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Family Donates $1 Million To Develop Youth Mental Health Resources

To carry on a son's legacy, the Tone Yao Lee scholarships will support mental health educators, psychologists and research.

(May 20, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Protesters Gather At 'Bans Off Our Bodies' Protest in Mountain View

An estimated 200-300 protesters converged at the Mountain View Caltrain station and marched down Castro Street, chanting and making their way to all four corners of Castro and El Camino Real.

(May 14, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
Food Bank Buys North San Jose Site for Future HQ, Food Handling

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley has bought a prime site in north San Jose’s Alviso district where the charitable agency aims to consolidate its head offices along with food handling operations.

(April 30, 2022) → Read the full The Mercury News report
These California Organizations Are Supporting Ukraine

Tens of thousands of Ukrainian immigrants call California home, and many of them are still processing the shock they’ve felt at the Russian invasion into Ukraine. For those hoping to help, these groups are providing aid to affected Ukranians.

(Feb. 25, 2022) → Read the full CapRadio report
Cupertino Brings on New Commissioners for 2022

The Cupertino City Council made new appointments to fill vacancies during its Jan. 24 and Feb. 1 meetings. New commissioners will hold their position for a four-year term, ending Jan. 30, 2026.

(Feb. 24, 2022) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
Family-Oriented Jewish Organization to Launch in Mountain View

For many years, Jewish organizations have thrived in the Midpeninsula. Now, Mountain View residents will be getting their own Chabad Jewish Center. "We cater to all the needs of the Jewish community —religious and social needs. We're here to provide classes, services and holiday events," Rabbi Ber Rosenblat said.

(Feb. 23, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
Woodside Resident Creates Nonprofit for Young Athletes

When an equestrian coach was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a minor, the story was familiar to Woodside resident Carrie Kehring. Her own daughter had been groomed and abused by a different instructor.

(Feb. 18, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Justice Vanguard Commemorates Black History Month

Kiyoshi Taylor and Kenan Moos, co-founders of the Los Altos-based racial justice organization Justice Vanguard, have created an educational resource titled “100 Years of Black History.”

(Feb. 15, 2022) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
South Bay Chabad Destroyed by Fire Receives Support From Abroad

About two months after the Chabad House–Almaden Valley was destroyed by a fire, the synagogue community has gotten help from the Azerbaijani government. A spokesman said the act “is in line with Azerbaijan’s longstanding policy of supporting interfaith harmony.”

(Feb. 15, 2022) → Read the full The Jewish News of Northern California report
Hope for the Unhoused Strives to Alleviate Homelessness in Milpitas

Created in 2020, Hope for the Unhoused is running full steam as an official nonprofit, which has opened the door to funds, including a $15,000 grant from Santa Clara County. Its purpose: to find a way to end homelessness in Milpitas.

(Jan. 19, 2022) → Read the full Milpitas Beat report
Local Couple Turns Grief Into Helping Others

After their 12-year-old son was swept away by a sneaker wave, Sharmistha Chakraborty and Tarun Pruthi have used their grief to power change. New life rescuing stations are now installed at three local beaches.

(Jan. 4, 2022) → Read the full KQED Public report
Tree Foundation Branches Out

Canopy, a Palo-Alto based nonprofit, recently expanded its reach by planting trees out of town.

(Dec. 24, 2021) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Family Giving Tree Hits Milestone

The Bay Area nonprofit Family Giving Tree recently served its two millionth recipient over the most recent holiday season.

(Dec. 15, 2021) → Read the full Milpitas Beat report
Downtown San Jose Receives $1M Boost

The Knight Foundation has donated $1 million to help boost and improve downtown San Jose. The goal is to create a more vibrant city center for residents and tourists.

(Dec. 2, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Inside report
San Jose Mayor Selects Asian Community Liaison

Tri Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant who has worked for San Jose City Hall, has been named the new Asian Community Liaison by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. He is working to expand education and outreach efforts to the city’s diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

(Oct. 29, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Emergency Response Team To Hold Practice Drill

Between earthquakes and floods over the past several decades, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Community Emergency Response Team likes to be prepared. Members will hold a drive-through water distribution practice drill on Nov. 3.

(Oct. 28, 2021) → Read the full Los Gatan report
High School Senior Baked Her Way Toward Raising Money for Chromebooks

Presentation High School senior Shrobana Sengupta has raised enough money to provide 72 Chromebooks to low-income students, and she did it all through baking macarons in her parents' kitchen.

(Oct. 28, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Free Sandbags Available to Peninsula Residents

With a historic storm landing in the Bay Area this week, many residents have experienced damage to their homes and vehicles. In preparation for future storms, several locations throughout the Peninsula are offering free sandbags to residents.

(Oct. 25, 2021) → Read the full Daily Post report
Vietnamese Service Center Opens in San Jose

Years in the making, the Vietnamese Service Center is finally opening near San Jose’s Little Saigon area. It will provide health and human services to the more than 140,000 Vietnamese residents of the region.

(Oct. 19, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
All-Inclusive Park Opens in San Jose

San Jose is celebrating the reopening of Lincoln Glen Park, the second all-inclusive park in the city. The park includes play equipment for children on the autism spectrum disorder, along with those with physical disabilities and medical fragility.

(Oct. 15, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
Local Ice Cream Shop Owner Creates Pumpkin Patch Fun

The Hidden Halloween is the brainchild of a Baskin-Robbins franchise owner, and is becoming a popular destination in Palo Alto. What was once an empty field is now a charming pumpkin patch with activities for kids and families.

(Oct. 8, 2021) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Los Gatos Joins National Anti-Hate Effort

Recent antisemitic grafitti in Los Gatos has led to a collaboration between the Town of Los Gatos, Jewish Silicon Valley and other groups. Their activities will coincide with a national effort convened by Not In Our Town, a national anti-hate organization.

(Oct. 7, 2021) → Read the full Los Gatan report
Local Jewish Orgs Benefit from Zuckerberg Gifts

Mark Zuckerberg, known for giving financially to the Jewish community, recently gifted funding to local organizations—including $200,000 to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.

(Oct. 6, 2021) → Read the full The Jewish News of Northern California report
CalFresh Benefits to Increase

CalFresh benefits will be permanently increased by 22 percent, which is higher than they ever were pre-pandemic. This is great news for Santa Clara County beneficiaries, where living expenses are extremely high.

(Oct. 5, 2021) → Read the full Morgan Hill Times report
Grant to Help Victims of Gilroy Shooting

A $3.9 million grant will go toward assisting victims of the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting. It will provide counseling services to survivors through October 2022.

(Oct. 4, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Garden Club of Palo Alto Supported by 100-Year-Old Roots

Since October of 1921, the Garden Club of Palo Alto has kept the city green, tending to trees and gardens at libraries, schools and other public spaces.

(Oct. 1, 2021) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Teen Author to Lead Anti-Bullying Initiative

Riyani Patel has already authored two books about the negative effects of bullying, and now she will head up an event in Morgan Hill to support National Bullying Prevention Month.

(Sept. 29, 2021) → Read the full Morgan Hill Times report
Bay Area Teen’s Science Fair Project Now Saving Lives

She lost the science fair, but Nishi Dharia of Presentation High School has moved on. She is the founder of a nonprofit that is now saving the lives of premature babies in India.

(Sept. 28, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
A New Look for the Gilroy Center for the Arts

Lowe’s employees volunteered at Gilroy Center for the Arts on Sept. 14 to help transform the space inside and out. The center was one of 100 recipients of Lowe’s 100 Hometowns grant.

(Sept. 17, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Live Oak High School Alum Founds NAACP Chapter

When Morgan Hill local Ellie Mae Fisher started at Texas Tech University in 2018, she was shocked that there was no National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter there.

(Sept. 14, 2021) → Read the full Morgan Hill Times report
Morgan Hill Nonprofits Can Apply for One-Time Rescue Funding

The city of Morgan Hill will soon disburse up to $100,000 in federal “rescue” funds to local nonprofits, with a priority on organizations that were affected by COVID-19 or have a track record of supporting those who suffered due to the pandemic.

(Sept. 13, 2021) → Read the full Morgan Hill Times report
Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley Aims to Make a Difference

Gabriela Chavez-Lopez becomes the first director of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, and looks forward to making a difference in her community.

(Sept. 12, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
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