Oakland Center Non-profit Partners
The Oakland Center Non-Profit Partners Program provides a platform to feature, support, and introduce members to twelve (12) non-profit organizations each year. Groups whose values and vision are in alignment with those of the Center’s are selected.
Each month, the Center highlights a different nonprofit by featuring it in the Center’s printed and electronic materials, providing a table in the courtyard (or on Zoom) for materials and conversation, and sharing information about the group during Center services.
For more information about the program, or to get involved, contact Constance at 510) 547-1979 ext. 1, or e-mail info@OaklandCSL.org. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NOW!
2022 Non profit Partners
Be Hively – www.BeHively.org
At Hively, we believe that everyone should have the resources and support they need to feel supported, cared for, and able to thrive. We help parents find and pay for quality child care, we provide parent education and support to ensure that children get the best start possible, we provide guidance and training for people interested in building sustainable, high quality child care businesses and we help adults and children through challenging life situations. By providing counseling and other resources, we ensure that children and families throughout Alameda County have the resources they need to thrive.
Arianna DeLillo – email@example.com
The East Bay School for Boys – www.ebsfb.org – Lisa Puntillo
The East Bay School for Boys empowers middle school boys to cultivate their intellectual, physical, and emotional selves to become engaged, thoughtful, courageous, and justice-minded adults of tomorrow. We serve 100 lively 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys; and we have developed a uniquely innovative program, rich with opportunities for all kinds of boys to become all kinds of great men.
David Bond – firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) – www.ncapda.org
The mission of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) is to prevent prescription drug-related substance use disorder (SUD) and overdose deaths through community education and policy change at the local, state, and national levels.Our goal is to network with similar organizations and like-minded agencies throughout the country to share best practices, develop and share useful material resources, and establish and implement a cohesive, nationwide education campaign around medication safety.
April Rovero – email@example.com
Youth ALIVE! – www.youthalive.org
Since 1991, as mentors, youth leaders, counselors, case managers, intervention specialists and violence interrupters, we at Youth ALIVE! have worked to help violently wounded people heal themselves and their community. Our mission is to prevent violence and create young leaders. We believe that young people growing up and going to school in the city’s most violent neighborhoods, possess the power to change the city for the better. We meet our clients where they are, at home, in school, at the hospital bedsides of young shooting victims, on the streets of our most dangerous neighborhoods.
Lauren Greenberg – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Borneo Project – www.borneoproject.org
The Borneo Project brings international attention and support to community-led efforts to defend forests, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights. Protecting human rights and environmental integrity in Borneo is a critical component of the global movement for a just and peaceful world.
Fiona McAlpine – email@example.com
Interfaith Council of Alameda County – www.interfaithac.org
The mission of the Interfaith Council of Alameda County (ICAC) is to promote mutual respect, understanding and engagement among the diverse faith traditions in Alameda County, California; mobilize people to serve the community; support religious liberties; promote interfaith organizations and activities; and build a just and moral community.
Candase Chambers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Redwoods League – www.savetheredwoods.org
Save the Redwoods League envisions vibrant redwood forests of the scale and grandeur that once graced the California coast and the Sierra Nevada, protected forever, restored to grow old again, and connected to people through a network of magnificent parks and protected areas that inspire all of us with the beauty and power of nature.
Tim Whalen – email@example.com
Go Abroad Foundation – www.goabroad.org
The GoAbroad Foundation was created to support grassroots organizations around the world by generating financial support for community-based projects. Along with contributing to the development of numerous nonprofit organizations around the world and a variety of meaningful projects, the GoAbroad Foundation is dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding, raising awareness about important global causes, and building bridges between global communities.
Buck Austin – firstname.lastname@example.org
East Bay Agency for Children’s Circle of Care – www.ebac.org
East Bay Agency for Children’s Circle of Care is a unique program that supports children and their families coping with the death of a significant family member. This program helps children and their families process their loss, provide a safe place that helps to normalize grief and learn to cope with their experience through specialized services.
Julie West – email@example.com
East Bay SPCA – www.eastbayspca.org
The East Bay SPCA is committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in the communities we serve. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals.
Kayla Vucinich – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust – www.sogoreate-landtrust.org
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people. Sogorea Te’ calls on us all to heal and transform the legacies of colonization, genocide, and patriarchy and to do the work our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do. Sogorea Te’ Land Trust cultivates rematriation.
Ariel Luckey – email@example.com
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center – www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org–
The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center is dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, our families and allies, by providing educational, social, and health related activities, programs and services.
Johanna Holden – firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 Non profit Partners
Village in Oakland – www.villageinoakland.org
The idea is simple and as ancient as human history – it takes The Village. We are a network of seasoned community activists and organizers, artists, unhoused leaders, grassroots and non-profit leaders, family and friends, business people and housed allies who believe homelessness is not a crime, housing a human right and that we need to ensure home for all by any and all means.
Anita Miralle, Executive Director – email@example.com
Seacology – www.seacology.org –
We work only on islands, because they are uniquely vulnerable. In the last 500 years, 80% of all recorded extinctions occurred on islands. Island communities face constant pressure to exploit natural resources. But if a community wants to preserve its forest or sea, Seacology makes a grant for something the whole community needs, like a school, solar power, or help with ecotourism. Seacology helps island communities prosper by protecting resources—not exploiting them.
Michael Scott – firstname.lastname@example.org
Prescott Circus Theatre – www.prescottcircus.org
Prescott Circus Theatre’s mission is to empower and engage youth as they develop confidence, teamwork, perseverance, artistic talent, and a dedication to working for success. By providing professional training, unique curriculum, and a safe environment for under-served youth, our Oakland-based non-profit youth development organization promotes skill mastery, physical activity, positive relationships with peers and adults, and opportunities to shine for the community.
David Hunt, Executive Director – email@example.com
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) – www.ran.org –
We are a global network that supports and works closely with frontline communities. We provide cutting edge research and analysis. We take action against the companies and industries driving deforestation and climate change.
LaurieCaruvana Martin, Development Director – Laurie@RAN.org
Moyo Institute Inc. – www.moyoinstitute.org
The vision of Moyo Institute is to make the world a better place. As humanity is continuing to evolve, together we have the potential to create life systems that work for everyone. By tapping into higher states of consciousness and empowered by inner wisdom, we can support our fellow beings and ourselves while working towards: Achieving peace, Living harmoniously with others, Cherishing diversity, Instilling or restoring respect for all of nature, Remaining open to growth, and Unleashing the innate unbounded spirit.
GwendolynMitchell, President / CEO – firstname.lastname@example.org
Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program (ECAP) – www.ecapprogram.com
Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program’s mission is to provide food, household furnishings, care and compassion to those in need in Emeryville, California and the surrounding Bay Area communities.
Bill Miller, Director – email@example.com
East Oakland Youth Development Center – www.eoydc.org
East Oakland has been one of the most impacted communities by COVID. Many of our parents have expressed concern about having their students return to spaces where they will be overly exposed to the virus, but still needing a safe space for their kids to go while they are at work. We pride ourselves on being a space that our parents trust within the community to still send their kids, despite how hard the surrounding areas have been hit by COVID.
Regina Jackson – president and CEO
Oakland Public Education Fund – https://www.oaklandedfund.org/
The Oakland Public Education Fund is a nonprofit that leads the development of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. We have helped raise over $200M for Oakland kids, placed 10,000 volunteers in local classrooms, and fiscally sponsored more than 150 education-related projects.Fund –
Women’s Cancer Resource Center – www.wcrs.org
Women’s Cancer Resource Center creates opportunities for women with cancer to improve their quality of life through education, supportive services, and practical assistance. All of our services are FREE and funded 100% by charitable giving.
Amy – Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cat Town – www.cattownoakland.org
Cat Town’s mission is to transform the approach to saving shelter cats, reducing euthanasia nationwide. Our focus is to find great homes for cats who are considered unadoptable in the traditional rescue model.
Andrew Dorman – Executive Director
Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Chorus – www.OEBGMC.or
The Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus gives voice through song to a community where everyone matters. Our Core Values are; Community, Kindness, Integrity, Trustworthiness, Courage, Joy, and Giving Back.
Jeff McEwen – board president – 415-990-9527
Attitudinal Healing Connection – www.ahc.oakland.org
In order to support mental, physical and spiritual health and safety within our communities, AHC plans to direct our successful Art Kit distribution program to creatively respond to the urgent social and environmental crises at hand. Our AHC team of artists and educators knows that it takes imagination to change the world, and that art is a powerful tool to help create awareness, insight and solutions.
2020 Non-profit Partners
Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center – www.MLKFreedomCenter.org –
The Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center brings together individuals and organizations of diverse ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds, to work side-by-side for a healthy democracy. We bring best practices from our nation’s Civil Rights Movement to the forefront in community education, training, and practice, building strong community partnerships with proven results.
Youth Uprising Center – www.youthuprising.org
The Mission of Youth Uprising is to transform East Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them. We are a neighborhood hub offering young people services and programs to increase physical and mental wellbeing, community connection, educational attainment, and career achievement among youth members. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deq7IG6Raho
Family Paths Inc. – www. https://familypaths.org/
Our Mission: Family Paths strengthens family relationships by providing mental health and supportive services with respect, integrity, compassion, and hope.
Our Vision: A safe home for every child.
Our Values: Respect in our communications. Integrity in our actions. Compassion for our struggles. Hope for the future.
Sierra Club – www.sierraclub.org –
We champion solutions to the climate crisis. We work for clean air, safe water, land protection, and a vibrant natural world. We fight for environmental and social justice. We believe in getting people outside to enjoy the outdoors.
Casting for Recovery – www.castingforrecovery.org
Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature. The retreats are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery.
Nectandra Institute – www.nectandra.org
Nectandra Institute ‘s mission is to carry out education, scientific research and community outreach programs to promote the conservation of cloud forests and stewardship of watershed ecosystems in northern Costa Rica.
My Stuff Bags Foundation – www.mystuffbags.org
The My Stuff Bags Foundation provides new belongings, comfort and hope to thousands of children each year who must be rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment across the United States. Our ultimate goal is to provide a My Stuff Bag filled with new belongings to each of the nearly 300,000 children each year who must enter crisis shelters and foster care with nothing of their own.
Community Education Partnerships – www.cep.ngo
Our mission is to increase the learning opportunities and enhance the academic achievement of homeless and highly mobile bay area youth.
Shift – www.sheshifts.org
Our mission is to offer counseling, financial literacy and other support services to empower women during times of serious transition. Our vision is to create a welcoming community, safe space and tangible services for women to rebuild their lives during a SHIFT with dignity.
Hopalong Animal Rescue – http://www.hopalong.org/
Hopalong and Second Chance Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to eliminate the euthanasia of cats and dogs through rescue and spay/neuter programs.
Precita Valley Community Center: MNC – www.mncsf.org
Mission Neighborhood Centers serves over 3000 low-income Bay Area seniors, youth and families with a continuum of educational programs and social services to the community populations most in need. MNC delivers culturally sensitive, multi-generational, community-based services focused on low-income families. We develop and promote leadership skills that empower families to build strong, healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.
Threshold Choir – https://thresholdchoir.org/
Our goal is to bring ease and comfort to those at the thresholds of living and dying. A calm and focused presence at the bedside, with gentle voices, simple songs, and sincere kindness, can be soothing and reassuring to clients, family, and caregivers alike.
2019 Non-Profit Partners
January – Immigrant Family Defense Fund -www.immigrantfamiles.org
The Immigrant Family Defense Fund helps parents and children in California schools facing the threat of deportation access qualified legal representation, and those in immigration detention get released on bond. This includes long-time California residents, newly arriving families, and unaccompanied minors enrolled in California schools.
February – Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth – http://rjoyoakland.org/ – (Barbara Williams)
RJOY works to promote institutional shifts in East Bay schools using restorative approaches that actively engage families, communities, and systems to repair harm and prevent re-offending, reducing racial disparities and public costs associated with high rates of incarceration, suspension, and expulsion.
March – World Trust – https://world-trust.org – (Beth Van Arkel)
Through film and dialogue, World Trust ignites courage and expands capacity to create a world free from racism. We envision a world coming into wholeness where transformative love and wisdom heal the human family from racism and separation.
April – Parkinson’s Disease Active – https://pdactive.wordpress.com/ – (Gretchen Greene)
A non-profit organization by and for people with Parkinson’s disease living in Berkeley, Oakland, and the East Bay, PD Active provides programs and activities – proven to have clinical benefits and mitigate symptoms of PD that medication does not help, but not covered by Medicare or insurance.
May – Urban University – http://urbanuniv.org/ – (Kellie Bentz) Need logo
Urban university is an Oakland non-profit working to improve the socioeconomic status of impoverished individuals by providing employability training, coaching and employment opportunities. We help low-income single moms build a greater future for themselves and their families.
June – Amigos de Santa Cruz, Guatemala – https://www.amigosdesantacruz.org – (Beth Van Arkel)
Amigos aims to improve the lives of the indigenous people of Santa Cruz and surrounding villages through quality education to all children, access to good health care, sustainable economic empowerment and empowered community involvement in community leadership.
July – BANTER – Bay Area New Thought Evolving and Rising – https://www.banteronline.org/ – (Robyn Rice-Olmstead) need logo
Our mission is to deepen the connection within the broader New Thought community in the Bay Area, heightening awareness that we are at the heart of a worldwide shift in spirituality and are building an experience of community at a broader level.
August – Buseesa Community Development Center, Uganda – https://buseesacommunity.org/ – (Erin Gaffey)
Buseesa Community Development Centre (BCDC) offers three pillars of service in western Uganda; Microcredit with a focus on investing in women, Em’s Health Clinic, and Deirdre Ann Academy. The Clinic and the school serve a community of about 4,000 people who otherwise get no care.
September – East Bay Alzheimer’s Assoc. – https://alz.org/ – (Bonnie Lantiegne)
The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
October – Save the Bay – https://www.savesfbay.org/about – (Amy Chovnick)
Save The Bay mobilizes thousands of Bay Area residents to protect and restore the Bay, both as advocates and volunteers on the shoreline. We work with scientists and policymakers to protect the Bay as our region’s most important resource – essential to our environment, economy, and quality of life.
November – Cantare Con Vivo– https://www.cantareconvivo.org/ – (Linden Young)need logo
Cantare Con Vivo (To Sing With Life) is an organization with participants from 5 to 80 from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We provide tuition-free choral music residences to underserved K-12 children from the Oakland Unified School District serving approx. 2150 students through 72 weekly classes and 6 youth choirs.
December – PALS East Bay (People, animals, love, support) – http://www.palseastbay.org/ – (Barbara Littleford)
PALS East Bay helps East Bay pet owners who have fallen on hard times keep their pets, provides free vaccine clinics and low cost and no cost spay and neuter, and provides support and coordination to help rescue more East Bay dogs and cats.
SOS Meals on Wheels
Feeding vulnerable seniors in the East Bay who are unable to purchase or prepare food for themselves.
Supporting and empowering those touched by cancer or any life-altering condition to move from surviving to thriving.
The Prem Rawat Foundation
Helping with basic needs like food and water around the world so that people can live with dignity, peace and prosperity.
The Interfaith Peace Project Providing education to develop and enhance global awareness, greater understanding, and appreciation of the faith traditions of the world.
Island Cat Resources and Adoption – www. icraeastbay.org
Providing education, tools, and resources to those in the local community who can make a difference improving the lives of community cats.
Wardrobe for Opportunity – www.wardrobe.org
Assisting low-income individuals dress for success, find jobs and build careers.
East Bay Housing Organization – www.ebho.org
Working with communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to preserve, protect and expand affordable housing opportunities through education, advocacy, organizing, and coalition building.
Bread for the Journey – www. oakland.breadforthejourney.org
Providing micro-grants to people of strength and vision who have an idea to make our community more healthy, just, and wonderful.
PEERS – Peers Envisioning & Engaging in Recovery Services – www.peersnet.org
Advocating for holistic mental health options for those in need in the East Bay.
Phat Beets Produce – www.phatbeetsproduce.org
Creating a healthier food system in North Oakland by providing affordable access to fresh produce, facilitating youth leadership in health and nutrition education, and connecting small farmers to urban communities.
Marcus Foster Education Fund – www.marcusfoster.org
Supporting transformative educational equity among the most disenfranchised students in our Oakland schools.
Life Steps Foundation Children and Family Services – www.lifestepsfoundation.org
Serving families with children with developmental disabilities, helping them make decisions that define their child’s unique needs and strengths.
Pairing senior tutors with K-3 students to improve east-bay literacy.
St. Mary’s Center
Serves at-risk East Bay seniors and preschoolers with shelters, housing, counseling, nutrition, advocacy, and social support
Science and Math Camp for Girls.
El Salvador Village Network
Supporting disadvantaged El Salvadoran children.
Writer’s Coach Connection
Raising writing proficiency and academic confidence in east-bay classrooms.
Cycles of Change
Supporting east-bay youth and adults with tools for sustainable living.
Fostering the well-being and self-respect of LGBTQ youth, adults and seniors.
Moving bay-area young people to peace through dance, theatre and martial arts.
Alameda County Food Bank (ACCFB)
Feeding the east-bay – 25 million meals in 2014.
Supporting the presence of New Thought spiritual community in eastern Europe.
Oakland Animal Shelter (OAS)
Hosts a wide range of adoptable animals – doing good work in the world.
Supporting young adults to live in spiritual awareness.