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Foundation looks to help nonprofits in wake of COVID-19

Los Altos Community Foundation is coming to the aid of local nonprofit groups hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

The foundation launched the 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund to “raise critical resources for immediate use by these nonprofits,” according to executive director Adin Miller. 

The foundation is contributing $40,000, distributed to: Community Health Awareness Council; Community Services Agency (CSA); the Day Worker Center of Mountain View; El Camino Health Foundation; the Health Trust; MayView Community Health Center; Second Harvest Food Bank; and WomenSV.

“Each has a grantee relationship with LACF, are established organizations in our communities, and can immediately put the additional funds to use in meeting critical needs,” Miller wrote in the foundation’s March 13 announcement. “They need new support now and we anticipate additional needs in the future. Some have had to cancel major fundraising events, others have seen a spike in requested assistance, and all are facing the challenge of providing vital services while adhering to requirements to protect employees, volunteers, and clients.”

Miller said the foundation hopes to double the funds available to grant to the nonprofit groups. He encouraged residents to contribute either through new donations or disbursements from donor-advised funds to the relief fund. He also encouraged support for Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s regional response through its COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund.

“We know action is necessary now,” he said. “We hope that together we can grant $100,000 to the organizations for immediate impact. If more is needed, we will issue another appeal to raise dollars for affected nonprofits and our communities.”

For more information, visit losaltoscf.org.

CSA MAKES CHANGES

Like so many other nonprofits, CSA, the social services agency serving Mountain View and Los Altos, has had to cancel events and alter programs in the wake of the increasing urgency over the coronavirus – including the recent cancellation of the agency’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.

“Virtually every CSA program has had to be modified or reinvented to make sure that we do our best to protect our staff, volunteers and clients, while making sure that we continue to provide food and other vital safety net services to those who are in need,” said Tom Myers, CSA executive director.

Changes include suspension of food pantry services on Mondays and Wednesdays for pre-bagging, and a move to a pre-bagged food distribution system on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

“We are still in need of volunteers, particularly if you are outside of high-risk categories,” Myer said.

To volunteer and for more information, call 968-0836 or visit csacares.org.

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