My Eden Voice Members Celebrate at Sparking Connections
Thank you for joining us at Sparking Connections: Welcome Home! It was a very successful night of fundraising with friends and colleagues. Many guests said it was a joy to gather in person with old and new friends alike. Together, we raised over $170,000 to support the creation of more affordable housing in the Bay Area.
We loved celebrating the creation of A link to: My Eden Voice (MEV), a new grassroots organization, created through RCD’s Community Development work in unincorporated Alameda County. We were also pleased to honor our long-time legal partner, Scott Barshay, and announce the naming of Rick Judd Commons in memory of our former board member.
At Sparking Connections, we were also pleased to announce RCD’s 2022 Irwin Mussen Resident Scholars! Six resident scholars from Antioch, Berkeley Oakland and El Cerrito were awarded a total of $31,000 to help their pursuit of higher education.
One of our RCD scholars, Batul Aledlah, is attending UC Berkeley to pursue her goal of becoming a college counselor. She is working on a research project about her home country of Yemen and will use part of the scholarship to help with her research goals.
“Coming from a low-income community, I understand the implications of not having the financial advantages to complete my education without worry or fear of not being able to cover the expenses to obtain all of my goals and aspirations. I am extremely grateful to have been granted this scholarship that will allow me to move forward with my education and also complete research I am especially passionate about with financial support.”
– Batul Aledlah
Batul Aledlah shares remarks on what the Irwin Mussen Scholarship means to her and her future education.