The Almanac Holiday Fund

Each year the The Almanac Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Menlo Park area. Read on for profiles of grant recipients, to be featured each week over the holiday season, highlighting the way each organization has used the funds this past year.

Checks totaling more than $260,000 were handed out to representatives of 10 non-profit organizations.

The Almanac sets $200K goal for Holiday Fund charitable giving drive

The Almanac Holiday Fund campaign to support local nonprofits that provide critical help to those in need is kicking off this week, with the aim of raising $200,000 — every ... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 12, 2021


StarVista adapts services during pandemic

It's easy to label 2020 a year to forget, with nothing but heartbreak and hardship. But things are growing more positive with each day for Heilala and her family. She and her six family members were living in one bedroom of a friend's home. When the friend decided to ... [ Read More ] Posted December 3, 2020

StarVista adapts services during pandemic

Mornings at DayBreak, a transitional housing program in Redwood City, start with walking downstairs to say "good morning," a quick temperature check and cooking breakfast before logging onto an online class from the couch ... [ Read More ] Posted December 3, 2020

Amid pandemic, Holiday Fund launches charitable campaign

For the past eight months, local nonprofit organizations like East Palo Alto's Ecumenical Hunger Program have been scrambling to meet the needs of their clients. In ordinary times, Ecumenical Hunger Program staff would be hard at work to provide emergency food, clothing, furniture ... [ Read More ] Posted December 3, 2020


Nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs addresses the opportunity gap

Jorge has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) since kindergarten and is typically shy and hesitant to take the spotlight. Last spring, when BGCP mentors encouraged him to present an eighth grade speech ... [ Read More ] Posted December 30, 2019

Nonprofit health center offers pregnancy, parenting support

This holiday season, Ravenswood Family Health Center is among the 10 local nonprofits that will benefit from donations to The Almanac's Holiday Fund. With a clinic in East Palo Alto, the center provides primary medical services ... [ Read More ] Posted December 20, 2019

Offering a free meal in a safe, friendly place

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room has been providing a free meal in a safe, friendly place for 45 years. With welcoming hospitality, we ask no questions and turn no one away. We provided a remarkable 230,000 hot meals ... [ Read More ] Posted December 11, 2019

Upward Scholars offers support and hope

When Upward Scholars alumnus Amado came to the U.S. from Mexico in 2011, he started at zero. "I couldn't communicate in English. I didn't have a job. I didn't have any experience in this country," Amado says. His first job was working ... [ Read More ] Posted December 5, 2019

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2021 Recipient Agency

Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula
Provides after-school academic support, enrichment, and mentoring for 1,800 low-income K-12 youth at nine locations across Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and the North Fair Oaks neighborhood of Redwood City.

Ecumenical Hunger Program
Provides emergency food, clothing, household essentials, and sometimes financial assistance to families in need, regardless of religious preference, including Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for more than 2,000 households.

Health Connected
Serves over 5,000 students and their families each year through comprehensive sexual health education programs. Students learn to have ongoing communication with parents and to make informed decisions that will apply to their lives, now and in the future.

LifeMoves
Provides shelter/housing and supportive services across 18 sites in Silicon Valley and the Peninsula. Serves thousands of homeless families and individuals annually on their path back to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

Literacy Partners
Supports literacy programs and projects through fundraising and community awareness. Helps community members enhance their reading, writing and related skills and education to improve their economic, professional and personal wellbeing.

Ravenswood Family Health Center
Provides primary medical and preventive health care for all ages at its clinic in East Palo Alto. Of the more than 17,000 registered patients, most are low-income and uninsured and live in the ethnically diverse East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, and North Fair Oaks areas.

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room
Serves hundreds of hot meals six days a week to people in need who walk through the doors. Funded by voluntary contributions and community grants, St. Anthony's is the largest dining room for the needy between San Francisco and San Jose. It also offers take-home bags of food, as well as emergency food and clothing assistance.

St. Francis Center
Helps low-income, working families become self-supporting members of the community by providing long-term solutions through educational programs for children and parents, as well as after-school programing at Siena Youth Centers. St. Francis Center also provides housing, food and clothing services to address short-term needs.

StarVista
Serves more than 32,000 people throughout San Mateo County, including children, young people and families, with counseling, prevention, early intervention, education, and residential programs. StarVista also provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services including a 24-hour suicide crisis hotline, an alcohol and drug helpline, and a parent support hotline.

Upward Scholars
Upward Scholars empowers low-income adults by providing them with financial support, tutoring, and other assistance so they can continue their education, get higher-paying jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children.


As of January 21st, 172 donors have contributed $270,419 to the Almanac Holiday Fund.
* indicates amount withheld

20 Anonymous12,448
Previous Donors

Maryann Chwalek200
Elizabeth McDougall1,000
Linda Craig250
Dianne Ellsworth350
Bobbie Fullerton100
Helen L Chen500
Volkman Family3,000
Barbara Kent100
Thomas Dienstbier*
Mary Murphy150
Laura Fovinci100
Stasia Grose250
Janet Cook500
Terry Lesser300
Betsy and Horace Nash500
Christine R Soenksen100
Pauline Robinson25
Diane Regonini1,000
Hannah Sowerwine100
Paul Welander25
Donna Mackowski100
Charles Bacon200
Bill Wohler440
Ronald Clazie*
John Arnold200
Susan Kritzik500
Susan Carey2,000
Polly Wingfield100
Bob & Mama Page1,500
D Austin Grose250
Sborov Family250
Kathy & Bob Feldman250
Tate Family10,000
Barbara Bessey*
Penny & Greg Gallo500
Don Lowry & Lynore Tillim100
Victoria Rundorff*
Andrea Julian1,000
Margaret Melaney2,000
Richard Duda100
Judy & Doug Adams*
Kathy & Bob Mueller100
Judy Kormanak*
Anne Hillman1,000
Sue Kayton200
Caroline German100
Paul Welander25
Anne DeCarli200
Gisela Brugger1,000
Erika L Crowley*
Mark Weitzel8,000
Mary Cooper250
Kurt and Sue Jaggers20,000
Roger Witte & Pat Bredehoft200
Joe & Julie Zier*
Dorothy Kennedy *
Dorothy Saxe*
Nancy & Bill Ellsworth*
Robert & Barbara Simpson*
Jacqueline Stewart200
Lucy Reid-Krensky200
Sybille Katz*
Barbara & Chuck Preuss200
Erika Crowley*
Barbara Oliver*
The Easthams*
James Esposto*
Karen Butterfiled-Tetrud100
Peter Rudd50
Connie & Bob Lurie25,000
Robert Mullen 250
Leslie & Michael Crisp*
Barb & Carl Jacobson150
Marc & Mary Ann Saunders*
Robert & Connie Loarie*
Clay & Nita Judd*
Elizabeth Tromovitch250
Melanie Austin*
Jim Lewis*
Kayleen Miller260
Betsy Meissner 300
Joyce Pharriss500
Robin Toews25
Jonathan Hahn200
Kent Scott250
Roma Wagner100
John Donald*
C & B Thompson250
Bob & Mary Dodge500
Dennis Monohan100
Don & Catherine Coluzzi*
Barbara & Bob Ells1,000
Ken Turkowski200
Deborah & Peter Nelson500
Malladi Family 5,000
Douglas Keare Jr. & Jill Morgan2,000
Gail & Susan Prickett1,000
Paul Perret500
Christine & Bill McClure100
Maggie Markda Silva300
Alice Schenk & John Richardson200
John & Shirley Reiter*
Susan Russell100
Irene Kennedy100
Dan Hilberman200
Mayling Dixon*
Sandy Shapero250
Paul Welander25
Judith Cornez50
Joan Rubin100
Sidney Chen & Sandra Lee Chen*
Kevin Novak500
Susan Hine150
Maggie Mah & Thomas Johnson*
Michael & Lenore Roberts200
Kathleen Elkins*
Donald & Judy MacMillan500
Laura Hofstadter & Leonard Shar750
Jerry & Shirley Carlson250
Margo Sensenbrenner*
Calhoon Family Fund250
Pegasus Family Foundation1,000
The UMOC Charitable Fund100,000
Margaret & Jamis MacNiven100
Dan & Kathy Francis1,000
Wang Family400
Kathryn Stivers1,000
Kenneth Ashford196
Karen & Mark Perlroth500
Bruce & Ann Willard1,000
Dr. & Mrs. George Norbeck100
George & Jan Fisher*
Janice Brody & Bruce Rule1,000
In Memory Of

Donna Whitson500
Doris & Jerry Carlson*
Robby Babcock100
Jean Zonner1,000
Bill Land*
Duncan Matteson500
Paul Bosman*
Frank & Celine Halet500
Bill Hewlett & Dave Packard100
Bob Berka125
In Honor Of

Mar and PoPo Russ*
Nancy Stevens50
The David Liggett Family*
Dennis McBride1,000
Businesses & Organizations

Packard Foundation15,000
Hewlett Foundation 8,750
Griffin & Sons Construction100
Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation10,000
Menlo Park Firefighters' Association500