"Our ELA scores went UP last year [with the writer coaches]. Don't you think this made a difference? I do! maybe if more contributions are made, both of my needier English classes may have this privilege." --Carol Renee, English teacher, Portola Middle School, El Cerrito
Other Ways to Give
It says a lot when more than 700 community volunteers jump into your program as writer coaches. But it says even more when they also write donation checks and ask how else they can help. We’re powered every day by this astonishing spirit, and the students and teachers we serve reap the benefits.
Volunteer support and donations, along with foundation grants and school funding, pay for all the work it takes to place our coaches in classrooms. We have no program without these volunteer contributions. And we make every ounce of effort and every penny count.
You’ll see orange Donate buttons throughout our website. In this Support section, you’ll find information about the specific events and campaigns through which our supporters can donate — our annual Read-and-Write-a-thon, author events, our Oliver Ranch art tours and our online Gift Catalogue, to name a few.
But what are some other ways to give besides coaching or cash donations?
Make a planned gift while you are living
Purchase with Proceeds to CAFL
When you designate Community Alliance for Learning (the nonprofit parent of WriterCoach Connection) through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase price on anything you buy there will go to support WCC. It's easy. Instead of logging onto Amazon.com, log onto smile.amazon.com and designate Community Alliance for Learning for the rebate. After that, the site will remember that we're your designated charity.
It's especially helpful for WriterCoach Connection when you buy big-ticket items through AmazonSmile or other stores with which we may register. But, most especially, don't forget to support your local booksellers, — they are indispensable partners for all of us in building literacy!
Donate Your Vehicle
Our parent organization, Community Alliance for Learning, and our WriterCoach Connection program, can realize as much as 80 percent of the auction price when you donate your vehicle to charity. Auction City will pick up your car without charge when you call 1.800.574.0888 or fill out their online donation contact form.
Our friends and volunteers bring an abundance of talent to our organization, and they find creative ways to support us. For example:
Portola Middle School coach Linda Moran raised funds for WriterCoach Connection with her participation in the Sing for America Chorus.
Joe Christiano and his First Person Singular organization produce annual Valentine-themed benefits, called I’m with Cupid, for WriterCoach Connection.
Volunteer for the Organization
We are a lean organization and can use your expertise in numerous ways — everything from writing newsletter articles to technical support (such as consulting on our Salesforce database) to becoming a Board member to helping staff a volunteer-recruiting booth at a community event. If you’d like to help, please contact us at 510.524.2319 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We are so thankful for your support, any way you can offer it!