Thank you to the many volunteers and donors who supported the 2017 Holiday Meal. It is still a really amazing thing that a public school opens its doors to host this community gathering. We look forward to supporting the community in future events. If you are interested in serving the community through meal service or in related ways, please scroll to the bottom of the leadership post for a list of organizations.
***If you took any photos or videos of the event, please send them to Nishat, so we can compile a video for next year. Thanks!
2017 Berkeley High School Holiday Meal
Over 225 guests were served a freshly prepared meal and heartwarming entertainment. The weather was perfect for event day.Nishat Sheikh, Chief of Service, and some members of the Holiday Meal planning committee met for a months to organize a successful service event.The 2017-18 BHS Cheer Squad led by Coach Tiffany Williams represented some of the over 350 volunteers at the event. The Donation Station featured contributions of warm clothing and toiletries among other items from staff, students, and local businesses like Mt. Hardwear.The Dorothy Day House also provided items for the guests.Milton & The Innovators bring their feel good vibe in the form of great music to the BHS Holiday Meal. The meal is comprised of contributions of pre-cooked turkeys, hams, side dishes, salads from community members and staff members. Thank you!!!We also featured volunteers from the Parents of Children of African Descent (PCAD).
The BHS Band & Orchestra, fresh off of their winter concert, welcomed and entertained guests. Any leftover items are brought to the University Avenue Goodwill. Any leftover canned goods are picked up by the Alameda County Food Bank.
We baked over 400 chocolate cookies for the event.
Rayene is seen here writing the thank you letters to our financial donors. Thank you to everyone who helped us surpass our fundraising goal of $4,000.
Tashi, BUSD Chef, seen here preparing a pasta dish helped tremendously in meal prep. There were also many parent and student cooks that put a great deal of effort into preparing the meal. V, BHS Chef, served tremendously in the behind the scenes preparation of the meal.
Much gratitude to Mark Coplan, retired BUSD Info Officer, who always takes these great photos. Felicia Phillips, Academic Choice VP, also plays a vital role in event support. Check out his Flickr account for
We were able to serve all guests with a great meal. We were able to send any guests home with to go boxes of food, while all leftover food (turkey, pasta, bean salad) was provided to the local shelter.
The Coat Check volunteers are usually the first set of faces that greet our guests. Thanks again to all of our volunteers and food contributors who brought in delicious dishes like this ready-to-mix salad. Students spend Friday night and Saturday morning decorating the cafeteria.
Tom Watts is a regular volunteer who takes a lead role in the kitchen. We are appreciative of his service as well as Sydney Kennedy, who helps each year to organize the menu. This year, he also help mix the dough for the 400 cookies at home.
Appreciation for Sara, Steve, Stacy and Juan for providing safety and event support, as well as good cheer. (Sara and Steve seen here)
all photos taken by Mark Coplan
List of Organizations
|Alameda Family Services
DreamCatcher Youth Services
2325 Clement Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
|DreamCatcher Youth Services has been the only safe landing for homeless and disconnected at risk youth in Alameda County who are between the ages of 13-18.
|All Souls Episcopal Church
|All Souls Episcopal Church
2220 Cedar (@Spruce)
|Meal Service 510.848.1755 2nd Sunday @ 4:00 pm
|Berkeley Food and Housing Project
1901 Fairview Street
|Berkeley Food & Housing Project works with people who are homeless to move them into affordable permanent housing as quickly as possible – and to help them remain housed. To facilitate this, we provide an extensive range of food, housing, and social support services at 6 sites over 3 counties – Alameda, Solano and Contra Costa.
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri* 3:30–4:45pm*A free spaghetti meal is provided by the Lutheran Church of the Cross on Wednesdays
|BOSS Multi-Agency Service Center
1931 Center Street
|The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness.
|Dorothy Day House Community Meal
2138 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709
|Our community breakfast is provided 6 days a week, year-round, at Christ Church of Berkeley, located at 2138 Cedar Street (at Walnut) in north Berkeley. Anyone in need of a hot breakfast can join us between 7 and 8 am.
|Dorothy Day House
P.O. Box 12701
Berkeley, CA 94712
|P.O. Box 12701
Berkeley, CA 94712
|First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
|Come be a part of God’s work in the world! Twice a month, the Street
Meal serves nutritious hot meals to people in need in the Berkeley
community. Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen and greet the
guests; contact Don Louie to sign up (information below). We are
especially looking for people who can serve on a regular basis as
assistant and lead cooks; to find out more about leading in the kitchen,
contact Fran Sheppard at (510) 524-8003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: 2nd & last Saturday of each month
Location: Gym (John Knox A), Westminster Hall
Time: Volunteer between 2:00 & 7:00 pm: Set-up at 2:00 pm; Kitchen Crew Leads at 2:30 pm; Greeters and Hosts at 2:45 pm; Kitchen Crews at 3:00 pm. Dinner begins at 5:00 pm
711 Harrison St. (at 4th.) Berkeley, CA
|You must be referred through the Berkeley Shelter Hotline at (866)-960-2132.
Shelter is closed from 9am-5pm every day, open 24 hours for families. There is a separate wing for women and children.
|Night on the Streets
|In addition to weekly meals, NOSCW serves the neediest residents in the East Bay with an overnight storm shelter in winter (at the Dorothy Day House), pantry operation, soup nights, and a variety of other mail, legal, tax, and health services and other outreach that ranges from hospital and prison visits to advocacy for healthcare for the homeless.
|Online Homeless Resource webpage
|St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
|Hot Meals for the Hungry
On the third Saturday of each month, volunteers from St. Mark’s
and the wider community cook for 120 guests. The volunteers work in two
shifts. From 1:30-4 p.m. volunteers set tables, prepare and cook the
meal, and prepare box lunches. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., volunteers serve the meal and clean up.
All volunteers are welcome, including one-time or walk-in
volunteers. Call (510) 848-5107 for further details or just show up and
|United for Health – Suitcase Clinic (18-25 years old)
2300 Bancroft – St. Marks Church
|The Suitcase Clinic is a humanitarian student organization and volunteer community offering free health and social services to underserved populations since 1989. Structured around the principles of public health, social welfare, community activism and empathy, the Suitcase Clinic currently operates three weekly multi-service drop-in centers in the city Berkeley: the General Clinic, the Women’s Clinic and the Youth Clinic.
|Women’s Daytime Drop In Center
2218 Acton Street
|The Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center offers free services to any homeless woman and her children. Mon – Fri 8 am – 4 pm
|Youth Emergency Assistance and Housing (YEAH!)
1744 University Avenue
Lutheran Church of the Cross
|Our mission is to support young adults (18-24) in Berkeley who are currently homeless. We provide basic necessities, offer case management and counseling, linkages to education, employment and housing, and opportunities for meaningful community involvement. Monday-Sunday 8 pm – 8 am. Hot meals, Showers, Pets Allowed