GWPNA has been active in the West Portal area since it was founded in 1974, and has a long history of philanthropic activities that have supported and improved the quality of life in West Portal. GWPNA registered as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation with the State of California in 1975 (Tax ID# 51-0169982), and is continuing its community building work to this day.

GWPNA meets the first Wednesdays, September through June. Meetings are held at the West Portal Playground Clubhouse, and hosts guest speakers who discuss topics of interest to the neighborhood. Speakers include City Government Officials, Department Heads, Supervisors, Police and Fire Captains, Authors, Representatives from other local Neighborhood groups and experts on topics of interest to West Portal Residents. Some of the active committees working to make improvements are, Crime and Public Safety (CAPS), Economic Development, Friends of West Portal Playground, and Traffic and Pedestrian Safety (TAPS). These volunteer groups work with city officials, area representatives, police and residents towards achieving standards.