Community Outreach

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter enthusiastically supports the Association's Community Connection, a global outreach effort to assist the volunteer organizations in our own neighborhoods with our own time, energy and resources to improve our own communities.

ALASVC has participated every year since inception in 1999, earning a spot on the CCW honor roll. 

Our outreach efforts are listed below.

 

ALA Gives Back | Coastal Cleanup Day from Michael Crocker on Vimeo

 
 Second Harvest 2014-0712  2013 RAFT 
2013 Alzheimer's Walk HabitatForHumanity2014-1011

Summary of ALASVC Community Projects

Year

Organization

Activity

Activity
Chairperson

Chapter President

2017 Ronald McDonald House Prepare and serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald House for families with children in the hospital Jim Karkas Shirley Laboy 
  Coastal Cleanup Day The Silicon Valley Chapter joined with the East Bay and Golden Gate Chapters to donate our time picking up trash and recyclables from Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay Jim Karkas Shirley Laboy
2016 Pack-A-Back 2016 with Sacred Heart Community Service Fill new backpacks with school supplies for low-income students Jan Balli Sarah Ferguson 
  Coastal Cleanup Day The Silicon Valley Chapter joined with the East Bay and Golden Gate Chapters to donate our time picking up trash and recyclables from Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay Sarah Ferguson Sarah Ferguson
2015 Heart & Soles 5K Walk/Run Proceeds benefit Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County K-12 schools that want salad bars to promote healthier eating Shirley Laboy Heather Larrick
2014 Sleep Train Foster Kids Pajama Drive Collect donations from members of new pajamas to local foster children Shirley Laboy Heather Larrick
  Second Harvest Food Bank Prepare food for distribution Shirley Laboy  Heather Larrick 
  Habitat For Humanity - Playhouse Program Prepare materials for playhouses to benefit various organizations such as the Blue Star Moms Shirley Laboy Heather Larrick 
2013 RAFT (Resource Area For Teachers) Assemble educational kits for science, math and art teachers John Firth Shelley Strong
  Walk to End Alzheimer's 3K walk for Alzheimer's treatment, prevention and support programs John Firth Shelley Strong
2012  Family Giving Tree Assemble backpack and school supplies in support of the children in East Palo Alto Christie Alexander-Ernst Debbie Piker Sanders
  Second Harvest Food Bank Prepare food for distribution Christie Alexander-Ernst Debbie Piker Sanders
2011 Second Harvest Food Bank  Organize, separate, and bundle meals in bags and boxes to be distributed to those in need Carol Altamirano Jim Karkas
2010 Project READ Help provide a fun night for families with puppet shows, songs, crafts, snacks and a book to take home Shawn Derfer Sally Downing
  Sacred Heart Community Service Sort and organize donations Shawn Derfer Sally Downing
2009 On Bay Area’s (HOBA) Contribute to Literacy at RAFT (Resource Area For Teachers) Assemble learning kits for 
students and sort supplies
Shawn Derfer Yvonne Mills
  Career Closet clothing drive Collect donations of 
professional clothing
Shawn Derfer   Yvonne Mills
2008 Bring Me A Book Foundation, Mtn View Assemble book covers Shawn Derfer Helen Ferentinos
  Sacred Heart Community Services, San Jose Sort food Shawn Derfer   Helen Ferentinos
  The Smile Train Collect money donations ALA Headquarters  Helen Ferentinos
2007 Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT), Santa Clara Assemble learning kits for 
students and sort supplies
Shawn Derfer Annette Ross
  Pathways Hospice Foundation, Sunnyvale Assemble flu kits Shawn Derfer   Annette Ross
2006 Second Harvest Food 
Bank, San Jose
Sort food Shawn Derfer Jim Karkas
2005 Second Harvest Food 
Bank, San Jose
Sort food Bonnie Neary Bonnie Neary
2004 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Collect money donations Jan Balli Jan Balli
2003 Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) Collect donations Jan Balli Chavez
2002 Children's Shelter, San Jose Sort food Linda Cunningham & Debbie Sanders Liz Tan
2001 KTEH, San Jose Answer phones during 
public television fundraiser 
broadcast
Liz Tan Husam Hammad
2000 Children's Shelter, San Jose Collect donations of new 
school supplies, toys, 
costumes, etc.
Linda Cunningham
and Debbie Piker Sanders
Linda Cunningham
1999 OICW, East Palo Alto Collect donations of professional clothing Debbie Piker Sanders, Husam Hammad, and
Linda Cunningham
Debbie Piker Sanders