100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley Announces Winter 2016 Funding Recipient

January 13, 2016 –Cupertino, Calif. — The Silicon Valley Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, a giving circle where members nominate local organizations for possible funding, today announced Life Services Alternative as the recipient of funding at its January 13th meeting held at Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino, Calif.

Life Services Alternatives provides exceptional community-based living experiences and services for people with special needs. It emerged from the efforts of parents and other concerned stakeholders who had a dream of establishing homes in the community for their adult children with special needs. Life Services Alternatives currently operates eleven residential care homes in Santa Clara County, offering quality homes and nurturing services so adults with developmental disabilities – including those with enduring medical needs – can receive life-long services in the community.

In addition to Life Services Alternative, members listened to presentations from The Grateful Garment Project and Grail Family Services.

The Grateful Garment Project, an organization with the mission to ensure that every victim of a sexual crime who crosses the threshold of a Sexual Assault Response Team facility or who seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletries, snacks, and other miscellaneous items that he or she may require. Currently, The Grateful Garment Project is ramping up their Pack-It-Forward program, which provides a backpack of needed resources for victims of human sexual trafficking and commercially sexually exploited children rescued during Super Bowl week and after.

Grail Family Services provides center-based, school-based and community-based programs that support literacy, oral language development and family engagement. In addition to its literacy programs, Grail Family Services operates the Robert L. Severns Children’s Library. With no public libraries within walking distance in East San Jose, the Children’s Library offers a welcoming environment that invites families to discover the joys and love of reading.

Since the 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley chapter was started in the fall of 2013, it has raised over $34,000 for local non-profits. Meetings are held quarterly on the second Wednesday of the quarter. The next 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley meeting will be held at 6:30pm on April 13th at Merlion Restaurant in Cupertino, Calif.

 

About 100+ Women Who Care

100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley is a giving circle where members nominate local organizations to receive funding. At each meeting, three pre-nominated organizations are picked “from the hat” to share its mission and vision with the group. After the three organizations present, members then vote anonymously and the organization with the most votes receives a check for $100 from each member, written that evening directly to the winning organization. The group is patterned after similar all-women giving circles located throughout the world.

For more information and to become a member, visit www.100womensv.org or contact Therese Kollerer, therese_100@yahoo.com or (408) 370-5272, for membership or non-profit nomination information.

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