State Assemblyman Marc Berman selected Community Services Agency as the Nonprofit of the Year for District 24.
CSA – which provides social services to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents – is scheduled to be recognized today, California Nonprofits Day, in Sacramento.
“For over 60 years, CSA has enhanced individual and community well-being, connecting homeless, low-income and senior community members with emergency housing and wraparound services, including food and mental health care,” said Berman, whose district includes parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. “I am heartened by the work CSA does every day to improve lives in our community.”
CSA Executive Director Tom Myers, who only found out about California Nonprofits Day when he received an email announcing CSA’s nomination in early May, was pleasantly surprised to learn of the honor.
“We were absolutely thrilled to find out we were chosen,” the Los Altos resident said.
When asked why he thought CSA was selected, Myers emphasized the duration of the nonprofit agency’s contributions to the community. Established in 1957 under the name Mountain View Welfare Council, CSA has since expanded its reach to low-income families in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills – which helps explain why the name was changed to Community Services Agency in 1982.
“I think some of it also has to do with the fact that we’re doing a lot right now to deal with the homelessness crisis in the area,” he added. “I think a lot of people don’t realize that homelessness is on the increase, but CSA is doing a lot to combat that. We currently have four different programs all addressing the basics people in poverty need – having access to food to eat and a roof over their head.”
CSA provides a variety of social services – including emergency assistance, homeless services and senior care – all while combating food insecurity, financial instability and senior isolation.
In the future, Myers foresees that CSA will “continue to expand and grow to meet the needs of people in this area. I don’t anticipate that the economic crisis we are in right now will end anytime soon, and I think that we will need to adjust to accommodate that.”
He added that the high cost of living in the region has been especially hard on low-income families.
“There is also a large affordable-housing crisis in the area that is putting a lot of people on the streets when they cannot afford to find shelter, and I think our programs will have to expand to meet that need,” Myers said.
California Nonprofits Day was founded to recognize the impact of nonprofit organizations like CSA on “the economy and well-being of (California),” as stated in Assembly Concurrent Resolution 192. Former District 24 Assemblyman Rich Gordon authored the resolution in 2016.
CSA will be honored today at an awards luncheon for legislators, honorees and their guests at the Masonic Temple in Sacramento.
A local celebration is scheduled 4 p.m. June 22 at CSA offices, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View.
For more information on CSA, visit csacares.org.