Child Advocates of Silicon Valley serves abused and neglected children in the Santa Clara County foster care system…More by providing a trained, dedicated volunteer to advocate for the child's best interests in dependency court hearings. The volunteer spends time with the child and becomes a trusted friend, mentor and constant adult presence. Working with the foster parents, teachers, social worker, counselor and others gives the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) a complete picture of the child's life and needs. A special appointment by the court makes the Volunteer Advocate a powerful, independent voice for the child when placement and other decisions are being made.
Right now, nearly 200 foster children are on its waiting list for an Advocate volunteer.
Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley 513 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA95035 Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley is an affiliate of the international Habitat for Humanity organization. Warm-hearted…More locals committed to providing affordable housing to low-income folks gathered in 1986, and have been building homes ever since. Through monetary and material donations, the organization's volunteers work together to build, paint and complete homes throughout the year. There are also many office volunteer opportunities, and one may choose to help with its website or plan committee events, for example. Visit its website for more information on how to become a volunteer.
Mabuhay Alliance is a non-profit organization that works with underserved communities on home…More ownership retention, small business growth and development. The programs include housing counseling, volunteer income tax assistance, micro-business technical assistance, alternative micro-lending, financial literacy, low-income energy efficiency/C.A.R.E. and supplier diversity. The office is located in the new Seasons MarketPlace at Landess, inside the Seafood City building.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) addresses juvenile crime and incarceration in San Mateo and Santa…More Clara counties. FLY works with juvenile justice youth and those 'at-risk' of entering the system.
Incorporating cognitive and behavior therapy approach youth take a semester long law course and learn about the consequences of crime and how to make better behavior choices. They also develop assets and build skills in empathy, anger management and problem solving. Through these classes, FLY identifies youth who want and need additional support.
For one to two years, these youth work with a FLY mentor and a community of their peers to set and achieve personal goals. They create and execute service learning projects to develop the leadership skills they need to transform their lives. These teenagers also serve as FLY advisors, providing input on program design and improvement, interviewing and selecting volunteers and staff and giving feedback to system partners on how to increase their effectiveness in working with youth.
The firefighters at this station mostly respond to medical emergencies in homes and workplaces, east of Milpitas…More Blvd. and south of Jacklin Rd.
They also covers hillside fires, working with firefighters from Cal-Fire, the City of San Jose, and volunteers from Spring Valley. Station No. 2 houses an engine called the "Brush Patrol" to climb over hard-to-reach areas with its 4x4 capability.
American Medical Response (AMR), the paramedics that the county contracts with, has a unit housed here.
The city's Lend-A-Tool Shed is housed in the back, but is not operated by the fire station. Call 408-586-3074 for more information.
Founded in 1999 by Mary Wright Shaw, Molly McCrory and Jean Bacigalupi, Reading Partners has expanded out of the Bay…More Area and throughout California. This non-profit organization partners with low-income schools to help transform struggling youngsters into confident readers that are excited about learning.
Each reading center is located on a school campus and operates out of a classroom or library. The centers are staffed by a Reading Partners Site Coordinator who works with the school to provide individualized reading instruction while recruiting and training volunteer tutors.
The Valley Way location is the organization's central office. It can be found in the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits.