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Sunnyvale Community Services

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: To prevent homelessness, utility disconnections, untreated medical problems, and hunger for low-income families and seniors facing temporary crises.

Results: Our proudest accomplishments are providing financial aid and food to every qualified family/senior, turning no one away because we lacked the resources to help them.  However, we did so by “the skin of our teeth.” Four years ago, we distributed $390,000 of financial aid; last year, $610,000.  Four years ago, we distributed $660,000 of food; last year, $1,335,000.  After expenses over $2.6 million, we ended the fiscal year with $5,750 left over.  Need continues to escalate. and we continually try to raise more money and to obtain more food to meet the most basic needs of the low-income clients we serve.

Target demographics: Low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,500

Geographic areas served: Sunnyvale residents and homeless clients

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

In the high cost Bay Area, many people struggle to make ends meet. And that's where Sunnyvale Community Services steps in with everything from case management services to food and school supplies. Our neediest residents are supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and staff committed to preventing homelessness and hunger. It's an honor to be a small part of such a well-run organization.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sunnyvale Community Services fulfills its mission to prevent homelessness by offering emergency financial assistance to people who are in temporary crisis and in danger of losing a home as a result. The impact that this has on the community in reducing homelessness and in making a difference in the lives of children cannot be overstated.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have lived in Sunnyvale for twenty years and have always been aware of the essential support that SCS provides to the community. Last year I was appointed to the Board and I am even more in awe of this organization! The staff is extremely dedicated and has been able to bring in more funds and services to address the ever increasing needs of our poorest citizens. Recently, more services have been added such as case management, fresh produce distribution, etc. I am very grateful that our City has such a strong and effective emergency assistance network!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sunnyvale Community Services takes on the challenge that many are not willing to do. We are committed to preventing homelessness and hunger.
With the high cost of living in Silicon Valley (rising rents, increased food costs, etc), there are thousands at risk of losing the roof over their head- or having to choose between rent and food in their bellies. We stop that! And I am inspired daily by the dedicated Executive Director, the amazing staff, dedicated donors, and committed volunteers who all make it all happen. It's true community at work.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sunnyvale Community Services staff and volunteers are very focused on their mission. They treat their clients as human beings and work extremely hard to help those in need.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

SC works tirelessly to meet the needs of the Sunnyvale community. Their connections with all corners of the community are impressive. This allows them to not only to spread the work about the needs of so many in the community, it also helped the organization stay in tuned with real community needs. When an agency like this is truly integrated into the community, every part of the community benefits.

1 Leanne U.

Donor

Rating: 5

SCS has done outstanding work for countless families and individuals for decades. Year round they provide a variety of services, support and opportunities to meet the needs of all those who request a helping hand. This is a wonderful organization.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From back-to-school supply drives to food donations to year-round support for all who need it, SCS is truly an exemplary community services agency in that they serve all citizens within the awesome city of Sunnyvale.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people at SCS go above and beyond to meet the needs of their clients. Through the many different programs they run throughout the year, they serve the Sunnyvale community in the ways it is most needed. Especially great stuff with their backpack drive to provide children with the supplies they need to succeed in school and their variety of food aid programs assist a very needy population.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SCS is an outstanding organization and provides quality services to many Sunnyvale residents. Volunteers are welcomed and treated well so are willing to keep coming back to help out.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SCS provides food and services to families and seniors in dire straits in Sunnyvale. It has an organized pool of dedicated staff and volunteers who work to prevent homelessness and hunger, which are very serious and real problems. Hundreds of families rely on the products that the SCS distributes every week. Their works is amazing and you can see that in the client's gratitude messages. I am happy I can help SCS by volunteering there in my free time and I will continue to support them and their cause.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sunnyvale Community Services does an outstanding job supporting those in need in our community

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member almost 12 years and also volunteer in the Christmas center.
Unfortunately, the need continues to grow in Sunnyvale, so business is booming. The agency provides financial aid, food, information & connections to other agencies who can help and compassion.
Donations help fill the bags of food, cover an unexpected bill or provide basic, necessary items that so many of us take for granted.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer here for 3 years, it does a wonderful job providing for the community and I am a proud volunteer.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the weekly produce distribution, the guests receive this and a monthly food allocation. SCS also delivers food to those guests who are unable to make the trip to the center.

At Christmas time the guests are able to get gifts for all of their family members. Just this must make a huge difference to those who are going thru difficult times.

SCS is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be able to take part in it.

SWright

2 Ginny C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Sunnyvale Community Services for over 15 years. This organizations services those in need in Sunnyvale with a monthly food program and other emergency assistance.
At Christmas time the Clients are allowed to shop for their groceries and family gifts.They have also provided their clients with other fun programs like A day Full Circle Farms and the Health Fair. They do this with a minimum of paid staff and a wonderful group of volunteers. Volunteers are treated very well. They are given challenging duties if they want like leading a group of volunteers. You really feel you're doing something worhwhile.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at SCS for several years, and every hour I spend is always well worth it. This group really knows how to put their volunteers to good use and will never turn away people that want to lend a helping hand. The pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent organization keep the place running like clockwork.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer for SCS since 1999 and have enjoyed what we are doing. It's a great group of people and I think we do a great job for the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got to know Sunnyvale Community Services through the work they did with our son's cub scouts pack. We found that they were one of the only organizations that accepted such young volunteers and used the
boys' time effectively, and yet safely. Since then we kept coming back as a group and as a family. Now I come back weekly, because I know that the hours I spend there will always be put to good use. The relationship with the clients, the atmosphere, and the well-organized staff are all outstanding.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working With Sunnyvale Community services has brought a huge change in my life. They made me realize how one can bring a change to the lifes of others by just investing a couple of hours of their lives. They are one of the very few centers in the region who provide fresh weekly food to the needy and underprivileged. They are very organised and being with them is just like being a part of a family. Its a pleasure to work with such a great team.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is always a privilege to volunteer at an organization that treats the needy with dignity, respect, and smiles!