As Sunnyvale Community Services prepares to be celebrated as Nonprofit of the Year by the Mission City Community Fund, it’s launching a fundraising campaign to help low-income Sunnyvale families celebrate the holidays.
The Santa Clara-based community fund, which provides grants to local service agencies, is set to raise funds for Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS) Nov. 7 at a virtual event, where SCS will be acknowledged for its comprehensive safety net programs focused on preventing homelessness and hunger in Santa Clara County.
“Their extensive services for early intervention are the most effective way to preventing hunger and homelessness in our local communities,” community fund board member Helen Grays-Jones said in a statement, also noting that SCS is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. “We commend their organization for 50 years enhancing lives of those in need as the income divide continues to widen in Silicon Valley and the record-breaking need for services grow during the coronavirus pandemic.”
The pandemic has caused SCS to change the way it administers some of its programs. Instead of hosting its Holiday Center, where Sunnyvale residents in need received groceries and gift cards and households with children were able to shop for toys, this year SCS is looking to raise $300,000 to buy gift cards for more than 2,500 low-income Sunnyvale families. The gift cards, from both grocers and retailers, will be distributed during drive-through events at the SCS facility in November and December.
“We all will miss the festive fun of the Holiday Center this COVID-19 year, but the holiday spirit is definitely still alive and well at SCS,” SCS Executive Director Marie Bernard said in a statement. “We have not forgotten those among Sunnyvale’s population who depend on us to help make their holiday season happy.”
To donate to SCS, visit www.svcommunityservices.org. The first $10,000 in donations will be matched.
Mission City Community Fund’s virtual fundraiser for SCS is set for Nov. 7, 7-8 p.m., and will feature a silent auction. For more information and to register, visit www.MissionCityFund.org.
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