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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors, Transportation Assistance

Mission: Heart of the Valley, founded in March 1987, is a non-profit community based 501 (c)(3) corporation, committed to facilitating and supporting independent living for seniors. Our volunteers try to help with those things their families would if they lived close by.

Target demographics: seniors 65+ remain living independently in their homes and apartments

Direct beneficiaries per year: 423 clients age 65+ with 229 volunteers who donated 27,000 hours of service and drove 39,000 miles

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos and West San Jose: 95117, 95125, 95126, 95128, 95129, 95130

Programs: Escorted transportation, yard work, handyman help, house projects, friendly visitors, pet care, paperwork, computer support, shopping and errands. We also pick up household hazardous waste and old medications for proper disposal, we give Disaster Preparedness Kits, and assistive devices. All services are provided without charge.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Heart of the Valley since 2013. I began as a friendly visitor and got back far more than I put in as a volunteer. In fact, I fell in love with HOV's mission so much I became a board member in 2015. I love hearing seniors' stories, sympathizing with their frustrations and sorrows, and just lending an open ear and heart. I've also done light yardwork, and took a widowed, 90-something senior to lunch on Christmas so she wouldn't be alone, which was tons of fun, even if it was difficult to find an open restaurant on Christmas Day :). The seniors are always so grateful for any small amount of help you give, and the thank yous you get brighten your day. The best volunteer experience I've had is playing "Santa" at Christmas time, delivering donated gifts to seniors. They are always so appreciative, and for many, Heart of the Valley's donated gifts are the only gifts they will receive. The seniors are so grateful for the smallest gesture, and have fascinating stories about life during the Depression, WW 2, and life in the Valley before the tech boom. Plus, the services are so needed; paratransit can be difficult to use, and light handiwork and yardwork saves seniors, many of whom are low-income, from having to hire someone. All in all, the only downside to HOV I would say is that it is not in every community. I am proud and honored to be a HOV volunteer.

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heartvalley 03/27/2017

Thank you Meghan for your thoughtful review. We are so fortunate to have volunteers like you who not only understand the needs of our seniors, but enjoy spending time with them! Thanks for all you do, Glenda Cresap, Executive Director

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heart of the Valley has been doing amazing work keeping Seniors independent in their own homes. A great resource for any senior who need s a little help with home maintenance, shopping, doctor/vet visits, organization or anything you can come up with. Heart of the Valley has wonderful, helpful volunteers you can count on.

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heartvalley 03/27/2017

We really appreciate your 5 star review, Heather! Thank you for not only helping our seniors, but for providing marketing and IT help for our office! Your expertise and assistance is a huge help. Glenda Cresap, Executive Director