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Supporting job-training programs in the East Bay for low-income workers with barriers to employment
Strive For Change Foundation
Strive for Change Foundation was founded in 2006 to help overcome poverty in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
We support innovative job-training programs that help ambitious low-income individuals get the job and life skills training they need to improve their career opportunities, earn a sustainable income and become financially self- sufficient.
All administrative costs and materials are paid for by our all-volunteer board. Every cent of donations goes directly to the groups we support.
We provide pathways for our participants to develop the economic mobility to move out of poverty. No one service can address the many challenges people living in poverty face — we believe that success comes from participation and achievement in four areas... more
Cypress Mandela Center
The Cypress Mandela Training Center is a community based organization dedicated to improving the lives of the people it serves by providing pre-apprentice construction and life skills training along with employment assistance....
We Support Ten Organizations
Kitchen of Champions
Kitchen of Champions is an intensive, comprehensive 12-week training for low-income and disenfranchised individuals, many of whom are formerly incarcerated. This program uses a combination of classroom and hands-on food handling safety techniques, along with case management, job placement assistance and follow-up services... more
The organizations that receive funding from Strive for Change include: The Bread Project, Cypress Mandela Center, Kitchen of Champions, Lao Family Community Development, Monument Impact, Oakland Bloom, Opportunity Junction, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, Rubicon Programs, skysthelimit.org.
A Remarkable Story of Change
News About Strive
One Job Can Change Everything
When adults have a second chance and are able to make a successful transition to employment, they improve not only their lives but those of their families and communities, for generations to come...more
After the Loma Prieta earthquake a local civil rights activist saw an opportunity to help workers take advantage of the well-paying construction jobs that would soon be needed. Read how Strive For Change helped the Nelson Mandela Center develop a free, 16-week pre-apprenticeship program leading to direct matriculation as apprentices into the building trade unions, including plumbers, electricians, pipe fitters, ironworkers and many others.
Three Ways To Donate
Support ten worthwhile organizations by supporting just one.
Please call Miriam Mangini to arrange for a gift of stocks.
She can be reached at 510-409-8444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete our donation form and mail it with your check to:
Strive for Change Foundation
P.O. Box 22584
Oakland, CA 94609
Applying For A Grant
If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, contact email@example.com.
Our grant committee determines if a prospective program supports the foundation’s core goals. Next, we determine if funding will make a significant difference to the program and will offer the best return on the foundation’s investment. Our due diligence process includes one or more site visits to the prospective grant recipients. To monitor our grants, grant recipients are required to submit periodic reports. These reports, and our ongoing interaction with the recipients, make it possible to evaluate the effectiveness of the funded programs.
Miriam Mangini - President and Treasurer
Maria Winston - Vice President
Megan Nakahara - Secretary
Cathie Geddeis - Data Base Manager
Victoria Robinson Smith - Grants
Andi Kosich - Grants
Norman Hersch - Board Member
Les Ellis, Founder
Every cent that is donated to Strive For Change goes directly to the organizations we support. All costs of administration and materials are borne by our all-volunteer board.
For information about volunteering, please click here.