By now you know how passionate we are about professional service, but we’re just as passionate about community service. We encourage our employees to be actively involved in the community. Here are some of the causes/nonprofits we care deeply about:
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), created in 1997 by Bruce Basso, enriches communities by calling on the collective strengths of the insurance industry. Companies, employees and their families are able to volunteer on projects together.
The Plus 3 Network and their Making It Count! program logs healthy activities and turns them into charitable donations. The program aligns our financial commitment to our community with our commitment to team wellness.
In 2002, Advanced Professionals created a Relay For Life team to help raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. The overnight run/walk events have become one of our favorite ways to give back.
"Relay For Life is a life-changing event. Our team has hosted many events to bring clients, friends, and family together for one cause. It is truly amazing how many lives cancer touches. At Relay, we feel we are making a difference and helping others gain hope for a cure." – Andrea Trudeau
Supporting more than 2500 individuals with developmental disabilities, Hope Services is working to make sure that EVERYONE can actively participate in their communities.
"Hope Services believe that all people with developmental disabilities should be able to live and participate in their communities. Advanced Professionals is proud to support Hope Services' efforts." – Andrea Trudeau
Through a broad range of support and services, Catholic Charities help people escape poverty and overcome the many barriers to self-sufficiency.
"They have been serving our community for over 50 years, and Advanced Professionals joined to support them many years ago to help make a difference for families locally." – Andrea Trudeau
"Over 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, affecting the lives of another 10 million caregivers. The demographic tsunami carrying our country towards 16 million sufferers and countless dollars spent caring for them will change the course of healthcare in our country in a disastrous way. The end to Alzheimer’s and its devastation starts with me."- Peter Daly
Founded in 1981 by Louise Benson, Martha's Kitchen serves 250,000 meals a year to many non-profit organizations in Santa Clara County.
"Advanced Professionals has been delighted to help this "little" kitchen reach the hungry in our community." – Andrea Trudeau
"PHS & SPCA is near and dear to my heart. They save hundreds of animals each year, both domestic and wild. I have participated in their Annual Mutt Strutt walk for the past several year helping to raise money for all of the animals in need. In addition to the much needed medical care services they provide, PHS also provides many services such as Spay & Neuter clinic, animal training, mobile adoption, behavior hotline and the list goes on." -Cristina Varner
Founded in 1973, this nationwide organization is dedicated to helping neighbors in need. Today, Rebuilding Together revitalizes communities from 955 cities and towns across the United States.
"Rebuilding together has the unique ability to stretch the dollar further than any other non-profit I have seen. One dollar of donation turns into several dollars of results in one of the most precious possessions for the underserved community - their home." – Brian Hetherington
For more than 150 years, the YMCA of San Francisco has been helping kids and enriching communities.
"The Mission YMCA is amazing. They have the largest geographic footprint and the smallest facility in San Francisco. Their community outreach programs touch hundreds of families in the Mission community that need it most." – Brian Hetherington
“One of San Mateo County’s most exemplary non-profits is Caminar, a nationally known organization that helps individuals with mental illness find the help and support they need, and to live happier, more productive lives.
I have been proud to work with Caminar over the last three years, including as a sponsor of their annual gala fundraiser, as my wife Mary Kay and I believe that as a society we must all work to eliminate the stigma that is associated with mental illness. Caminar helps their clients live with dignity – something we should all expect, regardless of circumstance or disability.” -Stephen Leveroni
Edgewood helps children and families overcome some of life's toughest challenges like abuse, neglect, mental illness, and family crisis.
"Edgewood helps children who have suffered in the most heartbreaking ways... giving them a new sense of hope for a brighter future, filled with safety and love. I have been incredibly moved with my time spent at Edgewood." – Jill Hetherington
Since 1980 the Make-A-Wish foundation has made the impossible possible for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
"Diane and I love Make A Wish, It's all about the kids and making wishes come true! The extraordinary management team is lean and the donations really go to the children." – Mike Vreeburg
"I was Chief Ambassador of the Redwood City Chamber for a couple of years. A well run Chamber brings the business community together…it's commerce!" – Mike Vreeburg
The Capuchin Franciscans commit to lives of service through ministries in hospitals, prisons, schools, churches, and missions.
"The model of humility and service that the Capuchin Franciscan brothers display is one I aspire to emulate in delivering professional services in the marketplace." – Kurt de Grosz www.olacapuchins.org
"Don't give up; Don't ever give up!" – Jimmy Valvano. Long a staple on the NCAA basketball sideline, Jimmy V's The V Foundation is making a difference when it comes to cancer.
"Backed by a very dedicated group of individuals, V is fighting cancer with ferocity." – Erik Stenson www.jimmyv.org/about-us/remembering-jim/jimmy-v-espy-awards-speech/
"Founded in 1918, this Italian-influenced charity has been a staple of the North Beach community and its kids. Promoting physical activity and sharp mental skills, the club is a constant reminder that young ideals stand tall as ever." - Steve Leveroni
" The Salesian Boys and Girls Club is an example of how private philanthropy, combined with faith-based resources, can make a difference in the lives of boys and girls during their formative years. As a former basketball coach, the club's emphasis on after-school programs and athletics helps the kids grow into responsible young adults, prepared for college and for life." – Steve Leveroni
"The Wounded Warrior Project seeks to bring awareness, services, and help to veterans injured in combat. Given that military personnel sacrifice their bodies and lives for our country, I believe the least we can do is to honor their sacrifices by ensuring that, upon their return, they are appreciated, cared for, and most certainly not forgotten."- Michael Tokarz
"My sister recently served in Afghanistan, and I subsequently become more aware of this great organization and all the good that they do for our men and women in uniform. Enjoying an afternoon in the mountains is the least I can do to support this great cause."-Jeff Dodds
"Simply put, the Hamilton Family Centers break the cycle of homelessness for struggling families through support and shelter.
Those of us who have been fortunate enough to be successful in business and in life have a responsibility to give back to organizations that are focused on making life better for individuals and families in need, and helping to find ways to make sure everyone has a safe, home environment. That's why I'm pleased to support Hamilton Family Centers. It's all part of 'playing it forward' to the betterment of our communities, and ultimately, our collective futures." – Steve Leveroni
"Many people are not aware that Pancreatic Cancer is one of the 5 Deadliest Cancers and that only 6% of those unfortunate folks diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer survive beyond 5 years, most die within months of diagnosis. There are no early detection methods and very limited treatment options. Given all of these horrible statistics you would think that it the National Cancer Institute (NCI) would be allocating a significant % of funds for research of this type of cancer however on 2% of the NCI budget is allocated to this leading killer.
Why did I get involved in this cancer? Well, my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006 and I am grateful to say that she is a living miracle and has survived the odds. In those 7 years she has been fortunate to have survived however, in the meantime, many thousands have passed away from this terrible disease including my friend with whom I graduated from high school who was diagnosed in December and died 2 months later. He was only 42 years old.
I encourage you to get involved and learn more about this cancer and support some upcoming events. Personally, I am looking forward to a local event that will be held in San Jose on 11/3/2013."- Robin Hedden www.purplestride.org
Emergency Housing Consortium (EHC) LifeBuilders confronts homelessness by cultivating people's potential to get housed and stay housed. www.ehclifebuilders.org
Emergency Housing Consortium
YWCA of Santa Clara Valley
The Peninsula Humane Society
The Alzheimer's Association
Redwood City Education Foundation
American Heart Association – Peninsula Chapter
The Nike Health Challenge (2005)
The National Multiple Sclerosis Association
The American Diabetes Association
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Association
The Alpha Phi Foundation (women's heart health)