- To better the living environment of all residents in Sunnyhills.
- Act as a communication bridge between all the diverse ethnic and cultural groups residing in Sunnyhills.
- Act as a watchdog on City government to ensure that the Sunnyhills neighbrohood gets its fair share of city services.
- Promote civic pride in the neighborhood among all its residents.
- Identify problems in our neighbrohood and bring together the resources needed to solve those problems.
- Promote the concept of people working together, regarless of race, religion, or cultural background, to achieve common goals that are good for the community as a whole.
- Open the channels of communication between the various departments, agencies, and programs of local government and the residents of Sunnyhills.
- To bring together other organizations active in Sunnyhills in joint efforts to benefit the residents and the neighbrohood of Sunnyhills.
Since its inception in 1992, SNA has achieved a long list of accomplishments and awards including:
- creation of the Bob Pecot linear Park along the Hetch-Hetchy right-of-way
- Garnered over $35,000 in grants
- offered the "Music in the Park" program for 5 years
- continued the 50-year tradition known as the Milpitas Community Breakfast
- published Sunnyhills Times newsletter several times each year
- offered the "Become An Artist Day" program for 6 years
- sponsored several International Potlucks
- engaged in neighborhood tree planting in conjunction with City of Milpitas
- Sponsored a Democracy Café to cultivate democracy and citizen involvement in 2008
- held a Transportation Summit in 2009
- offered Astronomy Night programs for several years
- In addition to the specific programs highlighted above, SNA has supported members in participating in the City's anti-graffiti campaign,
weed abatement, tree plantings, youth services, Restorative Justice Program and in advocating for the community.
In 2002, at the annual United Neighborhoods conference, the
Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association won two major awards.
The first, the BRICC award (BRICC= Building Resourceful
Inspirational Creative Community), was conferred by the Community
Foundation and United Neighborhoods* to the most outstanding neighborhood
organization in Santa Clara County. Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association won
because of its work on getting 1.5 million dollars worth of improvements to
Al Augustine park, for developing civic participation and
encouraging access to civic leaders in its Community Breakfast program and
various programs designed to promote socialization and inclusion of all of
Sunnyhills' diverse residents. The Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association also earned the "Reaching out to
Youth" award for the best neighborhood association programs that
involve youth in its civic and community activities.
The Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association also won the BRICC award in 1999.
* United Neighborhoods is made up of over 70 neighborhood organizations
throughout Santa Clara County and work on neighborhood improvements and
developing a sense of community.
Under the leadership of Neil Mackenzie, SNA established itself as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in order to qualify for grant funding.
On August 27, 1998, the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Improvement was incorporated as a California Public Benefit Corporation
with California Corporation Number 2119575. On August 19, 1999, the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Improvement Association
(1421 Yellowstone Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035-6913) was granted an Advance Ruling granting 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
SNA's taxpayer Id. number (EIN) is 77-0493926.
IRS determination letter validating Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association's 501 (c) (3) status.
Become a member!
Annual dues are only $10/year. To use PayPal, click the logo below and send your contribution to contribute@SunnyhillsNeighborhood.org
or print our membership form and mail a check to SNA, 1421 Yellowstone Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035-6913
Pursuant to Article 12, section 1 of the corporation's Bylaws, rights of members shall include:
1) Notice of all regular, special, and annual meetings, plus notice of any committee meetings in which they have expressed interest.
2) Copies of any newsletters or other publications of the organization, plus requested copies of any other documents of the organization.
3) The right to vote at all general meetings and the right to vote on any sub-committees that they join.
4) The right to offer motions germane to the group and have those motions given a fair hearing before the assembled membership.
Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association, 1421 Yellowstone Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035-6913,