About Project Birthday

Our History

Project Birthday held its first party at St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children in June 2004 and has continued hosting monthly birthday parties, with the goal of expanding to other emergency facilities in the Sacramento area. In January 2007 we partnered with the SKYLAB Youth Development Program at Serna Village to provide monthly parties for the children and families enrolled there. In August 2007, the Volunteers of America U Street Site was added to our monthly celebrations. Our expansion in 2008 included “Birthday in a Box” party kits for our teen birthdays, as well as new partnerships with My Sister’s House, Family Promise, and the Women’s Overcomer’s Shelter at Calvary Christian Center. Currently, we celebrate approximately 140 birthdays each year with over 900 children attending our parties.

Project Birthday provides birthday celebrations in several ways:



Q: Who runs Project Birthday?

Project Birthday is a completely volunteer-operated organization. Community Link and HandsOn Superior California is Project Birthday’s parent organization and provides all high-level support, but all day-to-day operations are carried out purely by volunteers.


Q: How is Project Birthday funded?

Project Birthday is incredibly fortunate to be a part of an amazing community that has supported the organization for nearly a decade. Our #1 source of funding is you; individuals, workplaces, and social groups. Various grants have also helped to provide additional support over the years.


Q: How do you choose the families that need help?

Project Birthday partners with homeless shelters, transitional housing shelters, and family resource centers who provide us with monthly lists of children who have birthdays. We then throw a party for those children or give centers the supplies they need to make sure the children enjoy a proper celebration.


Q: What are other ways I can help out?

The easiest way to help is to donate toward the program, but Project Birthday always benefits from individual collection drives! One way in which individuals have helped is through hosting donation parties for their child’s birthday, where donations and gifts are collected for Project Birthday instead of asking guests to bring gifts for their child.  Learn more here.


Q: How can I get involved with Project Birthday?

If you are interested in getting involved with Project Birthday, please email us at info@projectbirthday.org or send us a note using our contact form. We are always looking for more Party Leaders, Birthday in a Box coordinators, and committee members.