CCSA’S ANNUAL APPEAL 2018-2019
CCSA’s Annual Appeal has begun! We have been offered a dollar for dollar matching contribution up to $25,000 for funds collected in this campaign. We ask for your help in obtaining this match, and ask you to give as generously as possible. Help us to make every dollar count twice. Because of our ability to obtain food far below retail cost, and the $25,000 match, your donation will be stretched as far as possible. Please remember that when you give to CCSA:
* Your donation supports fellow San Diegans. (All funds stay in San Diego.)
* Over 98% of funds are spent on actual client services
* CCSA has been offered a dollar for dollar match up to $25,000.
* Your gift of $35 will help feed a family of four for a week, or provide meals to homeless.
CCSA assists clients seeking immediate assistance with physical needs, guidance in obtaining more permanent assistance, and comfort in knowing their community cares. We do make a difference! Every life matters!
If you would like to donate by check, please send your donation to our Clairemont office, and note Annual Appeal in the memo of your check. If you would like to make an online donation, please click our PayPal link on this page. If you would like to set up a program of regular giving to support the ministry of CCSA, or to discuss other ways you can help, such as by volunteering at one of our Centers, please feel free to call our President Bradley Cannon personally at 619-405-0878. Thank you for all your support!
WHEN VOLUNTEERS COME TOGETHER, MAGIC HAPPENS!
Twenty-eight volunteers from Clairemont Lutheran Church, friends and CCSA Board Members came together for a food sorting day. Working together, ALL the approximately 350-400 Sprouts donation bags were sorted and boxed along with the fresh fruits/vegetables in the garage. They had tables set up to cover the entire patio including the back patio and worked a long day getting everything ship-shape. When all was sorted and stored, they cleaned up the storage areas and even the kitchen! It was great to see so many hard working people; we are truly lucky to have this kind of support! Thank you Clairemont Lutheran Church and all the volunteers!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM!
CCSA wishes to thank the many generous Sponsors who made up Christmas food baskets with gift cards for the 241 CCSA families who signed up this year. The work put into shopping for food items, finding the right basket or containers, picking out small special items for the family, decorating baskets with Christmas cheer, and then bringing them to St. Marks United Methodist church was nothing short of beautiful! As clients came in to pick up their basket, little ones eyes opened wide at the sight before them in the hall. Moms & Dads with young children – along with singles and couples – expressed such sincere thanks. Older children left with a smile from ear-to-ear and could hardly contain their excitement.
I would personally like to thank St. Marks for hosting this event and all the volunteers, especially those behind the scenes who made the organizing of this event flow so well. Becki, who connected clients with sponsors, Catherine and Kelly who got all the information up on the website. To Phyllis who faithfully helps each year, to Marianne who put together Christmas thank you cards, signs and fills in all I forget, to Alice and Julie who have been part of this program for several years now, Roseann & Leslie for all the hard work in putting those 30 large family baskets together; you are all truly amazing! To all the helpers from the church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints who carried baskets from sponsors inside the hall and the volunteers from United Healthcare who helped clients to their cars or to a bus stop. You folks made it all so much easier! To Connie and Juana and all the volunteers at the agency office who signed up CCSA client families. Nicely done! Many thanks to all the Church members that stepped up and put together many large groups of Christmas baskets. These efforts brought together lots of members of our CCSA member churches. Many thanks to Christ Church in Coronado who donated 60 bags of groceries specifically for this program! Your donations were a big part in those 30 Large family baskets coming together!
And, of course, a SPECIAL THANKS to all the SPONSORS – YOU ARE THE BEST!!! Your willingness to give of your time to share what you have with those in need this season truly expresses the Christmas spirit! God bless you for all your efforts and the results of those efforts in the lives of those in need! We all remain grateful to be a small part of making our client families just a bit happier this Christmas!
Blessed to be able to help,
Jeanne McAlindin, Christmas Chair
THE 14TH ANNUAL BAY PARK FOOD DRIVE
RESULTS ARE IN!
Many, many thanks to all the donors that gave filled grocery food bags at the 14th Annual Bay Park Food Drive that took place on Saturday, December 1, 2018! You donated over 6,661 pounds of food!
A special thank you to Maryann Augustine, from Frontline Realty for organizing this major event with her wonderful helpers. Also, we thank St. David’s on Milton Street for hosting the event, and all of the volunteers who assembled mailers, and distributed grocery bags throughout Bay Park neighborhoods, and all the volunteers who picked up the filled grocery bags on Dec. 1st, and the volunteers workers inside the conference room at St. David’s who sorted the food! Many individuals and families in need in San Diego will be helped by this amazing effort by ALL!
THE 2ND ANNUAL
COZY IN CLAIREMONT COAT DRIVE
RESULTS ARE IN!
We asked & you delivered! The 2nd Annual Cozy in Clairemont Coat Drive benefiting Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) was a smashing success. 523 coats along with many blankets and sweaters were collected to keep our community cozy this winter. A huge thank you to those who participated! We received items from those near and far. Donations were collected in the drive-though donation location at Holmes Elementary. Also participating were St. David’s on Milton Street in Bay Park, Christ Church thrift store in Coronado, a Senior home in La Jolla & our Clairemont Community, along with friends throughout San Diego. Together we truly can made a difference!
On behalf of our clients in need, CCSA extends our deepest thanks for this major effort that produced such wonderful results!! We thank all who participated, but especially Natalie Klinefelter and The Legacy Real Estate who gave so much of their time and effort to put this drive together! You are amazing!!
Reflecting on the partnership between CCSA and Pacific Beach Street Guardians (PBSG), we can see the meaningful connection and the importance of the association. Although the numbers are not large (7 interviews and 2 hires), lives are being changed. Offering our un-housed neighbors the opportunity to find employment is much more than a paycheck. The work that is done by PBSG in the community gives purpose, value, dignity and responsibility. Team Members are also given weekly case management services to help resource them as they move toward self sufficiency and life skills training in financial management, communication, conflict resolution, first aid and stress management. As we move in to the New Year, CCSA will continue to offer access to job opportunities to their clients through PBSG. The partnership between the two organizations bridges a necessary gap between relief services and development services – both, which are necessary, for the progression of our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness to find their way off of a life on the street. — Caryn Blanton, PB Street Guardians. Click here to donate online: http://www.pbstreetgu
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