Thank You Carlean Gharpury
July-September 2014 Feature Volunteer
Our featured volunteer is
Carlean Gharpury. Carlean actively seeks out new ways to help her neighbors in
need. She is an active leader for our Adopt-A-Family & Special Delivery programs
and helps in many other ways. We are grateful for the day she walked through our
"We moved to the Coastside from
New Jersey approximately 9 years ago. At the
time I was a stay at home Mom and was looking for
volunteer work to fill some of my time. I
found out about Coastside Hope during The
Adopt-A-Family program the first winter I was here.
My daughter was a student at Sea Crest School and
each class adopted a family. While I was happy
to shop for Christmas needs I wondered about the
other eleven months of the year when these families
did not get support. What were some gifts that
would meet their needs during the other months of
Cristy Conklin and Tricia Dell
approached me about an idea they had. What if we
found families that wanted to adopt a family for the
whole year and supply them with basic needs like
laundry detergent, toilet paper, personal care items
and cleaning supplies on a monthly basis?
Could we find families that
would be willing to spend between $35 - $50 a month,
shop for their family on a monthly basis and deliver
their supplies to Coastside Hope by the third
Thursday of the month so they could be handed out
along with the monthly food delivery? Out of
this conversation a program called Special Delivery
I signed up immediately and
have been participating in the program ever since.
My husband, daughter and myself sponsor 3 families a
month. I also allow our house to be a drop-off
point HMB and deliver somewhere between 5 - 7 other
families contributions to Coastside Hope each month.
What I have learned is that
most of the families that receive our help work at
least one job and more than likely two. They
are most grateful for the help we supply. We
also have many families that ask how they can get
Special Delivery packages. I would encourage
any of you reading this that would like to
participate to contact Coastside Hope. They
will assign you a family, give you a list of items
the family needs and for a little money and some
time you too can make a major difference in
I am working now, so I
don't have as much time to volunteer. If you want
to spend a productive afternoon, head up to the
harbour on the 3rd Thursday of the month and help
with the food distribution. Extra hands are always
welcome. Contact Coastside Hope for directions and
- Carlean Gharpury
Executive Director Fatima Soares' lifetime service to community recognized
by induction to Women's Hall of Fame.
Coastside Hope is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency food, clothing, shelter, and other safety net services since 1976. Demand for our services has grown significantly as a result of the recession of 2008-2009 and the ongoing fallout of the recession.
For example, in Fiscal Year 2013, Coastside Hope distributed 383,000 pounds of food, vs. 156,000 pounds in FY 2008 – an increase of over 145%.
Our mission is to help our neighbors meet their most basic needs while helping every one of us reach our full potential. The key to our success is the generous support of our community and the ever-expanding network of neighbors and community partners who share our vision and commitment to making the difference. Won't you join us in giving hope?
Ways you can help:
Support - provide monthly financial support or give a one-time donation.
- Volunteer - we have an abundance of volunteer opportunities
- Sponsor -Adopt-A-Family for Christmas, or provide a family with supplemental household items such as soap, laundry detergent, etc. on a monthly basis
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Hall of Fame.
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We are located at 99 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, CA.
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P.O. Box 1089,
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