Local Non Profits

LACF offers numerous volunteer opportunities with its committees and programs. In addition, many local non-profits encourage volunteerism. Attached is a list of some of them.

Name and Link to Non Profit Contact Information Mission
100 Women Charitable Foundation info@100womenfoundation.org 100 Women Foundation’s mission is to provide access for more women to be involved in local philanthropy and to help make a significant difference in the long-term sustainability of our local nonprofit community.

 

Acterra Acterra is an environmental non-profit that offers solution-oriented work to provide people with hands-on activities to improve the environment. Each year, Acterra offers thousands of volunteer opportunities through a broad range of programs.

 

ALearn ALearn is a nonprofit organization committed to helping underrepresented students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties get to and succeed in college. Their academic and enrichment programs increase achievement and raise student aspirations for college.

 

American Legion Los Altos Post 558 Post 558 is part of the American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

 

Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) Animal Assisted Happiness enriches the lives of children experiencing health or family challenges. As a non-profit organization, AAH provides children and family animal interaction services to bring moments of happiness and a smile into their daily lives.

 

Assistance League of Los Altos Assistance League® of Los Altos is a non-profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization consisting of an all volunteer membership. Costume Bank on 169 State Street, Los Altos, CA is our year long fundraiser that supports our philanthropic projects. Volunteers accepted year round including our Assisteens® Auxiliary for teens grades 7-12.

 

Avenidas Rose Kleiner Senior Health Center Avenidas seeks to create a community that supports and celebrates older adults and provides a wide range of support options, information, and services that enable people to stay active, maintain their independence, help their aging parents, or care for a spouse.

 

Bring Me a Book Foundation Bring Me A Book’s mission is to strengthen the language and literacy skills of underserved children while also igniting their passion to read.

 

Carb DM Carb DM’s mission is to build a supportive community that improves the quality of life and health of all those affected by type 1 diabetes.

 

Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE) (LACF) CAFE, a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is advancing understanding of Age-Friendly cities and communities. CAFE intends to drive transformational change in creating healthy, active, sustainable, and engaged inter-generational communities.

 

Challenge Team The MVLA Challenge Team builds meaningful community partnerships to support the success of children, youth and families in the cities of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. The Challenge Team brings together leaders from school districts, city and county services, parent and student groups, and other non-profit organizations to serve youth and strengthen our community.

 

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Child Advocates matches trained volunteers with foster children to ensure that their needs and best interests are met. Their volunteers are court-appointed, allowing them to thoroughly research every aspect of a child’s case, including meeting teachers, social workers and foster parents.

 

Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) The Community Health Awareness Council provides alternatives to self-destructive behavior and helps create healthy lives for the children and families of Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and surrounding communities.

 

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) CSMA inspires excellence through art and music education for people of all ages and abilities.

 

Community Services Agency (CSA) CSA is the community’s safety net, providing critical support services that preserve and promote stability, self-reliance and dignity.

 

Computer History Museum The mission of the Computer History Museum is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the Information Age.

 

Day Worker Center of Mountain View The Day Worker Center connects workers and employers in a safe and supportive environment while empowering workers to improve their socio-economic condition and participating in advocacy efforts that support the day laborer community.

 

E3 Youth Philanthropy (LACF) info@losaltoscf.org E-Cubed (E3) Youth Philanthropy program brings together local youth to help realize their vision and hopes for social change. Through service learning, leadership training, and grant making activities, the E3 program educates, engages, and empowers junior high and high school age youth to effect positive change in their local and global communities.

 

El Camino Hospital Auxiliary The El Camino Hospital Auxiliary provides volunteer services to the hospital, its patients and the community; grants scholarships in health professions; and provides financial support for special projects. Email: recruit_aux@elcaminohospital.org

 

El Camino Hospital Foundation El Camino Hospital Foundation raises money to help El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and El Camino Hospital Los Gatos best meet the health needs of the communities they serve. These funds enable the hospital to offer state-of-the-art care to its patients while underwriting its efforts to provide health services to the economically disadvantaged.

 

El Camino Hospital Rotacare The RotaCare Clinic of Mountain View provides medical services to those with the most need and least access to care. The clinic’s dedicated volunteer staff provides care to 2,600 patients annually.

 

El Camino Roadrunners RoadRunners is a transportation service provided by El Camino Hospital Auxiliary volunteers. Transportation is provided for medical, dental, or any health related appointments as well as to senior centers, local banks, beauty shops and markets.

 

Los Altos Festival of Lights parade losaltosfestivaloflights@gmail.com The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade annually puts on a parade to bring the community together to share the warmth of the holiday season. Each year the parade is one of Los Altos most popular events.

 

Foothill De Anza Colleges Foundation FOUNDATION@FHDA.EDU The mission of the Foothill De Anza Foundation is to change student lives by raising and investing funds to support the educational excellence of Foothill and De Anza colleges.

 

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) FLY is dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime and incarceration of teens. Through FLY’s unique combination of programs-legal education, leadership training, and mentoring-youth get back on track with their lives.

 

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm Deer Hollow Farm is a 160 year old historical teaching homestead farm at the edge of the Silicon Valley. Each year, this farm hosts 126,000 visitors, including thousands of students.

 

Friends of Rengstorff House rengstorff.events@gmail.com The Rengstorff House, located at Shoreline Park in Mountain View, is a beautifully restored historic house museum that offers one of a kind exhibits, living history programs, memorable holiday events and much more.

 

Friends of Steven’s Creek Trail The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail promotes community pride and involvement in the completion, enhancement, and enjoyment of the Stevens Creek Trail and Wildlife Corridor.

 

Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community info@losaltoslibraryfriends.org The Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization that raises funds in support of the Los Altos Library. Annual contributions of more than $100,000 help maintain and improve library collections and facilities and library programs.

 

Friends of the Mountain View Library friendsofmvlibrary@gmail.com The Friends of the Mountain View Library is a non-profit organization that raises money to keep the community and library connected, to communicate the benefits and needs of the library, and to aid funds for library resources and services.

 

GreenTown Los Altos GreenTown’s mission is to educate and inspire the community to take action that will make us more environmentally healthy and vibrant today and for future generations.

 

Health Trust info@healthtrust.org The Health Trust is organized under three initiatives: Health Eating, Healthy Aging, and Healthy Living that works to make the Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America.

 

HIDDEN VILLA info@hiddenvilla.org Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.

 

Hope Services Hope Services aims to provide comprehensive services to help people with developmental disabilities be valued and participating members of their communities.

 

Just Read info@justreadcenters.org JustREAD works to improve the reading, writing and math skills of young people and help them become self-directed and motivated learners while involving the community to provide trained, caring volunteers to serve as tutors.

 

KARA Kara’s mission is to provide grief support for children, teens, families and adults. Our vision is to see people of all ages compassionately supported on their journey through grief so they can move toward renewed hope and meaning.

 

Kick, Lead & Dream (KLD) Soccer Camp kldsoccer@yahoo.com KLD Soccer Camp is a two week camp for at-risk kids from the Mountain View and Sunnyvale school districts. These campers have the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities, and gain the confidence to dream big!

 

Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) (LACF) info@losaltoscf.org The LEAD Program encourages local citizens to become involved in the community. It does this by introducing class participants to multiple private, school, and public organizations in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

 

Living Classroom The Living Classroom collaborates with schools and communities to inspire children to learn and value our natural world through garden-based education.

 

Los Altos Community Foundation info@losaltoscf.org LACF strengthens our community through effective philanthropy and civic engagement in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View.

 

Los Altos Community Pool Foundation The Los Altos Community Pool Foundation supports efforts for a community pool facility for the greater Los Altos area.

 

Los Altos Educational Foundation The Los Altos Educational Foundation works to raise funds and to provide financial support as a supplement to the resources of the Los Altos School District for the purpose of funding academic and enrichment programs, and improving the overall education of students in the schools of the Los Altos School District.

 

Los Altos First Friday (LACF) contact@losaltosfirstfirday.org Los Altos First Fridays are community-building events held during the evenings of the first Friday of the month in Downtown Los Altos. First Fridays are meant to be a fun, social evening for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and neighboring communities.

 

Los Altos Forward (LACF) info@losaltosforward.org Los Altos Forward is an open, all-volunteer group with the mission of promoting community vibrancy in downtown Los Altos.

 

Los Altos Hills, Town of, Commissions and Council The Town of Los Altos Hills is a premier Silicon Valley residential community located adjacent to the City of Los Altos, thirty-five miles south of San Francisco. The advocates of incorporation were dedicated to the “preservation of the rural atmosphere of the foothills and orderly and unhurried growth”.

 

Los Altos History Museum The Los Altos History Museum mission is collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Los Altos area.

 

Los Altos Kiwanis Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

 

Los Altos Legacies lalegacies@gmail.com Los Altos Legacies is a group of Los Altos area volunteers dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older adults in the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area.
Los Altos PREPARE (LACF) info@losaltosbat.org The Los Altos PREPARE program has the purpose of engaging our residents, emergency response agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that we are prepared and can effectively respond to major disasters and emergencies.

 

Los Altos Rotary The Rotary Club of Los Altos is a non-political, non-sectarian fellowship of inspired business, professional, and community leaders. Rotarians work to change lives in the community and around the world.

 

Los Altos Sister Cities Los Altos is a member of Sister Cities International, a non-profit organization of U.S. communities linked globally to promote lasting friendships with foreign cities around the world.

 

Los Altos Stage Company The Los Altos Stage Company works to engage the community and artists in creating and experiencing intimate, professional-quality theater.

 

Los Altos, City of The City offers a number of volunteer opportunities for residents. Contact bsmith@losaltosca.gov for volunteer opportunities.

 

Mentor Tutor Connection The mission of Mentor Tutor Connection is to help build brighter futures for youth in Mountain View and Los Altos through exceptional tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

 

Mountain View Community Television (KMVT) info@kmvt15.org KMVT’s mission is to provide media literacy education, hands-on training, and civic engagement. We serve as a resource to narrow the digital divide through the use of technology, and provide the community with the tools to create media and utilize technology in a socially responsible manner.

 

Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) contact@mvef.org The Mountain View Educational Foundation works collaboratively with the community to raise funds for essential programs with a goal of ensuring a well-rounded education for all Mountain View Whisman School District students.

 

Mountain View Police Activities League (MVPAL) Mountain View Police Activities League’s mission is to foster mutual understanding between youth and police officers through a non-confrontational setting and, in this way, divert them away from gangs and criminal activity.

 

Mountain View Sister City Affiliation The Sister City Affiliation of Mountain View began in order to foster international understanding among the citizens and organizations of Iwata, Japan, Hasselt, Belgium, and Mountain View. Now, each year the program holds meetings and events, in addition to hosting a Student Exchange program.

 

Mountain View, City of The City offers a number of volunteer opportunities for residents. Contact Bill.Mykytka@mountainview.gov for volunteer opportunities.

 

Music for Minors (MFM) Music for Minors is devoted to keeping music alive in local schools. MFM’s mission is to nurture in children a lifelong love of music by providing quality music education programs in schools with our trained volunteer and professional educators.

 

MVLA Scholars (LACF) mvla_scholars@losaltoscf.org MVLA Community Scholars improves the economic mobility and quality of life of local, high-potential, underserved youth by providing four–year renewable college scholarships and individual mentoring to make a four-year degree achievable.

 

National Charity League Orchard Valley Chapter hsquig@gmail.com National Charity League, Inc. is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters dedicated to serving their local communities.

 

National Charity League Stanford Hills Chapter To foster mother/daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.

 

Neutra House king@los-altos.org The Neutra House was completed in 1939 by internationally renowned architect Richard Neutra. To preserve this architectural history, it was moved to city land and is now available for rental as a conference and events center. It is also home to educational programs on modern architecture.

 

Next Door Solutions Next Door provides victims of domestic violence with safe, effective alternatives to a life of fear, danger and few options.

 

Oriki Theater Oriki Theater is a Mountain View based nonprofit performing arts company that provides opportunities for our communities to have a shared experience of Africa through, workshops, performances and outreach programs.

 

Partners for Elder Generations/LA Rotary info@rotarypeg.org Partners for Elder Generations’ goal is to motivate others by encouraging junior-seniors to get more involve in community and establish connections with senior-seniors who may require more supportive services.

 

Pear Avenue Theatre info@thepear.org The Pear Avenue Theatre’s goals are to produce new plays by local writers as well as innovative staging’s of classics and less familiar works; to encourage playwrights to grow artistically; and to offer performance classes to both young people and adults.

 

Peninsula Bridge Peninsula Bridge works to promote academic and personal success for motivated middle school students from under-resourced communities.

 

Peninsula Symphony of Northern California Association The Peninsula Symphony’s Bridges to Music program strives to make music more accessible to the community through school outreach programs, free concerts, youth music competitions, pre-concert lectures, and the distribution of free and discounted tickets in hopes of engaging audiences and inspiring them to partake in music.

 

Peninsula Women’s Chorus info@pwchorus.org Through the creation of diverse, dynamic and adventurous music, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus strives to inspire and enrich its singers and audiences. The chorus is dedicated to excellence in the performance of choral music.

 

Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) info@pytnet.org PYT provides outstanding theatrical learning experiences that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility, and foster teamwork in a supportive and respectful environment.

 

Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos Quota International’s 6,000 members change lives through service and friendship for deaf, hard-of-hearing and disadvantaged women and children in local communities around the world.

 

Reading Partners Reading Partners works with our school partners to identify students from kindergarten up to the fifth grade who have fallen behind 6 months to 2.5 years in reading. Once enrolled, students receive one-on-one tutoring twice a week to become strong, confident readers.

 

Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT) raft@raft.net, volunteer@raft.net RAFT transforms teaching through the use of engaging hands-on educational activities that inspire the joy and discovery of learning.

 

Rotary Club of Mountain View Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional people who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Mountain View consists of 50 men and women who uphold The Rotary Foundation’s mission.

 

Schola Cantorum Schola Cantorum connects the Silicon Valley community with the wonders of choral music through outstanding live performances, education outreach programs, and collaborations with local artists.

 

Science is Elementary Science is Elementary works to inspire a passion for science in the citizens of tomorrow by increasing knowledge and interest in science at the elementary school level.

 

Sempervirens Fund redwoods@sempervirens.org Sempervirens Fund is California’s oldest land trust and the only organization dedicated exclusively to protecting the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

Senior New Ways info@seniornewways.org Senior New Ways provides unique individual and group services and programs to enhance the dignity, life purpose and meaning, and whole health of older adults.
Silicon Valley Faces info@svfaces.org Silicon Valley Faces is a non-profit organization that works to build a community free of bias and bigotry and violence.

 

Sky’s the Limit Fund info@skysthelimitfund.org Sky’s the Limit Fund transforms the lives of at-risk youth by providing grants, support, and hope, through wilderness therapy programs.

 

Support Network for Battered Women The mission of the YWCA Domestic Violence Department, Support Network Program is to empower our diverse community to live free from domestic violence through the provision of safety, support services and self-empowerment.

 

Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO) (LACF) TACO is a social orchestra consisting of musicians of all skills levels who meet once a month to share ideas and resources while also partaking in an afternoon of music making.

 

TheatreWorks TheatreWorks’s work celebrates the human spirit through innovative productions, new works, and education programs inspired by and engaging our diverse Silicon Valley community.

 

Westwind 4-H Riding Westwind 4-H is a horseback riding program that provides children with disabilities the opportunity to have fun while improving their coordination and balance, strengthening muscles, and building confidence.

 

Women – SV (LACF) womensv@losaltoscf.org WomenSV works to eliminate domestic violence in affluent communities by educating professional providers and the public, and by providing support, education, and resources that empower women and children to more safely and effectively address abusive situations, heal from the emotional and physical health consequences of all forms of abuse, and create a new and healthier life.

 

Ye Olde Towne Band oldtowne@windband.org Ye Olde Towne Band of Los Altos provides enjoyable concerts in local parks that present music ranging from rousing marches to popular musicals.

 

YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula/El Camino Center elcamino@ymcasv.org The YMCA strengthens our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.