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Nonprofit founded by Fremont man helps special needs students

Neal Bharadwaj founded a Fremont nonprofit organization to help local youth when he was just 15, but he shrugs off any praise about the accomplishment, saying he just was following the generous example his parents set.

“They taught us to give back, especially when there are so many people who could use the help,” said Bharadwaj, now 24.

Nearly a decade later, he’s still following his parents’ model, and his organization, Matters of Community, is going strong. It provides music, art, theater and sports programs to improve the education of special needs children, including those with learning disorders, and physical and mental disabilities.

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Chris DeBenedetti