And that is where the Holiday Fund comes in. Funds raised from the annual campaign are distributed to seven nonprofit organizations that help the hungry and homeless, families in trouble or those needing health care. Each group received just over $13,000 in March, their share of the record $91,000 raised for the year.
The 2011-12 campaign was helped by generous donations from the Wakerly Family Foundation, in memory of Voice founder Kate Wakerly; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Google's Tides Foundation, and the Milk Pail Market.
If you are able, we invite you to make a contribution by using the coupon provided in this issue or by giving directly via the link on the Voice website, www.mv-voice.com. And besides the larger grants, merchants subscribing to Pago made a small donation after each purchase using the site.
Money contributed to the Holiday Fund, now in its 10th year, is held by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and will be distributed to the nonprofit agencies in March of next year. 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 group.
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 Support Network for Domestic Violence
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.