Community Service: Backpacks for Head Start Schools Amy Menon 2022-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

Community Service: Back to School Program

This was a great project to kick start our Rotary year! West Valley Community Services needed volunteers to help them with their Back to School Program. Children would receive a backpack full of school supplies and new clothes for the school year.
 
 
Our members met at Westgate Mall in San Jose to begin their shift from 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Rachel volunteered at the "Thank You" station while Anandi, Meenakshi, Krishna R., Max, and Tammy became Volunteer Chaperones to assist the children choose the clothes they needed for school. Old Navy was the designated store.
Community Service: Back to School Program Amy Menon 2022-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Community Service: Our City Forest

Some of our members volunteered at Our City Forest - Nursery Workday on August 13, 2022. They received a tour of the nursery and learned how to grow native plants and trees. After the tour, our members helped transplant 75 seedlings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Community Service: Our City Forest Amy Menon 2022-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Community Service: Afghan Refugee Project

The Bedsheet Drive has come to an end! A special thank you to all who have donated and made this project a success. With a goal of 100 sheets, we were able to collect 84 sets.
 
On April 30, it was time to drop off the bedsheets to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Jose. Thank you to the following members: Shreya (who took the lead on this community service project), Anandi and her husband, Rachel, and Meena Kandukuri, President Elect 2022 - 2023.
 
Michelle Borrego of IRC welcomed them.
 
 
International Rescue Committee's primary goals is providing assistance to refugees around the world who need to flee their home countries due to lack of safety. Our contribution as a Rotary club was to help provide bedsheets for Afghan refugees who are resettling in our area and need basic housing items.
 
"Let us continue to come together and serve our community as best we can!" - Shreya Jani, Public Image Chair.
 
Community Service: Afghan Refugee Project Shreya Jani 2022-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Service Project: Heart of the Valley

December 15, 2021 - One of the most vulnerable groups that is most impacted by this long running pandemic is seniors. Many of them have been deprived of human interactions during this pandemic. Our club members expressed interest in helping out the senior community during our annual community service survey earlier this year. This holiday season, our club has teamed up with Heart of the Valley, a South Bay based nonprofit organization providing services to seniors in our community. Many of our club members signed up to be Santa’s Reindeers to deliver gifts to seniors in their neighborhood. We are grateful for this opportunity for our club to bring some cheer to seniors in our community. - Madhu Krishnan, Community Services Chair.
 
 
 
Service Project: Heart of the Valley 2021-12-28 08:00:00Z 0

Service Project: Recycling and Donation Event

November 13, 2021 – Our club partnered with the Rotary Club of East Palo Alto Bayshore with their Recycling and Donation event. This Donation Drive would generate funds for community projects in East Palo Alto. Some of our members volunteered to help load donated items to the Goodwill truck. Click here to view the Photo Album. (Or go to About Us > Photo Gallery)
 
Service Project: Recycling and Donation Event Amy Menon 2021-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

Community Service: Kids Against Hunger

July 18, 2021 – Krishna Reddy (Club President) and Shreya (member) had volunteered at the "Kids Against Hunger" event hosted by the Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra in Milpitas, California. They helped assemble “fortified soy / rice casserole style meals specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of starving children.” The meals are distributed to humanitarian organizations worldwide (e.g. Haiti, Philippines).
 
 
Photo courtesy: Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra
 
The packing event was a success!
 
Total participants: 150
Total Food Packaged: 16,000
Total hours: 1 hour 30 minutes
 
Kids Against Hunger mission is to feed starving children and help end world hunger.
 
Community Service: Kids Against Hunger Amy Menon 2021-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Community Service in Maryland

Bhaggi, our member from Maryland, was busy volunteering in her community in June. Here she is with her son at Happy Helpers for the Homeless and at Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center during their June Grocery Donation Drive. (Thank you for your kindness! -- Service Above Self.)
 
Community Service in Maryland Amy Menon 2021-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

SV Passport Rotary Supports West Valley Community Services

 
 
Jeetu Lakhotia (Club President), Mahesh Nihalani (New Channels Chair), Viji Bettadapura (member) and her husband Satya, visited West Valley Community Services in Cupertino on May 6, 2021. They were there to present the check from our club that would help support WVCS' Back to School program. They were met by Josh Selo, Executive Director and Kohinoor Chakravarty, Director of Development and Communications. The Back to School program provides school-aged children a backpack full of supplies and new clothes for the school year.
 
SV Passport Rotary Supports West Valley Community Services Amy Menon 2021-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Sleeping Bags for East Palo Alto Senior Center Amy Menon 2020-12-23 08:00:00Z 0

Health and Safety Supplies for East Palo Alto Senior Center

In August, Jeetu Lakhotia, Club President announced that there was an opportunity to help East Palo Alto Senior Center in East Palo Alto, CA. They were looking for daily health and safety supplies for the seniors who could not afford to purchase or visit the Senior Center due to COVID-19. Rotarians Krishnakumari Reddy and Rini Johar stepped up to coordinate. By September, our club raised funds to purchase gloves, cloth masks, dental kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss), and soap packs. We are coordinating with the Rotary Club of East Palo Alto Bayshore and will soon deliver the packages to East Palo Alto Senior Center.
 
UPDATE: October 31, 2020
 
Thank you to Rotarian Glen W. and his wife, Yen for helping in preparing the PPE Kits with the Rotary Club of East Palo Alto Bayshore at East Palo Alto Senior Center. Thank you for sharing these photos!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPDATE: November 24, 2020
 
Our newest member Melody F. (middle photo) participated in the PPE distribution service project at East Palo Alto Senior Center. Thank you, Melody!
 
Health and Safety Supplies for East Palo Alto Senior Center Amy Menon 2020-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Helping Out the Farmworkers

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The Farmworkers Caravan is sponsored by an organization called CasaQ and occurs on a regular basis to support families in Hollister, Salinas, and Watsonville. Through their clear instructions and multiple donation drop off locations, they made it easy to contribute. We enjoyed shopping for the requested supplies at Costco, thinking of the families that would be using these everyday necessities. We then dropped off the supplies at one of the three locations in San Jose, where there were smiling volunteers to help us load the supplies into large trucks. I felt drawn to support this project because of how, as Bay Area residents, we are the recipients of the hard work of farmworkers who live near us.
Helping Out the Farmworkers Meenakshi Kandukuri 2020-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

More Shoe Donations for Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra

August 13, 2020: Club President Jeetu Lakhotia, board member Krishnakumari Reddy, and Shreya Jani donated shoes to the Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra for their Shoe Drive Fundraiser. They donated 160 pairs of shoes!
 
More Shoe Donations for Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra Amy Menon 2020-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Donating Shoes and Clothes to Disha Darshan

Disha Darshan is a one stop center to help women with resources, especially for south Asian and immigrant women of domestic violence and abuse. The organization has helped abandoned NRI (non-resident Indian) brides, and underprivileged women with free health services, food, support, legal representation, financial encouragement, and social assistance.
 
President of Disha Darshan, Rini Johar: Our motto is service with a smile with empathy, sympathy, and the belief that “one woman with courage is a majority”. Disha means the way and Darshan to show. DISHA DARSHAN meaning is to show the way. Our organization shows women the way to become self- reliant and to help them gain back their self- esteem. During this pandemic, the women needing assistance have quadrupled with some close to being homeless.
 
On August 13th, Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport took up the task of supporting these women by donating shoes. Club President Jeetu Lakhotia and board member Krishnakumari Reddy donated new clothes as well.
 
Donating Shoes and Clothes to Disha Darshan Amy Menon 2020-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

July 25, 2020: Lisa Akselrad, Immediate Past President, dropped off a bag of shoes to Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra in Milpitas for their Shoe Drive Fundraiser. They are raising funds for Silicon Andhra Sanjivani Hospital in India. Rotary Club of Silicon Andhra partnered with Funds2Orgs. The donated shoes will be sent to developing nations like Haiti, Colombia, India and Tanzania.
 
 
Shoe Drive Fundraiser Amy Menon 2020-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Past District Governor Ramesh Hariharan Honored with Proclamation of the City of East Palo Alto  

July 22, 2020: We are pleased to announce that our member, Ramesh Hariharan, Past District Governor 2019-20, has been honored and recognized by Proclamation of the City of East Palo Alto for his exemplary service and leadership to the East Palo Alto community. “East Palo Alto has a special place in my heart,” said PDG Ramesh Hariharan.  “In Rotary, together we see where people unite and most importantly, we strive to make communities better with volunteering and service.”
 
Ramesh Hariharan started as a Rotarian in year 2000 at the Rotary Club of San Jose. In 2013, he moved to the Rotary Club of East Palo Alto Bayshore and grew the club membership from 14 for 51 members as Club President. In 2016, Ramesh was instrumental in chartering the Rotary Club of Silicon Valley Passport, the third Passport Club formed in Rotary.
 
In 2019-20, Ramesh led Rotary District 5170 for the highest membership growth in the U.S., and the highest contribution for The Rotary Foundation in the world. Ramesh and his wife Sobha Ramesh are members of the Arch Klumph Society of Rotary International.
 
Click here to read more.
 
 
Past District Governor Ramesh Hariharan Honored with Proclamation of the City of East Palo Alto Amy Menon 2020-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

Lisa at American Red Cross Blood Drive

May 1, 2020 -- Lisa Akselrad volunteered at the American Red Cross blood drive in Los Altos. The shelter-in-place orders brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted a shortage in blood donations. The local blood drive would fill that critical need. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lisa at American Red Cross Blood Drive Amy Menon 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Members at Rotary District 5170 International Expo

February 1, 2020 -- Several of our members attended the International Expo which was held at the University of Silicon Andhra in Milpitas, CA.  The event highlighted a variety of club projects to become involved in or support plus we were introduced to some wonderful cultural performances which we all enjoyed!  And of course, there were many opportunities to network, form new friendships, and renew old ones. 
 
Members at Rotary District 5170 International Expo Amy Menon 2020-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Medical and Surgical Supply Donations Ramesh Hariharan 2018-07-20 07:00:00Z 0