ABC's Backpack Fundraiser to Benefit Samaritan House's Back to School Backpack Drive

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On Saturday June 22, 2019 from 5:00 - 6:45pm please join us for our Back-To-School Backpack event to benefit Samaritan House's annual Back-to-School Backpack drive. This will be ABC's second year organizing this fun, family friendly event, where your kids get to play on a fabulous play structure and eat pizza and cupcakes, all while raising money and awareness for an amazing cause - the need for new backpacks and school supplies for underpriviliged youth in the Bay Area. At our last backpack drive we raised over $600 and received donations of 35 new backpacks, as well as various school supplies. We are hoping to exceed those numbers this year and involve even more families! If you are interested in helping to organize this fun event, or would like to attend with your family, please contact info@abcoutreach.org for more information. Click here to see Samaritan House's heartwarming video about their annual backpack drive and how it affects the kids who get these necessary supplies and their families.




ABC - Attorneys Bettering the Community was started in November 2009 by five friends, all recent alumni from UC Hastings and Stanford law schools, searching for a way to connect with other attorneys while working to improve the communities in which they live. Our mission is to bring attorneys out of their offices and into their communities to assist those in need.

Our organization focuses on a wide range of community service projects and would love your suggestions. We are currently recruiting members. If you are a legal professional looking for a way to help out in your community and think you might be interested in joining our organization, send us an e-mail at info@abcoutreach.org so we can keep you informed about our group.

ABC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with headquarters in San Mateo County California (see our non-profit approval letter here). This means that all donations are tax deductible!

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

- Winston Churchill

Recent Projects

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Although the past several years have been relatively slow for us due to various family commitments of our board members (the majority of our board members now have young children), ABC volunteers still managed to work with some of our favorite local non-profits to make a difference in our communities as well as host our annual Holiday Care Packages Event each year in December. Below are some highlights from past years:

On December 17, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at UC Hastings College of the Law ABC volunteers got together for our 10th consecutive year (an entire decade!) to assemble and distribute holiday care packages to the homeless in the Tenderloin region of San Francisco. Each care package included items such as a poncho, hat, gloves, scarf, fleece blanket, body lotion, chapstick, hand sanitizer, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, snacks, holiday candy and a holiday card. Each year these care packages bring smiles to a lot of the homeless living on the street or in shelters in the immediate area, and this year was no exception. Our volunteers enjoyed mulled wine, pizza and holiday cookies as we worked to assemble and then distribute the 360 care packages and sleeping bags we were able to create this year, thanks to our wonderful donors and volunteers. 

On Saturday June 3, 2017 at La Petite Playhouse in Redwood City, ABC volunteers hosted a family party and collected donations, school supplies, and new backpacks to support Samaritan House's annual back-to-school backpack drive. Each year Samaritan House, a non-profit located in San Mateo, holds a backpack drive and collects and distributes hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to low-income youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. We had a great turnout and managed to collect 35 backpacks, 12 sharpie highlighters, 2 spiral notebooks, 60 glue sticks, 12 packs of crayons, 4 pencil cases, and approximately $627 in monetary donations! Everyone had a blast at the party (especially the kids who got to play on the huge play structure and enjoy pizza and cupcakes in the party room afterwards). We are hoping to make this a yearly event.

On May 2, 2015, ABC volunteers also came out to help with Community Gatepath's annual touch-a-truck event. Community Gatepath is an organization that provides education, training, and resources to children and adults with disabilities in the Bay Area. This event is a fundraiser for their organization where kids of all ages get to explore fire trucks, police cars and trucks, ambulances, etc. Volunteers help setup, clean up, help with trucks, arts and crafts, snack shack, check in, and t-shirt sales.

On May 7, 2014, ABC volunteers worked with non-profit Surfrider to help clean up Ocean Beach in San Francisco. We enjoyed a beautiful day on the beach and left it looking better than when we arrived.

On Saturday August 3, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. ABC volunteers assisted at Community Gatepath's annual Inside and Out Sidewalk Sale, where we helped ring up customers and wrap items for this phenomenal sidewalk sale with proceeds going to funding some of Community Gatepath's amazing programs for children and adults with disabilities.

On November 6, 2013 at 5:30 our volunteers also worked with Meals On Wheels to create holiday cards to be included in their meal deliveries over the holiday season. We handmade 75 cards to distribute to the homebound seniors who are part of their much needed program in the San Francisco area. Thank you to the firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for letting us use their conference room for this fun activity.

The above events have been great opportunities for our members to connect with their communities and each other in a unique way. We hope more volunteers (attorneys, their families and friends) will join us in 2019!




Recent Press

Focus on Torts

2019 Calendar of Events

The Firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger (one of our biggest sponsors and a constant source of attorney volunteers at ABC events) has again spotlighted ABC in its most recent issue of "Focus On Torts." Thank you Walkup! The information about ABC appears on page four - read it by clicking here.  

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