It’s that time of year when we write to ask your support for the annual donor campaign for Intertribal Friendship House (IFH), one of oldest Indian Centers in the entire country. This past year has been very important for IFH in building our community, organizational capacity, and diverse and vital programs and we seek now your support to enable us to continue forward in a positive way.
Our dedicated staff and most incredible volunteers have again done a fantastic job on a year of diverse programs. Our many regular activities included dinners and gatherings, monthly elders’ luncheons, food distribution, weekly drum and dance, gardening, classes in making regalia and traditional food, art circles, positive support groups, all our annual seasonal activities, and a hugely successful summer youth cultural program and Youth Council. Our hosting for the protocol gathering of the canoe families here for the historic Alcatraz Canoe Journey was literally packed to overflowing with people, many of them Northwest tribal visitors who shared with us their traditions, songs and ceremony.
In these sadly difficult times we feel truly blessed to own our building and in caring for our facility we purchased a new industrial stove, crucial for serving over 8,000 meals each year, reconfigured our wonderful community garden with new boxes and plantings, and installed a new roof, something on our to do list for a few years!
To help fund our community driven programs we rely heavily on the donor and volunteer support so essential for us to thrive and realize a healthy native community as it is meant to be. We appreciate every single contribution received for we could not do this important work without our donors and volunteers. If you do both, our thanks and appreciation are twofold! For our annual Gala we extend humble thanks to all our event sponsors, youth hosts and servers, to Tommy Orange, Samantha Crane, Michael Horse, Ronald Spencer and all the staff, other volunteers and attendees, including Alice Walker, Noel Gallo, who all helped make the event a great success.
IFH has many new objectives we would like to realize in the coming year and to do so we need the involvement of you all. To keep you abreast of what is happening, please view our videos and regular postings online at our website, www.ifhurbanrez.org. We also have a new email list through mail chimp so if you would like to receive regular announcements of our events please sign up for this on our website.
Generosity is a keystone of native values and we are most appreciative of how this is embraced by our donor community and grateful for those regular supporters who help us every year. If you can help financially, your tax-deductible donation at any level is greatly appreciated. Please send donations to: IFH, 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606, or donate securely online at: www.ifhurbanrez.org. We also welcome bequests, employer matches, monthly contributions, in-kind donations and any other suggestions on revenue ideas. Please contact me if there is a possible income strategy or source you have to share. Best regards and again thanks so much for caring, and for sharing. We are all better as a community because if it. Season’s greetings and blessings to you all.