Julia Bertrand-Nelson wrote -
On March 1, 2015, I along with 5 other women will travel to Tanzania in Eastern Africa to run the Kilimanjaro Marathon. What makes this trip particularly interesting is that the day after the race we will embark on a 7 day trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro with the goal of summiting the Uhuru peak (19,341 feet), the highest point in Africa.
Reaching the “Roof of Africa” is made even more meaningful when used as a vehicle to raise funds which will directly help families keep a roof over their heads. Every dollar raised through this adventure will go directly to Sunnyvale Community Services, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that works to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and seniors.
Remarkably, with all the wealth that Silicon Valley is known for, many don't realize how great the income divide really is. High-tech millionaires and billionaires depend on low-wage workers to serve their coffee, clean their homes, and mow their lawns. These hard-working families and seniors living on a fixed income are finding it harder and harder to stay in the community they call "home."
Sunnyvale Community Services helps approximately 7,000 individuals each year with food or financial aid. Thanks to the support of generous donors from organizations and individuals, Sunnyvale Community Services is able to prevent evictions and utility shut-offs for hundreds of families, pay medical bills for seniors, and provide ongoing support through workshops, activities and referrals. In its 45-year history, Sunnyvale Community Services has never turned an eligible client away. Their clients are the working poor, seniors living on fixed income, and persons with disabilities. Children are 40% of their clients.