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Google Impact Challenge winners are announced following public voting

An adult choir rehearsal at the Community Music Center
An adult choir rehearsal at the Community Music Center
by Dan Porras, courtesy of the Community Music Center

Last month I reported on the Google Impact Challenge, designed to provide funding for local nonprofit institutions with the most innovative ideas for improving Bay Area communities. The initial proposed submissions constituted an “impressive roster from fields like education, housing, youth engagement and more.” A panel, consisting of the Honorable Aida Alvarez, Secretary Norman Mineta, Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, Reverend Cecil Williams, and Major League Baseball player Barry Zito, reviewed these submissions and selected the “Top 10.” These were then rank-ordered through online voting. $500,000 grants were awarded to the top four and $250,000 grants were given to the remaining six.

The top four winners are as follows:

  1. Center for Employment Opportunities: to provide jobs and support for formerly incarcerated people
  2. Bring Me a Book: early childhood literacy supported through books and online community
  3. Hack the Hood: jumpstarting careers in technology for low-income youth
  4. The Health Trust: to provide fresh food access for low-income families

This means that the adult choir program of the Community Music Center (CMC), one of the “Top 10” proposals included on the voting ballot, will be receiving a grant of $250,000 as a result of this selection process. Last night CMC, through a statement by Executive Director Christopher Borg, congratulated these four winners and promised further updates and concert announcements from the adult choir program.

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