Help those in need through the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

Contributions will be distributed to 12 nonprofits that serve local needs

A banner is stretched across Main Street today reminding everyone that the Pleasanton Weekly's 2015 Holiday Fund campaign is underway.

As of Saturday, contributions total $17,781, with the 12 nonprofits that benefit from your donations hoping for more, much more, by the time the 2015 campaign ends on Jan. 15.

It's a timely plea, with many charitable organizations still faced with diminished contributions as a result of a waning recession while needing increased funds to meet a growing number of those in need. Even though we are seeing an economic rebound, the good times have not reached the nonprofit caregivers that depend on public contributions to serve our community.

Contributions to the 2015 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will be distributed in two tiers, with 65% of all dollars raised going to Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen, Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation, Valley Humane Society and Stanford Health at ValleyCare.

Another 35% of the contributions will go to Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, Hope Hospice, the Museum on Main, REACH, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley and Sunflower Hill.

Valley Humane Society (VHS), one of the longtime recipients of the Holiday Fund, creates a brighter future for cats and dogs by encouraging and strengthening the bond between people and pets.

It rescues and rehabilitates companion animals, champions responsible caretaking, shares pets' soothing affections with people in need of comfort and supports and preserves existing pet-guardian relationships. Since 1987, VHS has worked to save and improve the lives of Tri-Valley companion animals. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, its programs and services are made possible with the help of contributors to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.

Located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton, VHS is dedicated to rescuing and re-homing adoptable companion animals. It prioritizes pulling adoptable animals out of municipal shelters, where space is always needed for incoming animals. All adopted animals have age-appropriate vaccinations, microchips and spay/neuter surgery. In addition, many of the cats and dogs also receive special medical treatments, based on their personal situation.

Thanks to the Holiday Fund and your contributions, VHS is able to spare no expense on funding medical treatments to help otherwise at-risk animals start a new life with a family who will love them forever.

In addition to this exceptional life-saving work, Valley Humane Society is well known as a group that cares just as much about people as it does for animals. It partners with a number of groups like Open Heart Kitchen, Tri-Valley Haven and Meals on Wheels to ensure low-income families have food and supplies for their pets. This keeps the pets with their loving families and out of the municipal shelters.

The organization also works with children by teaching them about the humane ethic and what it means to have an animal for life. Youth in the Tri-Valley attend camps, Scout presentations and learn the value of giving back through volunteerism at Valley Humane Society. With 125 volunteer shifts available each week, more than 50% of its volunteer core is filled with students between the ages of 15 and 22 years old.

It is the success of this organization and its many programs that earn Valley Humane Society a top spot on our list of Holiday Fund recipients each year.

Again this year, the Weekly is partnering with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which will handle all finances related to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. This will allow donors to take advantage of a tax deduction for the dollars they contribute through the foundation's 501(c)(3) status to the fullest extent of the law.

Also, the Pleasanton Weekly will handle all costs of the campaign. That means that every dollar will go directly to the 12 nonprofits with no administrative expenses.

* How to Give

Contributions should be directed to:

Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund

c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation

2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300

Mountain View, California 94040

Checks should be made payable to Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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