Last year more Voice readers than ever before shrugged off the sagging economy and dug deep into their pockets, donating more than $40,000 to support seven local nonprofits in the Voice's annual Holiday Fund drive.
Along with grants from the Hewlett and Packard foundations, as well as the Wakerly Family Foundation, a total of more than $70,000 was raised, giving each nonprofit more than $10,000.
This year, we hope to exceed the record of 178 donors to the fund, and also surpass last year's total donation for each of the nonprofit agencies. With the economy still floundering, there continues to be hundreds, even thousands, of local residents who are having trouble providing the basic needs of food and shelter for their families, or who are suffering from a lack of other important social services.
If you are able, please consider making a donation to the Voice Holiday Fund this year. Your contribution will help provide a safety net to those who are down on their luck. These are our neighbors who may have been laid off unexpectedly, or had a catastrophic illness, or suffer from addiction or mental health problems. They deserve our help.
The Voice Holiday Fund, now in its seventh year, provides grants to organizations that can offer a temporary home, arrange health care or provide counseling to bring an end to the substance abuse that destroys families and victimizes young children.
Last year through the Holiday Fund, the Voice and its foundation partners were able to raise a total of $75,125 for seven local agencies. More than half that contribution, $42,000, was donated by Voice readers. With matching grants of over $33,000, the Holiday Fund was able to provide $10,732 for each of the seven nonprofit agencies.
Monies contributed to the Holiday Fund are held by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and will be distributed to the nonprofits in February or early March. No administrative costs or fees are deducted from Holiday Fund gifts, so 100 percent of all donations will be received by the nonprofit agencies.
We hope that this year, as in the past, Voice readers will show their generosity by giving to these worthy causes. Here are the organizations that will benefit from this year's Holiday Fund:
To give to the Holiday Fund, go online to www.siliconvalleycf.org/giving-mvv.html and follow the instructions. Or print and cut out the coupon provided here (or the one printed in the paper each week), and send it with your donation to:
Voice Holiday Fund
PO Box 405
Mountain View, CA 94042