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Editorial: Give to the 2017 Holiday Fund

12 local nonprofits benefit from your contributions this holiday season

This banner hanging across Main Street in front of the Museum on Main says it all. With Christmas fast approaching, it's also time to give to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund.

Heather Greaux is a full-time charity worker who counts on help from the Holiday Fund. When it comes to Christmas, she isn't interested in receiving any presents -- unless they're cans of vegetables or meat or other nonperishable foods.

She's executive director of Open Heart Kitchen (OHK), one of the major relief organizations in the Tri-Valley that serves nutritious meals to those with minimum wage jobs or no jobs at all.

The organization is one of 12 beneficiaries of this season's Holiday Fund, whose contributions help feed hundreds of needy individuals, including seniors and school children. Although the local economy appears to be booming, Greaux's organization is the largest hot meal program in the area, serving more than 300,000 meals a year at 10 meal sites and 22 schools in the Tri-Valley.

"Our programs make a valuable difference to our neighbors in need," Greaux said. "The Holiday Fund helps us continue to provide nutritious meals to the hungry in the Tri-Valley."

OHK is faced with the same dilemma of other nonprofits: budgets hard-pressed to keep pace with the rapidly increasing numbers of needy they serve. These include some who just can't find jobs to match their skills; others who have been laid off; many who find that their higher gasoline bills and mortgage and rental payments make them reach out -- if only temporarily -- for the help the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund beneficiaries provides.

Altogether, the 2017 Holiday Fund will benefit 12 nonprofits, with contributions to be split between two tiers.

In Tier 1, the recipients that will share equally in 50% of total 2017 receipts are:

* Axis Community Health

* Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation

* Valley Humane Society

* ValleyCare Charitable Foundation

The Tier 2 recipients that will share equally in 50% of total receipts are:

* Agape Villages Foster Family Agency

* Hope Hospice

* Open Heart Kitchen

* REACH for Special Adults of the Tri-Valley

* Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies Foundation

* Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley

* Sunflower Hill

* Tri-Valley YMCA

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) nonprofit status to the fullest extent of the law.

Also, the Pleasanton Weekly and Silicon Valley Community Foundation are handling all costs of the campaign. That means that every dollar will go directly to the 12 nonprofits with no administrative expenses.

How to Give

As the Holiday Fund is a donor-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, please direct your donations 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.

Or donate online here.

** All donations will be acknowledged shortly after being received.

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