Los Altos Office 1% Recipients

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Alearn

ALearn delivers high quality Math and College Readiness programs to low income, underserved students in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Their summer and after-school programs for middle and high school youth increase their college eligibility and aspirations, significantly raising their college-going rates.

ALearn’s programs boost students’ critical math skills in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry and Common Core Math while providing study skills and tools that build a mindset of motivation and perseverance. College planning, information and field trips arm students with the knowledge and confidence that they need to get admitted to and succeed at college and beyond.

Since 2007, ALearn has helped over 8,000 youth get on a path to stronger academic achievement and college admission. In 2016, ALearn’s programs will serve over 1,500 students.

To learn more or find out how you can get involved, please visit alearn.org or call (408) 260-7545.

1% recipient Angels on Stage

Angels On Stage

Angels on Stage (AoS) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of children and young adults with special needs by breaking down stereotypes and empowering them to develop friendships, independence, confidence, self-esteem, and general life skills through the medium of professional performing arts. A highly adaptive and committed staff of special education and theater professionals design and deliver workshops and performances to ensure optimum growth and appropriate levels of support for each participant. While AoS uses theater as a medium for rich social interaction and personal development, the primary emphasis is not on artistic production itself, but rather on the process, growth and relationships that happen in the creation of theatre arts. Every Angel is a star and every role, onstage or off, makes the AoS experience special.

For more information about their work or how you can get involved, please visit www.angelsonstage.org

Animal Assisted Happiness

Animal Assisted Happiness

Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) enriches the lives of children and their families experiencing special needs, health or family challenges. As a non-profit organization, we provide barnyard friends to bring moments of happiness and smiles into their day. Our vision is a "Million Smiles."

Our programs include: AAH Mobile Barnyard Visits to 80 schools/hospitals/programs for kids with needs throughout the Silicon Valley; AAH Smile Farm private visits for kids with need and their families; AAH Smile Farm Field Trips for schools/classrooms for kids with need; AAH Vocation Education Programs at the AAH Smile Farm; and a robust Youth Volunteer Program for 6th - 12th graders to build empathy and compassion through animals for those with need.

If you would like to volunteer; donate or learn more about Animal Assisted Happiness please visit www.animalassistedhappiness.org

Aspire

Aspire

The need for mental health services for Silicon Valley youth and young adults experiencing depression, anxiety or other symptoms of a mental health condition became shockingly clear after the 2009 cluster of teen suicides in Palo Alto. El Camino Hospital responded with ASPIRE (After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education), a pioneering intensive outpatient therapy program that teaches mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation - skills needed for managing the crises that inevitably occur throughout life. ASPIRE’s initial launch was made possible by charitable gifts. Community donations to El Camino Hospital Foundation have since fueled its expansion from one track for high school students to five different programs in two locations, serving youth and young adults ages 11 to 25. They enable El Camino Hospital to treat patients without regard to financial circumstance and to provide services above and beyond the norm, including free assessments, training for parents, and follow-up care. The ASPIRE endowment ensures El Camino Hospital will be able to respond to the mental health needs of our community’s children now and in the future.

To learn how you can donate or get involved with El Camino Hospital’s unique and innovative mental health and addiction services, go to www.elcaminohospital.org/foundation.

Bay Area Furniture Bank

Bay Area Furniture Bank

Bay Area Furniture Bank collects and recycles gently used furniture and provides it to individuals and families moving out of homelessness as well as countless others desperately trying to make ends meet.

The mission of BAFB is to help rebuild the lives of families who have suffered personal tragedy or disaster by making the Bay Area a place where all families are able to live in furnished homes. By doing so, we will help relieve suffering, improve quality of life, strengthen the family unit and build a better community.

Learn more about Bay Area Furniture Bank at www.bayareafurniturebank.org.

Canine Companions for Independence®

Canine Companions for Independence®

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

For more information, please visit: www.cci.org.
Carb DM

Carb DM

Carb DM’s mission is to build a supportive community that improves the quality of life and health of all those affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The Carb DM community fosters connections among people with diabetes, their loved ones, and medical professionals, promotes learning, and develops strategies for thriving with type 1 diabetes.

Often diagnosed in children, but also diagnosed in adults, the management of type 1 diabetes requires a round the clock balancing of carbohydrates, exercise, and insulin dosing, and many other factors that affect blood sugar levels, 24/7/365 days a year. Carb DM aims to ease the burden of type 1 diabetes by bringing children, teens, adults, and their loved ones together, face-to-face, to help normalize the experience of living with type 1 diabetes, sharing tips and advice, providing ongoing support and access to high-quality education.

For more information on how Carb DM improves the lives of people with type 1 diabetes go to carbdm.org.

Community Services Agency

Community Services Agency

For 60 years, Community Services Agency has been providing vital social services for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. We understand that hardship can come at any time and knows no age limit. We provide a safety net so independence and self-sufficiency can be restored and maintained. Our clients may

be a young, working poor family or an elderly person looking for supportive services to remain in their own home.

Learn more about Community Services Agency at www.csacares.org
Community Services Agency

Community Services Agency

CSA has been the community’s social service safety-net for over 57 years. They provide critical support services for low-income individuals, families and seniors in our community who are on the verge or already homeless. One out of 25 people in Northern Santa Clara County are assisted with CSA case management and/or food supplements.

CSA is particularly invested in the well-being of the children in our client families. Every August they host a Back-to-School backpack, school supplies and shoe voucher distribution day for over 900 children. If you are a parent, you know keeping kids in the right shoes is neither easy nor cheap.

Sereno Group is proud to support the commitment and service that CSA provides to our community.

For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit www.csacares.org

Fisher House

Fisher House

Fisher House Foundation operates a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. The goal at Fisher House is to provide free, high quality, temporary lodging to families of Veterans and active duty service members who are undergoing inpatient treatment in conjunction with Veterans Health Administration. The Palo Alto Fisher House has 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

To learn more or find out how you can get involved, please visit fisherhouse.org

Friends of American Veterans

Friends of American Veterans

Foothill College is committed to ensuring that veterans of all abilities have an opportunity to achieve their academic and career goals. This includes adequate access to courses, instructional equipment, counseling, tutoring and other critical student support services. Combined with strong academics, a comprehensive suite of student support services is available to help veterans achieve their academic and career goals.

Sereno Group has proudly teamed up with the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center and the Friends of American Veterans, which is spearheaded by the Los Altos Rotary Club, to fund multiple annual scholarships for returning military men and women.

Learn more about veteran students at www.foothill.edu/vet

Hidden Villa & Friends of Deer Hollow Farm

Hidden Villa & Friends of Deer Hollow Farm

Our future needs thoughtful, compassionate and creative stewards. Today’s children are tomorrow’s decision makers and their desire to care for our natural spaces and community is strongly linked to time spent outdoors as youth and the guidance of a mentor teaching respect for our environment.

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization in Los Altos Hills that uses its organic farm, animals, gardens and wilderness to teach about the environment and social justice. Their mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through their programs, land and legacy. Each year, they provide 35,000 youth with hands-on educational experiences in their living laboratory through school field trips, summer camps, and public programs. This is accomplished with strong community support from donors who help Hidden Villa provide $550,000 a year in scholarship and partnership support.

Hope's Corner

Hope's Corner

HOPE’S CORNER provides homeless and vulnerable individuals from Mountain View and surrounding communities with healthy meals, hot showers, and connections to other services in a dignified and welcoming environment. Our services enhance our guests’ quality of life, show them that they are valued, and give them hope for a better future.

JustREAD

JustREAD

JustREAD is a community of volunteers who believe that all students deserve the support they need in order to develop their academic skills and pursue their dreams.

JustREAD and JustMATH volunteers work with under-resourced students who are performing below grade level. We promote a love of learning and focus on strengthening basic literacy and math skills in order to accelerate student progress and build self-confidence.

Since 2005, we have provided over 32,000 tutoring sessions to elementary, middle and high school students in Mountain View, CA. Our programs provide individualized, structured support to students on campus during the school day.

To learn more about JustREAD and JustMATH programs and how you can support our students, please visit justreadcenters.org.

Kara

Kara

Empathy. Compassion. Understanding. Patience. Trust. Care. Mindfulness.

Kara's mission is to provide grief support for children, teens, families and adults. Every day Kara's aim is to provide compassion and care to those navigating grief and loss.

Through individual and group peer support, crisis intervention, training, therapy and community events, Kara provides grief support to thousands in our community annually. Their services are provided by hundreds of trained volunteers with experience in the healing process from personal loss.

At Kara, they recognize both the universality and the uniqueness of each person's processing and experience of grief. They encourage those they serve to draw strength from their own spiritual beliefs, culture, family, friends, and other resources.

Through compassionate grief support and training, Kara helps individuals experiencing loss find support, meaning and hope.

Sereno Group is proud to support the commitment and services Kara provides to our community. For more information about their work or how you can get involved, please visit www.kara-grief.org

Los Altos Senior Center

Los Altos Senior Center

Established in 1976, the Los Altos Senior Center offers a wide variety of programs and volunteer opportunities for active adults 50 years and up. Activities range from classes, trips, special events and travel, to in-home repair, Notary Service, resource center and referral services. The mission of the Center is to create a community that fosters safe, healthy, happy living – physically, mentally and emotionally – by providing resources, educational information and recreational programming.

Learn more about programs or how you can get involved at LOSALTOSCA.GOV/SENIORS

Magical Bridge Foundation

Magical Bridge Foundation

MAGICAL BRIDGE FOUNDATION is creating innovative and truly inclusive playgrounds where all children, families and community members feel welcome to come and play together, regardless of age, size or ability.

Mariano Castro Elementary

Mariano Castro Elementary

MARIANO CASTRO ELEMENTARY cultivates the power of community partnerships to deliver excellent learning programs and resources to its dynamic campus of students Kindergarten through Fifth grade. With over 13 languages spoken, this linguistically and culturally vibrant learning environment empowers parents and prepares students for personal and academic success in life.

Mentor Tutor Connection

Mentor Tutor Connection

Mentor Tutor Connection (formerly Partners for New Generations) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that provides tutors and mentors to students in our Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

Each year, Mentor Tutor Connection places approximately 150 volunteers working directly with students. At the elementary and middle school level, volunteer tutors help with subjects such as reading, math, and science. At the high school level, students are paired 1-to-1 with a volunteer mentor with similar interests. Mentors are caring adults who meet regularly with their student to listen to them, share experiences and be a positive role model for them.

Originally founded in 1995 by the Los Altos Rotary Club, Mentor Tutor Connection has been in service to our community for over 17 years, faithfully supplying volunteer tutors and mentors to help our local kids succeed.

MVLA Scholars

MVLA Scholars

New Creation Home

New Creation Home

NEW CREATION HOME fosters long term independence for young at-risk mothers and their children by mobilizing the Bay Area to engage in quality programs designed to encourage academic, vocational, parental, and social growth.

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a community-supported food program located in Sunnyvale’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church. We serve hot, nutritious meals to everyone who comes to our doors, without qualification and in a safe and inviting environment. We have been doing this every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at lunchtime for 35 years, and we have never missed a meal.

On a typical day, we serve 275 diners including the homeless, aged, unemployed, disabled, and working poor. For many of them, ODB is their main source of nutrition. We serve a full meal – an entrée, a vegetable, a green salad, a fruit salad, a beverage, dessert, and of course bread. Most days we offer a second, but smaller, complete meal as well.

Learn more about Our Daily Bread at: ourdailybread-sunnyvale.org.

Paralyzed Veterans

Paralyzed Veterans

The Bay Area & Western Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (BAWPVA) is dedicated to improving the quality of life and protecting the civil rights of Veterans with paralysis. They are committed to the duty of assisting paralyzed Veterans by advocating for unfettered access to the VA health care and barrier-free access to the community.

The Paralyzed Veterans’ Palo Alto facility offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, programs, as well as a welcoming environment for members to receive physical therapy and participate in group activities. As well, the BAWPVA sponsors members who wish to participate in sporting events such as the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America is supported solely by funding from grants and donations. We are honored to support this valuable program because it gives our well-deserving Veterans a chance to a full life in light of their service and sacrifice for our country.

Peninsula Symphony

Peninsula Symphony

Established in 1949, the Peninsula Symphony is a professionally trained, 90-member, volunteer orchestra led by Music Director and Conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein.

The Bridges to Music educational outreach program ensures that all residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties can experience live orchestral music performances. The in-school educational program brings professional musicians and ensembles into elementary schools with little or no music curriculum in Redwood City, East Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale, and provides master classes and sectionals for middle and high school music students.

Bridges to Music also offers two annual youth competitions, free community concerts and distributes free ticket vouchers for subscription concerts to community organizations and family concert vouchers tostudents in schools served.

To learn more about Peninsula Symphony and Bridges to Music, please visit www.peninsulasymphony.org

Sunnyvale Backpack Program

Sunnyvale Backpack Program

Every summer Sunnyvale Community Services gives away over 1,000 backpacks to lowincome Sunnyvale children headed to school. Brand new backpacks are stuffed with school supplies so that every child can get the school year off to a good start.

Founded in 1970, Sunnyvale Community Services is an independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency. Their mission is to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and seniors facing temporary crises. They provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions.

They depend on generous donations by local businesses and individuals, as well as volunteer help. They leverage contributions with volunteer hours that enable them to provide more services with fewer paid staff members. We are proud to support this wonderful organization that directly assists so many families in our community.

Learn more about the program or how you can get involved at SVCOMMUNITYSERVICES.ORG/SVCS-BACKPACKS

The Sunbeam Foundation

The Sunbeam Foundation

The Sunbeam Foundation identifies and supports cutting-edge research aimed at finding a cure for Ewing’s Sarcoma and other forms of pediatric bone cancer. Nearly 100% of dollars raised goes directly to research.

Inspired by the memory of Sara LaBoskey, who succumbed to Ewing’s Sarcoma at the age of 21, the Sunbeam Foundation was founded by her brother, Jeff LaBoskey and Sara’s best friend, Brad Wolfe.

The Sunbeam Scholar is a grant created to support top young physicians to research this underfunded and rare form of cancer. The Sunbeam Foundation has a goal to raise $50,000 to support next year’s Sunbeam Scholar grant recipient.

Learn more about how you can get involved at WWW.SUNBEAMFOUNDATION.ORG

Theuerkauf Elementary Tech Carts

Theuerkauf Elementary Tech Carts

Sereno Group is proud to provide funds to Theuerkauf Elementary School in Mountain View for the purchase of a “Technology Cart.” A Technology Cart provides an entire classroom with access to supportive learning software programs loaded on Google Chromebooks, Nexus Tablets and/or Apple iPads that enhance or supplement teacher lesson plans. Making technology more readily available to the students and teachers of Theuerkauf Elementary School will provide opportunities to academically challenge and support all students whether they be gifted/talented, second language learners or students of poverty who are struggling with their learning. The use of technology in the classroom holds promise for leveling the playing field and ensuring equity in educational opportunity for all students in all schools.

For more info about the school and its programs, please visit theuerkauf.mvwsd.org

Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped

Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped

The Westwind 4-H riding program provides horseback riding lessons to children with physical disabilities ranging from 5 to 19 years old. Their program helps children build confidence, develop balance and coordination, and have freedom of mobility not usually available to the handicapped.

Sereno Group has proudly teamed up with the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped to fund and provide support in their services to the youth of our community.

Learn more about the Westwind 4-H Riding program at www.westwind4h.org