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Community Outreach

Eden Church is fully committed to the betterment of our central Alameda County community – Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Hayward, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo.

Eden Church established the Eden Area Foundation in order to provide financial support of local nonprofit organizations that create and conduct community programs. Since 2003 the EAF has awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to over 30 organizations.

Our establishment of the Compañeras/os Ministry, involvement with the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition(FESCO), and our Spirit In Action Ministry are examples of Eden’s commitment to improve the lives of children, youth and families in our congregation and wider community.

In addition, Eden Church, along with our community partners, works to promote strong and healthy public schools and communities through endeavors such as co-hosting an annual Hayward Unified School District’s Board of Trustees Candidates Forum with other grassroots organizations in our district. For gavel-to-gavel coverage of our 2018 Candidates’ Forum held on Wednesday, October 19, 2018 click on the video below:

In recent years we have advocated for and participated in strengths and needs assessments of our community and local resources. Examples of our grassroots initiatives include organizing and hosting the Cherryland and South Garden Community Roundtable, advocating for Hayward’s Measure L bond initiative and contributing to related projects, and design, development, and evaluation of the REACH Ashland Youth Center.

Recent documents related to REACH Ashland Youth Center can be found here:

REACH Town Hall Meeting (video), Eden Church (Oliver Hall), April 10, 2018
Anuncio de Sup Miley sobre REACH Operations Lead, Espanola, 12.7.2017
Sup Miley’s Announcement re REACH Operations Lead, English, 12.7.2017

Selected documents related to Measure L projects follow:

Click Here to Watch the 2016 HUSD Candidate’s Forum
Actualización de la Medida L Cherryland 2016
HUSD Board of Trustees, Bond Update, Jan 13 2016

For more information about “Measure L” please see the Hayward Unified School District website.