Food Shift was founded in 2012 as a project of Earth Island Institute. Food Shift focuses on rescuing surplus food that would otherwise waste away in landfills and utilize it to fuel their social enterprise kitchen. They address food insecurity and joblessness in their community through a catering program and job training program, which is designed for those facing high barriers to employment including homelessness, unemployment, disability, domestic violence, addiction and incarceration. Food Shift creates delicious meals for their catering and food donation programs, simultaneously imparting culinary skills and job-training to their kitchen apprentices while preparing and distributing nutritious meals to food insecure communities. Apprentices earn a livable wage while learning how to work in a professional kitchen, allowing for room to grow before stepping into the next role of their careers.
Food Shift was a UAIAI members recommended candidate charity.
Red String 2020 Grant and Project: To help Food Shift meet the increasing needs of their charity partners to address food security for a growing number of families and individuals impacted by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, Red String and Food Shift co-sponsored a grant project to help Food Shift fund its COVID-19 Operation Together program. The project supports expanding Food Shift's kitchen capabilities by hiring staff, apprentices, and graduates to operate the program, and establish new food recovery programs.
Wrap the Kids hires homeless persons and gives them a second chance at making a difference by making handmade quilts to donate to children everywhere, but especially those who are sick or in need. The organization also gives back to the homeless community by providing free clothing, hygiene kits, food items, blankets and other much-needed support.
In the June 2020 Long Beach homelessness study, the city's homeless grew 7% from 2019 citing issues including job loss, loss of housing, mental health and substance abuse, and domestic problems such as divorce or domestic violence. The impact of COVID-19 is another factor contributing to the increase. Charities like Wrap the Kids are on the front lines helping the homeless stay safe and help prevent a potential outbreak of the virus in the unsheltered population.
Red String 2020 Grant and Project: Recognizing the sewing and quilting capabilities of Wrap the Kids and the need from many of Red String's charity partners for Personal Protection Equipment, Red String approached Wrap the Kids on funding a project to sew reusable masks that Red String could then donate to several other Red String charity partners: ACC MoW, J-Sei, and United Playaz. Red String also provided additional grant funds to help Wrap the Kids fulfill and distribute care packages that include PPE, hygiene products, food, bus passes and other necessities to help protect the health and safety of homeless persons and those in need living within the North Long Beach communities.
Bayview Hunters Point Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities (BMAGIC) is a network San Francisco neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations whose mission is to facilitate, coordinate and develop community resources and opportunities that support service providers and community members in Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP). BMAGIC was co-founded in 2004 by the Public Defender’s Office led by Jeff Adachi and BVHP community based organizations to create collaborative community building efforts that improve the quality of life of BVHP children, youth and their families.
Red String 2020 Grant and Project: BMagic's first Flagship Event program established in 2004 is an annual backpack drive providing disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth, ages 5-18, within the Bayview Hunters Point community, new backpacks filled with essential school supplies to celebrate the beginning of the new school year. The high cost of school supplies poses a challenge to many parents and the lack of adequate supplies impacts students' learning far beyond the first day of school. It is estimated that at least one in five children from low income families in the US start the school year without adequate supplies. Red String funded 100 backpacks and school supplies in support of BMagic's 2020 goal of distributing 2500 backpacks to children of poor and disadvantaged families within the Bayview District of San Francisco.
Educational Focus Program Initiative - Connections
Although middle and high schools are excellent in teaching many valuable skills, current academic curriculum doesn’t teach many aspects necessary for students to succeed and thrive in life and business, such as career choices, financial responsibilities and investments, collaboration, values, problem solving, and how to apply such abilities to the real world.
Results from a multi-year College and Career Readiness survey of 165,000 high school students conducted by YouthTruth, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, found that less than half of the students surveyed felt positively about their college, future career possibilities, and career readiness.
Red String 2020 Connections Initiative:Opening the art of the possible for children and youths is one of the strategic objectives of Red String's Education Focus Program. To deliver on this we are working to establish powerful new partnerships with Industry and proven Education nonprofit organizations to create, produce, and distribute online educational content that will open opportunities for students to innovate, to engage with, and to maximize their learning.
By offering educational content to multiple educational non-profit organizations, this project offers Industry companies a way to broaden their community outreach, brand exposure, and impact. For our partner charities, our goal is to create content that will reach and motivate students in a meaningful way, creating an environment to engage students to help them build a bridge between academics, life skills, and potential career paths.
EXP Future - Carson, California
Through partnerships with industry and educators, EXP prepares high school students for careers through career exploration activities, industry mentoring, paid summer internships, and college scholarships. EXP brings industry and schools together to solve problems and overcome obstacles so that students from under-served communities receive access to education, experience and opportunities.
By helping schools and industry work together, EXP is changing how society prepares students for life and bringing genuine opportunity to every young person they reach. During the 2019-2020 school year, EXP programs are serving more than 6,400 high school students in 10 Southern California high schools.
Red String 2020 Collaboration Project: Red String is proud to be collaborating with EXP to help them achieve their mission. Red String staff will work with EXP to build a live speaker series connecting Industry experts and EXP's students to reach and engage students about various careers.
United Playaz is a violence prevention and youth development organization that has worked in San Francisco for 25 years. UP is an organization working within San Francisco helping children and youth break the cycle of juvenile crime, violence, and poverty by providing a comprehensive range of services including In-School Violence Prevention, After-School Programs, Case Management, After-Care & Re/Entry services, Diversion, TAY Academic Enrichment & Workforce Development, Street Outreach, and Civic Engagement opportunities and Recreation to prepare vulnerable youth for higher education, employment, and healthy living within a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment.
Red String 2020 Grant and Project: Providing children and youth a safe haven and a place to go after school to help them learn, grow, and develop is not only a worthy cause, it is, in many poorer neighborhoods, a necessary one. For over 25 years, United Playaz has been a consistent "home" that most of their kids lack in other facets of their daily lives. Red String's grant will allow United Playaz to provide a young person from the neighborhood with a part-time job working as a support staff at their SOMA Community Learning Hub which is providing in-person pod care during the school day for children and youth enrolled at Bessie Carmichael Elementary and Middle School. In addition, Red String will provide 50 PPE masks to United Playaz to help keep their staff, volunteers, and program participants safe during the COVID-19 health issue.
ACC, J-Sei, and OCBC's Tomodachi Bento project provide programs and services to support the needs of older adults, including nutrition, transportation, and social services within their respective communities. An especially important service is providing home-delivered nutritional meals to older adults who are home-bound due to illness or recovery, disability, or other reasons that hinder their ability to complete activities of daily living. An important secondary benefit, especially for seniors living alone, is providing a "check-in" and regular contact to ensure the health and well-being of the participants.
J-Sei was a UAIAI members recommended candidate charity.
Red String 2020 Grant and Project: For many home bound fixed income older adults, the combination of financial, health, and food insecurity makes them especially vulnerable when an unexpected life event occurs. During a pandemic, it could be deadly. Social isolation, while beneficial for preventing the spread of the coronavirus, also tends to have negative effects on the physical and mental well-being of older adults. Red String is funding delivery of more than 1200 nutritious meals to home bound older adults to help improve their overall well-being especially during this unprecedented time.