The community garden at the YWCA homeless shelter
The community garden at the YWCA homeless shelter

Privacy Policy

Last Updated: May 2013

BESA respects your privacy. To protect your privacy, we fully disclose how we collect and utilize information in order to provide a better user experience.

Please note that this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will post any Privacy Policy changes on this page. We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us:


We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. Despite BESA's efforts to protect your privacy, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.

We restrict access to personal information to BESA COMMUNITY employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it on our behalf. We take reasonable steps to ensure these individuals maintain the confidentiality your personal information.


BESA COMMUNITY asks for some personal information when you create a BESA Account, including your email address and a password, which is used to protect your account from unauthorized access. You are responsible for safeguarding your password to prevent its unauthorized use. A BESA Account allows you to access our services that require registration. We collect and use this information in order to provide you with updates and other communications about Besa, gauge how our services are used, and develop a better user experience.

  • When you visit BESA COMMUNITY, we send one or more cookies to your computer or other device. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service, including for storing user preferences, improving search results and ad selection, and tracking user trends, such as how people search.

  • Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some BESA features and services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.

  • If you are part of a business community portal, the business with which you are affiliated will have access to your information for purposes of managing and tracking volunteer opportunities, including but not limited to, name and email address.

  • You can terminate your BESA Account at any time by contacting us here:

  • When you access BESA services via a browser, application or other client our servers automatically record certain information. These server logs may include information such as your web request, your interaction with a service, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your account.

  • This Privacy Policy applies to BESA COMMUNITY only. We do not exercise control over the sites displayed as search results, sites that include BESA applications, products or services, or links from within our website. These other sites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. We encourage you to look for and review the privacy statements of each and every web site that you visit through a link on BESA COMMUNITY.

Public Forums
  • BESA COMMUNITY features several community areas and other public forums where users with similar interests can share information and support one another or where users can post questions for others to answer. Our communities are open to the public and should not be considered private.

  • Any information you shared in any online community area (including personally identifiable information) is by design open to the public and is not private. You should think carefully before posting any sensitive or personal information in any public forum. What you post can be seen by third parties and may be used by others in ways we cannot control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any site, the information you post may also show up in third-party search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, Bing etc.