Hacienda Helping Hands Awards Axis Community Health $10,000 Impact Grant

For Immediate Release

Contact: James Paxson, General Manager Hacienda Owners Association 925.734.6500

Contact: Valerie Jonas, Chief Development Officer Axis Community Health 925.201.6068

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Hacienda Helping Hands has awarded a $10,000 impact grant to Axis Community Health, a non-profit organization that provides affordable health services to Tri-Valley residents. The grant will be used to help pay for construction of a new health center. Located in Pleasanton, the new facility will serve the entire Tri-Valley and will be opening in summer of 2015.

"Hacienda Helping Hands felt a $10,000 impact grant could make a real difference at this critical time when Axis is raising funds to open the new community clinic which will serve thousands of Tri-Valley residents who rely on Axis for health care," said James Paxson, Hacienda's general manager. "We are pleased to step up as supporters of this important effort."

The new health center will double Axis's service capacity in both primary health care and mental health. Axis presently has two clinic sites, one in downtown Pleasanton and one at Livermore's multi-services center, as well as two behavioral health sites and a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program site. The new facility, which involves a complete interior renovation of the structure at 5925 W. Las Positas, will add an additional 27 exam rooms and seven counseling rooms.

"Hacienda Helping Hands has come through again for us and we are very grateful," said Sue Compton, Axis CEO. "Construction for the new clinic begins later this year, so every dollar we can raise now is needed." The project has an overall cost of $12 million, and Axis is raising $1.7 million through a capital campaign to help pay for construction costs. Additional funding will come from Alameda County and the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton; the remainder will be financed.

About Axis Community Health

Axis Community Health provides quality, affordable medical, mental health, and substance abuse services that promote the well-being of all members of the community. A non-profit organization founded in 1972, Axis provides services for 14,000 local residents. In the last year, Tri-Valley residents made more than 100,000 visits to one of Axis's five locations. For information about services, call (925) 462-1755 or visit us at www.axishealth.org . For information about the campaign for building a new community health center, contact the Development Office at (925) 201-6068.

About Hacienda Helping Hands

Hacienda Helping Hands supports community organizations in the following six key philanthropic areas: youth development and education, family strengthening, senior assistance, access to healthcare and healthy living, affordable housing and solutions to homelessness, and arts and culture. Over the last six years, through two separate granting cycles, Hacienda Helping Hands has been able to distribute more than $100,000 to organizations that addressed one or more of these philanthropic areas. Past recipients include: Axis Community Health, Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley, Buenas Vidas Youth Ranch, Open Heart Kitchen, Sentinels of Freedom, Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center, and many more.

About East Bay Community Foundation

The Hacienda Helping Hands campaign is operated under the umbrella of the East Bay Community Foundation ( www.eastbaycf.org ), one of the largest sources of philanthropic support for the East Bay, managing more than 500 charitable funds and endowments. The East Bay Community Foundation transforms lives by harnessing financial capital, leadership and philanthropic expertise through the power of many: partnerships with individual donors, business, government, and private foundations.

Contact Information

Hacienda Owners Association 4305 Hacienda Drive, Suite 330, Pleasanton, California 94588-2738 (925) 734-6500 phone (925) 734-6501 fax info@hacienda.org e-mail www.hacienda.org WWW

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