Back To School Closet Event
Since 2010, the Community Services Department (CSD) and the San Pablo Youth Commission has supported San Pablo families through the annual Back to School Closet Event. From March-August each year, the San Pablo Youth Commissioners begin a Collections Drive, with the support of San Pablo Rotary and families of Lamorinda, to collect new and gently clothing and items to distribute back to San Pablo families in need, at no cost. Around the beginning of the school year, the Commissioners turn a San Pablo facility into a “store” so that San Pablo families can “shop” for free new and gently used clothes, shoes, toys, school supplies, sports equipment, accessories, and books donated by West County Reads. In 2019 the event had grown to serve 800 youth and families.
The San Pablo Youth Commissioners empower youth to become leaders in their community. Since 2012 the Youth Commissioners host an annual Youth Summit Event, to support community engagement and youth leadership by facilitating activities to provide insight and suggestions for youth in San Pablo.
Unable to do an in-person event in 2021, Commissioners promoted COVID-19 vaccination information in San Pablo. By creating banners with vaccination facts posted around the city, partnering with Helms Middle School to support youth vaccination clinics, and teaming up with Contra Costa County Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors to share resources during the Helms Vaccination Event, the Commissioners stretched their creativity and voice to encourage youth COVID-19 vaccinations in our City.
Family Giving Tree
The Family Giving Tree is a non-profit agency based in Milpitas. Through community kindness, generosity, and volunteerism, the Family Giving Tree fulfills exact holiday wishes and provides backpacks filled with STEM-based school supplies, to Bay Area families in need. The Youth, School, & Community Partnerships Division has partnered with the Family Giving Tree since 2010.
Thank you to Family Giving Tree for their continued commitment to serving the San Pablo community, and to partners who contributed to the distributions. It would not have been possible without support from the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Bay Area Community Resources, West County Reads, the West Contra Costa Ed Fund, and the San Pablo Police, Community & Economic Development, and Community Services Departments.