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Editorial: Holiday Fund has best year ever

 

Thanks to an anonymous donor and other gifts from several foundations, including the Google Tides Foundation, the Voice Holiday Fund chalked up a record-breaking year with $114,628 in donations from 160 contributors. Last year a similar number of gifts brought in $70,900.

The gifts will be split evenly among the seven nonprofit agencies that serve residents in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Each agency will receive a check for more than $16,000.

In addition to the Tides Foundation, the Fund was supported by the Wakerly Family Foundation, in memory of Voice founder Kate Wakerly, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Money contributed to the Holiday Fund, now in its 12th year, is held by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and will be distributed to the nonprofit agencies in a few weeks. No administrative costs or fees are deducted from the Holiday Fund gifts, so 100 percent of all donations will be shared equally by the nonprofits supported by the Fund.

Here are the organizations supported by the Voice Holiday Fund:

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.

Day Worker Center

The Day Worker Center of Mountain View provides a secure place for workers and employers to negotiate wages and work conditions. It serves an average of 60 workers a day with job placements, English lessons, job skills workshops and guidance.

Partners for a New Generations

Partners for New Generations matches adult volunteer mentors with at-risk youth in the Mountain View, Los Altos and the Los Altos Hills area and offers tutoring to many students, including some in high school and beyond.

Community School of Music and Arts

The Community School of Music and Arts provides hands-on art and music education in the classrooms of the Mountain View Whisman School District. Nearly 45 percent of the students are socio-economically disadvantaged, and 28 percent have limited English proficiency.

Mountain View RotaCare Clinic

The RotaCare Free Clinic provides uninsured local residents with primary care and many specialty care services. The clinic is frequently the last resort for this under-served demographic group.

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 Services Agency

CSA is the community's safety-net providing critical support services for low-income individuals and families, the homeless and seniors in northern Santa Clara County, including Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

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