San Lorenzo Express

Community Organizations

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Community Associations

Ashland Area Community Association
This longtime organization declined in active membership some years ago and efforts to revive it have not been successful.

Cherryland Community Association
Meets second Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., at Eden Church, 21455 Birch St. (off Mission Blvd.), Hayward. The association publishes a monthly newsletter. Mail to P.O. Box 3, San Lorenzo 94580; president Cindy Towles. Visit the association's website

San Lorenzo Village Homes Association
The association was formed when San Lorenzo Village was first developed in the 1940s and is one of the oldest and largest homeowner associations in the U.S. (see history). Most homes in San Lorenzo Village are now within the association, which enforces covenants and restrictions ("CC&Rs") in the deeds of homes within the association. The CC&Rs control how property can be used (see CC&R enforcement). For some alterations of property, homeowners must seek written approval from the association (see applications for alteration of property). The association publishes a bimonthly newsletter. (377 Paseo Grande; voice 351-2731, fax 481-5627; send email to Visit the Homes Association Website.

Monthly meetings — The association board holds monthly public meetings that serve as community meetings for San Lorenzo Village. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday each month at the Community Center (in the same building as the association office). See board meeting agendas and minutes.

Business and Development Committee — This committee was established in early 1998 to deal with a variety of issues regarding commercial development and physical conditions in San Lorenzo. It was terminated in 2002. See BDC agendas and minutes.

Birthright of San Lorenzo

Provides counseling on unwanted pregnancies, Mon. - Wed. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and first and second Saturdays noon to 2 p.m., or by appointment. Call 481-9677.

Congregations Organizing for Renewal

COR is a federation of 12 churches in southern Alameda County working together to improve the quality of life. Contact through Eden United Church of Christ, 22634 Second Street, Hayward 94541, tel. 727-8833. COR is affiliated with Pacific Institute for Community Organizing (PICO), and with other similar organizations in California makes up the PICO California. Local organizations include:

Hayward Area Local Organizing Committee includes St. Joachim's Catholic Church and Eden United Church of Christ (Congregational). Call COR (727-8832).

San Lorenzo Local Organizing Committee includes St. John's Catholic Church, St. Christopher Church (Episcopal), San Lorenzo Community Church (Congregational), and Christ Lutheran Church. It meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The location of meetings rotates among the churches; call COR for current meeting place (727-8832).

East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA is a local (not national) animal welfare organization that serves East Bay communities exclusively. It does not receive money from national organizations. It provides shelter and food, medical service, spaying and neutering, and adoption. Located at 8323 Baldwin St., Oakland. Visit the East Bay SPCA website.

ECHO Housing

ECHO Housing is a nonprofit agency offering counseling on issues between landlords and tenants. Contact the Hayward office, 581-9380, or visit ECHO Fair Housing Services.

Friends of the Library (San Lorenzo)

Operates a small bookstore inside the library to raise money for library materials and activitites. Meets monthly at the library, 395 Paseo Grande. Mail to P.O. Box 152, San Lorenzo 94580. Visit the website

Friends of San Lorenzo Creek

Formed in 2002, this organization addresses all concerns about the San Lorenzo Creek system, from the various tributaries in the hills of Castro Valley to San Francisco Bay, as well as the associated watershed. Visit the Friends of San Lorenzo Creek website.

Gray Panthers of Southern Alameda County

Works to unite age and youth in action. All ages are invited to become members. Members attend rallies protesting injustice toward age, housing, health, social security, medical care, transportation, utility service, and the environment, and write or phone legislators monthly on these issues. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m., 16079 via Del Sol, San Lorenzo. Contact Betty Moose, 278-2094. Visit the Gray Panthers National Home Page.

Hayward Area Historical Society

Preserves local history, including San Lorenzo. Operates a museum, library, and bookstore (22701 Main Street, Hayward), as well as the restored McConaghy Estate, a private residence built in 1886 (on Hesperian Boulevard near Bockman Road). The Society holds regular meetings and social functions and publishes a quarterly magazine, "Adobe Trails," which contains articles on local history. Local residents are encouraged to join. For information call 581-0223, or see the Hayward Area Historical Society website.

League of Women Voters of the Eden Area

The Eden Area chapter includes Hayward and San Leandro and surrounding unincorporated area of Eden Township, including Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hillcrest Knolls, and San Lorenzo. Call 582-9568, or write P.O. Box 2234 Castro Valley, CA 94546. Visit the website League of Women Voters of the Eden Area.

Lorenzo Theater Foundation, Inc.

A nonprofit organization that seeks to acquire and restore the Lorenzo Theater as a venue for the performing arts. (P.O. Box 193, San Lorenzo 94580; 886-4954). Visit the Lorenzo Theater Foundation website.

Neighborhood Watch

Block organizations that are effective in preventing criminal activity. For information call the Alameda County Sheriff's Community Policing Unit, 667-7770.

San Lorenzo Citizens Fighting Airport Noise

This group works to reduce noise from overflights to and from the Hayward Airport, including the large number of helicopter operations from the airport. Visit Hayward Airport Noise.

San Lorenzo Heritage Society

The Society works to acquaint people with the modern history of San Lorenzo, dating to 1852, when squatters from Mission San Jose arrived on the Estudillo rancho. It publishes a newsletter on local history and is planning a number of historical markers in the area. Local residents are encouraged to join. Write P.O. Box 52, San Lorenzo 94580, or call Mary Ann McMillan, 278-0249.

Village Harvest

Village Harvest collects fresh fruit from backyard trees for people who are dependent on charity. If you have a tree and are not using most of the fruit, here is a wonderful opportunity to share the bounty! If you have a modest amount of fruit (a few boxes) and can pick it yourself, you are encouraged to harvest and deliver the fruit to a drop-off location (listed at the Village Harvest website). If you have a larger amount of fruit or cannot pick it because of age or disability, Village Harvest will send a team of volunteers to harvest your tree. E-mail

[Revised July 4, 2017]