Kiwanis Grants $160,000 to Silicon Valley Organizations

For the first-time ever, the Mountain View chapter was able to give to all 44 applicants.

Forty-four organizations received a total of $160,000 in grant money from the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View during a luncheon on Jan. 23, 2013 at Ristorante Don Giovanni in Mountain View.

In total, the Kiwanis Club has given $1.4 million in grants the last decade. This figure exclude the amount in scholarship aid.

The grantees awarded included organizations based as far north as Redwood City and down to San Jose, with a majority in or affiliated with Mountain View. Here is a list of the recipients.

  • Abilities United: Jo Bailard
  • Avenidas: John Sink
  • Boy Scout Troop 87: Perry Peterson
  • Bring Me a Book: Pam Lerner
  • Career Style: Jennifer Erickson
  • Catholic Charities: Tammie Pitkin
  • Challenge Team: Gay Krause
  • Community Health Awareness Council: Monique Kane
  • Community School of Music and Art: Karen Kwan
  • Community Services Agency: Jim Boin
  • Cops and Gobblers: Bruce Barsi
  • Crittenden Middle School Music Department: Leanne Rzepiela
  • Day Worker Center of Mountain View: Bill Lambert
  • Environmental Volunteers: Shannon Petrello
  • Esperanza Center North: Vern Hostetler
  • Friends of Deer Hollow Farm: Joan Lewis
  • Friends of Stevens Creek Trail: Greg Unangst
  • Hidden Villa: Chris Overington
  • Hospice of the Valley: Carlene Schmidt
  • Immigrant House: Marina Marinovich
  • Just Read: Alison Kibrick
  • Kiwanis Family House: Dan Hoppe (accepting)
  • Mayview Community Health Center: Shamima Hasan
  • Mesa de la Communidad: Pat Fobair
  • Morgan Autism Center: Robin Doran
  • Mountain View High School Athletic Department: Rick Meyer (accepting)
  • Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education: Patricia Akhlagi
  • MVPAL and Dreams and Futures: Police Chief Scott Vermeer
  • City of Mountain View Recreation Division: Alejandra Hernandez
  • Living Classroom: Vicki Moore
  • National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy: Marie Fox
  • Partners for a New Generation: Frank Elmer
  • Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School of the Deaf: Marsha Eddleman and Vanessa Breach
  • Peninsula Youth Theatre: Emily Wu
  • Positive Coaching: Dean Munro
  • Quadre: Daniel Wood
  • Quota International: Patricia Figueroa
  • Senior Adult Legal Assistance: Fawn Reed
  • Silicon Valley Faces: Kelly Husted
  • Taylor Family Foundation: Olivia Tarabini
  • Tech Trek: Marge Bruno
  • Westwind 4-H: Myllicent Hamilton
  • YWCA-Support for Battered Women

Have you been associated with either the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View or one of the grantees? What do you think about the awards? Tell us in comments.

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randy albin January 24, 2013 at 06:17 PM
it is really good that such an affluent area can offer these contributions. you need an invitation to join most of these service organizations. it tends to be an expensive proposition to join these service clubs. why not just receive donations from affluent members of the community? make this realistic and worthwhile
Claudia Cruz January 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM
That's a great observation, Randy. Affluent people usually do give directly to charitable organizations of their choice. However, sometimes they can't decide between the many causes that could use the extra cash, so they give to clubs like Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions or even foundations like the Silicon Valley Community Foundation—who will direct the money to organizations that demonstrate need and meet certain criteria. I think it's good to have both options.
Frank Zajac January 25, 2013 at 02:28 AM
No invitation is required! I am a Kiwanian and we are just regular people from all walks of life who want to make our communities a better place for all. Funds are raised for these projects through a variety of means. The Mountain View Kiwanis Club welcomes you as a participating citizen to our meeting. We seek women and men who desire to become personally involved as a group working together to achieve what individuals cannot do alone in service to our community. Whatever their individual goals may be, Kiwanians are motivated by a common desire to serve and to achieve a positive impact. Just visit our luncheon any 2nd or 4th Wednesday at 12:10pm and we will treat you to a free lunch. Resturant Don Giovanni 235 Castro Street Downtown Mountain View


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