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On final day of 2012, Pleasanton Weekly's Holiday Fund needs your help

Original post made on Dec 31, 2012

On the last day in 2012, what better time is there to consider turning your thoughts to supporting local nonprofit agencies and services that care for those in need not only during the holiday season, but year round.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 6:30 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by Tilly, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 31, 2012 at 8:52 am

Sorry, I was not able to make my usual donation to the PW's Holiday Fund this year. I have to divert that money to paying for paper bags at the grocery store. Maybe some of the enviro-Nazi's in the audience would like to make a contribution to make up the shortfall.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 31, 2012 at 8:56 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Jeb, Is there an option to donate to just one of the organizations listed? If not, can this be considered in future campaigns?


Posted by PW Reader, a resident of Birdland
on Dec 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

Kathleen, Why wouldn't you just donate directly to that organization, then?

I think the whole point of the campaign is to foster the sense of community, of contributing en masse to a diverse selection of non-profits designed to appeal to a larger audience.

Unless your point is to see your name in print as a donor, directing your funds to a single organization (besides being a bookkeeping nightmare) through a community campaign defeats the purpose. Most organizations do list their donors over a set amount of money donated when contributed directly.

So, you can do both--donate directly to your favorite non-profit, and donate to the Holiday Fund to contribute to several. Or you can do one or the other; I chose both.

Happy New Year and best wishes to you and yours and may all of our local non-profits get healthy donations today and in 2013!


Posted by Some Dude, a resident of Walnut Hills
on Dec 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Sorry, I was not able to make a donation to the Holiday Fund this year, since I apparently make less than ten cents an hour and the burden of a bag tax makes me cry like a little baby.


Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Dec 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

some dude, I'm sure you are paid based on your worth. Good luck in the new year and be careful not to leave those plastic bags on your head for so long.


Posted by Some Dude, a resident of Walnut Hills
on Dec 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Whoa--just mention "crybaby" and look who shows up. Sorry, liberalism is a disease, I didn't mean to summon you. You can go back to being unemployed and idle now.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

PW Reader, We did. Our donations, where allowed (for example, I don't know what Open Heart Kitchen will do), are anonymous. The reason I asked the question is that perhaps not everyone necessarily wants to support all the organizations on the list.


Posted by Stace, a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I agree that what is needed is more specific language so that people know what they're donating to. Also, having names and resumes of organization leaders might help us dig up a thing or two that could better help our decisions.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Cute "Stace," I think PW Reader had it right. Do one, do the other, do both. Just do something.


Posted by Taxed, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I am forced to give my money to Obama Care... Sorry everyone!


Posted by taxpayer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Stace is not so far off. If you take the time to read up about these organizations you will find lots of interesting information.
Such as:
CEO of United Way made $675,000 plus bonus in 2011.
CEO of Red Cross made $951,957 in 2011.
CEO of Unicef made $1,900,000 plus expenses plus Rolls Royce. Oh yeah, 4.1 pennies of each dollar donated to Unicef goes back out the door to help.
The head of the Salvation Army made $13,000 and over 90% of the money taken in want out to help.
Lots of other organizations have good records as well. Why give one single cent to those kinds of CEO salaries? Is that really where you want your money to go?


Posted by Julie Testa, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 2, 2013 at 7:32 am

REACH is one of the non-profits who will benefit from the Holiday Fund please go to our website to read about this unique grassroots TriValley nonprofit. Web Link

REACH serves our TriValley special needs population. Our support goes beyond the individuals who live in our 9 homes, and beyond the Tri-Valley community of disabled persons who we subsidize in making activities affordable. REACH is a resource and a safety net for families who worry about their loved ones future. Parents who know their special needs children will outlive them, and siblings who are raising their own families, take comfort in knowing REACH provides a safe supportive, but independent, living environment. The more we can reach the community to let them know we exist, and what we offer, the more the extended special needs community benefits through peace of mind.
REACH has very low overhead. Ongoing housing costs, mortgages and expenses are met with the very low rents paid by our low-income residents. Maintenance and special projects are gifted through community service groups. Management of the organization is met through the dedication of non-paid board members who wear many hats. REACH is amazingly efficient with our financial resources; every dollar donated goes to serve our Tri-Valley special needs population directly, no salaries.
I am proud of this organization. Pleasanton can be proud of this grassroots all volunteer organization.


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