Vote for Bank of Alameda Grants

The Bank of Alameda–now owned by the Bank of Marin–is sponsoring a Give Back program that will award a total of $10,000 to five Alameda non-profit organizations.

Community members get to vote for the local non-profits that will get the awards. Just go to a Bank of Alameda branch at 2130 Otis Drive or 1416 Park Street by Jan. 3.

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts is asking for community support and votes, so it can win one of the Bank of Alameda’s five $2,000 grants. The art center also is requesting gently used quality arts, crafts and collectibles for its Déjà Vu Silent Auction fundraiser, which runs from Jan.10 to 25; it is accepting contributions through Jan. 7.

The Alameda Education Foundation says that the holidays are brighter this season for several hundred school kids thanks to Jamestown Properties, the owner of South Shore Center and donor of 500 Little Ice Rink tickets.

AEF also says it has raised $58,000 this year through its Adopt a Classroom program. In addition, it’s supported a volleyball season at the city’s middle schools, scholarships for sports and after-school programs, as well as a new enrichment and counseling efforts. It aims to raise $75,000 for 150 classrooms and hopes to win a grant from the Bank of Alameda.

Enjoy the final days of 2013 and Happy New Year!

Janet Levaux