Community & Charitable Giving
Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) provides high quality programs for individuals with autism and associated developmental disabilities living in the San Francisco Bay Area, while striving for a world in which people of all abilities live fulfilled lives.
PACE currently serves over 60 students in preschool and K-12 schools, houses 36 children and adults in their residential program, and provides behavioral services for Bay Area families.
Learn more about PACE at: http://www.pacificautism.org
Grey Bears is a Santa Cruz based organization striving to improve the health and wellbeing of seniors through food distribution, volunteerism and community participation. Their many programs include the Brown Bag Program, Recycle & Repurpose, Eat-Move-Learn, and Earth Tubs composting. Grey Bears has been the recipient of many awards for their recycling and sustainability operations, including the 2015 Aptos Chamber Organization of the Year.
Learn more about Grey Bears at: http://www.greybears.org
Homeless Services Center (Santa Cruz) seeks to end homelessness with permanent housing by providing emergency shelter to 46 adult men and women in an environment structured to provide transitional services. HSC also operates a Recuperative Care Center, which serves up to 12 homeless adults each night who have been discharged from the hospital, providing meals, housekeeping, security, medication management support, clinical social work and housing case management. Their Rebele Family Shelter provides emergency shelter for up to 28 households with children (approximately 90 individuals).
Learn more about the Homeless Services Center at: http://www.santacruzhsc.org
The Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1985 in San Jose, California. They rescue and care for abandoned, feral, and unwanted pets.
Approximately 95% of the donations go directly to the care of animals in need.
Learn more about NARF at http://www.narfrescue.org.
Silicon Valley FACES is a non-profit organization serving Silicon Valley for over 45 years to build a community free of bias and bigotry and violence. In Fiscal Year 2013, they provided educational programs to over 4,300 students and served over 9,000 victims of violent crime.
Their programs include victim witness assistance, camp everytown, building connections, extremes of hate, and common ground enrichment institute.
Learn more about FACES at http://www.svfaces.org.
Founded in 1972, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County was the first food bank in California and is the second oldest in the nation. They began by distributing food from a parking lot in Santa Cruz to groups operating the Breakfast for Kids program.
Second Harvest’s mission is to end hunger and malnutrition by educating and involving the community. Through their network of more than 200 agencies and programs and over 3,000 volunteers, they distribute over 8 million pounds of food annually to working poor families, children, and seniors.
Learn more about SHFB at http://www.thefoodbank.org.
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County is a tax-exempt public charity serving people who share a common interest to improve the quality of life in Santa Cruz County, and beyond, through philanthropy.
Founded in 1982, they provide individuals, families and businesses with ways to make giving simple, powerful and personal. They offer professional advisors resources and tools to help them meet their clients’ charitable goals.
They are committed to strengthening the local nonprofit sector and each year offer grants, workshops and resources to hundreds of local organizations.
Learn more about Community Foundation Santa Cruz County at http://www.cfscc.org
Dog Park Project in Downtown San Jose
Giving back to our community by supporting the Notre Dame Dog Park & Community Garden.
Kristina Kuprina has become the Angel Investor for the opening of the dog park and garden. She has arranged to make a donation to the cause through Sequoia Wealth Advisors and received approval and release of liability from the city in December 2014.
The Downtown Association also secured a contract to install a 6-foot high green chain link fence for the dog park. Installation occurred in January 2015.
Mesa Verde Gardens is a Hand-Up rather than Hand-Out food justice program in Santa Cruz County. They work with low-income people to increase self-reliance through growing organic produce for their own tables.
Members pay $8 per month per plot (though no one is turned away for lack of funds), which gives them their own garden plot (approx. 12’ x 15’) in which to grow crops of their own choosing, cultivated in the manner they prefer.
Learn more about Mesa Verde Gardens at http://www.mesaverdegardens.org.