Woman's Club Of Palo Alto

www.womansclubofpaloalto.org October 30, 2023

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Woman's Club Of Palo Alto

Able Works
Able Works’ mission is to equip individuals with financial education, life skills
and assets that enable them to live free from oppression and poverty. Our
grant supports AchieveAble, a holistic success program for college age youth
and young adults from under-resourced and immigrant communities who are
pursuing a degree, credential, or a transfer to a four-year institution or to a local
community college.
EPA Center
EPA Center’s mission is to increase opportunities for youth to discover and
amplify their talents, realize their potential, and impact the world through art,
design, and technology. It engages youth in organizational decision-making,
key leadership roles, and cultural leadership opportunities. Our grant equipped
their teaching kitchen, where students ranging in age from 6-18, learn about
healthy food lifestyle through culinary classes.
Day Workers Center of Mountain View
The Day Worker Center of Mountain View connects the day worker community
with employers in a safe and reliable community space and provides fresh and
healthy meals, ESL classes, and skills training workshops about workers’ rights.
Our grant provides funds for groceries for fresh cooked meals, their number one
need.
Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto
Nuestra Casa’s primary focus is delivering food and finding housing for those at
and below the poverty level. Their goal is to build equity in the communities
they serve. Through their trained Promotoras, community ambassadors, they
spread the word through education, leadership development and advocacy.
Our grant supports their efforts by providing heavy equipment to assist in food
delivery.
RISE – Reaching and Inspiring Success Through Education
RISE is a well-established children’s after-school program that offers PAUSD
children who live in East Palo Alto critical after school support. The program
provides ongoing care while their parents work including educational and
enrichment activities, homework support, nutrition, and mentors. Our grant
provides books and equipment for students in kindergarten through grade 4.

Our foremothers were focused on helping to build their community by
founding schools, opening the first reading room, establishing the first library,
purchasing and planting trees and sponsoring music at the Club. They helped
victims of disasters including a cholera epidemic, the 1906 earthquake, World
Wars I and II and the COVID pandemic.
Since 2009 the Grants Committee has supported 77 local non-profit
organizations with a total of $221,570 in grants. Here are many of the
organizations that received grants.

Today, the Club continues its historical commitment to "community
work." The Community Outreach committee provides regular support to
Haven House, sponsors monthly collections, and supports service men
and their families at the VA Hospital. The Grants Committee

provides funding to nonprofit organizations that serve the mid-
Peninsula area, primarily focusing on programs that support the

needs of women and children. Funds come from the Club and from
generous donations by members.

Committee Members learn about the nominated organizations,
review their financial records, evaluate the proposed use of funds
and speak with their leaders. They present a report of their findings
to the entire Committee, which evaluates all the nominations and
makes selections. Recipients are invited to talk about their
organization at the Club’s Awards Luncheon each May.
Criteria for Considering Recommended Organizations:
o Organizations with a 501(c)3 nonprofit status that offer a direct
service program.
o Small non-profit organizations and focused programs in larger
local organizations are considered.
o Organizations provide service in San Mateo and Santa Clara
Counties.
o Grants are focused on specific programs, services or equipment
needed by the non-profits.
o Organizations under consideration will be asked to provide
information, including program descriptions and financial
information.

For further information, contact Grants Committee co-chairs Margo
Ogus and Holly Rubinstein

 


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