2021 Annual Grantees

In 2021 PACF distributed annual grants to 70 local nonprofit that help families, uplift the vulnerable, improve education opportunities, and enhance community life. For over 40 years, our annual grant making process has focused on supporting the organizations that provide the network of support for our neighbors in Palo Alto, East Palo and Menlo Park.

** Some organizations are listed in multiple impact categories because they have dual focuses.

Enhancing Community Life
Art In Action

Art in Action’s mission is to empower students through arts education.

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Canopy

Canopy’s mission is to grow urban tree canopy in Midpneinsula communities for the benefit of all.  Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most.

Website
Kids & Art Foundation

Kids & Art Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cancer care by focusing on the whole child in treatment by including healing through arts in their protocol.

Website
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation

The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy.

Website
Pets In Need

The mission of Pets In Need is to advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home.

Website
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

The mission of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.

Website
TeleVisit
  • To transform the quality of life of seniors through simple-to-use technology and personalized, interactive online programs and activities that educate, entertain, inspire, connect and engage.
  • To dramatically enhance the ability of older adults to stay physically, mentally and socially active by creating and delivering interactive learning, social, entertainment and community-building group activities and programs that can be enjoyed from home.
Website
TheatreWorks

TheatreWorks is one of America’s outstanding professional theatres. Our work celebrates the human spirit through innovative productions, new works, and education programs inspired by and engaging our diverse Silicon Valley community.

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Supporting Education
49er Academy

The 49ers Academy provides adolescent students with a community of support that empowers them to be engaged in school, to reach their full potential, and achieve academic and personal success in middle school, high school and beyond.

Website
AchieveKids

AchieveKids schools provide individualized and multi-disciplinary programs that deliver special education, mental health, and family support services for students ages 5 to 22 that have complex and often severe developmental, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Website
Aim High

Aim High creates life-changing opportunities during the summer and beyond. Our community:

  • Nurtures the promise and potential of middle school students from low-income neighborhoods
  • Prepares students for high school, setting them on the path to college and future success
  • Inspires the next generation of teachers and educational leaders
Website
All Students Matter

Inspired by the belief that every child deserves an equal opportunity to learn, nearly 200 All Students Matter volunteers work with teachers to support the success of students in the Ravenswood City School District serving communities in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

Website
Art In Action

Art in Action’s mission is to empower students through arts education.

Website
Beechwood School

We believe that all our students have within them the power to succeed. The mission of Beechwood School is to teach students to take personal responsibility to:

  • Find their strength and build upon it.
  • Prepare to establish strong families.
  • Serve in their communities.
  • Make healthy choices for body and mind.
Website
Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (BBAF) helps save lives by giving scholarships for swim lessons to children in need and changes lives by supporting lifeguard training, swim team and water polo for underserved families at community pools.

Website
Bring Me A Book

Our goal is to bring the joy and transformational power of books to all children—especially books they choose themselves and will love best.

Website
DreamCatchers

Our mission is to close the opportunity gap faced by low-income middle school students in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Website
East Palo Alto Academy Foundation

The mission of EPAAF is to advocate for, advance, and raise funds to benefit the students and college-attending graduates of East Palo Alto Academy.

Website
East Palo Alto Kids Foundation

The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) is focused on narrowing the equality gap in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools by providing microgrants directly to teachers.

Website
East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring

To change the life trajectory of local youth and their families through academic support, parent empowerment and tennis instruction.

Website
FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth)

FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. In our work, we are accountable, dedicated, respectful, equitable and just, loving, innovative, hopeful, and youth-centered.

Website
Foundation for a College Education

The vision of FCE is to create a community where higher education is attainable. By engaging both students and parents in our work, we aim to create a community of learners who are armed with the right tools and information. Together, they play a pivotal role in sharing this information with other families about how best to take advantage of school resources and navigate the college admissions process, thus catalyzing change in the larger community.

Website
Health Connected

Health Connected equips young people with information, skills, and support to make thoughtful choices about their relationships and sexual health throughout their lives.

Website
Learning Home Volunteers

Learning Home Volunteers is a non-profit organization working to address the kindergarten-readiness gap by providing weekly in-home tutoring to preschool-age children.

Website
Live in Peace

Live In Peace’s mission is to empower our youth and young adults to reclaim the vision for their future. We accomplish this through a highly relational model that connects young people to their talents, educational pathways, jobs, and a bright future.

Website
Palo Alto Community Child Care

As a community leader in Palo Alto, PACCC partners with families and regional agencies to provide and advocate for exceptional and accessible childhood care and education.

Website
Peninsula Bridge

We believe all of our students, if given equal access and opportunity, can reach their full potential and graduate from high school and four-year colleges. We provide motivated, low-income students with academic and personal support during middle school years through college graduation. We are helping to break the cycle of poverty and greatly increase each student’s chance for success in school, life and career.

Website
Peninsula College Fund

Our mission is to empower low-income, first generation college students to graduate and obtain a job that aligns with their career goals.

Website
Ravenswood Education Foundation

REF’s mission is to ensure equitable and high-quality educational opportunities for all Ravenswood students.

Website
Ready.Set.Excel

STEM success for all students. Students with a strong math foundation are better equipped to succeed. Our goal is to empower every student to become confident and successful in high school math and science.

Website
Rise Together Education

Rise Together Education (RTE) is dedicated to improving college graduation rates by providing support and financial resources to low-income Palo Alto High School students who have been accepted to 4-year colleges or 2-year community colleges with a direct transfer agreement. At present we are providing scholarships up to $2500 per academic year for up to four years. Long term we would like to provide much more than this.

Website
Rosalie Rendu Center

The mission of the Rosalie Rendu Center is to combat poverty by educating, mentoring and raising the self-esteem of the entire family.

Website
Science is Elementary

We transform elementary science education for everyone by teaching students, training teachers, and engaging the scientific community so that every child has access to exciting, high-quality science every day.

Website
Silicon Valley Urban Debate League

Elevating Life Outcomes through the Academic Sport of Debate program.

Website
St. Elizabeth Seton School

St. Elizabeth Seton School, sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, is a nurturing community in the Vincentian tradition. They provide holistic learning and a challenging curriculum to children of low-income families.

Website
The People’s Music School

Our mission is to deliver access to the benefits of high-quality, tuition-free music education. Through intensive instruction and performance, our students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. They grow musically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, and develop a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem, resilience and purpose.

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Upward Scholars

To provide adult immigrants the boost they need to move up the economic ladder through education and vocational support.

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Vida Verde

Outdoor educational opportunities for underserved elementary-age students.

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Youth Community Services

YCS engages youth from diverse mid-peninsula communities in meaningful service-based learning, as well as essential social-emotional learning experiences.

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Supporting Families
Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto

The Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto celebrates over 60 years of channeling donations from those who wish to give to those less fortunate in the Palo Alto, California community. The Bureau accepts confidential referrals of individuals and families in need from social service agencies, schools, and other community agencies.  The all volunteer staff eliminates duplications by serving as a central clearing house. The Bureau mails a holiday greeting with a check to referred families and individuals whose children attend Palo Alto Unified School District or are residents of the City of Palo Alto.

Website
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

The mission of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.

Website
Uplifting the Vulnerable
Able Works

Able Works is a nonprofit fighting for economic justice in Northern California.

Website
Ada’s Café

Ada’s Cafe is dedicated to hiring, training and empowering our employees with disabilities. Ada’s Cafe is Where Good Food and Community Meet. We strive to create delicious food and drinks in an environment that is warm and friendly to let our customers know we care about them.  Ada’s also conducts collaborative research on improving workplaces for people with disabilities.

Website
Alta Housing

Alta Housing’s mission is to create stronger, more diverse communities by providing and maintaining high quality, safe housing where individuals and families thrive.

Website
Avenidas

Avenidas’ mission is to help older adults in the local community be as active, engaged, and healthy as possible throughout their lives by providing relevant services and programs.

Website
CASA of San Mateo County

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Mateo County is to ensure that all abused and neglected children under the protection of the court have a consistent, caring adult who speaks on their behalf and helps them reach their full potential.

Website
Children’s Health Council

To transform young lives by providing culturally-responsive best-in-class learning and mental health services to families from diverse backgrounds regardless of language, location or ability to pay.

Website
Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto

The Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto celebrates over 60 years of channeling donations from those who wish to give to those less fortunate in the Palo Alto, California community. The Bureau accepts confidential referrals of individuals and families in need from social service agencies, schools, and other community agencies.  The all volunteer staff eliminates duplications by serving as a central clearing house. The Bureau mails a holiday greeting with a check to referred families and individuals whose children attend Palo Alto Unified School District or are residents of the City of Palo Alto.

Website
Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto

Founded in East Palo Alto, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto is a nonprofit offering legal services that improve the lives of low-income families throughout the region. We specialize in immigration, housing, workers’ rights, records clearance, and consumer protection.

Website
DreamCatchers

Our mission is to close the opportunity gap faced by low-income middle school students in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Website
Ecumenical Hunger Program

EHP’s mission is to provide compassionate, dignified and practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship.  We offer material help, support services, and advocacy for our neighbors in need, in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

EHP serves working families, seniors, people with limited incomes and those who have both emergency and on-going needs in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding communities.

Website
Family Giving Tree

By inspiring community kindness, generosity, and volunteerism, The Family Giving Tree fulfills exact holiday wishes and provides backpacks filled with STEAM-based school supplies to those in need.

Website
FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth)

FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. In our work, we are accountable, dedicated, respectful, equitable and just, loving, innovative, hopeful, and youth-centered.

Website
Home & Hope

Home & Hope’s mission is to provide a safe haven for families facing homelessness and help them to regain long-term self-sufficiency. We seek to increase awareness around the issue of homelessness by actively engaging volunteers from the local community.

Website
JobTrain

JobTrain is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed. Our purpose is to improve the lives of people in our community through assessment, attitude and job skills training, and high potential career placement.

Website
Karat School Project (KSP)

Provide skills-based education to children and women living in extreme poverty to help break the cycle of poverty and inequality sustainably now and for generations to come.

Learning Home Volunteers

Learning Home Volunteers is a non-profit organization working to address the kindergarten-readiness gap by providing weekly in-home tutoring to preschool-age children.

Website
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s mission is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty.

Website
Live in Peace

Live In Peace’s mission is to empower our youth and young adults to reclaim the vision for their future. We accomplish this through a highly relational model that connects young people to their talents, educational pathways, jobs, and a bright future.

Website
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

Our mission is simple. We aim to provide hot and nutritious prepared meals, delivered and served to feed hungry families, children, seniors, veterans, students, and disabled individuals in our Bay Area community.

Website
Loved Twice

We’re a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity clothing newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing for the first year of life -one of life’s basic necessities. We collect gently-used baby clothes, sort these precious garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics. Ours is a simple solution that supports disadvantaged babies while reusing thousands of onesies, swaddling blankets, and babywear that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Website
Nuestra Casa

Nuestra Casa exists to uplift Latino families in East Palo Alto and the mid-peninsula though community education, leadership development, and advocacy.

Website
Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc. is committed to working with residents, families, facilities and stakeholders to create a community dedicated to protecting the rights of all residents living in long term care in San Mateo County. We create immediate change for residents through our hands on advocacy efforts addressing issues that range from quality of care issues to egregious abuse. Join us as we drive change in the elder care community.

Website
One East Palo Alto

OEPA’s mission is to develop resident leadership, broker resources and services, build the capacity of individuals and organizations, and advocate for change leading to the improved social, physical, spiritual, educational and economic well-being of East Palo Alto.

Website
Peninsula HealthCare Connections

Peninsula HealthCare Connection (PHC) promotes integrated primary and mental healthcare and intensive case management for homeless individuals or those at risk of becoming homeless in Santa Clara County, regardless of their ability to pay. They collaborate with local hospitals, healthcare providers, social service agencies, and similarly committed partner agencies to this end.

Website
Peninsula Volunteers

We enable seniors to age in place.

These are simple, powerful words that recognize seniors as engaged and independent members of our community. Our professional staff, the Peninsula Volunteers membership, and our community volunteers care for our seniors and their caregivers, providing comfort, learning, and social interaction to help them remain vibrant members of our community.

Website
Pets In Need

The mission of Pets In Need is to advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home.

Website
Ravenswood Family Health Center

To improve the health of the community by providing culturally sensitive, integrated primary and preventative health care to all, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status, and collaborating with community partners to address the social determinants of health.

Website
Rosalie Rendu Center

The mission of the Rosalie Rendu Center is to combat poverty by educating, mentoring and raising the self-esteem of the entire family.

Website
St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room provides hot, nutritious meals fifty-two weeks a year.

Website
Tax-Aid

Through skilled volunteers, Tax-Aid provides year-round free tax services to strengthen our San Francisco Bay Area community.

Website
TeleVisit
  • To transform the quality of life of seniors through simple-to-use technology and personalized, interactive online programs and activities that educate, entertain, inspire, connect and engage.
  • To dramatically enhance the ability of older adults to stay physically, mentally and socially active by creating and delivering interactive learning, social, entertainment and community-building group activities and programs that can be enjoyed from home.
Website
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Vista Center’s mission is to empower individuals who are blind and visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training.

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WeHope

The mission of WeHOPE is to help people become healthy, employed and housed using innovative solutions.

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Youth United for Community Action (YUCA)

Youth United for Community Action (YUCA), a grassroots community organization created, led, and run by young people of color, the majority from low-income communities, provides a safe space for young people to empower ourselves and work on environmental and social justice issues to establish positive systemic change through grassroots community organizing.

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Alphabetical
49er Academy

The 49ers Academy provides adolescent students with a community of support that empowers them to be engaged in school, to reach their full potential, and achieve academic and personal success in middle school, high school and beyond.

Website
Able Works

Able Works is a nonprofit fighting for economic justice in Northern California.

Website
AchieveKids

AchieveKids schools provide individualized and multi-disciplinary programs that deliver special education, mental health, and family support services for students ages 5 to 22 that have complex and often severe developmental, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Website
Ada’s Café

Ada’s Cafe is dedicated to hiring, training and empowering our employees with disabilities. Ada’s Cafe is Where Good Food and Community Meet. We strive to create delicious food and drinks in an environment that is warm and friendly to let our customers know we care about them.  Ada’s also conducts collaborative research on improving workplaces for people with disabilities.

Website
Adolescent Counseling Services

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) empowers youth in our community to find their way through social-emotional support and by building safe, accepting communities.

Website
Aim High

Aim High creates life-changing opportunities during the summer and beyond. Our community:

  • Nurtures the promise and potential of middle school students from low-income neighborhoods
  • Prepares students for high school, setting them on the path to college and future success
  • Inspires the next generation of teachers and educational leaders
Website
All Students Matter

Inspired by the belief that every child deserves an equal opportunity to learn, nearly 200 All Students Matter volunteers work with teachers to support the success of students in the Ravenswood City School District serving communities in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

Website
Alta Housing

Alta Housing’s mission is to create stronger, more diverse communities by providing and maintaining high quality, safe housing where individuals and families thrive.

Website
Animal Assisted Happiness

Founded in 2009, our mission is to enrich the lives of youth with needs through barnyard animal interactions at our Smile Farm and mobile visits, creating moments of joy and happiness throughout our AAH community. Uniquely situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, we provide barnyard buddies so children and their family members can ‘experience the smiles only animals can bring’. Our vision is a “Million Smiles”. We are 100% funded by donations and grants and largely operate with our large network of volunteers.

Website
Art In Action

Art in Action’s mission is to empower students through arts education.

Website
Avenidas

Avenidas’ mission is to help older adults in the local community be as active, engaged, and healthy as possible throughout their lives by providing relevant services and programs.

Website
Beechwood School

We believe that all our students have within them the power to succeed. The mission of Beechwood School is to teach students to take personal responsibility to:

  • Find their strength and build upon it.
  • Prepare to establish strong families.
  • Serve in their communities.
  • Make healthy choices for body and mind.
Website
Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (BBAF) helps save lives by giving scholarships for swim lessons to children in need and changes lives by supporting lifeguard training, swim team and water polo for underserved families at community pools.

Website
Bring Me A Book

Our goal is to bring the joy and transformational power of books to all children—especially books they choose themselves and will love best.

Website
Canopy

Canopy’s mission is to grow urban tree canopy in Midpneinsula communities for the benefit of all.  Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most.

Website
CASA of San Mateo County

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Mateo County is to ensure that all abused and neglected children under the protection of the court have a consistent, caring adult who speaks on their behalf and helps them reach their full potential.

Website
CASSY – Counseling and Support Services for Youth

Our mission is to de-stigmatize mental health services and make supporting students’ social and emotional well-being the norm in our local schools. We want to provide all students with the continuity of support they need, from the first day of kindergarten until they graduate from high school, to be successful in school and life.

Website
Children’s Health Council

To transform young lives by providing culturally-responsive best-in-class learning and mental health services to families from diverse backgrounds regardless of language, location or ability to pay.

Website
Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto

The Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto celebrates over 60 years of channeling donations from those who wish to give to those less fortunate in the Palo Alto, California community. The Bureau accepts confidential referrals of individuals and families in need from social service agencies, schools, and other community agencies.  The all volunteer staff eliminates duplications by serving as a central clearing house. The Bureau mails a holiday greeting with a check to referred families and individuals whose children attend Palo Alto Unified School District or are residents of the City of Palo Alto.

Website
Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto

Founded in East Palo Alto, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto is a nonprofit offering legal services that improve the lives of low-income families throughout the region. We specialize in immigration, housing, workers’ rights, records clearance, and consumer protection.

Website
CORA

CORA is the only agency in San Mateo County solely dedicated to helping those affected by intimate partner abuse. From counseling, to emergency housing, to legal assistance, our services are designed to provide safety, support, and healing.

Website
DreamCatchers

Our mission is to close the opportunity gap faced by low-income middle school students in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Website
East Palo Alto Academy Foundation

The mission of EPAAF is to advocate for, advance, and raise funds to benefit the students and college-attending graduates of East Palo Alto Academy.

Website
East Palo Alto Kids Foundation

The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) is focused on narrowing the equality gap in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools by providing microgrants directly to teachers.

Website
East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring

To change the life trajectory of local youth and their families through academic support, parent empowerment and tennis instruction.

Website
Ecumenical Hunger Program

EHP’s mission is to provide compassionate, dignified and practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship.  We offer material help, support services, and advocacy for our neighbors in need, in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

EHP serves working families, seniors, people with limited incomes and those who have both emergency and on-going needs in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding communities.

Website
Family Giving Tree

By inspiring community kindness, generosity, and volunteerism, The Family Giving Tree fulfills exact holiday wishes and provides backpacks filled with STEAM-based school supplies to those in need.

Website
FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth)

FLY’s mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. In our work, we are accountable, dedicated, respectful, equitable and just, loving, innovative, hopeful, and youth-centered.

Website
Foundation for a College Education

The vision of FCE is to create a community where higher education is attainable. By engaging both students and parents in our work, we aim to create a community of learners who are armed with the right tools and information. Together, they play a pivotal role in sharing this information with other families about how best to take advantage of school resources and navigate the college admissions process, thus catalyzing change in the larger community.

Website
Health Connected

Health Connected equips young people with information, skills, and support to make thoughtful choices about their relationships and sexual health throughout their lives.

Website
Home & Hope

Home & Hope’s mission is to provide a safe haven for families facing homelessness and help them to regain long-term self-sufficiency. We seek to increase awareness around the issue of homelessness by actively engaging volunteers from the local community.

Website
JobTrain

JobTrain is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed. Our purpose is to improve the lives of people in our community through assessment, attitude and job skills training, and high potential career placement.

Website
KARA

Kara’s mission is to provide grief support for children, teens, families and adults. Our guiding values are empathy and compassion. Every day we provide caring support to children and adults affected by loss and grief. Our vision is to see people of all ages compassionately supported on their journey through grief so they can move toward renewed hope and meaning. We serve individuals who are grieving a death as well as those managing a terminal illness (their own or another’s).

Website
Karat School Project (KSP)

Provide skills-based education to children and women living in extreme poverty to help break the cycle of poverty and inequality sustainably now and for generations to come.

Kids & Art Foundation

Kids & Art Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cancer care by focusing on the whole child in treatment by including healing through arts in their protocol.

Website
Learning Home Volunteers

Learning Home Volunteers is a non-profit organization working to address the kindergarten-readiness gap by providing weekly in-home tutoring to preschool-age children.

Website
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s mission is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty.

Website
Live in Peace

Live In Peace’s mission is to empower our youth and young adults to reclaim the vision for their future. We accomplish this through a highly relational model that connects young people to their talents, educational pathways, jobs, and a bright future.

Website
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

Our mission is simple. We aim to provide hot and nutritious prepared meals, delivered and served to feed hungry families, children, seniors, veterans, students, and disabled individuals in our Bay Area community.

Website
Loved Twice

We’re a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity clothing newborns in need with quality reused baby clothing for the first year of life -one of life’s basic necessities. We collect gently-used baby clothes, sort these precious garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics. Ours is a simple solution that supports disadvantaged babies while reusing thousands of onesies, swaddling blankets, and babywear that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Website
Nuestra Casa

Nuestra Casa exists to uplift Latino families in East Palo Alto and the mid-peninsula though community education, leadership development, and advocacy.

Website
Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc. is committed to working with residents, families, facilities and stakeholders to create a community dedicated to protecting the rights of all residents living in long term care in San Mateo County. We create immediate change for residents through our hands on advocacy efforts addressing issues that range from quality of care issues to egregious abuse. Join us as we drive change in the elder care community.

Website
One East Palo Alto

OEPA’s mission is to develop resident leadership, broker resources and services, build the capacity of individuals and organizations, and advocate for change leading to the improved social, physical, spiritual, educational and economic well-being of East Palo Alto.

Website
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation

The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation expands the reach and impact of the Palo Alto Art Center through fundraising and advocacy.

Website
Palo Alto Community Child Care

As a community leader in Palo Alto, PACCC partners with families and regional agencies to provide and advocate for exceptional and accessible childhood care and education.

Website
Peninsula Bridge

We believe all of our students, if given equal access and opportunity, can reach their full potential and graduate from high school and four-year colleges. We provide motivated, low-income students with academic and personal support during middle school years through college graduation. We are helping to break the cycle of poverty and greatly increase each student’s chance for success in school, life and career.

Website
Peninsula College Fund

Our mission is to empower low-income, first generation college students to graduate and obtain a job that aligns with their career goals.

Website
Peninsula HealthCare Connections

Peninsula HealthCare Connection (PHC) promotes integrated primary and mental healthcare and intensive case management for homeless individuals or those at risk of becoming homeless in Santa Clara County, regardless of their ability to pay. They collaborate with local hospitals, healthcare providers, social service agencies, and similarly committed partner agencies to this end.

Website
Peninsula Volunteers

We enable seniors to age in place.

These are simple, powerful words that recognize seniors as engaged and independent members of our community. Our professional staff, the Peninsula Volunteers membership, and our community volunteers care for our seniors and their caregivers, providing comfort, learning, and social interaction to help them remain vibrant members of our community.

Website
Pets In Need

The mission of Pets In Need is to advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home.

Website
Ravenswood Education Foundation

REF’s mission is to ensure equitable and high-quality educational opportunities for all Ravenswood students.

Website
Ravenswood Family Health Center

To improve the health of the community by providing culturally sensitive, integrated primary and preventative health care to all, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status, and collaborating with community partners to address the social determinants of health.

Website
Ready.Set.Excel

STEM success for all students. Students with a strong math foundation are better equipped to succeed. Our goal is to empower every student to become confident and successful in high school math and science.

Website
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

The mission of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.

Website
Rise Together Education

Rise Together Education (RTE) is dedicated to improving college graduation rates by providing support and financial resources to low-income Palo Alto High School students who have been accepted to 4-year colleges or 2-year community colleges with a direct transfer agreement. At present we are providing scholarships up to $2500 per academic year for up to four years. Long term we would like to provide much more than this.

Website
Rosalie Rendu Center

The mission of the Rosalie Rendu Center is to combat poverty by educating, mentoring and raising the self-esteem of the entire family.

Website
Science is Elementary

We transform elementary science education for everyone by teaching students, training teachers, and engaging the scientific community so that every child has access to exciting, high-quality science every day.

Website
Silicon Valley Urban Debate League

Elevating Life Outcomes through the Academic Sport of Debate program.

Website
St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room provides hot, nutritious meals fifty-two weeks a year.

Website
St. Elizabeth Seton School

St. Elizabeth Seton School, sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, is a nurturing community in the Vincentian tradition. They provide holistic learning and a challenging curriculum to children of low-income families.

Website
Tax-Aid

Through skilled volunteers, Tax-Aid provides year-round free tax services to strengthen our San Francisco Bay Area community.

Website
TeleVisit
  • To transform the quality of life of seniors through simple-to-use technology and personalized, interactive online programs and activities that educate, entertain, inspire, connect and engage.
  • To dramatically enhance the ability of older adults to stay physically, mentally and socially active by creating and delivering interactive learning, social, entertainment and community-building group activities and programs that can be enjoyed from home.
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The People’s Music School

Our mission is to deliver access to the benefits of high-quality, tuition-free music education. Through intensive instruction and performance, our students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. They grow musically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, and develop a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem, resilience and purpose.

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TheatreWorks

TheatreWorks is one of America’s outstanding professional theatres. Our work celebrates the human spirit through innovative productions, new works, and education programs inspired by and engaging our diverse Silicon Valley community.

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Upward Scholars

To provide adult immigrants the boost they need to move up the economic ladder through education and vocational support.

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Vida Verde

Outdoor educational opportunities for underserved elementary-age students.

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Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Vista Center’s mission is to empower individuals who are blind and visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training.

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WeHope

The mission of WeHOPE is to help people become healthy, employed and housed using innovative solutions.

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Youth Community Services

YCS engages youth from diverse mid-peninsula communities in meaningful service-based learning, as well as essential social-emotional learning experiences.

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Youth United for Community Action (YUCA)

Youth United for Community Action (YUCA), a grassroots community organization created, led, and run by young people of color, the majority from low-income communities, provides a safe space for young people to empower ourselves and work on environmental and social justice issues to establish positive systemic change through grassroots community organizing.

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