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Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors



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Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a group of volunteers who provide free help to residents of the Santa Cruz mountains, especially our seniors. We coordinate occasional or short-term services such as stacking wood, visiting, giving rides into town, delivering meals, light temporary house-keeping, form-filling, trash cleanup, repairs, clearing storm drains, light clearing of defensible space, and assistance in using the internet.

MNHN is offering Well-Being Calls. If you or someone you know would like someone to call them daily (or on certain days) to check that everything is ok, contact MNHN.

All assistance is subject to the availability of volunteers with the appropriate skills.

This is a great opportunity for local students to fulfill their community service requirements.

We also can help you find a paid helper. For example, we have a list of in-home health providers who work in the 95033 zip code area.

Contact or call 408 353 4565 to give or receive help from a neighbor
-- that's what neighbors are for! In the spirit of barn-raising, you can be both a giver and receiver of help.

Photo credit: Nancy Jo Lopp
Photo: Connie Goddard (left) and Ann Wells prepare to offer free gift wrapping at the Loma Prieta Holiday Faire.

Here is a ten-minute video, produced by Skyland Church, about our work:

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MNHN Recent Activities

  • We continue to provide rides into town, most often for medical appointments.
  • We organized a team to clean-up the 9-11 Memorial site at 17 and Summit.
  • We have done various yard work tasks, including firewood moving and stacking, raking, and weeding.
  • We have provided several referrals for people needing professional services which we are not equipped to provide. We have a list of paid in-home health providers who work in 95033.
  • We have almost ten volunteers from the South Skyline area (mostly 95033) and have opened the door to requests for help from that area.
  • We have had some needs for organic foods which have been provided through the Community Food Pantry at Skyland Church.

A note from longtime Redwood Estates resident Alice Hoagland

It is a true joy to learn that Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors has taken the time to spruce up our neighborhood 9/11 memorial. That roadside memorial stands at the Summit Road exit of Highway 17, and is the work of former Los Gatos High School assistant principal Patti Hughes, who served the high school during the years when my son Mark Bingham attended LGHS. Mark graduated from Los Gatos High in 1988. Thirteen years later, on September 11, 2001, Mark and a small group of fellow passengers died fighting Islamist terrorists aboard hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 over the skies of western Pennsylvania.

Mark often spoke fondly of Mrs. Hughes, so I was deeply touched to learn, in the aftermath of 9/11, that she had single-handedly constructed the sweet memorial in our midst. A few days ago Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors refurbished the memorial, removing overgrowth and restoring the patriotic Red, White and Blue dedicatory sign lettering to its original easy-to-read yellow.

Heartfelt thanks to Pam Walatka of Redwood Estates and her generous, civic-minded friends of Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Alice Hoagland and her son Mark Bingham. Photo courtesy of

Our Wonderful Community Partners

Our care network is made possible by your friends and neighbors who volunteer their time, supplies, and money. We are very grateful for the many folks and local groups who help to build a stronger healthier mountain community family.

Christ Child Catholic Church

Leo's Club (CTE middle school service club)

Loma Prieta Community Foundation

Loma Prieta Women's Club

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel

Mountain Bible Church

Skyland Church, UCC


Santa Cruz Mountain Alliance

South Skyline Association