In the Community
As a not-for-profit health care organization, Mills-Peninsula Health Services is dedicated to enhancing the health of people in the communities it serves. Our commitment to the community stretches far beyond our efforts to provide top-quality medical care, encompassing a wide range of activities and partnerships designed to keep people healthy.
As a not-for-profit organization, providing community benefit is both a regulatory obligation for our tax-exempt status and a key part of our mission, vision and values.
As part of our commitment to giving back to the communities we serve, Mills-Peninsula Health Services provides community grants to San Mateo County-based organizations that provide health-related services to local residents. These services must fall into one of three categories:
- Programs for the underserved
- Programs for residents with special needs
- Services or programs that fulfill a need currently not being met
Mills-Peninsula makes grants of up to $10,000. In order to help as many organizations as possible with a limited pool of funds, programs may apply each year for funding for a maximum of three years. Grant recipients are required to submit a report about how the money was spent, including outcomes.
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2012 Grant Recipients
Child Care Coordinating Council (4Cs)
The Child Care Coordinating Council (4Cs) assists parents living and working in San Mateo County with finding and paying for child care and preschool. The organization is a one-stop shop for parents looking for the county’s licensed childcare providers and preschool programs.
Coastside Adult Day Health Center (CADHC)
CADHC provides services to help keep seniors and people with mental or physical conditions requiring extra care active, healthy and independent.
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
CORA (formerly La Casa de San Mateo County) is the only agency in San Mateo County with the sole purpose of serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse. CORA provides free and confidential emergency, intervention and prevention services, including the county’s only emergency shelter and transitional housing for victims/survivors. It provides services in Spanish, English and Tagalog.
Edgewood Center for Children
Edgewood Center for Children provides services to help children and families overcome severe challenges such as abuse, neglect, mental illness and crisis.
Family Connections is a tuition-free parent participation program for low-income families, educating more than 400 individuals each year at three sites in San Mateo County. Parents participate in preschool classes with their children, from newborn to 5 years old, to educate themselves as well as their children.
Friends for Youth
Friends for Youth is a mentoring program that matches at-risk youth in San Mateo County with adult volunteers who provide a supportive, positive presence in their lives. Friends for Youth strives to keep young people out of trouble and in school, and helps them improve their school performance and stay motivated.
Filipino Community Cancer Collaborative (FCCC)
The FCCC strives to empower the community and improve the health status of Filipinos through culturally responsive health interventions, education and outreach programs. FCCC fosters partnerships among organizations, health professionals, researchers and individual community members; and addresses cancer-related issues on a broad level, which includes healthy lifestyle choices that also impact other chronic diseases.
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County provides free, high-quality civil legal services to San Mateo County’s low-income residents.
Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club (MPBGC)
MPBGC provides learning and enrichment opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the community, focusing on developing and strengthening the intellectual, emotional and social growth of children.
Notre Dame de Namur Art Therapy Psychology Department
The Art Therapy Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University is the only one of its kind in Northern California that is approved by the American Art Therapy Association as meeting the requirements of training individuals to become art therapists while also offering licensing as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). The focus in the department is on the family as a framework for human experience, emphasizing art and image as the canvas for its expression.
Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County
Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County works to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of residents in long-term care facilities; receive, identify, investigate and resolve complaints on behalf of the residents; provide 24-hour on-call services to residents in crisis; and much more.
Peninsula Family YMCA
The Peninsula Family YMCA provides quality, low-cost programming for youth. Programs are run by caring, experienced staff with a focus on youth development principles: safety, relationship building, skill building, community involvement and meaningful youth participation.
Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC)
PJCC provides programs and services designed to build and strengthen caring communities, including adult and senior programs such as the Get Up & Go escorted transportation program for older adults; an Early Childhood Center and day camps for children; youth and family programming; and much more.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte provides a range of reproductive and general health services to more than 250,000 women, men and children every year, including birth control, pregnancy testing and options counseling, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings, pediatric and adult primary care, and much more.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP)
RTP repairs homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners—including seniors, persons with disabilities and families—so they can live independently, safely and comfortably.
RotaCare Coastside Clinic
Located in Half Moon Bay, RotaCare Coastside Clinic provides free health services to the uninsured in coastal areas of San Mateo County, including health education, vaccines, dental screenings, urgent care services and more.
Senior Coastsiders strives to create an atmosphere that acknowledges and affirms the value, dignity and self worth of seniors and adults with disabilities in coastal areas of San Mateo County. The agency also serves as a resource for the entire community for information on aging, support of caregivers and development of innovative approaches to address issues of aging.
Sonrisas Community Dental Center
Sonrisas Community Dental Center provides affordable dental services to low-income residents of coastal communities in San Mateo County who might otherwise go without care.
StarVista strives to transform the lives of children, young people and families—as well as the communities they live in—by offering prevention, early intervention, education, and counseling resources and services to more than 34,000 people throughout San Mateo County every year.
Vista Center for the Blind
Vista Center provides a comprehensive array of individualized rehabilitation services to blind or visually impaired individuals in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties who are threatened by loss of independence due to moderate or severe vision impairment.
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