MVLA Celebrates with Books

The MVLA Community Scholars held its 2011 Scholars Winter Celebration of Books on Dec 28, 2011.

Both the scholars and their mentors began the evening with a delicious dinner at PastaQ in Mountain View. Following the dinner, everyone strolled over to Books, Inc for some post-Xmas book shopping, socializing and desserts.

The scholars and mentors each received a $10 gift certificate to be used towards any book purchased that evening. And Books Inc. donated 20% of all proceeds to the MVLA Community Scholars.

MVLA Community Scholars improves the economic mobility and quality of life of local, high-potential, underserved youth by providing scholarships to make college accessible and individual mentoring to make a four-year degree achievable.

Who are Scholars?

  • 30% male/70% female
  • 36% two-year schools/64% four-year schools
  • 95% in state/5% out of state
  • 11% private colleges/89% public institutions
  • 92% in college/8%stopped out, but still in program
  • Average GPA 3.1
  • Average Household income: $35,000
  • 97% First generation in family to attend college

 

MVLA Community Roundtable Common Scholarship Now Available

The 2012 MVLA Community Roundtable Common Scholarship Application is now available on-line.

 When you arrive at the MVLA Scholars’ page, just scroll down to the link which contains the Common Scholarship Application.  This application serves as the application for scholarships offered by the Los Altos Rotary Club, Mountain View Kiwanis Club, Mountain View Los Altos Community Scholars, Mountain View Rotary Club, Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos and Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship.

Application Submission Deadline is: February 29, 2012

MVLA Community Scholars improves the economic mobility and quality of life of local, high-potential, underserved youth by providing scholarships to make college accessible and individual mentoring to make a four-year degree achievable.

 

Claudia Coleman LEADS the Way as Outstanding Community Volunteer

Nominated by the Los Altos Community Foundation and endorsed by many community dignitaries, LACF Board Member Claudia Coleman was honored Friday at the 29th Annual City of Los Altos/Town of Los Altos Hills Joint Volunteer Awards Luncheon.

Claudia was among nine volunteers heralded for their community contributions, through their volunteer work.

Roy Lave introduced Claudia as a person who exemplifies volunteers, not only in the countless hours serving the community but with grace and a positive attitude which motivates others to volunteer.

Claudia serves as an LACF Board member and Chair of the Board Development committee. She also is the incoming Board Chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation. She has also been an active Board Member with the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Numerous supporters wrote letters in support of Claudia.

Bob Adams said, “She is a lady who contributes a huge amount of insight to problems that need solving by exercising a great deal of thought before contributing any type of suggestion or decision. These contributions are usually offered with humor and/or conviction.”

Claudia was lauded by many for her management of the Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) series, which starts up again in January to educate local citizens about the inner workings of our community and potential volunteer opportunities.

Claudia also has a concern for keeping our downtown vibrant with shoppers and activities during the revitalization. She organized a Pop-Up Dinner on a Sunday evening in October.

Congratulations to Claudia on this well-deserved honor from the Board and staff of the Los Altos Community Foundation!

 

Annual LACF Open House

Celebrate with us!

Please join the Los Altos Community Foundation for a festive evening at our Annual Open House.

Wednesday, December 14, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 PM

183 Hillview, Los Altos

Enjoy wine and gourmet cheese plus holiday music

 Also enjoy both original and holiday music by local singer/songwriter Tami Mulcahy, whose joyful songs will surely put you in the true spirit of the holidays.

The Los Altos Community Foundation, 183 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos CA 94022 650.949.5908

Patch says Pop-Up Dinner energizes downtown

From Los Altos Patch:

Courtesy of Los Altos Patch

Inspired by 10,000 people in France participating in a flash-mob style lunch, the Los Altos Community Foundation called upon residents to meet in the Los Altos Village Plaza for dinner.

Residents had signed up for the event in advance, but the location and time of the dinner was released only three hours before the dinner began– the goal was spontaneity.

The Foundation worked in conjunction with the police department to use the area as well as to allow open alcohol downtown.

“It’s meant to keep downtown dynamic despite the construction,” said Roy Lave of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The event is meant to draw people out of their homes and to build a community.

Lave shrugged when asked when the next POP-UP would be: “We’ll do it irregularly,” he said.

GreenTown Los Altos Community Meeting

GreenTown Los Altos Community Meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 from 7-8:30 PM at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave. Los Altos.

Please join GreenTown for a GreenTown Los Altos Community Meeting.  The meeting agenda will include recognition of several GreenTown volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions over the last few months.

They will also provide a brief update on some of their key programs and we will show the short documentary film, “Delta Blues,” by Sausalito director,Steven Johnson.  The director will be on hand! The film presents the disparate needs and interests of farmers, fishermen, environmentalists and water consumers and highlights the challenge of coming to decisions about water in the Sacramento River Delta.  The film will be followed by an informal group discussion.

Event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited

Please register at:  http://greentownlosaltos27oct2011.eventbrite.com

GreenTown Los Altos is a grassroots initiative of residents and businesses in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Our mission is to educate and inspire the people of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills to take action that will make our communities more environmentally healthy and vibrant today and for future generations.

 

 

 

LACF Members Praise Gala

Karen Duncan poses with a 20's car

[dropcap1]C[/dropcap1]ongratulations for an oustanding community event! You have to be very proud of your 20th Anniversary Gala as it was done as well as any I have seen.  It was a great affair and fun!

Kudos to all of you who worked so hard on this.
Dr. Richard L. Henning
Professor/Dean/Vice-President, Emeritus
Foothill College
[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]t was an amazing, very special event.  Memorable for its charm and thoughtfulness, rich in variety.  It’s one for the books!
 Congratulations.
Karen Duncan
The PrimeTime Project

LACF 20 Years of Giving Covered by Town Crier

Without the identifying sign out front, the well-kept, historical house at 183 Hillview Ave. could be mistaken for just another quiet neighborhood residence. But the old abode is headquarters for a foundation with a diverse lineup of community-building services – from nurturing and funding non-profit groups, to offering mediation and leadership classes.

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), in its 20th year, manages local residents’ donor-advised funds and disburses most of its annual $200,000 allocation from the Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation to non-profit groups.