Sunnyvale community briefs for the week of May 22

SCS earns Google grants

Google has awarded two grants totaling $350,000 to Sunnyvale Community Services. The grants will go toward SCS’s new Coronavirus Relief Fund.

SCS received a $100,000 grant from Google LLC and a $250,000 grant from These funds are earmarked for Sunnyvale residents who have lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic and need financial assistance to pay rent and utility bills.

“The current pandemic crisis has impacted our neighbors in every corner of Sunnyvale, and the unprecedented number of requests for SCS emergency funds grows daily,” SCS Executive Director Marie Bernard said in a statement. “These generous grants from Google will help SCS to meet the deepening need for financial assistance in our local community.”

Infant care needs

Parents in need of baby formula, diapers and other sanitary products during the COVID-19 pandemic can request them for free from the nearest family resource center. Several city and county departments have teamed up with school districts, including the Sunnyvale School District, and community groups to gather and distribute infant care items to people in the South Bay. To find the nearest center and make an appointment, visit

Homeschooling resources

While there is a light at the end of the homeschooling tunnel, the school year isn’t quite over yet. The county’s Office of Education released specialized online resources for at-home instruction to help parents and students get through the final push. The office also opened a chat forum for parents to consult with each other and with specialists. The resources are available at

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Author: Anne Gelhaus