LACF Keeps Seniors Connected, Engaged and Healthy

One of LACF’s unique roles is to bring groups together to solve systemic issues in our community. LACF helps local groups quickly create programs and build a tight collaborative web of reciprocal support for the benefit of our seniors.

Through its grants, programs, and funds, LACF is able to test, evolve, and improve social entrepreneurship ideas – which often leads to unexpected new approaches and activities.

The following is a compelling example of how this approach is helping seniors in our community:

Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE), an LACF incubated program, launched the Senior Inclusion and Participation Project (SIPP), also under LACF, to help address senior isolation and loneliness issues. SIPP’s popular Digital Tech Workshops partner teen tech ambassadors with seniors to help them learn how to use today’s electronic devices – and empowers them to become more confident and connected in our digital world.

Collaborating with SIPP, LACF’s Block Action Team (BAT) leaders learn about the loneliness epidemic facing many seniors in our community and how to help them. BAT leaders receive the tools and resources to connect with seniors who are often unseen by the rest of the neighborhood to help keep them safe, engaged, and healthy.

Now in its third year, Club 55+ attracts over 100 seniors to its monthly community building summer social events. A project of LACF-sponsored Los Altos Forward, this “pop-up” nightclub evolved out of the ever-popular First Fridays in downtown Los Altos and offers fun – and unique – social opportunities for seniors.

Aligned with our mission of increasing local philanthropy and engagement, LACF’s programs also help the community get involved in helping our seniors. For example, Rotary Club of Los Altos helps sponsor and provide volunteers for Club 55+ events, cross-promotes SIPP’s Digital Tech Workshops, and works with its high school Interact program to recruit teens to serve as tech ambassadors at the event.

Working together, we create a great community in which to live, work, and play for our families and neighbors.

Los Altos Community Foundation Awards $84,500 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded $84,500 in its spring 2018 grants cycle to 18 local nonprofits and programs. These organizations address the needs and improve the quality of life for seniors, youth, and vulnerable populations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The grants support nonprofit programs such as Community Health Awareness Council’s (CHAC), development of increased cultural and racial literacy by its Clinical Supervisors and interns, Parents Helping Parents’ outreach and support services to families with special needs children. And Peninsula Symphony’s popular summer pops concert in downtown Los Altos.

“LACF’s community grants help local nonprofits more effectively address community needs,” said Joe Eyre, Executive Director. “We’re proud of how these grants enable the development of new programs for greater local impact.”

LACF’s Spring nonprofit grant recipients also include:

  • Adolescent Counseling Services to support its Outlet Program serving local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
  • Family Engagement Institute to fund youth field work and intern opportunities in the FEI Child Development Academy and Stretch to Kindergarten programs.
  • Festival of Lights Parade Association for annual operating expenses associated with the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade.
  • Grassroots Ecology to support local programs integrating nature education with hands-on actions to improve the ecosystem.
  • GreenTown Los Altos to support their Safe Routes to Schools program.
  • Hope’s Corner, Inc. for access and referrals to critical services that improve the lives of the homeless and vulnerable in our community.
  • Los Altos History Museum to support the upcoming bilingual, youth-produced exhibit, “Inspired by Juana: La Donna de la Frontera.”
  • Los Altos Stage Company for expanded Mainstage productions and youth and family education programs in 2018.
  • Los Altos Village Association for purchasing cost-effective, energy-saving LED lights in the trees lining Main and State Streets and parking plazas.
  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence for comprehensive services addressing the needs of 75 domestic violence survivors from local communities.
  • Peninsula Bridge to support the Peninsula Bridge Mountain View Middle School Academy that closes the achievement gap for hundreds of underserved, yet high-achieving students each year.
  • Senior Inclusion and Participation Project (SIPP) for raising awareness of the senior loneliness and isolation epidemic and to reduce its impact on elders in our local community.

 

Stretch to Kindergarten participants enjoy a recent lesson.
Stretch to Kindergarten participants enjoy a recent lesson.

“Many thanks to LACF for its generous support of the Family Engagement Institute’s Development Academy and Stretch to Kindergarten programs,” Betsy Nikolchev, Executive Director, FEI said. “The Institute is a hallmark, award-winning equity program for Foothill College, and LACF’s support will provide opportunities for our local youth to gain experience and contribute to their community.”

For more information on LACF’s grant-making programs and processes, please visit:

LACF Grant Making