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Our Commitment to Support the Vulnerable Members of Our Community

Early Learning Support Update Our Early Learning teachers and family engagement staff have been a lifeline to the families we support. In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, every Wednesday families pick up food boxes at our Midway Child Development Center in Daly City. Over 200 boxes of food are handed out each week by staff and volunteers. Our teachers prepare and deliver learning activity kits for the children, as well as…

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Volunteers THRIVE Before and During COVID-19

2019 Fall Giving Last year was busy for more than 500 corporate and community partner volunteers who supported various drives for our participants across all of our programs. Thank you to: Goodwin, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, NetSpend Community Connect, Populus Group, SnapLogic, Upstart, and YMediaLabs for granting so many holiday wishes. These wonderful partners bought and assembled sixty thanksgiving food baskets, purchased coats, donated holiday gifts, built children’s bicycles, donated gift cards, and made…

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Dedicated Support from our Auxiliaries

Dedicated Support from our Auxiliaries In FY19-20 our Auxiliaries demonstrated their strength as partners more dramatically than ever. During the first half of the year, each Auxiliary replicated its remarkable expertise in fundraising activities. In October 2019, the Foothill Auxiliary hosted the Holidays on a High Note luncheon and floral arrangement demonstration. At the Hillsborough Auxiliary (HAPFS) Thanks for Giving event in November 2019, Carole Middleton was awarded “Sustainer of the Year” for her dedicated…

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Older Adult Services Update Before and During COVID-19

Older Adult Services before COVID-19   Got Wheels! In partnership with the County of San Mateo and Serra Yellow Cab, PFS launched the Got Wheels! pilot program in June 2019. The program serves Daly City residents ages 70+ to schedule up to six rides a month for just $5 per one-way trip within Daly City limits. Help@Hand PFS partnered with the state of California and San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) to…

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Financial Empowerment Program Update

Financial Empowerment before COVID-19 Driving to the Future Carlos supports his wife and three young daughters by working for several delivery services. His livelihood is centered around owning a functioning car. He was at the repair shop more than at work  and knew that it was time to buy a reliable vehicle. Carlos saw an advertisement for our DriveForward Electric  loan program at his daughter’s preschool. A PFS Credit Specialist met with Carlos to create…

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STEM from the Start and COVID-19 Update

Early Learning Before COVID-19 STEM from the Start During FY19-20, a priority program in early learning had been to perfect our STEM from the Start pilot program so that over the next three years we can expand SteM to all of the children we serve. STEM awakens interest in science, technology, engineering, and math for all of our students; in  fact studies show that learning math in the earliest years is as important as literacy…

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Our Volunteers Thrive During COVID-19

Volunteers are writing thoughtful note cards to our aging neighbors who usually visit  Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center and our Senior Peer Counseling participants. More than 100 note cards were written and donated by National Charity League Crystal Springs Chapter. Many more cards are being written and distributed every week by new volunteers. Several volunteers have hand-sewn face masks that will be given out to our teachers and students when they go back into the…

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Thank You COVID-19 Donors

Thanks to the investment by PFS donors and partners, we continue our work as a pillar of community support, and ensure that our community’s most vulnerable families have the tools they need to weather the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.  As soon as our community began to shelter-in-place, PFS pivoted our activities by providing remote services to participants in all three program areas. As staff spoke with individuals and families, PFS realized…

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NBC Bay Area Features PFS!

  Peninsula Family Service (PFS) serves the most vulnerable individuals and families on the Peninsula, most of which have been greatly impacted during COVID Shelter in Place.Our neighbors are struggling more than ever because of job loss, food insecurity, lack of childcare, loneliness, isolation, and are unable to receive Federal aid. Watch NBC Bay Area news report below. This week our community partner, Moms Against Poverty, generously donated 30 boxes of food for families supported…

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Listen for Good

As part of our strategic goal to provide high-quality programs aligned with community needs, we conduct evaluations to understand the measurable impact of our programs on our participants, and to identify areas for improvement. Developing assessment tools that effectively capture participant feedback is always a challenge, thus we were fortunate to partner with Fund for Shared Insight and Sand Hill Foundation to adopt the Listen for Good program. The Listen for Good model provides a…

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