Mountain View Voice

Opinion - November 25, 2011

Donate to the Holiday Fund this year

We encourage Voice readers to help those less fortunate by donating to the Holiday Fund this year. With the economy still struggling, the nonprofit agencies supported by the Holiday Fund need extra help. And for the first time, donors will be able to use their Pago account to make a small donation when purchasing items from participating local merchants.

pstyle:text> Voice readers came through last year, contributing nearly $50,000, up from just over $40,000 the prior year. With an additional $20,000 from the family of Voice co-founder Kate Wakerly, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the total raised was nearly $69,000, or about $10,000 for each of the seven nonprofit agencies supported by the Holiday Fund.

If you are able, please make a contribution 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, had a catastrophic illness or suffer from addiction or mental health problems. They deserve our help.

Money contributed to the Holiday Fund, now in its ninth year, is 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 nonprofits supported by the Fund.

Here are the agencies that will benefit from this year's Voice 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-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.

YWCA Domestic Violence Support Network

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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