Bay Area Creative kids was founded to enrich children's lives in our community by making the arts accessible to a wider range of children through after school, community, and summer programs, arts advocacy, and community involvement. Although the company is not officially non-profit, we give back to the community through a variety of not-for-profit arts outreach including volunteer work, Arts Now membership, apprentice training opportunities, and needs-based scholarships which help enrich children's lives through the arts.
Our scholarship program is partially funded by interested donors. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please use the link below which will bring you to the Donations secion on our Registration page. Any amount is appreciated and will be used to help a child to experience joy, creative growth, and increased confidence through theater. A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available for our afterschool and summer programs.
Hoppy Helpers provides Easter Baskets to underprivileged children in Solano County including those served by Benicia Community Action Council, Child Haven, Vallejo Together (24 hour resource center for homeless families), and local shelters, among others. You can help!
Community Partners are essential to our operation! Can your group donate materials or completed baskets, hold an assembly event, fundraise, act as a collection or distribution station, fundraise, or organize your own basket drive? If you belong to a group or organization that would like to help, please contact Jennifer at hoppyhelpersCA@gmail.com.
Each basket should include the following:
· Stuffed animal (new)
· Chocolate bunny
· Small toy(s) and/or art supplies
· Book, Journal, or colloring book
· Bubbles or bubble toy
· Plastic eggs with candy or stickers*
· Easter grass*
· Basket bag
Items with an * are not currently needed due to a large donation!
Donations can be dropped off at Estey Real Estate and Elisa's Closet in downtown Benicia. Donations are also accepted by some of our other community partners including girl scout troops, churches, Love Is (In Vallejo), and other local businesses and organizations . Please contact hoppyhelperCA@gmail.com to find a donation partner near you.
We held two public basket building event for 2019 on April 7 and April 12. More events were held by our community partners. Together we built over 275 baskets this year!
Hoppy Helpers distributed 300 baskets to children in need in 2019-- that's a lot of bunnies! We are now Tpurchasing and accepting donationshis is when we look for plush bunnies and other stuffed animals while they are onsale after Easter. If you would like to join our Bunny Hunt and drop off your finds, please email us. If you'd rather we did the shopping, you can donate using the link below .
Hoppy Helpers is a 100% volunteer led organization, so all financial contributions go directly towards the purchase and distribution of baskets to the children we serve.
Benicia CAC, St Vincent de Paul (Benicia), Child Haven (Vallejo/Fairfield), Alternative Family Services (Vallejo), Vallejo Together, Vallejo Pioneers, J Cole Recovery Services
Estey RE and Eliza's Closet on 1st St inDowntown Benicia
Love Is, Aces Cracked Entertainment, Another Chapter, National Charity League (Benicia Chapter), BHS Red Cross Club, Girl Scouts of America (several troops),
St Paul's Episcopal Church, Southampton Pool Club, First Baptist Church (Benicia), and the Benicia Fire Department
Each year some of our talented volunteers create the special notes from the Easter Bunny that are tied on to each basket, Special thanks to the ladies from the Benicia Senior Center Craft Group who created 120 tags for us this year!
We welcome and appreciate all of our volunteers! Special thanks this year to Kim Ross, Natalie Stauffer, and Karina Parada