To do its part to reduce impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic, EBCE has expanded its commitment to funding local relief efforts, earmarking $1.5 million toward community relief efforts in Alameda County.
“I directed our management team to identify any possible opportunities in the current budget to repurpose as contributions for COVID-19 relief efforts” said EBCE’s CEO, Nick Chaset. “This is clearly a crisis time for residents and local businesses, and if EBCE has any resources available to help, then by all means that is what we’re going to do, and we’re doing it immediately.”
Some of those efforts include:
- Community Relief Funding: EBCE will contribute $1,100,000 to the twelve communities we serve to support their community relief efforts. Awards so far have been made to Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, and the Alameda County relief funds, as well as to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, St. Rose Hospital (Hayward), Alameda County Health System Foundation, and Axis Health (Pleasanton)
- Corporate Partners Donation Initiative: EBCE spearheaded an initiative soliciting donations from our largest customers, to raise funds for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Meals-on-Wheels of Alameda County. EBCE’s board kicked off the corporate campaign with $70,000 in grants, and within two weeks our corporate partners more than doubled that amount.
- Community Grant Funds: EBCE has allocated over $500,000 in additional funds to use for community grants and has given out two rounds of awards so far.
The round of grants were made on April 30. Twenty-two organizations were each awarded grants of $10,000 to address immediate relief efforts related to assistance in energy or utility bills, food security, rent support, and health and wellness.
Funds to Mandela Partners helped expand their free food distribution in Oakland, sourcing produce directly from family farmers. Tri-City Health Center in Fremont provides emergency rental assistance and financial support for basic needs for patients who are low-income, suffering from financial hardship, and are facing potential eviction from a missed rental payment.
Other grant recipients include:
Abode Services, Adamika Village, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), Center for Elders’ Independence, Cornerstone Community Development Corporation, Covenant House California, Daily Bowl, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), East Oakland Grocery Coop, Eden Housing, Eden I&R, First Presbyterian Church of Hayward, Fremont Family Resource Center Corporation, Healthy Black Families, Inc., NorCal Resilience Network, Pacific Center for Human Growth, Street Level Health Project, Sunflower Hill, The Davis Street Community Center, and Tri-Valley Haven for Women (TVH).
The second round of grants was made using funds donated by Clearway Energy Group, developers of a large solar energy project currently being built to supply EBCE. As part of that contract, Clearway agreed to invest $250,000 in Alameda County, which is now being deployed to meet today’s urgent need for support.
The Clearway funds are being used for $140,000 in grants to Alameda County-based organizations that provide support for energy or utility bills, food security, rent, and health and wellness, and $50,000 towards the purchase of masks and hand sanitizer to be distributed to community members in need and frontline workers. Another $60,000 has yet to be allocated.
Recipients of $5,000 grants from round two include:
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Bay Area Community Services (BACS), Centerville Free Dining Room, Centro Legal De la Raza Choices for Freedom, City Slicker Farms, Creating New Hope, Drivers for Survivors, East Bay Agency for Children, East Bay FeedER, Easterseals Northern California, Eden Area Interfaith Council, Healthy Communities, Inc/Healthy Oakland, Hively, Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay, LifeLong Medical Care, Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF), Mercy Retirement & Care Center’s Mercy Brown Bag Program, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice – Self-Help Hunger Program, Partners for Change Tri-Valley, Prospera Community Development, Re-plate, Inc, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Spectrum Community Services, St. Mary’s Center, and The Berkeley Food Network.
EBCE has launched a web page to catalog its relief efforts. We encourage readers to visit the page and contribute if you are able.