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New alliance unites nonprofits for humanitarian causes

Several San Diego nonprofits are joining forces to focus on local humanitarian causes and are kicking off their mission Saturday with a donation drive to benefit a homeless service provider.

The newly formed Coalition of Nonprofit Entities includes Ahaana, AIM for SEVA, Ekal Vidyalaya, License to Freedom and Encinitas4Equality, with support from the House of India and CRY San Diego. Most members have ties with San Diego’s Indian community.

“My motivation for creating CONE is to spread awareness of charitable organizations while collaborating for greater impact in the community,” said Nanda Mehta, founder and managing director of Ahaana.

CONE’s first donation drive will benefit the Alpha Project, which helps more than 4,000 San Diegans in need each day throughout the county.

Donations can be dropped off at three location from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

In coastal North County, donations can be dropped off with Encinitas4Equaliy at 1900 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas. In inland North County, donations can be dropped off at the Rancho Bernardo Community Center near the dog park at 18448 W. Bernardo Drive. In central San Diego, donations can be dropped off in Carmel Valley at The Village, 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway.

CONE suggests people donate backpacks, blankets and household goods. People also can donate packages of hygiene items or products for use in a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen.

Donations also can be made directly to the Alpha Project at

“CONE recognizes we are all actively adjusting to the challenges of a changing world, there is nothing that we cannot do together!” the alliance said in a press release announcing its formation. “This inaugural initiative is planned to be an annual effort to mobilize the giving community in service to our country’s most pressing needs.

The Alpha Project services include affordable housing, residential substance abuse treatment, supportive housing for people with special needs, basic and emergency services for the homeless, mental health counseling, employment training, emergency shelter, HIV/AIDS education, and other community services.