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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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Feed Tri-Valley Food Drive July 7-21

Posted on The Independent July 18, 2019

Hunger affects more than 700 households in the Tri-Valley. In a single month, local food providers will supply 25,000 meals for food-insecure families and individuals. This summer, take part in the movement to end local hunger by supporting Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore food providers and pantries during the annual Feed Tri-Valley food drive.

All are invited to donate food and grocery store gift cards at designated drop-off locations in the Tri-Valley between July 7 and July 21. Gift cards are encouraged.

Drop-off locations include: Pleasanton Public Library (400 Old Bernal), Towne Center Books (555 Main Street, Pleasanton), Pleasanton Senior Center (5353 Sunol Blvd.), Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce (777 Peters Ave.), Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.), Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza), Livermore City Hall (1052 S. Livermore Ave.), and Livermore Civic Center Library (1188 S. Livermore Ave.)

All donations will be distributed to food-insecure residents of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore through neighborhood organizations like Open Heart Kitchen, Interfaith Sharing, Valley Bible Church, and Tri-Valley Haven.

To learn more, visit, or contact Nicole Thomas at

Tri-Valley Haven Seeking School Supplies

Posted by The Independent Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:00 am

With another school year on the way, Tri-Valley Haven is seeking community support for an ever-rising need of school supplies. Since 2012, the number of children served by the Haven’s back to school distribution has risen by almost 20%. With many families in the Tri-Valley experiencing hardship, the Haven’s back to school distribution has become a resource for locals as they prepare their children for another year of learning.

Tri-Valley Haven invites the citizens of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore to help Tri-Valley children and teens start the school year on a high note by donating backpacks, calculators and other essentials. Donations may be delivered to the Haven’s Community Building at 3663 Pacific Ave, Livermore 94550; Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm. The last day to donate is Thursday, August 1st.

For questions or a list of needed supplies, email or phone 925-667-2702.

County Announces $1 Million Fund to Drive Affordable Housing

Posted by The Independent

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00 am

Partnership with LISC, San Francisco Foundation will support faith-based and community-based organizations as they address critical housing shortfalls

Alameda County is launching a significant effort to assist faith-based and community-based organizations to help address the region’s affordable housing crisis. The County, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the San Francisco Foundation rolled out a $1 million program on April 22nd that is designed to help local faith-based organizations and area nonprofits expand their development expertise. Through this effort, groups that own property and want to consider using those properties for affordable housing can gain knowledge to help projects move forward.

“In many of our communities, housing is the most critical issues families face,” said Richard Valle, president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. “We must find ways to address it on multiple fronts—from land use to developing financing—and that includes giving organizations the tools they need to assess and respond to their communities’ specific needs.”

The County earmarked $750,000 in local funding for this effort, and the San Francisco Foundation (SFF) provided an additional $250,000 in support. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a long-time community development intermediary whose Bay Area investments top $734 million, will manage the outreach, education and technical assistance associated with the program.

“Providing the support that faith-based and community-based organizations need to expand their development expertise is critical to finding bold housing solutions to address the affordable housing crisis,” said Landon Williams, senior director of Anchoring Communities at the San Francisco Foundation. “Our partnership is representative of working across multi-sectors to ensure that everyone has a safe and affordable home.”

The program is critical given the region’s dire housing challenges. Recent research finds that rents in 95 percent of Bay Area neighborhoods are beyond the means of a family with two minimum-wage earners.

“We have passionately embraced the issue of housing and homelessness and are looking for creative ways to answer pressing local needs,” said Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. “The faith community and other community-based organizations are well-positioned to help because they are so closely connected to residents. We want to help them translate their deep mission and commitment into clear and direct action on affordable housing.”

Kicking off on May 20th in Oakland, the capacity-building program will serve Alameda County communities with workshops and other training for local organizations interested in learning more about affordable housing development, helping them make informed decisions about future opportunities, as well as providing more intensive technical assistance for up to 10 selected organizations in an upcoming second phase of the program.

“These organizations are the bedrock of our communities,” noted Cynthia Wong, executive director of LISC’s Bay Area program. “By building their capacity to address affordable housing concerns, the County is making an investment in the long-term health of our neighborhoods so that they are safer, stronger and positioned for economic growth.”

An advisory body consisting of representatives from the County, the San Francisco Foundation, LISC, community members, and local collaboratives such as East Bay Housing Organizations, will help guide the program. Interfaith Council of Alameda County and Bay Area Community Benefit Organization will assist in marketing and outreach, and other organizations will also be provided with information and materials related to the program. Interested organizations can find more information and sign up for notices of upcoming trainings at

Program Helping to Lift People Out of Poverty Seeks Volunteer Mentors

Posted on The Independent: Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:00 am

Partners for Change (PFC) has announced a new collaboration with CAPE Head Start. A number of families in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin with children attending pre-school at CAPE have registered to participate in the fifth session of the program, starting later this month.

Partners for Change, headquartered in Livermore, matches each client with 2-4 volunteer mentors from the community, to work together in a partnership to help the client achieve his/her personal goals.

Twenty-five additional mentors are needed for this new session. Spanish language skills would be helpful, but not required. Mentors do not need any specific skills, just an open mind, an interest in learning about the issue of poverty, and a willingness to walk alongside people for 18-24 months to help them bring about positive change in their lives.

Partners for Change offers a two-part program for participants. The first segment consists of a life skills training program. A key product of this training is a personalized set of short, medium and long-term goals for each client. They are then matched with their mentors, and together they begin the hard work towards meeting those goals.

The importance of this program can be seen in the stories of two clients.

After 14 years of not working, Terri came to the program very sad, overwhelmed and unhappy with her life. Problems at home also impacted her children’s school performance. Terri set short-term and long-term goals and with the support of her mentors, made a plan to get her life back on track. One of Terri’s goals was to re-enter the workforce. Her mentors helped her fill out applications and practiced interviewing skills, which resulted in a job offer at a local retailer.

When Joe and Rachel joined Partners, they were dealing with serious medical problems that limited their ability to work. Their mentors helped Rachel quit smoking. They helped Joe with insurance forms in order to obtain the medical care he needed. This allowed him to work full-time. Next, they found better housing, and Joe landed a better job where he is earning enough to cover his expenses and regain his self-esteem. They also helped Rachel get a driver’s license. She is now planning to enroll at Las Positas College and work towards her goal of becoming a nurse. Rachel’s son enjoyed spending time with one of Rachel’s mentors and he is now doing much better in school.

For additional information, to apply to become a volunteer mentor, or to make a donation, contact Shana Peete, Executive Director, at (925) 583-1635,, or