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. The deadline for 2020 Nonprofit Partner applications is October 1, 2021.



2021 Non profit Partners


Village in Oaklandwww.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.


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.

Prescott Circus Theatrewww.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.

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.

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.

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.

East Oakland Youth Development Centerwww.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.

Oakland Public Education Fundwww.oaklandedform.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 Centerwww.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.

Cat Townwww.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.

Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Choruswww.OEBGMC.orgT

he 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.

Attitudinal Healing Connectionwww.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 Centerwww.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 Institutewww.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: MNCwww.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 Choirhttps://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 Youthhttp://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 Trusthttps://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 Universityhttp://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 Bayhttps://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 Vivohttps://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.

2017 Partners

SOS Meals on Wheels
Feeding vulnerable seniors in the East Bay who are unable to purchase or prepare food for themselves.

Healing Journeys
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.

2016 Partners

AARP-Experience Corp.
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

Tech Trek
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.

Pacific Center
Fostering the well-being and self-respect of LGBTQ youth, adults and seniors.

Destiny Arts
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.

Launching Pad
Supporting young adults to live in spiritual awareness.