CZI Community Fund Recipients


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The CZI Community Fund supports local leaders and organizations advancing solutions for urgent community needs.


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative believes that those most impacted by challenges should be guiding the development of solutions. Launched in 2017, the CZI Community Fund is supporting organizations working in the communities of Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City to address some of the most pressing needs identified by residents and local leaders.

We are proud to support and partner with the following organizations working to address challenges in the areas of education, homelessness, housing, immigration, transportation, and workforce development in their local communities.

Please see the key at the bottom of this page for a guide to the issue areas and local communities served by each organization.

  • Able Works equips youth and young moms with the knowledge, life skills and assets needed to live free from oppression and poverty. Their mission is accomplished through two core programs: FutureProfits, a financial education program for high school students; and LiveAble, a cohort-based coaching and peer support program for young mothers. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Art in Action provides classroom lessons that inspire critical thinking and creativity with engaging visual arts experiences. Students learn about STEAM (STEM + Art), cultural understanding, social justice, healing through art, art appreciation and technique. Art in Action empowers students to express unique ideas and develop 21st Century skills through hands-on-learning. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM)’s mission, founded in 1984, is to equip the youth of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven to grow spiritually, gain life skills, and develop as leaders so they have hope and a future. BCM serves ~250 low-income youth each year in after-school and summer programs, using relational, holistic and collaborative approach to empower the next generation of community leaders. BH•EPA•
  • Belle Haven Action (BHA) promotes visibility and awareness of local issues for the Belle Haven neighborhood in Menlo Park. BHA advocates for equity and justice, acts as a local liaison for important community projects, initiates new programs for improved quality of life, and supports existing ones. BH•
  • Belle Haven Community Development Fund is a volunteer resident-based non-profit striving to engage the Belle Haven community in advocating for common goals and brokering resources to foster sustainable community development. Resource examples include mini-grants, scholarships and Sponsored Employment Program expansion. BH•EPA•
  • Children’s Health Council is dedicated to removing barriers to learning, helping children and teens become resilient, happy, and successful at home, at school, and in life. They offer workshops, consultations, evaluations, programs and treatment for ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression, and Autism. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • College Track is a comprehensive, 10-year program that empowers underserved students with the skills and resources necessary for success in college and beyond. Their core service areas prepare students for the academic and social demands of college, ensuring they have the tools to matriculate into and ultimately graduate from college. EPA•
  • The East Palo Alto Academy Foundation advocates for, advances and raises funds to benefit the students and college-attending graduates of East Palo Alto Academy. Their vision is that all students will graduate college-ready, empowered with the knowledge, skills, and passion to positively impact their own lives, their community, and the global society. EPA•
  • Eastside College Preparatory School serves 9th through 12th grade students who will be in the first generation in their families to attend college. Originally founded to prepare students for four-year colleges and universities, today they are committed to supporting students through their college experience and during their transition into professional careers. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • El Concilio of San Mateo County is a community organization committed to increasing educational and employment opportunities and ensuring access to quality of life services for underserved communities in San Mateo County, including access to health services and environmental equality. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Family Connections is founded on the idea that a positive family dynamic is key to a child’s “success.” In that spirit, Family Connections fosters a family learning community focused on discovery and growth for underserved children and their parents and caregivers. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Foundation for a College Education works with students and families from 6th grade through college graduation, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of students of color from East Palo Alto and similar communities who graduate from a four-year college or university. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Free at Last: Recovery and Rehabilitation Services provides community­-based, culturally-appropriate bilingual (English/Spanish) treatment, intervention, and prevention services designed to reduce high rates of substance abuse and HIV infection, break the cycle of addiction, reunite and rebuild families torn apart by intergenerational addiction, provide alternatives to incarceration, and foster economic self­-sufficiency. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ) is an early education science institute that believes that all children deserve access to high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. Their Science Outreach Program allows JMZ educators to bring vital, standards-based science instruction to local underserved schools in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto. BH•EPA•
  • Generations United, Inc.’s mission is to empower low-income families in Redwood City to reach their full potential. They accomplish this by offering educational programs through tutoring and homework centers located on Redwood City school campuses and local libraries, where they match volunteers with children for tutoring and mentoring. NFO•RC•
  • Girls to Women provides broad-spectrum after-school and summer programming for low-income girls and young women. Their emphasis is on the whole person and they seek to impact academic, social, artistic, physical, and emotional support and development. At the core of their youth development approach is respect for the abilities, knowledge, and potential of each girl they serve. BH•EPA•
  • GRID Alternatives‘s mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities, providing energy cost savings, valuable job skills, and a source of clean energy that benefits all. Their Peninsula Energy & Transportation Equity Initiative will serve low-income families and leverage GRID’s well-established solar program and brand new statewide clean vehicle financing assistance programs. BH•EPA•RC•
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides local families with a springboard to secure stable futures through affordable homeownership and neighborhood revitalization. Their mission is to not only create new affordable homeownership opportunities, but also to sustain homeownership for longtime residents of their community. BH•EPA•RC•
  • Hack the Hood’s mission is to empower low-income youth of color with the knowledge, skills, and relationships they need to pursue careers in tech. Through their “Bootcamp” program, youth ages 16-24 build websites for small businesses in their local community, learning coding, web design, and 21st century workplace skills. EPA•
  • Healthy Cities Tutoring provides one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for students who struggle to find success in school. Community volunteers meet weekly with their assigned student and offer academic and social-emotional support. Currently, Healthy Cities Tutoring provides tutors for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at 12 local schools. NFO•RC•
  • Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLC) addresses the root cause of the housing crises by working with local government to create new sources of revenue, get access to great sites, and increase participation from community members that support housing. HLC works to engage educated advocates at the right time, with the right message, to change the course of development. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) provides high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities to immigrants, refugees, and their families as they join and contribute to the community. IIBA offers immigrants the information and assistance they need to understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • JobTrain’s mission is to help those most in need to succeed. Their purpose is to improve lives by providing a pathway out of poverty to quality employment. They serve San Mateo County, with a focus on the communities of East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Live In Peace exists to empower youth and young adults to reclaim the vision for their future. Live in Peace’s unique relational based approach creates positive peer groups and new norms, that help students take full advantage of the academic support. BH•EPA•RC•
  • Menlo Spark partners with residents, businesses, and government to improve sustainability. Menlo Spark has been serving Menlo Park communities since 2014; their mission is to help Menlo Park become climate neutral (zero carbon) by 2025, while promoting community prosperity and protecting civic heritage. BH•EPA•NFO•RC
  • Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services of the Bay Area provides culturally appropriate services that assist individuals and families in developing culturally rooted problem-solving strategies for managing life’s many challenges and transitions, and to affirm and promote one’s cultural world-view, values, inherent worth and dignity. BH•EPA•
  • New Creation Home Ministries offers a two-year transitional housing program and a weekly parenting program that services pregnant and parenting at-risk girls ages 13-22. EPA•
  • Pangea Legal Services offers legal defense services to immigrants at risk of deportation residing in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Mateo county. They work with partners to train immigrants in participatory legal defense strategies, and to provide representation for immigrants in deportation proceedings through a community-led defense model. EPA•RC•
  • Peninsula Family Service‘s mission is to strengthen community by providing children, families, and older adults with the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy stable lives. They work toward a community where opportunity, financial stability, and wellness are secured for all through three core programs: early learning, services for older adults, and financial empowerment. BH•NFO•RC•
  • Project WeHOPE‘s mission is to help people become healthy, employed and housed, utilizing innovative solutions. They provide a 55-bed, adult-only homeless shelter, mobile hygiene units, drop training and a Kids NOW food program to serve families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Ravenswood Family Health Center‘s mission is to improve community health by providing culturally sensitive, integrated primary and preventive health care to all, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status, and collaborating with community partners to address the social determinants of health. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Rebuilding Together Peninsula brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, with a vision of creating a safe and healthy home for every person. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • The Redwood City-Police Activities League (PAL) brings together police professionals and community members in a unified effort to provide school-age children and their families with access to academic support, life skills, and personal development activities. They focus on producing successful opportunities for underrepresented and underserved communities. NFO•RC•
  • The Rosalie Rendu Center offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults, computer training and life skills classes, after-school homework help and supervised play for children of ESL students, and family outings. All classes all non-sectarian and open to anyone wanting to learn English. EPA•
  • Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)’s mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees with community education and organizing, leadership development, policy, advocacy, and legal services. They believe that all people, regardless of legal status or nationality, are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Spark is a Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program that gives middle school students opportunities to understand, experience, and pursue what’s possible for their future. Through workplace mentorships and guided support, Spark helps students build new skills and explore potential careers at the most critical point in their journey of self-discovery. EPA
  • StreetCode Academy‘s mission is to provide economically disadvantaged people of color in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities with the high-tech skills, confidence and access to networks needed to enter the technology community. StreetCode offers free technology courses in three interrelated areas: coding, entrepreneurship and design. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • Teen Success, Inc. is committed to the success of teen mothers and their children. Using a two-generation approach, Teen Success, Inc. empowers teen mothers to rise above their challenges and achieve their full potential in school and as parents. BH•EPA•NFO•RC•
  • The Salvation Army East Palo Alto provides low income families with basic needs services, including rental assistance, hygiene items for homeless people, back-to-school supplies and summer camp for children, transportation to medical appointments, and referrals to other agencies. EPA•
  • United Way Bay Area has a rich history of bringing together individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and government entities to fight for a strong, vibrant, and healthy community. By enabling neighbors to invest in one another, they fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the Bay Area. NFO•
  • Vida Verde promotes educational equity by providing free overnight environmental education camps for students who would not otherwise get the opportunity. Since 2001, they have served over 10,500 students from low-income schools with a 3-day, 2-night program that powerfully impacts students’ connections to the outdoors, academics, and social and emotional learning. BH•EPA•

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Communities Served
BH = Belle Haven
EPA = East Palo Alto
NFO = North Fair Oaks
RC = Redwood City

Issue Areas
 = Education
 = Homelessness
 = Housing
 = Immigration
 = Transportation
 = Workforce Development

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