Mountain View Voice

Opinion - November 26, 2010

Holiday Fund helps strapped local agencies

Last year 145 Voice readers shrugged off the sagging economy and dug deep into their pockets, donating nearly $49,000 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, about $70,000 was raised. 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 nearly $10,000 for each of the seven nonprofit agencies.

This year, we hope readers will donate to the Holiday Fund, and surpass last year's total donation for each of the nonprofit agencies. With the economy still floundering, there continues to be hundreds 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 VoiceHoliday Fund this year, either by using the coupon in this issue or by giving directly via the link on the Voice website. 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 eighth 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.

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.

Here are the organizations that will benefit from this year's Holiday Fund:

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos

CSA assists homeless families and seniors with short-term housing, medical care and more. The nonprofit is a cooperative effort of 17 faith communities in Mountain View and Los Altos.

Community Health Awareness Council

CHAC serves Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and seven school districts. It offers school-based programs to protect students from high-risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse.

Mountain View RotaCare Clinic

The RotaCare Clinic provides uninsured community residents with medical care and medications and is frequently the last resort for this under-served demographic.

Day Worker Center of Mountain View

The Day Worker Center provides a secure place for workers and employers to negotiate wages. It serves 50 or more workers per day with jobs, English lessons and guidance.

Support Network for Battered Women

This group operates a 24-hour bilingual hotline and a safe shelter for women and their children. It also offers counseling and other services for families dealing with domestic violence.

Community School of Music and Arts

CSMA provides hands-on arts and music projects in the elementary classrooms of the Mountain View Whisman School District. Nearly 40 percent of the students are low-income, and 28 percent have limited English proficiency.

Partners for New Generations

Partners for New Generations matches adult volunteers with organizations serving youth in the Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area.

We hope that this year, as in the past, Voice readers will show their generosity by giving to these worthy causes.

To give to the Holiday Fund, simply cut out the coupon provided in the paper each week and send it in with your donation. Or donations can be made online by going to www.siliconvalleycf.org/giving-mvv.html.

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