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Our Response to COVID-19

Man delivering a package of food with a mask and gloves on for social distancing

The coronavirus has been having a profound impact on our everyday lives and is taking an economic toll on residents and businesses throughout Alameda County. EBCE has made addressing this crisis a top priority. We have taken several actions to help our community during the COVID-19 crisis, including donating to local COVID-19 relief efforts through direct contributions and community grants.

Learn how EBCE is supporting local community grant funds

Learn how EBCE is donating to local food banks & food aids

Learn how EBCE is contributing to local COVID relief funds and recovery efforts

Learn how EBCE is supporting local medical and healthcare organizations

Learn how EBCE is offering Flexible Bill Repayment Options

Click here to see a contribution breakdown table

$2.2 Million

EBCE contributions to local organizations for COVID-19 relief

People getting COVID tests at an outdoor testing station

Supporting local community grant funds

$1,100,000 total donated to date

To ensure that these funds are reaching every part of our jurisdiction, EBCE's Board allocated an initial $1.1 million split proportionally across our service area. Contributions were provided to funds in every city we serve, and recipients included Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund, Fremont Family Resource Center, Hayward Community Relief Fund, and Alameda County COVID-19 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund/Disaster Relief Recovery Fund.

Donating to local foodbanks & food aids

$175,000 total donated to date

EBCE has issued grants to local support programs at Alameda County Community Food Bank and Meals on Wheels of Alameda County, among others. EBCE encourages companies, organizations, and individuals who are able to do so to also make contributions to local businesses and support programs. With this funding, EBCE launched a corporate match program for donations that more than doubled EBCE’s contribution. See this press release for a list of generous donors.

Contributing to local community efforts

$649,000 total donated to date

There is so much good charitable work happening throughout the East Bay, and we wanted to support that in the form of community grants. EBCE issued a series of solicitations to provide small grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) serving residents and/or businesses in EBCE’s service area. Specifically, EBCE sought to help those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. The results can be found here:

Supporting local medical and healthcare organizations

$245,000 total donated to date

During a pandemic, staying healthy is the top priority, and supporting our frontline healthcare workers is critical to making that happen. EBCE carved out funds to donate to local hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout our service area.

Offering flexible bill repayment options

EBCE has suspended the return of non-paying customers back to PG&E service and is suspending collections activities. While EBCE does not ever shut off power to customers, during normal operations — after providing notices and a grace period to non-paying customers — EBCE eventually returns these customers back to PG&E service. Currently, all of EBCE’s collections and customer return activities have been suspended. EBCE is also working to implement flexible payment plans for customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Information & Updates

We will be updating this page as the COVID pandemic continues to up-to-date efforts to help our community. For more information or details, please contact Dan Lieberman at dlieberman@ebce.org.

How to help

Our Contribution Breakdown

Berkeley Relief Fund Berkeley $79,000 City Relief Fund
Hayward Community Relief Fund Hayward $126,500 City Relief Fund
Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund Oakland $278,500 City Relief Fund
Alameda County COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund/Disaster Relief Recovery Fund Alameda County $88,500 City Relief Fund
Livermore: Support for CityServe Tri-Valley, Open Heart Kitchen, and Tri-Valley Haven Shelf/Food Pantry Livermore $79,000 City Relief Fund
San Leandro: City of San Leandro COVID-19 Relief Efforts San Leandro $79,000 City Relief Fund
Fremont Family Resource Center Fremont $193,000 City Relief Fund
Dublin: City of Dublin COVID-19 Relief Efforts Dublin $50,000 City Relief Fund
Newark: Newark Food Box Distribution Efforts Newark $5,000 City Relief Fund
Pleasanton: Operations of the COVID-19 Testing Center at the County Fairgrounds Pleasanton $5,000 City Relief Fund
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Oakland $25,000 Healthcare Organization
St. Rose Hospital (Hayward) Hayward $15,000 Healthcare Organization
Alameda County Health System Foundation Alameda County $90,000 Healthcare Organization
Axis Health (Pleasanton) Pleasanton $10,000 Healthcare Organization
Abode Services Fremont $10,000 Community Organization
Adamika Village Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) Berkeley $20,000 Community Organization
Center for Elders’ Independence Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Cornerstone Community Development Corporation San Leandro $10,000 Community Organization
Covenant House California Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Daily Bowl Union City $10,000 Community Organization
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
East Oakland Grocery Coop Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Eden Housing Hayward $10,000 Community Organization
Eden I&R Hayward $10,000 Community Organization
First Presbyterian Church of Hayward Castro Valley $10,000 Community Organization
Fremont Family Resource Center Corporation Fremont $10,000 Community Organization
Healthy Black Families, Inc Berkeley $10,000 Community Organization
Mandela Partners Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
NorCal Resilience Network Oakland/Berkeley $10,000 Community Organization
Pacific Center for Human Growth Berkeley $10,000 Community Organization
Street Level Health Project Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Sunflower Hill Livermore $10,000 Community Organization
The Davis Street Community Center San Leandro $10,000 Community Organization
Bay Area Community Health Fremont $10,000 Community Organization
Tri-Valley Haven for Women (TVH) Livermore $10,000 Community Organization
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Bay Area Community Services (BACS) Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Centerville Free Dining Room Fremont $5,000 Community Organization
Centro Legal De la Raza Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Choices for Freedom Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
City Slicker Farms Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Creating New Hope Bay Area $5,000 Community Organization
Drivers for Survivors Fremont $5,000 Community Organization
East Bay Agency for Children Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
East Bay FeedER East Bay $5,000 Community Organization
Easterseals Northern California Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Eden Area Interfaith Council Hayward $5,000 Community Organization
Healthy Communities, Inc/Healthy Oakland Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Hively San Leandro $5,000 Community Organization
Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay Berkeley $5,000 Community Organization
LifeLong Medical Care Berkeley $5,000 Community Organization
Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF) Fremont $5,000 Community Organization
Mercy Retirement & Care Center’s Mercy Brown Bag Program Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Mujeres Unidas y Activas Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice – Self-Help Hunger Program Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Partners for Change Tri-Valley Livermore $5,000 Community Organization
Prospera Community Development Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Re-plate, Inc Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments Fremont $5,000 Community Organization
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
Spectrum Community Services Hayward $5,000 Community Organization
St. Mary’s Center Oakland $5,000 Community Organization
The Berkeley Food Network Berkeley $5,000 Community Organization
Arsola’s Distribution Center and Community Services Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
CityServe of the Tri-Valley Pleasanton $10,000 Community Organization
Downtown Streets Team Hayward $10,000 Community Organization
Eden United Church of Christ Hayward $10,000 Community Organization
Family Resource Navigators San Leandro $10,000 Community Organization
Fred Finch Youth & Family Services Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Global Communication Education & Art (GCEA) Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Kitchen to Ward (Affiliated to E Biz Solutions Inc.) Bay Area $10,000 Community Organization
La Clinica de La Raza, Inc Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Owning My Own Truth Inc. Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
San Leandro Boys & Girls Club San Leandro $10,000 Community Organization
Senior Support Program Pleasanton $10,000 Community Organization
Sister to Sister 2, Inc. dba Serenity House Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center Hayward $10,000 Community Organization
Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank and Thrift Store Fremont $10,000 Community Organization
Tri-Valley Haven for Women Livermore $10,000 Community Organization
Trybe Inc. Oakland $10,000 Community Organization
Viola Blythe Community Service Center Newark $10,000 Community Organization
Children’s Hospital Oakland Oakland $50,000 Healthcare Organization
Meals on Wheels Alameda County Alameda County $85,000 Food Security
Alameda County Foodbank Oakland $85,000 Food Security
Washington Hospital (Fremont) Fremont $15,000 Healthcare Organization
St Rose’s Hospital (Hayward) Hayward $15,000 Healthcare Organization
Axis Community Health (Livermore) Livermore $15,000 Healthcare Organization
To be determined food bank in Tracy selected in consultation with city Tracy $5,000 Food Security
GRID Alternatives Oakland $33,000 Community Organization
Cypress Mandela Oakland $33,000 Community Organization
Tri-Valley Career Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (TVCC) Dublin $33,000 Community Organization