The nonprofit Sunday Friends is scheduled to commemorate its 25th anniversary with a virtual fundraiser, “Celebrating Our Heroes,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23.
The mission of Sunday Friends, a longtime recipient of the Town Crier Holiday Fund, is to empower low-income families in San Jose to break the generational cycle of poverty by fostering positive development in children while guiding and equipping parents to invest in their children’s life success.
Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro will serve as master of ceremonies of the event.
Sunday Friends will honor Vijay Tilatia, a 20-year volunteer, with a Community Hero Award. With a background in software engineering, he has provided opportunities for hundreds of young people to learn computer skills by assisting in the organization’s computer education program. He also has served on the organization’s board of directors the past nine years.
Since 2013, Sunday Friends has served 1,578 families and 4,927 individuals.
The organization made a significant pivot to online programs at the start of the pandemic, helping a vulnerable population that faced unprecedented challenges as the result of COVID-19 by providing virtual education and distributing necessities and food boxes.
Sunday Friends also partnered with other agencies to offer rental assistance and emergency funds.
Said one client: “Thanks to Sunday Friends, I have learned many things, such as saving money; how to be emotionally, physically and mentally stable; how to open a bank account; how to manage my finances; how to get help from other organizations; how to improve myself; and how to deal with stress. I practice more English, I manage my finances better, I have less stress and I have a better relationship with my son.”
To register for the event and for more information, visit sundayfriends.org.