Helping EFC's Families and Children

Education for Change educates approximately 3,000 children across seven schools in East Oakland, 90% of whom qualify for free and reduced lunch.  We serve families and children who were already struggling for housing, employment, healthcare, access... and this pandemic will be devastating for them.

Why is this so urgent?

Many of our families face so many challenges to access, and we at EFC are worried they won't be able to access these other funds because they are homeless, don't have internet, won't know where to access those resources, can't complete a form in English or Spanish or are simply scared to reach out and share information about themselves.  Many of the existing resources, including the federal bailout, will not be accessible to many of our undocumented and homeless families.
We know every single family in our network personally.  Our families will reach out to us if they are struggling.  We can get resources to them quickly, and we can ensure our most high-need families are prioritized.  Two weeks into Shelter-In-Place, we are already hearing from dozens of families whose phones have been shut off, who are unable to feed their children, and who are unable to buy necessary medications.

How is EFC already supporting their families?

Education for Change has distributed comprehensive learning packets to all students; has distributed laptops to all families; are distributing hotspots to families without WIFI; have teachers reaching out daily to students and families to provide feedback and coach students on the  online adaptive programs and the packets; are ensuring families have access to meals and groceries (through citywide partners); and are connecting families to other critical health, employment, and housing resources.  We have partnered with OUSD to ensure families have access to school meals.

What specifically will these dollars fund?

100% of these dollars will go directly to families in need - groceries, gas, childcare support, healthcare costs, etc.  We will provide these funds through Visa gift cards and by paying bills directly as appropriate.


  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 10 d
  • Emmanuel Eshun 
    • $70 
    • 15 d
  • Michael Cameron 
    • $40 
    • 21 d
  • John Burk 
    • $500 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 1 mo
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Hae-Sin Thomas 
Oakland, CA
Education for Change Inc. 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
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