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Alameda County, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and Sutter Health Launch Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccinations on Feb. 17 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

PLEASANTON, CA – On Wednesday, February 17, the County of Alameda joined Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and Sutter Health to launch a large-scale, drive-thru vaccination clinic to serve Alameda County residents and health care workers.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be available Wednesday through Saturday for Alameda County health care workers and residents aged 65 and older. In the coming weeks, the site will also be able to open to essential workers in the Food/Agriculture, Education/Childcare, and Emergency Services sectors.

Drive-thru lanes will be available for each vaccination provider.

  • Alameda County: Open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., appointments are by invitation only at this time due to limited vaccine supply. Register for an appointment notification here: After the week of February 15, Alameda County will have 1,000 appointments available each day the site is open.
  • Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare: Stanford patients may schedule appointments online or by calling (650) 498-9000.
  • Sutter Health: Sutter patients may schedule appointments online or by calling (844) 987-6115.

“Getting this site launched is an important part of the County’s strategy for increasing vaccination rates. Every vaccination is one step closer to normalcy and I look forward to when the Fairgrounds can once again host the kinds of events it was intended for,” said Alameda County District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley.

If vaccine supply increases, the Alameda County Fairgrounds COVID-19 vaccine Mega POD (point of dispensing) could ramp up to administer 5,000 doses per day.

“Our goal is to provide broad access to vaccine across the county, and this site is a cornerstone of our planning for the future,” said Dr. Kathleen Clanon, Medical Director for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. “We are putting in place an infrastructure that provides immediate access to seniors and essential workers and allows us to scale up quickly if vaccine supply increases.”

A third of Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and Sutter appointments will be reserved for non-patient, Alameda County health care workers and residents.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen the value of public-private partnerships in meeting the needs of our communities,” said Alameda County District 1 Supervisor David Haubert. “Placing a mass vaccination site in the Tri-Valley in partnership with Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and Sutter Health will help ensure more residents and workers can make an appointment near where they live and work.”

“Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare is pleased to be able to offer COVID-19 vaccines to as many of our patients and community members as the supply will allow us to give through our ongoing partnership with Alameda County, Sutter Health and other community leaders,” said Rick Shumway, President and CEO, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare. “This is a continuation of our commitment to providing convenient access to care during the pandemic that honors our close connection to the Tri-Valley community.”

“The Sutter Health integrated network of care has moved swiftly to establish and expand several large-scale vaccination sites across Northern California, like the one we’re helping to launch at the Alameda County Fairgrounds,” said Teresa Sarlitto, Vice President of Sutter’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Alameda County. “These large-scale sites are an important part of our commitment to the communities we serve to deploy as much vaccine as possible to eligible patients and high-risk populations, as supply allows.”

The vaccine will protect you from developing severe illness, but it may not stop you from spreading SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) to others. Until enough people are vaccinated to protect our entire community, it is critical that everyone—even those who have been vaccinated—continue to wear masks and follow other COVID-19 prevention guidance.

The Alameda County Fairgrounds is proud to work with Alameda County Health Department, Stanford Health Care –ValleyCare and Sutter Health, continuing its efforts to support the community by serving as the host venue for a COVID-19 mass vaccination site.

“While there is still a long road ahead, we will continue with our commitment to provide the Fairgrounds as community resource,” stated Board President Gordon Galvan “Thank you to our health care partners for supporting our community on the frontlines.”


Alameda County Public Health Department                                                    Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare

Neetu Balram,                                                                                                       Denise Bouillerce, Sr. Director

Public Information Manager                                                          Government & Community Relations                                                        

                                                                                                                                                        (925) 373-4020

Sutter Health                                                                                                         Alameda County Fairgrounds

Monique Binkley Smith                                                              Veronica Knowlton, Fair Operations Supervisor

(800) 428-7377                                                                                                                             (925) 858-8188 …

Tech For Good Initiative To Provide Free Laptops To Low-Income Residents

Bay City News ServiceDec. 1, 2020Updated: Dec. 1, 2020 1:05 p.m. Comments

The Alameda County Workforce Development Board is partnering with other organizations to provide free refurbished laptops to low-income families and individuals.

The county’s Tech for Good initiative is a partnership between the ACWDB, Goodwill of the Greater East Bay, and Corporate eWaste Solutions to provide access to high-quality technology to low-income community members.

The initiative consists of a laptop recycling program in which Goodwill will donate gently used laptops to CEWS, who will then refurbish the laptop and install updated operating systems and Microsoft Office Suite 2010.

The ACWDB will then distribute the laptops and laptop bags free of charge to eligible disadvantaged families and individuals in Alameda County through its career centers and other community partners.

The aim of the program is to help job seekers with barriers to employment gain access to online training programs, career center workshops and services, and online job resources that facilitate career transitions or new employment opportunities.

“We have seen a sharp rise in people who are completely locked out of the job market because they don’t have laptops or reliable internet services to look for employment or upgrade their skills. We’re committed to partnering to remove barriers to successful training, employment, and retention outcomes.” Interim ACWDB Director Rhonda Boykin said.

Applicants must reside in Alameda County and meet income requirements. Individuals interested in the Tech for Good Initiative can access the ACWDB website for service providers’ information to apply or call ACWDB at (510) 259-3836.

Goodwill of the Greater East Bay is accepting donations of unwanted laptops and power cords from businesses and individuals for the Tech for Good initiative. To donate, people can contact or (510) 998-2828.

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City Directs Staff to Move Ahead on Eden Housing

Dec 9, 2020

LIVERMORE — At its Dec. 7 workshop with divided public comment, the city council directed staff to move forward with the Eden Housing Inc. plan in its current downtown location.

A controversial project in the community, the plan for the downtown affordable housing development stacked groups in support of moving ahead with the project approved in 2018 against those who wish to see the housing relocated north of Railroad Avenue. The latter note that the move will help to meet the goal of almost doubling the number of affordable housing units and increasing the size and amenities of the downtown community park.

Sixteen advocates for the plan as it stands included Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Dawn Argula, Rachael Snedecor of Livermore Downtown Inc. and Unify Livermore’s Asa Strout, along with some residents, business owners and Councilmember-elect Brittni Kiick.

“With all due respect to all of the (speakers), the 130 units of housing on the downtown site has already been approved by both the planning commission and the city council,” said Planning Commissioner Gina Bonanno, who expressed her support of the project.

Laning Thompson, current president of Interfaith Housing, spoke as an advocate of affordable housing. She urged the council to move forward.

“Interfaith has 800 applications for its 207 senior apartments. This housing is needed ASAP,” Thompson said. “The city and Eden Housing have been allocated $14.4 million from Alameda County’s Measure A1 funds for the downtown project as it was submitted to the county in 2019. If there were a major change, such as relocation, the project would lose that funding, which the city can’t afford to do … Amassing the funding can take a long time, so Eden needs to get started soon … Besides this plan would not create all that much of a ‘canyon.’ If you end up feeling oppressed by apartment buildings on L Street, try P Street.”

Concerns of those pushing to move forward centered around the urgent need for affordable units and the money utilized to procure the housing at its current site. Alameda County awarded A1 funds to the city in the amount of $14.4 million, which comes with a deadline to begin construction by January 2022. Eden Housing has applied for an extension.

“Funding from the county really is time-limited,” said Linda Mandolini, president of Eden Housing Inc., the affordable housing developer selected by the council in 2018. “If Livermore doesn’t spend (the $14.4 million), there are many other projects in the county that want to spend it. So people are lining up on a waiting list, trying to seize this cash from us, and we don’t want it to happen.”

Mandolini further noted Livermore is positioned to score highly on its application for the Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which has March and July application deadlines. City staff anticipates review of the entitlement application by the planning commission and city council as early as January and February 2021, respectively. This timeline would enable Eden to meet a March application deadline for tax-credit financing, which is a critical step in the development of the project.

On the other side, 22 individuals — who also call themselves advocates of affordable housing — expressed their support of continuing to explore alternatives to procure a “win-win.”

Mark Palajac, of Livermore Housing Authority and the Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee, stated he’s working with a small group of Livermore residents to identify viable alternatives.

“I would like to first state that an alternative solution cannot jeopardize the county A1 funding or other elements necessary to implement these 130 affordable units,” Palajac said. “We would like the opportunity to interact with Eden Housing to understand their plan and see if we can formulate an acceptable – hopefully preferable – alternative location.”

Speaker Veronica Stewart pointed out that the groups in favor of relocating the units are in favor of additional affordable housing.

“I want to draw attention to the actual place we’re talking about,” said speaker Veronica Stewart. “It is literally the community’s heart. I think that, while we do need more housing, that spot is not the right place for it.”

Some also called out Vice Mayor/Mayor-elect Bob Woerner for his alleged change of pace on the topic since winning the mayoral seat this November.

“It seems that while running for election, Mayor-elect Bob Woerner was very willing to encourage residents about his willingness to consider what some folks are calling a ‘win-win’ opportunity that would move Eden Housing to a nearby location, build more housing than this original plan, while allowing for a larger … park,” said David Rounds, a public speaker.

Carol Silva also said she recalled Woerner’s stance, which was published in a September statement to The Independent. During that time, Woerner said he imagined there would be plenty of opportunity for public input and discussion around determining the best feasible location. In September, he noted that working on the housing and open space would create the win-win to which the public speakers referred.

“Parks help people’s emotions and well-being, and it would be nice if Eden Housing could be located somewhere else, where the number of units could be increased,” Silva added.

Woerner agreed that he did say he was open to a win-win solution, adding “if there was one.”

“I laid out that it wasn’t just the number of units that somebody might propose, but it had to leave the city financially whole and the quality of the units had to be equivalent. Anything less than leaving the city financially whole and the size of the units the same … is a win-lose solution,” Woerner said. “To date, nothing has been proposed that’s even remotely feasible … time is of the essence; we have asked for an extension on the deadline for Eden Housing as soon as we found out it was so tight. We don’t know if we’re going to get it or not, so the point of tonight is to work with all due speed to perfect Plan A. If there is to be a Plan B, it has constraints it has to meet — one, of course, is timing.”

Paul Spence, Livermore community development director, explained the timing element, noting that the city owns the current site. On relocating the housing, he said the property on the north side of Railroad Avenue has several different owners, which would entail the process of acquiring the properties and possibly relocating existing tenants.

“If you wanted to move the project and keep the $14 million, certainly you’d have to go and ask the county,” Spence said. “With the tax-credit financing, there is a window of opportunity to apply for those tax credits … it’s a very competitive process.”

After the meeting, Ruth Gasten, a founder of Interfaith Interconnect and a member of the group mentioned by Palajac, said that the citizens are researching ways to make practical a relocation of the 130 Eden Housing Units. She explained that extensive work had already taken place, although more is needed.

On whether Eden Housing would lose its $14.4 million A1 county funds if the 130 units were moved across Railroad Avenue, Gasten referred to a Jan. 29, 2020 email from a county staff member.

The email stated, “The housing project was selected through a competitive RFP process. At a minimum, we would need to evaluate changes against the criteria in the RFP and possibly re-score the project, which might result in a different ranking. We would need Eden to submit a revised application – or at least information related to any proposed changes. If the result of changes were higher scores on ranking criteria and a larger number of affordable housing units, it is likely that the funds could remain with the project … ”

Gasten also reported that her group has turned to an appraiser to assess the value of the six properties that could be acquired. Three are for sale, or open to selling; a fourth is owned by the city. Since timing is critical, at least for 130 of the units, she said that this is good news.

She continued, “The funding that follows city guidelines for the acquisition of these parcels, and other issues, have been carefully studied and look promising, but more discussion will follow.

“Last Friday, the city gave us permission to talk directly with appropriate parties, which will speed up our research.”

Gasten concluded, “Significantly increasing affordable housing, and creating a park with remarkable amenities in the heart of our community are central to our goals.”

The city council spoke unanimously in favor of moving forward with the project. The staff will now work with Eden on architectural concepts and the entitlement application. The planning commission expects to review plans in January before it goes before the council in February.

To watch the entire workshop meeting, visit

CAPE, Inc to Participate in Food Program

The Independent November 6, 2020

The Community Association for Preschool Education (CAPE Inc.) recently announced its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

The CACFP is available at a separate charge for meals served. Free and reduced-price (F/RP) meals will be available at participating centers for children meeting the approved eligibility criteria (proper case numbers for households receiving CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids [CalWORKs], Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or are enrolled and meet the low-income criteria of Head Start or Early Head Start). Children receiving these benefits are automatically eligible for free meals.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

2. Fax: 202-690-7442

3. Email:

Meals will be provided at:

Bess Platt Center, 1401 Almond Ave., Livermore

Frederikson Center, 7243 Tamarack Drive, Dublin

Jackson Center, 560 Jackson Ave., Livermore

Hill and Dale Center, 4150 Dorman Road, Pleasanton

Ormond Center, 800 Marilyn Ave., Livermore

Hively is 2020 Nonprofit of the Year

Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has chosen Hively as the 2020 Nonprofit of the Year for Assembly District 16! This award is co-sponsored by the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits).

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan stated that “with nonprofits doing more than ever to help their communities weather this COVID-19 crisis, your work should rightfully be celebrated!” Staff and volunteers at Hively have worked tirelessly to ensure that children and families are supported and have the resources they need during these unprecedented times. From diapers to rental assistance and food, families have turned to Hively for help with the most basic and fundamental needs. With the unwavering support of our amazing donors and friends who have invested heavily in our work over the past six months, we have been honored to respond.   “The pandemic and shelter-in-place orders of the last few months have put nonprofits – usually hidden in plain sight – in the spotlight,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofit of the Year is an opportunity for our elected officials to celebrate the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.”


Earlier this month, the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund (TVNF), established April 24, 2020, reached its second round funding goal, distributing another $10,000 each in unrestricted funds to its six designated beneficiaries supporting residents in the Tri-Valley area adversely impacted by COVID-19. 
The beneficiary organizations are: 
• Axis Community Health 
• CityServe of the Tri-Valley 
• Open Heart Kitchen 
• Senior Support Services of the Tri-Valley 
• Spectrum Community Services (Meals on Wheels) 
• Tri-Valley Haven 

The $60,000 second round goal was achieved through the fund’s matching program, which reached $30,000 in community contributions in just over one month, and $30,000 from matching partners. Total distributions to date from the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund have now reached $120,000 in its first four months. The matching fund partners for the second round were Marti and John Sutton, St. Charles Borromeo Church, Gene Morgan Insurance Agency and Mony Nop Real Estate. Community donations included significant contributions from the East Bay Community Foundation and Community Leader Jean King. “Our matching funds partners are critical to supporting these six safety-net service providers,” says Kathy Young, CEO of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA). “They enable us to immediately double each donation, and ‘donation-doubling’ has been the key to this collaborative effort.” Community members are motivated to support neighbors, Young explains, but many are understandably limited in how much they can contribute right now. The immediate doubling mechanism allows for significant impacts, no matter how small the community contribution. 
How does donation-doubling work? A contribution of as little as $10 when doubled with equal funds from a matching program partner purchases a $20 bag of groceries for a family in need; a $25 donation when doubled buys a $50 tank of gas for a family living in a vehicle. Other examples include: 
$33 donation (doubled via match to $66) purchases a home-based pulse oximeter for patients with heart disease or COVID-19 
$50 donation (doubled to $100) can either purchase a home blood pressure cuff, or 50 hot meals, or 24- hours of safe & secure housing for a family of four 
$125 donation (doubled to $250) sponsors one child’s weekend bag lunch program for one year 
$150 donation (doubled to $300) covers one month of electricity for a senior citizen 
$250 donation (doubled to $500) purchases bag lunch meals for 200 children 
$500 donation (doubled to $1,000) covers the down payment for a below-market apartment for a displaced family 

Third Round Launches with Exclusive Workday Donation 
The TVNF is excited to announce that the Workday Foundation has stepped up as the exclusive matching partner for the third round of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund’s COVID-19 Campaign, with a $30,000 unrestricted matching funds challenge for the community. “Workday has created initiatives to support the communities where its employees work and live, and the Tri- Valley has benefitted from the company’s generosity for many years,” says Susan Hayes, Consultant to the Tri- Valley Nonprofit Fund. “We couldn’t be more grateful for Workday’s support of our community during this time, helping our residents who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.” The Workday Foundation also funded operational costs towards facilitation of the fund. “Like any business, nonprofit efforts such as the TVNF cost money to operate,” says Young. “We had no idea the fund would gain momentum as quickly as it has, and Workday’s support of our efforts to drive a community effort during a pandemic is a testament to its active participation in the community. Carrie Varoquiers, Vice President of Global Impact and Employee Life at Workday and President of the Workday Foundation, reiterated Workday’s commitment to its communities: “Supporting the needs of our communities is more important than ever, including those who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19,” says Varoquiers. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund, which aids service providers that are helping keep families healthy, fed and in their homes – which aligns with our goal to help break the cycle of poverty, and transform lives.” 

Community Challenge for Workday Round 
With the Workday round now under way, individuals and community organizations are already planning fundraisers, including a donation drive hosted by Inklings Coffee & Tea in Pleasanton. Inklings will collect funds through the month of August to donate to the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund and every dollar donated will automatically be doubled with funds contributed by Workday. It’s a great opportunity to support a small business and the community through paying it forward! 
Other ways the community can participate include: 
1) Make a donation of any amount directly through the TVNPA website at and at
2) Host an online fundraiser with your service group, friends and classmates. Feel free to reach out to Kathy Young for further information or ideas.
3) Become a Matching Funds Program Partner, open to businesses and organizations for a minimum 
donation of $1,000.
For information, contact TVNPA CEO Kathy Young at 925-699-7323 or 
For more information on the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund, visit 

Tri-Valley Haven has ONLINE Support Groups during COVID!

These are hard times for everyone, but if you are a survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence, sheltering in place and dealing with a pandemic could be just one of many stressful things you are dealing with. Tri-Valley Haven has moved its 8-week long support groups online in order to be there for you or your loved ones. Please call our office number at (925) 449-5845 and leave a message in our Intake voicemail to sign up for a group.

– DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP starts Monday July 13th and runs from 11 AM – 12 PM.
– SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT GROUP starts Tuesday, July 14th and runs from 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Estos son tiempos dificiles para todos, pero si usted es una sobreviviente de agresion sexual o violencia domestica, refugiarse en el lugar y enfrentar una pandemia podria ser solo una de las muchas cosas estresantes con las que estas lidiando. Tri-Valley Haven ha movido sus grupos de apoyo de 8 semanas en linea para estar alli para usted o sus seres queridos. Llame a nuestro numero de oficina al (925) 449-5845 y deje un mensaje en nuestro correo de voz de admision para inscribirse en un grupo.

Sunflower Hill Donates 400 Pounds Of Produce During Shelter-at-Home

Sunflower Hill, a nonprofit that raises organic produce, said this week that it had donated nearly 400 pounds of produce to local organizations since the Alameda County shelter-at-home order took effect in mid-March.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit had to close its Sunflower Hill Garden to volunteers and program participants who would typically work alongside staff to maintain and harvest produce for donation.

But the staff has continued to harvest produce for donation to other local organizations, including Culinary Angels, Tri-Valley Haven, and most recently, Shepherd’s Gate, a residential program in Livermore and Brentwood, California, that offers women and children an escape from addiction, homelessness and domestic abuse.

“Our partnership with Sunflower Hill helps us in our mission to provide nutritious foods and teach our women and children how to lead a healthy lifestyle,” said Jill Gandara, who heads up volunteer relations at Shepherd’s Gate.

“It is fun to see the expressions on the kids’ faces as the produce is taken out of the crates,” Gandara said. “Each week there is an excitement to see what has been harvested, what new fruits and veggies we can introduce to our kids and how the produce can be utilized in our family style meals.”

“The Sunflower Hill Garden has always been a space that gives back to the community,” said Edie Nehls,

executive director at Sunflower Hill. “Whether it be through our programs for adults with developmental

disabilities, community events, or through our ongoing produce donations, we’re thankful to be stewards of this land and offer support to our community.”

In addition to its garden donations, Sunflower Hill develops residential communities for adults with developmental disabilities. It recently shifted more of its programming online with a variety of learning and enrichment activities posted to the organization’s website,, each weekday at noon.

City of Dublin to Celebrate “Affordable Housing Week, ” May 9-17

The City of Dublin will celebrate “Affordable Housing Week,” May 9 – 17, to support and promote affordable housing at the local, regional, and state level, and encourage Dublin residents to participate in virtual Affordable Housing Week activities.

“Affordable Housing Week” will be kicked off by a special virtual event Thursday, May 7,coordinated by East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO).  Viewers will learn how Alameda County and Contra Costa County continue to promote affordable homes for all.  Other virtual events will be held the following week.

The City of Dublin ensures that every resident has access to programs and services they need to stay housed. The City maintains a Housing Resources and References webpage which features available programs to assist  Dublin residents.  Resources include: 

  • Financial or Legal Assistance (including eviction or foreclosure)
  • Homelessness Prevention and Crisis Services
  • Health and Human Services
  • Down Payment Assistance and Mortgage Assistance
  • ECHO Housing’s Tenant and Landlord Dispute Mediation
  • Tri-Valley Rental Housing Directory

The City of Dublin has 12 communities that provide 1,097 affordable apartments.  

Affordable Housing and Homelessness in the Tri-Valley: Panel Discussion at Beth Emek

Homelessness is a critical issue in the Tri-Valley. Join us for a panel discussion with local experts on affordable housing and homelessness in the Tri-Valley on March 5th from 7:00-8:30 at Congregation Beth Emek (3400 Nevada Ct in Pleasanton). The panel will be moderated by Livermore Council Member Patricia Munro, and panelists include Laning Thompson (Interfaith Housing), Darin Lounds (Housing Consortium of the East Bay), Susie Criscimagna (Eden Housing), and Frances Reisner (City of Livermore).

This panel is part of the CBE Social Action Committee’s focus on empowering our congregation to address the critical issue of homelessness in the Tri-Valley.

The event is free, but we request donations of coats, toiletry items, or feminine hygiene products.

For more information

To sign up to pledge your time to volunteer, please contact us at

Chestnut Square Senior Housing Grand Opening Ceremony February 27th 11:00-1:00

Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Chestnut Square Senior Housing – 72 affordable apartments for seniors – and preview Chestnut Square Family Housing – 42 affordable apartments – currently under construction next door at 1651 Chestnut Street in Livermore.

The result of a visionary partnership between the City of Livermore and MidPen Housing, Chestnut Square Senior marks the first phase of an intergenerational community in the heart of the City’s North Side, close to supermarkets, ACE transit, retail and restaurants in the downtown area.

Alameda County Supervisor District 1 Candidate Forum

The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County with our partners GENESIS and Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaboration are co-hosting a District 1 Alameda County Candidate Forum. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is over 3.5 billion dollars of our tax money. Come and check out the Candidate Forum on Monday, February 3, 2020. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm; the forum starts at 6:00 pm. The location is St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church 678 Enos Way Livermore, CA. RSVP at


The purpose of the Community Outreach Grant is to help residents enroll in programs that provide discounts on electric bills while also increasing EBCE awareness.

Oakland, CA (November 15, 2019) – East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is Alameda County’s local community choice energy program and currently provides electricity services to 1.5 million people across the county. EBCE launched the Community Outreach Grant in August 2019 and invited service-oriented organizations to apply. The grant program is unique in that the primary focus of the pilot is to increase enrollment in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and/or the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs within EBCE service territory. EBCE’s CEO, Nick Chaset, said “Providing lower costs and energy choice have been essential to the mission and purpose of our work. The Community Outreach Grant provides funds to support local organizations already deeply connected with our low-income communities.”

EBCE awarded $10,000 each to two organizations based on a competitive solicitation. The application process requested information such as the organization’s history working with residents in Alameda County, quantitative measures of outreach capacity, and proposed outreach methodology. The two organizations awarded are Spectrum Community Services, Inc based in Hayward and California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) based in Oakland. 

Spectrum Community Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and safety of seniors and low-income residents by enhancing their quality of life. Spectrum is deeply connected with senior and low-income communities through programs such as the Fall Prevention Program and Meals on Wheels. Executive Director of Spectrum, Lara Calvert notes that “Spectrum is committed to bringing more resources to our low-income families and seniors. This partnership with EBCE will allow us to extend the breadth of benefits we offer.” To learn more about Spectrum visit their website here.

California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) works closely with faith communities from all major religions to address climate change issues. CIPL will leverage their relationships with faith institutions to enroll eligible members in the CARE and/or FERA program. CIPL’s Northern California Director, Liore Milgrom-Gartner highlights that “California Interfaith Power and Light believes in community-based climate change solutions while uplifting all of our communities. We’re honored to engage our community on EBCE’s programs that will not only save people money, but help protect the climate as well.” To learn more about CIPL visit their website here.

The solicitation can be found on EBCE’s solicitation webpage


About EBCE 

EBCE is the local electricity provider created as a Joint Powers Authority by the 11 participating City Councils and the County of Alameda Board of Supervisors to provide low cost, cleaner power to our community. Launching to residential customers in November 2018, EBCE joined 19 other Community  Choice Energy programs operating across California.  
For more information about East Bay Community Energy, please visit


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