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December 22, 2015 > Washington Township Museum selected for match grant

Washington Township Museum selected for match grant

Submitted By Patricia Schaffarczyk

For the second year in a row, Washington Township Museum of Local History has been selected for a matching grant of $5,000 from Despeaux Good Works Fund at East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF). This grant will allow for the continuation of cataloging and archiving unique and valuable collections related to the area.

Harriet Despeaux, a Fremont philanthropist who died in 2011, left a substantial estate to be administered by EBCF for grants to nonprofit organizations in Fremont, Newark and Union City. The current round of grants focuses on local nonprofits that work in the fields of education, environment, social services and health.

Conditions of the grant include a matching provision Ð the grant must be matched on a 1-to-1 basis in order for the Museum to receive any funds. Because of this, the Museum is turning to the community for help; local businesses and residents are encouraged to donate to this worthy cause.

Kelsey Camello, a dedicated employee of the Museum, shares, ÒI began my association with the Museum as a research student. That association quickly turned into a combination of a volunteer position tackling membership and the newsletter, as well as a board position. One year ago we were presented with a $5,000 matching grant from the Despeaux Good Works Fund, thanks to the East Bay Community Foundation. We worked hard over four months to match that grant dollar-for-dollar, even exceeding the $5,000 minimum that we needed. We came out of that with a nice pot of money for payroll, and an idea for a new position within the Museum - an onsite cataloguer/archivist.Ó

For more information, please contact the Museum at (510) 623-7907. Donations should be made out to the Museum of Local History Guild, for Archival/Cataloguing, and mailed to 190 Anza St., Fremont, CA 94539. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as the second Saturday and Sunday of each month.

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