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“Art in a Box” for Homeless/Houseless Children

For families facing hardships, poverty and homelessness, art supplies are often considered

a “luxury item” that people forgo so they can eat.  This year, we are collecting donations and purchasing art supplies for children who are experiencing homelessness.

 The Rotary Club of Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise is partnering with the Mt. Diablo Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) to provide “Art in a Box” that brings art supplies to students experiencing homelessness in our community.  This is also an opportunity for everyone to make a meaningful contribution to a local young homeless person.

For many years, the Rotary Club of Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise has supported children and families who are vulnerable and living in poverty.  This year the members are collaborating with Mt. Diablo HOPE program to distribute art supplies to students throughout the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. 

 Rotary members developed a product that will bring a ray of happiness and a modicum of solace to as many children as they can reach. Conferences with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Education got the ball rolling, and many meetings later a program was conceived that centered around art and was titled just that: ART IN A BOX.

Art in a Box: Personal size boxes are filled with age-appropriate art supplies to be distributed by Mt. Diablo HOPE.  Each box costs about $30 to produce and is filled with art tablets, construction paper, colored pencils, art erasers, markers, crayons, clay, painting sets, scissors, sharpeners, glue sticks, and even a drawing instruction booklet. Children smile and their eyes light up when they see “Art in a Box” and are overjoyed when they receive one.

 This program depends on contributions.  There is no time limit. As long as there are children in need, the program will proceed throughout the year. To make a meaningful contribution to a local young person, send donations in any amount to:


The Rotary Club of Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise - PO Box 4, Clayton, CA 94517                                             


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