Google is the gift that keeps on giving, and now the gift is to San Francisco’s homeless, as reported by SF Gate. While the company still has the dominant search engine, it still has time for philanthropy, in the form of providing free Wifi in San Francisco’s parks and transit passes for kids from low income families.
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Many Google employees live and work in San Francisco, which explains why Google is focused on the city. With rising housing costs, Google is donation $2 million to help the homeless. The Hamilton Family Center will receive $1 million to help families on the waiting list for homeless shelters. Larkin Street Youth Services will get $500, 000 for training of the homeless in careers that will prevent the cycle of poverty from continuing. An additional $500, 000 will go to HandUp for direct donations to fund basic necessities for homeless people.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, was born to a Jewish family in the Soviet Union. His father Michael took the family to the United States after he was barred from the physics department at the University of Moscow because he was a Jew. Michael said Jews were forced to sit for examinations in separate rooms and were judged by harsher standards.