About the fund

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - BAY AREA -

For the past 32 years, The Chron­i­cle’s Season of Shar­ing Fund has helped more than 150,000 Bay Area in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies fac­ing un­ex­pected life crises. The idea of neigh­bors help­ing neigh­bors was in­tro­duced to The Chron­i­cle in 1986 by the late Wal­ter A. Haas Jr. and Ira Hirschfield, pres­i­dent of the Eve­lyn and Wal­ter Haas Jr. Fund. Since then, the Season of Shar­ing Fund has distributed nearly $130 mil­lion to help those liv­ing in the Bay Area.

Each year, the fund pro­vides tem­po­rary as­sis­tance to about 4,500 in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, al­lo­cat­ing most of its grants for hous­ing needs as well as pay­ing for other crit­i­cal ne­ces­si­ties such as wheel­chairs or es­sen­tial fur­ni­ture for fam­i­lies re­cov­er­ing from fires. Grants are paid di­rectly to the sup­pli­ers of ser­vices, such as land­lords. In­di­vid­u­als do not re­ceive di­rect grants from the Season of Shar­ing Fund.

Ev­ery penny of your do­na­tion goes to help those who need it most. All ex­penses are cov­ered by the Eve­lyn and Wal­ter Haas Jr. Fund and The Chron­i­cle. We are proud to say that since the fund’s in­cep­tion, 100 per­cent of the money raised has gone di­rectly to help the fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties we serve.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.sea­sonof­shar­ing.org

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