We’re pleased to announce that the common scholarship application is now live.
This scholarship application is sponsored by the Mountain View / Los Altos Roundtable. You can use this single application to apply for scholarships from these organizations. Each organizations has different criteria for applicants, as you’ll see in the application.
• Rotary Club of Los Altos
• Rotary Club of Mountain View
• Kiwanis Club of Mountain View
• MVLA Scholars (a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation)
• Quota International Club of Mountain View/Los Altos
• Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation
To apply for any of these scholarships you must attend one of the following schools:
• MVLA High School District (including MVLA Adult Ed)
• Pinewood High School
• St. Francis High School
• Foothill Community College (if you plan to continue your education at an accredited post-secondary school or college)
• Mountain View Academy
• German International School
Financial need is considered but not a requirement for the scholarships.
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Everyone has a desire to make a difference in the world.
One fun way to contribute is through #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
A way to do that is through “community philanthropy”, the giving of donations to strengthen our local community and address its needs.
LACF is uniquely positioned to direct contributions to the most pressing needs in our community.
Become #unselfie – Give on #GivingTuesday!
What: Downtown Los Altos PARK(ing) Day 2014!
When: Friday Sept 19th 8am – 7pm
Where: 265-271 State Street, outside Linden Tree Books and Earth Beauty Apothecary (note this is a different location than 2012 & 2013!)
Why: To create free public gathering space in downtown Los Altos
Come check out this free public one-day pop-up park in downtown Los Altos, outside Linden Tree Books and Earth Beauty Apothecary on State Street! The third annual of its kind in downtown, it’s open 7am-7pm and features turf, seating, chalk & magnet art walls, and plants from Los Altos Nursery.
Come down to State Street this Friday September 19th for downtown Los Altos’ third annual PARK(ing) Day celebration! This year we will set up our seating, turf, chalk/magnet art planter walls plus shade umbrellas on two parking spaces outside Linden Tree Books and Earth Beauty Apothecary at 256-271 State Street.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide celebration in which citizens, artists, cities, community groups etc transform urban parking spaces into temporary public parks for all to enjoy. To learn more about PARK(ing) Day please visit: http://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/
Passerelle has been hosting PARK(ing) Day in downtown Los Altos since 2011. To learn more about the history of this local project please visit: http://passerelleinvestments.com/parking-day/
In the fall, thousands of excited students walk onto college campuses for the first time, eager, happy, and filled with anticipation. However, some, especially first-generation-to-college students, often feel anxious. While other students are walking purposefully around, filing out paperwork and looking as if they know exactly what they need to do and what to expect, these other students can feel like they have just landed on a foreign planet.
MVLA Scholar, Octavio Romero, was first in his family to go to college, and graduated from San Jose State University in December 2013 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He remembers, “The first day (of college)….I felt frightened, almost overwhelmed…I felt so out of place.” Luckily, Octavio had been paired with a mentor to whom he could turn for reassurance and who, according to Octavio, “Was there for everything and anything that I needed.” Another student, Maritza Arreola, is also grateful to the MVLA Community Scholars program for its mentors: “Thanks to this stability in a complicated time of transition, I transferred to Mills College… successfully earning my BA in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies this past May (2014).”
Challenges for first-generation-to-college low-income students arise early, asserts a board member of MVLA Community Scholars. Many of these young adults learned English while attending high school, and/or worked to help support their families. Yet, their fine grades get them into good colleges. One mentor observes, “The dedication and work ethic of our Scholars is truly inspirational. They figure out 95% of issues on their own, but it helps to talk to someone else who has walked a similar path. That’s where we mentors can offer support. And, we’re pretty good cheerleaders for our Scholars during their college journey!”
This fall, MVLA Community Scholars is very proud to be helping 24 new Scholars with annually renewable scholarships and college mentors; and although college will certainly challenge them, they have the motivation and intellect to succeed, and we promise to be there…whenever they need us.
To learn more, donate or to volunteer visit www.mvlacommunityscholars.org
MVLA Community Scholars is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation
Read more about the MVLA Community Scholars.
Thanks to the Kirsch Family for sharing their beautiful home with us for this year’s solstice party.
Thanks to all the local vintners who shared their wines with us.
Thanks to the Kirsch Family for sharing their beautiful home with us.
Thanks to all the local vintners who shared their wines with us.
To DOUBLE, TRIPLE, or QUADRUPLE your LACF donation, contribute on May 6th by following the below instructions.
Silicon Valley Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising event for nonprofits in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Benito counties. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of community foundations. How it works: On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, donors can contribute to local nonprofits through a single online donation platform. A local anonymous donor has provided a $10,000 match specifically for all LACF donations contributed on May 6th as part of SVGives. In addition, other local companies and foundations are providing matches that are available to any participating nonprofit during certain hours of the day.
Want your donation doubled?
Click on the above “Donate Now” button . You can donate anytime between now and midnight of May 6th for the LACF match to apply (assuming it is not used up). How to Triple your Donation: Click on the above “Donate Now” button during the following hours on May 6th. Please do so early in the hour before the match runs out.
How to Quadruple your Donation:
For you night owls, click on the above “Donate Now” button in the one hour period between midnight, Monday, May 5th and 1:00 am, Tuesday, May 6th. Please do so early in the hour before the match runs out. IMPORTANT – Remember that LACF is competing with many other organizations for the above SV Gives matching grants, so donate EARLY in your chosen hour to be sure you can take advantage of these matching dollars. LACF thanks you!
We re excited that, much like the Oscars, LACF has selected comedian Jeff Applebaum to EmCee our John W. Gardner Awards this year!
Jeff is well known in the Bay Area and nationally, having performed in many local venues, as well as on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and Comedy.TV. Read more about Jeff and his many performances on his web site.
Wanted to let you know of a fabulous opportunity that is not only a great educational opportunity but a lot of fun, too!
The 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.
Los Altos Resident and Founder of Sit & Share
The Los Altos Town Crier reports on Los Altos First Fridays Second Anniversary.
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.
Los Altos First Fridays