Plenty of ways to do­nate to causes

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

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 408-240-0070, ext 3020.

Asian Amer­i­cans for Com­mu­nity In­volve­ment: Col­lect­ing new, un­wrapped toys and chil­dren’s cloth­ing through mid-De­cem­ber 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.

The Bay Area Fur­ni­ture Bank: This non­profit, which be­lieves no one should be forced to live, sleep and eat on the floor, pro­vides fur­ni­ture to fam­i­lies, who have suf­fered per­sonal tragedy or dis­as­ter. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions can be made at ba­yarea­fur­ni­ture­bank.org. Bill Wil­son Cen­ter: Santa Clara County’s Adopt-AFamily pro­gram ful­fills hol­i­day wishes of more than 1,600of the need­i­est youth and fam­i­lies se­lected by the county De­part­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices. www.bill­wilson­cen­ter.org. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sil­i­con Val­ley: Pro­vides en­rich­ment pro­grams for more than 3,000 at-risk youth at 12 lo­ca­tions through­out Santa Clara County. Board games and school and art sup­plies are al­ways needed. Sup­port the hol­i­day gift drive by do­nat­ing a new, un­wrapped gift or gift cards for boys and girls, ages 6-18, at 518 Val­ley Way, Mil­pi­tas. bg­club.org.

Cam­i­nar / Fam­ily & Chil­dren Ser­vices of Sil­i­con Val­ley: Help to brighten the sea­son for lo­cal fam­i­lies and adults who are heal­ing from fam­ily vi­o­lence, men­tal ill­ness or sub­stance abuse and re­build­ing their lives. Most sought: $5-$10 food/ bev­er­age gift cards, toi­letries, and new adult/child socks, knit hats and coats. 650-513-1509; de­vel­op­[email protected]­i­nar.org. www. cam­i­nar.org Catholic Char­i­ties of Santa Clara County: Serv­ing 40,000peo­ple of all cul­tures and be­liefs, this or­ga­ni­za­tion wel­comes cash and in-kind do­na­tions, in­clud­ing new, un­wrapped blan­kets and win­ter jack­ets and sweaters for kids and adults. Items should be new and un­wrapped. Cash do­na­tions — used for rent as­sis­tance, bus passes and other ba­sic needs — will be matched this hol­i­day sea­son through a two-to-one chal­lenge grant from the So­brato Fam­ily Foun­da­tion. www.catholic­cha­r­i­tiesscc.org.

Child Ad­vo­cates of Sil­i­con Val­ley: Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates, or CASAs, pro­vide crit­i­cal emo­tional and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port to foster chil­dren in de­pen­dency hear­ings. Do­nate gift cards for teens (Kohl’s, Tar­get, Wal­mart) and new toys for chil­dren of all ages at Child Ad­vo­cates, 509 Val­ley Way, Mil­pi­tas; www.BeMyAd­vo­cate.org. Ci­tyteam: Pro­vides thou­sands of low-in­come fam­i­lies in need with hol­i­day food boxes, meals, coats and Christ­mas toys. Do­nate canned food, un­wrapped toys, new or gen­tly used coats, win­ter scarves, hats and gloves to Ci­tyteam Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, 1297 N. 13th St., San Jose, or vol­un­teer in the din­ing hall. www.ci­tyteam.org. Com­mu­nity So­lu­tions’ Hol­i­day Giv­ing Pro­gram: Pro­vides gifts and ne­ces­si­ties to more than 600 low-in­come fam­i­lies for the hol­i­days. Do­nate gift cards (Tar­get, Wal­mart, gro­cery stores), new toys or gifts or cash do­na­tions; com­mu­ni­tyso­lu­tions.org.

ConXión to Com­mu­nity: This non­profit pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion, work­force and other ser­vices to dis­con­nected youth and adults. conx­ion. org/about-us.

Down­town Streets Team: DST has found more than 1,600 homes and jobs for peo­ple who once lived on the streets. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions, gift cards, socks and hy­giene prod­ucts are all on­go­ing needs. Street­sTeam.org.

Eat­ing Dis­or­ders Re­source Cen­ter: The hol­i­days are a chal­leng­ing time for those strug­gling with eat­ing dis­or­ders and body im­age is­sues. EDRC hosts free weekly sup­port groups for in­di­vid­u­als who do not have in­sur­ance or the abil­ity to pay for ser­vices. Cash do­na­tions are al­ways wel­come. www.edrcsv.org.

The Fam­ily Giv­ing Tree: Since 1990, the Fam­ily Giv­ing Tree has pro­vided adopta-fam­ily gifts for more than a mil­lion Bay Area chil­dren, fam­i­lies and se­niors from low-in­come house­holds. Ful­fill a wish on­line at www.fam­i­ly­giv­ingtree.org/do­nate or call 408-946-3111 to con­trib­ute.

Fam­ily Sup­port­ive Hous­ing: Pro­vides in­terim emer­gency hous­ing and sup­port­ive ser­vices to home­less fam­i­lies. Fi­nan­cial do­na­tions are most needed this hol­i­day sea­son. Gift cards for gas, gro­ceries and cloth­ing are also ap­pre­ci­ated. Go to www.fam­ily­sup­port­ive­hous­ing.org and click on “how to help.”

Grail Fam­ily Ser­vices: age 4, low-in­come chil­dren are al­ready 18 months be­hind their more af­flu­ent peers. Help us change that. GFS gives low-in­come chil­dren a strong start, from birth, and equips their par­ents to sup­port their suc­cess in school and life. www.gfs­fam­il­y­ser­vices.org. HomeFirst Ser­vices: This agency pro­vides ser­vices, shel­ter and hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to home­less and at-risk fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als in Santa Clara County. Cash and in-kind do­na­tions — in­clud­ing tow­els, twin­size sheets, rain pon­chos, toi­letries, new socks and un­der­wear, sweat­shirts and store gift cards — can be made at HomeFirst, 507 Val­ley Way, Mil­pi­tas, and www.home­firstscc.org/ do­nate.

Jewish Fam­ily Ser­vices of Sil­i­con Val­ley: As­sists low-in­come peo­ple in need. Do­na­tions of cash and su­per­mar­ket, gas and store gift cards are al­ways wel­come. New, un­wrapped toys, gift cards and non­per­ish­able food are es­pe­cially needed dur­ing the win­ter hol­i­days. www.jf­ssv.org. LifeMoves: Formerly In­nVi­sion Shel­ter Net­work, this or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides in­terim hous­ing and sup­port ser­vices for home­less fam­i­lies. Cash, gift card and in-kind do­na­tions — linens and bed­ding, adult cloth­ing, kitchen sup­plies and toi­letries — can be made through www.lifemoves.org/hol­i­days.

Live Oak Adult Day Ser­vices: Needs soft, warm items like socks, sweaters, gloves, etc., to give to our se­niors as stock­ing stuffers and per­sonal gifts from Mr. & Mrs. Santa. Also wel­comes gro­cery and re­tail gift cards. To do­nate, call 408-9719363, email liveoak­day­[email protected] or go to www. liveoakadult­day­care.org.

Loaves and Fishes: Home­less and hun­gry fam­i­lies, chil­dren, se­niors, veter­ans and stu­dents can re­ceive a no-cost, hot nu­tri­tious meal year-round. Your gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial sup­port and hol­i­day food do­na­tions (frozen tur­keys, canned hams, stuff­ing mix) would be most wel­come. www. loaves­fishes.org. Martha’s Kitchen: This pri­vate non­profit, com­mu­nity-based agency is seek­ing frozen tur­keys and 5-pound hams. Do­na­tions may be dropped off at 311Wil­low St., San Jose, at the Sacred Heart Church grounds through Dec. 23. www.marthas-kitchen.org.

Penin­sula

Ac­knowl­edge Al­liance: Stu­dents face com­plex chal­lenges that im­pact their abil­ity to fo­cus on learn­ing. Many live in poverty, cope with de­pres­sion, bat­tle im­mi­gra­tion is­sues. With our re­silience-build­ing tools and trauma-in­formed ser­vices, we are not only reach­ing stu­dents but also sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tors. www. ac­knowl­edgeal­liance.org. Arbor Bay School: Hold­ing a One Warm Coat drive through Dec. 12. Coats can be dropped off at the school, 1017 Cedar St., San Car­los. www.ar­bor­bayschool.org. Art in Ac­tion: Em­pow­ers chil­dren through an arts ed­u­ca­tion by pro­vid­ing class­room lessons that de­velop cre­ativ­ity, crit­i­cal think­ing and com­plex prob­lem-solv­ing skills through hands-on learn­ing with art. Do­na­tions en­sure that all stu­dents have ac­cess to art, es­pe­cially those in Ti­tle I and un­der­served schools; www.arti­n­ac­tion.org/do­nate.

The Art of Yoga Project: De­liv­ers on­go­ing yoga and cre­ative arts pro­gram­ming to in­car­cer­ated teen girls in San Ma­teo County’s ju­ve­nile jus­tice sys­tem. Seek­ing mon­e­tary do­na­tions for art and yoga sup­plies and to com­pen­sate spe­cially trained in­struc­tors. www. thearto­fyo­gapro­ject.org. Christ­mas Bu­reau of Palo Alto: This non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides mon­e­tary as­sis­tance to more than 2,700 low-in­come in­di­vid­u­als com­prised of low-in­come fam­i­lies, se­niors and adults. www.christ­mas­bu­reauof­paloalto.org. Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Agency of Moun­tain View and Los Al­tos: This agency is seek­ing gift cards (Tar­get, Wal­mart, Ama­zon) and hol­i­day do­na­tions. www. csacares.org. Daly City Part­ner­ship: Gift of cash or checks will sup­port a men­tal health pro­gram for fam­i­lies with chil­dren who have ex­pe­ri­enced trauma, and schol­ar­ships for af­ter-school en­rich­ment classes. Do­na­tions of gift cards (Tar­get, Safe­way), new toys, and new or gen­tly used cloth­ing and small home goods will be given di­rectly to fam­i­lies in need, se­niors on fixed in­comes and the home­less. www. dc­part­ner­ship.org.

Dragon Pro­duc­tions Theatre Com­pany: Seek­ing fund­ing for six plays, de­vel­op­men­tal work­shops of new plays by lo­cal artists, and com­mu­nity build­ing pro­grams to turn the Dragon Theatre into the Penin­sula’s pre­mier com­mu­nity per­form­ing arts venue. www. drag­onpro­duc­tions.net. Ec­u­meni­cal Hunger Pro­gram: Do­nate cash, gift cards, tur­keys, hams and chick­ens for un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies in East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Menlo Park. www.eh­p­cares.org.

Fit Kids: Hol­i­day fit­ness equip­ment drive: Sup­port Fit Kids by do­nat­ing the equip­ment we use in our free fit­ness pro­grams for kids. www.fitkids.org. Friends of Hud­dart & Wun­der­lich Parks: Vol­un­teer nat­u­ral­ists lead hikes for chil­dren to learn about na­ture, science and the joy of be­ing in the out­doors. 52per­cent of par­tic­i­pants live in poverty. With your sup­port, we can pro­vide free hikes and buses for low­in­come schools. www.hud­dartwun­der­lich­friends.org. Gatepath: Em­pow­ers chil­dren and adults with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties to achieve their full po­ten­tial. Gifts will help chil­dren meet de­vel­op­men­tal mile­stones like walk­ing or talk­ing and help adults se­cure their first jobs. www.Gatepath.org/ Do­nate.

Geek Club Books: A vol­un­teer-run autism aware­ness non­profit com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a world where autis­tic in­di­vid­u­als are fully ac­cepted, val­ued and have a voice. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions fund the work of our autis­tic writ­ers, film­mak­ers, comic artists and speak­ers. geek­club­books.com. Health Con­nected: Pro­vides ado­les­cent sex­ual health ed­u­ca­tion to al­most 20,000stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers each year across Cal­i­for­nia. Help em­power young peo­ple to make thought­ful choices about their re­la­tion­ships and sex­ual health through­out their lives by mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion. www.health­con­nected.org.

Help a Mother Out: Works to im­prove baby and fam­ily well-be­ing by in­creas­ing ac­cess to di­a­pers for fam­i­lies in need. Do­na­tions will help our di­a­per bank reach our goal of dis­tribut­ing 10mil­lion di­a­pers by March. www. hel­pamoth­er­out.org. His­panic Foun­da­tion of Sil­i­con Val­ley: Ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life of Lati­nos in the Sil­i­con Val­ley re­gion. Your do­na­tion sup­ports ju­niors and se­niors in col­lege ma­jor­ing in STEM, col­lege readi­ness pro­grams for par­ents and stu­dents, and lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment classes. www.hfsv.org. Jewish Coali­tion for Lit­er­acy: Vol­un­teer read­ing tu­tors are the back­bone of our or­ga­ni­za­tion. We pro­vide struc­tured train­ing and then place our tu­tors one-on-one or with small groups of chil­dren in K-3 for read-aloud ses­sions. To do­nate or vol­un­teer, call 415-977-7439 or go to www.jclread.org. JobTrain Inc: Help sup­port low-in­come stu­dents in our ca­reer train­ing pro­grams with trans­porta­tion passes, work uni­forms, text­books and emer­gency child care. These re­sources make it pos­si­ble for our stu­dents to gain valu­able job train­ing and life skills. www.job­train­works.org.

Jus­tice At Last: Pro­vides free le­gal ser­vices and rep­re­sen­ta­tion to sur­vivors of hu­man traf­fick­ing so they can seek jus­tice on their terms. www.jus­ticeat­last.org.

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