Head Start Program: Annual Report 2017-2018

The Unity Council serves 187 Early Head Start children and 180 Head Start children throughout our Concord and Oakland grantee-operated programs. The 2017-2018 school year was the fifth full year of operation for the Concord programs. We have two child care partners in Concord. Concord Child Care Center, a NAEYC Accredited program, serves both Early Head Start and 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 ➞

You Are Invited to Fruitvale’s Posadas & Carols

When: Saturday, December 15th, at 3 PM Where: Start at 4030 International Blvd After caroling, everyone will celebrate at Avenida de la Fuente Plaza between International Blvd and East 12th St. What are posadas? Posadas are an important Mexican Christmas tradition and feature prominently in holiday festivities. These community celebrations take place on each of the nine nights leading up... 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 ➞

Special Thanks to our VIP Area Sponsors!

For the first time in the history of the Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival, we will be hosting a VIP area for supporters, donors, and sponsors! Do you want to get in on this VIP action? Join us by making a generous donation today. Tequila El Rey – VIP Area Sponsor! Special thanks to Tequila El Rey who will be... Read More ➞

Civic Engagement Without the Right to Vote

There is still time for you to register to vote – do so by October 22nd! You can register very quickly and easily at www.vote.org. And remember, the election is coming up on Monday, November 6th. BUT, WHAT IF YOU CAN’T VOTE? We all know that not everyone in our community can vote. If you are under 18, not a... Read More ➞