LACF awards $46.5K in grants to 10 local nonprofit groups

Los Altos Community Foundation awarded $46,500 in grants to 10 local nonprofit agencies focused on helping seniors, youth, vulnerable populations and the arts.

The grants will support services such as Bay Area Furniture Bank’s collection and distribution of furniture to families in need, Community Services Agency’s efforts to develop an interfaith group to address local homelessness and economic disparity, and Los Altos Forward’s goal to help expand its Club 55 events for seniors.

“Helping local nonprofits become more effective in serving our community is core to LACF’s mission,” said Joe Eyre, executive director. “These grants enable nonprofits to address the diverse needs of our community.”

LACF’s grant recipients also include:

• Community School of Music and Arts to fund a subsidized, bilingual preschool music and art program serving 224 low-income students in Mountain View.

• JustREAD to support JustREAD and JustMATH’s in-school one-on-one tutoring services for struggling students.

• Los Altos Hacks to support its third annual Hackathon.

• Marine Science Institute to help fund trips to the institute’s “Discover Our Bay Education Program” for local low-income students.

• Mayview Community Health Center for reading materials for children in the Reach Out and Read program, which incorporates books into pediatric appointments.

• Reading Partners to increase children’s reading proficiency through volunteer-led literacy tutoring for students in grades K-4 at Castro Elementary School in Mountain View.

• Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped to provide ongoing health expenses for the horses and instructor costs.

“Thanks to LACF’s support last year, 210 underserved local schoolchildren engaged in hands-on science education and environmental stewardship lessons through our Inland Voyages mobile aquarium program,” said Marilou Seiff, executive director of the Marine Science Institute.

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