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By Steve Gerstle

The West End and Alameda Point are home to many non-profit organizations. I surveyed a dozen non-profits located south of Atlantic Avenue and west of Ninth Street, ranging from an historic aircraft carrier to a food bank.

The Alameda Food Bank provides emergency and ongoing food aid to Alameda residents who meet income requirements. The organization has about 100 volunteers who serve approximately 2000 Alameda residents monthly. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2167, Alameda, Calif. 94501; Physical address: 1900 Thau Way; 523-5850.

The Alameda Multicultural Community Center’s (AMCC) mission is to provide resources and opportunities for Alameda families and individuals, with a special focus on the West End. Services include a free community computer lab and computer classes, a meeting space with community information, films and other events, a monthly book club, films and activities for people with autism and their families, and multicultural arts support for West End and Title I schools in Alameda. Longfellow Education Center (Building A), 501 Lincoln Avenue at Fifth Street, Room 6; 521-9405.

The Alameda Naval Air Museum has exhibits, artifacts and an archive on the history of the Alameda Naval Air Station, which was in operation from 1940 to 1997. On November 21, the museum will host events to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the China Clipper’s first commercial flight from Alameda to the Philippine Islands. The new Pan Am Clipper Exhibit Hall will debut and there will be a re-enactment of the historic 1935 flight. 2151 Ferry Point # 77; 522-4262.

The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) provides supportive housing and associated programs for the formerly homeless. Approximately 500 adults and children live in the residences. APC also runs the Ploughshares Nursery and the Growing Youth Project Urban Farm, which teaches young people how to grow produce. The produce is then sold in the community. Alameda Point Collaborative: 677 West Ranger Avenue; 898-7800. Ploughshares Nursery: 2701 Main Street; 755-1102. Growing Youth Project: 2600 Barbers Point Road.

Alternatives in Action works with youth who have leadership potential and prepares them for college, career and community. It runs the Bay Area School of Enterprise (a charter high school), the Home Sweet Home Preschool and the HOME Project Afterschool program. 1900 Third Street; 748-4314.

The Boys & Girls Club of Alameda provides the youth of Alameda with a place to go during non-school hours for programs in sports, fitness, and arts and crafts, as well as help with homework and the transition to responsible adulthood. At its current location at the Esperanza Housing Project, the Club serves boys and girls ages 12-18. The Club intends to expand services to children as young as six when the new Youth Development Center is completed in early 2011. The Center will be located at the old Woodstock School site on the corner of Third Street and Appezzato Way. 2900 Main Street, Suite 100 (office); 1903 Third Street (Esperanza Housing Project); 522-4900.

Changing Gears Community Bike Shop, formerly named Cycles of Change and operated in cooperation with the Alameda Point Collaborative, is now sponsored by Earth Island Institute. The bike shop repairs bicycles and sells refurbished used ones. Changing Gears also provides job training in bicycle repair to the formerly homeless. 650 West Ranger Avenue #C-2; 995-1478.

Crowns for Causes sells and rents prom and other formal clothing with profits donated to a charitable organization of the customer’s choosing. An appointment is needed. 1512 Webster Street, Suite A; 523-7766.

Pacific Pinball Museum promotes the art, science and history of pinball by operating a museum containing almost 100 pinball machines from different eras. The price of admission, $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under 12, includes playing the machines. In addition, the museum has traveling exhibits and hosts an annual Pinball Exposition. 1510 Webster Street; 769-1349.

The USS Hornet Museum pays tribute to the aircraft carrier’s role in history, including World War II and the first two moon landings, with both permanent and temporary exhibits. The ship itself is a national historic landmark and serves as a site for community events, including performances, dinners, meetings and benefits. Admission ranges from $6 for youth to $15 for adults. 707 West Hornet Avenue, Pier 3; 521-8448.

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) represents West End businesses by supporting economic development, improving infrastructure, enhancing streetscape and actively marketing the community. WABA currently represents over 125 local businesses. 1509 1/2 Webster Street; 523-5955.

Women’s Initiative for Self Employment (WISE) is a Bay Area non-profit that helps lower-income women start their own businesses. The retail shop, called Karousel Boutique, showcases on a rotating basis the goods and services of the businesses that WISE has supported. 1532 Webster Street.

News Bits

There will be a West End/Alameda Point community meeting regarding the proposed deep reductions in AC Transit service. The cuts would include the loss of all weekend bus service west of Webster (Line 31), the loss of all weekend transbay service in Alameda (line O) and of all bus service in Alameda after midnight (line 851). These cuts, planned to begin December 19, would be in addition to recent cuts set to take effect this coming Sunday. The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, November 8 at the Alameda Multicultural Community Center, 501 Lincoln Avenue, room 6. For more information, please contact the Center at 521-9405 or alamulticultural@gmail.com.

Head Start will be opening a new facility in the former Saint Barnabas School at the corner of Central Avenue and Sixth Street. For more information, you can contact Alameda Family Services at 629-6300.

We now have two optical shops on Webster Street. Eyes on Webster is re-opening at their previous location at 1620 Webster Street. Perfect Vision One is now open at 1703 Webster Street.

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