Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 1, 2010

Hacienda Helping Hands awards grants

22 area nonprofits receive more than $52,000 for projects

Hacienda Helping Hands distributed more than $52,000 in grants to 22 local nonprofit organization during an awards banquet Dec. 9.

Hacienda Helping Hands is a charitable campaign supported by contributions from Hacienda companies and affiliates conducted in partnership with the Tri-Valley Community Foundation.

The organization, project the funds are earmarked for, and the amount of the grant are as follows:

• Abode Services: "Families Have Fun Together," which provides weekly enrichment activities to low-income families who are facing adverse circumstances, $1,000

• Axis Community Health: Direct medical services for 32 uninsured, low-income Tri-Valley residents, $5,000

• Buenas Vidas Youth Ranch: to support a kitchen upgrade and repairs for group foster home, $1,000

• East Bay Innovations: to support the Connect University Project, which will provide mental health counseling and education to individuals and small groups of adults with developmental disabilities, $1,000

• Easter Seals Bay Area: to support the Kaleidoscope After School Program, providing children with autism and similar developmental disabilities a comprehensive and creative approach to recreation, education and socialization services, $1,000

• Grid Alternatives: support of the Solar Affordable Housing Program in Pleasanton, $2,500

• Hope Hospice: in support of grief support counseling and center, $1,000

• Horizons Family Counseling: to support parents who enroll in the Parent Project and the concurrent program called "Keepin' It Real," $5,000

• Open Heart Kitchen: to support the Hot Meal Program and Box Lunch Program, which provide meals for low-income children and families within the Tri-Valley, $2,000

• Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council: to support the 2010 Pleasanton Poetry, Prose, and Arts Festival, $3,000

• Pleasanton Cultural Arts Foundation: in support of the challenge campaign for the Firehouse Arts Center, $5,000

• Pleasanton Partnership In Education: Supports the PPIE grant program which offers funding for enrichment and support programs for students and teachers of Pleasanton Unified School District, $2,000

• San Francisco Shakespeare Festival: Support of performing arts productions and arts education activities in Pleasanton, $1,000

• Shakespeare's Associates: Help fund union actors to strengthen the quality of 2010 Livermore Shakespeare Festival, $1,000

• Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley: To support a peer counseling program for seniors in the Tri-Valley, $5,000

• Sentinels of Freedom: To support the Pleasanton Sentinels of Freedom Mentor Project which supplies one veteran (with a traumatic brain injury) employment, education, housing and transportation, $2,500

• Stand Against Domestic Violence: To support the Crisis Line Services offering women immediate crisis counseling, linkages to STAND!'s services, and referrals to other agencies and services as needed, $1,000

• Taylor Family Foundation: to support the Taylor Family Foundation's Camp Arroyo serving children with conditions such as autism, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease and celiac disease, $2,000

• The Arc of Alameda County: to support a new initiative to 32 clients at a Livermore facility to participate in integrated community-based experiences, $1,000

• TransForm: for the support of a project to engage Tri-Valley Communities in healthy transportation and giving access to low-income families and seniors through public transportation, $2,500

•Tri-Valley YMCA: to support a mentoring program for at-risk middle school students. The program pairs at-risk students with caring, responsible adults who will provide academic and social support and positive life coaching, $2,000

• Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center: to fund the Family Stability Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program, $5,000

--Gina Channell-Allen

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