Tzu Chi USA/ Northwest Region

Northwest Region

We are just getting started here in the Silicon Valley, and our love extends beyond boundaries.


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San Jose is situated in the Bay Area of Northern California. Concentrated with world-famous technology companies, this area is better known as the Silicon Valley, with San Jose located at its heart. Being at the forefront of any advancement, it is easy to forget what is happening in the rear. In Silicon Valley, while the “haves” see their fortunes soar, the “have-nots” often fall further behind. In a place where poverty and homelessness is increasingly evident and the cost of living is rising sky-high, Tzu Chi USA’s Northwest Region Chapter has a lot to do. Many of our dedicated volunteers actually work in those high tech companies in the valley.

Our story began with one Chinese lady whose purity of spirit, loving-kindness and wisdom are legendary. Affectionately known as the “Silicon Valley Grandma”, Mrs. Lin-Wang could not speak English or drive, but she would not let any obstacles stand in the way of love. She started the Northwest Region Chapter in her garage in Almaden. Much like Master Cheng-Yen, Mrs. Lin-Wang led by example and inspired others to follow the path of doing good deeds. As the chapter grew, so did our roots. Today, we have a spectacular campus that was renovated to our needs with the professional expertise of our volunteers.

Our Chapter is truly attentive to the ongoing needs of the homeless and the disadvantaged in the area. Since 1998, we have established a weekly Breakfast Program. Every Sunday, as people enjoy a hot meal, they can also receive a free haircut and some clothes. We also care for the youth, especially those facing difficulties. We deliver snacks and teach humanities and arts courses at community schools as part of the educational effort started in 1995. For students coping with obstacles like gang conflicts, behavior issues, substance abuse, and tough home lives, trust does not come easily. With the long-term support and love from our volunteers, students can set aside their worries and guard to adopt a more positive outlook on life. Our chapter is also active on the medical front: We offer a bi-weekly Dental Clinic for low-income individuals.

Looking into the future, our chapter has great visions. We plan to expand our medical outreach efforts and establish a Medical Clinic. We will continue to provide support to our community through centers for Senior Service, Youth Education, Community Education, Environmental Conservation, and Disaster Shelter. We are just getting started here in the Silicon Valley, and our love extends beyond boundaries.


Offices in the Northwest Region (12)

  • Northwest Region Office (CA)
    2355 Oakland Road
    San Jose, CA 95131
    Tel: 408-457-6969
    Fax: 408-943-8420
    Directions
  • Reno Office (NV)
    3388B Lakeside Ct.
    Reno, NV 89509
    Tel: 775-770-1138
    Fax: 775-770-1148
    Directions
  • Santa Rosa Office (CA)
    1615 Cleveland Ave.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    Tel: 707-546-1945
    Directions
  • Stockton Office (CA)
    1212 W. Robinhood Dr. #3D
    Stockton, CA 95207
    Tel: 209-957-7800
    Fax: 209-957-7800
    Directions
  • San Francisco Branch (CA)
    2901 Irving St.
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    Tel: 415-682-0566
    Fax: 415-682-0567
    Directions
  • Seattle Branch (WA)
    15800 SE Newport Way.,
    Bellevue, WA 98006
    Tel: 425-822-7678
    Fax: 425-822-6169
    Directions
  • Fresno Service Center (CA)
    7421 N. Maple Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93720
    Tel: 559-298-4894
    Directions
  • Modesto Service Center (CA)
    1100 Carver Rd. #J
    Modesto, CA 95350
    Tel: 209-529-2625
    Fax: 209-529-2625
    Directions
  • Oakland Service Center (CA)
    620 International Blvd.
    Oakland, CA 94606
    Tel: 510-879-0971
    Fax: 510-879-0971
    Directions
  • Portland Service Center (OR)
    3800 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd. #194
    Beaverton, OR 97005
    Tel: 503-643-2130
    Fax: 503-643-2130
    Directions
  • Sacramento Service Center (CA)
    1820 Tribute Rd. Suite J
    Sacramento, CA 95815
    Tel: 916-568-5800
    Directions
  • Ukiah Service Center (CA)
    527 S. State St. #B
    Ukiah, CA 95482
    Tel: 707-462-2911
    Fax: 707-462-2911
    Directions

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