South San Francisco celebrates the reopening of the Grand Avenue Branch Library.
South San Francisco celebrates the reopening of the Grand Avenue Branch Library.
Steve Okamoto examines a 1942 photo of Japanese Americans lined up on San Francisco's Bush Street. Thousands of Japanese Americans were forced into camps following the entry of the United States in World War II.
Steve Okamoto examines a 1942 photo of Japanese Americans lined up on San Francisco's Bush Street. Thousands of Japanese Americans were forced into camps following the entry of the United States in World War II.
The Magical Bridge Foundation is planning to build a playground in Redwood City's Red Morton Park with play and retreat areas for all children regardless of age or abilities.
The Magical Bridge Foundation is planning to build a playground in Redwood City's Red Morton Park with play and retreat areas for all children regardless of age or abilities.
Connection to College

This one-time $10,000 grant approved in June 2017 expands the capacity of the Los Hermanos and Hermanas Connection to College program to help Latino students enrolled in the South San Francisco Unified School District graduate high school and attend and succeed in college. 

Improving Safety for Homeless Families

This $40,805 grant approved in January 2018 helps to purchase and install a fire suppression system at the Redwood Family House for homeless families. 

Promoting Fitness in San Bruno

This $67,500 grant to the San Bruno Park School District helps to bring physical education to young children in grades K-3 at two schools with a high percentage of children who tend to perform poorly on state-mandated fitness assessments. The grant funds two 40-minute PE sessions a week at Belle Air and Allen elementary schools for the 2017-18 school year. 

Assistance for Millbrae Following Fire

This $250,000 Measure K grant approved in April 2017 constributes to the installation of two temporary buildings to serve as an interim community center following a fire that destroyed the Millbrae Community Center in July 2016.

Summer Lunches for Children

CALL Primrose is a non-profit corporation providing free grocery assistance to low income families and individuals in San Mateo County. This $15,000 grant approved in June 2017 expands a summer lunch program for children from families with low incomes. Learn more.

A Playground for Everyone

A $25,000 Measure K grant approved in June 2017 helps to purchase three retreat huts that are cozy, safe places that allow visitors, such as children with autism, to find a quiet place for a break. The huts will be installed at the Magical Bridge Foundation playground, which will become the only playground in San Mateo County designed to meet the needs of the visually and hearing impaired, those with physical limitations and other special needs. The playground is planned for Red Morton Park in Redwood City.

Hepatitis Screenings

This $50,000 grant approved in July 2017 to San Francisco Hep B Free will provide free hepatitis B screenings to at least 250 Asian and Pacific Islander residents in San Mateo County and expand community outreach and education. Learn more.

Tech, Other Upgrades for South City's Century-Old Library

Two grants totaling $900,000 helped South San Francisco renovate its century-old Grand Avenue Branch Library that serves the downtown and the primarily low-income neighborhoods nearby. The 8,000-square-foot library was the city's first thanks to a $10,000 grant from industrialist-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. South San Francisco celebrated the library's grand reopening on Oct. 15, 2016.

Learn more about the project and how one woman's dedication helped to bring a library to a young South San Francisco.

Countywide Oral Health Strategic Plan

The San Mateo County Oral Health Coalition exists to improve the oral health status of the County’s traditionally underserved and vulnerable populations. A $30,000 grant helped the coalition complete The 2017-2020 San Mateo County Oral Health Strategic Plan, which sets a path forward for increasing access to quality dental services for vulnerable populations. Learn more.

Remembering Our Past

This one-time $250,000 grant to support the work of the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee. The Committee is seeking to raise approximately $900,000 to build a memorial honoring the nearly 8,000 Japanese Americans who were sent to the Assembly Center in 1942. The memorial will be placed in the exterior plaza at the San Bruno BART Station on the grounds of the former Assembly Center. Learn more about the project.