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
year, regardless of their ability to pay. An estimated 70 percent have
no medical insurance or are underinsured, including some that have recently
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
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
United Methodist Church
in Livermore. Visit www.openheartkitchen.org. 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
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.
• 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
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
placing abandoned or injured animals and operates an adoption center in downtown
It does not euthanize unless health problems dictate. Call 426-8656.