Human Services

West Valley Community Services of Santa Clara County, Inc.

Join us in the fight against hunger, homelessness

aka West Valley Community Services, Inc. (WVCS)

CUPERTINO, CA

Mission

The mission of West Valley Community Services (WVCS) is to unite the community to fight hunger and homelessness.

The mission is guided by our vision of a community where every person has food on their table and every person has a roof over their head.

Ruling Year

1976

Executive Director

Josh Selo

Main Address

10104 VISTA DR

CUPERTINO, CA 95014-2253 USA

Formerly Known As

Cupertino Community Services

Keywords

community, food, rental assistance, security deposit, PG&E, donate, volunteer, basic needs, safety net, homeless, nutrition programs

EIN

94-2211685

 Number

3616336828

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The mission of West Valley Community services is to "Unite the community to fight hunger and homelessness". We are a 501c3 registered and incorporated nonprofit and with the help of the local community, we provide food and housing resources to our low-income families in the west valley region. With the rising housing costs in the bay area, the community here is facing a higher and higher cost of living and are unable to meet their day to day basic needs in sustaining themselves and their families. As a result, we are seeing an increase in hunger and homelessness. More and more families are unable to afford housing and are unable to afford food.

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Programs and Services for Health

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Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The goal of the organization is to support low-income families in the community with the help of volunteers and our community members. Our goal is to keep people housed and fed so that their basic needs are met. There 625 community volunteers who work with us to make this possible. We support low-income families by providing them with free of cost fresh nutritious produce, milk dairy, meats, grains, pulses, baby food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and much much more to sustain and support people in need. With the savings in the monthly food costs, the families are able to pay rent, remain housed and meet that gap so they can balance their other costs and bills. We support families with free food, housing resources, case management, financial coaching, tax filling support, emergency funding, clothing vouchers, exercise plus nutrition classes, children's camps, back to school needs and gifts during holidays so that they experience normal living.

Keeping in line with our goal of involving community members to support the community in need, we have 625 community volunteers who work with us to make this possible. We source and glean excess foods from Farmer's markets, grocery partners and Second Harvest to serve the hungry. All these foods are gleaned, sorted and shelved by our volunteers, all 5 working days of the week. We serve our clients with dignity and respect. We have seen a 35% growth in the year over year need and we have been able to meet those needs with the help of donations, community outreach, and volunteer engagement.

The organization is in its 45 years of existence. It was started by 3 nurses and served 12 people on its first day. From there we have come to serve 4000 (unique- not counting all the visits that the same client makes to receive our services week over week). We have come to prove the viability and the need in the community over these 45 years. As we strive to become better and better, we know that the power of unity and the community is a synergy beyond definition. We are powered by 20 staff, 19 board members and more than 600 volunteers. We are growing and keeping up with the needs of the community

We do strategic planning every three years and bi-annually we reevaluate our metrics and move towards our goals. We have specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based goals towards various factors like- Clients, Volunteers, Donors, Staff Board For example number of families and clients served, client satisfaction (client surveys), volunteers involved, volunteer satisfaction (survey), staff and board satisfaction, increase in the number of donors, donations and donor satisfaction. We are focused on our strategic growth and employ consultants in the community to chart this focus and growth. We are guided and driven by 5 values - Compassion, Dignity, Diversity, Integrity, and Service. These values permeate all the work we do every single day.

Our growth has been exponential. We work in partnership with corporations, faith-based organizations, foundations, the County and the community. We are looking to deepen and expand these partnerships. We have grown from a small pantry to a huge RV that takes food around to various communities in the area. Serving the seniors who are not able to move or do not have transportation, to serving students in various colleges who are homeless and facing hunger ( yes, it is a real issue in our community). We supply food to De Anza college and soon opening a food pantry Hub in San Jose in an underserved school. We are entering an exploring phase for capacity building and capital campaign so we are able to our match the needs and serve additional people in need.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes