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PNG seeks new volunteers

Partners for New Generations, a non-profit group that has provided mentors and tutors for local students for 16 years, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 6-7 p.m. April 24 at Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.

Through the information nights, PNG hopes to attract new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.

To RSVP, call Carole Dorshkind at 766-2162.

For more information, visit www.pngmvla.org.

Earn money for schools by staying at local hotel

The Los Altos/Palo Alto Courtyard by Marriott sponsors the Cares & Shares Community Support Program, a campaign to advance local education and projects in local communities.

The Cares & Shares program invites Los Altos residents and merchants to stay at the Courtyard, with $30 donated to local schools in the guest’s name for every room booked on weekends or holidays. The Courtyard also donates weekend packages to local schools and PTAs to use for silent auctions that raise money for educational programs. In addition to donating funds, the hotel has developed a website, www.caresshares.com, that enables local organizations to post their fundraisers and events, serving as an aggregator for community non-profit efforts.

Funds generated by the Cares & Shares program will support technology projects in the Los Altos School District, including new computers in classrooms. The Los Altos Community Foundation and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the Courtyard’s campaign to contribute to early learning, childhood development and the elementary school education in the community. The groups set a fundraising goal of $50,000 for the 2012-2013 school year.

For more information, email Cares & Shares program manager Kym Maloney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (831) 331-8525.

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