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It was the photo of a young girl at the border about to be separated from her mother that caught Menlo Park resident Charlotte Willner’s attention. She decided to take action, and along with her husband Dave and friend Malorie McGee, started a fundraising campaign on Facebook for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) last Saturday morning (June 16) with a goal of raising $1,500, the minimum amount to cover bond fees.

Word spread around the country — and then the world — and they’ve raised $11,255,540 as of Wednesday morning, June 20,  from 125,000+ people. The effort is showing no sign of stopping with a new fundraising goal of $15,000,000; additional donations are welcome.

“Regardless of political party, so many of us are distraught over children being separated from their parents at the border,” said Charlotte. “We can’t all be on the frontlines to help these families, but by supporting RAICES, we’re able to do something that takes less than a minute, and collectively has an impact.

“When we all come together in community efforts like this, we can find an antidote to the feelings of helplessness. This is just the start though, and donating is the easy part, so our hope is that people continue to be hungry for information and get involved.”

The campaign has been so successful that Facebook had to update their product to allow for more giving because the previous cap was $5 million. “Facebook only permits you to set one beneficiary of a fundraiser, but there are other amazing organizations out there that also need support, including Texas Civil Rights Project and the Florence Project,” said Charlotte.

Photo courtesy of Willner family; Honduran child photographed by John Moore

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Facebook Festivals return with inaugural event “Bay Area Brew & FanFest”

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The first of five scheduled, free Facebook Festivals takes place this Saturday, May 12, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm in parking lot 14 on the Facebook campus (1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park). The theme is Bay Area Brew and FanFest showcasing professional and collegiate sports along with 22 local youth sports and mentoring organizations, which will […]

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Facebook’s Catalyst Housing Fund gets $1 million investment from San Francisco Foundation

Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s VP Corporate Communications & Public Policy, announced today that The San Francisco Foundation is contributing $1 million to the Catalyst Housing Fund. “Though the [Silicon Valley] region is thriving in many ways, our community clearly needs more affordable places to live,” he said in a press release. “That’s why we’re working alongside […]

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks to MPCSD community at Parent Speaker Series Event

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The Menlo Park City School District’s Speaker Series welcomed Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In and Option B to the Hillview stage on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Ms. Sandberg engaged in an intimate, wide-ranging conversation with MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister to a packed house of district parents, leadership, and invited guests including […]

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Facebook’s new “snooze” option might offer holiday respite!

Menlo Park-based Facebook is launching Snooze, giving users the option of temporarily unfollowing a person, Page or group for 30 days, which coming at this time of the year, may lighten your holiday load. By selecting Snooze in the top-right drop-down menu of a post, you won’t see content from those people, Pages or groups […]

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Facebook launches Access job portal for applicants in surrounding neighborhoods

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Residents of Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood, North Fair Oaks, and East Palo Alto can now apply for jobs at Facebook through Access, a new local talent portal. Through this free program, local candidates will have increased visibility from a talent partner whose purview includes consulting, career development and employment access for the community. “In […]

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Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos at Facebook on October 28

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Fun for the whole family. Bring the kids in costume for parade, trick-or-treating, and free pumpkin (1 per children – while supplies last). Shop for fall produce, decor & crafts. Farmers will be onsite with fresh fall fruits & vegetables. Shop from locally-sourced food & drink vendors. Free kid zone: Bounce houses, mini Ferris Wheel, facepainting, […]

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Facebook switches to 100% renewable energy through Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option

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Facebook switched all electric accounts at its Menlo Park headquarters to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option, making Facebook the largest participant in Peninsula Clean Energy’s 100% renewable energy option. “Facebook is committed to being a good neighbor and that includes reducing its potential impact on the environment,” said Lauren Swezey, Facebook Sustainability and Community Outreach […]

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Dr. Ramesh Sharma demonstrates the mastery of twig art at Facebook Festivals

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At Facebook’s County Fair a couple of weeks back, Dr. Ramesh Sharma was working on his twig art, constructing dinosaurs made of grass for the kids who were attending. Isn’t that what every retired nuclear physicist does? Dr. Sharma explained that he’d come from India to the Bay Area, where one daughter works for Facebook […]

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Thousands attempt to beat the heat at Saturday’s Facebook County Fair

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The Facebook County Fair held Saturday proved to be a popular event, so much so that the Menlo Park Police Department issued an alert at 4:00 pm that the Facebook entrance was closed from eastbound Willow Road to Bayfront Expressway. (The roads were re-opened after 6:00 pm.) That didn’t deter InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant […]

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Three homes in Belle Haven get needed repairs and updating with help of Rebuilding Together and Facebook volunteers

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook teamed up today to rehabilitate three homes in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Two houses on Plumas Avenue and one house on Bieber Avenue got a mix of exterior and interior painting, debris removal, electrical upgrades, accessibility upgrades, landscaping and fence repair, grab bar and handrail installation, bathroom […]

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