Even though the campaign is winding down next Wednesday, there's still time to contribute to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2019-20 Holiday Fund.
As of Jan. 7, 248 generous donors have contributed $54,356. That's great news for the 10 nonprofits that will receive financial aid from the Holiday Fund.
This is even more important at a time when donations to nonprofits are lagging, perhaps because of the sweeping tax code changes passed by Congress two years ago. This change has affected the Holiday Fund, which saw a decrease in donations last year and again this year.
Altogether, 10 nonprofits are slated to benefit from this year's campaign:
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 of the Tri-Valley. 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.
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.
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.
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 10 nonprofits with no administrative expenses.
There is need in the Tri-Valley, even if everything seems picture-perfect on the outside. If you haven't already, please consider contributing by visiting the donation page.