Dear CESC Community Member,

Discouraged with the focus on consumerism of this time of year? Join the movement of #GivingTuesday. Instead of buying things, take this opportunity to become aware of the needs of others and, if you have the resources, to make a donation to a cause or an organization.

Low-income seniors are among those with the greatest needs. Everyone deserves a safe and healthy home, yet in Alameda County, 45,000 homes have moderate to severe physical problems. Many residents lack the knowledge, strength or resources to make needed repairs, especially seniors on fixed incomes who may additionally be wary of strangers coming to their homes. The result is unsafe structures that are dangerous to live in. CESC’s Home Repair Program makes homes safer and healthier for seniors who are having a hard time keeping up with repairs. It provides critical health and safety home repairs for low-income seniors at no charge. This program is a strategic intervention for seniors that helps create safe, healthy housing, making clients more resilient.

Help us serve more low-income seniors in 2017 with a donation, large or small. Your generous gift increases the number of households we are able to reach and helps Oakland seniors take care of their homes for their continued health and safety, peace of mind, and dignity.

We also welcome donations to support our general mission to promote resource conservation and safety by providing building improvements and education where the Bay Area lives and works. Our vision is a community living and working in safe, efficient buildings and empowered to conserve energy and other resources.

Thank you for being a part of our community and for thinking about the neediest among us this #GivingTuesday.

Warmest regards,

Martin Bond

CESC Executive Director