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!
Canine Companions for Independence CCI is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs (free of charge) and ongoing support to ensure quality people/companion partnerships.  CCI relies on volunteers to provide support in caring for breeder dogs, nurturing newborn puppies for eight weeks, raising/fostering puppies for the next 14-18 months (by providing a home for them to live in, basic obedience training, socialization and care), financially through donations, and providing community awareness to the organization.  Mission – To help children and adults with disabilities live more independent lives.
Canopy Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most. Its mission is to grow urban tree canopy in midpeninsula communities for the benefit of all. Its vision is a day when every resident of the Midpeninsula can step outside to walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.
City of Los Altos 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 opportunities in the community including tree lighting, senior events, etc.
City of Mountain View – Police Department The Mountain View Police Department holds Cops and Gobblers, an annual Thanksgiving food drive for families in need in Mountain View.
Community Services Agency (CSA) For over 50 years, CSA 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.
Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) ​EHP’s mission is two-fold: to sustain our neighbors through immediate crises and to help them regain stability and independence. EHP assists 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.
Grassroots Ecology Grassroots Ecology’s mission is to engage and educate the public to restore local ecosystems. We envision vibrant, healthy lands and human communities that support and sustain one another and are resilient and adaptable to a changing world.
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.
Help Kids Read Help young kids in Mountain View and Los Altos have a place to come read with older volunteers.
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.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) JDRF is leading the fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D) by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D.
Humane Society of Silicon Valley The Humane Society of Silicon Valley has a mission of saving and enhancing the lives of both the two legged and the four legged! Through compassion and collaboration, we are building a community in Silicon Valley where every pet has a home.
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 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 Altos.
Los Altos Community Foundation Los Altos Community Foundation strengthens the community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement.
Los Altos Festival of Lights The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade celebrates the beginning of the Holiday Season in Downtown Los Altos the Sunday after Thanksgiving at 6:00. Originating in 1977, it is produced by the Los Altos Festival of Lights Association, a non-profit, all volunteer organization of community members. Funding is provided by donations and the sale of glow products on parade night. With the mission, “Bringing Our Community Together to Share the Warmth of the Holiday Season,” this event is for the whole family.
Los Altos History Museum History inspires imagination, stimulates thought and transforms society. The Los Altos History Museum preserves and shares our local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future.
Los Altos Library (Friends of the Library) Friends of the Library of Los Altos is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of book lovers and community members having a good time raising funds in support of the Los Altos Library collections, facilities and programs.
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.
LAUMC Compassion Week – 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. SLOBs has worked on Playhouse opportunities through LAUMC Compassion Week. Other opportunities required volunteers who are at least 16 years of age.

LAUMC Compassion Week – 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.
LAUMC Compassion Week – Rise Against Hunger 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.
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 – Special Events 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 (One Time Events) 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.
Mountain View Library (Friends of Mountain View Library) The Friends of the Mountain View Library is a non-profit organization that raises money to make our library an ever-better place to be. Volunteer opportunities include sorting donated materials, assisting with lobby shop sales, and helping with book sales,
Mountain View Senior Center The Mountain View Senior Center is an all-purpose facility that offers programs and services for adults 55 years of age and over.
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 is a nationwide nonprofit organization that pairs volunteer tutors with K-5 students who struggle with literacy, helping them overcome their reading barriers. We welcome all volunteers 14+ years old, and no experience is required!

We have sites all over the Bay Area with Bishop Elementary School and Mariano Castro Elementary School being the closest ones to Los Altos.

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.
Sleeping Bags for the Homeless of SV (SB4TH) Sleeping Bags for the Homeless of the Bay Area provides an opportunity for members and parents to directly serve the homeless community in San Jose. Members meet at Father’s House International and sort supplies to bring to the encampments. Then we set out into the community to deliver these supplies and connect with them, offering some much needed supplies along with a smile and conversation. Volunteers are always encouraged to bring donations of sleeping bags, clothes/socks, toiletry kits, first aid kits and water.
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.
Stanford Hospital – Special Events  
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 empowers families to break the generational cycle of poverty by fostering positive development in children while educating and guiding parents to support their children’s life success.
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.
WISH Sunday Muffins Give your Sunday morning special meaning by helping the homeless this Sunday. The homeless really appreciate our muffins and are so grateful to our volunteers. We hope you can support our program, because it is really nice to make a difference in people’s lives.