When disaster strikes, family pets can become victims too. It is estimated that over 40,000 of our four legged friends die in fires each year from smoke asphyxiation. Air For Paws is dedicated to providing our fire and rescue personnel with special resuscitation kits and training that can save their lives.
It is a devastating event when someone loses their home by fire. When that loss is coupled with the death of a beloved pet the effects of the event are even more overwhelming. On the occasions when their animals’ lives have been saved, it has been a huge win for them on one of the worst days of their lives.
Air For Paws honors all our animal companions by helping to equip first responders with animal resuscitation kits and training. These masks have found their way into the hands of first responders primarily through word of mouth and the generosity of compassionate, caring individuals.
We all love our pets, so we at Sereno are proud to help this program that can help save our entire family in a disaster.
Learn more about Air For Paws at airforpaws.com.
The mission of The ALS Association is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Our vision is to create a world without ALS.
The Golden West Chapter serves people with ALS and their families in 31 counties throughout California and in the state of Hawaii. Everything we do advances the search for effective treatments and cures for ALS.
Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth-leading cause of death in California, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
The Alzheimer’s Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Every dollar raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s® will help make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans facing the disease today -- including the more than 610,000 Californians with Alzheimer’s and their over 1.5 million caregivers -- while advancing research towards prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.
To learn more or join the fight against the disease, visit alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900.
The true fight against diabetes starts well before it is ever diagnosed, that is why the Sereno is proud to sponsor the American Diabetes Association “Healthy Challenge Camp for Kids” at Seven Trees Community Center. 35 local children who are at risk or have been diagnosed with diabetes will attend a one-week program to learn, understand and develop positive habits to create a healthy lifestyle - free of diabetes.
Learn more about the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org.
Founded in 1989 in partnership with California’s Great America, this event provides “a day away from cancer” free of charge to nearly 600 young cancer patients and their families allowing them to step away from stress and have fun.
Learn more about American Cancer Society's Courageous Kids program at cancer.org.
Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) brings the power of sport to the most vulnerable children in our communities. Their programs focus on proven factors that build resilience in children living with adversity.
Learn more about BAWSI at bawsi.org.
Bill Wilson Center is working to ensure that every homeless youth in Santa Clara County has access to the range of services needed to grow to be healthy and self-sufficient adults. BWC has been providing housing, counseling, advocacy and supportive services to young families and runaway, homeless and foster youth since 1973. BWC’s housing programs provide support in a safe living environment where youth and young families learn the skills to achieve long-term independence and stability.
A key component of BWC’s philosophy encompasses a strength-based approach to a person’s development. Our staff identifies the strengths in each person and build on those strengths so they may be empowered to make positive changes in their lives.
Learn more about Bill Wilson Center at billwilsoncenter.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of youth development in Santa Clara County for over 70 years, providing quality after-school and summer programs for youth in predominantly underserved communities. Their mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults. Across their 10 Clubhouses in Silicon Valley, they are able to serve over 3,000 children, ages 6-18, giving them a safe place to learn and grow.
Sereno is proud to support the commitment and services the Boys & Girls Club provides to the youth of our community.
Learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley at bgclub.org.
Breakthrough Outreach Shelters Network is a Silicon Valley based 501 (c) (3) non-profit that uses innovative approaches to help the homeless transform their lives.
The Hi Tech Rover Program
On the front lines at parks, churches and homeless encampments
- Each Rover resembles a hi-tech style computer lab that offers Wi-Fi, access to computers and printers. Two 48-inch digital display are also available that can be used to create outdoor classrooms.
- Email set up and internet training for job/housing searches. Resume creation and submission.
- Assistance with rental applications, budget counseling and possible relocation to more affordable areas.
- Vast network of resource referrals are offered such as family re-connection, detox/ recovery and social services.
- Onboard career closet, showers, and grooming stations are provided.
BOSN volunteers are changing lives one by one by providing hi-tech solutions in a compassionate and caring environment to our most vulnerable citizens.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit hitechrover.org.
Since 2002, Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s research-driven programming has been creating transformative experiences for low-income youth and helping them change their social and economic trajectories.
Learn more about Breakthrough Silicon Valley at breakthroughsv.org.
Despite being in the heart of the wealth of Silicon Valley, San Jose has one of the country’s highest homeless populations. More than 4,000 residents are unhoused and striving to break a cycle of poverty. In collaboration with the City of San Jose and HomeFirst, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley is launching an innovative pilot initiative to provide a pathway out of homelessness and back to stability and self-sufficiency. Over the course of 5 years, Habitat is building communities of “Emergency Sleeping Cabins” with shared facilities that will provide a safe, dignified place to call home for an estimated 800 residents currently experiencing homelessness. While living in the community, residents will receive critical services through HomeFirst, tailored to each resident’s unique needs.
Sereno shares Habitat’s vision of a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.
Learn more by visiting HabitatEBSV.org.
Cancer CAREpoint is dedicated to transforming support for cancer patients and survivors, their families, and caregivers in Silicon Valley through personalized, one-on-one Counseling, Assistance, Resources, and Education.
Learn more about Cancer CAREpoint at cancercarepoint.org.
Born with cerebral palsy and vision impairments, Maggie-Lou of Santa Clara rarely chose to move her arms, resulting in weakness that limits her mobility. In November 2013, Maggie-Lou received Kansas, her new assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence®. Trained in over 40 commands, Kansas is much more than a friend to Maggie-Lou: she’s a therapeutic motivator and partner. After just one week with Kansas, Maggie-Lou started extending her arms to pet her. With her assistance dog’s help, MaggieLou continues to get stronger every day.
Since 1975, the non-profit organization Canine Companions for Independence® has helped to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly skilled assistance dogs and ongoing support, free of charge.
There are over 50 Canine Companions teams like Maggie-Lou and Kansas in Santa Clara County. More people with disabilities are waiting to receive assistance dogs from Canine Companions, and the waiting list for these exceptional dogs is growing. We are proud to support this organization so that they can continue to help those in our community who are in need.
For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, please visit cci.org.
In a given year, 20% of young people experience mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, academic stress, low self-esteem, and substance abuse. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these kids do not receive the treatment they need. Left untreated, many teens contemplate suicide, the third leading cause of death for young people today.
Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) has the mission of de-stigmatizing mental health services in order to support students’ social and emotional well-being and make it the norm in our local schools. CASSY partners with local elementary, middle and high schools in the Silicon Valley area to provide comprehensive mental health services to enrolled students and their families at no cost.
From a single school district’s summer school program in 2009, CASSY now provides a year-round mental health safety net for over 17,500 students at 24 schools in four local communities. Sereno Group is proud to support their meaningful and effective program.
Please visit cassybayarea.org for more information about their programs.
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to serve as friends, mentors and advocates to foster children. CASAs provide critical emotional and educational support and advocate for each child’s best interests in dependency court hearings.
Learn more about Child Advocates of Silicon Valley at childadvocatessv.org.
CMT is dedicated to providing the highest possible caliber of musical and theatrical training to children from ages 4 to 20, spanning all abilities and stands behind its promise to never turn a child away, regardless of financial or physical limitations.
For more information, please visit cmtsj.org.
The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) is an innovative nonprofit in San Jose that is paving the way for adults with disabilities to be successful, contributing citizens of our community through the Arts. They provide an environment where students can flourish and thrive and continue to push the boundaries of their potential.
Learn more about The College of Adaptive Arts at collegeofadaptivearts.org
Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School empowers students from underserved communities in San José by providing a rigorous college prep education and unique Corporate Work Study Program in which students earn nearly half of their tuition and gain valuable professional skills by working in Silicon Valley companies. 1% for Good awards grants to local organizations actively making a positive difference in our communities.
Sereno Saratoga will be supporting Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School through March 2019.
Learn more about Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School at cristoreysanjose.org.
Hope Services mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Cycles of Hope Program provides skilled employment for Hope participants. All of our bikes are refurbished and repaired by Hope participants and all funds go directly to their wages and the repair program. Our bikes are generously donated by individuals, local universities and business. It gives consumers the opportunity to get a great deal on high-quality refurbished bicycle at a low price point while supporting their community.
To volunteer; donate or learn more about Cycles of Hope please visit hopeservices.org.
Destination: Home is a public-private partnership model that uses collective impact strategies and connects a wide range of stakeholders together to accomplish its mission of ending homelessness in Santa Clara County.
Learn more about Destination: Home at destinationhomesv.org.
Elevate Tutoring trains highly qualified, yet underserved, college students who participate in an intensive tutor training and scholarship program in order to help middle and high school students learn a growth mindset, embrace academic challenges, and succeed in life.
Learn more about Elevate Tutoring at elevatetutoring.org/web.
Family Supportive Housing (FSH) helps homeless single and two-parent families remain intact, while addressing their needs for shelter, food, employment and education. FSH’s targeted services are vital in helping families move from crisis to living self sufficient lives in our community.
FSH operates the San Jose Family Shelter, the only facility in Santa Clara County committed to supporting entire families. Residents receive three healthy meals, a warm and safe room, and support services that help get them back on track and into permanent housing.
FSH’s goal is to get resident families successfully reintegrated into the positive fabric of our communities.
- Personal Case Managers
- Health & Wellness Case Manager
- Housing Search Specialist
- Evening Adult Educational Workshops
- Onsite Voyager Child Development Center
- Year-round Homework Enrichment Program
Once a family is in permanent housing, they are eligible for Family Supportive Housing’s Bridges AfterCare program, which provides up to 24 months of additional case management and services. This added support can be crucial to helping families achieve lasting independence.
Sereno is proud to contribute to Family Supportive Housing, as they help homeless families with children achieve brighter futures.
For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit familysupportivehousing.org.
More than 25,000 foster kids age out of the foster care system in the United States each year. For too many of these young people, a lifetime of instability and a lack of strong family and community connections have put them at high risk for homelessness, incarceration, and long-term poverty.
First Place for Youth helps foster kids beat the odds and prove that more is possible.
Through the My First PlaceTM program, young people receive comprehensive housing, education and employment, and healthy living support services. With ongoing guidance from their First Place team, participants are empowered to set goals for the future and build the skills necessary for success in the transition from foster care to self-sufficient adulthood.
Learn more about First Place for Youth at firstplaceforyouth.org.
Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1996 to meet the growing needs of the special needs community. FCSN currently has over 1000 multi-ethnic families in its membership. FCSN provides family support and holistic programs of health, physical fitness, vocational, academics, social and life skills training to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Recently, FCSN established their South Bay Center in San Jose and opened a cafe for work training. FCSN have received numerous awards for community service and innovation from California State Developmental
Disability Council, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, and California State Assembly and Senate.
Learn more about Friends of Children with Special Needs at fcsn1996.org.
Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens. FLY believes that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes. FLY’s unique programs include legal education, leadership training, and one-one-one mentoring. For less than one-tenth the cost of incarceration, FLY provides youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and those most at risk, with the motivation and support to stay out of trouble with the law, get engaged in school, and begin to change their lives.
To learn more about FLY or see how you can support their cause, please visit flyprogram.org.
Fuji Towers, Inc. is a non-profit corporation offering affordable housing to low-income seniors. Established in 1976, Fuji Towers was an altruistic concept conceived by members of San Jose’s Japantown community and leaders of the San Jose Buddhist Church, as their way of giving back to its senior citizen community.
Today, the 140-unit property, which sits in the heart of Japantown, houses more than 250 seniors from diverse backgrounds; a reflection of the City of San Jose’s own diversity. Fuji Towers housing offers low-income seniors furnished apartments at affordable rents through subsidy programs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other local agencies. It is the organization’s goal to provide perpetual affordable housing for the next several decades.
To learn more about Fuji Towers or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-275-8989.
Good Karma Bikes is a non-profit that believes in “Transportation for Transformation”. Take a moment and imagine your life without any form of transportation…How would you find your way to job interviews, your work site, shelter?
Transportation is a critical component in changing lives. Good Karma Bikes assists people with this challenge in their recovery and daily work by providing safe and reliable bicycles to those in need. They are also a full-service, second-hand bike shop reinvesting their earned revenue into employing people in recovery.
Sereno is proud to support the commitment and service that Good Karma Bikes provides to our community. For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit goodkarmabikes.org.
Hakone, one of the oldest Japanese estate and gardens in the Western Hemisphere, is turning 100. Visit Hakone during the Centennial Celebration and join us in support of this hidden jewel. Selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to receive their prestigious “Save America’s Treasures” designation, Hakone is a tranquil place of peaceful reflection in the hills of Saratoga.
San Francisco philanthropists Oliver and Isabel Stine fell in love with the unique beauty of Japanese Gardens at the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition. Isabel Stine commissioned Naoharu Aihara, a descendant of a long line of Imperial gardeners, to design and begin building the garden. Using Japanese materials and techniques, artisans constructed the building of the private residence, the Moon Viewing Upper House, the Lower House, and the koi pond.
Come visit Hakone during this Centennial Celebration. Visit hakone.us to learn more. You will be transformed by Hakone’s serenity and authentic beauty every season of the year.
Hearts & Minds Activity Center, the only dementia specific adult day care program in Santa Clara County, is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by providing intergenerational, social, active, safe services and a rich network of support.
Learn more about Hearts & Minds Activity Center at heartsandmindsactivitycenter.org.
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) cultivates philanthropy and inspires Hispanic families and their children to achieve personal greatness. HFSV engages leadership and bridges resources to invest in a thriving Latino community. With programs and projects in place, the HFSV's three key priorities to improve the quality of life for Latinos and the Silicon Valley region are:
- Increasing Latino student achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- Develop Latino Leadership
- Convening and Engaging the Hispanic Community
If you would like to volunteer, donate or learn more about HFSV please visit hfsv.org.
Since 1998, Homework Central has been helping children in San Mateo develop their capacity to learn and achieve by creating safe learning spaces, equity in education and providing after-school tutoring, homework assistance, and family support.
Learn more about Homework Central at homework-central.org
JW House in Santa Clara provides a home-away-from-home for families, whether they live across town or hundreds of miles away, who are living with the challenges of medical crisis. JW House strives to give a fully- inclusive experience to each day use and overnight guest, making them feel like they have truly arrived home. Founded by Jan Willem Knapen while a student at Bellarmine College Preparatory and facing his own journey with brain cancer, JW House has hosted more than 50,000 individual visits since opening in 2008, providing families with a place of hope, hospitality and healing when they need it most.
To learn more about JW House and ways you can support it, please visit jwhouse.org.
Kidpower is a non-profit leader in teaching child protection, positive interaction and communication, and personal safety strategies and skills for children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs. Its mission is to help people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life learn how to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves.
Kidpower’s fun, NON-fear-based “Successful Practice” method of teaching concepts and skills prepares our participants to use their own power (or teach the people in their care) to protect themselves from most (cyber) bullying, harassment, molestation, abduction and abuse, and other overt and insidious forms of violence, and empower them to develop strong and safe relationships that enrich their lives.
It gives people the chance to be successful in practicing ‘People Safety’ and ‘Social-Emotional Development’ skills — skills that improve the safety and quality of interactions with other people as well as help people to be safe themselves — in a context specific to their abilities and life situations, which reduces anxiety and builds competence.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit kidpower.org.
LACY, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, is a dedicated group of attorneys, social workers and volunteers. They protect the legal rights of children and youth in the foster care system, empowering them to lead healthy and productive lives. They listen to, advise, and are the voice of those who often do not have a voice.
Foster children have often been the victims of child abuse, neglect, parental abandonment, education discrimination and identity theft. LACY helps them navigate what is often an overwhelming situation.
LACY has provided free legal representation and advocacy to approximately 3,860 children and youth in Silicon Valley over the last year. With our contribution, we hope to enable LACY to continue to fund their legal program into the future.
Learn more about LACY at lawfoundation.org/legal-advocates-for-children-youth-lacy
LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today – and tomorrow – by teaching comprehensive life skills that help clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Through these carefully designed programs, LifeMoves is able to serve 9,636 homeless clients and to provide 244,801 nights of shelter every year. Their annual Summer Adventure Camp is a no-cost, on- site summer camp for homeless children and youth between the ages of 5-14. Summer Adventure Camp gives over 200+ children the opportunity to visit new places, participate in fun activities, and gain educational and other life experiences to which they would otherwise not have access.
For more information about their programs and how you can get involved, please visit lifemoves.org.
Life Services Alternatives (LSA) is committed to providing quality homes and exceptional programs for adults with developmental disabilities because it believes everyone deserves to live the best life they can. Through 11 licensed, quality residential care homes in Santa Clara County and customized programs focused on skill building and achieving independence, LSA’s caring staff support residents 24/7.
There are approximately 278,000 special needs individuals statewide with 6,500 adults living in Santa Clara County. The demand for homes and programs will only continue to grow as the special needs population ages. LSA is committed to finding housing solutions to help meet this ever-increasing demand.
Sereno is proud to support the commitment and services LSA provides to our community.
For more information about LSA and how you can get involved, please visit lsahomes.org.
LIVE OAK Adult Day Services is a nonprofit, community-based agency which provides a specialized program of adult day care for frail elderly dependent adults who are residents of Santa Clara County. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of program participants by removing them from social isolation, and to prevent or delay their institutionalization by helping family caregivers in their efforts to maintain their senior dependent loved one in the family home. The agency has served as a vital source of respite for our clients’ family caregivers and continues to be the decisive factor in enabling many senior participants to remain living in their community homes. More than 95% of LIVE OAK program participants avoid placement in nursing homes every year. LIVE OAK is the primary adult day care provider for the County’s general disabled senior population, and is the only program of its kind serving South County residents.
To learn more about LIVE OAK Adult Day Services or to get involved, visit liveoakadultdaycare.org.
Los Gatos Education Foundation (LGEF) ensures that the children of the Los Gatos Union School District receive an education that includes Art, Music, Science and Counseling, which are not fully funded by tax dollars. Their motto is: “Let’s Be Great! Together, We Educate.” That’s because local businesses, community members and parents in our district together make LGEF programs possible through their generous donations. And that helps make our school district great. LGEF programs serve all 3,350 students at Blossom Hill, Daves Avenue, Lexington, and Louise Van Meter Elementary schools and Fisher Middle School.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit lgef.org.
The mission of Loved Twice is to clothe newborns in need with quality gently used baby clothing for their first year of life. Each infant receives a year’s worth of gender-appropriate baby clothing. Loved Twice serves at-risk babies whose parents, most often single mothers, are experiencing extreme challenges, including homelessness, poverty, violence, and teen pregnancy. Ensuring that these infants receive proper clothing for their entire first year of life helps reduce the new parents’ stress, allowing them to better care for their baby in the long-term, as well as alleviates the burden of having to choose between buying clothing for the baby and buying food or other necessities. By partnering with over 150 social service agencies, Loved Twice has distributed over 1 million essential garments recycled into underserved communities with an estimated retail value of 4 million dollars.
To learn more about Loved Twice’s program or to get involved, please visit lovedtwice.org.
“Midtown is a beacon of help and hope to the many disadvantaged families in Silicon Valley, known as the “Working Poor”. We are committed to providing that community an array of much needed services.”
With the support of our funding partner agencies, MFS provides homelessness prevention programs such as “Emergency Rental Assistance.” Through our program, families who have incurred financial hardship due to unexpected circumstances such as medical bills, job loss, etc., can obtain one-time rental assistance and ensure that they remain housed.
MFS understands that for many working families in our county it is very difficult to come up with move-in costs, causing many families to remain homeless. MFS helps individuals and families moving from homelessness or unsuitable housing into permanent sustainable housing in the form of Security Deposit Assistance.
Learn more about Midtown at midtownfs.org.
Momentum’s Youth and Family Services department offers comprehensive mental health services to over 200 at-risk youth, ages 10 to 25, annually. The Transitional Age Youth (TAY) and Raising Early Awareness and Creating Hope (REACH) programs, within the department, provide outpatient mental health services, group therapy and skill development to youth in addition to educational support, counseling, mentoring, vocational services, a safe place for self-exploration, and access to community resources.
Momentum’s Youth and Family Services program also emphasizes early intervention and prevention by informing the public about the warning signs of psychosis and treating youth before a mental illness progresses and becomes more difficult to manage. This also enables Momentum to positively influence individuals at an early age and remove the perception that mental illness, family hardships or other current circumstances dictate their futures.
Momentum was founded in 1997 when four respected agencies merged together to provide better care and access to mental health treatment in the community. Today, it is the largest private nonprofit provider of youth and adult mental health services in Santa Clara County.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit momentumformentalhealth.org.
Montalvo Arts Center’s Teaching Artists Program gives students the lifelong tools to develop into thoughtful, creative, and self-directed innovators and leaders. This pioneering program places professional artists in local classrooms to collaborate with teachers on multi-week curricula using the arts to teach across disciplines. Using the arts to provide a tangible context for academic concepts, Montalvo Teaching Artists are helping children develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills that are essential to thriving in today’s increasingly global society.
For more than a century, Montalvo has been dedicated to celebrating and sustaining the creative spirit in Silicon Valley. Their mission is to create and present art of all types, nurture artists, and use their historic Villa, buildings, and grounds in innovative ways that engage the public in the creative process. At Sereno Group we are honored to support Montalvo Arts Center’s Teaching Artists Program and their commitment to creative student learning.
To learn more about Montalvo Arts Center, please visit montalvoarts.org.
Since 1969, Morgan Autism Center has served as a school and resource for families and professional service providers Bay Area-wide. Their mission is to help children and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities maximize their potential in a dignified, positive and loving environment. Their vision is for the students and clients to remain in the community and lead a productive and happy life. They work to increase awareness about autism and to promote sharing of the latest research and information.
Sereno is proud to support Morgan Autism Center and their mission. To learn more about Morgan Autism Center visit morgancenter.org.
Recent research has found that music uses both sides of the brain, enhancing all aspects of children’s personal and academic development. A solid music background is a vital part of a well-rounded education that should be available to every young student.
Music for Minors (MFM) is a local nonprofit organization devoted to keeping music alive in our schools, providing sequential, standards-based music education programs for 17,000 kindergarten through fifth grade students throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. MFM’s mission is to nurture in children a lifelong love of music. It is funded by groups and individuals who share the belief that music education promotes individual growth, contributes to strong schools, and increases the quality of life in our communities.
Learn more about Music for Minors at mfm.org.
Since 1975, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Santa Clara County (NAMI-SCC) has been a grassroots support and advocacy nonprofit organization for individuals and families living with serious mental illness. NAMI works with public organizations, private businesses, and the media to increase knowledge, support and manage illnesses.
Learn more about the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Santa Clara County at namisantaclara.org.
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is a non-profit, multicultural agency entirely dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to domestic violence. Serving Santa Clara County since 1971, Next Door Solutions seeks to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time, by helping survivors rebuild their lives, cultivating resilience in children and youth exposed to domestic violence, and working alongside women as they move from crisis to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.
Sereno is proud to support the commitment and services Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence provides to our community.
For Next Door Solutions assistance, please call their 24-Hour Hotline (408) 279-2962. For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit nextdoor.org.
One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding (OSC) provides equine assisted therapy for children and adults with special needs and U.S. Military Veterans. OSC helps participants achieve their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development goals to be productive and independent in their lives outside the arena. The Adaptive Riding Program serves people with diagnoses such as autism, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, paraplegia, traumatic brain injury, and more. The Veterans Program is designed to help with the healing of physical and emotional wounds of war. These men and women suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and as a result struggle with sobriety, unemployment, loneliness, and homelessness. OSC serves more than 300 Veterans per year in partnership with Veterans Affairs.
Learn more about One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding at osctr.org.
Operation: Care and Comfort, an all-volunteer organization, was founded in San Jose in 2003. Our mission is to provide comfort to troops deployed overseas and veterans and their families here at home, regardless of where they served or length of service. We have mailed over 1.2 million pounds of care packages overseas. We also assist and honor military/veteran families through our Tickets for Troops and Adopt a Military Family programs.
Annually, thousands of volunteers help us with donation drives, letter writing campaigns, care package assemblies and more. Bay Area sports teams (and season ticket holders) donate tickets, and hold military appreciation events.
Visit our web site to see what we do and how you can help at occ-usa.org.
Parisi House on the Hill is Santa Clara County’s first women-with-children residential alcohol and drug treatment facility. The mission of Parisi House is to provide counseling and education for successful treatment and recovery of women with addiction and their children in residential and aftercare settings.
Learn more about Parisi House on the Hill at parisihouse.com.
Pivotal is focused on creating better life outcomes for foster youth in Silicon Valley through impact-generating models that focus on the high school and college-aged years.
Learn more about Pivotal at pivotalnow.org.
Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. In Silicon Valley Reading Partners has been successfully providing volunteer-led, one-on-one literacy tutoring to students K-5.
Learn more about Reading Partners Silicon Valley at readingpartners.org/location/silicon-valley.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley believes everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. For over 25 years, this non-profit organization has transformed the lives of low-income homeowners by providing critical home safety repairs to preserve affordable homeownership and restore safe living environments. In our community, many seniors, veterans and disabled families are living in dangerous and unsafe homes, at risk of falls and injuries and do not have the money to make necessary repairs. Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley repairs keep homeowners out of shelters and care facilities and ensure safe, dry and warm housing. The impact extends beyond homes to revitalize neighborhoods across Santa Clara County.
Learn more about Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley at rebuildingtogethersv.org.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley (RTSV) believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. RTSV provides critical home repairs to over 300 clients per year. These home repairs, like installing accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades, are done at no cost to the homeowner. The majority of the homeowners served are elderly seniors and/or people with disabilities, who are physically and financially unable to maintain safe living conditions for themselves and their families.
To learn more, please visit rebuildingtogethersv.org.
Recovery Café San José is a healing community for those traumatized by addiction, homelessness, and mental health challenges. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, RCSJ is a place where anyone seeking recovery can come for meals, support groups, classes in job and life skills, connections to community resources, and social activities in a sober and supportive environment.
Since opening in April 2014, RCSJ has supported many hundreds of individuals in their recovery, helping them to reach such goals as family reunification, and achieving the stability to gain—and maintain—housing and employment.
To learn more about Recovery Café San José or to get involved, visit recoverycafesj.org.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center empowers the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, thereby strengthening our communities through sustainable new businesses, jobs, and financial self-sufficiency. We have helped over 29,000 entrepreneurs to start and grow more than 15,500 small businesses, creating about 24,000 jobs.
Learn more about Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center at rencenter.org.
Across the world and across the street. It's women and girls who suffer the most. At Rising International, we believe ending world poverty begins at home. We enable women in America who are surviving gender-based violence, homelessness, and human trafficking to connect with other survivors around the globe, and through the power of entrepreneurship, help each other to rise.
We’re the first non-profit organization in the world to revolutionize the home party business model to alleviate poverty both locally and globally. Think Avon or Tupperware for a social cause.
We train economically vulnerable women in Silicon Valley to be Rising Representatives, and to run their own Rising home party businesses. These local entrepreneurs learn to sell boutique quality products handcrafted by impoverished global entrepreneurs, enabling both groups to rise.
Learn more about Rising International at risinginternational.org.
Putting lives back together.
Survivors of domestic violence (DV) face overwhelming challenges as they work to put their lives back together after traumatic events. Sacred Heart Community Service works with survivors to address both their physical and emotional well-being. In addition to addressing immediate safety and legal issues, the program provides opportunities for leadership development and community engagement, empowering survivors to use their strength and resilience to address the persistent problem of DV in our community. Services provided include direct service through case management, safety planning, restraining order assistance & accompaniment, support groups and healing through art classes.
If you would like to volunteer, donate or learn more about Sacred Heart Community Service please visit sacredheartcs.org.
The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society promotes the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of birds and other wildlife by engaging people of all ages in birding, education, and conservation.
We are all about Birding - We create opportunities to experience and appreciate the beauty of birds and their place in the natural world. Education - We strive to educate our region’s diverse population about the importance of preserving open spaces for both wildlife and our own well-being. Conservation - Our work promotes the protection of native wildlife through the restoration of habitats and safe migration corridors.
For more information about the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and how you can get involved, please visit scvas.org.
The Saratoga Elementary School community has created an outdoor School Garden for our teachers to utilize as a cross-curricula stepping-stone for numerous lessons. This outdoor living classroom offers a dynamic, beautiful setting in which to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, environmental studies, art, nutrition, and health. The outdoor living classroom is the perfect space for STEAM* learning to come alive!
The School Garden has a second important benefit for our children - a safe place where, during their daily lunch or recess, they can try a new vegetable, dig for worms, draw, write in their journals or just sit back and read a book and enjoy their surroundings.
The greenhouse in the School Garden will allow us to expand the opportunities for science experiments, environmental studies, and nutritional education. It will allow us to grow things that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to grow in our classroom – new veggies to taste!
To find out how you, too, can support the School Garden, go to saratogausd.org and search for “Garden”.
Saratoga's Elementary School Teachers use their own money to support their classroom educational experience. By contributing to the teachers of Argonaut Elementary School, Foothill Elementary School and Saratoga Elementary School, great ideas can be implemented to enhance education.
The Saratoga History Museum contains many treasures from the city of Saratoga’s rich and storied past. Included are the 1860’s McWilliams House, the one-room schoolhouse that served to educate the early settlers of the area, and soon, a blacksmith exhibit that will showcase the culture and tools of the artisan trade.
Open to the public year round, the McWilliams House and blacksmith exhibit will preserve the spirit of Pioneer living during the late 1800’s when Saratoga was first settled. During 2013, over 1,000 children went through the educational program created by the Saratoga History Museum.
We hope our help in underwriting the new blacksmith exhibit will help sustain the history of Saratoga, its roots, and our shared future.
Visit SaratogaHistory.com to find out about their programs, exhibits, and how you too can help bring history home.
Saratoga Music Boosters (SMB) works with Saratoga Union School District and Saratoga High School to provide music programs for students in grades 4 through 12. The goal of these programs is to encourage a love of music and to provide opportunities for students to develop their musical skills. SMB scholarships support ANY and ALL students who want to pursue their passions for music education. SMB is instrumental in providing Saratoga students a first-rate program by assisting in the purchase not only of musical instruments but also infrastructure items like sheet music and music stands. Sereno Group’s Saratoga office is proud to support the Saratoga Music Boosters.
To learn more about Saratoga music, go to saratogamusicboosters.org and read about their wonderful programs and concert series coming up this fall.
Located adjacent to the Saratoga Community Center, the Saratoga Senior Center (SASCC) was founded in 1981 by a group of older adults living in the Saratoga Community with the mission to serve the many different needs of the growing elderly population within the community. From that idea, the SASCC now offers a multitude of senior focused support, including health, legal, and financial services, as well as providing a comfortable and friendly social hub for its members.
We have chosen to donate to this cause to bring awareness to our community about our small but mighty Senior Center. Programs at the Senior Center and Adult Care Center are funded almost entirely by memberships, fees, and donations, and is itself an aging facility that is in need of upgrades. We are proud to contribute towards making our Senior Center a wonderful place for our seniors to enjoy.
Learn more about the Saratoga Senior Center at saratogaseniorcenter.org
Our downtown didn’t always look as nice as it does today. We have many thanks to give to our local volunteers, the Village Gardeners, who in March of 2005 took up the charge of livening up our street and storefronts with their careful planting, pruning, weeding and watering. Today, we see the fruits of their labor and thoroughly enjoy the beauty that lines Big Basin Way.
As members of this community, we believe their work is valuable and that we all benefit from their service. Since they rely completely on donations, we are proud to help support them.
Learn more about the Saratoga Village Gardeners.
When something goes terribly wrong, when someone is missing or injured, Santa Clara County is helped by a dedicated group of volunteers. This group, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team (SCCSSAR), is an elite group of human and animal volunteers. In good weather and bad, day or night, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year these highly trained individuals step out of their own lives to save another. We at Sereno value their passion and commitment and are proud to support SCCSSAR.
For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit sccssar.org.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is nearly invisible in our community yet eight times more common in the US than the diseases of breast cancer, spinal cord injury, AIDS and multiple sclerosis combined. For almost thirty years, Services For Brain Injury (SBI) has been filling a critical “gap” in rehabilitation for our neighbors with brain injuries when outpatient insurance benefits end. Last year SBI’s licensed therapists and staff provided rehabilitation to several hundred Bay Area residents with brain injuries and their families, as well as our veterans. This included individual therapy combined with group-based cognitive rehabilitation and vocational training. We placed dozens of people in permanent employment that included on-the-job coaching, as needed. SBI also provided 1-to-1 caregiver support, referrals, and information to several thousand more area residents. While we hope no one ever needs our services, SBI continues to meet the largely invisible yet growing demand for brain injury rehabilitation in our community.
To learn more about Services for Brain Injury and to support their cause, visit SBIcares.org.
Shop With A Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley is dedicated to providing innovative academic motivation, charitable relief, and assistance to disenfranchised children. On behalf of local law enforcement officers and surrounding communities, the Shop With A Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley works to shape strong partnerships, break down communication barriers and rebuild trust through active engagement, educational programs, and community outreach.
Learn more about Shop With A Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley at shopwithacopsv.org.
Sunday Friends empowers families to break the generational cycle of poverty by fostering positive development in children while educating and guiding parents to support their children’s life success. They do this in a unique way. They are called “The Working Alternative to Charity” because families can earn basic necessities while they work and learn. No handouts! Each activity at Sunday Friends is carefully designed to teach skills the families need to improve their family functioning, enhance their personal development, encourage children’s academic success, and lift themselves out of poverty.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit SundayFriends.org.
The Fremont Union High Schools Foundation (FUHSF) is a group of parents and community stakeholders whose primary goal is to raise funds in an effort to close the gap between district funding and students’ programmatic needs. FUHSF funds are equitably distributed across five high schools, serving more than 10,500 students, in the Fremont Union High School District in Sunnyvale.
FUHSF provides critical support to build students’ 21st century skills, with funding for programs such as STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math), robotics club, journalism program, athletics equipment, theatre arts and music, teacher grants and much more!
To find out how you, too, can impact the future of our students, go to fuhsfoundation.org.
The Grateful Garment Project (TGGP) provides comfort and dignity to many victims of sexual violence by providing an array of resources that enable them to reclaim their dignity and begin the process of healing.
TGGP’s purpose is to ensure that all victims of sexual assault go home with proper clothing and are provided with items they require to reduce further trauma. There is currently no federal or state program tasked with providing resources to victims during Sexual Assault Forensic Exams. As a result, nurses have had to allow victims to leave the exam wearing a disposable hospital gown or a pair of paper scrubs.
Due to the efforts of TGGP, 68 agencies in 29 California Counties now have access to TGGP S.A.R.T. Resource Closets, that are stocked with new clothing, comfort items, and non-perishable food and beverages. EVERY day, resources from TGGP are used by anywhere from 25 to 40 people who have been harmed by sexual violence.
To learn more about the Grateful Garment Program or to get involved, please visit gratefulgarment.org.
The need is compelling and urgent – more than 75,000 children with special needs live in Santa Clara County with little, if any, opportunity to play in a park alongside their able bodied siblings and friends.
Inclusive playgrounds have the power to transform families and communities. We are proud to support this innovative and inclusive project that presents adults and children alike more opportunities to explore, grow and play together.
Learn more about The Rotary PlayGarden at grpg.org.
Valley Verde (VV) is a nonprofit organization that helps low income residents in Santa Clara County grow their own vegetables in backyard organic gardens. They are dedicated to improve access to healthy, organic produce, build urban gardening and environmental skills and create healthier lifestyles in food insecure communities.
Launched in 2012, VV provides low income families with the knowledge and tools needed to grow and maintain their own organic vegetable gardens in exchange for sweat equity to install their home gardens. Additionally, they sell gardening kits to individuals, organizations and businesses. Proceeds from the sales are used to help more low-income families start their own home organic vegetable gardens.
Valley Verde expands traditional food system theory, policy and practice, and are already bringing change regarding food access, strengthening communities and improving our environment.
For more information about their work or how you can get involved, please visit valleyverde.org.
Veggielution is building community and connecting local residents in East San Jose through a unique farm model that utilizes local volunteers to cultivate healthy crops and promote social unity through economic opportunity.
Learn more about Veggielution at veggielution.org.
Illiteracy is often a root cause of some of the most serious problems facing society today. Its effects are particularly devastating in our lower income communities, where low literacy skills often prevent parents from learning, communicating, and becoming engaged in the education of their children. Vision Literacy is a premium provider of adult literacy education services in Santa Clara County. For more than 27 years, they have partnered with donors, volunteers, and organizations to raise awareness and funds to provide necessary free services for adults to improve their literacy skills. At Sereno we are honored to support Vision Literacy and their commitment to adult education services.
For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit visionliteracy.org.
West Valley Community Services, Inc. (WVCS) is a private non-profit, community-based agency that has been providing direct assistance and referral services to the west valley communities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West San Jose and the surrounding mountain regions. Helping close to 8,000 people every year through 10 programs, WVCS provides a continuum of basic needs, family support services and housing services including: food pantry, clothing, transitional/affordable housing, financial assistance, family support and case management services.
Their annual Holiday Giving Program supports 200 local families the ability to obtain basic home needs and gift for children, free of charge.
To find out how you too can can support our community, go to wvcommunityservices.org.
The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley (WCSV) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving all Santa Clara County and surrounding communities since 1993, providing free, high-quality care, rehabilitation, and opportunity for release to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Through community outreach, we foster a positive co-existence between the general public and wildlife and encourage an interest in, and concern for wildlife conservation issues. Through the dedication of over 200 volunteers and a small staff of 8, we care for over 5,500 birds, mammals, and reptiles from over 150 species each year.
Learn more about Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley and how you can help at wcsv.org.
Education and exploration come to life for our Willow Glen Elementary School 5th Grade students when they attend Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School. The students experience the thrills of nature through hands-on lessons and activities. Camp fosters a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and awareness for the environment — all amidst the fun of campfires, songs, and friends.
Over 112 children from Willow Glen Elementary School would like to attend science camp this May. Believing in the power of education, Sereno Willow Glen hopes to contribute towards the scholarship that allows every child the opportunity to see, feel, hear, and smell the wonders of nature.
World Savvy is a national nonprofit organization that proudly started in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002. Its mission is to educate and engage youth to learn, work, and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. Its innovative programs, World Savvy Classrooms and the Global Competence Certificate, help teachers advance global education with today’s youth.
Through Sereno's help in underwriting several teachers’ participation in World Savvy Classrooms and the Global Competence Certificate (CEU track), World Savvy will support Los Gatos educators as they extend their knowledge and skills to further transform the way our young people are being educated for success in our changing world.
Sereno is honored to support World Savvy and their commitment to educating the youth of our community.
Visit WorldSavvy.org and GlobalCompetenceCertificate.org to learn more about how districts, schools, and educators across the nation are catalyzing meaningful global teaching and learning for all students.
The mission of the Youth Science Institute (YSI) is to inspire enthusiasm for science and a love of learning. They do this through offering hands-on, inquiry-based, science education programs. YSI teaches physical, earth, life, and social sciences to pre-school through 8th-grade students throughout Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley. 95% of the children served come to YSI with their classroom teacher. Increasing the number of Title I schools and financially and academically at-risk students served is a priority for YSI. By offering no-cost programs to Title I students, YSI strives to reduce the performance gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children.
YSI programs take place in local parks, schools, and at community events. They maintain three park-based Science & Nature Centers as well as a native plant trail at Vasona Lake County Park, an organic garden at Sanborn County Park, and a raptor aviary at Alum Rock Park. We believe in the mission set forth by YSI and are proud to contribute to their programs that reach approximately 32,000 children each year.
Learn more about Youth Science Institute at ysi-ca.org.