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Giving Back to Our Community

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As the holidays approach, our thoughts turn to those who may not have the means to provide for some of the extras, or even the basic necessities, many of us enjoy this time of year.  VTA employees are making efforts to give back to our community in multiple ways.

On Saturday, December 16, a 40-foot VTA bus made its way through the crowded driveway of Sacred Heart Community Services’ drop off center, delivering hundreds of warm coats and blankets collected by our bus Operators. 

It’s a tradition that retired VTA Bus Operator Josie Yanez started more than 30 years ago, originally taking coats and blankets to San Jose’s infamous homeless encampment known as “The Jungle,” which no longer exists. The collection continued this year with employees at all of VTA’s bus and light rail yards filling boxes and barrels. Three truck- and bus-loads made their way Sacred Heart to be distributed to families in need. The effort has the strong support of the Operators’ union, ATU Local 265, whose leadership also took part to lend a hand.

Across town, there is another agency that provides a critical service.  It’s called “Stand Up For Kids,” and it provides a place of respite, food, and other services for homeless teenagers.  VTA’s Chief Operations Officer delivered dozens of Christmas stockings filled with necessities the kids will need to make it through the cold weather. 

We know these are small gestures, but they make big differences in the lives of those in need.  VTA encourages our employees in these selfless efforts, and we encourage others who have the means to do the same.  If you want to help, the Silicon Valley Council of Non-Profits can point you in the right direction.

We wish you safe and happy holidays.

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