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Gift Card Drive for MDUSD Homeless Outreach Program
Posted 10/30/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 30, 2019

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / / mobile: 760.705.6919

Mt. Diablo Unified’s Homeless Outreach Program is working to promote happier holidays for homeless and foster youth with gift card drive

Number of homeless students  in the District increasing - up to 488 from 300 a year ago;

Foster Youth remain relatively steady at just over 100

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s (MDUSD) Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) for the Holidays campaign and gift card drive. 

WHEN:  Now through December 1, 2019

WHY:  MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) program is committed to addressing barriers to educational success for homeless students and foster youth and ensuring the educational success of all students in the district. HOPE School Social Workers and other staff work with homeless families and foster youth caregivers to reduce stressors and connect families with needed resources, including housing resources, employment assistance, health care and health insurance, mental health care services, and other supports.  Currently, there are 488 students (TK-12th grade) identified as homeless within MDUSD, up from about 300 a year ago, and 107 foster youth.

Donors can help in the following ways:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to “Mt. Diablo HOPE,” 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519
  • Make a tax-deductible donation by utilizing Venmo under “MDUSD HOPE”
  • Buy gift cards in any amount that enable parents and guardians to select their own items for their children and buy groceries. Department store and grocery store gift cards can be dropped off at the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA, or mailed and dropped off at Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519.  This is our greatest need.  
  • Buy gift cards in the amounts of $25 or $50 from the following businesses and mail/drop off at the HOPE office;  these will be given directly to students so they can purchase something just for themselves:



Old Navy


Movie theaters

Chuck E. Cheese


Generic pre-paid credit cards

Each donation directly benefits homeless students and foster youth.   Donations of any amount are considered generous and are welcome year-round. For additional information, please contact MDUSD’s Student Services Department and School & Community Services program at 925.682.8000 extension X3054 or email

In accordance with the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act (2002) related to homeless students, and AB 490 (2003) related to foster youth, MDUSD School Linked Services staff assist schools, homeless shelters, foster care group home providers, foster parents, and students to enroll students in school immediately; to remain in the school of origin for the duration of time that the student is legally homeless or in foster care, to obtain transportation to/from school, to obtain needed nutrition & free meals at school, and to have access to the same programs and opportunities available to all students, and to ensure that education is provided in the least restrictive environment.  

About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve nearly 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have the only International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Contra Costa County at Ygnacio Valley High School; Oak Grove Middle School is an approved candidate for the IB Middle Years Programme. MDUSD has one of only three middle college programs regionally, our College Now program, enabling high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while also meeting high school graduation requirements. MDUSD also has implemented the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program across the district, K-12.  Learn more at