Rotary Club donates $26K in grants to local groups

The Los Altos Rotary Club awarded grants to nine community groups during its annual Fall Community Grants Program Nov. 14.

Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund community grant chairwoman Donna Verna and board president Stan Scardino presented $26,000 in grants to organizations in Los Altos and surrounding areas.

In accepting the grant for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Laura Fulda, director of community development, noted that the organization will use the funds to purchase toys and books for the CASA store. Child Advocates will serve more than 1,000 Bay Area foster children in 2019.

The Community School of Music and Arts, the American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek STEM camp for middle school girls and Los Altos High School’s Team 144 Eaglestrike Robotics Team also received grants.

Los Altos High students Klaire Li and Kat Nasif told the Rotary Club the funds would be used to help team members travel to competitions such as the CalGames regional, which they won in October.

Another Los Altos High student group, Los Altos Hacks, received a grant to support its Los Altos Hacks V event in March, billed as the world’s largest high school hackathon.

Grant recipients focusing on helping those in need include Hope’s Corner, which provides meals and services for the homeless. Hope’s Corner board member Phil Marcoux said this year funds would be used to expand the kitchen, laundry and shower at Mountain View’s Trinity United Methodist Church, where Hope’s Corner is based.

Jim Santucci, executive director of Kara, a Palo Alto nonprofit organization providing grief support for children, teens, families and adults, accepted a grant in support of its community service programs.

Deborah McCarley accepted a grant to support the therapeutic riding programs provided by Westwind 4H Riding for the Handicapped in Los Altos Hills.

Accepting a grant for the Mountain View Public Safety Foundation, board member Kim Copher acknowledging her organization’s commitment to funding public safety training and related equipment for area fire and police departments. Copher said the funds would be used to aid the organization’s “Rebuild 2020” program, offering seniors help and support for home repairs.

The Rotary Club raised funds for the grants through its annual Fine Art in the Park event, as well as through member donations.

For more information on the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund, visit

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