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Friday, April 1, 2011

Grassroots collaboration launches new online resource hub

BayviewFootprints.org to serve San Francisco's Bayiew Hunters Point

Organizations build websites and social networks often before making many connections in the real world. Not so with the Bayview Footprints Network of Community Building Groups.  For five years, the network of grassroots community groups in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood has been bringing together community groups and promoting resource sharing through countless handshakes and physical world conversations.

On Saturday, April 16th, the network will launch BayviewFootrpints.org, a new online hub for community-building resources and connectivity designed with the unique strengths and challenges of hte neighborhood in mind.

Innovative elements of the new site include a community calendar that aggregates individual organizations' online calendars, and a custom search engine that automatically tailors users' searches for better results.  BayviewFootprints.org will also showcase "Bayview by Foot", a new neighborhood walking tour complete with free downloadable brochures.

"BayviewFootprints.org has been a labor of love by and for folks who have roots in the neighborhood," said organizer and Bayview resident Jeffrey Betcher.  "I hope it connects community groups better and supports the small, informal groups that often go unnoticed even though they are creating the most positive and lasting change here."

The Bayview Footprints Network of Community Building Groups was founded in 2006 by fledgling community groups to tell a positive story about Bayview Hunters Point, and is maintained by the not-for-profit Quesada Gardens Initiative.

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