Sunnyvale Community Briefings for the week of September 23 – The Mercury News

Compassion Week

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 6 to co-sponsor the 10th anniversary of Compassion Week, scheduled for Oct. 15-23. Since its inception, more than 18,000 volunteers have participated in 975 projects and activities at 85 organizations across the Peninsula and South Bay.

Compassion Week is an annual collaborative effort of the Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation, Fremont Bank, several local faith communities, and Santa Clara County. Activities bring together volunteers of all ages and abilities to support more than 50 nonprofit organizations focused on basic needs such as food, shelter, education and homelessness, as well as support for veterans, seniors and environmental efforts. Remote and in-person volunteer opportunities for Compassion Week will be available in Sunnyvale. Volunteers can register at

Companies and groups interested in getting involved in Compassion Week can email [email protected] for more information.

NAMI walking set

The annual fundraising and awareness event presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), known locally as NAMI Santa Clara County, is scheduled for October 1 at San Jose History Park.

Each year, NAMIWalks Your Way Silicon Valley raises funds for NAMI’s free programs and amplifies awareness to eliminate the stigma around mental health issues.

This year, the keynote speaker is San Francisco giant Drew Robinson. Honorary chairs are Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and BrainsWay CEO Dr. Chris Von Jako.

To register for NAMIWalks Your Way, visit There is no registration fee, but fundraising is encouraged. Participants who raise at least $100 receive an event t-shirt. One hundred percent of funds raised support NAMI Santa Clara County’s free local mental health programs, resources and services.

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