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Help One Child supports families that serve at-risk children


Courtesy of Help One Child
Help One Child’s holiday toy drive is a big hit with the children it serves. The nonprofit agency recruits, trains and supports people willing to provide a home to at-risk children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. 

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to at-risk children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

• 2017 update: Help One Child, founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris, approaches its 25th year with the goal of helping more people than ever before. It has already served nearly 800 families in 2017.

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade marches across generations


Courtesy of Jennifer Jones
Hudson Jones relaxes with this dad, Darren, at the 2002 parade, not long before turning 2 years old – his second year of participating, but his first free of a baby carrier.

The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is in its 40th year, and a fair number of local viewers and volunteers can remember back to its 1977 debut.

Local families grow up to the changing experience of the parade as babies become marching characters and later return with their own families.

Out of the fire, into the museum – couple's wedding saved


Courtesy of Alan Hsia
Alan Hsia and Celena Yu got married Oct. 14 on the grounds of the Los Altos History Museum.

Alan Hsia and Celena Yu were preparing for their wedding at St. Francis Solano Church in Sonoma that fateful second week in October, when the evacuation orders came.

In the wake of the devastating North Bay fires, “it was obvious we would have to cancel the Sonoma wedding,” Hsia said.

First woman MV mayor honored for leadership


Courtesy of Carol Fisher
Mountain View City Councilmembers offer Judith Moss, center, an honorary proclamation at their Nov. 7 meeting. Pictured, from left, are councilmembers Lisa Matichak, Chris Clark, Lenny Siegel, Mayor Ken Rosenberg, John McAlister, Margaret Abe-Koga and Pat Showalter.

The Mountain View City Council honored the city’s first woman mayor, Judith Moss, Nov. 7 with a proclamation of appreciation for serving eight years on the council and for challenging the status quo of gender roles through her education, career and community service.

Moss was sworn into office April 18, 1972, after a commanding victory in her third campaign for a seat on the council, a race with a record-setting 13 candidates. She served two terms on the council, with a stint as mayor in 1975-1976.

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation keeps teachers supplied


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Children who attend East Palo Alto and Menlo Park schools benefit from the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation’s support of their teachers.

• Mission: The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) serves approximately 4,300 underserved children in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park by providing “quick turnaround” $600 microgrants to Ravenswood City School District teachers who make specific requests to enrich their classrooms. Teachers use the money to purchase materials such as microscopes and software and to fund experiences like field trips that complement the curriculum.

• 2017 update: “We’ve had teachers say, ‘One of the reasons I stay in this district is because of EPAK,’” said Lee Dinneen, EPAK board president. “They make $35,000 less a year than the teachers in Palo Alto. They are obviously in a much more challenging social environment, and in a resource-constrained district, so what seems like such a small thing, $600 twice a year, is huge for them.”

Reach Potential Movement gives underserved youth a place to excel


Courtesy of Reach Potential Movement
Reach Potential Movement helps underserved youth develop academic, leadership and life skills, drawing in their families in the process.
 

• Mission: Reach Potential Movement (RPM) equips underserved youth and families with leadership, learning and life skills to reach their highest potential.

• 2017 update: RPM’s new teaching kitchen has become a place for children to study – literally – at the kitchen table on weekday afternoons with support from tutors, as well as hosting cooking-specific programming and community meals.


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