LA sewing group supports nonprofit

When members of the South Los Altos Sewing group were limited by COVID protocols amid the pandemic, they and other volunteers at Sunnyvale Community Services continued to support the organization.

At the onset of the lockdown in March 2020, the nonprofit social services agency made significant changes in the way it delivered services to local low-income families. 

The agency had to furlough volunteers who sorted and packed food and holiday gifts for distribution, offered free supply-stuffed backpacks to young students and performed numerous other tasks.

SCS volunteers found ways to support the agency from the safety of their homes:  The South Los Altos Sewing Group handcrafted face masks for SCS clients; the Cherry Chase Neighborhood Association made and sold branded face masks and donated 100% of the proceeds to SCS; and NVIDIA Corp. directed its onsite food-service vendor, Bon Appetit, to pack 500 bags of groceries per week for distribution to SCS clients.

“All our volunteers and backers are as generous as they are creative,” said SCS executive director Marie Bernard. “They have given more than $1 million to support our COVID-19 relief efforts, and we are using every penny to help our neighbors remain housed and fed as the critical need continues for those hardest-hit by pandemic shutdowns.”

For more information, visit svcommunityservices.org.

Los Altos Hills author’s memoir wins award

Los Altos Hills author Rachel Michelberg’s memoir, “Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver,” won the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Memoir in the Personal Struggle/Health Issues


Published by She Writes Press April 27, “Crash” tackles the moral conflicts and societal expectations involved in caregiving for a disabled or cognitively impaired family


Kirkus Reviews said the book is “an engaging exploration of duty, guilt and self-preservation. Michelberg is a frank writer .... continually willing to unpack her guilt while also exploring options for her own emotional survival.”

For more information, visit rachelmichelbergauthor.com.