WHAT WE DO:
Enhance Literacy. Enrich Education. Support and serve our communities in need.
Enhancing Literacy for Children
No Books in My House - Once a month, volunteers visit elementary schools to read aloud to students. Quality new and slightly used books are left behind for the students’ classroom library.
Preparing for the Future - With the goal to help students in Kindergarten and 1st grade do better in school, volunteers visit classrooms twice a week during the school year to help students with their reading.
What’s a Dictionary - Early in the school year, volunteers present dictionaries, some of which are Spanish-English lexicons, to 3rd grade students. In partnership with the Dictionary Project, volunteers also provide a lesson on how to use the dictionary.
Enriching Education for Children
Clothes for Kids
Warmth and Dry Feet - Based on information from school staff, warm jackets, sweatshirts and school uniforms, along with shoe cards, are provided to in-need students. The program also provides emergency clothes to students on an as-needed basis.
The World’s a Big Place - Partial scholarships are provided to 5th and 6th grade students to help them attend a curriculum-mandated science camp. These students have the opportunity, many for the first time, to learn about the world around them.
It's Time to Plant a Garden - Now that fall is almost here, it’s time for our Volunteers in the Garden to return to the garden and its many surprises. With the students and teachers back in classes at Monroe Middle School, it’s time to pull weeds and till the soil in the existing planter boxes in preparation for new plants. Our Volunteers in the Garden look forward to providing 4 new classes of 6th graders with the outdoor gardening experience of planting and harvesting while promoting healthy eating for a healthier lifestyle.
New STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) - Students today need to understand scientific thinking and engineering design to have the best options for success in today’s technological world. Students in kindergarten to 5th grade are introduced to these concepts through literacy, discussion, and interactive projects to create paper helicopters, build strong towers of index cards, design roller coasters, and learn coding skills.
Supporting New Moms and their Babies
A Happy Family - In cooperation with Nurse Family Partnership in Santa Clara County, those in-need moms and their new babies, as identified by the nurses, are provided with a bundle of baby items. Through a point system that the moms earn by meeting specific health care goals, they acquire the ability to “purchase” children’s clothing, toys and other needs. During the holidays, gifts are provided to siblings in families selected by the nurses as most in need.
Delivering Services to Seniors
Good Food and Friendly Faces - In partnership with the Saratoga Adult Day Care Center which serves the frail elderly of our community, teams of volunteers plan, shop, cook and serve each week approximately 100 warm and nutritious lunches to seniors at an adult daycare center.