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.

PhilanthropyPhilanthropy Description
ActerraActerra 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 SocietyFor 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 HappinessAnimal 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 MathOur 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) – Changing to Stanford HospitalThe 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.
Canine Companions for IndependenceCCI 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.
CanopyCanopy 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 (including Festival of Lights)The city of Los Altos offers our members a variety of volunteer oppportunities in the community including the Easter egg hunts, enior events, etc.
City of Mountain ViewThe city of Mountain View offers our members a variety of volunteer oppportunities in the community including tree lighting, senior events, etc.
City of Mountain View – Police DepartmentThe police department of Mountain View holds an annual Thanksgiving food drive for families in need in Mountain View.
Community Services AgencyFor 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.
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 TreeThe 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 – (needs board approval)Mission- Our mission is to engage and educate the public to restore local ecosystems
Vision- 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 AltosVolunteers 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 One ChildThe 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 CornerWe 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 – WIP 
KLD Summer Soccer CampThe 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 CommerceThe association promotes and protects the business community in Los Altos.
Los Altos Community FoundationLos Altos Community Foundation strengthens the community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement.
Los Altos History Museum
https://losaltoshistory.org
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)Public library of Los Altos.
Los Altos Sub-Acute Rehab CenterLos 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 ShoeboxesOperation 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 HungerStop 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 AssociationThe 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 and Stanford Special EventsLucile 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 LibraryPublic 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 Senior CenterThe Mountain View Senior is an all-purpose facility that offers programs and services for adults 55 years of age and over.
Palo Alto Little League – Challenger BaseballThe 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 ProjectThe 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 PartnersReading 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 PeninsulaBuilds volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners and neighbors.
Sacred HeartSacred 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 ExchangeOur facilities and programs provide refurbished bicycles to the underprivileged.
South Bay AYSO VIP SoccerOur 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
https://www.sonc.org
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.
Substainable Living Foundation – Zimbabwe Orphans Run (One-Time Event)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 
There With CareWe provide fundamental support services to families and children facing critical illness during a medical crisis.
Village HarvestVillage 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 CenterFounded 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.