Philanthropy Now podcast: Safety net services protect every zip code in Santa Clara County

Everyone experiences emergencies from time to time. For some Silicon Valley residents, however, each day is a struggle for financial stability and independence. When an emergency hits, they need somewhere to turn for help. The goal of the Emergency Assistance Network of Santa Clara County is to prevent homelessness, act as a safety net for residents facing eviction, utility disconnection and hunger, and help them return to self-sufficiency.

In this episode, SVCF VP of Community Impact Manuel Santamaria, talks with Marie Bernard, Tom Myers and Josh Selo, executive directors of Sunnyvale Community Services, Community Services Agency of Mountain View & Los Altos and West Valley Community Services, respectively, about how their agencies are responding to increasing safety net service demands in our region.

In our Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Manuel Santamaria, SVCF; Marie Bernard, Sunnyvale Community Services; Tom Myers, Community Services Agency of Mountain View & Los Altos; Josh Selo, West Valley Community Services


What you will learn:

  • What “safety net services” include and the two main areas these agencies focus on
  • Why working families, seniors and other groups are struggling in our region
  • How these organizations make themselves as accessible as possible for their clients, and what changes they’ve seen in our community recently

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