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Since our charter on April 9, 1962, our American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community.
Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble.
Assistance League of Los Altos is a nonprofit, nonsectarian volunteer organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community-based Philanthropic Programs. This chapter of the National Assistance League has been servicing our local area for over 50 years aiding children, seniors and those with medical emergencies.
The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation based in Los Altos and San Francisco, California. The Foundation works with its many partners to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people.
Mark Heising and Liz Simons each grew up with a tradition of giving, learning about the importance of the communities that surrounded them, and of the value of philanthropy. They met at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979. Liz earned her masters in education from Stanford University, became a Spanish-bilingual teacher, and founded Stretch to Kindergarten, a spring-summer early childhood education program. Mark earned his master’s in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, became a chip design engineer, and went on to hold six U.S. patents. In 2007, they established the Foundation, and were later joined on the board by their daughter, Caitlin Heising. In 2016, Liz and Mark joined the Giving Pledge, publicly committing the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. You can read the letter they wrote about why they joined here.
The Foundation’s board and staff feel incredibly fortunate to work with, and support, great leaders and organizations in vital endeavors.
In 2020, the Foundation awarded more than $127.7 million. Since its first grant in 2007, the Foundation has awarded more than $618 million. To learn more about the Foundation’s grantmaking totals each year, and grants per program, please visit our Year at a Glance interactive infographic page. To learn more about the Foundation’s staff, please visit the Our People page and our Staff Demographics page. To learn more about the Foundation’s sustainability practices, please visit the Sustainable Work Practices page.
Every penny of profit from the Tree Lot is used in direct support of the club’s community service endeavors.
Each year, our club seeks out five promising, motivated high school students–giving them the opportunity to be the first in their family ever to attend college. Our club awards them a full year’s scholarship to attend one of our local community colleges.
The Los Altos Kiwanis Club produces the annual Kiwanis Special Games, now in its 40th year (Friday, May 18, 2018). This is truly a day that makes a difference in the lives of 900 severely challenged kids from schools in the Santa Clara County.
Four generations of kids have looked forward every spring to the Kiwanis Pet Parade. Join us for the 71st Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Older than the city of Los Altos!)
The Los Altos Kiwanis Club supports kids through frequent community service projects, and financial help to Los Altos school PTAs, and many local non-profits including, among many others: CHAC, The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund, AAUW Tech Trek, Turkeys donated to Ecumenical Hunger Program, Mountain View Police Dreams and Futures Program, and the Ye Olde Town band.
Membership in the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos
We are always looking for energetic individuals and socially conscientious companies who want to make a difference in our Community and the lives of children. Join us for lunch! Visit our website for more information.
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The purpose of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce is to encourage and promote business and to stimulate a vibrant economy in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
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Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) is one of more than 650 Community Foundations in the United States. It is a charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a special class of foundation, which offers significant tax benefits to donors who use it as a vehicle for their charitable giving.
LACF provides a means whereby community members may make donations to any charities of their choice as well as to LACF’s programs.
Additionally, the Foundation supports the community by making grants for local programs, building an endowment for the future, and managing philanthropic funding for other organizations and individuals.
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Located in one of the few remaining apricot orchards of Santa Clara Valley, the Los Altos History Museum explores the rich history of local people and how the use of the land over time has transformed the agricultural paradise once known as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” into the high technology hub of today’s Silicon Valley.
Opened in spring of 2001, the Los Altos History Museum resides in an impressive three-level, 8,200-square-foot building – built entirely with private donations; building ownership was transferred to the City of Los Altos in 2002. The Museum features a changing exhibits gallery as well as the permanent exhibit, “Crown of the Peninsula,” that describes the rich history of Los Altos and the surrounding area. There’s more history just across the lushly landscaped courtyard in the landmark J. Gilbert Smith House. Built in 1905, the home is nestled under majestic heritage oaks and has been meticulously refurbished to replicate a farmhouse of the 1930’s. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens and picnic tables even when the House and Museum are closed.
Aligned with the mission to preserve and share our local history to enrich our community and shape a more informed future, the Museum provides educational opportunities for children and adults to learn about the community via interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. Other programs include third and fourth grade tours and curriculum for local school children, oral history collections, the traveling Ohlone kit, and much more.
Admission is FREE
Los Altos Lodge #712 was formed on February 28, 1951 and the Constitution and Charter were presented later that year on October 26, 1951 by then Grand Master Louis C. Drapeau.
The lodge was formed by men from Lockheed and the first Master was W.E. Jones. We initially met in the Brown Room of the Palo Alto Masonic Temple. In 1965, the lodge purchased our current facility from the First Baptist Church, and after significant remodeling the old church became our lodge.
Today we hold many activities for our members and their families. The Lodge also presents a scholarship to a senior at Los Altos High School, as well as an honorarium to the LAHS Teacher of the Year. And we are proudly present each year at the Los Altos Arts and Wine Festival to provide Temple tours and talk about Masonry in general.
WomenSV (Women of Silicon Valley) is a domestic violence nonprofit program which empowers domestic abuse survivors in middle-to-upper income areas to address the risks and challenges of being trapped in a relationship with a powerful, wealthy abuser. We also offer public education to raise awareness about domestic violence in affluent areas and give professional trainings to providers to help them become more trauma-informed in serving survivors in the professional and affluent community.