Volunteer for The Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon - June 7th! #SVKT

The 16th Annual Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon

We're excited to announce our partnership with the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon event. It's one of the country's largest triathlons specifically designed for kids, ages 4-15. 2015 will mark the race's 16th event with over 1500 expected participants. We need all hands on-deck to make this the best triathlon yet!

The event will take place on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. Volunteer opportunities are available on both Saturday, June 6th for pre-race setup. Duties and activities will include, but are not limited to, setting up a majority of the triathlon course. 

On the day of the race, June 7th, volunteer duties will include:

Set-up – These volunteer slots are for those early birds who can help the committee set up the remainder of the course and get ready for the start! For those who can help us for the duration of the event or for those who can only do a few hours.

Registration – Registration includes several aspects of getting the kids (and their parents) ready and headed in the right direction. Checking them in, handing out bib numbers and wristbands, body marking, giving them their goody bag, etc and sending them off to set up in transition. This can be a slightly hectic place, especially when lots of kids show up at once to register. Need folks with great communication and organization skills.

Swim – You will help out on the pool deck with all aspects of the swim. Helping kids in and out, counting laps and ensuring the safety of the kids in the pool. Lifeguards will be on hand, so you don’t need lifeguard experience.

Bike – The biggest group of volunteers are needed on the bike course. It is a closed course on the campus, but volunteers will be spread out. The main focus here is safety and cheering on the kids as they make their way through the bike course.

Run – The run course is on the De Anza track. You will help kids count their laps and ensure the safety of the participants as they make their way around the track and into the finish chute. It also entails a little “traffic control” of parents and adoring fans.

Transition Area – The “heartbeat” of the race course is in transition. You will help all the participants find their way to their gear after the swim and bike and get them off in the right direction. It can be very busy in transition, so communication skills are a must. It definitely involves some “traffic control!”

Finish Line/Awards/Goodies – What a great place to be when the kids come into the finish chute! You’ll help with giving them their medals and some water!

Food – The food folks help out in the food tent for the kids, and/or could help our food committee members deliver food to volunteers on the course. Any way you “slice it,” this volunteer opportunity is all about the food! Lots of prep and lots of fun!

Fluids – You will be set up in strategic places around the venue to offer kids water and keep them hydrated!

Tear down – Help the kid’s tri committee break everything down so it looks like we were never there! This entails light, moderate and heavy physical exertion. Make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen, and work gloves.

If you're looking for an awesome event to have lots of fun and knock out some solid volunteering hours - look no further!

Be sure to choose "Loaves & Fishes" as the company when signing up to volunteer. Thank you!

Leave a comment, shoot us an email, or visit the SVKT site if you have any questions or concerns!



Macy's Shop For a Cause - $5 for 25% Off Entire Purchase


Macy’s helps local charity raise funds and awareness to provide hot and nutritious meals to our low-income community.

Macy’s and Loaves & Fishes invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 29, 2015. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers can participate in this year’s event by purchasing shopping passes from Loaves & Fishes now.  

“Macy’s is committed to giving back, both nationally and to our local communities,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “For the last eight years, Macy’s ‘Shop For A Cause’ program has provided our customers and associates a unique opportunity to show their support and give back to their local community organizations, while also enjoying great savings at Macy’s.” 

Your donations will support hunger relief in our community while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Shopping Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply. 

For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from Loaves & Fishes, contact maddy@loavesfishes.org

About Macy’s

Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy's offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy's flagship stores -- including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California -- are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

About Loaves & Fishes

Mission: Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen commits to providing no cost, hot nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe and caring environment. We offer services to all in need, with a special emphasis on families, seniors and the homeless. 

Vision: Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen aims to serve as many struggling individuals as possible with a focus on geographical areas of greatest need.

The organization was founded to fill a compelling community void: low-income families’ need for free, nutritious, hot food. Loaves & Fishes began with a simple meal of fish and bread for 11 adults and 15 children in February, 1980. Today Loaves & Fishes is one of the most respected and well-known safety net providers in Santa Clara County, serving and delivering over 4,000 prepared meals a week at multiple locations as far south as Morgan Hill and as far north as Palo Alto. In 2015 we will serve over 150,000 meals to those in need.

SV Gives 2015 Was an Enormous Success Thanks to You!!!

What a day!

On Tuesday, May 5, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation put together its second annual 24-hour extravaganza of giving back. Along with 862 other nonprofits, and the generous support of the community and sponsors, Silicon Valley Gives 2015 raised $7.8 million dollars in 24 hours. We witnessed an amazing showcase of our caring community, and the passion to join our causes. 

To our supporters

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! With your generosity, we raised $17,100 during the 24 hours. That's almost double the amount we raised last year! Out of the 219 other nonprofits in our category, your support brought us right on the edge of being in the top 20 throughout the day. We cannot thank you enough for your contributions whether they came in the form of a donation, or even a retweet. Everything helped, and for that we are so grateful.

#SVGives Less Than a Week Away!

In 2015, our goal is to feed more than 180,000 individuals throughout the Bay Area. 

Last year, we were successful in raising over $10,000 with the help of Silicon Valley Gives. Through our combined efforts, that money allowed us to reach two additional shelters for an entire year.

This is how you can help:

Donate online on May 5th and your donation may be doubled! Prizes from the Robert N. & Florence Slinger Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation employees, and The Skoll Foundation are up for grabs in this 24 hour event.

• Donate during the 9am and 5pm hour and your donation could be matched by The Skoll Foundation.

• Donate during any hour and we could win a golden ticket from the employees of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

• The Robert N. & Florence Slinger Foundation have already pledged $4,000 to Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen during SVGives.

• Spread the word and follow us during the event on Twitter and Facebook @loavesfishessj

• PayPal will donate an extra 1% to the benefiting nonprofit for every donation made with PayPal on May 5th up to $100,000 in matching funds for SV Gives 2015.

Can't wait? Donate today and make your donation count for #SVGives!

Loaves & Fishes Awarded Innovative Partner Award for 2015

On Friday March 20th 2015, Loaves & Fishes was awarded the 2015 Innovative Partner award by Second Harvest Food Bank. The award was given in recognition of Loaves & Fishes’ strategic development in reaching more of those in need of a free hot meal. In February 2014 we served 8,284 hot nutritious meals, in February 2015 we served 19,775 hot nutritious meals. This is thanks in part to our strong partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. 

In the past year, we have greatly expanded our services and now serve from as far south as Gilroy to as far north as Palo Alto.