Groups near and far benefit from Rotary art show

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ goal for its annual Fine Art in the Park fundraiser, scheduled May 18 and 19 in Lincoln Park, is to donate proceeds to local and international organizations.

One local recipient is Mentor Tutor Connection, launched by the Rotary Club in 1996. The nonprofit Mentor Tutor Connection oversees both mentoring and tutoring of students. Each year, more than 150 volunteers partner with 450 kids.

With the motto, “Every child needs a caring adult,” the Mentor Tutor Connection staff screens and trains volunteer mentors and matches them with underserved high school students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. Mentors are supportive, reliable adults who spend one-on-one time with students on a regular basis.

The organization also matches volunteer tutors with classroom teachers in 22 local elementary and middle schools. In the classroom and after school, teachers assign tutors to work with individual students. Tutors help develop basic skills in reading, math, science and learning English as a new language.

Funds from Fine Art in the Park support Mentor Tutor Connection’s paid staff coordinators, the cost of recruiting and vetting volunteers to work with minors, training, field trips and holiday parties.

International focus

The Rotary Club of Los Altos, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Arusha, Tanzania, plans to donate funds to the Foundation for African Medicine and Education, a small hospital in rural Karatu, Tanzania. The project aims to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV during childbirth and breastfeeding.

Most mothers with HIV don’t know they have it, and without preventive treatment, if a mother is HIV-positive, her baby has a one-in-three chance of being HIV-infected. Fifty percent of infected babies die by age 2 and 75 percent by age 5. If both mother and baby are treated, they have excellent chances of survival, according to Rotary Club reps.

Obstacles to diagnosis and treatment include long distances to travel, scarce transportation, preference for home deliveries and severe poverty.

To help overcome the obstacles, the Rotary Club’s support includes training for nurses and birth attendants, HIV test kits for every woman, HIV counseling and an ultrasound machine.

Other contributors to the project include the Rotary Clubs of Los Altos Sunset, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale Star and Sunnyvale Sunrise.

For more information on Fine Art in the Park, its activities and beneficiaries, visit

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