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GLIFY Adopts Seniors for Christmas

Original post made by Ken mano, Willow West, on Dec 19, 2022

GLIFY participated in the “Adopt a Senior” for Christmas project by delivering 45 gift bags to seniors in the Tri-Vallely area. “Adopt a Senior”is a Christmas project supported by the Pleasanton Community of Character, the Pleasanton Police Charitable Foundation and churches and organizations in the Tri-Valley to bring Christmas cheer to 200 Tri-Valley seniors supported by CityServe of the Tri-Valley.

GLIFY stands for “Global Leadership Initiatives for Youth”, it is a nonprofit organization with over 300 high school and middle school students in the East Bay. Their aim is to inspire each other to make an impact on local and global communities. GLIFY was founded in 2010 by a group of high school students. The current Co-Presidents of GLIFY are Kacie Hu and Madeline (Maddy) Zhang, both juniors at Amador Valley High School, although members are from schools throughout the East Bay.

This is the third year GLIFY participated in Adopt a Senior for Christmas. Co-President, Maddy stated, “It was such a great experience for GLIFY youth members. The volunteers were glad to see that their small gifts brought so much joy and happiness to the seniors in our community. When we delivered the gifts, the seniors were all very touched and felt appreciated that they were remembered this holiday season. The appreciation from the seniors inspires us to do more for our community and others in need.”

GLIFY works with a wide variety of volunteer nonprofits, such as Contra Costa Food Bank, Kids Against Hunger, Open Heart Kitchen, Fertile Groundworks, Crayon Initiatives, and many others to serve the community. Additionally, they raise money to support local and international charitable causes and sponsor children from low-income families in the bay area and orphanages in Uganda.
They support initiatives like leadership development, college forums and Youth Mental Health awareness. They support the work of the Alan Hu Foundation. Alan was a former GLIFY member.

Each holiday season, GLIFY members actively participate in holiday events to spread the holiday cheer to local and global communities. We congratulate GLIFY for their support of so many East Bay nonprofits and thank them for their help in supporting the “Adopt a Senior” project. Their enthusiasm for this project was very instrumental in the success of this year’s project.

To learn more about GLIFY, visit:
To find volunteer projects, go to:
CityServe serves seniors who need help with support, counseling, transportation, wellness and care coordination. For information, see:


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