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These California Schools Connect Kids to Community Services. Will They Survive Budget Cuts?

05/16/2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched the community school initiative with $4.1 billion in grants to connect students and their families to medical care, counseling and other services.

Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation Holds Policy Convention

05/06/2024

Housing, climate change and inequity were among the topics for discussion as local community leaders met to discuss the most pressing needs in the region.

Volunteers to Paint Downtown San Jose Mural

05/02/2024

Hundreds of volunteers have signed up to participate in painting a mural on San Pedro Street in downtown San Jose.

Los Gatos Resident Helps Light Up Neighbors During Power Outages

02/20/2024

While Bay Area residents have criticized PG&E for not being better prepared for power outages, Los Gatos residents are increasingly turning to their community for help. Enter Mark Zhang, a “prepper” of sorts who collects supplies in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

Avenidas CEO Amy Yotopoulos Resigns

02/10/2024

Avenidas CEO Amy Yotopoulos announced Feb. 9 that she is resigning as leader of Palo Alto’s senior center, ending a seven-year tenure at Avenidas in mid-June.

How Milpitas Charity Bingo Has Disbursed Over $2 Million to Local Nonprofits

02/01/2024

From all over the Bay Area, bingo players flock to Milpitas Charity Bingo, citing its ultra-friendly staff and volunteers, cleanliness, and fun atmosphere.

South Bay Nonprofit Receives Gift From MacKenzie Scott

01/25/2024

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley received a much-appreciated infusion of funding over the holidays: a $3.4 million gift from philanthropist and Amazon shareholder MacKenzie Scott.

Santa Clara County Officials May Cap Spending on District Projects

01/23/2024

County leaders may limit how much money they give to nonprofit groups and projects serving low-income neighborhoods in light of looming budget challenges.

$20K Reward Offered for Information About Taco Bell Robbery

01/20/2024

The nonprofit group Mothers Against Murder is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the man who robbed at gunpoint a Taco Bell in south Palo Alto.

Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Eases Financial Hardships for Mountain View Residents

01/16/2024

Lauded for its direct impact, a temporary cash assistance program has helped some of Mountain View’s most vulnerable residents meet their household needs, without stipulating how the money should be used.

Los Gatos Commission Wants to Create a More Inclusive Town

01/16/2024

A new Los Gatos commission is taking a look into how the town treats people who live and work there, and how it welcomes visitors.

San Jose African American Community Service Agency Works Toward Equity

01/15/2024

In celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, the African American Community Service Agency in San Jose aims to connect residents with educational and supportive services.

Chinese Elders Find, Reconnect with Heritage through Local Center

01/09/2024

At the Avenidas Chinese Community Center, the Lunar New Year is more than a yearly tradition, it's become a celebration of freedom and community among elderly Chinese community members.

Silicon Valley Vietnamese Community Organizes its Political Voice

01/07/2024

The Vietnamese American Democratic Club of Silicon Valley wants to be chartered within the Santa Clara County Democratic Party to organize and empower like-minded members within its community.

Winter Wellness Fair Welcomes Hundreds to Sunnyvale Community Services

01/05/2024

Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS) partnered with 40 local agencies to create the Winter Wellness Fair. Not only did families receive holiday gift cards and food, but it was a festive atmosphere that included health services along with a visit with Santa Claus.

Why California Community Colleges Struggle to Create Diverse Faculties and Staff

01/03/2024

“Progress remains slow,” according to a recent report on faculty diversity at California’s community colleges. For Nikia Chaney, the sole full-time Black faculty member at Cabrillo College, the experience is personal.

Customers buy Country Sun, Avert Closure

01/02/2024

For Country Sun, the venerable organic produce store on California Avenue, the holiday season felt particularly festive this year after two customers stepped up to buy the market just as it was on the brink of closure.

How One California School System Raised Test Scores for Black Students

01/01/2024

Emery Unified took a targeted approach, including paying teachers extra to stay after school and tutor students.

Holiday Fund: How Mentor Tutor Connection Inspires Local Students in Need of Support

12/29/2023

Students in the MTC mentor program are from vulnerable populations who have significant stressors in their lives that impact their mental health and social and school engagement.

SCFD Hosts Holiday ‘Toy Store’ for Local Families in Need

12/26/2023

The Santa Clara Fire Department, in conjunction with the Firefighters Foundation, worked with the Santa Clara Unified School District to identify local families in need.

California Presses Universities to Return Thousands of Native American Remains and Artifacts to Local Tribes

12/25/2023

State audits of the University of California and the California State University found both systems have failed to comply with decades-old state and federal laws mandating the return of Native ancestral remains and cultural artifacts. Only UCLA and Cal State Long Beach have returned a majority of their collections.

Applied Materials’ ‘Face of Philanthropy’ Stepping Down in 2024

12/23/2023

For the past 25 years, Siobhan Kenney headed up food drives and gotten up on chilly Thanksgiving mornings to lead the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. But in early 2024, she’ll be retiring from her position at Applied Materials.

New Law Could Help Undocumented California College Students Get Financial Aid

12/21/2023

The financial aid application for undocumented students is cumbersome and confusing, and many students aren’t completing the forms. A new law streamlines the process.

Local Family Repeats $100K Gift to Holiday Fund

12/21/2023

A Palo Alto family has made another $100,000 donation to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, its 13th year of supporting the campaign, which provides grants to local non-profits serving kids and families in need.

Domestic Violence Shelters Play a Key Role in Fighting Homelessness. Now They Face Deep Funding Cuts

12/19/2023

Federal funding for domestic violence shelters and housing programs is declining. Advocates want the state to step in, but with a record projected deficit new spending is unlikely.

13-Year-Old Hosts 1st Menorah Lighting Event in Milpitas

12/15/2023

It was a couple of years ago that Marvin Serber and his family had moved from New York to Milpitas. In September, after a New York trip, Serber showed up at a Milpitas City Council meeting to speak in favor of a menorah lighting celebration for the community.

Are the Kids All Right? New California K-12 Performance Data is Out

12/15/2023

Despite a few improvements, results show students are still struggling on several fronts.

Newsom Blasts Counties for Dragging Feet Over New Mental Health Law

12/15/2023

All but two California counties are delaying their implementation of a new law that makes it easier for a court to place someone in involuntary confinement if they can’t care for their own medical needs or personal safety.

Peninsula College Fund Helps Low-Income, 1st-Generation College Students Thrive

12/08/2023

Peninsula College Fund received a $10,000 grant from this publication's Holiday Fund campaign, which it used to bolster its services providing support for Bay Area high schoolers who are the first in their families to attend college.

La Comida, First United Methodist Church Open Senior Lunch Program

12/07/2023

Low-income seniors finally have a seat at the indoor table after La Comida's senior nutrition program and First United Methodist Church in downtown Palo Alto established a new partnership.

Cal State Faculty Begins Walkouts Over Salary Hikes

12/04/2023

The California Faculty Association is seeking a 12 percent pay increase, while university officials counter with 5 percent in each of the next three years.

State Invested $53 Million in Teaching Low-Performing Kids to Read. Here's How it's Paying Off

12/03/2023

In 2020, the state agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed too many students were not learning to read. As part of that agreement, the state spent over $50 million on 75 schools with the lowest reading scores.

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