Nonprofits rising to challenge amid community lockdown

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Nadja Jackson, Block Action Team project manager for Los Altos Community Foundation, places bags of celery on a table for Community Services Agency clients Friday. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, employees of CSA temporarily moved their pantry operation into the Mountain View nonprofit’s parking lot.

The shelter-in-place directive is not only impacting restaurants and retailers, it’s also hurting local nonprofit groups in a variety of ways.

For Community Services Agency, the social service nonprofit serving residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, the demand is rising as the number of volunteers decreases.

Community Briefs, preserves open, coloring contest

Preserves still open – but keep your distance

The Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District continues to keep its preserves and trails open to the public, as allowed during the current shelter-at-home directive.

However, hikers and bikers must keep their distance.

Neuroscience News: Exploring the psychological impact of sheltering in place


Residents of Santa Clara County have been ordered to shelter in place until at least April 7. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and social distancing is currently the most effective strategy to curtail the rampant spread of novel coronavirus.

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.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Historical Los Altos American Legion works on landmark building status

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Veterans of World War I founded the Los Altos American Legion Post in 1938 and in 1940 built the hall themselves, spending nothing on labor and approximately $3,000 on materials.

Before there was a city of Los Altos, there was American Legion Post 558, founded in 1938 by local veterans of World War I. Its American Legion Hall, built by volunteers and completed in 1941, has survived recession, earthquake, war and a fire that destroyed the old Whitecliff Market across the street and led to the hall being used for a year as a grocery store.

State society recognizes Los Altos recreation volunteer

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Dan Di Canio, from left, Adela Di Canio, and Liz Stout celebrate at the California Park and Recreation Society awards ceremony.

Adela Di Canio recently received the Volunteer and Sponsor Citation Award from District 4 of the California Park and Recreation Society.

The society honored Di Canio for her volunteer work at its annual awards ceremony Feb. 27 at the Mountain View Community Center.

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