Black History Month Book Drive
In her beautiful children’s book, Amanda Gorman writes, “I can hear change humming in its loudest, proudest song. I don’t fear change coming. And so I sing along.”
In a world where police brutality took the life of Tyre Nichols, and Governor DeSantis can singlehandedly redefine the curriculum of an AP African American Studies class, it doesn’t feel like change is singing. And yet, as advocates for children–the future of our country–we are inspired to keep empowering our young clients to be seen and heard. To be seen and heard in court. To be seen and heard within their families. To be seen and heard at school. To be seen and heard in their communities. For the third year, we invite you to join us and take one small step to empower our clients by providing them with books by Black authors about Black characters. From board books to young adult books and everything in between, you can join the effort by shopping our wish lists locally in Alameda (or online) at Books Inc. or through Amazon.
“We are the wave starting to spring, for we are the change we sing. We are what the world is becoming, and we know it won’t be long. We all hear change strumming. Won’t you sing along?”
Executive Director: Kristin Mateer
The Mission of East Bay Children’s Law Offices is to protect and defend the rights of children and youth through holistic, vigorous legal advocacy. EBCLO strives to provide a voice for children in and out of the courtroom and to promote positive outcomes for them.
Begin to Build a Relationship
We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.
How did EBCLO help me? Where do I start?! It is so important to have a lawyer — it’s someone who can vouch for you and be another voice for you when you can’t talk. Sarah was that for me. And she listened. She was reliable — she was always there and making things happen. She constantly asked me if I wanted to come to court and was always willing to come see me at home or school or wherever. She made me feel comfortable. It was like having an extra auntie.
Helping Children To Be Seen and Heard
The 18 lawyers and six social workers of East Bay Children’s Law Offices (EBCLO) represent hundreds of children and youth who have been abused or neglected. State funding and federal matching dollars only cover a bare minimum of the nonprofit’s needs.
Donations from private donors can help lighten the burden on lawyers who manage over 100 cases a year and also enable the nonprofit to provide more holistic support for children whose needs go well beyond the four walls of the courtroom. This includes the Community-based Advocacy for Resources and Education (CARE) program, which provides intensive and individualized education and mental health support for children and youth.
In 2024, EBCLO will be celebrating its 15th anniversary and looks forward to celebrating its anniversary with the community!
Younger Family Fund
Zellerbach Family Foundation
The Greg Smith Charitable Fund
Bernard E. & Alba Witkin
Sky Ranch Foundation
Van Loben Sels/RembeRock
The Morris Stulsaft Foundation
Jennifer & Steve Roop
Bigglesworth Family Foundation
Share the Spirit
In-N-Out Burger Foundation
The Barrios Trust
William G. Gilmore Foundation
Advanced Cooling Technolgies, Inc.
Daniel Kim & Charmaine Wong
Chip & Becky Conradi
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust