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Rayco Painting boasts more than 25 years of wall-coloring experience and staffs a team of brush-brandishing aces who'll splash new life into your poorly toned or peeling vertical surfaces. Before beginning the interior painting, the crew will mask and cover floors and touch up small wall blemishes, such as nail holes, kick marks, and cracks. Then, using the two gallons of interior flat paint that you provide, they'll launch into a painting frenzy, leaving your walls filled with an even layer of color and void of any accidental art. Afterward, the workers will tidy up the job site, walk through with the customer for a final inspection, and label any necessary touch-up paint.

101 W Santa Clara St
San Jose,
CA
US

If Jazzercise is a fleeting '80s memory for you, like your Betamax tape of ALF reruns or the "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt you wear when bleaching the ceiling, today's Groupon gives you a chance to discover how the exercise phenomenon evolved into one of today's best total body workouts. Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Expect to burn up to 500 calories during each round. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though you won't need her moves to get the most out of your class. Review basic moves online before you go.

311 Willow Street
San Jose,
CA
US

Susan Runsvold describes Christmas 2003 as the worst of her life. She was visiting her grandchildren to celebrate but could “barely get into the living room because of all the presents.” Once they began opening them, her grandkids—like many families—only cared about opening the next gift. Having grown up in a low-income family, she was dismayed by the extravagance and decided to change things from then on.

Recalling her own childhood and how she used to worry she wouldn’t be able to get any presents at all, Runsvold realized that the best way to help her family adopt a new mindset would be to teach them about the value of giving. As a child, she remembered always wanting a bike but assuming it was out of reach, so she decided to help other children get bikes for Christmas.

In her first year, Runsvold raised $843 from friends and took her grandson to buy bicycles for children from low-income families. From there, interest grew as community members and storeowners flocked to donate. TurningWheels For Kids has donated more than 18,000 bikes through neighborhood bike-repair clinics, bike builds at pediatric centers, and the annual Big Bike Build, during which 1,000 volunteers build bicycles for the holidays and donate them to families through local nonprofit organizations.

"A bike opens a whole new world to" recipients, Runsvold said. One boy explained that his bike gave him a sense of self-reliance because it made getting to school easier. Others ride with their families as outdoor bonding time. Many youth continue with the program for years after they receive their bike, often helping build and repair bicycles at events. Runsvold sees this relationship as a way for people to be a part of a community where "one hand washes the other"—or hands out a helmet and a pair of wheels.

See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.

2400 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose,
CA
US

Every month, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties provides nutrition for nearly 250,000 people?more than 1 million pounds of food every week. Among this is food donated from growers and retailers, as well as supplemental food purchased by the organization, including fresh produce, milk, and meat. This means that the organization and its volunteers work to provide underserved people with access to the vitamins and nutrients needed to stay healthy, distributing it through a network of 330 partner soup kitchens, children?s programs, and senior meal sites.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties also maintains a number of direct-service programs. The Brown Bag program, for instance,?delivers food to low-income seniors, while the Kids NOW program supplies children who rely on school meal programs food to take home on the weekends. The organization also operates the Produce Mobile and Mobile Pantry programs, ensuring people in food deserts have a way to take home fresh fruits and vegetables as well as staple foods.

750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose,
CA
US

With daily access to fresh, affordable, homegrown vegetables, people can enjoy a healthier lifestyle while also helping their community become more productive and sustainable. Valley Verde works toward this vision for the residents of Santa Clara County. The staff teach individuals from low-income families how to grow and maintain their own organic vegetable gardens through classes and mentoring services, so they can become self-sufficient, lifelong gardeners and share their gardening knowledge with other residents in their communities. To help these low-income families start home gardens at no cost, Valley Verde sells gardening services and kits, using the proceeds to pay for supplies and seedlings. The organization also works to improve the health of Santa Clara County residents through collaborations that help improve existing food system polices and raise awareness of health and environmental issues.

See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.

1530 Meridian Ave Suite 104
San Jose,
CA
US

More than 13,000 square feet of fitness splendor greets each prospective corpus contortionist at the India Community Center's welcoming health club. Dozens of modern cardio-equipment machines await the lovable limbs and torsos of hopeful hardbodies, including ellipticals, treadmills, rowing machines, life-sized Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and exercise bicycles. Each apparatus features its own personal television and coin-operated hugging device. If the support of fellow flexers is desired for muscular motivation, the center hosts more than 50 group classes per week for exercisers four and up, including yoga, Zumba, group cycling, step aerobics, and Bollywood CardioDance. Before a session in the free-weight area, bodybuilding parents can feel free to drop off kids aged three months to 12 years ($3.50 per session or $15 per month) at the Play Care area for controlled Tonka truck lifting and stationary cycles with training wheels.

525 Los Coches St
Milpitas,
CA
US