The Woman's Club Philanthropy Committee has selected six nonprofits for grant awards. Checks were presented to the following organizations at the June 21, 2017 luncheon:
All Students Matter: $3,200
All Students Matter is inspired by the belief that all children deserve an equal opportunity to learn and train elementary school volunteers to work in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park (Ravenswood City School District). Volunteers commit to assist weekly in the same K-4 classrooms for the full school year. Ninety-fiveve percent of the children come from low-income families; 33 percent are homeless; 83 percent are reading below grade level. The academic performance and emotional well being of 1,600 students benefit by the programs at All Students Matter. Nominated by Jean Dawes.
Avenidas creates a community that supports older adults, providing a wide variety of classes, services and volunteer opportunities. The Early Literacy Program recruits, trains and places retired teachers and others in schools providing one-on-one support for struggling readers. This program helps children connnect with an adult and improve reading skills and provides seniors a sense of purpose and community involvement. This group also received a grant from our club in 2013. Nominated by Cathy Kroymann.
Building Futures Now: $1,800
This high-quality after-school and summer academic tutoring program works with each child from the age of 8 to college. The program builds critical skills for students to develop a college-bound future by developing the academic and interpersonal potential of underserved students from East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. The program empowers students by combining academic rigor, leadership development and- long-term comprehensive support. Over 100 students from 4th through 12th grade receive this support. Nominated by Chris Kenrick.
Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto: $2,500
The Christmas Bureau has existed in Palo Alto for 60 years with the mission is “to provide holiday cheer to those in need in our community.” It provides toys and food as well as monetary assistance to families with limited funds, a lonely senior citizen, a single parent, a child - all without a holiday gift. In 2014 The Christmas Bureau provided gifts to over 2,700 individuals. Recipient families living at or below the poverty level. Nominated by Carol Hubenthal.
East Palo Alto Kids Foundation: $1,800
The mission of this community-based, all volunteer organization is to promote educational opportunities and academic success for students by awarding grants directly to teachers in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park. EPAKF serves approximately 4,500 students from 11 schools, addressing the serious educational funding gap in the community. This group also received a grant from our club in 2010. Nominated by Jacqueline Wid- mar Stewart.
Random Acts of Flowers: $2,000
Random Acts of Flowers of Silicon Valley receives flower donations from event venues, churches, grocery stores and forists - flowers that otherwise would go to a landfill. Volunteers make lovely arrangements (using donated vases) and deliver them to local hospitals, nursing homes, and health care facilities. Random Acts of Flowers’ mission is to bring moments of kindness in the form of a beautiful floral bouquet. Our recipients’ joy is enough to justify our work, but these deliveries have also been clinically proven to have a positive effect on health and well-being.Nominated by Margaret Carney.