in decision-making. • Promoting Ecological-Economic Development by using urban agriculture as a way to develop green job skills.

Website: www.alemanyfarm.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

In September of 2008, Party Corps organized a fundraiser at San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop for Alemany Farm. It was an AWESOME event — a rockin party, a wonderful community gathering, and good time had by all. We raised more than $1,000 for our community farm, a significant amount considering that our annual budget is just $5,000. Equally important, we made plenty of new friends and supporters, people who eventually became regular volunteers and important players in effort to make SF more food secure.

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Girls on the Run of the Bay Area

Mission Statement: The mission of Girls on the Run of the Bay Area is to educate and build confidence in young girls through non-competitive, curriculum-based running programs in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, San Mateo, and Contra Costa Counties.

Description: Girls on the Run of the Bay Area provides an innovative running program for girls ages 8 to 13 that uses experiential learning to teach very specific and well-defined social and personal skills. The program culminates in a non-competitive community running event that gives the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area offers 10-week programs during the fall and spring seasons. Volunteer coaches engage the girls in games and running-based workouts that encourage emotional, social, psychological and physical development. The girls meet twice each week after school for a total of 20 one-hour sessions.

Website: www.gotrbayarea.org

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Women's Community Clinic

Mission Statement: Since 1999, the Women’s Community Clinic has used an innovative volunteer-based business model to provide affordable and accessible health care services to Bay Area women and girls.

Description: Since 1999, the Women’s Community Clinic has used an innovative volunteer-based business model to provide affordable and accessible health care services to Bay Area women and girls.

Website: www.womenscommunityclinic.org/support-us

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CoFED (The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive)

Mission Statement: CoFED, the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, is a national training program and support network that equips student leaders to grow cooperative, sustainable food businesses.

Description: After launching nationally in the Fall of 2010 with support from Michael Pollan, Bill McKibben, and many others, CoFED has worked with over 40 student teams starting or operating cooperative, sustainable food ventures on their campus. We provide students with intensive, summer-camp-like retreats to learn valuable skills such as fundraising and business-planning as well as coaching to grow their markets, cafes or other cooperatively-run local food businesses.

Website: www.cofed.org

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Swords to Plowshares

Mission Statement: War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares’ mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.

Description: Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization that provides wrap-around care to more than 2,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. We are committed to helping veterans break through the cultural, educational, psychological and economic barriers they often face in their transition to the civilian world. With nearly 40 years of experience, we have established the most respected and comprehensive model of care for veterans in the country. Our core services include: Health and Social Services; Supportive Housing; Employment and Training; and Legal Assistance.

Website: www.swords-to-plowshares.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

We are excited to work with Party Corps! Our first collaboration will take place May 26, 2013 in honor of Memorial Day.

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We are excited to work with Party Corps! Our first collaboration will take place May 26, 2013 in honor of Memorial Day.

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Bay Area Community Resources

Mission Statement: Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) is a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency headquartered in San Rafael, California that provides a range of services in seven counties around the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1976, BACR’s mission is to promote the healthy development of individuals and families, encourage service and volunteerism, and help build community.

Description: BACR delivers services at more than 100 school- and community-based sites in the following categorical areas: After School, Youth Leadership, National Service, Healthy Communities, Fiscal Intermediary Services, and Alcohol And Drug, Tobacco, and Mental Health. In particular, our After School programs provide youth with a safe place to go after school, receive academic and enrichment support, and gain learning and life skills that improve their success in school and beyond. Our Youth Leadership programs support young people in making decisions about their health, education, and employment by providing leadership development, job training, and job experience. Our National Service programs give AmeriCorps members and VISTA workers job opportunities to serve their communities through tutoring and leading after-school enrichment activities to thousands of youth. Our Healthy Community programs provide school- and community-based health centers and hubs of integrated, coordinated services where youth and families can find support, resources, and community. Also, our Alcohol, Drug, Tobacco, and Mental Health programs help prevent and treat drug or alcohol abuse or tobacco addiction through education, counseling, and intervention.

Website: www.bacr.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

Not yet; however, we look forward to being a member and partner.