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An Anniversary to Remember

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Given that the average human lifespan is 79 years, celebrating nearly five decades of existence is significant, as it alludes to endurance, timelessness, strength, and wisdom. This year, West Valley Community Services is proud to celebrate 48 years of service on August 6-- a day recognized by the City of Cupertino as West Valley Community Services' Day.

As you might be able to tell, I am feeling a bit reflective as August 6 approaches. Approaching 50 years of service, I can't help but think about the incredible impact this organization has made in the West Valley, and how our community has been there to support us every step of the way.

Over the past 48 years, we have:

  • Served our clients in multiple locations throughout the City of Cupertino.

  • Been led by more than 150 board members, 200 employees, and 5 executive directors.

  • Grown exponentially, serving 14 families when we first opened in August 1973, to helping more than 4,600 people last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through it all, our compassionate and caring community has been at our side, helping to ensure that we can provide our services to those who need them the most.

Looking back, there are so many stories to tell, perspectives to share, and insights to uncover, we thought now would be the perfect time to launch a blog!

So welcome to the very first entry of the WVCS Blog - West Valley News & Notes!

Each month, blog editor Mary Jo Gunderson will provide updates and invite community members, staff, and board members to share thoughts, stories, and perspectives from the front lines of the fight against hunger and homelessness.

If there is something you want to know more about, or have suggestions for blog posts, you can reach Mary Jo directly at And if you like what you’re reading, I encourage you to share our blog on social media or via email with friends and family.

An anniversary is more than just a day, more than just a celebration of what has been achieved. For us at West Valley Community Services, this year's anniversary is a reminder of how the community has come together over the past 48 years to lift up men, women, and children struggling in the face of food and housing insecurity. A community made up of amazing people like you. So from all of us here at West Valley Community Services - happy anniversary! Here's to 48 more years of impact and action in our community!

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