20th Year Backpack Give-a-way

The Lend A Hand Foundation (LAHF) provided over 6,900 backpacks to impoverished youth. Eligible students are primarily enrolled in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP). LAHF's yearly goal is to make sure at least 5,000 students are served.  As of August 2018, the organization has provided over 81,900 backpacks filled with supplies.  Of course none of this could happen without the support of its partners.


Did you know that in Oakland alone, there are over 35,000 students that are enrolled in the FRLP?


LAHF works closely with many corporations and businesses to have a successful giving each year. The event is typically held on the last Saturday of August.  The goal is to obtain as many sponsors, co-sponsors, and supporters as possible early on in the year in order to commit to providing  at least 5,000 youth with backpacks and supplies yearly.  LAHF also works closely with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and with the Transitional Students and Families Unit to help with families living in unstable conditions.  We covered over 15 schools in 2018.   Wouldn't it be great to make sure all children have the tools they need to learn.  


LAHF because of its partnership with K to College (Supplybank.org) and Give Something Back (GSB) is now able to streamline the process making it an easier project for all involved and done in an efficient manner.  All students ready.  Generally there is a kickoff event the first week in August; recruit volunteers for any special ceremonies that need to be held at schools or others sites, and then get it all done with everyone feeling that they have reached the goals in making a difference in the life of others.


Sometimes there are over 100 volunteers on site to make it all happen.  We are so grateful for all of the partnerships. UPS has been with LAHF since the beginning, GSB right behind them to Wells Fargo, Safeway, PG&E, Kaiser, and Oracle.  Fenton's Creamery prepares a special sundae for LAHF where customers can help reaching the goal by purchasing the sundae which will allow for a percentage to go toward the project.  Yes, it is a massive community effort.  Take a look at some of our photos seeing our community partnerships in action.  To name others who have paved the way for many children to have the tools they need to learn are: Hon. Larry Reid, Hon. Keith Carson, Hon. Nate Miley, Hon. Wilma Chan, Southwest Airlines, Kazan McClain Partners' Foundation, United Business Bank, Boxer & Gerson, Local 304, and other businesses and individuals..We thank you but our YOUTH thank you more!


Our youth deserve to have the tools needed to be equipped for every new school year.  Students who aren’t given the necessary school supplies (such as a binder, pencils, plenty of paper, and a backpack to carry them in) can become frustrated and have a difficult time in class. Readily available school supplies let students and teachers focus on what’s really important: learning.  Again, there are approximately 35,000 plus low income youth in Oakland alone who are in dire need of support.


Even though the Annual Back to School Give away is our signature event, we also provide   a means to obtain additional basic needs such as a bus pass, nutritional snacks, clothing, toiletries, shoes, mentoring and tutoring resources, and other items that can help youth stay in school.  We also offer life skills workshops to help guide and empower youth.


  1. Adopt a School: you can choose to adopt a school providing the necessary supplies through a campaign within your company.  It would be your option to choose a school, and/or at your convenience hold a back to school collection drive.  And you are invited to engage in the process before and during the actual day of the giveaway.

  2. Partner for particular needed supplies: if you cannot adopt a whole school, consider a partial adoption or even smaller.  Collect designated school supplies (such as 200 binders, 200 packages of filler paper, and 200 boxes of pens/pencils) through donations or monetary support.

  3. Monetary Support:  the funds obtained are used to purchase the supplies to fulfill as many needs as possible.  Through bulk buying, your money goes further to get needed backpacks, paper, pens and other items.

Coming Soon:  19th Annual Holiday Celebration



This year's event will be held on December 15th providing over 200 children, 50 teens, and families with a joyous holiday celebration...with YOUR HELP!

Imagine a room with large round tables covered with decorative table cloths, a stage covered with bags of gifts, a delicious buffet lunch, entertainment, a lot of love, and Santa Claus.  This and more will take place because of YOU!


We still need help to make this successful.  Our

current supporters are:  Kazan McClain Partners' Foundation,  The Iron Souls, Ernst and Young, and Family Giving Tree.   We are hoping to get supporters to purchase coats, pajamas, and other warm items  for children 1 to 11.    THANK YOU!

Stay in School Program – Ongoin​g


Stay tuned for our new and innovative thinkers coming on board soon to develop additional programs and services that will serve many children, youth, and families.


We are continuing to look for partners to help us to empower our youth to stay in school and become the best they can be. 


Donations are always welcome.  THANK YOU!


Upcoming Projects

For over 19 years, LAHF has provided programs and services to youth and families residing in transitional housing facilities and other impoverished youth. In Alameda County, our sources say there are over 6,000 students identified under the McKinney-Vento program (homeless). This includes students living in shelters, transitional housing, hotels/motels, or living doubled up with other friends or families because they lost their housing.



The SIS Program offers incentives to students to stay in school, improve their attendance, grades, and participation, graduate, and contribute to the community. The program is designed to help build self-esteem and confidence by learning how to make good and healthy life choices.


The structure of the SIS Program includes helping to eliminate barriers that keep students from getting to school, participating in, and achieving their goals to become amazing achievers.   LAHF offers programs and services that will empower youth to stay in school including our Life Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Teen Cotillion.  LAHF also has a scholarship program, youth activities, and much more.   Youth engage in community giving project as well.   Stay In Schook Program Youth also provide valuable information to the Board of Directors how to better serve their needs so they can become successful.  

Here is a little history of the back school program and how many youth were served each year:  
  2017 - 10,000; 2016 - 11,000+; 2015 - 5,075; 2014 - 5,300+;   2013 - 4,500+; 2012 - 9,675;  2011 - 2010 – 10,025;   2009 – 4,300+; 2008 – 3,800; 2007 – 5,000+;   2006 – 3,200+; 2005 – 1,500; 2004 – 1,200;   2003 – 800; 2002 – 400; 2001 – 300;
  2,000 – 200; 1999 – 200

We have seen a disturbing trend: the truancy and drop-out rate among these students is extremely high. To help address this trend the LAHF launched a new program “Stay In School” (SIS) in June 2011.


  • Volunteer prior to the event by doing inventory, marking boxes where supplies are to go; color code boxes. 

  • Volunteer on the day of the event by being in charge of your own school; possibly provide transportation or help with transporting the supplies to the school.

  • Possibly participating in helping to give out school supplies at the school you adopt, assist in scheduling a date and time that will work for all. 

Stuffing Events

Monetary Support

(see sponsorship levels)

Adopt a school (300 to 500 students)=$5,000 to $7,500 for backpacks, supplies and other expenses.  Backpacks (good quality) have increased from $7 to $10 for the large and $5 to $6 for the small; supplies are from $8 to $10 per backpack.

Giving Opportunities

Support the Stay in School Program

The Stay In School Program was designed to help eliminate as many barriers as possible that keep students from getting to and staying in school.  Barriers can make studying, participating, attending and more very difficult.  Our goal is to help wherever we can.  Barriers can be:

  • Clothing/Uniforms, Shoes,   special needs, nutritional snacks, transportation, tutoring and mentoring resources

  • Life Skills Workshops and other support are also offered


​Through the Stay In School Program,  LAHF is providing financial literacy and other workshops.  The financial literacy workshop will  teach youth about the importance of understanding basic financial concepts that will help them manage and plan their positive financial health.


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8105 Capwell Drive, Oakland CA 94621