I am proud to serve on the Board and volunteer at West Valley Community Services. WVCS has been supporting low income and homeless in West San Jose, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Cupertino for the past 45 years. Josh Selo, the Executive Director, his leadership team, staff, Board, and volunteers provide essential food, housing, and support services to the most vulnerable in our community. Volunteer opportunities abound with positions in the food pantry, gleaning fresh food from groceries, office work, interpreters for clients, driving seniors, and financial coaching. Volunteers also participate in special events such as Back to School Clothing and Holiday Shopping. When volunteering at WVCS I feel that I am part of a well organized team, all dedicated to treating everyone with compassion and dignity. WVCS has given me a greater purpose beyond raising my children and pursuing my career. I am grateful to have the opportunity to make our community a more caring place.
I am proud to serve on the Board and volunteer at West Valley Community Services. WVCS has been supporting the most vulnerable in West San Jose, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Cupertino for the past 45 years. Josh Selo, the Executive Director, his leadership team, staff, Board, and countless volunteers provide essential food, housing, and support services to our community. Volunteer opportunities abound with positions in the food pantry, gleaning fresh food from groceries, office work, interpreters for clients, driving seniors, and financial coaching. Volunteers also participate in special events such as Back to School Clothing and Holiday Shopping. When volunteering at WVCS I feel that I am part of a well organized team, all dedicated to treating everyone with compassion and dignity. WVCS has given me a greater purpose beyond raising my children and pursuing my career. I am grateful to have the opportunity to make our community a more caring place.
For the past year and a half I have had the pleasure of working as a volunteer and Board Member for West Valley Community Services. While, Silicon Valley is a very affluent area there are still many people who struggle to make ends meet. WVCS is there to lend a helping hand. They assist by providing nutritious food from their pantry, by providing low income housing alternatives, by providing very low cost rides for seniors to health and other appointments. All of the clients are treated with respect, dignity and compassion. While working with the wonderful WVCS team and volunteers I can certainly say I have been blessed to be a part in making our community and world a better place. For that I am very grateful.
I am so proud as a community member, volunteer and board member to be a part of West Valley Community Services! This agency is changing lives for the better every day - whether ensuring regular access to healthful foods in the pantry, providing financial coaching or supporting emergent needs, WVCS is uniting the community to fight hunger and homelessness!
Helping the homeless and hungry in our West Valley Community is often overlooked but not by this group of fine volunteers. They are passionate about this effort and strive to make a difference! I'm proud to be associated with this incredible organization, the team who runs it and the clients we serve.
WVCS provides a wide range of services primarily for low income individuals and families in need of housing and food support. One of the most vulnerable and and least supported people in our communities. These services are extremely valuable in their own right. As important as the services, WVCS treats their clients with dignity and respect. The services and manner in which the services are provided comprise a powerful package greatly magnifying the positive impact of the recipients and the community as a whole.
I have been a volunteer in the Food Pantry at West Valley Community Services for over 4 years. Our mission is to unite the community in the fight against hunger and homelessness. I see this mission in action each time I am at WVCS. During my shift, I work one-on-one with approximately 30 clients who come to us for food. Our pantry model is based on dignity, respect and compassion. Each client "shops" in the pantry and chooses from the donated food that works best for them and their families. The local food vendors, farmers' markets, food distribution agencies and other generous donors are helping make a difference in the lives of families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet and barely stay afloat. It is inspiring to be part of a community that cares. This is only one of many life-changing services that WVCS provides year round.
My wife has been a volunteer in the Food Pantry at West Valley Community Services since 2008, and I help out occasionally with special tasks, or when I have extra time on my hands..
I have watched the Food Pantry grow into an efficient center for those needing a helping hand in our community. WVCS offers so much more than just food.
The current executive director and director of development are an amazing team that has increased the viability of this organization. Together they have promoted the organization throughout the local communities that WVCS serves and the changes have been dramatic.
The big fund raiser of the year - Chefs of Compassion - is a real winner. Our friends are always asking when the next one is scheduled. The silent auction is fantastic, and the Executive Director's pitch at the end is nothing less than phenomenal.
I'm very proud to be associated with this organization.
I have worked as a volunteer in the food pantry at West Valley Community Services since 2008. I work two four hour morning shifts per week. I am also a financial supporter of this organization because I sincerely believe in this cause.
The work of WVCS is a full service one. I have watched many clients come through the doors at the desperation point and actually leave the agency 1-2 years later because they no longer need the services.
The food pantry has expanded ten fold in the amount of food donated and while I wish for the demand to be less, sadly it has only increased.
The current executive director and director of development are an amazing team that has increased the viability of this organization. The current board of directors is actively involved and responsible for the organization. Instead of asking clients to come to us, we have gone out into the community to the clients in actual need.
It is difficult when you live in a wealthy area to convince your neighbors that not everyone has the same standard of living. Our name is finally getting out there in the community.
I'm very proud to be part of this organization, and not "just a volunteer".
Over the years throughout Silicon Valley, I have felt the positive effects of the work of WVCS. Whether it be the food bank, providing shopping sprees for students, or other community outreach activities, WVCS is visible and contributes greatly to the humankind in my community! I am proud to volunteer in a variety of events and will continue to do so!
I have been on the Board of West Valley Community Services for two years. I was searching for a way to support my local community, and WVCS was the perfect fit. I am passionate about their work; specifically all they do to assist families in the area and their partnerships with local schools. They work tirelessly to partner with schools and Districts to provide outreach and support when needed. The staff is knowledgeable, accessible and compassionate about those they have the privilege to serve. WVCS treats their clients with kindness, love, dignity, and respect. We are so lucky to have them in the community as a partner! The staff and Board are amazingly talented individuals who live the mission of the organization on a daily basis.
I have been involved in West Valley Community Services for two years. The work they do in the community is fantastic. Their dedicated and patient staff as well as their amazing volunteers, make this a place where individuals and families go to receive support. Clients are treated with dignity and respect. WVCS continually looks for ways to reach more individuals in need. The addition of their mobile food pantry allows access to those who do not live in the City of Cupertino. The Back to School shopping event is always a big hit, not only for clients but the volunteers supporting the children during their shopping experience!
my overall experienced has been wonderful. The staff is as friendly as they are helpful. I never felt small in the eyes of the staff. My case manager Alba was kind and extreamly knowledgable
Their staff and board members are really great! I am humbled to see so many people who are willing to go out of their way to help those who are in need.
WVCS serves the needs of the community that needs support for housing, food pantry, financial assistance and training. Without the support of a dedicated staff and a corps of volunteers and great many members of our community would not be served.
Kudos to West Valley Community Services, formerly Cupertino Community Services, for its commitment and work in running a homeless men's shelter in the Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Saratoga area for over 17 years! Faith in Action Rotating Shelter for Homeless Men is a great program which is managed by caring and competent staff at WVCS that has assisted hundreds of homeless men get jobs, housing, and reestablish their independence. I've been working as a volunteer meal coordinator for the shelter for many years, and have loved working with great people from the many community and faith-based organizations that participate. I have loved getting to know the men who have come to the shelter, and am always humbled and inspired by the frank and honest sharing of their personal stories, and their determination to get back on their feet. What has impressed me the most is how the men in the shelter, after having hit rock bottom, seem to see life so clearly, and are able to get truly important priorities straight - better than I can, by far!
I grew up in the West Valley region since childhood and only discovered WVCS 5 years ago when I started working here. I never knew the agency existed or about it's services and in the last 5 years have learned more about my community that I did growing up in it. Families in need in the West Valley region are lucky to have an agency nearby that serves them and is able to provide services that are hard to find elsewhere. WVCS strives to provide help in a caring and respectful manner. I have watched the agency grow by leaps and bounds in the past few years and am proud of the number of services we are able to offer.