This Father’s Day, honor your father by participating in All for You Dad, a campaign to help our families. From June 11-18, 2018, All for You Dad asks mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, and caregivers to make a donation to BANANAS and give a gift with a lasting impact.

When you donate to BANANAS, you help us support families so that parents can go to work or attend school, while their children are exposed to social and learning experiences in child care. Every day, we work with families in Alameda County and help them choose the best care for their child by offering child care referrals and resources. We assist parents with paying for child care and offer parent education, support groups, and playgroups. We consider it a privilege to offer support to families, especially when we know it is going to change lives.

Inti with his Children

Inti Fernandez aspires to be a good father, a superhero to his two children. In addition to raising his kids alone, Inti is pursuing his dream job of becoming a visual designer. For a long time, he struggled to find an affordable child care program for his children. He needed child care so that he could go to work, support his family, and attend court hearings to secure custody of his kids. Being a single father was tough and he had to take more than one job to make ends meet. “I made some money but not enough to pay for my family’s basic needs. I worked very hard to keep a smile on my children’s faces,” says Inti.

Thankfully, Inti’s friend introduced him to BANANAS services. After an initial phone appointment, he met with one of our alternative payment counselors to discuss his situation and learn about available child care subsidy programs. Michelle, our counselor helped Inti by enrolling his kids in one of our Alternative Payment Program through which they received full-time child care services. The counselor also shared information about free workshops and events that are available for families. Inti’s family got the opportunity to visit the BANANAS Boutique and look for clothing, toys, and books. While his kids continued to thrive in a safe and loving environment, Inti can focus on growing professionally at his job. “Being a single parent is challenging, but things have turned out well for me. I’m very appreciative of the support my family has received from BANANAS,” he says.

Each family’s situation is unique, and we seek to provide the care and services that fit their needs. When we connect parents to the resources they need, we build a foundation of success for children. Your gift will directly impact the lives of children and families. It is extremely important for our community.

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