Since 1984, SVCF grantee Anamatangi Polynesian Voices (formerly known as Pacific Island Outreach) has aimed to support the mental, physical, communal and spiritual wellbeing of East Palo Alto Pacific Islander families and groups that seek them out, acting as a bridge for people to receive immigration rights education, mental health referrals, parenting skills training and more.
In recent years, and particularly since the start of the pandemic, APV has increasingly responded to the needs of a more diverse array of people in the community, including new arrivals to East Palo Alto from all over the world and LGBTQ neighbors. That means APV needs office space and more training to help local residents.
"We’ve been working on a zero budget,” said Tiffany 'Uhilamoelangi-Hautau, APV’s executive director. “Thanks to funds from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, we are more empowered to address the nuts and bolts of our organization in order to serve the needs in our community.”
'Uhilamoelangi-Hautau said that her passion for the work APV does comes from her parents’ lived experiences as immigrants, and how they opened their home to neighbors. No matter what’s next, she says she wants that spirit to carry on.
“We are the people who offer support. We offer the language. We understand the culture and know the connections. We never let our clients go to services without someone holding their hands saying, ‘This is going to be okay. We are here to support you until you are on your own and you’ve got all the resources you need.’”
You can support Anamatangi Polynesian Voices’ efforts and donate on their website.