ABC's Back-to-School Backpack Fundraiser Benefitting Samaritan House

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On Saturday June 3, 2017 from 5:00-6:45 p.m. at La Petite Playhouse in Redwood City, ABC volunteers will be hosting a family party and collecting donations 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. Anyone who would like to support this amazing cause is invited to come and enjoy the awesome play structure, a pizza dinner, yummy dessert, and to support Samaritan House in achieving its goal of collecting 850 backpacks this year.

The cost to attend is $20 per person, and we are asking that each family bring one or more new backpacks to donate to the backpack drive. We will also be collecting additional monetary donations at the event. Please RSVP by May 25, 2017 to and include the number of children (including their ages) and adults attending. Note there is a limit to the total number of participants for fire code reasons, so make sure to reserve your spot ASAP! The playstructure is only suitable for children under 10 years old, just FYI. We look forward to seeing you all there! 

Click here to see a video of Samaritan House's amazing backpack drive and give away from 2016.



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 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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Community Gatepath, Meals on Wheels, and Other Events:

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:

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.

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 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.

The above events, plus our annual Holiday Care Packages Event we put on each December, 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 2016!




Recent Press

Focus on Torts

2017 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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