Giving Back to the Community

Local Spicery is proud to support nonprofit organizations and fundraisers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with in-kind donations.  Below is a little information about some of these organizations:


  • Novato Human Needs Food Bank: "Founded in 1972, as a Marin County 501(c) nonprofit agency, the Novato Human Needs Center assists more than 4,000 community- based resident annually.  Often referred to as the 'heart of Novato,' our Center has been a gathering place for 40 years linking concerned citizens, donors, volunteers, and Novato residents who have specific needs.  As a Marin County nonprofit agency, the NHNC offers a variety of Community Services, Education, and Food programs to support Novato low-income individuals and families."


  • Homeward Bound:  "Homeward Bound of Marin's mission of 'opening doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence' is coupled with a vision that 'everyone deserves a place to call home.' Homeward Bound is Marin County's chief provider of shelter and residential services for homeless families and individuals, serving approximately 1,200 people per year in 14 inter-related residential programs.  Our overarching goal is to end homelessness in Marin County.  To that end, we offer supportive services designed to end homelessness in the life of every person served, whatever their circumstances.  Our residents have built an admirable record of success: in 2012-13, 80% of families served and 81% of adults completing our programs moved to stable housing."


  • Saint Vincent de Paul:  "The Society of St. Vincent de Paul...leads women and men to join offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Fr├ęderic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul."


  • Novato Unified School District: numerous public school fundraisers, including San Marin High School programs, San Ramon Elementary School, and Pleasant Valley Elementary School. 




  • Yu Ming Charter School:  "In its first two years, Yu Ming has set a high standard as the first Mandarin immersion public charter school in the State of California, offering a bilingual education that prepares children of all backgrounds to be multicultural citizens in our fast-changing global economy...With four times as many applicants as spaces for three years running, Yu Ming has built a strong foundation of success from which to grow...We are reaching out to those who value what a world-class Mandarin immersion education offers to our children, our communities, and our economy."


  • Gary Gates Memorial Foundation:  "We are working hard to complete the [Gary Gates softball field] emergency access road, as well as both field and batting cage improvements.  [Donations] will help us achieve these goals as well as provide scholarships to both Novato and San Marin High Schools and support Novato Girls Softball Association."


  • Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise:  "As a Donor, you are helping our club to fund local and international projects such as:
    • Project Vanya- a Russian child with severe birth defects was brought to California and is currently living here while undergoing operations to correct his deformities.  He was recently adopted by a family in the Sacramento area.
    • Annual Smoke Alarm Installation- in participation with the Novato Fire Department, over 800 new smoke alarms have been installed at Novato mobile homes at no cost to the residents.  This project helped us save a life in Novato this year. [2013]
    • St Vincent's School for Boys- proceeds from fundraisers have supported this school, which provides education, counseling, and housing for at-risk boys.
    • Fishing in the City- in partnership with the Novato Parks and Recreation department and the California department of Fish and Game, annual fishing instruction is provided for Novato families at Scottsdale Pond.
    • North Bay Children's Center- Rotarians have supplied materials and labor to provide a toddler garden for this children's center that provides low-income families with quality child care.
    • Literacy in the Schools- Rotarians support literacy in the schools through the Lynwood Family Literacy Program, with tutoring, and funding of materials.  Rotarians also read in classrooms on National Read Across America Day.
    • Uganda Water Project- a joint project with the Rotary Club of Jinja, Uganda to construct 24 water spring wells to bring clean water to the villages.
    • Dictionary Project- in collaboration with the other two Novato Rotary clubs, we provide a hard-bound personal dictionary to every third grader in Novato annually, which includes each third grade in the Novato public and parochial schools.
    • Laws of Life Essay Contest- over 700 High School and Middle School students from Novato participate in this character building essay annual project with a formal awards ceremony and prizes.
    • As a part of Rotary International, we also participate with the World Health Organization and the Bill Gates Foundation to eliminate Polio from the list of world diseases


  • Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset: In Pune, India, near Bombay, the Club provides two basic, nutritious meals a day, five days a week to 200 school children. The program is in its third year and is done in connection with a local Rotary Club. The Club also sponsors a micro loan program to 25 women workers annually in Pune to help them establish small home-based businesses.

    The Club sends used large print, self-help, and reference books to the state prison at Corcoran. This is a major drug treatment facility for California and there has been a particularly important need for this program because of State budget cutbacks.

    Other local programs where the club lends financial support as well as the member's hands and hearts, include the Marin Alzheimer's Assoc.; the San Quentin Children's Center and the Tiburon Blvd. road-side cleanup.