Latest News From VIA Services

2022 Charity Golf Classic

Posted On: May 3, 2022

If you were unable to attend the tournament, but you still want to support Via, please consider making a donation to our Swing into Spring Giving Campaign! Help us  reach our goal of $50,000!

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Giving Tuesday Exceeds Goal

Posted On: December 6, 2021

Thank you to everyone who contributed on Giving Tuesday on November 30, 2021. Your generosity allows us to continue to rebuild from the effects of the pandemic. The families and community we serve will be directly impacted by your support, and we are so grateful to have you on our side. If you were not able to participate in Giving Tuesday, the Season of Giving continues with our end-of-year giving campaign “Better Together, Better With You!” Click the donate button below.

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8th Annual Fall Festival

Posted On: July 12, 2021

We rely on sponsorships to defray the costs of the Fall Festival so that we can make this event free for all to attend. We have so many different opportunities starting as low as $100! Every little bit helps, so please consider sponsoring one of the available items. Please click the button below to get started.
SPONSORSHIPS
Please help us keep track of who will be attending this year by clicking the link below to RSVP. If you complete the form, you will receive one free raffle ticket when you arrive at the Fall Festival to enter to win one of many amazing prizes, including $500 in cash! You could be a winner just by letting us know you will be there!
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Registration is OPEN for all Via West and Altitude programs!

Posted On: June 23, 2021

Social Saturdays and Sundays

Social Saturdays and Sundays is a shorter program offered on weekends that is based on our Via West and Altitude community integration outings. The program will consist of 2-4 social outings each month. Click the button below learn more about our new program, to see the dates and descriptions for the summer sessions, and to register.

Social Saturdays and Sundays

Via West Fall, Winter, and Spring Programs

We are excited to offer our Traditional Day & Weekend Programs along with Travel Camps and Adventures in Life Readiness. This year, we are also having our first ever full week Ski Week session! AND, we are continuing the Social Saturdays and Sundays programs throughout the year. Click the button below for the dates and full descriptions and to register.

Via West Registration

Altitude Fall, Winter, and Spring Programs

We are excited to offer our Traditional Day & Weekend Programs along with Travel Camps and Adventures in Life Readiness. This year, we are also new sessions geared specifically towards our young adults that are ages 18-30! AND, we are continuing the Social Saturdays and Sundays programs throughout the year. Click the button below for the dates and full descriptions and to register.

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Via West Staff and Volunteer Information Sessions

Posted On: June 16, 2021

Staff and Volunteer Opportunities

Social Saturdays and Sundays

A NEW VIA WEST PROGRAM STARTING IN JULY!

We are now hiring Recreation Leaders for Saturdays and/or Sundays.

Via Services provides recreation, respite, and therapy program services for children and young adults with special needs.

Social Saturday and Sunday Leaders will accompany participants on local outings to ensure safe, meaningful experiences for everyone.

Outings will consist of a “meetup” at a specified location, which will vary depending on the group’s ages, interests, and cognitive abilities. Each outing will be for approximately 4-6 hours (typically 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM).

Here are some of the places you’ll go:

  • The Tech Museum in San Jose
  • AAH Smile Farm in Sunnyvale
  • San Jose History Park
  • Japanese Friendship Gardens in San Jose

Please join us!

Information Session for Job Seekers

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

2851 Park Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050 OR contact us to receive a Zoom link if you are unable to attend in person.

CANCELED – Information Session for Volunteers – CANCELED

Contact HR at [email protected] to RSVP – or just come to an Information Session to learn more!

If you are unable to attend the Information Session, please join our mailing list to hear about future hiring and volunteer news.

View Open Positions and Apply Here

Via West will also be hiring staff to work weekends starting in September.  Please join our mailing list to receive information about our weekend Camp experiences!


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2021 Charity Golf Classic

Posted On: June 15, 2021


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SILENT AUCTION IS OPEN

If you can’t make the tournament, but you still want to support Via, then you can participate in our online Silent Auction! We have amazing items for everyone – from vacations to wine to family fun – we have it all! Click the link below for ONLINE AUCTION REGISTRATION and then read below for how to get started! It’s so easy!

ONLINE AUCTION REGISTRATION

STEP ONE: Click on either of the boxes that read “GET STARTED”

STEP TWO: Click “CREATE ACCOUNT” to securely enter your contact and credit card information.

We sincerely appreciate your belief in our mission and the services we provide to our community. On behalf of the wonderful families we serve, please accept our heartfelt thank you.

 


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Via Services Strategic Plan

Posted On: March 25, 2021


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The 26th Annual Via Ball

Posted On: March 15, 2021

Thank you so much to everyone that attended the virtual Via Ball on Thursday, May 20th. While it was certainly a different event than what we have become accustomed to, it was still such a fun evening! So many of you stepped up to show your support – our sponsorships were the highest they have ever been! Our Silent Auction also went above what we anticipated, so thank you so very much to all of our families, friends, and community partners!

Our Fund-A-Need goal was to raise $75,000 to reopen Via West Campus to in-person programs this September. Thanks to our match from Mike and Kathi Endris, we doubled the first $25,000 donated. We have currently raised $52,450, so we are well over halfway there. If you were unable to participate in the Via Ball but still want to give, we ask that you consider making a donation in the Fund-A-Need.

There is a simple 2 step process outlined below in order to sign up to donate. Please read through and then click the button for Fund-A-Need to learn more about how your gift can bring back camp to the hundreds of kids, teens, and adults with special needs that have so desperately missed it during the pandemic.

STEP ONE: Click on either of the boxes that read “GET STARTED”

STEP TWO: Click “CREATE ACCOUNT” to securely enter your contact and credit card information.

Fund-A-Need

Once again, we sincerely appreciate your belief in our mission and the services we provide to our community. On behalf of the wonderful families we serve, please accept our heartfelt thank you.

 


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Covid-19 Updates and Important Information

Posted On: September 8, 2020

Via West Campus Covid-19 Risk Reduction Procedures for Programs – Updated January 20, 2022

As the pandemic changes, these policies will be updated to reflect best practices or mandates from Federal/State/local authorities, or recommendations from the ACA (American Camp Association)

  • All employees and campers are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend. Additionally, starting on February 1st, all employees are required to have received a booster shot, per guidelines from the Department of Social Services. 
  • All staff members are required to use KN-95 masks or better while indoors, except during meal times, when sleeping, and in outdoor spaces. 
  • We are requiring all campers that can, to wear a disposable mask (surgical mask, KN-95, or N-95). Please, no cloth masks. Via West can provide masks to both campers and staff as necessary
  • Staff and campers presenting with Covid-19 symptoms will not be able to stay.
  • Upon arrival, both staff and campers are required to take a rapid/antigen test.  A negative test is required in order to remain on Via West Campus.
  • Via West has suspended offsite activities that require transportation (prolonged close contact is unavoidable during transportation).
  • Via West requires campers and their families to indicate their understanding of Covid-19 risks.

Current symptoms that prohibit participation in Via West Campus programs for both staff  and campers:

  • Positive Covid-19 test within the past five-days.
  • Fever-greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Sore throat.
  • Persistent cough that cannot be attributed to other causes such as asthma/allergies.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Vomiting for non-behavioral reasons.

Current symptoms that prohibit participation in Via West Campus programs for both staff  & campers when 2 or more symptoms are present:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing

Additional requirements:

  • We are requiring that all campers take a rapid test upon arrival at Via West. Negative tests will be required for your camper to remain at camp.
  • Please keep your camper home if they are experiencing any Covid-19 or flu symptoms.
  • We are requesting campers use either disposable surgical masks, KN95 or N95 masks (we will have extra KN95 and surgical masks on site if needed).
  • We ask that you, and especially your camper, practice as much physical distancing and mask-wearing as possible during the coming days in preparation for their stay at camp. 
  • While on campus, staff will continue to monitor for signs or symptoms of Covid-19. 

Other steps taken to decrease risk:

  • Increased cleaning frequency.
  • Increased space between campers in the cabins.
  • Encouraging people to maintain distance.
  • Encouraging frequent hand washing.
  • Camp capacity has significantly been limited.
  • Waived all cancellation fees during the pandemic.

Please be aware, although we are taking steps to limit the risk of contracting Covid- 19 on Via West Campus, participating in group activities, such as camp, still poses a real risk of contracting Covid-19. 


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