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Annual Report 2021: Volunteers

Over the last eighteen months, individuals and group volunteers have continued to support Peninsula Family Service (PFS) participants with distanced projects to let our community know just how valued they are.   Food security has consistently been a high priority to the community PFS supports. Donations of meal and pantry boxes have poured in with an impressive amount of more than 29,871 boxes given out. Donations of non-perishable, pre-cooked meals, and Thanksgiving dinners supplemented the food…

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Volunteer Strong: COVID-19

Individuals and group volunteers overcame COVID-19 challenges to continue support for PFS participants with a variety of caring projects. The response of volunteers to the increased level of food insecurity experienced by our neighbors continues to be outstanding. From March to December 2020, donations of meal and pantry boxes poured in with an impressive amount of more than 16,145 meal boxes. Donations of non-perishable, pre-cooked meals, and Thanksgiving dinners supplemented the food distribution from Second…

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Auxiliary Support: COVID-19 and Beyond

PFS auxiliaries have offered additional support and caring gifts of encouragement throughout the year. The Foothill Auxiliary (FA) hosted the first virtual event of the year, dazzling guests with floral arrangement demonstrations at their annual Holidays on a High Note in fall 2020. The members quickly moved into making the holidays bright for 33 older adults who utilize the virtual resources at Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center. Seniors provided a wish list and were delighted…

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Got Wheels! expands on the Peninsula and Coast Side

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Got Wheels!, the affordable transportation program launched by Peninsula Family Service last year in Daly City and extended this summer to Colma and Brisbane, is moving forward to serve nine other cities in the county and a major commuter hub in the region. Effective Nov. 25, 2020, residents of South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, El Granada, Montara, Moss Beach and Half Moon Bay who are 70 years and…

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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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Award-Winning Honorees for 2020-2021

We are so proud of our two award-winning honorees for 2020–2021. We will honor both award winners through 2020 and all of 2021 with special recognition at the special donor event, Celebrating You, scheduled for October 7, 2021. COMMUNITY PARTNER of the YEAR: Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) The mission of the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) is to produce groundbreaking research, model programs and exceptional leaders in education to achieve equitable,…

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Drive Forward EV Financial Assistance Program with the City of San José 

To help low- and moderate-income residents buy a new or used EV, the City of San José has partnered with Peninsula Family Service to launch the DriveForward EV Financial Assistance Program. The agencies will host three FREE 90-minute virtual workshops, accessible online and by phone on Saturday, August 29 (hosted in English) from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Saturday, September 26 (hosted in Spanish) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Saturday, October 10 (hosted in…

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Juneteenth 2020

Peninsula Family Service (PFS) is committed to speaking against racism, social injustice, and to support the most vulnerable members of the community we serve. Under the leadership of Heather Cleary, CEO, the Executive staff, and Governing Board, PFS pledges to speak to leaders in every sector: police departments, government at all levels, educational systems, financial institutions and more. PFS will expand the work of developing an anti-racist culture both at PFS and in our larger…

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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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Financial Empowerment Innovating Online

Our Financial Empowerment program staff have been busy shifting to remote services. In-person financial education workshops have moved online, and our staff are working by phone to meet the needs of our participants. Each current participant with a loan has been contacted to find out how we can help. Many of our loan holders have been able to obtain loan deferrals. Other participants who are in need of groceries and essential needs have been given…

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