Our Outreach Projects
Below are a few of Valley's Outreach Partners.
Meet the Changemakers of African Road
Creating a garden at Quetzal House - Bill Wilson Center
Valley's young adults working with Habitat for Humanity
African Road is a nonprofit organization working to lift entire communities out of extreme poverty. African Road partners with local changemakers through collaborative project development and strategic funding. Pastor Jenny serves on the board and helped to establish a partnership between African Road and First Presbyterian Church in Bend in 2015, and our VPC Mission Team has adopted African Road as a Mission partner. Learn more about African Road.
All Five Preschool
All Five Preschool is a new, innovative preschool in Menlo Park promoting diversity and the richness of a heterogenous classroom. Its mission is to "prevent the opportunity gap through early childhood education". Fees are on a sliding scale to allow families with a variety of incomes to benefit from this experience. Contact Alice Chiang to volunteer to read to children.
Bill Wilson Center
Bill Wilson Center has a variety of programs designed to help kids break patterns that lead them to lives of poverty and dependence, and instead concentrate on getting back into school, into job training, into safe housing, and away from drugs. Each Christmas, Valley Pres families participate in Bill Wilson Center's Adopt a Family program where donors are paired with foster families to give gifts to foster children. Contact Anita Wotiz to help with the Christmas program or to volunteer at the Bill Wilson Center.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco
Habitat for Humanity builds communities by constructing decent, affordable housing in partnership with low-income families and the community. These new homeowners thus begin to break out of the cycle of poverty. Since 1994, VPC has been in partnership with our local Habitat for Humanity. Contact Brian Kissel to volunteer for a build.
St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room
St. Anthony Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park serves meals to the hungry and homeless, while addressing the problems of poverty and homelessness. They provide over 500 free hot lunches a day, Monday through Saturday from 11am-1pm. Contact Rich Minidgo to volunteer to prepare or serve lunch on any Friday.
St. Francis Center
The St. Francis Center of Redwood City is a nonprofit organization helping families in need to live in dignity and become self-supporting members of the community. Founded in 1986, the St. Francis Center provides the local community with essential services such as housing, food, clothing and education. Each Christmas VPC families select an "angel" from our Angel Tree and buy a gift for that child to be delivered to St. Francis Center.
Yspaniola (based in the Dominican Republic) was co-founded in 2009 by Cynthia So-Armah, who grew up in our VPC community. Yspaniola's mission is to provide quality education to students from an impoverished community of Dominicans and Haitians called Batey Libertad. Contact Eiri Inenaga to join a trip to visit the Dominican Republic.
Packaging 20,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger in the sanctuary
Ronny, a teacher, is smiling at Patricia - Yspaniola
PAST OUTREACH PROJECTS
Below are some of Valley's past Outreach Projects:
Giving Rural China Girls a Chance
Imagine what it would have been like for you if you had to drop out of school in the 4th grade because your parents were too poor to send you to school. Where would you be today without your education? This is what 100 girls in the poor rural areas of Xian, China were facing until Valley Presbyterian Church stepped in to help.
Pathways Hospice is a community based, not-for-profit organization that provides a family of health services at home to families in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977. Support from the community has enabled us to create a comprehensive array of health and supportive services: from home health to hospice care; from private duty non-medical attendant to personal care; from elder care to care for children with life-threatening illnesses; from grief support to community education.
SF Safehouse enables women to escape prostitution and build constructive, productive lives through residency / counseling / health / educational programs.