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Editorial: Holiday Fund needs your help as 2018 campaign nears end

 
Promotional banner hanging from the Pleasanton Arch reminds those in downtown about the 2018 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which wraps up after the weekend. (Photo by Jeb Bing)

Even though the campaign will end next Tuesday, there's still time to contribute to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2018 Holiday Fund.

As of Jan. 1, we've received $57,854 from 247 donations. That's good news for the 15 nonprofits that will receive financial aid from the Holiday Fund and even more-so at a time when donations to nonprofits are lagging because of the sweeping tax code changes passed by Congress that took effect last year.

Altogether, 15 nonprofits are slated to benefit from this year's campaign:

Agape Villages. This foster family agency recruits, trains, supervises and supports foster parents who take in abused and neglected children in the Tri-Valley.

Axis Community Health. Serving more than 14,000 local residents each year, Axis is the Tri-Valley's sole provider of health care services for low-income or uninsured residents.

CityServe. It cares for people in crisis, coordinating resources and connecting volunteers to nonprofits throughout the Tri-Valley.

Hope Hospice. Donations from the Holiday Fund help this organization work with families as they deal with a loved one's final journey.

Museum on Main. Located in the former city hall building downtown, the museum works to preserve, clarify and disseminate information about Tri-Valley history while also encouraging residents to take part in its arts and humanities programs.

Open Heart Kitchen. It's the largest hot meal program in the area, serving more than 300,000 meals a year at nine meal sites and 25 schools in the Tri-Valley.

Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council. The PCAC supports artistic programs in schools and the community, including Arts in the Schools, art in public places and Youth Excellence in Arts (YEA).

Pleasanton Military Families. A grassroots, all-volunteer organization, PMF supports families in the Tri-Valley whose loved ones are deployed with the military.

PPIE. The organization provides funding and program support for over 15,000 students at all 15 Pleasanton schools through community events, grants and donations, including the Weekly's Holiday Fund.

Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies. This foundation supports cancer patients by providing acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage and other healing therapies that help alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. Delivers free, comprehensive services to seniors aged 60 and older in the Tri-Valley, including connecting them to essential health resources and providing in-home counseling.

Sunflower Hill. This nonprofit creates sustainable residential communities and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. It plans to construct a two-story apartment building with 31 units, a community center and other amenities adjacent to the Homestead at Irby Ranch, a housing development now being built on Stanley Boulevard.

Tri-Valley REACH. Officially "Resources Education Activities Community and Housing for Special Adults of the Tri-Valley," REACH provides affordable, quality and safe homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

Valley Humane Society. This Pleasanton-based nonprofit provides programs and care for pets, including vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries and other care for more than 600 animals a year.

ValleyCare Charitable Foundation. This nonprofit raises funds to support and enhance patient care at Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare.

Again this year, the Weekly has partnered with Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), which is handling all finances related to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. This allows 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.

The Weekly and SVCF are handling all costs of the campaign. That means that every dollar will go directly to the 15 nonprofits with no administrative expenses.

To contribute, click on this link.

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