Shiva-Vishnu Temple in North Livermore

The Hindu Community and Cultural Center (HCCC) held its annual “Grant in Aid” ceremony on March 16. With more than 200 people in attendance, $35,000 was granted to 31 organizations and nonprofits.

“The atmosphere was warm and very touching as we heard from each of the recipients about their services to humanity,” said Umashankar Meda, chairperson of the HCCC’s Human Services Committee.

The 2019 recipients included the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Girl Scouts of Northern California, Good News Bears, Legal Assistance for Seniors, American Legion Post 47, Partners for Change, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, Geeta Society, Sunflower Hill, and Tri-Valley Interfaith.

“The HCCC strongly preaches ‘Serving God by Serving Humanity,’ and practices it as its motto,” Meda said. “Serving the community at large by making a difference in the lives of needy people is one of the important functions of the HCCC. Activities range from assisting needy people and supporting student education activities to providing relief for victims of natural disasters. The Human Services Committee organizes such programs with the help of kind-hearted donors and dedicated volunteers, who are willing to donate their time and resources for such noble causes.”

Attending the event were Livermore Mayor John Marchand, Livermore Police Chief Michael Harris, and Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Superintendent Kelly Bowers and Board Member Emily Prusso.

The Grant in Aid ceremony took place at the Shiva-Vishnu Temple, located at 1232 Arrowhead Avenue in the Springtown area of Livermore.

“The HCCC was established in 1977 with the goal of offering religious services to the Hindu community,” Meda said. “In the last 35 years, the HCCC has evolved into an established institution as a place of worship with needed services for the community — locally and internationally. As part of human services, we offer a free medical clinic every week, programs for seniors in the community, and a free annual health fair.”

Performing at the Grant in Aid ceremony were Ushanjali School of Dance students — Visalakshi, Leah and Nisha, and Amita Haravu performing classical Indian dance.

Helping to make the 2019 Grant in Aid program a success were: HCCC Chairman Anand Gundu, President Vamsi Pulapa, and Food Chair Sudhakar Mallampat, along with the Human Services core team: Padmaja Madhusudan, Katyayini Satya, Suman Jain, Vidhya Borade, Geetha Haravu, Rajgopal Kowligi, Dr. Kamala Shankar, Sandhya Singh, Mamta Meda, Madhusudan Bangalore, Bhaskar Swaminathan, G. S. Satya, Jyothi Gundu, Krishna Kanagaratnam, Geetha Rajagopal, Uthra Pangal, Priti Chatwani, Gopala Krishna and Sudha Gopal Krishna.

To learn more, visit livermoretemple.org.