Annabel and Dan Hanigstein were so impressed by our mission that they donated all the money in their special savings ($192.31) to EHP! We are extremely grateful for this honor and that they believe so strongly in the work we do to help families in need. Our New Red Shoes program was successful because of donations from these children and our other thoughtful donors. Annabel and Dan, we’re so happy you are spreading the news to others at your school and synagogue and encouraging them to also make donations to EHP.
We often receive donations to EHP from children who enthusiastically want to help others in need and give back to their community. Children like this with such generous hearts are truly a blessing to this world! You're an inspiration to us all. Learning to give others is a priceless lesson to learn at any age.
To help feed the need during the break summer break, Ecumenical Hunger Program partnered with Loaves & Fishes to provide free nutritious meals to our clients throughout the Summer (6/13 - 8/5/16). Food insecurity increases during the summer break without access to the nutrition provided by the National School Lunch Program.
The meal program has been extended and we will serve hot lunches on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning October 4. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for continuing this necessary program.
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen is open 360 days a year including throughout summer. We provide free nutritious prepared meals to anyone in need with a special emphasis on families, seniors and the homeless. This year Loaves & Fishes is on track to serve 360,000 meals to 200,000 unduplicated individuals, including 45,000 children in Santa Clara County.
A special thank you to Second Harvest Food Bank for introducing both organizations.
Thank you to Panera Bread in Mountain View (1035 El Monte Ave) for being a wonderful EHP supporter!
Thank you to Erik's Deli in Mountain View (1350 Grant Rd) for being a wonderful supporter of EHP!
Special thanks to our friends at non-profit Canopy for donating the lemon tree and trellis that is now planted on our campus as a memorial to long time beloved volunteer and supporter Mary Bourquin. While also improving the environment, this wonderful addition to the EHP campus will be enjoyed for many years to come! Canopy brings the life-giving benefits of trees to nonprofits, schools, neighborhoods, and public spaces all over the Mid-Peninsula.
We'd like to thank George’s Asphalt Paving for helping to make our property beautiful and safe. George and John did an excellent job repaving our parking lot. They were very detail oriented, responsive, and professional. Thank you for caring about EHP and the people we serve!
Thank you Oak Knoll Elementary School students for the wonderful cards of inspiration to add to our food bags!
EHP congratulates two exceptional volunteers recognized as "Volunteer Gems" by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of San Mateo and Northern Santa Clara Counties!
Upper left: Joy Scott (L) & Molly Agras (R); Upper right: Katie Kaufman; Bottom: Joy Scott. All photos by Sunny Scott
In October 2015, EHP was the recipient of a generous donation, a result of the combined efforts of two Stanford community philanthropists who offered their handmade jewelry for sale during a two-day fundraiser earlier that month.
When Molly Agras met an EHP board member last summer and heard firsthand about the food and clothing distribution, as well as the many other EHP programs that help people in need, she stepped right up. “I’d like to hold a jewelry sale fundraiser in my home and donate the proceeds to EHP,” she proclaimed. “I could be ready by October.”
Molly, a retired businesswoman who for the past several years has supported various organizations with an annual fundraiser, delivered on that promise. She started by adding several pieces to her inventory of beautiful handmade jewelry. Later she met with EHP’s Executive Director, Lesia Preston, to coordinate publicity efforts. “I was delighted to meet Molly,” said Lesia. “Her jewelry is amazing, and we’re so grateful for her enormous efforts to support EHP!
Molly also enlisted her friend Joy Scott, another skilled jewelry maker and philanthropist, to participate in the sale benefitting EHP. “I’m happy to share my proceeds with EHP,” said Joy, a retired librarian, whose next fundraiser, which will be in her own home studio, will benefit Doctors Without Borders.
On October 16 and 17, Molly opened her home studio on the Stanford campus to an enthusiastic group of people eager to support EHP and purchase jewelry made by Molly and Joy.
“We need to get the word out about EHP,” Molly declared at the end of her successful fundraiser. Her charitable spirit always active, Molly was already thinking ahead, assuming that the more people know about EHP, the more likely it is they will become supporters and volunteers.
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