TUC’s Annual Career and Community Resource Fair

The Unity Council is proud to bring back our annual Career and Resource Fair! This is a wonderful opportunity for both teens and adults who are seeking the perfect summer job or a change in their career. On-the-spot interviews may be offered, so business casual attire is recommended. Previous corporate participants include BART, State Farm, and La Clinica de la... Read More ➞

Meet Jae Maldonado, Senior Manager of Community Impact

Jae joined The Unity Council’s Community Programs Department six months ago as the Senior Manager of Community Impact. Jae is an experienced administrator and strategic thinker with a demonstrated history developing cross-sector programs that advance racial equity. Jae has dedicated his career to developing pathways that support leaders of color to transform the education and health sectors. In his role,... Read More ➞

Latino Men & Boys Youth See Obama Speak at MBK Rising Summit

On February 19th and 20th, nine Latino Men & Boys (LMB) program youth and four Mentors were part of the Obama Foundation’s MBK Rising! conference, a convening for the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative held in Oakland that brought together the growing network of MBK communities, elected officials, cross-sector leaders, young men of color and the organizations working hard to help... Read More ➞

TUC’s VITA Site Opens at The Fruitvale Career Center

Tax season is here! And our VITA staff and certified volunteers are ready to help qualified candidates file their income taxes for free. VITA is available by appointment only. Please call 510-535-6101 to make an appointment. Click here to learn more about the VITA program. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at The Unity Council has been providing free... Read More ➞

VITA FAQ

What is VITA, and am I eligible for free tax preparation? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.... Read More ➞

Our Goal is to Help Teenage Parents Graduate!

Last school year, six teenage parents whose children were enrolled in our Cal-SAFE Early Head Start program received their high school diploma through ACOE’s Fruitvale Academy High School. California School Age Families Education (Cal-SAFE) is a program for pregnant and parenting teen parents operated by the Alameda County Office of Education. The Unity Council operates an onsite Early Head Start... Read More ➞

Fourteen Cal-WORKs Recipients Graduate from Medical Assistant Program

As part of The Unity Council’s Community Programs Department Pathways to Health Careers initiative, we are working in collaboration with Alameda County Social Services Agency and the Castro Valley adult school to offer a tailored Medical Assistant Certificate & Internship program for CalWORKs recipients. This 6-month pilot program is meant to increase the economic stability of low-income families by placing... Read More ➞

The Unity Council Awarded $200,000 Neighborhood Builder Grant from Bank of America

Neighborhood Builder awards will help scale programs addressing systemic challenges to sustainable employment and displacement The Unity Council (TUC) was awarded the 2018 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® award for our work serving individuals struggling with employment, homelessness and the high cost of living in gentrifying communities. As part of the award, the largest philanthropic investment into nonprofit leadership development... Read More ➞

Chris Iglesias, CEO

Look to Fruitvale for development without displacement, SF Business Times Editorial by CEO Chris Iglesias

Displacement is the single biggest threat facing many communities in Oakland today. The Fruitvale District, which is Oakland’s densest and most diverse neighborhood, is in peril of drastic and irreversible transformation as the area’s historic Latino, African American, and East Asian communities are driven out by rising cost of living. Market rate rents increased more than twice the rate of... Read More ➞

Fruitvale Transit Village

Can Chicago’s Gentrifying Neighborhoods Grow Without Leaving Longtime Residents Behind? Oakland’s Fruitvale Village Offers Hope

Block Club Chicago Article by Mina Bloom and Mauricio Peña When it opened in 2004, Fruitvale Village was considered one of the first transit-oriented developments in the country. It was born out of a decade-long community-led fight against a proposed parking garage on the transit agency-owned land. Essentially, BART — the CTA of Oakland — wanted to build a parking garage there,... Read More ➞