Ashland and Cherryland Communities Receive Philanthropic Funding

Barbara Lee’s support helps deliver important funding

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) announced that the Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation has selected 10 community leaders from Ashland and Cherryland communities of incorporated Alameda County as recipients of the prestigious 2008 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Awards program.
Barbara-Lee.jpgThe fellowship awards are part of a $300,000 five-year initiative in the Ashland and Cherryland communities that is designed to enhance civic unity and improve the quality of life for residents in those communities, which is achieved by promoting collaboration and increasing understanding among different types of people in those communities and by promoting the concept that nurturing these differences is a crucial element in solving neighborhood problems.
Congresswoman Lee played a critical role in advocating for this vital funding. This is the second year a community in the Congresswoman’s 9th Congressional District will receive this philanthropic support. Last year, eight civic leaders from Berkeley were selected for the fellowship.
“I applaud the Koshland committee’s decision to recognize the Ashland and Cherryland communities with these very important fellowships,” Congresswoman Lee said. “I also applaud the fellows who will play critical leadership roles in addressing the pressing needs of their communities and fellow residents.”
The 2008 Koshland Community Fellows, along with their neighborhood colleagues, will distribute an average of $60,000 per year through 2013.
The Fellows will be honored for their outstanding efforts in the vibrant and diverse Ashland and Cherryland communities during an awards ceremony on at the Eden Unity Church of Christ in Hayward later this summer.
Beginning this fall, the 10 fellows will participate in a six month leadership training program, followed by a project planning process.
This will result in identifying an issue of concern to Ashland and Cherryland residents and designating resources to address this issue.