Philanthropies

SLOBs Supported Philanthropies

SLOBs partners with the following wonderful local philanthropies. Please note that SLOBs service hours can only be earned through volunteering with one of these supported philanthropic organizations.

 

Philanthropy Philanthropy Description
Acterra Acterra provides hands-on habitat restoration projects at various sites in Santa Clara County.  Volunteers will help replace invasive plants with native drought tolerant plants to improve the ecological health of our area.
American Cancer Society For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.
Animal Assisted Happiness Animal Assisted Happiness enriches the lives of children and their families experiencing special needs, health or family challenges. As a non-profit organization, we provide barnyard friends to bring moments of happiness and smiles into their day.
Buddies 4 Math Our emphasis is on mentoring our younger buddies through math games and hands on activities in weekly sessions. We are students from local middle and high schools and our goal is to make math fun!
 Canary Foundation (Canary Challenge Ride/Run) The Canary Challenge is an annual cycling event and 5km walk/run in Palo Alto, and a pioneer in fundraising in the San Francisco Bay Area. Unlike many organized charity bike rides, the Canary Challenge ensures that 100 percent of all funds raised are directed to the event beneficiary,the Canary Foundation, and do not cover the cost of the event operations.
 Canopy Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most. Our mission is to bring the life-giving benefits of trees to the schools, neighborhoods, and public spaces of the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula. Our vision is a day when every resident of this area can walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.
City of Los Altos (including Festival of Lights) The city of Los Altos offers our members a variety of volunteer opportunities in the community including the Easter egg hunts, senior events, etc.
City of Mountain View The city of Mountain View offers our members a variety of volunteer oppportunities in the community including tree lighting, senior events, etc.
Community Services Agency For over 50 years, Community Services Agency has been providing vital social services for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. We understand that hardship can come at any time and knows no age limit. We provide a safety net so independence and self-sufficiency can be restored and maintained. Our clients may be a young, working poor family or an elderly person looking for companionship.
Deer Hollow Farm Deer Hollow Farm is a 160 year-old historical ranch in Silicon Valley. Its mission is to support environmental education programs for our community. Open to the public, this nonprofit teaching farm welcomes 100,000+ visitors and thousands of students annually.
Ecumenical Hunger Program EHP’s mission is two-fold:  to sustain our neighbors through immediate crises and to help them regain stability and independence. EHP’s mission is to assist local families and individuals who are experiencing economic and personal hardship. EHP provides food, clothing, household essentials, support, and advocacy to our neighbors. EHP serves working families, seniors, people with limited incomes and those who have both emergency and on-going needs in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding communities.
Family Giving Tree The Family Giving Tree fulfills the exact holiday wishes and provides backpacks filled with school supplies to those children with the most need in our communities while inspiring the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.
GreenTown Los Altos Volunteers help Greentown Los Altos on projects that help educate and inspire the people of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills to take action that will make our communities more environmentally healthy and vibrant today and for future generations.
Habitat for Humanity (including Playhouse program) Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. We revitalize neighborhoods, build affordable and sustainable housing solutions, and empower families through successful homeownership. Since 1986, we have partnered with volunteers, the community, and qualified families with limited incomes to strengthen our communities.

The Playhouse Program provides an enjoyable volunteer experience while generating revenue for the construction of Habitat homes. Through the program, volunteers fully construct a useable and durable playhouse by fabricating the sides, door, windows, and trim, constructing the roof, and painting the structure. The playhouses are then donated to community charities that serve children, or directly to families, through various service agencies.

Help One Child The Mission of Help One Child is to recruit, train and support those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to at-risk children. We are a non-profit, non-denominational, local outreach to at-risk children both in and out of the foster care system.
Hope’s Corner We are a Joint program of Los Altos and Trinity United Methodist Churches to provide comfort and assistance to people in need in our community.  Hope’s Corner provides a simple “continental style” breakfast and bag lunch on Saturday mornings between 8:00 am – 10:00 am.  More than just food, Hope’s Corner provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where people are able to relax, chat and build community.
KLD Summer Soccer Camp The Kick, Lead, and Dream (KLD) initiative was founded in 2007 to create a fun environment where motivated high school students (KLD Coaches) volunteer to become role models, to provide the at-risk/low income kids from the Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools (KLD Campers) the
opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities, and gain the confidence to dream BIG!
LifeMoves (formerly InnVision) With more than 40 years of service and experience in successfully serving homeless families and individuals, LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Our successful and  multi-faceted therapeutic service model combines clean, modern housing with intensive supportive services that promote dignity and respectfully motivate our clients to achieve autonomy.
Los Altos Chamber of Commerce The association promotes and protects the business community in Los
Los Altos.
Los Altos Community Foundation Los Altos Community Foundation strengthens the community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement.
Los Altos History Museum The Los Altos History Museum gathers and presents compelling stories and artifacts that bridge the past and the present by fostering the creative energy of staff and volunteers to challenge established narratives and produce engaging educational programs and exhibits for the community.
Los Altos Library Public library of Los Altos.
Los Altos Sub-Acute Rehab Center Los Altos Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to providing quality health to those in need. We strive to meet or exceed the expectations of those we serve, and our purpose is to provide our patients with positive rehabilitative therapy and exceptional nursing care. At our nursing home, the emphasis is on living.  Half of residents are long-term care residents and half are transient rehab patients.
Los Altos Village Association The Los Altos Village Association was founded in the early 60s by merchants and property owners to promote downtown businesses via advertising and special events.  The over 160 LAVA members believe in a revitalized and energized downtown. LAVA is also involved in other aspects of downtown life. Our members participate in several committees that work to improve the downtown area, keep in touch with city affairs and the pulse of the community.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford was the vision of Lucile Salter Packard, our generous founding donor and visionary for children’s health. Her dream was simple: to nurture both the body and soul of every child. She believed in the power of nature as an important part of the healing process.  She wanted kids to be treated like kids — not just patients. And she believed  that caring for a child meant involving the whole family. Today, Stanford Children’s Health honors that vision through our dedication in delivering innovative services and unparalleled family-centered-care.Their vision is To heal humanity through science and compassion, one child and family at a time.
Make A Wish Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the
Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a
life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 35 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.
Money Math Money Math is gearing up for their program by coordinating with the Mountain View library and local principals to help children entering 3rd and 4th grade who could use a little extra help with math.
Mountain View Library (including Kids Read) Public library of Mountain View.  Many programs including
“Kids Read” which enables  Junior High and High School students to be paired  with K-2 students every Sunday.  The pairs will pick out books to read together at the Mountain View  Library.  The goal of the program is to increase literacy in our community.  This is a drop in program, but please let Robyn know before you come to volunteer for the first time.
Mountain View Police Department The police department of Mountain View holds an annual Thanksgiving food drive for families in need in Mountain View.
Mountain View Senior Center The Mountain View Senior is an all-purpose facility that offers programs and services for adults 55 years of age and over.
On Your Mark On Your Mark is a specialized running store in downtown Los Altos that frequently holds runs which benefit local communities.
Palo Alto Little League – Challenger Baseball The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.
The Princess Project The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school teens who cannot otherwise afford them. Our effort is made possible through invaluable volunteer, donor, and community support. The Silicon Valley Chapter has been in existence since 2005 and has given away over 10,000 dresses. SLOBs assists in the hard work of transporting the dresses to various locations.
Reading Partners Reading Partners recruits and supports volunteers to work one-on- one with children at under-resourced schools who are struggling to read. Volunteers are trained to follow a structured, research-based curriculum..
Rebuilding Together Peninsula Builds volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners and neighbors.
Sacred Heart Sacred Heart’s core strategy is to provide essential services to individuals and families in need. It provides basic needs such as food, clothing, and housing assistance, while at the same time offering the tools for self-sufficiency, including employment assistance, family mentoring, and adult and youth education programs.
Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes) Operation Christmas Child is a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange Our facilities and programs provide refurbished bicycles to the underprivileged.
South Bay AYSO VIP Soccer Our goal  is for every child to have the opportunity to play soccer. The VIP (Very Important Player) program provides a great soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams can include individuals who are blind or visually impaired, or have limited mobility, autism, Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy.
Special Olympics of Northern California We are dedicated to providing year-round sports training and competition on a variety of sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate with other Special Olympics athletes. Volunteers age 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult that has been volunteer approved.
Stop Hunger Now Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
Substainable Living Foundation (Zimbabwe Orphans Run) The mission of the Sustainable Living Foundation is to inspire USA children to be fit, create art and help others and raise vital funds for Makumbi Childrens’ Home.
Sunday Friends Sunday Friends is a program for very low-income families in San Jose that occurs twice monthly at a public school site. It seeks to give families the tools to become more self-sufficient. Families engage in hands-on learning activities, create gifts for children in hospitals and for nursing home residents, and prepare and serve healthy meals. They attend classes on financial literacy, parenting effectiveness, English literacy, health, nutrition, violence prevention, computer skills, and STEM education. Families earn tickets through their participation in the programs and then can purchase basic necessities in the “store”.
There With Care We provide fundamental support services to families and children facing critical illness during a medical crisis.
Village Harvest Village Harvest is a nonprofit suburban harvesting cooperative in Santa Clara Valley that organizes and coordinates backyard fruit harvesting.  Help pick fruit in local backyards that is given to  Community Service Agency’s food pantry.
Villa Siena Senior Living Center Founded almost 50 years ago, Villa Siena is a retirement community for seniors  who desire to live in a community atmosphere. Our programs are designed to enhance the well-being of each resident while allowing them the freedom to maximize their independence.