Block Action Team (BAT) Leaders along with Neighborhood Watch Block Captains celebrated their work in helping connect, care, and prepare their neighborhoods at its annual volunteer appreciation event and celebration hosted by LACF on February 13. Over 60 community members gathered at Hillview Hall to socialize and enjoy Valentine-themed treats.
A highlight of the celebration was the public announcement – and presentation – of the first-ever Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants by the City of Los Altos. Targeted to eligible Los Altos residents currently active in a BAT or Neighborhood Watch program, the grants focused on helping strengthen connections in the community, improving neighborhood emergency preparedness, and supporting crime prevention efforts.
Over 32 grant applications (representing over 60 BAT co-leaders!) were submitted in total, requesting $44,000 in grants, which surpassed the budgeted total of $20,000. Los Altos Community Preparedness Coordinator Ann Hepenstal recognized all the grant applicants and announced the grants to the guests in attendance. Mayor Lynette Lee Eng, Police Chief Andy Galea, and LACF Executive Director Joe Eyre joined Ann in thanking the volunteers for their efforts to make Los Altos an even better place to call home.
Thanks to Jim Allen for taking the photos.