CZI Community Fund

Launched in 2017, the CZI Community Fund supports organizations in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City to address basic and most urgent needs identified by local communities. We proudly support and partner with local organizations working to solve these challenges.

Silvia Isaac and Juaquin, eating snacks at the East Palo Alto YMCA’s Nana Y Yo program to help caregivers and pre-school age children focus on developing and learn together.
September 28, 2017 | Silvia Isaac and Juaquin, eating snacks at the East Palo Alto YMCA’s Nana Y Yo program to help caregivers and pre-school age children focus on developing and learn together. Photograph By Chandler West
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Able Works

Issue Areas

Workforce Development

Able Works equips individuals with financial education, life skills, and assets that enable them to live free from oppression and poverty.
Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Workforce Development

20182019

Adolescent Counseling Services

Issue Areas

Health Care/Mental Health, Security/Safety

The mission of Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) is to empower youth in the community to find their way through social-emotional support and to build safe, accepting communities.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Health Care/Mental Health, Security/Safety

2019

Art in Action

Issue Areas

Education, Workforce Development

Provides classroom lessons that inspire critical thinking and creativity with engaging visual arts experiences. Students learn about STEAM (STEM + Art), cultural understanding, social justice, healing through art, art appreciation and technique. Art in Action empowers students to express unique ideas and develop 21st Century skills through hands-on-learning.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Workforce Development

2018

Bayshore Christian Ministries

Issue Areas

Education

(BCM)’s mission, founded in 1984, is to equip the youth of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven to grow spiritually, gain life skills, and develop as leaders so they have hope and a future. BCM serves ~250 low-income youth each year in after-school and summer programs, using relational, holistic and collaborative approach to empower the next generation of community leaders.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto

Education

2018

Belle Haven Action

Issue Areas

Education, Homelessness, Housing, Transportation

(BHA) promotes visibility and awareness of local issues for the Belle Haven neighborhood in Menlo Park. BHA advocates for equity and justice, acts as a local liaison for important community projects, initiates new programs for improved quality of life, and supports existing ones.
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Belle Haven

Education, Homelessness, Housing, Transportation

2018

Belle Haven Community Development Fund

Issue Areas

Workforce Development

Belle Haven Community Development Fund's (BHCDF) mission is to engage the Belle Haven community in advocating for common goals and to broker resources that foster sustainable community development. BHCDF is a sponsored project of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto

Workforce Development

20182019

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

Issue Areas

Education, Food Security

The Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula offers at-risk young people a safe place where they can build positive peer and adult relationships. BGCP has resources and programs in place so individuals can succeed in school and beyond.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Food Security

2019

Businesses United in Investing, Lending, and Development

Issue Areas

Education, Workforce Development

Businesses United in Investing, Lending, and Development (BUILD) uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college, and career success by empowering students to develop and run their own small businesses.
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East Palo Alto, Redwood City

Education, Workforce Development

2019

CASA of San Mateo County

Issue Areas

Security/Safety

CASA of San Mateo County's mission is to ensure that all abused and neglected children under court protection have a consistent and caring adult who speaks on their behalf and helps them reach their full potential.
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East Palo Alto, Redwood City

Security/Safety

2019

Chicana Latina Foundation

Issue Areas

Immigration, Workforce Development

Chicana Latina Foundation (CLF) empowers Chicanas/Latinas through personal, educational, and professional advancement. CLF invests in the power and potential of low-income and first-generation Latina college students so they graduate from college ready to lead.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Immigration, Workforce Development

2019

Children’s Health Council

Issue Areas

Education, Health Care/Mental Health

Children's Health Council (CHC) aims to remove learning barriers and help children and teens become successful at home, school, and in life regardless of language, location, or ability to pay.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Health Care/Mental Health

20182019

College Track

Issue Areas

Education, Workforce Development

College Track is a comprehensive, 10-year program that empowers underserved students with the skills and resources necessary for success in college and beyond. Their core service areas prepare students for the academic and social demands of college, ensuring they have the tools to matriculate into and ultimately graduate from college.
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East Palo Alto

Education, Workforce Development

2018

Community Gatepath

Issue Areas

Education, Health Care/Mental Health

Community Gatepath empowers people with special needs to achieve their full potential through innovative, inclusive programs and community partnerships including educational, therapeutic, vocational, and family support services.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Health Care/Mental Health

2019

CORA (Communities Overcoming Relationship Abuse)

Issue Areas

Housing, Security/Safety

CORA provides safety, support, and healing for individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship and educates the community on how to break the cycle of intimate partner abuse.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Housing, Security/Safety

2019

The East Palo Alto Academy Foundation

Issue Areas

Education, Health Care/Mental Health

East Palo Alto Academy Foundation’s mission is to ensure that all students will graduate college-ready and empowered with the knowledge, skills, and passion to positively impact their own lives, their community, and the global society.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto

Education, Health Care/Mental Health

20182019

Eastside College Preparatory School

Issue Areas

Education, Housing

Eastside College Preparatory School is committed to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education through a challenging and engaging curriculum that supports the potential of every student to enter and succeed in a four-year college and transition to a professional career.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Housing

20182019

Ecumenical Hunger Program

Issue Areas

Food Security, Homelessness

​Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) seeks to provide compassionate, dignified and practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship through material help, support services, and advocacy for neighbors in need.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Food Security, Homelessness

2019

El Concilio of San Mateo County

Issue Areas

Education, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Transportation, Workforce Development

El Concilio of San Mateo County is a community organization committed to increasing educational and employment opportunities and ensuring access to quality of life services for underserved communities in San Mateo County, including access to health services and environmental equality.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Transportation, Workforce Development

2018

Family Connections

Issue Areas

Education

Family Connections is founded on the idea that a positive family dynamic is key to a child’s “success.” In that spirit, Family Connections fosters a family learning community focused on discovery and growth for underserved children and their parents and caregivers.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education

2018

Faith in Action Bay Area

Issue Areas

Housing, Immigration

Faith In Action Bay Area (FIABA) develops community leaders who organize to change systems in order to create racial and economic equity in the Bay Area.
East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Housing, Immigration

2019

Foundation for a College Education

Issue Areas

Education

Foundation for a College Education works with students and families from 6th grade through college graduation, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of students of color from East Palo Alto and similar communities who graduate from a four-year college or university.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education

2018

Free at Last: Recovery and Rehabilitation Services

Issue Areas

Health Care/Mental Health, Homelessness

The mission of Free At Last: Community Recovery And Rehabilitation Services (Free At Last) is to rebuild the community from within, reclaim addicts, and give people who failed in the past the chance to succeed in the future.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Health Care/Mental Health, Homelessness

20182019

Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc.

Issue Areas

Security/Safety, Workforce Development

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) breaks the cycle of juvenile crime, violence, and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring.
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East Palo Alto, Redwood City

Security/Safety, Workforce Development

2019

Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

Issue Areas

Education

(JMZ) is an early education science institute that believes that all children deserve access to high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. Their Science Outreach Program allows JMZ educators to bring vital, standards-based science instruction to local underserved schools in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto

Education

2018

Generations United, Inc.

Issue Areas

Education, Immigration

Generations United, Inc.’s mission is to empower low-income families in Redwood City to reach their full potential. They accomplish this by offering educational programs through tutoring and homework centers located on Redwood City school campuses and local libraries, where they match volunteers with children for tutoring and mentoring.
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North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Immigration

2018

Girls to Women

Issue Areas

Education, Security/Safety

Girls to Women provides broad-spectrum after-school and summer programming for low-income girls and young women. The organization places an emphasis on the whole person and aims to impact holistic support and development.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto

Education, Security/Safety

20182019

Good Karma Bikes

Issue Areas

Transportation, Workforce Development

Good Karma Bikes offers a path for Transition Age Youths (TAYs) and low-income individuals to gain self-confidence, work readiness, and entry to college by using a bike shop as the catalyst for a reliable, inexpensive form of transportation and a platform from which to offer meaningful job training and mentorship.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Transportation, Workforce Development

2019

GRID Alternatives

Issue Areas

Housing, Transportation, Workforce Development

GRID Alternatives‘s mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities, providing energy cost savings, valuable job skills, and a source of clean energy that benefits all. Their Peninsula Energy & Transportation Equity Initiative will serve low-income families and leverage GRID’s well-established solar program and brand new statewide clean vehicle financing assistance programs.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, Redwood City

Housing, Transportation, Workforce Development

2018

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

Issue Areas

Housing, Security/Safety

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco (HHGSF) provides local families with a springboard to secure stable futures through affordable homeownership and neighborhood revitalization.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto

Housing, Security/Safety

20182019

Hack the Hood

Issue Areas

Education, Workforce Development

Hack the Hood’s mission is to empower low-income youth of color with the knowledge, skills, and relationships they need to pursue careers in tech. Through their “Bootcamp” program, youth ages 16-24 build websites for small businesses in their local community, learning coding, web design, and 21st century workplace skills.
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East Palo Alto

Education, Workforce Development

2018

Healthy Cities Tutoring

Issue Areas

Education

Healthy Cities Tutoring provides one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for students who struggle to find success in school. Community volunteers meet weekly with their assigned student and offer academic and social-emotional support. Currently, Healthy Cities Tutoring provides tutors for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at 12 local schools.
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North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education

2018

HIP Housing

Issue Areas

Housing, Workforce Development

Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing's mission is to invest in human potential by improving the housing and lives of people in our community through three programs: Home Sharing, Self Sufficiency, and Property Development.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Housing, Workforce Development

2019

Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County

Issue Areas

Homelessness, Housing, Transportation

Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLC) addresses the root cause of the housing crises by working with local government to create new sources of revenue, get access to great sites, and increase participation from community members that support housing. HLC works to engage educated advocates at the right time, with the right message, to change the course of development.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Homelessness, Housing, Transportation

2018

International Institute of the Bay Area

Issue Areas

Immigration

The International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) provides high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities to immigrants, refugees, and their families as they join and contribute to the community.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Immigration

20182019

JobTrain, Inc.

Issue Areas

Education, Workforce Development

JobTrain is committed to improving the lives of people in our community through assessment, job skills training, and high-potential career placement.
Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Workforce Development

20182019

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Issue Areas

Immigration

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (LASSMC) fights social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty and ensures the basic necessities of life including safe and affordable housing, health care, economic security, secure immigration status, education, and freedom from violence and abuse.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Immigration

2019

The Multicultural Institute

Issue Areas

Education, Workforce Development

The Multicultural Institute accompanies immigrants in their transition from poverty and isolation to workforce participation and prosperity.
North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Workforce Development

2019

Live In Peace

Issue Areas

Education, Transportation

Live In Peace exists to empower youth and young adults to reclaim the vision for their future. Live in Peace’s unique relational based approach creates positive peer groups and new norms, that help students take full advantage of the academic support.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, Redwood City

Education, Transportation

2018

Menlo Spark

Issue Areas

Transportation

Menlo Spark partners with residents, businesses, and government to improve sustainability. Menlo Spark has been serving Menlo Park communities since 2014; their mission is to help Menlo Park become climate neutral (zero carbon) by 2025, while promoting community prosperity and protecting civic heritage.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Transportation

2018

Menlo Together

Issue Areas

Housing, Transportation

Menlo Together is a group of Menlo Park and peninsula residents that envisions an integrated, diverse, multi-generational, environmentally sustainable community with housing at all affordability levels, convenient mobility choices for all, and zero-carbon development. Menlo Together is a project of the Foundation for Regional Transit.
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Belle Haven

Housing, Transportation

2019

Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services of the Bay Area

Issue Areas

Immigration

Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services of the Bay Area (MCESBA) provides services that help individuals and families develop culturally rooted problem-solving strategies to manage life’s challenges and to promote values and dignity. MCESBA is a sponsored project of One East Palo Alto.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto

Immigration

20182019

My New Red Shoes

Issue Areas

Education, Homelessness

My New Red Shoes (MNRS) seeks to improve school attendance, educational experiences, and the quality of life for the community's most vulnerable homeless and low-income children by providing them with the necessities of new clothing and shoes.
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East Palo Alto

Education, Homelessness

2019

New Creation Home Ministries

Issue Areas

Education, Homelessness, Housing

New Creation Home Ministries offers a two-year transitional housing program and a weekly parenting program that services pregnant and parenting at-risk girls ages 13-22.
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East Palo Alto

Education, Homelessness, Housing

2018

Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto

Issue Areas

Education, Immigration

Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto's mission is to uplift Latino families in East Palo Alto and the mid-peninsula through community education, leadership development, and advocacy.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Immigration

2019

Pangea Legal Services

Issue Areas

Immigration

Pangea Legal Services offers legal defense services to immigrants at risk of deportation residing in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Mateo county. They work with partners to train immigrants in participatory legal defense strategies, and to provide representation for immigrants in deportation proceedings through a community-led defense model.
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East Palo Alto, Redwood City

Immigration

2018

Peninsula Family Service

Issue Areas

Education, Homelessness, Workforce Development

Peninsula Family Service‘s mission is to strengthen community by providing children, families, and older adults with the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy stable lives. They work toward a community where opportunity, financial stability, and wellness are secured for all through three core programs: early learning, services for older adults, and financial empowerment.
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Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Homelessness, Workforce Development

2018

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

Issue Areas

Food Security, Transportation

Peninsula Volunteers Inc. (PVI) provides innovative services and housing to support aging adults in the SF peninsula and Silicon Valley. PVI recognizes that as life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Food Security, Transportation

2019

Project WeHOPE

Issue Areas

Homelessness, Security/Safety

Project WeHOPE's mission is to help people become healthy, employed, and housed using innovative solutions such as the WeHope Shelter, the Dignity on Wheels mobile hygiene project, and H.O.P.E. Jobs certification courses.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Homelessness, Security/Safety

20182019

Ravenswood Family Health Center

Issue Areas

Health Care/Mental Health

Ravenswood Family Health Center (RFHC) improves the health of our community through culturally sensitive, integrated primary and preventive health care for all, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status, and by collaborating with community partners to address the social determinants of health.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Health Care/Mental Health

20182019

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

Issue Areas

Housing

Rebuilding Together Peninsula brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, with a vision of creating a safe and healthy home for every person.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Housing

2018

The Redwood City-Police Activities League

Issue Areas

Education, Workforce Development

The Redwood City-Police Activities League (PAL) brings together police professionals and community members in a unified effort to provide school-age children and their families with access to academic support, life skills, and personal development activities. They focus on producing successful opportunities for underrepresented and underserved communities.
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North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Workforce Development

2018

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Mid-Peninsula

Issue Areas

Workforce Development

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (Renaissance) breaks the cycle of poverty by bringing the power of entrepreneurship to individuals and families from under-resourced communities and populations.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Workforce Development

2019

The Rosalie Rendu Center

Issue Areas

Education

The Rosalie Rendu Center offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults, computer training and life skills classes, after-school homework help and supervised play for children of ESL students, and family outings. All classes all non-sectarian and open to anyone wanting to learn English.
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East Palo Alto

Education

2018

Services & Immigrant Rights & Education Network

Issue Areas

Immigration

Services & Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN) empowers low-income immigrants and refugees in Northern and Central California through community education and organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, policy advocacy, and immigration legal services.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Immigration

20182019

Spark

Issue Areas

Workforce Development

Spark is a Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program that gives middle school students opportunities to understand, experience, and pursue what’s possible for their future. Through workplace mentorships and guided support, Spark helps students build new skills and explore potential careers at the most critical point in their journey of self-discovery.
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East Palo Alto

Workforce Development

2018

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room

Issue Areas

Food Security

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room provides hot nutritious meals, take-home groceries, and a safe place for fellowship to needy men, women, children, and families in our area by waiving eligibility requirements and limits on number of visits—no questions asked.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Food Security

2019

Street Life Ministries

Issue Areas

Homelessness

Street Life Ministries (SLM) provides food, friendship, direct counseling, and support services to homeless communities in Redwood City, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto. The organization serves dinner on the street four nights a week, hosts a monthly bingo night dinner, and offers a monthly Sunday breakfast.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Homelessness

2019

StreetCode Academy

Issue Areas

Education, Workforce Development

StreetCode Academy’s mission is to provide historically disadvantaged people of color in East Palo Alto and surrounding areas with the technological and professional skills, confidence, and access to networks needed to thrive in the technology industry.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education, Workforce Development

20182019

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County

Issue Areas

Food Security, Homelessness

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County's (SVdP) brings talent and resources to families and individuals who are often invisible—the working poor, the homeless, immigrants, and all people living in the margins.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Food Security, Homelessness

2019

Teen Success, Inc.

Issue Areas

Education

Teen Success, Inc. is committed to the success of teen mothers and their children. Using a two-generation approach, Teen Success, Inc. empowers teen mothers to rise above their challenges and achieve their full potential in school and as parents.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City

Education

2018

The Salvation Army East Palo Alto

Issue Areas

Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Transportation

The Salvation Army East Palo Alto provides low income families with basic needs services, including rental assistance, hygiene items for homeless people, back-to-school supplies and summer camp for children, transportation to medical appointments, and referrals to other agencies.
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East Palo Alto

Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Transportation

2018

United Way Bay Area

Issue Areas

Education, Homelessness, Housing, Workforce Development

United Way Bay Area has a rich history of bringing together individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and government entities to fight for a strong, vibrant, and healthy community. By enabling neighbors to invest in one another, they fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the Bay Area.
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North Fair Oaks

Education, Homelessness, Housing, Workforce Development

2018

Vida Verde

Issue Areas

Education

Vida Verde promotes educational equity by providing free overnight environmental education camps for students who would not otherwise get the opportunity. Since 2001, they have served over 10,500 students from low-income schools with a 3-day, 2-night program that powerfully impacts students’ connections to the outdoors, academics, and social and emotional learning.
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Belle Haven, East Palo Alto

Education

2018

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