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About the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

We are now holding the second annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund to provide an opportunity to contribute to eight nonprofit local organizations to help alleviate the needs that exist, despite our community's prosperity. They serve the homeless, the hungry and disadvantaged, and provide important programs to fill gaps where public funding falls short.

Last year the Holiday Fund raised $44,000, thanks to generous gifts from our readers plus matching funds provided by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation. This was divided among five recipients.

The Tri-Valley Community Foundation has agreed to once again match readers' donations, up to $37,500. This will enable us to double readers' contributions and allow your gift to have twice the impact. Also the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund has no overhead because the paperwork is done by us. Our goal this year is $75,000, and we have added three more charities to the list of recipients.

The following agencies will be supported by the Pleasanton Weekly's 2004 Holiday Fund:

Axis Community Health Center: Provides medical, mental health, addiction counseling and health education services to more than 20,000 patients and clients each year, regardless of their ability to pay. An estimated 70 percent have no medical insurance or are underinsured, including some that have recently lost their jobs and health benefits. Call 201-6240.

Kaleidoscope Activity Center: For almost 25 years, this center has provided an after-school and summer day camp program for developmentally disabled children and young adults ages 5 to 22, operating out of Dublin. Participants also go on outings throughout the Bay Area. Call 828-8857.

Open Heart Kitchen: As the only nonprofit free soup kitchen in the Tri-Valley area, this service provides nutritious meals for low-income people in the Pleasanton-Livermore area at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton and Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore. Visit Telephone 580-1616.

Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council: An all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, PCAC supports the community in pursuing facilities and environments where people may pursue all the arts. It also provides world-class concerts and outreach programs for young people. Telephone 461-4864.

Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center: Located inside the ValleyCare Health Library, it offers personalized reference assistance and access to medical databases, some in other languages, including Web sites and articles, plus books, videos and models. The library has both a librarian and nurse on staff to help with research. Call 734-3315.

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley: Located in the Pleasanton Senior Center, this service offers a Friendly Visiting program, a registry for finding caregivers, health screening, counseling and referrals, as well as case managers to assess a senior's needs. Its goal is to keep seniors living independently. Telephone 931-5379.

Tri-Valley Haven: Runs a domestic violence shelter as well as a homeless shelter for families and a rape crisis center. Its mission is to aid those who have experienced abuse and offers counseling, a legal clinic and other practical advice. Telephone 449-5845; 24-hour hotline: (800) 884-8119.

Valley Humane Society: This nonprofit group is all volunteers, with the mission to educate on responsible pet ownership. It assists in rescuing and placing abandoned or injured animals and operates an adoption center in downtown Pleasanton. It does not euthanize unless health problems dictate. Call 426-8656.

Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund Donation Form

Enclosed is a donation of $

Name (First/Last)

Street Address

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E-mail address

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Name on Card

I wish to designate my contribution as follows:

In my name as shown above

In honor of:
In memory of:
As a gift for:

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I wish to contribute anonymously

Please withhold the amount of my contribution.

The Tri-Valley Community Foundation is located at 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 112, Pleasanton, CA 94588. More information about the Foundation can be obtained by contacting the organization at the above address, by calling its President David Rice at (925) 734-9965 or through its Web site: The Pleasanton Weekly will publish donor names unless the donor checks the anonymous box. All donations will be acknowledged by mail.



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