May 10, 2008
By ANASTASIA USTINOVA
San Francisco Chronicle
Hayes Valley is no longer a haven for drug dealing and prostitution.
Fewer children are exposed to lead in San Francisco.
The Mission District has less gang violence.
The city of East Palo Alto can breathe easier.
All this is thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and organizations who will receive the Community Heroes Award from the Crissy Field Center, a nonprofit that promotes a healthier and more beautiful environment in the Bay Area.
Each year, the center, a collaboration between the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service, honors four community groups and individuals, who are featured at a year-long multimedia exhibit at the center. Since its inception in 2001, the center has selected 32 recipients.
"We felt there were a lot of unsung heroes in the community," said Michele Gee, Crissy Field's deputy director. "Especially we wanted to display the diversity of people who work to improve the environment."
For more information on Tides Center project Hayes Valley Neighborhood Parks Group, see www.hvnparks.com.
For more information on Tides Center project Youth United for Community Action, see www.youthunited.net.