Zoom Video Communications: Investing in our Bay Area community through Zoom Cares
Investing in our Bay Area community through Zoom Cares
Zoom is a global organization, but we’re proud to celebrate our roots in San Jose, where our headquarters are located and where many of our employees live and work.
Following our recent funding announcement of $5.5 million to support critical impact organizations around the world, and a donation to Direct Relief to support their efforts in sending medical supplies to healthcare providers Ukrainians, Zoom Cares is thrilled to announce a number of new partnerships in and around San Jose.
We believe in uplifting San Jose and the wider Bay Area, where Zoom was founded and continues to have strong community ties. Our latest local grants portfolio distributes $500,000 to 10 nonprofits working in three strategic areas: education, climate change, and social inequality. All of these organizations are youth-focused, grassroots organizations led by people of color and serve marginalized communities, including low-income people, LGBTQIA+ people, and people of color.
We are grateful for the opportunity to support these groups and their ongoing commitments to a fairer future. Read on to learn more about their important work:
alliance for girls
Alliance for Girls mobilizes young female students to break down barriers faced by girls and gender-wide youth, create conditions for girls to succeed, and advance systemic change to achieve equity. It is the largest alliance of girls-serving organizations and leaders in the nation, whose members include more than 100 organizations serving more than 300,000 girls in nine Bay Area counties.
Friends of Guadalupe
Amigos de Guadalupe provides mentorship and academic support for youth, housing for homeless families, and mental health counseling. The organization focuses its work in the East San Jose neighborhood of Mayfair, a working-class cultural hub attracting first- and second-generation immigrants from Latin American and Asian countries.
Asia-Pacific Environmental Network
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) supports clean renewable energy, housing rights, and deeply rooted environmental policies in California’s Asian immigrant and refugee communities. APEN is focused on building a world where all people have the resources they need to live full and dignified lives.
Californians for Justice
Californians for Justice works to improve educational outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, low-income people, LGBTQ, and other marginalized youth. Student engagement is key to this organization’s approach, with staff members working to ensure that every student is heard, valued and reflected in the continuous improvement of their schools.
Ever Forward Club – Siempre Adelante
Ever Forward Club – Siempre Adelante provides middle and high school students with academic support, mentorship, workshops and community development programs. The organization’s flagship program is a year-long, mentor-led youth development and mentorship initiative designed to provide an environment for young men to overcome the human challenges and emotions in which they often don’t have the space or the tools to do it safely.
Shave the bass
Razing the Bar (RTB) provides mentorship and housing support to current and former homestay students for their personal and professional development. The goal is to help program participants establish lifelong connections and achieve self-reliance.
The LGBTQ youth space
The LGBTQ Youth Space is a community drop-in center and mental health program that offers free counseling to LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 13-25 in Santa Clara County. The organization is committed to youth empowerment strategies and offers participant-driven programs.
Third Street Community Center
Third Street Community Center offers comprehensive educational programs for youth, including college-preparatory science and technology education, peer role models and mentors, and family engagement. The organization’s Young Engineers program introduces young people in grades four through eleven to careers in science and technology through a design challenge.
Up Together will partner with Oakland Resilient Families to financially support low-income families in Oakland for 18 months. The goal is to improve the social safety net for these families while addressing generational and racial wealth inequalities.
Valley Verde is an environmental group that promotes access to food and a healthy lifestyle by providing greenhouse training and access to healthy food. One of the group’s programs, Super Jardineros (Super Gardeners), offers the opportunity for their most dedicated gardeners to learn professional-level horticultural skills and increase their income, through a micro-enterprise model.
Collaboration with the San Jose Sharks, Sharks Foundation and Local Color
We are also proud to partner with the San Jose Sharks, our hometown National Hockey League (NHL) team, and the Sharks Foundation, the charitable arm of the Sharks, to celebrate the diversity of our region. Together, we’ve partnered with Local Color, a female-led nonprofit that helps creatives stay engaged, employed, and active in our community.
[Link]Photos courtesy of the San Jose Sharks. “Cross-Pollination” by Jessica Eastburn, “Hot Summer’s Day” by Luis Guardado, “Comunidad” by Rayos Magos, “Santa Clara St.” by Eddie Ramirez, “Old SJ” by Sam Rodriguez, “Pamiliya” by Alyssa Wigant.
Working as a group, Local Color, Zoom Cares, the Sharks Foundation and the San Jose Sharks have committed to three efforts:
Selection of six talented San Jose artists to create murals depicting the city’s multifaceted and diverse culture. Artists were asked to highlight what an equitable and inclusive community looks like to them. All of the final artwork is on prominent display at the SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks, for guests to enjoy. Artists include Jessica Eastburn, Luis Guardado, Rayos Magos, Eddie Ramirez, Sam Rodriguez and Alyssa Wigant.
Donated to Local Color that will support the organization’s vital efforts, including the use of a 3,000 square foot building on Barack Obama Boulevard that has been repurposed as a creative and safe space for artists.
Organization of a Hockey Is For Everyone evening with the Sharks at the SAP Center. During the event, ceramic shark heads decorated by local artists commissioned by Local Color and signed by Sharks players were auctioned off, with proceeds going to support the work of Local Color.
More Zoom Cares news on the way
We are committed to supporting positive and lasting change within our community. And we’re even more excited to share what our partners have been working on. Subscribe to our blog for the latest from Zoom Cares, including our 2021 Social Impact Report, due out this spring.
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