Community Outreach & Service

Would you like to get involved or volunteer in one of our community outreach and service events? 

Contact Claire Kalia at

Upcoming Events for 2023-2024

The Alta Vista Home & School Club is hosting a service project for Project Linus, a nonprofit that provides blankets to at-risk and unhoused youth, premature babies, and children in hospital. We will be making no-sew fleece blankets on May 8 after school at the lunch tables. All training and materials will be provided but space is limited so please sign up here! All children must be supervised. Siblings are welcome but all participants need to RSVP.

If you would like to learn more about Project Linus, you can visit their website here.



Thanksgiving Food Drive November 6-20th, 2023 

Alta Vista partnered again with the Cupertino De Anza Lions Club in its community-based Thanksgiving food drive to provide 180 boxes filled with Thanksgiving food items for local families experiencing hunger or need this holiday season. Families helped by donating non perishable items, sponsoring a family and providing them a Thanksgiving dinner through a $50 donation, and volunteering to help the weekend of the food drive. 



Thank you for your support in providing much-needed food items to local families this Thanksgiving. 


We raised over $3K in family sponsorships and also collected enough food items to fill not 180 but 350 boxes full of food items to local families.  In addition, we filled an SUV (to the brim!) with extra food items for the Watsonville farm worker families.

2022-2023 Community Events

Alta Vista Cares: Toiletry, T-Shirt, and Sock Drive

Alta Vista's fall community service drive kicks off October 3 and runs through October 14. We are collecting socks, T-shirts and hygiene items for the unhoused community in the downtown San Jose area. Please drop off any new or gently used adult-sized socks and T-shirts and all kinds of hygiene items (shampoo, soap, body wash, face cloths - hotel-sized toiletries are welcome too) to the box outside the cafeteria any time between October 3-14. The items will directly benefit the most vulnerable in our community, so please contribute all you can. 

For more information on our partner agency, please visit 

Questions: email Claire Kalia:


Alta Vista Cares: Help Alta Vista Feed Local Families this Thanksgiving

Alta Vista is partnering again with the Cupertino De Anza Lions Club in its community-based Thanksgiving food drive to provide 170 boxes filled with Thanksgiving food items for local families in need and migrant farmworker families in the Watsonville area. Here is how you can help.

Donate non-perishable items
Please drop off donations of the following items to bins outside the cafeteria from November 8-19:
1) 2lb bag of rice
2) canned vegetables
3) canned soup
4) mac and cheese
5) oatmeal
6) bread/dinner rolls
7) cranberry sauce
8) stuffing
9) 1lb bag of black beans

Sponsor a family
Our popular Sponsor a Family program is back this year, where for $40 you can provide enough funds for us to create, assemble and deliver a large box of turkey, all the fixings and lots of pantry staples that will feed a family of 4 for Thanksgiving dinner and to fill their pantry for the coming weeks.  Tax receipts will be provided.



Thanks to your support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Not only were we able to feed 170 local families, but we were also able to provide over 50 turkeys and many boxes of non-perishable items to Watsonville farm workers. 


Alta Vista families and teachers alone sponsored 26 families and provided lots of donations of dry goods for our boxes. We also had volunteer support from Alta Vista families throughout this weekend and today as we gathered the donations, sorted and boxed, and delivered them to the recipients.





Alta Vista Cares: Family Community Service Project - Project Linus
March 25, 2023, 10am

Let's gather in the cafeteria as a community to help make no-sew fleece blankets for local unhoused and hospitalized children for Project Linus.  All supplies are provided by the Home and School Club and all training will be provided.  Advance signups are required - please sign up here.  This is a family event - invite grandparents, older siblings and anyone else who would like to attend this fun event!  For questions, please reach out to AVHSC VP Claire Kalia at



Alta Vista  Cares: Flood Victim Assistance

Please join the Alta Vista community in a drive for much-needed supplies for the victims of the flooding in the Pajaro and Watsonville areas.  From April 19-28, we will be collecting the following:

  • Clothing, kids or adults, new or used in good condition
  • Blankets, new or used in good conditions
  • Gift cards to Target or Safeway * these are critically needed *
  • Hand-written notes of support and encouragement - ideally written by our Alta Vista students

Please drop off the clothing and blankets in the bins outside the cafeteria, and please drop off the cards and gift cards to Ms. Salina in the office.

Thank you for your support of this vulnerable population.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Claire Kalia, AVHSC VP of Community Service, at



Community Happenings


Cub Scout Pack 358 Relaunch

Interested in bringing a Cub Scout pack back to Alta Vista?

If you'd like more info, contact Max Testa: or visit the website.