Mountain View Voice

Opinion - February 15, 2013

Local donors ante up

Donors to the Voice Holiday Fund contributed $70,906 this year, joining the long-standing campaign to care for the less fortunate in our community.

Donations came in from more than 150 readers and several other sources that will be split evenly among seven nonprofit agencies that serve residents in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The Fund received large donations from several foundations, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Wakerly Family Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.

The Holiday Fund is a partnership between 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 will receive just over $10,000 each, compared to slightly more than $12,000 last year.

Here are the agencies that will benefit from the Holiday Fund this year:

Community Services Agency

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 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 a day with jobs, English lessons and guidance.

YWCA (formerly Support Network 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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