Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund

Each year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Read on for profiles of grant recipients, to be featured each week over the holiday season, highlighting the way each organization has used the funds this past year.

Checks totaling more than $350,000 were handed out to the executive directors of 51 non-profit organizations at a reception held April 24, 2017 at the Palo Alto Weekly, bringing the total distributed over the 24-year history of the Holiday Fund to more than $6.5 million.

Getting justice and a safe home

Jose Cabrera cranked up the heater to full blast in his duplex unit to keep his wife and three children warm. It wasn't the coldest day of the year, nor was the winter excessively frigid. But he was willing ... [ Read More ] Posted Jan. 3, 2017

TheatreWorks encourages playful learning, creativity

"All the world's a stage," according to the king of theater, William Shakespeare. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has taken that concept to heart by fostering theater skills and creative thinking throughout ... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 27, 2016

Jasper Ridge Farm connects kids with animals

After 14 brain surgeries over the past three years -- including three this past month -- few things can get 11-year-old Austin Morgan to jump out of his hospital recovery bed and leave his wheelchair ... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Children's Health Council aims to aid community's teens

Earlier this year, the Palo Alto Children's Health Council launched the CHC Teen Mental Health Initiative, designed to meet the needs of teens affected by mental health issues -- anxiety and depression ... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 13, 2016

Tennis coaches, tutors give kids a leg up

The East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT) program has long sought to show disadvantaged students new possibilities in life, whether a new sport, better academic skills or a local college. It's also... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 9, 2016

Keeping art in East Palo Alto schools

As first-graders spilled into Amy Modrich's classroom, they marveled at masks set out on desks, picking them up and eagerly asking what they were going to do in class that day. Modrich called the students... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 25, 2016

Local family gives $100,000 to Holiday Fund

A Palo Alto family has made a $100,000 donation to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund in hopes of inspiring other donors to join them in supporting local programs for kids, families and individuals in ... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Palo Alto Weekly's annual Holiday Fund kicks off

Support for the homeless population. Training for developmentally disabled employees. Summer camp for low-income children facing life-threatening illness. Tutoring. Counseling. Science lab materials... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 18, 2016

Editorial: Give for the kids

Don't let the booming Silicon Valley technology-driven economy lull you into thinking that there isn't a continuing divide, even in the affluent Palo Alto area, between those riding high and the many families... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 2, 2016

Apply for a Holiday Fund Grant

Nonprofits serving children and families may apply for funds by downloading our Grant Application Guidelines and Grant Application form. Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 2018

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2017 Grant Recipients

10 Books A Home
Technology upgrades to enable more effective management of in-home tutoring and literacy program$7,500

Abilities United
In-home education and therapy services for children up to three years old who have or are at risk of developmental delays.$10,000

Ada's Café
Training and support of developmentally disabled employees and high school interns$5,000

Adolescent Counseling Services
On-Campus Counseling Program, providing crisis intervention and prevention services to middle and high school students$15,000

All Students Matter
Volunteer training in literacy and math support for in-class tutoring of TK-5th graders in Ravenswood school district$5,000

Bayshore Christian Ministries
Weekend STEAM tutoring program for Ravenswood district middle school students$5,000

Building Futures Now
Summer math acceleration program and field trips for disadvantaged middle school students preparing to enter high school$5,000

School-based mental health services to students and families in Palo Alto elementary schools$7,500

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
Legal assistance to East Palo Alto residents facing eviction and other rental housing problems and conflicts$15,000

Community Working Group
BehavioralMoves program teaching children and their parents about managing emotions and improving communication skills$5,000

Downtown Streets Team
Stipends for homeless volunteers who perform community services in downtown Palo Alto as they transition to regular employment$5,000

Support for salary of program director position to continue expansion of after-school tutoring to low-income Palo Alto middle school students$10,000

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation
Educator Micro Grants Program, providing up to $600 grants to teachers in schools in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park$5,000

Family Connections
Early childhood education program for parents of pre-schoolers in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park.$7,500

Foundation for a College Education
After-school and summer STEAM program for middle school students in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park$7,500

Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
Science Outreach Program providing hands on science instruction at Willow Oaks Elementary School$5,000

Grace Lutheran Preschool
New carpeting, chairs and other site improvements$3,000

Health Connected
Sexual health education instruction in Ravenswood middle schools$2,500

Hidden Villa
Summer camp scholarships $5,000

Jasper Ridge Farm
"Animals Helping Children" program providing animal visits for the children at Ronald McDonald House$5,000

JLS Middle School
Homework Habitat after-school homework and tutoring program three days a week$5,000

Jordan Middle School
Jordan Academic Wellness Support (JAWS) providing after-school study center for students three days a week$5,000

Spanish language peer grief support program$7,500

The Learning Center
Books and shelving for expanded pre-school "peace and justice" library$3,000

Marine Science Institute
Environmental and marine science education program for low-income students$5,000

Midpeninsula Community Media Center
Art and video production collaboration with EPACenter Arts and Building Futures Now for 75 young East Palo Alto artists$5,000

Mural Music & Arts Project
Mural and coloring book project in collaboration with Ravenswood Family Health Center and College Track$5,000

Music in the Schools Foundation
Music education in Ravenswood school district$5,000

New Creation Home Ministries
Parenting and life skills classes for teen mothers in East Palo Alto$5,000

New Voices for Youth
Video production training for middle school students at the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto$3,000

One East Palo Alto
Summer job and mentoring program for at-risk East Palo Alto youth$5,000

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation
Cultural Kaleidoscope, an arts-education program linking Palo Alto and East Palo Alto schools and using professional artists$5,000

Palo Alto Community Child Care
New play structure at College Terrace Children's Center$10,000

Palo Alto Friends Nursery School
Repair of hazardous cracked concrete walkways$3,000

Palo Alto School District Music Department
Purchase of loaner musical instruments for Palo Alto students who reside in East Palo Alto$5,000

Palo Alto Housing
Summer Entrepreneur's Club program for middle school youth who live in low-income housing sites operated by Palo Alto Housing$5,000

Parents Nursery School
Improvements to play yard$3,000

Peninsula Bridge
Saturday High School Academy program to support low income students develop skills for success in high school $5,000

Peninsula HealthCare Connection
Health care services provided at the Opportunity Center clinic$5,000

Project WeHOPE
Classes and counseling to support the homeless, including referrals to health and social service agencies$15,000

Pursuit of Excellence
Scholarship support for low-income students transferring from community college to a UC campus$5,000

Quest Learning Center
Parent education workshops for parents of 2nd to 5th graders in East Palo Alto $7,500

Ravenswood Education Foundation
Science lab materials for schools in the Ravenswood school district$7,500

Silicon Valley Urban Debate League
Summer debate camp for at-risk students in East Palo Alto$5,000

St. Elizabeth Seton School
Implementation of new science curriculum for middle school students$10,000

St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club
Mental health services and therapy for at-risk East Palo Alto elementary students and their parents$5,000

St. Vincent de Paul
Summer camp scholarships for East Palo Alto kids attending Hidden Villa camp$7,000

TheatreWorks for Schools program, providing age-appropriate performances, discussion and artistic learning opportunities$5,000

Summer STEM program for Buena Vista Mobile Home Park students attending Barron Park Elementary School$7,500

Youth Community Service
Support of Summer of Service day camp scholarships, service clubs at local middle and high schools, service days and life skills programs for at-risk teens$20,000

Youth Speaks Out
Expresive arts program enabling teens whose voices may not be otherwise heard to collaborate on artistic projects with each other and supportive adults$20,000

As of December 22, 2016, 287 donors
have donated $103,147; with match $206,294
has been raised for the Holiday Fund.
* indicates amount withheld

24 Anonymous$6,934
New Donors

Carolyn Williams & Mike Keeler*
Amy Harris & Jopss Geiduschek100
Jeremy Platt & Sandra Murphy*
Hugh McDevitt200
Hans & Judith Steiner100
Hoda Epstein*
Sandra & Scott Pearson500
Sally O'Neil & Ken Bencala100
Fran Codispoti500
Marvin & Kate Feinstein150
David & Virginia Pollard150
David & Karen Backer500
Rosalie Shepherd100
Lani Freeman & Stephen Monismith150
Herb & Alice Fischgrund175
Douglas & Leslie Murphy-Chutorian1,000
Dan & Chris Logan100
Hal & Iris Korol*
Anna Messner250
Patricia Levin*
Stan & W Marie Scott100
M. Cairns & A. Martin100
Cindy & Dennis Dillon202
Howard Wolf500
Stephanie Klein & Larry Baer*
Marlys Keoshian200
Robert Gamburd500
Virginia Laibl100
Meri Gruber & James Tayler*
Ellen & Ron Krasnow500
Laure Woods100
Xiaofan Lin50
Drew McCalley & Marilyn Green100
Romola Georgia*
Gwen Barry100
Colleen Anderson250
Bryan Wilson & Geri Martin Wilson100
Georgie Gleim500
Steve & Diane Ciesinski500
Merele McClure500
Richard Ellson100
In Memory Of

New Donations
Tracy & Alan Herrick*
Maria Serpa30
Bob Markevitch*
Carol Berkowitz*
Tracy Herrick500
Bob Donald*

Previously Published

Betsy & George Bechtel100
The Gallo Family500
Vic & Mary Ojakian200
Janice Bohman250
Richard & Karen Olson200
The Dawes Family250
Richard Zuanich75
Cynthia Costell100
Bonnie Packer and Robert Raymakers100
Mitchell Rosen50
David Wynn*
Eric & Anne Kastner2,500
Star Teachout100
Joan & Robert Jack300
Mehdi Alhassani150
Weil Family 250
Annette Glanckopf*
Marion Lewenstein2,000
Jennifer DiBrienza50
Barry Goldblatt*
Nancy McGaraghan500
Carol Kersten300
Eileen Brennan*
Jeffrey Ericson36
Mindy Williams Hollar150
Cassius McEwen200
The Braff Family500
The Epstein Family200
Chris Kenrick1,000
The Stauffer Family500
Nancy Steege100
Nina & Norman Kulgein250
Constance Crawford*
Bjorn Liencres1,000
Patti Yanklowitz & Mark Krasnow150
Jacquie Rush100
Joyce & Gerry Barker200
Don & Dee Price*
John & Mary Schaefer100
Micki & Bob Cardelli*
Shirley Ely500
David & Diane Feldman1,000
Sallie & Jay Whaley*
Veronica Tincher125
Al & Joanne Russell300
Lijun & Jia-Ning Xiang200
Margaret & Les Fisher100
Karen & Steve Ross*
Gordon Chamberlain250
Norman & Nancy Rossen200
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Loarie*
Fred & Deborah Kurland200
Marina Remmel500
Mark Kreutzer100
Bandy & Diane Sikic300
Robert Simoni200
Craig Jurney100
Michael Kieschnick*
John Wilkes300
Sally & Abdo Kadifa1,000
Robert & Barbara Simpson*
Debbie Nusinson100
Joanne Koltnow300
Michael & Jean Couch250
Susan Hyder20
Merrill & Lee Newman*
Brigid Barton & Rob Robinson200
Laurie Jarrett*
Bill & Barbara Busse200
Jody Maxmin*
Tony & Judy Kramer*
Beth & Peter Rosenthal300
Page & Ferrell Sanders100
Bill Reller*
Roger & Joan Warnke275
Catherine Dolton200
Lee Sendelbeck500
Ruth Rosenbaum*
Tom & Patricia Sanders*
Margaret & Marc Cohen250
Marcia & Michael Katz200
Susan & Doug Woodman*
Sue Kemp250
Jerry & Linda Elkind250
Diane Doolittle*
Patrick & Emily Radtke2,000
Don & Bonnie Miller100
Ron Wolf200
Richard Morris1,500
Michael Nelson50
Solon Finkelstein150
Cathy Kroymann250
Havern Family5,000
Nigel Jones50
Pamela Mayfield100
Hugh MacMillan500
Teresa Roberts2,000
Bill Johnson & Terri Lobdell1,000
Arden King25
David Labaree200
Bonnie Berg300
Ellen & Mike Turbow250
Hal & Carol Louchheim400
Carol Bacchetti200
Bruce Campbell200
Stan Shore500
Roy & Carol Blitzer*
Sally & Craig Nordlund500
Tom & Ellen Ehrich300
Eve & John Melton500
Nancy & Joe Huber100
Betty Gerard100
Robyn Crumly*
Peter Stern250
Jim & Nancy Baer*
Elizabeth Salzer & Richard Baumgartner*
Barbara Klein & Stan Schrier*
Judith Appleby200
Caroline Zlotnick*
Bobbie & Jerry Wagger*
Harry & Susan Hartzell200
Diane Moore*
Helene Pier*
Phil Hanawalt & Graciela Spivak500
Edward Kanazawa*
Steve & Nancy Levy500
Eugene & Mabel Dong200
Roger Smith300
Jim & Alma Phillips250
Donald & Adele Langendorf200
Ann & Don Rothblatt*
Bob & Edie Kirkwood*
George & Betsy Young100
Richard & Tish Fagin300
Brigid Barton500
Lawrence Yang & Jennifer Kuan1,000
Richard Johnsson7,000
Ted & Ginny Chu*
John & Florine Galen100
Jan Thomson & Roy Levin250
Vince & Amanda Steckler1,000
Boyce & Peggy Nute*
Jan & Freddy Gabus100
Kevin Mayer & Barbara Zimmer*
Andrea Smith100
Deborah Williams250
Peter Beller200
Elaine Hahn500
John & Meg Monroe500
Jan Kilner500
Dena Goldberg500
Sharon & Leif Erickson250
Thomas Rindfleisch*
Charles Williams100
Gail Taylor200
Deborah Baldwin & Lawrence Markosian200
Linda & Steve Boxer*
In Memory Of

Ando & Barbara MacDonell250
Aaron O'Neill*
Katharine Rogers King*
Emmett Lorey*
Becky Schaefer*
Ernest J. Moore200
Jim Byrnes100
Betty Meltzer*
Bob Wolbach50
Ted Linden200
Joe & Rema Cotton100
Leonard Ely, Jr.250
Glen A. Lillington, MD200
Marie & Don Snow100
Nate Rosenberg150
Willie Branch*
August Lee King*
Ruth & Chet Johnson*
Robert Lobdell*
Y.C. and Er-Ying Yen250
Abe and Helene Klein*
Mrs. Katina D. Higbee200
Helen Rubin200
Dr. & Mrs. Irving Rubin200
Max & Anna Blanker200
Leo & Sylvia Breidenbach*
Thomas & Louise Phinney*
Laddie Hughes*
Pam Grady250
Yoko Nonaka*
Our parents Albert & Beverly Pellizzari*
Robert Spinrad500
Boyd Paulson*
Florence Kan Ho*
Jack Sutorius300
Dr. Elliot W. Eisner*
Mary Floyd*
John Packard100
As a Gift For

E G Lund Family100
In Honor Of

Lucy Berman's Clients2,500
Lynn Radzilowski*
Jill, Scott, Polly, Hayley, Jake & Garrett1,200
Marilyn Sutorius300

Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk25,907
Sponsors of Moonlight Run:
    Palo Alto Medical Foundation10,000
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation5,000
    Stanford Federal Credit Union5,000
    DeLeon Realty5,000
    Lakin Spears2,000
    Bank of the West1,000
Harrell Remodeling*
Alta Mesa Cemetery & Funeral Home1,800
Attorney Susan Dondershine200
Good Bear and Co. Charitable Fund5,000
Bleibler Properties LLC500
deLemos Properties300
Carl King/Mayfield Mortgage*

Apply for a Holiday Fund Grant

Nonprofits serving children and families may apply for funds by downloading our Grant Application Guidelines and Grant Application form. Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 2018