Coats for Kids: Alameda County Office of Education Staff Gives to OneChild
In this season of giving, the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) partnered with local East Bay charity, OneChild, to gather warm coats for children in Alameda County. Led by the vision of Alameda County Board of Education President Eileen McDonald and Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe, ACOE staff collected brand new coats to be donated to youth in kindergarten through twelfth grades.
Board President Eileen McDonald initially suggested that ACOE partner with OneChild. She stated, “I love the mission of OneChild to support Alameda County families by focusing on building self-worth and self-esteem. Having a new coat to call your own can have a big impact on a child emotionally and physically and I am just thrilled to have helped raise awareness and support for families in need this holiday season.”
OneChild is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth with new clothing and school supplies. The main goal of the organization is to promote self-esteem in underprivileged children so that they may appreciate their individual worth. The family-run organization was the vision of matriarch Bernadine Dutra, who, having grown up in poverty, was teased as a child for wearing used clothing. She created OneChild with the goal of offering families dignity in receiving donations by providing them with individualized shopping sessions for brand new items at the OneChild store, in order to prevent children and families from enduring the humiliation she felt as a child. OneChild began in Fremont and now serves families throughout the Bay Area.
Superintendent Monroe commented, “We were excited to have ACOE staff involved in this effort. The coats donated will help students in need, while the message of supporting a child’s self-esteem with fundamental items has further inspired our staff in their daily commitment to Alameda County’s children.”
Bernadine Dutra, Founder OneChild with Eileen McDonald, Alameda County Board of Education President.
(l to r) Bernadine Dutra, Eileen McDonald, L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, Tony Dutra, CEO OneChild.
Better Homes & Gardens Fundraiser July 15, 2016
- Live Music
- Raffle Prizes
- Food Trucks
- Beer & Wine
- And Much More…
Friday, July 15, 2016
Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie
43430 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94539
We are so grateful that over $15,000 was raised on our behalf! Special thanks to committee members:
- Surinder Gill
- Amandeep Gill
- Joe Rosa
- Joe Furtado
- Hilda Furtado
- Eliane Selwan
- Selma Michael
Please join Bernie Dutra and her many friends to celebrate the 15th year of service in support of the continuing growth of her dream foundation, OneChild.
This year’s event will be held at Spin-a-Yarn, 45915 Warm Springs Blvd., in Fremont. $50 per ticket. Please direct questions to Tony Dutra, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-353-9984 x3.
You can mail your check to our office at 1900 Mowry Ave. Suite 103, Fremont, CA 94538 or pay with PayPal.
East Bay Community Foundation Day of Giving
DRYCO Construction Hike for Mankind
May 9, 2015 – OneChild will be the recipient of donations from DRYCO Construction’s annual “Hike for Mankind.” Learn more about the event and sign up to participate.
Despeaux Good Works Fund
In March 2015, OneChild was honored to participate in The Despeaux Good Works Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation. The grant was to be matched on a 1-to-1 basis, up to $5000. With the tremendous support of OneChild donors, we were able to raise $5000 and have our donations matched.
Boris and Vera Bogart Foundation Grant
In October 2014, OneChild was awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Boris and Vera Bogart Foundation. These funds allowed the purchase of backpacks, books and new clothing for children to shop at OneChild. Boris & Vera established this foundation to help make a positive influence in the lives of under-served youth, and this donation will make a huge difference in many lives
Please join Bernie Dutra and her many friends to celebrate the 13th year of service in support of the continuing growth of her dream foundation, OneChild.
There will be hot dogs, salads, nachos, ice cream and more; including must-have raffle and silent auction items and amazing entertainment throughout the evening!
Our new address is 1900 Mowry Ave., Suite 103 – just down the street from our former location.
We were so happy to have many of our friends and long-time supporters in attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at our new location on November 14, 2013. Your support is what makes all of this possible!
Our new location will allow us to serve more clients, in a warm, friendly, spacious environment with private dressing rooms, and ample room for children and families to browse through the racks of clothing.
We were thrilled to receive a generous $500 donation from Aida Pisano, who recently opened her new State Farm office here in Fremont.
We love our new room which is all set up with a wide variety of new backpacks, books and school supplies – we couldn’t provide these “extras” without the help of so many. Thanks to everyone for making this possible.
DRYCO Construction Hike for Mankind
On May 11, 2013, DRYCO Construction, Inc. hosted a hike to the top of Mission Peak to raise funds for OneChild. It was a beautiful day and the 49 hikers that made the trek up the mountain are each having NEW backpacks dontaed to ONeChild on their behalf. After finishing, the hikers headed back to DRYCO headquarters and met up with others for a post-hike barbeque. All of those that participated in the barbeque are having $25 Payless Shoes gift cards donated on their behalf. All in all, close to $2500 in goods and gift cards were raised for OneChild!
State of the Assembly District Address & Awards Ceremony
The awards ceremony was held on December 15, 2011 at James Logan High School, in Union City.
October 5, 2008 – 49ers Announce Winner of Community QB Award
Community heroes honored at luncheon in San Mateo
Santa Clara, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers announced that Bernadine Dutra, founder and president of OneChild, is the winner of the 2008 49ers Community Quarterback Award. In honor of her contributions to the community, NFL Charities presented a $10,000 grant to Dutra at a team luncheon in San Mateo, hosted by former 49ers quarterback Steve Bono.
Recognition of Bernie Dutra and OneChild’s efforts include:
- AT&T Community Award
- Western Digital Community Award
- Citizens for a Better Community, Citizen of the Year Award
- San Francisco 49ers Community Award
- Heroes in Education, California Lottery
- “Women Who Inspire Confidence Through Education,” Maybelline, NY, featured in People Magazine
- Jefferson Award, CBS, Channel 5