Holiday Fund celebrates 20 years of support for nonprofits

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The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is launching its 20th year supporting local nonprofit organizations that serve a wide range of needs in the community.

The Holiday Fund raised approximately $215,000 in 2019. This year’s fundraising target is $220,000.

Los Altos Youth Theatre: Providing, expanding quality experiences for local youth

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Los Altos Youth Theatre actors participate in a Zoom class. LAYT leaders expect that generating revenue will be difficult amid the pandemic.

• Mission: In fall 2017, Los Altos Stage Company entered into a partnership with the city of Los Altos to manage and operate its long-standing youth education program, Los Altos Youth Theatre (LAYT). Each season, LAYT produces two youth musicals and one youth drama. Throughout the years, LAYT has greatly expanded its capacity for providing quality educational experiences to the youth of Los Altos.

Sky’s the Limit Fund: Helping youth in crisis via wilderness therapy

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Sky’s the Limit Fund, founded in Los Altos, provides wilderness therapy for at-risk youth and coaching for their families.

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund (STLF) provides youth in crisis and their families the life-saving treatment of wilderness therapy. Wilderness therapy is transformative, and youth immersed in the wilderness for two to three months, with licensed mental health professionals, benefit from the effects of nature, enabling them to focus on their mental and physical well-being.

Bay Area Furniture Bank: Repurposing furniture for people in need

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Ray Piontek, executive director of the Bay Area Furniture Bank, center, founded the nonprofit in 2015.

• Mission: The Bay Area Furniture Bank recycles gently used furniture and donates it to individuals and families moving out of homelessness, as well as to other underserved residents as they work to make ends meet. The nonprofit organization aims to promote dignity and stability as people in need get back on
their feet.

Author discusses impact of discriminatory housing laws

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Author and academic Richard Rothstein spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Altos Oct. 29, sharing his perspective on some of the underlying causes of ongoing racial protests amid a polarized electorate.

Local resident makes most of idle time, writes three books

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Los Altos author John Gordon displays the covers of his three latest books.

John Gordon found himself with a lot of time on his hands after shelter-in-place regulations hit last spring. But instead of binge-watching Netflix shows, the Los Altos resident chose to write.


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