Want to make an even greater impact?  Through innovative donation programs and volunteer efforts, corporate groups and other agencies have provided invaluable assistance to The Health Trust.  Read below on how you can join them and be a part of advancing wellness in Silicon Valley.

Help Your Employees Increase Their Contribution

Match Employee Volunteer Hours with a Financial Donation
GoogleServe is a week of  of volunteer service that Google employees give back to the community at locations like our Food Basket.

GoogleServe is a week of of volunteer service that Google employees give back to the community at locations like our Jerry Larson Food Basket.

There are many ways to volunteer at THT. Our biggest need is for volunteers to sort food at THT’s Jerry Larson Food Basket in San Jose. Some companies offer a Dollars for Doers or similar program that makes a financial donation to THT for every hour an employee volunteers here. This really strengthens a company’s impact in the community.

Dollars for Doers is a program that certain companies utilize where the company donates a designated amount of money per volunteer hour. For example, Cisco donates $10.00 per volunteer hour. The incentive would be that volunteers create a dual impact when their company participates in Dollars for Doers—meaning, they provide an on-site service, like packing/sorting food, and simultaneously funnel money into charitable programs. Companies can write off all donated dollars on taxes.

Match Employee Donations
Employee giving is a critical aspect of any corporate community. Set up a method for employees to learn about local non-profit organizations like The Health Trust and then enable them to make contributions directly from their paychecks. A corporate match can double the employee contribution and maximizes the employee’s giving.

If employees donate $10.00 their company matches—doubling employee contributions. Some companies match up to $500, some up to $10,000 (Apple). Employees like matching programs because it maximizes employee giving potential.

Support Employee Engagement
LinkedIn hosted The Health Trust Meals on Wheels program at their annual Pi Day

LinkedIn hosted The Health Trust Meals on Wheels program at their annual Pi Day

Corporations can encourage employees to go out, have fun and raise money at the same time.

Have an event or high-traffic venue (like your employee cafeteria) where you’d like to foster community engagement? Hosting The Health Trust with a table provides the opportunity for employees to further connect to a charitable causes in their area and become more connected to their own health.

Occasionally, events are held in the community that benefit THT. Encourage your employees to register for the SVTT, or the Race to End World Hunger. Both of these race events raise money for THT.

Hold a team-building event at a restaurant that is participating in the April Dining Out for Life event. A percentage of receipts will be donated to THT.

Make a Corporate Donation

Grants
Corporations choose to give back to their communities through a charitable foundation or grant making program. If your corporation would like to gives grants to improve the health and well being of residents in Silicon Valley, please contact Michelle Smith at michelles@healthtrust.org or 408.513.8709. Click here for a list of the generous corporations who are supporters of THT. Without their help, we could not have the impact on individuals and families in need in the Silicon Valley that we are having today.

Charitable contributions
Your corporation may make charitable gifts or offer partnerships that support local non-profit organizations like The Health Trust. These donations are tax-deductible and THT can provide your company with greater public recognition and community exposure through its regular media communications with clients and partners.

Toy, Food and Holiday Gift Drives
The Health Trust serves individuals and families in need. At certain times throughout the year, The Health Trust accepts gifts for delivery to clients. These may be toys, soaps, socks, dried foods or other non-perishable, personal items. Contact Enrique Oliver at 408.513.8711 or email EnriqueO@healthtrust.org for more information.

Donate Your Products or Services
If your company offers a service or product that could benefit our low-income clients or support the work of The Health Trust, we want to hear from you. Please contact Enrique Oliver at 408.513.8711 or email EnriqueO@healthtrust.org.

Sponsorships

Dining Out for Life
Dining Out for Life is an annual event held every April is The Health Trust’s biggest fundraiser for our Aids Services program. Your company can participate through a sponsorship of $1500, $5000 or $10,000 and gain exposure in the community through publicity and advertising of the event.

Visit Dining Out for Life webpage »

AIDS Services Benefit Concert
Sponsorship goes toward providing crucial services, like housing, transportation and food assistance—along with services like benefits counseling to 800 individuals impacted by HIV in Santa Clara County.

Open Air Health Fair
The benefit of sponsoring the Open Air Health Fair is that it contributes to: over 400 health screenings, 1,000 flu shots, 600 oral health screenings, 500 vision screenings for low income families — including children and seniors.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Since March of 2011, 685 corporate volunteers have contributed over 1800 hours of volunteer service.

Jerry Larson Food Basket
food basketThe Jerry Larson Food Basket provides food to homebound individuals, as well as to individuals and families with HIV/AIDS. Group volunteer opportunities include:

  • Brown Bag Program: Volunteers are needed on a monthly basis for our Brown Bag program to pack grocery bags full of healthy food to be delivered to our homebound clients. The dates and times of this project are flexible, so call today to find a time that works for you and your group.
  • Pick-up Week (Capacity: 10 volunteers): Assist clients who come to the Jerry Larson Food Basket center to pick up their food. We ask that our Pick Up volunteers make a commitment to volunteer at least once a month for six months.
  • Special events: Host an annual holiday gift drive as well as year-round healthy food drives.
  • Meals On Wheels: Deliver hot meals (either as a small group of up to 3 volunteers or individually) to our homebound clients through our Meals On Wheels program. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. We ask that volunteers make a commitment to deliver meals at least once a week for six months.
Produce Mobile (Capacity: 20 volunteers)
Help pack and distribute produce from Second Harvest Food Bank’s mobile unit to families receiving services at our Children’s Dental Center or Family Resource Centers. The Produce Mobile operates the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community and School Gardens
The Health Trust, in partnership with local non-profit organizations, schools and community centers, is looking for volunteer groups who are interested in sponsoring a community or school garden. Sponsors should be passionate about supporting the health and wellness of communities, especially those that lack access to affordable, healthy produce.

Open Air Health Fair (October 18 & 19, 2014)
Free health screenings is just one service offered at the Open Air Health Fair

Free health screenings is just one service offered at the Open Air Health Fair

At the annual Open Air Health Fair, The Health Trust and our community partners provide attendees with free or low-cost health screening services, flu shots, health education, and access and referral to community organizations and social services. Activities and services planned include:

  • Cardiovascular health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index
  • Oral health screenings and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Interactive games and demonstrations
  • Health education on prevention, wellness, chronic diseases

We will be actively recruiting individual and group volunteers who are fluent in Spanish or Vietnamese to provide translation services for health screenings.

For more information about volunteer or internship opportunities, please contact Michelle Leporini at 408.961.9862 or email him at michellel@healthtrust.org.

Special Events
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Stantec volunteers help prepare our Sunnyhills Family Resource Center for its grand opening.

The Health Trust, in coordination with our various programs, plans special volunteer events throughout the year for our clients. For example, we have packaged Emergency Preparedness Kits for our Meals on Wheel clients and filled backpacks with school supplies for our Family Resource Center children graduating from the Kinder-Bridge program. Volunteers helped clean, organize and paint our new Food Basket and Family Resource Center facilities. Please let us know if your volunteer team is interested in participating in one of our special volunteer events.

We will be actively recruiting individual and group volunteers who are fluent in Spanish or Vietnamese to provide translation services for health screenings.

For more information about volunteer or internship opportunities, please contact Michelle Leporini at 408.961.9862 or email him at michellel@healthtrust.org.

Silicon Valley HealthCorps
HealthCorps Members provide hands-on education throughout Silicon Valley

HealthCorps Members provide hands-on education throughout Silicon Valley

School and community gardens promote healthier eating and physical activity while enhancing civic engagement and our sense of community. They are a proven solution to the obesity epidemic, making nutritious food and physical activity more readily available to people of all ages. In an innovative partnership, The Health Trust has joined together with AmeriCorps and twelve local organizations to form the Silicon Valley HealthCorps. The goal of this collaboration is to use gardens, farm to school programs and the work of 37 AmeriCorps volunteers to bring fresh fruits, vegetables and education to residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
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