How You Can Help

The Viola Blythe Center is reaching out to the Community for help. In 2011, we served a record number of clients. This number will climb again this year. We are exhausting our donations quickly. The Viola Blythe Center relies on the generosity of residents, schools, service organizations, churches and businesses for volunteers, funds and supplies.

Holiday Programs

During the holiday season, our volunteers coordinate food pick-up and distribution, collect and wrap toys, help at the Children’s Christmas Party and participate in our Adopt-a-Family Program. Volunteers are the backbone of the Viola Blythe Community Service Center. There are many opportunities for volunteering, including serving on the Board of Directors, working at the Center processing requests, sorting food and clothing, stocking shelves, planning holiday activities and coordinating food collection.

S.H.A.R.E.S. – Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education & Sports in our community

S.H.A.R.E.S. CardUse a S.H.A.R.E.S. card when purchasing your groceries – and Viola Blythe organization will then receive the benefits of a quarterly check for up to 3% of the qualified purchases. It’s that easy! Give a call (510) 794-3437 or email to receive a Shares Card. In 2011, The Viola Blythe Center received a check from the SHARES Program in the amount of $205.00. Every purchase counts! The card is  honored at Save Mart, Smart Foods, Food Maxx, and Lucky’s.

Viola Blythe Community Services & Project 51 Partnership

Giving back to the community through real estate!

Viola Blythe & Project 51Buying or selling your home or have any real estate needs? We’d like to introduce you to a brand new fundraising partnership that will bring in thousands of dollars to fund Viola Blythe Community Center programs and services! Download the Project 51 Information Flyer

Project 51, a community giving program initiated by a team of Keller Williams Realtors, commits to donating 51% of the Realtor commission to charities. Buy/sell your home through the Project 51 program, mention “Viola Blythe”, and we will receive 51% of the the proceeds (i.e. $400,000 sale w/ $10,000 commission = $5,100 donation).

This is a significant donation so please take advantage of the program and generosity of this Realtor team and their 30+ years of combined real estate experience. Don’t keep us a secret! Contact program director Christina Tecson ( or Realtor team leader Kenneth Tan (510-505-5555).

Works with home buyers and sellers sharing our interest to give back to the community

Petersen Dean Giving for Living Campaign

Petersen DeanViola Blythe will receive $250-$1000 for every roof or solar system purchased by Newark citizens. “Giving for Living is a practical way to drive funds to great community organizations like Viola Blythe,” says Jim Petersen, CEO and founder of Petersen Dean Roofing and Solar Systems, “We all can’t spend the time or money like the volunteers at Viola Blythe so by participating in our fundraising program, homeowners can help others as a byproduct of their purchase.

Download the “Giving for Living” Information Flyer

Donate Your Car, Motorcycle or Boat

Donate you car, motorcycle or boatDonate your car, motorcycle or boat and show your support for the work of The Viola Blythe Center!

To donate your vehicle fill out our online donation form.

To learn more, read the Frequently Asked Questions.