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10 Books A Home

10 Books A Home

The mission of 10 Books A Home is to cultivate the intrinsic learning motivations of high-poverty preschoolers with the aim that all children served enter kindergarten ready to learn and perform above grade level in elementary school and beyond. Volunteer tutors provide one-on-one at-home lessons every week for up to two years. Parents participate during each lesson and work with their children between lessons.

Early childhood education experts have shown that focusing on kindergarten-readiness has many advantages over waiting to intervene until late elementary or middle school years. 10 Books A Home helps translate this research into practice and has four years of data for its four cohorts of graduates. All four groups have performed either at or above grade level in kindergarten through third grade. This is in sharp contrast to their peers in the school district, 81% of whom are performing below grade level.

We currently serve 180 families in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park 
and will open our East San Jose site in 2019. Support us and learn more at  10BooksAHome.org

Abilities United

Abilities United

Imagine a world where people of all abilities, live, learn, work and play together. Abilities United ensures that people with developmental and physical disabilities have rights, resources, and opportunities to fully participate in community life. We champion community values of dignity and respect for people, of all abilities, and envision a society where everyone is included and appreciated for their distinctive contributions.

Since 1963, over 65,000 individuals and their families in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have bene ted from our lifetime of comprehensive education, social, therapeutic, vocational, and support services. As advocates for the rights of people with developmental and physical disabilities — Abilities United makes decisions with them, not for them.

Just like you, people with developmental disabilities need a place they call home; loving and caring relationships; useful, relevant skills; employment; and opportunities to learn, grow, and change. Abilities United is committed to ensuring that these opportunities are made available at each stage of life.

For more information about their work or how you can get involved, please visit AbilitiesUnited.org

All Students Matter

All Students Matter

All Students Matter volunteers believe that all children deserve an equal chance to learn. Since 2008 we’ve provided trained volunteers to work in the same K-4 classrooms every week for the entire school year in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools. Our volunteers bring much needed consistent, reliable and customized support to meet the academic challenges of the students and the goals of the district. This year, we have over 200 volunteers serving 1600 students every week.

For more information about our work, or how to get involved, please visit allstudentsmatter.org

Avenidas

Avenidas

Avenidas is a non-profit agency that provides tools for positive aging for people 50+ on the mid-Peninsula. Avenidas runs a center in Palo Alto where people can learn a language, attend a lecture, get a u shot or take an exercise class. They can also join Avenidas Village, an aging-in-place membership program which offers concierge-level service on a 24/7 basis. Avenidas also offers transportation assistance, counseling sessions, handyman services and volunteering opportunities. For frailer adults who might have a physical or cognitive impairment, the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View offers two levels of daytime care, including a nutritious lunch and a variety of therapies.

Avenidas has been providing these services, along with support, information and community, to enrich the lives of older adults and their families since 1969.

Currently, Avenidas is in the middle of a fundraising campaign to expand its downtown Palo Alto center. They are seeking community support for this exciting project to create a state-of-the-art center for area seniors.

For more information about how you could help, please visit avenidas.org.

Bay Area Cancer Connections

Bay Area Cancer Connections

BAY AREA CANCER CONNECTIONS (BACC) is the region’s largest support network serving those affected by breast or ovarian cancer. The agency informs and empowers individuals through free, highly personalized services.

Beechwood

Beechwood

Beechwood is an independent, private school for students in Kindergarten Prep through eighth grade. Beechwood serves 169 students from 130 families from East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

Beechwood’s rigorous academic curriculum of language arts, social studies, math, and science is enriched by music, drama, art, Spanish, physical and outdoor education, field trips, technology and service learning.

Beechwood offers its young learners a safe, nurturing environment that addresses the academic and social needs of each child. We believe that all our students have within them the power to succeed. Our mission is to teach students to take personal responsibility to:

  • Find their strength and build upon it.
  • Prepare to establish strong families.
  • Serve in their communities.
  • Make healthy choices for body and mind.

Please visit beechwoodschool.org for more information.

Bring Me A Book

Bring Me A Book

Compared to their peers, underserved children face a 30 million word gap as early as kindergarten. Bring Me A Book’s mission is to strengthen the language and literacy skills of those underserved children through read-aloud programs, the creation of children’s book libraries in classrooms, and book lending programs so children can access high-quality books at home.

Bring Me A Book’s programs also provide workshops that teach parents about the benefits of reading aloud to their children, creating sustainable in-home support of their children’s literacy.

Canopy

Canopy

Through engagement, education, stewardship, and advocacy, CANOPY is planting community trees so every Midpeninsula resident can play and thrive under the shade of a healthy urban forest.

Covia - Healthy Connections

Covia - Healthy Connections

Covia promotes positive aging by cultivating healthy and engaged communities with a continuum of innovative services that actively support intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being. Covia supports the unique needs of seniors with the following programs: Life Plan Communities, affordable housing communities, and engagement programs.

The aim of the Healthy Connections Pre-Medical Student Volunteer Program at Webster House Health Center, located one mile from Stanford University, is to enhance the quality of life for older adults who suffer from serious illnesses. This program provides a caring and reliable relationship between a senior resident and an undergraduate student who is interested in a career in medicine.
Learn more about Healthy Connections Pre-Medical Student Volunteer Program at covia.org or contact Patricia Lau, MPA at plau@covia.org.

 

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK)

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK)

EAST PALO ALTO KIDS FOUNDATION (EPAK) is a community-based, all-volunteer organization that promotes educational opportunities and academic success for students in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park by providing micro grants directly to teachers so they can create a quality learning environment for their students and lessen the disparities that exist with neighboring school districts.

Fit Kids

Fit Kids

The Fit Kids Foundation is dedicated to promoting a healthy active lifestyle among children in underserved communities by providing high quality youth fitness programs and nutrition tips.

Fit Kids' #1 goal is to teach kids that fitness is fun! By inspiring children at an early age to enjoy exercise, Fit Kids encourages young children to avoid sedentary lifestyles and gives them the skills and confidence to join in physical activity and sports. When kids are active, they are at lower risk for life-long health problems and are more successful in school.

Since 2011, Fit Kids has provided free physical activity opportunities to more than 3,000 at-risk children, grades K-2 in East Palo Alto and surrounding neighborhoods. Fit Kids partners with schools and youth organizations to provide coaching, fitness equipment and an age-appropriate curriculum designed to inspire children to develop critical movement skills, increase their awareness of daily nutrition and build self-confidence, resiliency and life-skills.

For more information about their work or how you can get involved, please visit fitkids.org

Kidpower

Kidpower

Kidpower is a non-profit leader in teaching child protection, positive interaction and communication, and personal safety strategies and skills for children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs. Its mission is to help people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life learn how to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves.

Kidpower’s fun, NON-fear-based “Successful Practice” method of teaching concepts and skills prepares our participants to use their own power (or teach the people in their care) to protect themselves from most (cyber) bullying, harassment, molestation, abduction and abuse, and other overt and insidious forms of violence, and empower them to develop strong and safe relationships that enrich their lives.
It gives people the chance to be successful in practicing ‘People Safety’ and ‘Social-Emotional Development’ skills — skills that improve the safety and quality of interactions with other people as well as help people to be safe themselves — in a context specific to their abilities and life situations, which reduces anxiety and builds competence.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit kidpower.org
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere.

The funds we raise will provide lifesaving cancer research, financial assistance to patients, educational materials and events, programs and support groups, advocacy for better treatments and healthcare reform, and assistance through the LLS Information Resource Center.

Light The Night Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration. During the walk, Champions For Cures carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. We will be joined by thousands of walkers - men, women and children nationwide - to form a community of caring, and bring light to the dark world of cancer.

Learn more and register at Iightthenight.org/gba

Magical Bridge

Magical Bridge

People with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group. Over 10,000 individuals in Palo Alto have a disability and none of our public parks fully meet their needs.

Friends of the Magical Bridge, a project of Friends of the Palo Alto Parks non-profit organization, has secured land and designs for building the nation’s first fully inclusive public playground designed specifically for the disabled, right here in Palo Alto.

This innovative park will address the needs of not only the physically disabled, but those with cognitive and sensory disorders as well. We are proud to support this enriching and inclusive project that will bridge the gap between those with disabilities and those without, making it possible for all members of our community to play together.

Mission Hospice & Home Care

Mission Hospice & Home Care

Mission Hospice & Home Care serves patients and families in the San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County areas with quality, compassionate end-of-life care and education. Founded in 1979, our local, independent nonprofit has provided thousands of patients and their families with physical, emotional, and spiritual support throughout the journey from a life-threatening diagnosis through death and bereavement.

Learn more about Mission Hospice & Home Care at missionhospice.org.

My New Red Shoes

My New Red Shoes

My New Red Shoes helps homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes and by rallying youth and adults around this effort through volunteer and educational opportunities for individuals, families, schools, corporations, and community groups.

Since 2006, My New Red Shoes has improved the self-confidence, educational experience and the quality of life of more than 35,000 impoverished children. In 2016, My New Red Shoes plans to serve 10,000 children in need.

For more information about their work or how you can get involved, please visit mynewredshoes.org

Peninsula College Fund

Peninsula College Fund

The Peninsula College Fund (PCF) provides the tools for success in college and beyond to low-income first-generation college students. Their select local scholars receive college scholarships, one-to-one mentors, college success workshops, and internship support throughout theircollege careers. More than a scholarship, the Peninsula College Fund offers a comprehensive program for student success and college completion.

Since their inception in 2005, PCF has defied the odds: more than 95% of the scholars have graduated from college or currently attend college on the path to completion. Nationally, fewer than half of first generation college students complete four-year colleges in six years.

Sereno Group is proud to support the commitment and service that PCF provides the deserving students of our community.

For more information about programs or how you can get involved, please visit peninsulacollegefund.org

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

ENRICHING LIVES AS WE AGE

As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence and sense of usefulness. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) provides innovative services and housing to support seniors in the mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley.

PVI operates four programs where aging adults are cared for, respected, and engaged as vital community members: Senior Affordable Housing, Little House Activity Center, Meals on Wheels, and Rosener House.

Focusing on an active mind and body, experienced in a social environment, allows aging adults to embrace aging with health and a sense of self-worth and self-sufficiency - improving their quality of life.

To learn more about PVI programs or volunteering with PVI, please visit penvol.org | call 650-326-0665.

Ravenswood Education Foundation

Ravenswood Education Foundation

Imagine if all children, on both sides of Highway 101, received the same great education. The Ravenswood Education Foundation’s (REF) mission is to ensure equitable and high-quality educational opportunities for all students in the K-8 Ravenswood City School District in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

Our approach is unique. We work side-by-side with Ravenswood leaders and bring together community partners, concerned citizens and over 600 volunteers to make a difference in the school day for every one of the district’s 3000 students and teachers. Since 2007, REF’s financial investment has ensured that Ravenswood schools now have art and music teachers, science labs and Makerspaces, mental health counselors, summer school, professional development and much more that provide students with consistent, equitable opportunities year after year.

Join us! Visit ravenswoodef.org.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

Founded in 1989, Rebuilding Together Peninsula estimates there are approximately 94,000 low-income homeowners in San Mateo and Northern Santa Clara counties. Rebuilding Together Peninsula provides critical home repairs, modifications, and improvements for the area’s low income homeowners in need, such as seniors or people with disabilities, as well as families, so they can live independently in warmth and safety.

We are honored to partner with Rebuilding Together Peninsula because of the heartfelt and important work they do: lending a helping hand to improve the lives of homeowners who will receive the support and care they need and deserve from such a worthy and noble organization.

Silicon Valley Faces

Silicon Valley Faces

Serving the Bay Area for nearly 50 years, Silicon Valley FACES is a non-profit organization building a community free of bias, bigotry and violence. They transform youth into positive community leaders by eliminating barriers of ethnicity, gender, and culture and provide services for victims of violent crime. In Fiscal Year 2014, they provided educational programs to over 2,930 students and served over 7,200 victims of violent crime. Sereno Group is proud to support the commitment and service that FACES provides to the youth of our community.

For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit svfaces.org

Teen Success, Inc.

Teen Success, Inc.

Teen Success, Inc. believes that every teen mother deserves the opportunity to be successful. Through educational support, life and parenting skills development, reproductive health education, and early literacy for their children, Teen Success is creating meaningful opportunities for young mothers and their families.

For more information, please visit: teensuccess.org

The Beat Within

The Beat Within

THE BEAT WITHIN gives a voice to the voiceless and compels empathy for the growing population of incarcerated youth. Their mission encourages literacy, self-expression, and critical thinking skills to support a non-violent, productive life. TBW serves over 7500 youth annually through workshops operated across California county juvenile halls.

Youth Community Service

Youth Community Service

A number of our young people here in the mid-peninsula lack the sense of connectedness and direction they need to thrive. To meet their needs, Youth Community Service (YCS) engages more than 1,200 middle and high school students each year in meaningful service-based learning. Through life skills classes and leadership programs, participating youth gain a sense of purpose and confidence in their ability to positively impact the lives of others in their community.

Engaged by their new sense of interwoven destinies, these young people are well on their way to becoming tomorrow's informed, collaborative and compassionate leaders. Across diverse communities, students in Youth Community Service programs use their hearts, heads and hands to answer the question, "Who is My Neighbor?" Sereno Group is very proud to support these young people as - together -they discover the power of service to others.

For more information about programs or how you can get involved, please visit youthcommunityservice.org