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Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership

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Causes: Environment, Health, Lung Diseases, Lung Diseases Research, Public Health

Mission:   At Breathe California, we believe that breathing should not be a struggle or a risk. Our local non-profit offers a wide array of  services that address the most important lung health issues facing our communities today. This includes programs to: help kids manage their asthma, prevent teens from using tobacco, assist smokers who want to quit, and offer support to emphysema and lung disease patients. We also advocate for key clean air and public health policies, and support innovative lung health research.

Our Vision: Communities empowered to eliminate the causes and burden of lung disease, promote clean air and improve public health.

Our Theory of Change: We believe the Breathe CA comprehensive approach of direct services, advocacy, and education, increases knowledge, confidence and ability in lung health management & treatment, resulting in lower rates of morbidity and mortality, and advancing health equity.

For the past 109 years, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Bay Area is one of the healthiest places in the country to live. That’s why we are proud to say that 100% of all donations made to Breathe California stay right here in our local communities.

We invite you to learn more about our organization and join our drive to fight lung disease, promote clean air and advance public health.

Programs: We provide services to improve air quality and to reduce the impact of asthma in children, adults, families and communities. In addition, we work to reduce tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke and offer services to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis to help them better manage their illness. As well, we support research to find cures for lung diseases.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a public health research and evaluation intern at Breathe California has allowed me to contribute to improving air quality, reducing the impact of asthma, and support research to find cures for lung diseases. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Prop E campaign and witnessed a positive change in the history of San Francisco. The team at Breathe California are passionate about their work and interning at Breathe has been such a rewarding experience. Contributing to important public initiatives and the organization's goal of preventing lung disease has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to develop new skills as an epidemiologist. It has been a pleasure to work with the staff who have played an instrumental part of promoting public health in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Breathe California is an amazing non-profit dedicated to improving the health of the people of San Francisco. They're passionate about addressing lung disease through the promotion of smoking cessation and have an incredible staff always willing to engage with the community to answer any questions people may have. Volunteering with Breathe California has been such a great experience and I could not thank the people here enough for being so welcoming! I am truly inspired by all of the work that they do and how much of an impact they have on this community each and every day!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working for Breathe California as an Air Quality Public Health Intern allowed me to firsthand see how one of the Bay Area's oldest non-profit organizations functions and operates. I was fortunate enough to be able to work closely with the leadership team while simultaneously getting involved with research on current air quality issues. Breathe's dedication to ensuring the air we breathe overall benefits the public's health is something they consistently keep in mind with various programs and campaigns they get involved with. Being able to see and hear about the efforts being made for the Proposition E campaign was also something I am glad I was able to witness firsthand. Working for Breathe California is an opportunity I am so grateful for and will apply the valuable skills I have learned to my future endeavors.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredibly impactful organization doing work on all sides to improve lung health in the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Breathe California Golden Gate has done, and continues to do an incredible job executing on programs that make a positive direct impact on the community. With lung disease continuing to be one of the leading cause of death in the U.S., Breathe California Golden Gate's work continues to be of the utmost importance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! I have been involved with Breathe CA since the end of 2007 and am so proud of the impact in asthma, tobacco control, and air quality!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such great work on flavored tobacco regulation! Breathe CA Golden Gate is the local expert in this area and it is fantastic to see the progress they have made in the region!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Breathe California Golden Gate provides terrific programs and necessary resources to local, under-resourced communities to raise awareness about lung health.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been happily donating to Breathe California for over 10 years. It is my largest donation of the year. This is an amazing organization making a direct impact in the local community and at the state level in terms of advocacy. Major positive changes in public health happen because of Breathe California.

Staff are incredibly professional and responsive, programs are evaluated, and funds are spent wisely. I know my dollar goes far here! I would encourage everyone to invest with Breathe California.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm very proud to serve on the Board of this great non-profit -- great work in asthma education for low-income families, smoking cessation programs for multiple segments of the community and health advocacy around clean air issues. The staff is deeply dedicated and very skilled. It's a great organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization providing amazing community support on issues of lung health, asthma, and tobacco cessation. The work they do is at the forefront of creating a healthier future for the San Francisco area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Breathe California this whole summer and it's been an amazing and eye-opening experience. Everyone on the team is not only incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about lung health and their community, but also so engaging, energetic, open-minded, and full of great and new ideas to promote the organization's mission. Definitely make sure to keep an eye out for their amazing programs and events!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Breathe California Golden Gate and they immediately made me feel welcomed and at home. Can't say enough about the dedicated staff, work environment and mission goals. Highly Recommended!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered all summer with Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership helping to evaluate the success their asthma program. Working with the Breathe team was a great learning experience and I am so inspired by the incredible and important work that they do every day.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Breathe CA Golden Gate is an exceptional organization promoting clean air and lung health. They were so organized at the 25th Annual Bike 4 Breath. I had a great volunteer experience!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. We race every year in their bike for breath which is so fun and makes us feel good about supporting a cause dear to our heart. So thankful for the hard work they do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Breathe has been advocating for clean air and lung health since 1908. From its Ash Kickers program to get smokers to quit to the annual Bike 4 Breath that brings cyclists from all over the Bay Area together to ride for a purpose, Breathe continues to keep issues of clean air and lung health in the forefront, helping fulfill its mission to assure that breathing is not a struggle or a risk.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful learning experience volunteering with Breathe CA GG. They constantly work towards improving the lives of the Bay Area community through education, advocacy of better air quality, and outreach. I have never worked with such dedicated staff that genuinely cares about the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Breathe California is a wonderful nonprofit organization. They work with many aspects of lung disease - asthma, COPD, smoking. They have very invested staff, board members and volunteers. Patients are very grateful for their hard work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have exercise induced asthma and my maternal grandparents died from lung cancer. I appreciate the work this nonprofit does to improve air quality in this state.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This agency is terrific! They help people understand the consequences of smoking and poor air and they do everything they can to make it better!