Community Briefs - Week of Dec. 12

Jazz singer performs at Immanuel Lutheran

Jazz singer Jamie Davis is scheduled to perform two concerts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos.

The shows – dubbed “Jamie Builds!” – are a benefit for Habitat for Humanity.

National Charity League's local chapter donates laundry kits to homeless


Courtesy of Linda Liu Elich
Members of the National Charity League’s Orchard Valley Chapter, left, recently gathered to compile laundry kits for the homeless. They assembled bags of detergent pods, coins, snacks and magazines to donate to the Salvation Army. 

Members of the National Charity League’s Orchard Valley Chapter recently gathered to compile laundry kits for the homeless.

Teens of NCL’s Class of 2023 assembled bags of detergent pods, coins, snacks and magazines to donate to the Salvation Army, which relies on the community’s support for supplies to assist those needing shelter and basic necessities.

CSA Food & Nutrition Center: Serving residents in need


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Workers at the Community Services Agency’s Food & Nutrition Center prepare food at CSA’s Mountain View headquarters. Throughout 2017 and 2018, the Food & Nutrition Center expanded by bringing food pantry services to local schools.

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2018 update: Throughout 2017 and 2018, CSA’s Food & Nutrition Center expanded by bringing food pantry services to local schools. CSA has a food pantry one day per week at Mariano Castro, Gabriela Mistral and Theuerkauf elementary schools.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley: Giving foster children hope, support and a voice


Courtesy of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Court Appointed Special Advocates are matched with foster children to provide critical emotional and educational support. Pictured is Jon-Rey and Moe Rubenzahl.

• Mission: Child Advocates of Silicon Valley provides stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by serving as a powerful voice on their behalf.

The organization’s purpose is to recruit, train and support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), who are matched with foster children to provide critical emotional and educational support, ensuring each child’s needs are met and his or her voice heard while navigating the Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Court system. CASAs provide stability and guidance to children despite the constant carousel of social workers, attorneys, placements, schools and service providers in their lives.

CHAC: Providing mental health services for individuals and families


Courtesy of CHAC
Interns with the Community Health Awareness Council engage in a garage graffiti teambuilding paint project. Now in its 45th year, CHAC continues to provide individual mental health counseling, classes and group support services in schools and to residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. 

• Mission: The Mountain View-based Community Health Awareness Council, now in its 45th year, continues to provide individual mental health counseling, classes and group support services in schools and to residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and surrounding communities.

“CHAC is a significant part of our community’s emotional safety net,” said Executive Director Marsha Deslauriers.

Young Men's Service League helps Dress for Success


Julie Crane/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter held its annual Ultimate Gift Event Nov. 4. They helped Dress for Success San Jose, which strives to empower women economically by providing support and interview-appropriate attire.

The Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter held its annual Ultimate Gift Event Nov. 4, inspired by the book of the same name by Jim Stovall, which shows how a young man who inherits a large sum of money learns the importance of giving.

You would think that many organizations would jump at the chance to be the recipient of our YMSL Ultimate Gift project. We were surprised, however, at how difficult it was to find an organization that could benefit from the hundreds of hours and donations our members provide. We ultimately found Dress for Success San Jose, which strives to empower women economically by providing support and interview-appropriate attire. The opportunity to make such a positive impact in the lives of other women was an inspiring mission.


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