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Essential Needs

In one of the highest-cost regions in the nation, almost a quarter of households don’t have the income to make ends meet even on a bare-bones budget. Rents have risen nearly four times faster than wages in recent years. With little cushion, when emergencies strike – such as floods, fires, or accidents – the most vulnerable often have nowhere to turn. By supporting any or all of the nonprofits below, you can support high-impact nonprofits meeting essential needs for those working to make ends meet in an economy where they are left behind.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

EIN: 94-2762269
Budget FY 2019: $41M

Supports more than 40,000 in-need people of all cultures and beliefs in their struggle to rise out of poverty each year in Santa Clara County. Catholic Charities alleviates the conditions of chronic poverty by providing food, housing assistance, and health services, and reduces the effects of situational poverty by providing jobs, immigration legal services, foster care, and financial education. Catholic Charities also prevents the cycle of generational poverty through early childhood development and parenting support. 


Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos

EIN: 94-1422465
Budget FY 2019: $3.5M

Provides a safety net for elderly, low-income, and homeless residents of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. Community Services Agency offers nutrition services, shopping assistance, and case management for seniors; food and emergency financial aid for low-income people; and comprehensive case management for homeless individuals and families.


Peninsula Family Service

Peninsula Family Service

EIN: 94-1186169
Budget FY 2019: $15.2M

Supports the region’s most vulnerable children, families, and older adults by bringing early learning to the zip codes that need it most, helping families achieve personal and financial stability, and ensuring older adults have the resources to thrive. Through its programs in Early Learning, Financial Empowerment, and Older Adult Services, Peninsula Family Service serves 12,000 people annually in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties.


Puente de la Costa Sur

Puente de la Costa Sur

EIN: 37-1484262
Budget FY 2019: $3.4M

As the only community resource center on the San Mateo County South Coast, Puente advocates for a healthy, sustainable and inclusive community. Puente serves primarily low-income families and individuals in Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio through health, education and economic security programs and services. 


Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley

EIN: 94-2614101
Budget FY 2019: $45M

In Silicon Valley, many people have to choose paying rent over affording food. In fact, 1 in 4 people are at risk of hunger. At Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, we believe everyone should be healthy and housed. Last year, through our network of over 300 nonprofit partners, we served enough nutritious food for 57 million meals across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Half of the food distributed was fresh produce.


St. Joseph’s Family Center

St. Joseph’s Family Center

EIN: 03-0391775
Budget FY 2019: $7.9M

Alleviates hunger and homelessness in South Santa Clara County by providing food, housing, emergency utility assistance, and employment services, and advocating for system changes to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable people in the community. Starting as a volunteer effort, St. Joseph’s has served the Gilroy area for more than 35 years.


Sunnyvale Community Services

Sunnyvale Community Services

EIN: 94-1713897
Budget FY 2019: $8.5M

Since 1970, Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS) has worked to prevent homelessness and hunger in our local community. SCS provides safety-net services for over 9,000 low-income individuals, including families, seniors, veterans and homeless persons, offering emergency financial aid for rent and other critical bills, year-round food assistance, onsite referrals to benefits, and intensive case management. Over 2,500 volunteers keep costs low and stretch our budget.


West Valley Community Services of Santa Clara County

West Valley Community Services of Santa Clara County

EIN: 94-2211685
Budget FY 2019: $3.0M

Provides critical food, housing, and support services to low-income and homeless individuals and families in Cupertino, West San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno. West Valley Community Services distributes more than 1,000,000 pounds of food to low-income and homeless families each year.

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