When disaster strikes, family pets can become victims too. It is estimated that over 40,000 of our four legged friends die in fires each year from smoke asphyxiation. Air For Paws is dedicated to providing our fire and rescue personnel with special resuscitation kits and training that can save their lives.
It is a devastating event when someone loses their home by fire. When that loss is coupled with the death of a beloved pet the effects of the event are even more overwhelming. On the occasions when their animals’ lives have been saved, it has been a huge win for them on one of the worst days of their lives.
Air For Paws honors all our animal companions by helping to equip first responders with animal resuscitation kits and training. These masks have found their way into the hands of first responders primarily through word of mouth and the generosity of compassionate, caring individuals.
We all love our pets, so we at Sereno Group are proud to help this program that can help save our entire family in a disaster
The true fight against diabetes starts well before it is ever diagnosed, that is why the Sereno Group is proud to sponsor the American Diabetes Association “Healthy Challenge Camp for Kids” at Seven Trees Community Center. 35 local children who are at risk or have been diagnosed with diabetes will attend a one-week program to learn, understand and develop positive habits to create a healthy lifestyle - free of diabetes.
Bill Wilson Center is working to ensure that every homeless youth in Santa Clara County has access to the range of services needed to grow to be healthy and self-sufficient adults. BWC has been providing housing, counseling, advocacy and supportive services to young families and runaway, homeless and foster youth since 1973. BWC’s housing programs provide support in a safe living environment where youth and young families learn the skills to achieve long-term independence and stability.
A key component of BWC’s philosophy encompasses a strength-based approach to a person’s development. Our staff identifies the strengths in each person and build on those strengths so they may be empowered to make positive changes in their lives.
Learn more about Bill Wilson Center at: billwilsoncenter.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of youth development in Santa Clara County for over 70 years, providing quality afterschool and summer programs for youth in predominantly underserved communities. Their mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults. Across their 10 Clubhouses in Silicon Valley, they are able to serve over 3,000 children, ages 6-18, giving them a safe place to learn and grow.
Sereno Group is proud to support the commitment and services the Boys & Girls Club provides to the youth of our community.
Breakthrough Outreach Shelters Network is a Silicon Valley based 501 (c) (3) non-profit that uses innovative approaches to help the homeless transform their lives.
The Hi Tech Rover Program
On the front lines at parks, churches and homeless encampments
BOSN volunteers are changing lives one by one by providing hi-tech solutions in a compassionate and caring environment to our most vulnerable citizens.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit hitechrover.org
Bridge Housing Communities in San Jose
Despite being in the heart of the wealth of Silicon Valley, San Jose has one of the country’s highest homeless populations. More than 4,000 residents are unhoused and striving to break a cycle of poverty. In collaboration with the City of San Jose and HomeFirst, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley is launching an innovative pilot initiative to provide a pathway out of homelessness and back to stability and self-sufficiency. Over the course of 5 years, Habitat is building communities of “Emergency Sleeping Cabins” with shared facilities that will provide a safe, dignified place to call home for an estimated 800 residents currently experiencing homelessness. While living in the community, residents will receive critical services through HomeFirst, tailored to each resident’s unique needs.
Sereno Group shares Habitat’s vision of a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.
Visit HabitatEBSV.org to learn more.
CMT is dedicated to providing the highest possible caliber of musical and theatrical training to children from ages 4 to 20, spanning all abilities and stands behind its promise to never turn a child away, regardless of financial or physical limitations.
For more information, please visit: cmtsj.org.
The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) is an innovative nonprofit in San Jose that is paving the way for adults with disabilities to be successful, contributing citizens of our community through the Arts. They provide an environment where students can flourish and thrive and continue to push the boundaries of their potential.
ELEVATE TUTORING trains highly qualified, yet underserved, college students who participate in an intensive tutor training and scholarship program in order to help middle and high school students learn a growth mindset, embrace academic challenges, and succeed in life.
Family Supportive Housing (FSH) helps homeless single and two-parent families remain intact, while addressing their needs for shelter, food, employment and education. FSH’s targeted services are vital in helping families move from crisis to living selfsufficient lives in our community.
FSH operates the San Jose Family Shelter, the only facility in Santa Clara County committed to supporting entire families. Residents receive three healthy meals, a warm and safe room, and support services that help get them back on track and into permanent housing.
FSH’s goal is to get resident families successfully reintegrated into the positive fabric of our communities.
Once a family is in permanent housing, they are eligible for Family Supportive Housing’s Bridges AfterCare program, which provides up to 24 months of additional case management and services. This added support can be crucial to helping families achieve lasting independence.
Sereno Group is proud to contribute to Family Supportive Housing, as they help homeless families with children achieve brighter futures. For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit familysupportivehousing.org
Fuji Towers, Inc. is a non-profit corporation offering affordable housing to low-income seniors. Established in 1976, Fuji Towers was an altruistic concept conceived by members of San Jose’s Japantown community and leaders of the San Jose Buddhist Church, as their way of giving back to its senior citizen community.
Today, the 140-unit property, which sits in the heart of Japantown, houses more than 250 seniors from diverse backgrounds; a reflection of the City of San Jose’s own diversity. Fuji Towers housing offers low-income seniors furnished apartments at affordable rents through subsidy programs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other local agencies. It is the organization’s goal to provide perpetual affordable housing for the next several decades.
To learn more about Fuji Towers or to get involved, email [email protected] or call 408-275-8989.
Good Karma Bikes is a non-profit that believes in “Transportation for Transformation”. Take a moment and imagine your life without any form of transportation…How would you find your way to job interviews, your work site, shelter?
Transportation is a critical component in changing lives. Good Karma Bikes assists people with this challenge in their recovery and daily work by providing safe and reliable bicycles to those in need. They are also a full-service, second-hand bike shop reinvesting their earned revenue into employing people in recovery.
Sereno Group is proud to support the commitment and service that Good Karma Bikes provides to our community. For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit goodkarmabikes.org
Kidpower is a non-profit leader in teaching child protection, positive interaction and communication, and personal safety strategies and skills for children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs. Its mission is to help people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life learn how to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves.
Kidpower’s fun, NON-fear-based “Successful Practice” method of teaching concepts and skills prepares our participants to use their own power (or teach the people in their care) to protect themselves from most (cyber) bullying, harassment, molestation, abduction and abuse, and other overt and insidious forms of violence, and empower them to develop strong and safe relationships that enrich their lives.
It gives people the chance to be successful in practicing ‘People Safety’ and ‘Social-Emotional Development’ skills — skills that improve the safety and quality of interactions with other people as well as help people to be safe themselves — in a context specific to their abilities and life situations, which reduces anxiety and builds competence.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit kidpower.org
LACY, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, is a dedicated group of attorneys, social workers and volunteers. They protect the legal rights of children and youth in the foster care system, empowering them to lead healthy and productive lives. They listen to, advise, and are the voice of those who often do not have a voice.
Foster children have often been the victims of child abuse, neglect, parental abandonment, education discrimination and identity theft. LACY helps them navigate what is often an overwhelming situation.
LACY has provided free legal representation and advocacy to approximately 3,860 children and youth in Silicon Valley over the last year. With our contribution, we hope to enable LACY to continue to fund their legal program into the future.
LIVE OAK ADULT DAY SERVICES is a nonprofit, community-based agency which provides a specialized program of adult day care for frail elderly dependent adults who are residents of Santa Clara County. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of program participants by removing them from social isolation, and to prevent or delay their institutionalization by helping family caregivers in their efforts to maintain their senior dependent loved one in the family home. The agency has served as a vital source of respite for our clients’ family caregivers and continues to be the decisive factor in enabling many senior participants to remain living in their community homes. More than 95% of LIVE OAK program participants avoid placement in nursing homes every year. LIVE OAK is the primary adult day care provider for the County’s general disabled senior population, and is the only program of its kind serving South County residents.
To learn more about Live Oak Adult Day Services or to get involved, visit liveoakadultdaycare.org.
Since 1969, Morgan Autism Center has served as a school and resource for families and professional service providers Bay Area-wide. Their mission is to help children and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities maximize their potential in a dignified, positive and loving environment. Their vision is for the students and clients to remain in the community and lead a productive and happy life. They work to increase awareness about autism and to promote sharing of the latest research and information.
Sereno Group is proud to support Morgan Autism Center and their mission.
Since 1975, the NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS-
SANTA CLARA COUNTY (NAMI-SCC) has been a grassroots support and advocacy nonprofit organization for individuals and families living with serious mental illness. NAMI works with public organizations, private businesses, and the media to increase knowledge, support and manage illnesses.
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is a non-profit, multicultural agency entirely dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to domestic violence. Serving Santa Clara County since 1971, Next Door Solutions seeks to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time, by helping survivors rebuild their lives, cultivating resilience in children and youth exposed to domestic violence, and working alongside women as they move from crisis to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.
Sereno Group is proud to support the commitment and services Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence provides to our community.
For Next Door Solutions assistance, please call their 24-Hour Hotline (408) 279-2962. For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit nextdoor.org
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley believes everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. For over 25 years, this non-profit organization has transformed the lives of low-income homeowners by providing critical home safety repairs to preserve affordable homeownership and restore safe living environments. In our community, many seniors, veterans and disabled families are living in dangerous and unsafe homes, at risk of falls and injuries and do not have the money to make necessary repairs. Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley repairs keep homeowners out of shelters and care facilities and ensure safe, dry and warm housing. The impact extends beyond homes to revitalize neighborhoods across Santa Clara County.
Learn more about Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley at rebuildingtogethersv.org.
Recovery Café San José is a healing community for those traumatized by addiction, homelessness, and mental health challenges. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, RCSJ is a place where anyone seeking recovery can come for meals, support groups, classes in job and life skills, connections to community resources, and social activities in a sober and supportive environment.
Since opening in April 2014, RCSJ has supported many hundreds of individuals in their recovery, helping them to reach such goals as family reunification, and achieving the stability to gain—and maintain—housing and employment.
To learn more about Recovery Café San José or to get involved, visit recoverycafesj.org.
Survivors of domestic violence (DV) face overwhelming challenges as they work to put their lives back together after traumatic events. Sacred Heart Community Service works with survivors to address both their physical and emotional well-being. In addition to addressing immediate safety and legal issues, the program provides opportunities for leadership development and community engagement, empowering survivors to use their strength and resilience to address the persistent problem of DV in our community. Services provided include direct service through case management, safety planning, restraining order assistance & accompaniment, support groups and healing through art classes.
When something goes terribly wrong, when someone is missing or injured, Santa Clara County is helped by a dedicated group of volunteers. This group, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team (SCCSSAR), is an elite group of human and animal volunteers. In good weather and bad, day or night, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year these highly trained individuals step out of their own lives to save another. We at Sereno Group value their passion and commitment and are proud to support SCCSSAR.
For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit sccssar.org
SHOP WITH A COP FOUNDATION OF SILICON VALLEY is dedicated to providing innovative academic motivation, charitable relief, and assistance to disenfranchised children. On behalf of local law enforcement officers and surrounding communities, the Shop With A Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley works to shape strong partnerships, break down communication barriers and rebuild trust through active engagement, educational programs, and community outreach.
Sunday Friends empowers families to break the generational cycle of poverty by fostering positive development in children while educating and guiding parents to support their children’s life success. They do this in a unique way. They are called “The Working Alternative to Charity” because families can earn basic necessities while they work and learn. No handouts! Each activity at Sunday Friends is carefully designed to teach skills the families need to improve their family functioning, enhance their personal development, encourage children’s academic success, and lift themselves out of poverty.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit SundayFriends.org
The Grateful Garment Project (TGGP) provides comfort and dignity to many victims of sexual violence by providing an array of resources that enable them to reclaim their dignity and begin the process of healing.
TGGP’s purpose is to ensure that all victims of sexual assault go home with proper clothing and are provided with items they require to reduce further trauma. There is currently no federal or state program tasked with providing resources to victims during Sexual Assault Forensic Exams. As a result, nurses have had to allow victims to leave the exam wearing a disposable hospital gown or a pair of paper scrubs.
Due to the efforts of TGGP, 68 agencies in 29 California Counties now have access to TGGP S.A.R.T. Resource Closets, that are stocked with new clothing, comfort items, and non-perishable food and beverages. EVERY day, resources from TGGP are used by anywhere from 25 to 40 people who have been harmed by sexual violence.
To learn more about the Grateful Garment Program or to get involved, please visit gratefulgarment.org.
The need is compelling and urgent – more than 75,000 children with special needs live in Santa Clara County with little, if any, opportunity to play in a park alongside their able bodied siblings and friends.
Inclusive playgrounds have the power to transform families and communities. We are proud to support this innovative and inclusive project that presents adults and children alike more opportunities to explore, grow and play together.
Valley Verde (VV) is a nonprofit organization that helps low income residents in Santa Clara County grow their own vegetables in backyard organic gardens. They are dedicated to improve access to healthy, organic produce, build urban gardening and environmental skills and create healthier lifestyles in food insecure communities.
Launched in 2012, VV provides low income families with the knowledge and tools needed to grow and maintain their own organic vegetable gardens in exchange for sweat equity to install their home gardens. Additionally, they sell gardening kits to individuals, organizations and businesses. Proceeds from the sales are used to help more low-income families start their own home organic vegetable gardens.
Valley Verde expands traditional food system theory, policy and practice, and are already bringing change regarding food access, strengthening communities and improving our environment.
For more information about their work or how you can get involved, please visit valleyverde.org
VEGGIELUTION is building community and connecting local residents in East San Jose through a unique farm model that utilizes local volunteers to cultivate healthy crops and promote social unity through economic opportunity.
The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley (WCSV) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving all Santa Clara County and surrounding communities since 1993, providing free, high-quality care, rehabilitation, and opportunity for release to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Through community outreach, we foster a positive co-existence between the general public and wildlife and encourage an interest in, and concern for wildlife conservation issues. Through the dedication of over 200 volunteers and a small staff of 8, we care for over 5,500 birds, mammals, and reptiles from over 150 species each year.
Education and exploration come to life for our Willow Glen Elementary School 5th Grade students when they attend Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School. The students experience the thrills of nature through hands-on lessons and activities. Camp fosters a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and awareness for the environment — all amidst the fun of campfires, songs, and friends.
Over 112 children from Willow Glen Elementary School would like to attend science camp this May. Believing in the power of education, Sereno Group Willow Glen hopes to contribute towards the scholarship that allows every child the opportunity to see, feel, hear, and smell the wonders of nature.