Second Annual Women Rising Event

 
It’s our second annual Women Rising event coming up

Come join us at the Main Street Café in Los Altos Friday, February 14th to celebrate One Billion Rising Day!

 

One Billion Rising Day falls on Valentine’s Day and acknowledges the grim statistic that 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime–in most cases by someone she knows. We want to keep the focus positive on this day and focus on the aspects of relationship that are the opposite of abuse.

 

We are inviting everyone in our community to bring in a poem, a song, or a story, or even a few words spoken from the heart about what true love, healthy love means to them. Gentlemen are most definitely invited too–some of our most powerful pieces were presented by men last year.

To give you a bit more info about last year’s Women Rising event here’s the news article.

Thanks to the big turnout and lively positive energy, Women Rising was a tremendous success last year. Come join us and help make it even better this year!

What: Women Rising Event

Where: Main Street Café, Los Altos, CA

When: 12-2pm

Help bring more books to Haiti

by Cindy Reid

 

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After a successful start-up year in Haiti, during which many connections were forged, BFH is planning to expand the distribution of Kindle eReaders to three Haitian schools.  The original SOPUDEP School will receive additional units based on demonstrated success of the initial Kindles in their classrooms.  The Grace School, a project of Healing Haiti, is currently testing a couple of Kindles to determine how they will incorporate them into their curriculum. Also being explored, is supporting a school in Croix des Bouquets, which is being promoted by a Rotary member in Haiti.
Realistically, it takes approximately $5,000 to outfit a school with 40 Kindles, enough for one classroom at a time to use, and to provide the accessories, on-site training and support they require.  This means BFH needs to raise at least $15,000 to proceed.  We are looking at various funding options but, to date, funding has come in large part from individual donors.

 

YOUR help, your connections, your corporation or organization will make a real difference toward our success in 2014.  BFH urges you to view our website, Books for Haiti , and follow us on Facebook .  New partners and established donors together will allow the students of Haiti to access the literature that will help lead their country forward.

 

Energize your neighborhood as a Block Action Team Leader

Connect, Care and Prepare!
by Sherie Dodsworth, Volunteer Program Director for BAT and 
Los Altos PREPARE programs
Help your neighborhood by becoming a Block Action Team Leader! By signing up you can be part of the concerned–and fun–group of volunteers throughout Los Altos who are focused on making each of their neighborhoods an even better place to live!
Block Action Teams (BATs) is a new program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The purpose of this program is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to be more resilient in the event of a disaster. They will work together for crime prevention, assist, the seniors living in their neighborhood, when needed involve youth; and organize neighborhood social events.

We hope that every neighborhood in Los Altos takes advantage of the benefits of this program.

BAT leaders define their neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. For example, a BAT leader may get the neighborhood organized for major disaster preparation.

The BAT program will provide materials and training to neighborhood leaders so that these activities are easy and fun. Your neighborhood may already be doing one or more of these activities – but by joining the BAT program you will receive training and tools to assist your efforts. You will also meet other like-minded neighborhood leaders.

Sign up today to be a BAT leader! There is no cost to participate and attend a training session. Co-leaders are encouraged, so you are welcome to bring a neighbor, spouse or willing assistant.

More information about the BAT program, click on the links below.

Start a Block Action Team
BAT Leader Position Description

BAT leaders are required to attend one training session. Training sessions will be held the first two months of every quarter. First quarter dates are either January 29th or February 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms.

Get started today by filling out the Block Leader Volunteer Application Form at losaltosbat.org

If you would like more information please send an email to info@losaltosbat.org or call 650-949-5908.

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Join Us for the January Mixer celebrating the Year of the Horse

Celebrate the New Year and our community…

Featured program: Los Altos Block Action Teams

Thursday, January 30th 

Neutra House

5:00-7:00pm

Light appetizers by Chef Chu’s.
Italian winemaker Dall’Uva will be offering a special wine tasting.
Founders, members and their hosted guests enjoy complimentary entry.

Bring a guest who may be interested in learning about LACF, its programs, and opportunities to get involved.  All others welcome to join; suggested contribution is $10 at the door.

 

 Or call Monica at 650-949-5908.

 

Packard Foundation is Los Altan of the Year

The Los Altos Town Crier has a nice article up about the Packard Foundation being named Los Altan of the Year. A very worth choice!

 

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) receives more than $200,000 annually from the Packard Foundation to donate to nonprofit organizations and programs of its choice.

“(LACF) would be a less established organization without help from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation,” said Roy Lave, who ran LACF as its executive director from its 1991 founding until his retirement last year. “Their grants and consultations have been invaluable in helping LACF begin and grow by developing new programs. For six years, they have funded our community grants program, which has supported most of the established nonprofits in our area and has allowed LACF to incubate much-needed new programs. The Packard Foundation has been a very good citizen supporting our community.”

A letter from a LEADer

Dear Friends,

Wanted to let you know of a fabulous opportunity that is not only a great educational opportunity but a lot of fun, too!

leadatlibrarysliderThe upcoming LEAD Program has a few (but only a few) slots left in the Program. This program, which is run by Claudia Coleman of Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), helps locals discover and engage with their local community by learning, up close and personal, about all the wonderful resources that are available to us in our uniquely special Los Altos through presentations, workshops and discussion. It was a program that I attended and thoroughly enjoyed. It was professional and informative, in addition to being well executed and I was very impressed. You might think that if you’ve lived here for any considerable amount of time, you know all there is to know. I’m here to tell you there is lots to learn! In fact I would say it was definitely the impetus behind getting more involved in my treasured downtown Los Altos. And as many of you are moving into the “next phase” of your life, now that the kids are gone, you might be looking for some special way to give back to our community, and this would be a perfect entree to open your eyes to all that is out there.

The program starts off with a workshop on Saturday, January 25 from 9 – 12:00 and includes lunch. The remaining classes are on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9:00 and the dates include: February 5 & 26, March 5 & 19, April 2 & 16, May 7 & 21 and culminates on June 4. If you are interested, please check out the LEAD page for application details.

And please feel free to pass this along to any interested Los Altos or Los Altos Hills friends that you think might be interested.

Robin Katsaros

Los Altos Resident and Founder of Sit & Share

Want to make your neighborhood better?

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Connect, Care and Prepare

Help your neighborhood by becomming a Block Action Team Leader! By signing up today you can be part of the concerned–and fun– group of volunteers throughout Los Altos who are focused on making each of their neighborhoods an even better place to live!
Block Action Teams (BATs) is a new program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The purpose of this program is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to be more resilient in the event of a disaster, work together for crime prevention, assist, the seniors living in their neighborhood, when needed, involve youth; and organize neighborhood social events.  We hope that every neighborhood in Los Altos takes advantage of the benefits of this program.BAT leaders define their neighborhood (typically 15-50 households),  communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. For example, a BAT leader may get the neighborhood organized to be prepared for a major disaster and learn how to respond and care for their families and neighbors. The BAT program will provide materials and training to neighborhood leaders so that these activities are easy and fun.You or your neighborhood may already be doing one or more of these activities – but by joining the BAT program you will receive training and tools to assist with your efforts. You will also meet other neighborhood leaders doing the same thing.Sign up today to be a BAT leader! There is no cost to participate and attend one of the training sessions.  Co-leaders are encouraged, so you are welcome to bring a neighbor, spouse or willing assistant.

More information about the BAT program, click on the links below:

Start A Block Action Team 
BAT Leader Position Description

BAT leaders are required to attend one training session.  Training sessions will be held the first two months of every quarter.  First quarter dates are either January 29th or February 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms.

Get started today by filling out the Block Action Team Leader Application  . To learn more visit www.losaltosbat.org

If you would like more information please send an email to info@losaltosbat.org or call 650.949.5908

 

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Two Years of Los Altos First Fridays!

The Los Altos Town Crier reports on Los Altos First Fridays Second Anniversary.Matsiko-World-Orphans-Choir-performance

 

A grassroots group supported by the Los Altos Community Foundation, Los Altos Forward comprises local residents, business owners and property owners who promote community vibrancy in downtown Los Altos.

“First Fridays are exciting because they are multigenerational events that bring the community together,” said Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery.

Los Altos First Fridays is supported by Los Altos Community Found and is part of Los Altos Forward. It is designed to encourage people to support local business and socialize with fellow citizens.

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