Many ways to do­nate to Bay Area causes

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Look­ing to make a dif­fer­ence this hol­i­day sea­son? Here are ways to help phil­an­thropic groups through­out the Bay Area.

Penin­sula JobTrain low-in­come Inc: stu­dents Help sup­port in our ca­reer with trans­porta­tion train­ing pro­grams passes, work and emer­gency uni­forms, text­books child care. These pos­si­ble re­sources for our stu­dents make it to gain life skills. valu­able www.jobtrain- job train­ing and works.org. Jus­tice free le­gal At ser­vices Last: Pro­vides and rep­re­sen­ta­tion to sur­vivors of hu­man traf­fick­ing so they can seek jus­tice on their t er ms.www. jus­tice at last. org. Kainos Home & Train­ing Cen­ter: Serves in­di­vid­u­als with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties in the Kainos Com­mu­nity-based pro­gram. This pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als to in­crease their phys­i­cal and men­tal health; en­hanc­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, stress man­age­ment, and nu­tri­tional ed­u­ca­tion. www.kain­osusa. org. Menlo Spark: Its mis­sion is to re­duce car­bon emis­sions to zero in Menlo Park by 2025. To vol­un­teer or do­nate, go to www.men­lospark.org. Mid­penin­sula Com­mu­nity Me­dia Cen­ter: Lev­els the com­mu­ni­ca­tions play­ing field by pro­vid­ing ac­cess to me­dia tools and dis­tri­bu­tion. Us­ing Mid­pen’s TV stu­dio, pro­duc­tion truck and video equip­ment li­brary, in­di­vid­u­als and non­prof­its cre­ate and con­trol their own sto­ries. mid­pen­media.org. Penin­sula Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Cen­ter: Uses com­mu­nity me­di­a­tion and me­dia­tive fa­cil­i­ta­tion to em­power peo­ple, build re­la­tion­ships and re­duce vi­o­lence. www. pcr­cweb.org. Penin­sula Fam­ily Ser­vice: Our Hol­i­day Giv­ing Guide is a unique way to give a mean­ing­ful gift for the holidays. Give in honor of a loved one, and we’ll send a spe­cial card show­ing how much you care — and the im­pact of your sup­port. www.penin­su­lafam­il­y­ser­vice.org/hol­i­dayguide. Penin­sula Health­care Con­nec­tion: This state-li­censed med­i­cal clinic pro­vides free health care and men­tal health ser­vices for home­less and low-in­come in­di­vid­u­als in North Santa Clara County.

penin­su­lahcc.org. Penin­sula Our Meals on Vol­un­teers Wheels — Inc.: San Ma­teo in­creases County food pro­gram se­cu­rity and ac­cess to nu­tri­tious food, keep­ing adults ages 65 and older well-nour­ished and healthy. Re­quest­ing mon­e­tary do­na­tions to help re­move clients from the wait­list and pro­vide them with meals (about 100 meals per per­son). www.pen­vol.org. Project READ — Red­wood City: Red­wood City Friends of Lit­er­acy of­fers lit­er­acy and ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming that en­riches the lives of fam­i­lies most in need. Help give the gift of read­ing this year through mon­e­tary do­na­tions, book do­na­tions or vol­un­teer­ing. www.pro­jec­treadred­wood­c­ity.org. Read­ing Part­ners Sil­i­con Val­ley: Em­pow­ers stu­dents to suc­ceed in read­ing and life by en­gag­ing com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to pro­vide one-onone lit­er­acy tu­tor­ing. In each part­ner school, we trans­form a space into a read­ing cen­ter where stu­dent-tu­tor pairs work for 45 min­utes twice weekly. read­ing­part­ners.org/ lo­ca­tion/sil­i­con-val­ley. Re­build­ing To­gether Penin­sula: This or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides ren­o­va­tion and re­pair ser­vices for the Penin­sula’s most vul­ner­a­ble home­own­ers — se­niors, vet­er­ans, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and fam­i­lies with chil­dren. Learn how you can help by do­nat­ing or vol­un­teer­ing at www. re­build­ing to­gether penin­sula. org. Re­nais­sance En­trepreneur­ship Cen­ter, Mid­Penin­sula Cen­ter: De­liv­ers in­ten­sive small busi­ness train­ing classes and work­shops, spe­cial pro­grams for women, in­di­vid­ual con­sult­ing, and ac­cess to cap­i­tal and re­sources through­out San Ma­teo and Santa Clara coun­ties. www.ren­cen­ter. org.

SafeS­pace: Ser­vices en­com­pass youth out­reach and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment that fos­ters emo­tion­ally con­nected young peo­ple and fam­i­lies. Sup­port our teens who ad­vo­cate for men­tal health and well­ness in schools. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions are ac­cepted through PayPal or web­site. safes­pace.org.

The Sal­va­tion Army: Do­na­tions of goods, cloth­ing and funds help to serve the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. www.sal­va­tion­armyusa.org/usn. San Ma­teo County Parks Foun­da­tion: Ad­dresses bar­ri­ers to vis­it­ing parks by fund­ing bus trans­porta­tion that con­nects low-in­come youth to parks; www.Sup­port­Parks.org. San Ma­teo Police Ac­tiv­i­ties League: Re­quest­ing do­na­tions of gift cards (Tar­get, Safe­way, Old Navy) to dis­trib­ute to needy fam­i­lies as part of Santa Cop event in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the San Ma­teo Police Depart­ment; www.san­ma­teopal.org. Sci­ence Is El­e­men­tary: Sup­port ex­cit­ing hands-on sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing for el­e­men­tary school stu­dents. Ninety per­cent of our stu­dents are low-in­come and 75 per­cent are stu­dents of color; www.sci­en­ceise­le­men­tary.org. Sis­ters of Mercy, Burlingame: Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the One Warm Coat Drive, col­lect­ing for women, men and chil­dren. The drive runs through Jan. 4. Also col­lect­ing toys for chil­dren who are mem­bers of a lo­cal San Ma­teo parish, rang­ing in age from in­fant to 16. www. sis­ter­sofmercy.org. Tim Grif­fith Foun­da­tion: Pro­vides safe and sober hous­ing for young men re­cov­er­ing from ad­dic­tion, and holds grief re­treats for par­ents who have lost a child. Tim’s House needs a sec­tional couch and win­dow blinds. Gro­cery gift cer­tifi­cates and mon­e­tary con­tri­bu­tions ben­e­fit the re­treats. www. tim grif­fith foun­da­tion. org. Up­ward Schol­ars: Seek­ing do­na­tions for low-in­come stu­dents to go to­ward books, lap­tops, bus passes or food vouch­ers. www.up­ward­schol­ars.org. Santa Clara County Alum Rock Coun­sel­ing Cen­ter: The 2018 Toy Drive and Hol­i­day Ap­peal is un­der­way. Do­nate $100 or more to ARCC through Dec. 31 and re­ceive a $5 Star­bucks gift card. For toy drop-off lo­ca­tions and de­tails, go to www. alum­rockcc.org or call 408240-0070, ext 3020. Asian Amer­i­cans for Com­mu­nity In­volve­ment: Col­lect­ing new, un­wrapped toys and chil­dren’s cloth­ing for chil­dren of our most un­der­served clients, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies of refugees and sur­vivors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Seek­ing non­vi­o­lent toys, ac­tiv­ity sets, board games, ath­letic equip­ment and more. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions are also wel­come. A full hol­i­day wish list is avail­able at aaci.org/ hol­i­day-toy-drive-2018 or on AACI’s Ama­zon Wish­list, a. co/0wxYwG6.

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