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CSA boosts its outreach efforts to serve the area's hungry


Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
CSA volunteer Archana Appanna of Los Altos stocks shelves at the Food & Nutrition Center. The Community Services Agency offers drop-in services at its Mountain View location, but the agency has been expanding its scope through outreach efforts. 
 

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2016 update: CSA recently underwent a strategic planning process. One of the goals of that process was to help break down the barriers of access for its many services, said Maureen Wadiak, associate director of the nonprofit agency.

Families in need find multilayered support at Sunday Friends


Whether through education or earning basic necessities, Sunday Friends participants become financially literate and self- advocating in the process. The nonprofit agency is celebrating 20 years of service this year.
 

• Mission: Sunday Friends aims to empower families in need to break the cycle of poverty. Children and parents earn basic necessities while they contribute to their community, learn life skills and develop self-sufficiency.

• 2016 update: This year Sunday Friends is celebrating 20 years of connecting families in San Jose to services, opportunities and each other.

Holiday Fund extends a helping hand: 2016 campaign begins this week

Sunday Friends
Holiday Fund donors support early literacy in our community.

The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is in full swing, kicking off its 17th year of assisting local organizations that directly serve those with the most pressing needs in the community.

Since its inception, the Town Crier Holiday Fund has raised approximately $2.6 million. This year, the fund aims to raise $260,000 to benefit 20 recipients.

To donate online, visit siliconvalleycf.org/latc-holiday-fund. To donate by check, make checks payable to “SVCF/Town Crier Holiday Fund” and mail to 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View 94040.

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Do the math: Music for Minors enhances learning for thousands


Photos Courtesy of Music For Minors
Half of the students Music for Minors serves attend socioeconomically disadvantaged schools that would not otherwise have music education. Research documents the many benefits of music education for young children, including enhanced abstract reasoning skills required for math.

• Mission: Music for Minors nurtures in children a lifelong love of music by providing music education programs in elementary schools.

• 2016 update: Founded in 1976 in Los Altos, Music for Minors has continued to deepen and expand its reach and now serves 25,000 Bay Area children with weekly, comprehensive music education. The organization provides students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade with a program of diverse, high-quality musical experiences that is engaging and participatory, based on state music education standards, a foundation for further choral and instrumental music education and cost-effective (regardless of district/school resources).

CHAC aims to bring children, families back from the brink


Photo courtesy of CHAC
Community Health Awareness Council programs provide support for families with children from infancy through the teenage years. CHAC programs and therapists helped avert suicide in dozens of cases this year.
 

• Mission: The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) provides alternatives to self-destructive behavior and helps create healthy lives for children and families in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and surrounding communities.

• 2016 update: CHAC programs and therapists helped avert suicide in dozens of cases this year. Drug and alcohol abuse continues to be a serious problem. There was increased use of prescription drugs in schools and in the community. In the coming year, CHAC plans to address the increasing demand for mental health services in schools and integrate technology to more efficiently serve the community.

Kids with autism benefit from exposure to arts in CSMA program


The Artistic Intelligence program at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View benefit from participation in both music and the visual arts. The program receives much of its funding from Holiday Fund donations.
 

• Mission: Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) promotes art and music education for students of all ages and abilities. The Holiday Fund almost exclusively funds the organization’s Artistic Intelligence program, which offers students with special needs classes in art, music and dance three days a week, September through April. Participants develop friendships and community outside their typical one-on-one teaching scenarios.

At the conclusion of each season, students participate in a ceremony recognizing their successful completion of the programs through the presentation of awards.


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