California offers ways to help you and your family afford college:

Cal Grant Financial Aid Program - Guarantees financial aid based on need to every qualified student who applies.

Middle Class Scholarship - This program, recently created by the Legislature, significantly reduces fees at the California State University and University of California for families who qualify.

In order to qualify, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2018.

The California Student Aid Commission is offering free workshops to help students complete their application. At these workshops, advisors will be available to discuss financial aid opportunities and assist students with completing the FAFSA form. There will be several workshops throughout our area. My office will be co-hosting two of the upcoming Cash for College events.

January 17, 2018
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Leadership Public School Hayward
28000 Calaroga Ave. 
Hayward, CA United States

February 7, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 PM
James Logan High School
1800 H St. 
Union City, CA United States

Everyone is welcome to attend. Here is what you should bring to the Cash for College workshop:

  1. Student and Parent Social Security #’s (and Alien Registration #’s if you are not a U.S. Citizen), if applicable.
  2. Your family’s 2016 federal tax forms like 1040, W-2, bank statements, etc. You will not have to reveal this information to anyone, but you will need it to complete the forms.


Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Supervisor Wilma Chan, CalTrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi, Alameda County Public Works Director Daniel Woldesenbet, and Community Development Initiative Manager with Ashland Place, Breann Gala, will gather at Ashland Place to celebrate the first step in transferring the ownership of State Route (SR) 185 to Alameda County. 

The section of SR-185 running along sections of Mission Boulevard and East 14th Street in unincorporated Alameda County is currently owned and maintained by CalTrans. Proposed improvements include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, pavement rehabilitation, pedestrian scale lighting, utility undergrounding, landscaping, and streetscape improvements.

Please join us to celebrate the first step in the relinquishment process.

January 26, 2017

2:30 PM

Ashland Place
16385 E 14th St, San Leandro, California 94578

In celebration of the holidays Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) is partnering with local nonprofit organizations to launch a virtual ‘Season of Giving Gift Drive.’ Each week leading up to end of the year, Assemblymember Quirk will highlight a different organization and their ‘Gift Drive’ needs.

“There are even greater needs and demands for nonprofit organizations during the holidays. The ‘Season of Giving Gift Drive’ is how we can help make their load a little lighter by donating the things they need most” said Assemblymember Quirk. To kick off the gift drive Assemblymember Quirk donated to Spectrum Community Service Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program and posted his donation on Facebook and Twitter with the #SeasonofGiving, and encouraged others to do the same.  

In advance of Assemblymember Quirk’s social media posts he is encouraging ‘Gift Drive’ donations to the following: Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) is in need of clipper cards and gift certificates. The Alameda County Food Bank is seeking canned food items. The Hayward Animal Shelter is in need of cat litter and pet supplies. Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) is in need of new sets of twin sheets. Ruby’s Place would like unused bath towel donations and the Fremont Resource Center (FRC) is hosting an 'adopt a family' program.

“I want to thank the tireless work of these organizations and I hope you can join me in showing our appreciation. If you can donate, please do so and raise awareness by using the #SeasonofGiving. Together we can help the nonprofits in our community make this a true season of giving,” stated Assemblymember Quirk. To stay informed and learn more, follow @AsmBillQuirk on Facebook and Twitter.

Season of Giving Gift Drive

Now through 2018

Follow @AsmBillQuirk on Facebook and Twitter for details.

Spectrum Meal Donation FESCO Clipper Donation Animal Shelter Donation Alameda County Food Bank Donation FRC Donation Ruby's Place Donation

Every year I partner with the Oakland Zoo and the Alameda County Community Food Bank to raise awareness about hunger and give back to those in need. According to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, one in six Alameda County residents rely on the donations provided at the food bank.

You can help end hunger in Alameda County by donating a can of tuna, a jar of peanut butter or other non-perishable food items at the 10th Annual Jingle Tails event. The Alameda County Food Bank will be collecting food donations at the main entrance of the zoo. As part of this event families receive free admission to the zoo and get to enjoy the festively decorated Zoolights. 

Thursday, December 14
5:30- 7:00 PM

Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road, Main Gate
Oakland, CA 94605

RSVP Online


Tuesday, December 12th
12:00 -1:30 PM
San Lorenzo Villages Homes Association
377 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo, CA 94580

Come and learn about:

  • Best practices for small businesses

  • Business plan development

  • Start-up basics

  • Access to capital

  • Regulatory compliance

  • Money management

  • Hiring and retaining employees


  • Small Business Development Center

  • Small Business Administration

  • Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development


For more information please contact Deborah Cox at (510) 583-8818 or