2020 Annual Grantees & 2020 Dave Mitchell Community Impact Awards

The Fund gives grants that range from $5,000 to $20,000 in the following categories: Arts and Culture; Community Development and Social Services; Education; Environment; Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities; Housing and Nutrition; Senior Services; and Youth and Families. Congratulations to our most recent recipients.

The Fund gave Dave Mitchell Community Impact awards to Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and Canopy.

 

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

COVID-19 Grantees
Arts & Culture
Art In Action

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

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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.

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Music in the Schools

Music in the Schools Foundation, through music literacy and achievement, promotes the intellectual, social, and cultural development of underserved students of the Ravenswood City School District.

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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.

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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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Community Development & Social Services
Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto

Gift checks are distributed to local community members in financial need during the holiday season.

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
Home & Hope

Home & Hope’s mission is to provide a safe haven for homeless families while helping them to regain long-term self-sufficiency, and to raise community consciousness on the issue of homelessness by actively engaging volunteers.

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
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
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
Project WeHope

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

Website
Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange

Our Mission: Serving the community while inspiring people to learn the art of bicycle repair.

Website
Tax-Aid

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

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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.

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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

Beechwood is a private, non-profit school of 170 students in Kinder Prep through Eighth Grade. Beechwood serves over 100 families from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. The students’ educational efforts are guided by a highly qualified staff of 30 dedicated teachers and administrators. The Beechwood staff is supported by many volunteers from the community who contribute their time in a variety of ways.

Website
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

Mission:  To provide the low-income youth of our community with the opportunities they need to achieve school success.

Website
Bring Me A Book

Bring Me A Book provides book access to under-resourced children and families through partnerships with schools and community-based organizations to foster a love of reading, kindergarten readiness and learning to read.

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

EPAKs provide Education Micro Grants to educators in the Ravenswood School District to promote educational achievement for students in the classroom.

Website
Environmental Volunteers

Environmental Volunteers’ mission is to promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.

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
LitLab

LitLab provides a combination of digital and in person resources to young children and their families by leveraging three critical components early learners need when building a strong learning foundation.

Website
Music in the Schools

Music in the Schools Foundation, through music literacy and achievement, promotes the intellectual, social, and cultural development of underserved students of the Ravenswood City School District.

Website
Nuestra Casa

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

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 Jr. Museum & Zoo, Friends of

The Friends support the JMZ by funding science classes in low-income communities, improvements to the museum and zoo, fair access to the new Junior Museum for underserved families and groups, and more.

Website
Ravenswood Education Foundation

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

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. 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
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.

Website
Upward Scholars

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

Website
Environment
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
Environmental Volunteers

Environmental Volunteers’ mission is to promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.

Website
Health, Mental Health & Disabilities
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
CASSY

CASSY’s mission is to de-stigmatize mental health services and make supporting students’ social and emotional well-being the norm in the schools.

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
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
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
Legal Aid Society of S. M. 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
PARCA

PARCA’s mission is to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities and those of their families.

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
Ravenswood Family Health Center

Mission:  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
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.

Website
Housing & Nutrition
Alta Housing, formerly Palo Alto 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
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
Habitat for Humanity, Greater San Francisco

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco builds homes and sustains affordable homeownership opportunities for families in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. Our values focus on building partnerships, equity, stability, and legacy.

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LifeMoves

LifeMoves is dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness in Silicon Valley.

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St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

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

Website
Senior Services
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
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
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.

Website
Youth & Families
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
Alta Housing, formerly Palo Alto 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
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
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

Mission:  To provide the low-income youth of our community with the opportunities they need to achieve school success.

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
East Palo Alto YMCA

The mission of the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA is to strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.

 

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.

Website
Nuestra Casa

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

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
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
Youth Community Services

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

Website
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
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
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, formerly Palo Alto 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
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

Beechwood is a private, non-profit school of 170 students in Kinder Prep through Eighth Grade. Beechwood serves over 100 families from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. The students’ educational efforts are guided by a highly qualified staff of 30 dedicated teachers and administrators. The Beechwood staff is supported by many volunteers from the community who contribute their time in a variety of ways.

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
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

Mission:  To provide the low-income youth of our community with the opportunities they need to achieve school success.

Website
Bring Me A Book

Bring Me A Book provides book access to under-resourced children and families through partnerships with schools and community-based organizations to foster a love of reading, kindergarten readiness and learning to read.

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
CASSY

CASSY’s mission is to de-stigmatize mental health services and make supporting students’ social and emotional well-being the norm in the schools.

Website
Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto

Gift checks are distributed to local community members in financial need during the holiday season.

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
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

EPAKs provide Education Micro Grants to educators in the Ravenswood School District to promote educational achievement for students in the classroom.

Website
East Palo Alto YMCA

The mission of the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA is to strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.

 

Website
Environmental Volunteers

Environmental Volunteers’ mission is to promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.

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.

Website
Habitat for Humanity, Greater San Francisco

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco builds homes and sustains affordable homeownership opportunities for families in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. Our values focus on building partnerships, equity, stability, and legacy.

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 homeless families while helping them to regain long-term self-sufficiency, and to raise community consciousness on the issue of homelessness by actively engaging volunteers.

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
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
Legal Aid Society of S. M. 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
LifeMoves

LifeMoves is dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness in Silicon Valley.

Website
LitLab

LitLab provides a combination of digital and in person resources to young children and their families by leveraging three critical components early learners need when building a strong learning foundation.

Website
Music in the Schools

Music in the Schools Foundation, through music literacy and achievement, promotes the intellectual, social, and cultural development of underserved students of the Ravenswood City School District.

Website
Nuestra Casa

Mission:  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 Jr. Museum & Zoo, Friends of

The Friends support the JMZ by funding science classes in low-income communities, improvements to the museum and zoo, fair access to the new Junior Museum for underserved families and groups, and more.

Website
PARCA

PARCA’s mission is to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities and those of their families.

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
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
Project WeHope

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

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

Mission:  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
Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange

Our Mission: Serving the community while inspiring people to learn the art of bicycle repair.

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
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.

Website
Upward Scholars

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

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.

Website
Youth Community Services

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

Website