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2020 has been a year like no other. We have all been impacted in one degree or another by an unprecedented health emergency, the most divisive election of our lifetimes, and a nationwide reckoning with the ongoing legacies of racial injustice. However, even amid the uncertainty of these days, there is one thing GLIDE’s community can rely on come November: A chance to once again gather at the Annual Holiday Jam—a much-anticipated evening of celebration, storytelling, music and beloved community benefitting GLIDE programs and services. This year, in keeping with the times, the Holiday Jam will be going virtual! And while we won’t be gathering in one physical space, you can bet it will still be a night of powerful connection and a night to remember.

2020 Annual Holiday Jam Logo

Here are 7 reasons why you should join us to Rise Up for Change at the 2020 GLIDE Holiday Jam!

1. It’s for a good cause! Attend this year’s Holiday Jam and you’ll show your support for an organization that has been transforming lives for nearly 60 years, showing up every day for the most vulnerable in our community. GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program is among our most well-known, offering three free meals a day to anyone in need. But did you know that GLIDE operates a whole range of integrated support programs? We provide daily access to healthcare and harm reduction resources, offer counseling to those struggling with substance use or violent behavior, and operate a center dedicated to the needs of vulnerable children and families, to name but a few of our additional services. As one of the premier human services agencies in San Francisco, GLIDE is a cause worthy of your support!

Staff at the free COVID-19 Tenderloin Community Testing Site

2. GLIDE has continued to offer vital services throughout 2020 and needs your support now more than ever! In the face of the upheavals and uncertainties of the last 10 months, GLIDE has repeatedly stepped up, adapting services to reach more people in need, and expanding advocacy efforts to drive the systemic change that strengthens our communities. Since March, GLIDE has provided up to 15,000 meals a week. We’ve also increased mobile outreach—providing meals, water, health information and screenings, hygiene supplies, and harm reduction services to unhoused and extremely-low-income people at encampments and through partnering community-based organizations across the city. Since July, we’ve offered free COVID-19 testing on site twice a week to help ensure the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable community members. Join us on November 19 and support an organization that truly Walks the Walk, even in the most desperate of times.

Vernon Bush, the GLIDE Ensemble and special guests perform in 2019

3. The Holiday Jam will be a party to remember! GLIDE will welcome an incredible array of musical artists to the 2020 Holiday Jam for a night of brand-new and best-of performances. Between them, our artists boast a huge haul of Grammy Awards and nominations, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, Gold and Platinum records, and multiple top ten–selling singles and albums! Join us as we groove to the powerhouse talents of India.Arie, Joan Baez, Lisa Fischer, Michael Franti, Goapele, Tom Johnston, Ledisi, and D’Wayne Wiggins. And of course the renowned GLIDE Ensemble and The Change Band!

Holiday Jam Performers

4. The Holiday Jam is part of San Francisco’s rich history! Friends and supporters have been gathering to raise funds for GLIDE every November for over 20 years. It has become a San Francisco tradition for Co-Founders Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, and more recently President and CEO Karen Hanrahan, to welcome a host of artists, poets, comedians, and political changemakers to the Holiday Jam stage—while GLIDE family and staff enjoy the show, dining on GLIDE’s famous fried chicken and sharing in the spirit of unconditional love and community. Past attendees include Robin Williams, Maya Angelou, and Bobby McFerrin, to name but a few!

Holiday Jam Attendees
Holiday Jam Performance
Holiday Attendees including Janice Mirikitani and Rev. Cecil Williams

5. Watch the GLIDE Ensemble perform for the first time in 10 months! For six decades the GLIDE Ensemble and The Change Band have brought together those with disparate spiritual paths and life circumstances to sing of liberation, truth-telling, love and hope. Serving as one of the most elemental pillars of the GLIDE community, they have been a feature at every Holiday Jam, and this year will be no exception! Adapting to current public health protocols, the GLIDE Ensemble have recorded a brand-new song, virtually, and will premiere it on November 19! You won’t want to miss this special moment!

6. Post-election, join us for the perfect opportunity to reflect, recharge, and reaffirm our commitment to a more just and equitable world! In one of the most polarizing elections of our time, in the midst of a dark period defined by divisiveness, struggle and fear, millions of voters took to the polls to choose a new path. While it is clear that distrust and divisions remain across our polarized country, it is also clear that we must come together, irrespective of our differences, to begin the restorative and hopeful work of healing. We have much to do to reach that light at the end of the tunnel and there is hard work required in order to reconcile communities, restore social trust and to make meaningful and lasting progress on racial justice. Now is the time to come together to voice our shared values, to celebrate this time of renewal, and to Rise up for Change!

7. The GLIDE Holiday Jam is FREE to all attendees! We want to spread the joy of the Holiday Jam far and wide this year, so we are throwing open the virtual doors and making this incredible program FREE for all! All we ask is that you RSVP ahead of time by visiting out www.glide.org/holidayjam. Of course, we would also gladly accept donations and sponsorships in order to fund our vital work! The dollars you give go directly to providing services for individuals and families in dire need.

The 2020 GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Rise Up for Change will take place on November 19, at 7:00 pm (PST). Visit www.glide.org/holidayjam to RSVP today!

Please consider ordering take-out or purchasing gift cards from these loyal supporters of GLIDE

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard and the financial impact will be felt long after the virus has left. The Hospitality Industry is just one of many that has been hit especially hard with so many local restaurants closing and food service workers losing their jobs. This is a time for the community to come together. We would like to offer support to our partners in their time of need, just as they have supported GLIDE so many times over the years. We ask that you consider supporting the businesses listed below. 

OUR LOYAL SUPPORTERS:

25 LUSK

We are so excited to announce that Rooftop 25 has re-opened for business! We will be open Tuesday–Saturday from noon until close with updated hours in the coming weeks! We are also very excited in the coming months to be partnering again with Theme Dream productions, the team that produced our wildly successful Taste of Thrones pop up last year! We are also live on the CAVIAR platform for both DELIVERY and PICK – UP offering Chef Dolan’s expertly crafted cuisine, red and white wine selections by the bottle, soft drinks and coming soon our specialty cocktails to go!  We wish you all the best and sincerely thank you for your support!

CASA SANCHEZ

Please consider purchasing online products.

CUMAICA

Cafe’s are open for limited hours for take-out. Inquire with the location nearest you for their hours.

EPIC STEAK

EPIC Steak is currently accepting patio reservations! Remember to bring warm clothing for after sunset- our patio is not heated. We are also excited to announce you can bring EPIC home, check out our new pick-up and delivery options!

FARALLON

Please consider purchasing a cookbook or gift card for future use.

HOT COOKIE

Please consider placing a to-go order or purchasing a cookbook or gift card for future use.

HOTEL NIKKO

We’re Open and in this together. In times of uncertainty, count on us for exceptional hospitality.

  • Amenity fees waived and free Wi-Fi
  • In-room dining from 11 am – 8 pm
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout hotel
  • Vigilant cleaning and disinfecting
  • Place a to-go order with Anzu today!

JOHN’S GRILL

John’s Grill is closed, please consider purchasing a gift card for future use on their website.

These are extraordinarily challenging times for our team, so we managers have set up a GoFundMe campaign and hope to raise support for our employees however possible. We feel honored to have had your support for the last many years. We’d love to ask your support in taking care of our hardworking hourly employees. Thank you so much for your time, continued support, and generosity.

MISSION MINIS

DOORS HAVE REOPENED! Open Thursday -Sunday 10am -4pm * with the goal to go back to normal hours ASAP. Open for walk ups, pre orders, take our platforms: Uber eats, Doordash, Postmates.

MENTION “GLIDE” FOR 10% OFF!

NOPA SF

Consider NOPA for dinner! Place an order for individual or family dinners.

PA’INA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

WE WILL BE OPEN FROM 11AM TO 9PM FOR CALL IN PICK UP ORDERS

(415) 829-2642 AND WE WILL CONTINUE OUR DELIVERY SERVICES ON CAVIAR, UBEREATS, GRUBHUB, AND DOORDASH.

ORDER NOW

DONATE TO FEED THE COMMUNITY

DONATE MEALS TO HELP FEED LOCAL FRONTLINE WORKERS & THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19

OR DONATE TO PA’INA STAFF IMPACTED DUE TO COVID-19

PETIT POT

Delicious desserts for delivery! Please consider making a purchase from their online shop.

RUSTY’S SOUTHERN

Consider Rusty’s for dinner! Place an order for individual or family dinners.

TEENYCAKE

Delicious teeny bites and cookie kits. Please consider placing an order for delivery or curbside pick-up.

TONIC BEVERAGE CATERING

Launch of Serpentine Supply and Spirits, more info coming soon…

WATERBAR

Waterbar Steak is currently accepting patio reservations! Remember to bring warm clothing for after sunset — our patio is not heated. We are also excited to announce you can bring Waterbar home, check out our new pick-up and delivery options!

This month GLIDE celebrates the 20th anniversary of the eBay Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett. This exciting annual effort raises funds for GLIDE’s comprehensive programs benefitting some of the most in-need and marginalized San Franciscans. It also represents a special relationship that has only grown stronger with the years—one that includes Mr. Buffett, who first came to GLIDE at the invitation of his late wife Susie Buffett, and also our friends at eBay.

“There’s plenty of good things to do in the world with money,” notes Mr. Buffett of his longstanding commitment to the auction and his endorsement of GLIDE’s programs and services. “The one thing I can do is I can give them a 100% guarantee, so this is one of them.”

Regarding GLIDE’s work on behalf of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents, Mr. Buffett remains as passionate as ever.

“You offer them the chance to find out what’s within them that hasn’t yet surfaced. That can start with things as basic as food, but it goes beyond that. If you can help somebody be something better than they thought they were or that the world told them they were, that’s the ultimate accomplishment in life.”

The following is an excerpt (lightly edited for readability) of Karen’s chat with Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska, on April 4. You can also watch the interview here. GLIDE’s community is blessed to have friends like Warren Buffett and eBay, and we thank them for their stalwart commitment to GLIDE’s mission and the diverse and beautiful communities we serve.

Karen Hanrahan: It’s the 20th anniversary of the auction. You have so generously supported this legendary effort for two decades. This is a very special partnership to GLIDE. It’s not just Warren Buffett and GLIDE, it’s also eBay and now a growing circle of winners who’ve become part of the GLIDE family. This partnership has really allowed GLIDE to lift even more people out of desperate circumstances. It’s allowed GLIDE to innovate on the front lines of poverty. It has really fundamentally changed the lives of the people that we serve, and it’s a special relationship for us.

When you think back over the past two decades, what are some of the experiences you’ve had and people you’ve met that really stand out?

Warren Buffett: Well, it’s been nothing but good. We’ve raised money, but I’ve had a good time. I’ve met a lot of very interesting people from all over the world. . . . The one universal characteristic is that they have a good time, and they feel they’ve got their money’s worth. But the most important thing is they feel that that money is going to be put to very good uses. . . . And it translates into human beings finding that there is hope in life.

KH: I was brought to GLIDE to help it evolve, to help GLIDE grow, and to really build on the legacy that Cecil and Jan have built for over 50 years.

WB: I was skeptical going in [to GLIDE the first time]. Susie told me about this wonderful organization, this wonderful man, the wonderful things they were doing and everything. But when I saw it! You know, I like backing the right people.

KH: At GLIDE, we know we couldn’t do this auction without eBay. They’ve got an ethos and a commitment to philanthropy. They’ve been an incredible partner.

WB: Well, it’s been so successful. We were raising $25,000 a year by talking to just a few people. And as soon as we went on eBay, we essentially were talking to the whole world. Now we raise in the millions every year.

KH: The winners and eBay, they’re investing in GLIDE’s legacy. We spend money on the people. And everyone has our clients at the front of their minds.

WB: I talked to a couple of the top executives at eBay over the years and they feel really, really good about their participation through GLIDE. There’s nothing like backing winners, and helping people become winners.

 

 

Watch the full interview. 

Karen Hanrahan on Warren Buffett, a unique GLIDE tradition, and the power of community

Tonight, we count down to one of the most unusual and powerful fundraisers any nonprofit might aspire to: the eBay for Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett. The story of how it came to be is often told and dear to us, since it starts with a much loved and missed member of GLIDE’s congregation and community named Susie Buffett, who took it upon herself to introduce a certain relation named Warren to the place that she had come to believe in so passionately. Her introduction worked. To the no-nonsense investor whose success has made him a household name, GLIDE was the real deal. And he has lent his name and time to the cause ever since. We asked GLIDE’s President and CEO Karen Hanrahan for her perspective on this singular tradition.
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Every Sunday in January, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at GLIDE. To sign up, call (415) 674-6080 or email GLIDE’s Advocacy Manager, Ben, at BL@glide.org
According to the 2017 Point in Time Count, there are still nearly 200 homeless families with children in San Francisco. In a city as wealthy as ours, there is no reason why children and their parents should worry about where they will rest their heads at night.

In the New Year, we will need volunteers like you to join GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice in collecting signatures to help End Family Homelessness.
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The GLIDE Legacy Gala may have come and gone but who says the inspiration needs to end? Not us! The Legacy Committee wants to keep the good going and has connected with some of our partners to learn more about what ‘giving back’ means to them and why they decided to participate in the Gala. First up is Bob’s Steak & Chop House with Chef Thomas Rhodes. Check out our Q&A below but be warned: this will definitely inspire you in more ways than one, and you may just be craving a good steak after reading it.

—The GLIDE Legacy Committee
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I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. — Diane Arbus
San Francisco is the land of invisible people—the homeless, the needy, the users, the ill, the marginalized, the undocumented. People who not only fall through society’s cracks, but who are ignored (or worse) by the middle and upper class residents of this city. Photography has long been used to tell stories of those unseen. It is a flexible tool that crosses both cultural and linguistic barriers, and thus is able to tell the stories of many different people, to many different people.
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