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BOSS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. BOSS’s tax ID number is 51-0173390.

Black Pine Circle School students came out to the Ursula Sherman Village with Santa and Elves
Black Pine Circle School students with Santa, the elves & BOSS kids


Yes it is almost that time of year again!

As we do each year, BOSS is starting to organize and support community collections of gifts (for children, youth, and adults – all ages!), holiday trees and decorations, rain gear, sleeping bags, backpacks, blankets, linens, toiletries, towels, and new socks.

To organize a holiday collection, contact Gwen Austin at or 5150.649.1930 x 1001. Thank you!



If you would like to donate any of the listed items, or have questions about items not listed below, please contact Gwen Austin at either  (510) 649-1930 x 1001 or 


A BOSS CTEC participant interviewing at a job fair wearing clothes donated for the employment programs
  • Cold Weather Wear – new or gently used
    • Rain Ponchos, coats, both men’s (preferably large sizes) & women’s
  • Work-Ready Clothing – new or gently used
    • Men’s Clothing items (jackets, pants – preferably large, belts, shoes)
    • Women’s Clothing Items (jackets, pants, shoes
  • Socks – new only please (men’s & women’s, casual or dress)
  • Scrubs, pajamas, sweat pants and shirts – preferably in larger sizes

 Linens & Household Goods

  • Blankets, Comforters, and Sleeping Bags (new or gently used)
  • Towels
  • Kitchen Goods: dishes, flatware, cups/glasses, pots/pans/bakeware, knives and cooking utensils, small appliances

Furniture & Appliances

  • TVs – small or large
  • Table and Floor lamps
  • Area rugs
  • Leather couches and chairs
  • Refrigerators – full size

Toiletries – new and unopened only please

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap, lotions, deodorant, razers
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Hair Brushes and Combs
  • Toilet Paper & Cleaning Supplies


  • Waterproof Tarps
  • Backpacks – new or gently used
  • Storage Space – so that we can accept more donations!
  • A Working Vehicle – preferably a van or larger pickup truck
  • Working Laptops and Computers
  • Arts & Craft Supplies
  • Office Supplies: paper, pens, pads, binders, etc.

Please contact Gwen Austin at (510) 649-1930 x 1001 or to arrange a donation!

BOSS staff receiving donations

Other Ways to Donate:


  • OnlineUse this option to set up a recurring donation of any size or frequency! Donate general support or designate your gift for a specific program
  • Monthly giving: Even small monthly gifts really add up over time! Set up a monthly gift of any size using the link above.
  • Mail: 1918 University Avenue, Suite 2A, Berkeley, CA 94704.
  • Paypal: Use email address  “”.
  • In person: Drop off donations at the above address, M-F 9 am-5 pm.‘In honor of’ gifts: Ask folks to donate to BOSS in honor of a birthday, holiday, wedding, or bat/bar mitzvah! We will send special thank-you cards to all donors, and can provide brochures for your event.

Planned Giving

  • Leave BOSS in your will! All you need is our name, address (1918 University Ave. #2A, Berkeley, CA 94704) and tax ID# (51-0173390). Share this information with whoever is preparing your document.
  • Leave a legacy of life-changing support. Besides wills, there are many other vehicles for legacy gifts that will help changes lives even after you are gone. Download the BOSS planned giving flyer!

CrowdRise campaigns

  • Rising Stars: Donate to scholarships for homeless and low-income youth that are awarded annually at our Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala!
  • Meekland Makeover project: Help us makeover the living units and community room for homeless Transition Age Youth (age 18-24) who are rebuilding their lives!

Stocks & goods

  • NO DROP-OFFS: We are so grateful for your donations, but we do not have space or need for all the items we are offered. Please do not drop off your items at any BOSS sites – we screen all donations centrally: contact Gwen at (510) 649-1930 x 1001,, to see if we can use the items at this time!
  • Stocks: BOSS has an account at Schwab (acct#5498-2633, DTC# 0164) so you can donate stock any time. Charitable Gift Transfer Form (LOA)
  • Long-term giving: Bequests, life insurance, retirement plans or charitable trusts with BOSS as beneficiary can provide legacy support for poor people in your name. If you have named BOSS in your will, we would love to share your story in our newsletter! Please contact Christine at (510) 649-1930 x 1003.
  • Cars: Volunteers of America accepts donated cars for BOSS: 1-800-559-5458.They will pick up the car, process the sale and paperwork, and send a contribution to BOSS.
  • BART tickets: Donate your tiny unused BART tickets to BOSS! Mail or drop off at: 2065 Kittredge St., Ste. E, Berkeley, CA 94704.
  • Collections: Collect toiletries & towels, linens & blankets, and other needed items with your school, office, group, or club. To donate in-kind goods, contact Gwen at (510) 649-1930 x 1001.

Online services

  • AmazonSmile: Select BOSS as your charity and 0.5% of everything you buy on Amazon will be donated to BOSS!
  • Shopping mall and search engine with over 800 stores. You can download a banner for your browser so that every time you visit paricipating sites, any shopping proceeds are automatically routed to BOSS!
  • GoodSearch/GoodShop: Shopping mall and search engine with over 1,500 stores.
  • eBay Giving Works: Sell your stuff on eBay to benefit BOSS – designated BOSS as your chosen charity.

Workplace Giving

BOSS is a member of the Bay Area Black United Fund. If your workplace hosts other charitable federatioCFC logons, you can still write BOSS in as your donation recipient. BOSS is also Combined Federal Campaign-approved charity (CFC code 29959). Ask your employer if they have a gift matching program!

If you would like a BOSS speaker to come to your workplace or group, please contact Sonja at (510) 649-1930 x 1008.

BOSS Art Cards

Over the years homeless children in BOSS housing have made beautiful art while working in our after-school Children’s Learning Center. Blank cards with some of this artwork is available for purchase – a pack of 10 cards for $10 (including envelopes). The art in each pack is randomly mixed.

Funds raised through card sales support the Children’s Learning Center – Thank you!