GreenTown Los Altos collects recycled bicycles

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Volunteers at the 21st annual ReCYCLE Bike Drive collected used bikes, which have been repaired and donated to students and others in need.

Nearly 100 bicycles were donated to GreenTown Los Altos’ 21st annual ReCYCLE Bike Drive, held last month at Los Altos High School.

Once cleaned and repaired, the bikes will be donated to students in need at Los Altos High, Castro Elementary School and Graham Middle School.

Town Crier Holiday Fund, Los Altos youth group among AFP honorees on 31st Philanthropy Day

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Paul and Liz Nyberg, Los Altos Town Crier publishers, accept the AFP award for the newspaper’s Holiday Fund.

Two Los Altos-based humanitarian endeavors received recognition Nov. 16 at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 31st annual Philanthropy Day luncheon at the Santa Clara Marriott.

Los Altos Community Foundation’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program and the Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund were among this year’s honorees.

Downtown College Prep: Preparing first-generation students for 4-year colleges

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Armando Cervantes, above in white cap, is pictured with Downtown College Prep’s first graduating class in 2004. Cervantes went on to attend San Jose State University and is now pursuing a career in medicine. 

• Mission: Downtown College Prep prepares students who will be the first in their families to attend college and equips them to thrive at four-year universities.

Downtown College Prep runs two charter high schools and two middle schools. The singular goal for all students is that graduates are accepted to and enroll in four-year colleges. The Downtown College Prep community has created a learning environment that helps students and their families chart a course for college beginning in fifth grade.

Veterans Resource Center: Empowering former veterans to succeed as college students

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Foothill College officials, representatives of the Rotary Club of Los Altos and other local leaders, above, attend a July 25 ribbon cutting for the new Los Altos Rotary Veterans Plaza, adjacent to the school’s Veterans Resource Center.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center aims to ensure that student veterans and military service members have access to quality services and opportunities for academic success, professional growth and meaningful employment.

• 2018 update: The Rotary Club of Los Altos donated to the Veterans Resource Center to help fund construction of Veterans Plaza on the Foothill campus and creation of the Veterans Mural commemorating those who have served.

Sky's the Limit Fund: Serving youth in crisis through wilderness therapy

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Wilderness camp is an effective form of therapy for troubled youth. Sky’s the Limit Fund provides scholarships to help families send their kids to camps.

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund transforms the lives of youth in crisis with financial need through funding for wilderness therapy programs, provides coaching services to guide families during the transition home from wilderness therapy and hosts outreach programs to educate the community on the benefits of wilderness therapy.

According to Sky’s the Limit Fund representatives, the crisis of today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, with problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care, achieving high-impact and long-lasting improvement.

Agent, publisher put 'Trust' in local author Wang

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Kathy Wang of Los Altos has released her debut novel, “Family Trust,” about how wealth can complicate family values in the time of death.

Los Altos resident Kathy Wang’s new book, “Family Trust,” is a Silicon Valley story of how wealth can complicate family values in the time of death. The dramatic novel uses humor to tackle the subjects of gender, race, family and wealth relations.

Released Oct. 30 by HarperCollins Publishers, the book isn’t based on true events, but it’s influenced by the world Wang has lived in.

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