Dancy Fundraiser Burckhalter Elementary Children

Help provide groceries to families heavily impacted by this pandemic. 

Thanks to all the generous donations that we’ve received so far, we’re almost at our $10,000 mark. We’re now raising the bar and setting our NEW GOAL to $20,000 to help 100 low-income families that have been heavily impacted during these hard times. The amount will allow us to provide $100 worth of groceries, twice, to 100 children/families in need. 

How you can help 

Any amount is appreciated.

$100 will support one family's grocery delivery. 

Who We Are and Our Story

My name is Marcel Dancy and I’m a senior at UC Berkeley. Outside the classroom, you’ll find me on the Cal Football field as a running back wearing jersey number 23. My passions and my heart are deeply rooted in the Bay Area community and its people. As a native myself, I have been trying to answer the following question: “How can I best serve those around me?”

 I believe I found the answer.

Combining my love for football and my interest in helping the Bay Area youth, I became a youth football coach and mentor to elementary students 5 years old and above. Through this process, I’ve created special relationships with some wonderful young people. 

During the time that I’ve spent with these young people, I became curious as to what they need. What challenges do their families face? They need what every child needs - love, attention, to feel seen. I can help create as much positive energy as possible around these young people through coaching and mentoring, but I also understand that no child, family, and environment are the same. 

Along the way, it became obvious to me that some of these children were undernourished. I learned that many of them come from single-parent homes and that these mothers and fathers heavily relied on the breakfast and lunch meals provided every day by their school to feed their children. These children have touched my life in the best way and inspired me to take action to help alleviate this problem. Especially NOW, with the closure of schools due to the pandemic. 

This campaign is the first step in my journey to tackle the problem of hunger in our communities. We hope that our partnership with Burckhalter School will not only support the community but also help us learn directly from those in need to create an impactful program.

Candace Balbuena, a teacher at Burckhalter Elementary School and hall of fame Golden Bear invited me to her classroom to spend time with her students. That day I was able to see these young people in action! Believe me when I tell you these kids are truly bright and special. I left her classroom believing that these young people deserve all the support that we can muster. Since then I became determined to make sure that at least their basic needs are taken care of so they can have every advantage possible to succeed in life. 

Make a donation and impact the life of a family!

The current pandemic has only heightened such adversities that current families and children face. Growing up in the Bay Area has shown me how colorful, unique, and deeply rooted our people are and today I ask for your help to alleviate some of the needs for these families. 

Thank you for your support! 

*** Marcel Dancy is also a member of the 2019 AFCA Allstate Good Works Team. The AFCA Allstate Good Works Team honors the efforts of 22 student-athletes and coaches across the nation for their leadership in their communities and commitment to public service.

*** The Intuitive Foundation pledged to match the first $1500 donated.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Marcel Dancy 
Oakland, CA
Candace Balbuena 
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