Charity and Community Service


Charity is giving  to a cause you believe in.  Giving to a charitable institution fosters goodwill in that community and that goodwill is reflected back to you.

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We are highlighting the following charities and individuals....


National Multiple Sclerosis Society 

The Multiple Sclerosis Society does outstanding work, and according to the Society: Our bodies are in constant motion--moving information from the brain to the body. MS stops people from moving by attacking the myelin that protects normal nerve tissue. This damage can cause symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling in the limbs to paralysis and blindness in the most severe cases. People with MS know something about moving that most of us don’t understand - moving is not a guarantee.

I've registered for Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride 2010 because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed - NOW! Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.

    (That's me on the left)

-Roland Hsu, '10 

National Brain Tumor Society

As a brain tumor survivor, I have come to have enormous respect and appreciation for the National Brain Tumor Society.  I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1997, and on that occassion I feel that Nurse Sharon Lamb of UCSF, who was then the executive director of NBTS, pretty much saved my life.

- Greg Nelson, '10


Mayo Clinic

Medical Education & Research

Contributions are essential to advancing medicine and translating research discoveries into better patient care.  My father's mother was a patient and patron of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota most of her long life (101 years!). 

-Greg Nelson, '10


Habitat For Humanity



- Sharon Perl, '10


Bead for Life eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful, recycled paper into beautiful beads, and people who care open their hearts, homes, and communities to buy and sell the beads. The beads bring in income,food, medicine, school fees, and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all.


S.H.I.P. Aid Mission

Shipping Humanitarian Aid to Impoverished People

 S.H.I.P. Aid (Shipping Humanitarian Aid to Impoverished People) is a grassroots, community-based, nonprofit organization that provides assistance to poverty-stricken members of the international community, particularly women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Leveraging the goodwill of private U.S. citizens, S.H.I.P. Aid enables our local community to improve people's lives by focusing on two critical areas: education and healthcare.

 S.H.I.P. Aid works with international government officials and community leaders in Africa to identify poverty-stricken villages and communities. S.H.I.P. Aid is currently working with the government of Lesotho to “adopt” specific villages and regions In essence, S.H.I.P. Aid focuses on providing goods and supplies of the adopted village to help the village become self-sufficient. The intention of this project is to establish a long-term relationship with the citizens of Lesoho and evaluate and quantify the support program. Our programs focus on two specific areas to help improve the adopted village: books/school supplies and medical supplies.


Cambrian Park United Methodist Church

We are a progressive Christian community in the Cambrian Park district of San Jose.  We are an inter-generational community, with discipleship for children, youth, and adults and community worship that connects real faith with real life issues.


To be a "disciple" means to be a student or follower of someone. Anyone committed to following Jesus can become a disciple.  Having a relationship with Jesus Christ is just the beginning of our spiritual growth.  We focus on how our relationship with Jesus transforms and shapes our lives.  We catch the Spirit and "pay it forward" to others.                        


Prader-Willi California  Foundation

Prader-Willi California Foundation (PWCF) was established in 1979 as a non-profit, charitable organization by parents of persons with Prader-Willi sydrome.  PWCF is an affiliate member of the national Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA).  Our founders' aspirations were to improve the educational and residential quality of life of individuals born with the syndrome. 

Prader-Willi sndrome (PWS) is a rare and very complex, non-inherited, genetic disorder.  Symptoms associated with Prader-Willi snydrome (PWS) are believed to be caused in part by a defect in the hypothalamus, an important supervisory center in the brain that controls metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, the development of muscle tone, the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle, body temperature, blood pressure, heartbeat, the expression of emotions, and many more functions of the body.

-Ron Feathers, '10


The Natural Resources Defense Council

The Earth's Best Defense

NRDC's mission is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

The Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society, Inc.  


The Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to remembering, researching, and re-creating the performing arts of the past.

We are dedicated to the idea of entertainment as something for people to do rather than watch.


- Erin Odenweller, '10


 Habitat for Humanity

Habitat For Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

Boys and Girls Club of America

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. They are truly The Positive Place For Kids.


Global Fund For Women

The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. We advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.

Dining for Women

Dining for Women empowers women living in extreme poverty by funding programs fostering good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency and cultivates educational dinner circles that inspire individuals to make a difference through the power of collective giving.


Global Women's Leadership Forum

This group runs the Women's Leaders for the World (WLW) program, an annual school held on the Santa Clara University Campus.  WLW finds women from around the world who are considering or already engaging in progressive projects and brings women to Santa Clara University for a week of education and transformation.  Two projects I recall from recent school are: 1) a Columbian woman lawyer filing human rights abuse cases in the International Court for Justice against Colombian official torturers; and 2) a Kenyan village woman creating a network of dormitories to make it possible for Kenyan girls to attend high school.



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