The Community Services Agency’s 2014 “Hometown Heroes” fundraising breakfast is scheduled 7:15 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
“Hometown Heroes” honors individuals and businesses for their philanthropic contributions to both CSA and the local community. The nonprofit CSA provides a social-service safety net for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press national writer Martha Mendoza will serve as guest speaker at the event. Mendoza has reported on the income disparity in Silicon Valley and the plight of homeless individuals and families.
This year’s honorees include former California State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, Chamber of Commerce Mountain View’s YIPEE (Young Innovative Professional Entrepreneurs, Etc.) program and Google Inc.
Lieber is a vocal champion of CSA and its clients. She served three terms in the State Assembly, representing the 22nd District, which includes Mountain View. She served as chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Ending Poverty in California and authored legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage.
In April 2006, Lieber spent several days living as a homeless person in Silicon Valley in an attempt to understand the problems the homeless face and ways the legislature can help. She begged for money and collected cans and bottles to buy food on the streets of Mountain View, using the experience to encourage the governor to keep cold-weather shelters open for the homeless and overseeing a strategic planning process that led to the adoption of a new three-year plan in 2011.
YIPEE creates a platform for young entrepreneurs to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically involved and contribute to the economic well-being of the community. The program harnesses the talents of young professionals to organize food and toy drives for CSA throughout the year and provides volunteers for many CSA events.
Google Inc. has served as corporate sponsor for a number of CSA events, including the “Hometown Heroes” breakfast and the annual back-to-school backpack distribution project. The company donated a walk-in refrigerator/freezer and contributes nearly 400 pounds of fresh produce twice a week from its organic food supplier to CSA’s Food & Nutrition Center. A trio of Google employees assisted CSA with social media and website strategies through the Google Reach program.
Individual tickets for the breakfast are $45.