Mountain View Voice

Opinion - March 23, 2012

Helped by more donors, Holiday Fund jumps

Buoyed by more generous readers and local companies like Google and the Milk Pail Market, total income from the Voice Holiday Fund this year was up by nearly 30 percent to $91,338. That's compared to just $64,399 last year, which is good news for the seven nonprofit organizations that will receive the funds.

Donations from readers alone jumped 40 percent, helped along by a stronger Silicon Valley economy and some extra effort by volunteers who encouraged friends and acquaintances to contribute this year. Also this year, Google's Tides Foundation donated $10,000, adding to the $12,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, $12,000 from the Wakerly Family Foundation, $8,333 from the Hewlett Foundation and $200 from the Milk Pail Market

The Holiday Fund is a partnership of the Voice, the foundation donors and the 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, which received just over $13,000 each, compared to slightly more than $9,000 last year. Here are the agencies that will benefit from the Holiday Fund this year:

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 a day with jobs, English lessons and guidance.

Support Network for Battered Women. Now operated by the YWCA, 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 Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills area.

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