Community Corner

We are difference makers for members
and our communities.

In The Community

Supporting our local communities is a big part of the culture at CommonWealth.

Throughout the years, you may have seen us at a variety of local community events—from passing out sunglasses and light-up bracelets at Morgan Hill’s Friday Night Music Series to pouring beer & wine at local festivals like Campbell’s Boogie on the Avenue and the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras. Of course, our community efforts would not be complete without our parade participation in Morgan Hill’s 4th of July Freedom Fest and their Kiwanis Club Holiday Lights Parade.

We live here, work here, and volunteer here too. Help us continue to make a difference in the community by making a donation to one of our local charities:

AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCY (AACSA)

Make your contribution to one of the only multi-service African American Community Service Agency in Northern California; which unapologetically serves the African American community and people from all walks of life and backgrounds in Santa Clara County. The AACSA serves the community under its six pillars: Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, Social Service, Racial & Social Justice, and Family Resource Center. The AACSA was also awarded the 2020 California Non-profit of the Year. 

African American Community Service Donation


EDWARD BOSS PRADO FOUNDATION & CECELIA'S CLOSET

The Edward Boss Prado Foundation works relentlessly to empower people who require resources that foster dignity and respect. The foundation focuses on partnerships, programs, and sponsorships that directly help families most in need in the South Santa Clara County area. The Edward Boss Prado Foundation has served over 20,000 families within the Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy communities since 2013. 

Edward Boss Prado Foundation Donation


Silicon Valley Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest is committed to doing whatever it takes to build a hunger-free community. That means distributing nutritious food to nearly every neighborhood in Silicon Valley, leveraging every available food resource, and collaborating with organizations and people who share in their belief that hunger is unacceptable. Nutritious food is the foundation for a healthy, productive life and community. 

Second Harvest Food Bank Donation


TurningWheels For Kids

TurningWheels for Kids is a program of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, that distributes bikes not only during the holiday but also year-round through many partnerships focused on preventing childhood obesity and supporting low-income families. Providing children with brand new bikes to encourage lifelong habits of exercise, outdoor activity, and independence.

TurningWheels For Kids Donation


Educational Scholarships and Charitable Contributions 

As a proud resident of Santa Clara County, CommonWealth also awards scholarships and grants. We are currently not accepting applications. 

  • Educational Scholarships - Each year, CommonWealth selects college-bound high school students to receive $1,000 scholarships. 
  • Charitable ContributionsEach year, CommonWealth selects four to five deserving non-profit organizations to receive grants to help the community.

CommonWealth is a member of the following Chambers of Commerce: San Jose/Silicon Valley, Campbell, Milpitas, and Morgan Hill.

 


Supporting Our Schools & Financial Education

In 2022, CommonWealth provided support to our local schools in a variety of ways. We value all of the hard work that is done in our local schools to provide tools and resources to students in order to help them meet their goals and prepare them for the future. We are honored to be a trusted resource for participation and support in these local schools.

Educational scholarships have been a part of CommonWealth’s annual giving programs for many years. However, in recent years, we increased our efforts with our scholarship program to help high school seniors meet their educational goals. Our program considers how students volunteer and make an impact in their local community. In 2022, we awarded 21 educational scholarships to deserving high school seniors. We are proud to honor these amazing students for making a difference while achieving their educational goals.

Because we are dedicated to the financial well-being of our members and communities, we recently began offering an online-based financial education program to local schools called CommonCents Scholars, where students will be able to increase their financial literacy and learn how to make better financial decisions. We are also continuing our financial education program, WealthMatters and CommonCents. WealthMatters, our program for adult financial education, offers an interactive learning experience that provides financial tools and tips to help put our members on the path to financial success. CommonCents, our program for youth financial education, makes learning about money fun and provides simple financial tools and games for young people to learn about managing their money.

  • 2022 Charitable Contribution Recipients

    Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley (RTSV):

    RTSV is an organization that performs critical home safety and accessibility repairs at no charge for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners throughout Silicon Valley. The programs at RTSV allow seniors to remain living in their homes and people living with disabilities to live safely with dignity and independence.

    Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence (NDS):

    For fifty years NDS mission has been "to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time" - creating paths for survivors from crisis to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency. Today, more than 2,300 survivors and their children annually receive Survivor-Defined, client centered, trauma- informed services through NDS. 

    African American Community Service Agency (AACSA):

    AACSA has been around since 1978 and is one of the only African American cultural centers in the Silicon Valley. AACSA’s mission is to provide quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life in the local community.

    Parents Helping Parents (PHP):

    PHP has been helping families of children with special needs, primarily in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, since 1976. Their mission is to help children and adults with special needs receive support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training, and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care. In 2020 PHP moved all of our programs and parent support groups to online meetings. A typical week sees 10-12 Zoom meetings in 3 languages; in the last year, PHP held nearly 500 meetings with over 7,000 participants.

    Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact (PARTI)

    The mission of PARTI is to promote education around youth healthy lifestyles and healthy decision making. PARTI supports communities by providing diversity in youth leadership development, civic engagement and community service. PARTI works to transform the lives of youth who suffer from bullying, depression, violent lifestyles, unhealthy relationships, and unstable families. 

    No Time to Waste (NTTW)

    NTTW  provides donated food & essential goods for those in need. They meet with restaurants, grocers, hospitals, caterers, hotels, & businesses to recover their surplus goods. They are currently feeding 180 people, 7 days a week. 

    The Portuguese Band of San Jose (PBSJ)

    PBSJ was established in 1971, making it the oldest Portuguese Band in California. PBSJ was established to preserve the Portuguese culture, tradition and heritage, through music. Musicians and board members include first, second and third generation Portuguese Americans who come together through music, social events, holidays and other gatherings.

    Morgan Hill Community Garden

    Founded by three passionate gardeners in 2009, The mission of this organization is to bring the community of Morgan Hill together to reap the benefits of growing food in a social setting, while providing education on gardening, environmental sustainability, health, nutrition, and human welfare.

    If you have any questions or want to learn more about CommonWealth’s Charitable Giving Programs, please call us at (800) 564-1588.

  • Upcoming Community Events

    CommonWealth has been a proud supporter of our local community events for over 60 years. Check out our upcoming community events calendar below and be sure to join us for all of the fun!

    Look for CommonWealth at these upcoming events!

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