Christmas Faire Participating Non-profit Groups

#1 SEVA SIGHT-RESTORING PROGRAM (Seva is Sanskrit for Selfless Service)

   Cataracts are the number-one cause of blindness in the world, yet a simple fifteen-minute surgery can remove a cataract and restore sight.  80% of the world’s 39 million blind people would be able to see again if they only had access to eye-care services. 
   Seva and its partners have helped restore sight to 3.5 million people in Tibet, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Guatemala. A complete cataract surgery costs $50–and the miracle of vision is restored. 
   Give the priceless gift of sight!  This gift will help to  allow someone to see the wonderful world God has created.
#2 CHILDREN’S TUMOR FOUNDATION
This donation makes a difference in the lives of those affected by NF.  Vital research and patient support services would not be possible if it were not for generous donations to this program.  The Foundation continues to seek effective treatments and a cure for NF, which is Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow along nerves and can also affect development of bone and skin tissues.  It causes tumors to grow anywhere on or in the body, and is one of the most common genetic neurological disorders, affecting one in 3000 people–more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s Disease, and Tay Sachs combined. 
#3 VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION – VIM
   The United Methodist VIM Coordinating Team organizes and dispatches our members for volunteer missions.   Over the years our church has sent teams on construction, human services, and disaster relief  projects. 
   For many years our church has constructed homes in Colonet, Mexico.  Each spring a combination youth/ adult team will journey to that small community to build another home for a selected family, with solar lighting provided through our partnership with the Rotary Club  in the award-winning “Lighting for Literacy” program. We also send teams to Caconde, Brazil to help in the completion of a senior facility.  
   Volunteer teams respond to calls for assistance locally, nationally and internationally, and are led by  members of the congregation who have receive leadership training. Financial gifts are used  for projects and scholarships.  
#4  THOMAS FOOD PROJECT – HAITI
   Thomas Food Project is a ministry of the California-Nevada Annual Conference inspired by Warren McGuffin of San Ramon Valley UMC.  The project is a series of sustainable methods for transitioning humanitarian relief to self-reliance in Haiti.  Projects are currently operating in 6 schools serving over 1200 children and their communities.  These projects include school meals and installation of water purification systems, solar power, computer labs and educational curriculum.  All donations go directly to building programs.  No funds are used for administration. 
#5 our developing world
our developing world is designed to bring realities of the developing world to our  people through programs and craft sales that help bring artists  out of poverty while maintaining their crafts.  Donations help us pay them up front, help in sustainable farming, build pre-schools and help low income US students experience this on odw reality tours.  We need future leaders who understand other cultures and realities so we can better help each other build a peaceful world.

#6 SENIOR HOMELESS CENTER –  BRAZIL

 Your thoughtful gift help complete the Caconde Senior Center, located in rural Brazil.  This registered non-profit provides care to the elderly and infirm who are unable to be cared for by themselves or by their families.  Since 2009, Los Gatos United Methodist Church has sent 5 VIM (Volunteers in Mission) teams to Caconde to complete a structurally sound building shell.  In 2016, the Center will become move-in ready and your gift will add finishing touches to this much needed facility.  Additional funds and volunteers will continue to be needed even after residents move into the new center as furnishings, medical equipment and supplies are limited in this rural part of Brazil.  To find out how you can help, e-mail the center at [email protected]. Thank you for this Christmas donation which is greatly appreciated by the entire town of Caconde, Brazil!
#7 FRIENDSHIP WITH CAMBODIA
MISSION: “To respond to the suffering in Cambodia by providing humanitarian aid that empowers people to help themselves.”
Humanitarian programs include: Prevention of human trafficking; Student sponsorship program; Small loans for women; Shelter for street children; Training in fair-trade crafts; Community development (supporting women’s self-help groups and community forest protection committees); University student fund (supporting sponsored students who graduated from high school and are attending university).
#8 FREEDOM HOUSE
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Freedom House is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing safe housing and long-term aftercare services. It works closely with law enforcement and community partners to identify local survivors, and to provide them with the care and vital resources they need to rebuild their lives.
In August 2010, Freedom House launched The Monarch, the first safe home and aftercare program of its kind in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking. The Nest, located in Santa Clara County, is one of the few residential shelters in the country exclusively dedicated to helping girls aged 12 to 17 who have survived the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Through its pioneering aftercare model, Freedom House is breaking the cycle of exploitation and creating new futures for human-trafficking survivors.
  For more information:  www.FreedomHouseSF.org.

#9 STOP HUNGER NOW 

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.  The food goes to remote areas for school lunch programs and to crisis situations where the hungry are  in desperate need of nutrition.  SHN predominantly provides meals to support school feeding programs around the world.  parents are more likely to send their children (especially girls) to school when food is provided.  This is a pivotal step as children, equipped with an education, can acquire job skills and help to improve the economic life of their families and the entire community when they grow up.  The LGUMC community has packaged 30,000 meals the last two years; help us package 10,000 more next year!

#10 UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF – INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE
   A donation has been made for you to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) International Disaster Response Program.  When possible, it works with other religious and secular organizations to pool resources and avoid duplication while easing human suffering and restoring economic and emotional stability to individuals and communities. UMCOR provides long-term recovery as well as immediate relief; as a result, UMCOR workers are among the first to arrive and the last to leave when disaster strikes anywhere in the world.
   UMCOR maintains a corps of trained response specialists and warehouses stoked with relief supplies to be sent as soon as needed.  All donations go to relief and rehabilitation in the targeted area.  Administrative costs and staff salaries are paid separately out of the General Budget of the United Methodist Church.
#11 United Methodist Committee on Relief – Domestic Disaster Response
   A donation has been made for you to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Domestic Response Program.  When possible, it works with other religious and secular organizations to pool resources and avoid duplication while easing human suffering and restoring economic and emotional stability to individuals and communities struck by disaster in the United States. UMCOR provides long-term recovery as well as immediate relief; as a result, UMCOR workers are among the first to arrive and the last to leave when disaster strikes anywhere in America.
#12 FLOCK OF CHRISTMAS CHICKS (A Heifer International Program)
Starting at six months, chickens can lay up to 200 eggs a year — a reliable source of protein for children who subsist mostly on starches.  Extra eggs can be sold to pay for school, clothes, and medicine.  The vegetable garden also benefits, as chickens pick at bugs and weeds, scratch up the soil, and enrich it with droppings.  Because chickens require little space and can thrive on food scraps, families can make money from the birds without spending much. Heifer International provides ten chicks, a rooster, and proper training to recipients, who will then “pay their debts” to the program by passing on chickens to their neighbors, as Heifer requires.  Your donation will help similar programs.
#13 WOW – WILD:  WORK OF WOMEN–WOMEN IN LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT
Women’s Empowerment (A Heifer International Project)
   Women are a key component to communities all around the world.  They produce up to 80% of the food in developing countries; no solution to hunger can be achieved without involving the work of women.
    In many countries, women have few opportunities for education and paying jobs, and little control over family finances.  School, a career, and independence seem out of their reach.  WILD helps women  to care for themselves, the Earth, and each other.  This gift of Women’s Empowerment can help women to work together to become self-sufficient, to send their children  to school, and lift themselves out of hunger, poverty, and ignorance.
#14 HONEY BEES (A Heifer International Program)
What’s the buzz about bees?  They help struggling families throughout the world to earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax, and pollen.  Beehives require very little space, and once established, are inexpensive to maintain.   Bees searching for nectar will pollinate plants; strategically-placed beehives can almost double some fruit and vegetable yields, providing a boon to an entire village.
Your gift provides a family with a package of bees, the box and hive, and training in beekeeping.  This can serve as a supplement to family incomes, and in some instances, can be a family’s livelihood.  The lives of many people (and the surrounding farmlands) can be made sweeter, thanks to the gift of honeybees from generous friends.
#15 Share of a cow or heifer (A Heifer International Program)
A donation toward providing a heifer and appropriate training has been made for you to the Heifer Project.  The first female calf from your cow will be passed on to another family in need, and they will also pass on an animal of equal value, and so on.  A good dairy cow can produce four gallons a day — enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors, and still have enough milk to sell.  The protein in milk provides nourishment to the children, and money from the sale of surplus milk provides for school fees, medicine, clothing, and home improvements.
A healthy cow can have a calf every year; eventually, your heifer could help an entire community to move from poverty to self-reliance.
#16 Reconciling ministries network, methodist federation for social action, legume social justice ministry (Support of National and Local Programs)
 Here at LGUMC we say, “All Welcome.”  “Everyone counts with God.”  “Diversity is a gift.”  “The fabric of creation is more beautiful because it is woven with rainbow-colored threads.”
  Donations have made it possible for us to bring nationally-known speakers and programs to our church, and have helped us to support the Reconciling Ministries Network, Methodist Fellowship for Social Action, and our own participation in the annual San Jose Pride Celebration.  The national newsletter (Katalyst) brings information to people of all sexual orientations.  Our Social Justice team actively supports programs to advocate for a just society.  A donation has been made in your name to widen the welcome offered by Jesus Christ so that barriers can be further dissolved.
#17 REBUILDING TOGETHER
It’s not easy to maintain a residence when you’re elderly and/or disabled, and having difficulty making ends meet.  Rebuilding Together organizes volunteers who make needed repairs and modifications for low-income, elderly and/or disabled residents in our valley.  Repair work, installation of grab bars, general clean-up, etc. make it possible for residents to remain in their homes, knowing that our community cares for their safety and well-being.  This program is part of a nation-wide program (rated four stars by Charity Navigator), and relies on donations and volunteers to do  the work.
 #18 HOSPICE OF THE VALLEY
Hospice of the Valley (HOV) provides compassionate, palliative end-of-life care to adults and children facing a life-limiting illness and provides bereavement support to the surviving hospice family, as well as to community members experiencing pain and loss.  This care includes a broad set of medical, spiritual, psychological, social, educational, bereavement, and advocacy services to provide comfort and support in a way that ensures individual dignity, choice, and quality of life.  HOV provides this care in the patient’s home, skilled nursing facilities, adult living and residential facilities.  Founded in 1979, HOV is the first community-based, nonprofit hospice serving all of Santa Clara County.  HOV offers services regardless of one’s ability to pay, and relies on donations, grants, foundations, and the generosity of the community which helps HOV care for those most in need.  HOV is Medicare and MediCal certified, and accepts private insurance.  Rewarding volunteer opportunities are available.  For more information, visit www.hospicevalley.org or call 408/559-5600.
#19 FAMILY SHELTER MEALS
A team of LGUMC volunteers prepares and serves breakfast on the first Saturday of every month for the residents of the San Jose Family Shelter, one of only two shelters in the area that provides shelter for entire families–parents and children — during difficult times. LGUMC also fills in as needed with other breakfasts and dinners.
Besides cooking and serving, our volunteers (often teen-agers as well as adults) enjoy conversing with the diners. Our program is funded by donations, and through our Hunger Challenge and Fellowship Coffee collections.
#20 SIERRA SERVICE PROJECT – Children’s and Youth Ministries
    Children’s and Youth Ministries in Los Gatos UMC is a vibrant community of Christ-followers that are learning how to grow in love of God and neighbor.  We seek to serve the homeless, the needy, and much more.
   Your donation will help us to join five Methodist Conferences and 1400 adults and youths in the annual Sierra Service Project, which works on Native Americans’ homes in reservations, rancherias, and rural settlements.
#21 LGUMC HEALTH AND VISITATION MINISTRIES
The Director of Visitation, assisted by the Health  Ministry  Team and volunteers, reaches out to persons of all ages who are homebound, hospitalized, or unable to participate fully in the fellowship here at church.  The need for a coordinator to link visitation efforts has been felt for some time.  Through visitations, those who are no longer able to attend continue to feel our love and support.  However, without coordination, the frequency of visits to our homebound or hospitalized members can be spotty and uneven–some may have many visitors at one time, with few at other times.  We are seeking funds to continue this visitation coordination which began in 2012.
In addition, health, fitness, and other relevant presentations have helped active members to remain well and better prepared to deal with questions that might emerge in the future.
#22 LIVE OAK SENIOR NUTRITION CENTER
Your gift will provide daily nutritious meals, entertainment, health education, transportation, shopping trips, information, and referrals to over 200 seniors weekly.  The center serves meals in three locations – Villa Vasona, the Los Gatos Neighborhood Center, and Los Gatos United Methodist Church, where its office is located.
The center, operating since 1974, is sponsored partially by the Santa Clara County, the Town of Los Gatos, and especially from your generosity.  This gift will be greatly appreciated by many of the participants. For some, it may be their only nutritious meal and opportunity for social contact in the day.
#23 LOADS – LIVE OAK ADULT DAY SERVICES 
Live Oak is a nonprofit, community-based social services agency which provides a caring and safe environment designed to promote the wellbeing of less independent seniors by offering a specialized program of recreation and socialization opportunities.
We provide a friendly and safe environment, which includes fun activities and socialization, as well as breakfast and a hot lunch daily.  Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of stimulating activities, including physical exercise, musical entertainment, games, arts and crafts projects, dancing, parties, interactive discussions on current events, reminiscing and visits from community members, and students.  Live Oak is funded through allocations and grants.