Don’t Discard it…Donate it!

Every day, companies, organizations, and institutions throw away usable goods that still have a lot of value, while their counterparts in poorer communities struggle with inadequate resources. WE CAN HELP!

2 A GOOD CAUSE can help you donate, rather than discard, your excess usable goods and services to local, community-based nonprofit agencies, including food pantries, food programs, homeless shelters, zoos, schools, youth and women’s shelters, centers for the disabled, and other important agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento and San Francisco Counties.

At the same time, we are helping to heal the planet. 2 A Good Cause keeps more than 24 tons of goods out of local landfills every year.

Why waste while others are in need?

Your donation helps us continue our work.

Some of Our Projects

2 A Good Cause, Inc. is here to help non-profit agencies make the most of their funding, and donor dollars. These include Food Banks, Hospitals & Clinics, Schools, Women’s Shelters, Libraries, Drop-in Centers for teens and seniors, Museums, and Animal rescue.

Second Helping

For the past several years we have been working with many schools in Alameda county distributing books and unclaimed lost and found items, keeping items out of landfill and into the hands of those who need them. In our dealings with schools we have observed many schools have excess food they don’t know what to do with while members of their community and soup kitchens don’t have enough. Our first projects as an organization were working with food recovery. We are excited about the possibility of working again in this industry.

We are working with three individual schools and OUSD to set up a pilot program that would eventually spread throughout the school district, partnering them with community resources, setting up a delivery system that the schools could eventually expand.

Books – Books – Books

We make children’s books available at food distribution centers. While adults are getting food for their family’s bodies, their children can pick out a book to nourish their imagination. Adults can concentrate better on the job at hand with the young ones occupied. We choose three public schools annually to receive books and other learning aids that fill empty shelves in libraries and classrooms. Teachers appreciate being able to give a child a book for a job well done. For some it’s the first book they’ll own. Ongoing monthly deliveries of between 400 – 1000 books to Oakland public schools to use in classroom libraries or as free giveaway books.

Food – Clothing – Shelter

We donate food, clothing, emergency supplies, and hygiene kits to distribution and drop-in centers. Bedding, household goods, and small appliances are a boon to those leaving the Shelter and setting up their own place. Ongoing support in the form of household and kitchen supplies to programs helping with resettlement programs such as the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, JFCS refugee program, and Street Level Health Project .

Animal Services

We help meet the needs of animal shelters, zoos, SPCA, and wildlife rehabilitation programs. Thanks to our efforts, several zoos across the western United States are getting less than perfect or wilted produce from grocers that would normally be put in the trash or compost bin. Less than perfect towels go here too – to sooth and clean our animal friends. We have even managed to deliver feeding syringes to a reputable sloth rescue agency in Costa Rica.

New Developments

We have begun this year to ship books to public schools across the country to teachers requesting specific genres of books.

We have partnered with Medshare to both bring them medical supplies and this year send supplies overseas with select volunteers who deliver these to clinics and agencies in areas hit by disasters.

Schools we have sent books and/or supplies (click to open)

Indian Springs High School, San Bernardino, CA • Innovations Charter Academy, San Diego, CA • Wayside Science-Tech High School, Austin, TX • Crossland High School Temple Hills, MD • Choctaw High School, Choctaw, OK • Law Enforcement Officers Memorial High School, Miami, FL • Queens Collegiate College Board High School, Jamaica, NY • Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Eastvale, CA • Knightsdale High School, Knightsdale, NC • Valley View Education Center, Elizabethtown, KY • Caledonia High School, Caledonia, MI • West York Area High School, York, PA • Kearney High School, Kearney, MO • Mary Carroll High School, Corpus Christi, TX • Sierra Vista High School, Baldwin Park, CA • Pomolita Middle School, Ukiah, CA • Westside High School, Jacksonville, FL • Oscoda Area High School,Oscoda, MI • Dixie County High School, Cross City, FL • Port Richmond High School, Staten Island, NY • Andrews High School, Andrews, SC • Bradley High School, Bradley, AR • Castle Heights Middle School, Rock Hill, SC • Garfield Elementary School, Oakland, CA • Cleveland Elementary School, Oakland, CA • Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland, CA • Roosevelt Middle School, Oakland, CA • Oakland High School, Oakland, CA • Hoover Elementary School, Oakland, CA • Bella Vista Elementary, Oakland • Cleveland Elementary, Oakland • Coliseum College Prep Elementary, Oakland • Greenleaf Elementary, Oakland • United for Success Middle School, Oakland • Acorn Woodland Elementary, Oakland • Allendale Elementary, Oakland

Social Service Agencies served (click to open)

American Cancer Society • American Indian Child Resource Center • American Indian Intertribal Friendship House • Berkeley Men’s Shelter • Berkeley Women’s Shelter • BOSS Shelter • Building a Solid Foundation • Chrysalis House • Davis Street Family Service Center • Dream Catcher • East Bay Sanctuary Movement • Emeryville Community Action Project • Emeryville Senior Center • First Place for Youth • First Presbyterian Food Project • Friends of the Oakland Public Library • Habitat for Humanity • Huckleberry Teen Shelter Oakland • Jewish Family and Community Services – refugee program • La Clinica de la Raza • Manna from Heaven • Medshare • NIAD (Nurturing Independence through Artistic Development) • North Berkeley Senior Center • Oakland Museum • Oakland Senior Center • People of the Book Literacy Project • San Francisco Playhouse • Street Level Health Project • Studio One Art Center • Telegraph Baptist Community Services • Temple Sinai • The Marsh Theater • The Volunteers of America • Tool Lending Library • Youth Art Spirit Women’s Daytime Drop In Center

HOSPITALS: Fairmont Hospital • Highland Hospital • Oakland Benioff Children’s Hospital • Shriners Children’s Hospital • U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital

SCHOOLS: Academy for Success Middle School • Acorn Woodland Elementary • Allendale Elementary • Alliance Academy Middle School • American Indian Child Resource Center • American Indian Intertribal Friendship House • Ascend Middle School • Bella Vista Elementary • Cleveland Elementary • Coliseum College Prep Academy • Edna Breuer Middle School • Garfield Elementary • Greenleaf Elementary • Hoover Elementary • Lincoln Elementary – Manzanita Elementary • Oakland High School • Peralta Elementary • Roosevelt Middle School • United for Success Middle School • Washington Elementary

OUT OF DISTRICT BOOKS SHIPPED TO:  Ben Franklin Elementary, Philadelphia, PA • Bolton Academy, Atlanta • Buena Vista Elementary, Imperial, TX • Center Point Elementary, Birmingham, AL • Charles H. Castle Elementary, Bakersfield, CA • Columbia Middle School, Decatur, GA • Eagleton Middle School, Maryville, TN • East North Street Academy, Greenville, SC • Easterby Elementary, Fresno, CA • El Toyon School, National City, CA • Eleanor Tinsley Elementary, Houston, TX • Innovations Charter Academy, San Diego, CA • J. E. Richards Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA • Kennedy Elementary, Winder, GA • Kipp Prime College Prep, Houston, TX • Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Morrow, GA • Ursa Major Elementary, Anchorage, AK • Villacourta Elementary School, La Puente, CA • Yes Prep West, Houston, TX

LIBRARIES: Asian Branch • Diamond Branch • Fremont Branch • Friends of the Oakland Library • Main Branch • Montclair Branch • Piedmont Branch • Temescal Branch

ANIMAL PROGRAMS: Berkeley Animal Shelter • Berkeley Humane Society • Hopalong •  Oakland Animal Services • Oakland SPCA • San Francisco SPCA

Don’t Dump it Donate it - Agencies for whom we provided this service (click to open)

Contra Costa schools • Private schools throughout Oakland • Black Mountain Brewery • Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale •  Lucky’s • Safeway • Trader Joe’s • Mission Linen

Madison Elementary - Letter from a recipient (click to open)

Dear Teri,

It was such a pleasure to see you today and to reconnect with you.  I am so glad to see that you are still doing this important work.

Thanks Your card from Madison Elementary

Other Donation Considerations:
Dry Erase Markers
Sensory Room items for Mod/Sev k-5 Students
Bouncy balls and jump ropes

With appreciation,
Paulette Smith

2 A Good Cause, Inc., a 501c(3) org., was established in 2006 to help non-profit organizations meet their needs through creative reuse and repurposing. We provide non-profit organizations with supportive connections to businesses within their own communities in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

We are dedicated to assisting agencies meet their short and long term needs through relationship building and networking with businesses, industries, and individuals who are willing to donate their goods and services.

Many of the non-profit agencies we serve depend on donations to help their clients in this very difficult economic time.

Why waste while others are in need?

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