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ALearn honors its 'Dream Makers' at annual fundraiser

ALearn presented its Achievement Awards at its annual Dream Makers Dinner fundraiser Oct. 19 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

More than 350 guests raised approximately $370,000 – plus matching gifts – while listening to the music of Mariachi Tradicional de Alum Rock. ALearn also honored Ned Barnholt for his contributions. Ron Gonzales served as event auctioneer.

Los Altos-based Help One Child continues to help thousands of them

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Help One Child co-founder Mark Morris – sporting the Santa hat – is at the controls of the organization’s annual Christmas production.

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to open their homes or offer volunteer services to children at risk of abuse or neglect before, during and after foster care.

• 2016 update: Help One Child, founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris, continues to grow. In the past year, the nonprofit organization assisted nearly 4,200 children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, where less than 10 percent of at-risk children receive child-welfare services, according to Executive Director Susan Herman.

EPAK nearing goal of serving every classroom in Ravenswood district

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Some teachers request EPAK grants to fund small classroom libraries, above, with books that supplement their curricula. Sarah Azevedo, director of bands at Ronald McNair Academy in East Palo Alto, used an EPAK grant to purchase supplies and sheet music for her students, left, and to take them to a solo and ensemble festival.

• Mission: The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that promotes educational opportunities and academic success for an estimated 4,500 underserved East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park public school students. Each semester, teachers in those areas may apply for a grant up to $600 to fund specific requests – including educational experiences such as field trips and classroom materials (from science equipment to sheet music and books) – that support the curriculum. EPAK awarded 226 grants worth more than $133,000 this year.

• 2016 update: Since last holiday season, EPAK has grown its team of volunteers from 20 to 30 people. Board President Lee Dinneen attributes the expansion to volunteer recruiting events and enthusiastic new board members. While the organization’s grant application process has been automated for some time, a recent addition is an automated grant-reporting process through which teachers can record the impact of EPAK donors’ gifts by submitting photos and testimonies.

Bayshore Christian Ministries equips youth for a hopeful future

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Bayshore Christian Ministries offers guitar lessons, above, through its CREATE Studios program. 

• Mission: Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) equips East-of-Bayshore youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders to give them a hopeful future.

• 2016 update: Through a relational and collaborative approach, BCM served 308 children and youth in 2016 through its summer programs, arts and robotics workshops, after-school tutoring, Bible studies, youth groups and leadership training programs.

LA History Museum launches search for new director

The Los Altos History Museum has begun its search for a new executive director.

Laura Bajuk, who served as the museum’s executive director for nearly 11 years, stepped down in October to take a job with the soon-to-open Palo Alto History Museum.

Local foundations distribute grants to nonprofit groups

Los Altos Community Foundation and its donor-advised funds disbursed more than $910,000 in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, a 34 percent increase over the previous year.

The foundation focuses directly on the needs of local residents, according to Jim Boin, development director of the Mountain View-based Community Services Agency.

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