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Philanthropy Announces 2016-17 Grants

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Philanthropy Announces 2016-17 Grants

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 Early Literacy Program: $2,000

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. 

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40 Pounds of Play Dough!

  Having fun while helping others!

Having fun while helping others!

On April 26, 2017, the Outreach Committee sponsored a volunteer project at the Clubhouse. Fourteen Club members showed up and really went to town! We made 40 pounds of play-dough for the kids in the 10 Books A Home program. 10 Books a Home distributes over 350 pounds of play-dough every year to kids, who use it to learn counting and express their creativity.After we cleaned up our play-dough mess, we assembled 20 beautiful gift bags for the moms at Haven Family House. ese gift bags (containing pampering soaps, lotions and other goodies) were given to the moms at our annual May Mothers Dinner, where Outreach volunteers cook and serve an elegant meal to the hard-working resident moms at Haven Family House 

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LifeMoves and Haven Family House Celebrate The Woman's Club!

On Wednesday September 28, 2016, Haven Family House and LifeMoves (formerly Invasion Shelter Network) invited the Woman's Club of Palo Alto Outreach committee to afternoon tea and a celebration of our good work for Haven Family House these past 5 years.  The theme of the celebration was "It takes a village to provide a safe haven for homeless families in our community".  It is an honor for the Woman's Club to support Haven Family House and LifeMoves! A huge thank you to all members who donate items at our monthly lunches.

Members of the Outreach Committee were honored!  Our Outreach Committee and the Woman’s Club have supported Haven Family House for more than six years with twice-monthly volunteering, Mother’s Day and Family BBQ special events and luncheon collection donations. rough this partnership we have helped hundreds of families break the cycle of homelessness and move on to successful employment and perma- nent housing.

If you would like to be part of this effort, please contact Anne Ercolani, our Haven Family House liaison. Our volunteer days are the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 9:45 a.m. to noon. 

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Outreach gets personal!

In October 2010, Chris Cantor, the director of Haven Family House, spoke at our monthly luncheon.  He explained to us Haven's residential program for families which includes not only a place to live but job search help and an on-site Child Development Center for homeless families.  Chris brought with him a woman who graduated from the Haven program and was employed at Trader Joe's in Palo Alto, living independently with her two boys.  Members of the Outreach committee wanted to thank this brave woman for her candor, and we purchased a gift card. 

We have continued our bond with this strong woman who occasionally needs a helping hand.   Sue Krumbein is the personal contact; the rest of us are anonymous donors.  When help is needed for --- that new pair of jeans because her boys are growing so quickly, an unexpected car repair so mom can get to work, soccer shoes so her son can play on the HS team --- members of Outreach have assisted with Safeway gift cards.  The requests for help are not often, but for someone living at the edge of financial stability, it is a lifeline.

Last week we received a card thanking us.  She remarks that, "I thought I was done asking for help, but everything keeps getting higher except my income.  My income doesn't cover my food and gas for me and my son.  You are all my Angels."  Her older boy is out on his own, while his younger brother is still in high school.

Today, Haven Family House is STILL supported by The Woman's Club membership with donations, collections, and volunteer hours in the housewares closet on-site.  Haven is now a part of InnVision Shelter Network.  This November we will collect twin and double sheets, blankets and bed sets for Haven Family house.

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Family and Children Service Visit

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On August 14th, four members of The Woman's Club visited four facilities operated by Family and Children Services (FCS).  FCS mission is "to build strong, safe, and self-sufficient individuals, families, and communities".  in 2014, over 11,000 children, teens, and adults participated in programs and services through FCS.

Last spring, The Woman's Club collected well over $2,000 in donations for the FCS organization "The Hub", a drop in center and Independent Living Skills program (ILP) for emancipated foster youth in Santa Clara County.  Our focus was to provide new items these young adults could take to their first-ever apartment.  These items were used to reward individuals who completed a series of independent living classes.

This trip was to revisit The Hub and introduce ourselves to other programs and services provided FCS:  The FCS main counseling offices on Cambridge St in Palo Alto, the Family Violence and Abuse Prevention center and the Substance Abuse center.  FCS also has centers LGBQT services and provides school-based counseling, on-campus, at many of the public schools in Santa Calra County.  

Our second collection for The Hub will be in March 2016.  In the meantime, there are many things we can do to support this valuable program.  Collections have been started for The Hub of backpack and school supplies, donations infant diapers for new mothers, full-size toiletries and cleaning supplies, laundry soap for the free washer and dryer available to these young people at The Hub, as they start a new life.  For more information, contact these ladies who attended the tour:  Sue Krumbein, Kathy McMahon, Mary Grace Bartsch and Donna Bohling.  

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Woman's Club Members donate to ProjectWeHope

 May Outreach to We HOPE in East Palo Alto

May Outreach to We HOPE in East Palo Alto

The Woman's Club May Community Outreach collection of personal items for the Mobile Shower and Laundry Unit in East Palo Alto serving the mid-peninsula homeless has been a SUCCESS!  Individual bags of hygiene items were delivered today and Project WeHope publicly thanked us on our Facebook Page.  Congrats to our WC Community Outreach interest group and all club members for supporting this great need in our community.

Donated items included: Washcloths, toothbrushes, combs and travel size shampoos, toothpaste and deodorant.  

What a wonderful job we have accomplished  this year!  Well over $15,000 of donated in-kinds items to 10 organizations and close to 500 hours of volunteer time.  WE ROCK!

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