Mountain View Voice

Opinion - February 25, 2011

Despite downturn, donors back Holiday Fund

Donations to the Voice Holiday Fund remained strong this year, with readers contributing more than $30,000 at a time of economic hardship for many in Mountain View and the surrounding communities.

Although the number and size of contributions was down from last year, the total amount raised, $64,399, means that each of the seven nonprofits supported by the Holiday Fund will receive $9,199 each, a welcome gift to start the new year.

This year 128 Voice readers gave $30,070, which was more than matched by the Wakerly, Hewlett and Packard foundations, which together contributed $34,000. The Wakerly Family Foundation gave $11,000 this year.

The top donations from Voice readers this year included one for $3,000, one for $2,500 and several others for $1,500 and $1,000.

The Holiday Fund is a partnership of the Voice, the foundation donors and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which processes all contributions. No fees or other charges are assessed to any Holiday Fund donation; 100 percent of all funds raised go directly to the participating nonprofit organizations.

Next month, thanks to your generous support, each of the following agencies will receive checks for $9,199:

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-based communities in Mountain View and Los Altos.

Community Health Awareness Council

CHAC serves Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and seven school districts. Among other things, 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 local residents with medical care and medications and is frequently the last resort for this underserved 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 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 volunteer mentors with at-risk youth in the Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area.

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