Dennis Young earns TC's Los Altan of the Year honors


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The Town Crier has named Los Altos resident Dennis Young, a community volunteer for more than four decades, its Los Altan of the Year for 2018.

Young, 75, has been deeply involved in community volunteerism since the 1980s. He’s been active in everything from the Rotary Club of Los Altos to Community Services Agency and its mission to help those in need. He’s used his accounting expertise to crunch the numbers for countless political candidates and their campaigns. He’s served as master of ceremonies for the annual awards luncheon honoring other community volunteers. And he’s even played Santa at the Festival of Lights Parade.

AIDS physician offers update on epidemic

Although much progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States, a pioneering AIDS physician recently told the Rotary Club of Los Altos that much work remains to be done to alleviate the disease in developing countries.

Since the discovery of the disease in 1981, the infection rate in the U.S. has declined significantly.

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.


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