Friends of the Library - Every purchase made here directly benefits the Contra Costa library system. They have movies and board games too.
Pleasant Hill, CA | phlibraryfriends.org
Earthen - Bay Area based female founded shop started with ceramics and has expanded to home goods and cozy apothecary treats.
Occidental, CA| earthen-shop.com
Preserved - Shopping for a foodie on your list? This Oakland shop is filled with preserved and fermented goods that would make any foodie gleeful.
Oakland, CA | preservedgoods.com
Bedford Gallery - Located in Walnut Creek, They are dedicated to providing opportunities to learn about visual arts through exhibitions and programs that are varied, accessible, challenging, and educational. For the holidays they are featuring some fun and unique gifts/ crafts for purchase.
Walnut Creek, CA | bedfordgallery.org
1) Local food banks are in need especially this time of the year. Donating money helps them procure fresh ingredients for those in need and can be more helpful than any physical food donation. foodbankccs.org
2) The Trinity Center is one of the most hands on and helpful to help the houseless in the East Bay. They have multiple locations where people can be showered and fed and obtain necessities. trinitycenterwc.org
3) The Bay Area Womens and Childrens center (BAWCC) offers a variety of direct services that address immediate needs as well as long-term stability. They help to create public spaces for women and children as well as walk in clinics and for health and dental needs.bawcc.org
4) The House of Rabbit Society has two primary goals:
5) Contra Costa County Animal Services Department is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of all people and animals in our community through enforcement of state and local laws, providing compassionate care for every animal regardless of its temperament or condition, and reducing the number of animals that enter our County shelter.
6) Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary Our mission is to provide life-long care for our rescued animals, and to educate the public about humane animal care and practices. We rehabilitate, both physically and psychologically, mistreated animals and, if possible, we will find appropriate homes for them. In an effort to prevent further cruelty to these animals, we educate the public on caring for companion animals as well as on issues concerning farmed animals.