By volunteering our time with existing community groups, we can simultaneously better our neighborhoods and help Occupy Oakland become more inclusive of diverse voices. The Community Plugin Committee suggests that all members donate their time to at least one Oakland-focused group.

The following is a listing of community groups and nonprofits that operate in the East Bay, or have branches therein. Further volunteer opportunities can be found using the Volunteer Center of the East Bay search engine (http://www.volunteereastbay.org/volunteers-opportunities/search-for-opportunities/), as well as the list at http://www.volunteerinfo.org/eastbay.htm.

Contact ooplugins@gmail.com to offer additions or corrections.

African People’s Education and Defense Fund/Uhuru Furniture/Uhuru House Community Center/Uhuru Holiday Pies
http://www.apedf.org (main page)
Develops and institutionalizes programs to defend the human and civil rights of the African community, and to address the grave disparities in education, health, healthcare, and economic development faced by the African community.
Community Center
7911 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94605
Furniture & Collectibles (fundraising)
3472 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
510 763 3342

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
Empowers low-income, limited English speaking Asian immigrant women workers to stimulate positive changes in their workplaces, communities and broader society
310 8th Street #301
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510 268 0192
Fax: 510 268 0194

Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Advocates for environmental justice in low-income communities.
Power In Asians Organizing (Oakland sub-group)
310 8th Street, Suite 309
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510 834 8920
Fax: 510 834 8926

Causa Justa/Just Cause
Multi-racial, grassroots organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents.
PO Box 3596
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: West Oakland Branch – 510 763 5824

Center For Third World Organizing
Dedicated to building a social-justice movement led by people of color
1218 E. 21st Street
Oakland, CA 94606
Phone: 510 533 7583
Fax: 510 533 0923

Centro Legal de la Raza
3022 International Blvd Suite 410
Oakland, CA 94601
Phone: (510) 437-1554
Fax: (510) 437-9164
Email: info@centrolegal.org
Hours: Monday through Thursday
9am – 12pm
2pm – 4pm

Change To Come
Provides safe, supportive housing for single parents who are in recovery, and their children.
685 32nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: 510 969 8266

Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic
Offering complementary alternative medicine treatments to women with cancer who are underserved
610 16th St., Suite 426
Oakland CA 94612
Phone: 510 601 7660
Fax: 510 601 7669
jill@charlottemaxwell.org (Jill Arnold, Volunteer Services Manager/African American Liason)

Communities for a Better Environment
Oakland Branch
Social justice organization with a focus on environmental health and justice.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510 302 0430
Fax: 510 302 0437

East Bay Alliance For a Sustainable Economy
Addresses the root causes of economic injustice by developing strategic alliances among community, faith, and labor to build power and create change with low-income workers and communities of color.
1814 Franklin Street, Suite 325
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone 510 893 7106
Fax 510 893 7010

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
Serves immigrants, refugees, persons with disabilities, seniors, and other low income communities through its rental, homeownership, and family economic success programs.
310 Eighth Street Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94607-4253
Phone: 510 287 5353
Fax: 510 763 4143

East Bay Community Law Center
Provides legal services to low-income community in the areas of housing, welfare, HIV & health, homelessness and economic development. Also provides hands on clinical education to law students to make these future lawyers aware of and skilled in addressing the needs of indigent communities.
2921 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone 510 548 4040

East Bay Housing Organizations
Oakland Committee
Works on affordable housing policy campaigns and addresses critical affordable housing issues that arise including increasing funds for affordable housing development and preservation, tenant protections, zoning and land use, resident organizing and coalition building.
Phone (Oakland Committee Contact – Aime): 510 663 3830 x 323
Email: Amie@EBHO.org
Resident Organizing Program
Empowers affordable housing residents to be affordable housing advocates and leaders alongside members and allies, and engage them in EBHO’s campaigns and programs.
Phone (Resident Organizing Program Contact – Shawn): 510 663 3830 ext 312

Growing Justice Institute/People’s Grocery
Improves the health and economy of West Oakland through the local food system, ensuring that community self-determination plays a large part in the revitalization of low-income neighborhoods
909 7th St
Oakland, CA
510 652 7607

Mujeres Unidas Y Activas
Grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a dual mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice.
Tues – Friday 10am to 6pm
2783 E. 12th Street, Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94601
510 261 3398
(see website for email list)

Refugee Transitions
Assists refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the United States by providing services to help them attain the English language, life, job and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities.
1212 Broadway, Ste. 804
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510 834 6000

Oakland Leaf
Cultivating community transformation through creative education for youth and families.
770 Edgewater Drive, Suite 818
Oakland, California 94621-3030 (Oakland office, Fruitvale operations)
Phone: (510) 564 4334
Fax: (510) 969 5694
Email: oaklandleaf@gmail.com

Oakland Based Urban Gardens
obugs.org (main page)
obugsvolunteer.wikispaces.com (volunteer info)
Teaches students in West and North Oakland schools about nutrition, health, science, and the environment through experiential learning in edible outdoor classrooms.
1724 Mandela Parkway Suite 1
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510 465 4660 (Jessie – volunteer manager)

Urban Habitat
Builds power in low-income communities and communities of color by combining education, advocacy, research and coalition-building to advance environmental, economic, and social justice in the Bay Area.
436 14th St. # 1205
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510 839 9510
Fax: 510 839 9610

Urban Strategies Council
Main Page
Volunteer Page
Community building support and advocacy organization.
1720 Broadway Avenue, 2nd floor
Oakland, CA
(above the 19th street BART station)
Phone: 510 893 2404
Fax: 510 893 6657

Youth Uprising
A neighborhood hub offering young people services and programs to increase the physical and mental wellbeing, community connection, educational attainment, and career achievement among youth members.
8711 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94605
Phone: 510 777 9909
Fax: 510 777 9949


One thought on “Volunteer

  1. Jade Rose says:

    Thank you to all of the wonderful people who showed up to this Saturdays park clean up. We had so much fun! We will be meeting every Saturday at the park on 32nd and San Pablo @ 10am to continue our efforts in neighborhood beautification. We would also like to invite people to join us for a potluck @ the park @ 1pm. Please bring food and music. Please spread the word to anyone who is interested in helping in any way with this wonderful project.

    The San Pablo Corridor Coalition, which conducts neighborhood beautification projects in West Oakland. Every Saturday at 10 AM they clean up the park at 32nd and San Pablo. They have contacts with the city, and they supply custodial equipment and they pick up the trash at the end of the day. This could be a good way to learn a little bit more about how neighborhood clean up actions take place.

    I very much hope some of you can attend. Send me an e-mail if you’re interested, and I’ll get in touch with them, just to make sure they’ve got enough supplies for all of us (though they didn’t seem to think that would be a problem). Drug use in and around this park is prevalent. This might be a bit of a challenging action for some, and we should all know what we’re getting into. However, I personally believe that makes this action all the more valuable.

    According to a city worker we spoke with today, OG Plaza is actually the only place still receiving city-paid custodial attention. Otherwise, there are no city employee litter pickers at work in Oakland (though there is a privately held company that cleans up on and around Broadway). So have no fear. There is plenty of work out there for us to do.

    Please respond here if you’re interested in working this weekend, so I can get a number to them. We’ll have an e-mail address and a real list serve shortly.

    clean up committee

    The San Pablo Corridor Coalition contact

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