The Community Services Agency held its annual recognition breakfast at Microsoft's Mountain View campus this Friday.
At the event, the Mountain View City Council and community volunteers Los Altans Jean and Barbara Mordo, were honored by CSA for their dedication to helping those less-fortunate.
CSA provides safety net for impoverished members of the Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills communities. These services are critical for the region because despite all of the wealth there is a significant income gap, according to CSA Executive Director Tom Myers.
"We live in an area where we have changed the world, so if we harness those ideas we can eliminate this problem," said Myers about the poverty.
Myers told the nearly 200 guests that CSA's client based increased by 10 percent—from nearly 5,600 to 6,400—in just the last year. That's one-sixteenth of the population of the three cities.
"We have an economically diverse community but you wouldn't know it by the headlines," Myers said.
CSA Board Member and Los Altos City Councilmember Jeannie Bruins discussed in more detail the organization's emergency assistance, food and nutrition center, Alpha-Omega homeless services, senior services, and senior lunch and nutrition program.
"CSA makes a difference to a lot of people, but we do it with the help of people like you," Bruins said.
"It's very humbling to be called a hero, since we just do what we like to do," said Jean Mordo.