The numbers are in: The Voice's 2018 Holiday Fund campaign raised $72,000 from 147 donors.
Contributions ranged from $10 to $5,000, with every penny going to seven local nonprofits that serve Mountain View residents: Mentor Tutor Connection, the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, the Community School of Music and Arts, the MayView Community Health Center, YWCA Support Network for Domestic Violence, the Community Services Agency and the Community Health Awareness Council.
The money will be split evenly between the agencies, meaning each will receive approximately $10,300 to continue providing crucial services in our community that help low-income and homeless individuals and families, as well as those grappling with domestic violence and mental health issues. These organizations also provide youth and adults with tools to help them advance and succeed in school and their careers. The Day Worker Center, for example, helps workers with job placement, English lessons and job skills workshops, while Mentor Tutor Connection volunteers mentor underserved high schoolers and tutor elementary and middle school students in the Mountain View and Los Altos school districts.
These nonprofits largely run on grants and donations, so these contributions go a long way toward ensuring their viability. We heard firsthand about the vital services these organizations have been offering, as well as new programs developed in response to the community's needs. The Community Services Agency recently started a support group for homeless people to talk about their experiences, offering an outlet for people to share the emotional stress of living on the streets. With the help of grant funding, the Day Worker Center is piloting a "Seniors Helping Seniors" program, connecting older workers with older employers. Thanks to your donations, the seven nonprofits will each receive money they can use to fund new and current programs, infrastructure improvements or other needs.
We hope even more readers step up and support our Holiday Fund in 2019. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue showing your support for these nonprofits by volunteering and donating.