2007-08 Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients for the 2007-08 Season

Total Grants Distributed: $273,402
Total Number of Beneficiaries: 14

ACE Public School Network
ACEs mission is to provide at-risk children in underserved communities access to excellent small K-8 schools where they can reach grad-level proficiency and leave 8th grade ready for high school and eventually college success. ACE works toward achieving this mission though the development , launch and on-going support of small, autonomous elementary and middle schools. The Foundation grant will support their Ganas Summer School, an intensive 5-week literacy program designed to get 5th graders reading significantly below their grade level up to proficiency. For more information, please visit www.acepublic.org.

Alum Rock Counseling Center Inc.

ARCCs mission is to provide culturally appropriate case management, counseling, prevention, education and early intervention services, which enable youth and their families in East Santa Clara Valley to improve their lives. The Foundation grant specifically supports the Evening Reporting Center, which is designed to provide life skills instruction and intensive support services to juvenile probation violators. For more information, please visit www.alumrockcc.org.

Books Aloud
Books Alouds mission is to improve the quality of life for people unable to directly benefit from the printed page, by providing a service to stimulate minds, stir emotions and foster independence through their Reading by Listening program. The Foundation grant will provide audio books for this program, as well as mini-libraries for Special Education classrooms in Santa Clara County. For more information, please visit www.booksaloud.org.

CityTeam Ministries

CityTeam pledges to help as many disadvantaged people as possible by providing food, shelter, clothing, education, recreation, and other programs wrapped in dignity, respect and compassion. The Foundation grant will allow disadvantaged youth to build self-esteem and teamwork skills in a summer-camp environment. Emphasis is placed on high-energy activities, group discussions, and building one-on-one relationships with camp leaders in order to promote making healthy lifestyle choices among campers. For more information, please visit www.cityteam.org.

Environmental Volunteers
Environmental Volunteers promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education. With a focus on public schools with a majority of low-income students, they offer a concentrated educational program directly in the classroom, conduct follow-up field study explorations in local nature preserves and supply teachers with supplementary resources to help them meet the state science curriculum standards. The Foundation grant will provide scholarships to low-income students to off-set the costs associated with this science discovery program. For more information, please visit www.evols.org.

Family Supportive Housing, Inc.
Family Supportive Housing provides temporary shelter and supportive services to homeless families with children in Santa Clara County, with the ultimate goal of transition into independent, self-sufficient living. Some services include day-care, case management, tutoring and employment referrals. The Foundation grant will be used for the purchase of essential computer equipment, which supports the Childrens Education Program and is used by parents to locate and research housing and career opportunities. For more information, please visit www.familysupportivehousing.org.

Friends Outside in Santa Clara County
Friends Outside empowers and assists families, youth, prisoners and ex-prisoners to overcome the immediate and long terms effects of incarceration and to act as a bridge between those they serve, the community at large and the criminal justice system. Their youth program focuses on children who have an incarcerated parent and are at tremendous risk for future incarceration themselves. The goal is to break the cycle through a dynamic mentoring program, after-school activities, tutoring, school advocacy and a summer camp experience. The Foundation will provide for a new van to transport participants to these vital services. For more information, please visit www.friendsoutsideinscc.org.

Greater San Jose After School All-Stars
The mission of ASAS is to provide comprehensive out-of-school programs that keep children safe and help them achieve success in school and life. The Foundation grant will support their Entourage Program, which provides 7th and 8th grade students with a comprehensive program of life skills and leadership development, community service learning projects, and peer mentoring to at-risk 6th grade students. For more information, please visit www.afterschoolallstars.org.

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
Loaves & Fishes is committed to providing nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe and caring environment to all needy individuals in Santa Clara County, with a special concern for families and senior citizens. The Foundation funding will be used to purchase critical kitchen equipment necessary for the storage and safe preparation of over 60,000 meals for those in need in the downtown and east San Jose areas. For more information, please visit www.loavesfishes.org.

ONeill Sea Odyssey
OSA provides students with hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment. The program is conducted at sea, with follow-up lessons at the shore-side Education Center at the Santa Cruz Harbor. It is free of charge, but students earn their way into the program by designing and performing a project to benefit their community. The Foundation grant will be used for costs of chartering boats, as well as supplies associated with the program. For more information, please visits www.oneillseaodyssey.org.

Sacred Heart Community Service
SHCSs mission is to change lives and impact poverty by providing essential services, offering tools for self-sufficiency, while ministering with dignity, compassion and respect. The Foundation grant supports their Essential Services Program, which provides food, clothing and housing assistance to families in need, ensuring they have access to basic necessities. These services are provided free of charge to over 50,000 individuals per year, many of whom are children. For more information, please visit www.sacredheartcommunity.org.

San Jose Repertory Theatre
The SJRT strives to engage, entertain and inspire people by producing innovative theatrical performances, educational programs that promote life-long learning and outreach initiatives that benefit the diverse South Bay community. The Foundations funding supports their award-winning Red Ladder Theatre Company, which serves over 1,600 at-risk youth annually. Guided by Red Ladder Company members, participants are encouraged to examine and solve the issues and problems that affect and often derail their lives. For more information, please visit www.sjrep.com.

Silicon Valley Conference for Community Justice
SVCCJs goal is to end bigotry, racism and exclusion in the Bay Area by empowering people of diverse backgrounds to build just communities where each person is treated with respect and understanding. The Foundation funding benefits their Camp Everytown program. An intensive youth leadership development program, Camp Everytown is a four day residential retreat for high school students that teaches respect and responsibility by breaking down stereotypes, biases and prejudice through highly interactive discussions, workshops, role-plays and shared experiences. For more information, please visit www.svccj.org.

Valley Medical Center Foundation
The VMC Foundation enhances community health and related human service needs via the Santa Clara County Health & Hospital System, which includes Valley Medical Center, with an emphasis on minority, low-income and extremely low-income populations. The Foundation grant will be used to purchase one of many Giraffe Beds essential to their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These beds are critical to the survival of the more than 600 premature and critically ill babies VMC expects to care for each year. For more information, please visit www.vmcfoundation.org.

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