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Meet Tamonie Benjamin, Parent Leader

When seeking childcare options, Tamonie Benjamin, like any mother, simply wanted the best education she could get for her children. “I didn’t want to put them in a place where they were going to watch television all day,” said Tamonie. “They deserve better than that.” For more than five years, the Oakland native and mother of four has been an... Read More ➞

The Unity Council Stands With Immigrants

Desliza hacia abajo para leer este mensaje en español, After delaying his plans to launch a series of raids across the country, new information has leaked that the Trump administration plans launch ICE raids from July 14 through July 18 in the following cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco.  The... Read More ➞

2018 Impact Report

East Oakland’s Fruitvale and like communities have historically been challenged by inequitable economic development, systemic racism, entrenched poverty, and lack of opportunity. Today our community faces additional pressures such as skyrocketing rents and opportunistic investors that can ultimately lead to displacement. In the face of such threats, The Unity Council remains committed to an equitable economic and real estate development... Read More ➞

Meet the 2019 Dia Poster Art Winner

The Unity Council is proud to announce Andrea Luna as the winner of the 2019 Dia de los Muertos Festival poster art contest winner! Andrea is an educator, mother, artist, community organizer, and activist. She first became involved in the Dia de los Muertos Festival nearly thirteen years ago as a crafts vendor; she was one of the first vendors... Read More ➞

Meet Exprinfil, TUC’s Youth Programs Alumni

Most teens envision a life of exploration and excitement after high school – going to college, seeking the career of their dreams, and spreading their wings. For high school graduate Exprinfil, she longed for necessities most of us take for granted:  warm showers, electricity, food on the table, and pursuing higher education.   Over the last year, Exprinfil has been both... Read More ➞

2019 VITA Season Snapshot Report

For the past 16 years, The Unity Council’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service has provided the community with more than free tax services; the VITA tax site serves as a full-service community resource center. The Unity Council provides tax clients with benefit screenings, financial education, connections to Head Start, career services, and much more.... Read More ➞

Family-Friendly Activities at Fruitvale Night Markets

WHEN: The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of June, July, & August TIME: From 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM WHERE: Avenida de la Fuente! Directions The Night Markets are here! Join us for the first Night Market of the summer on June 29th, from 2-7 PM. We want to see you there! Celebrate the sabor of the Fruitvale neighborhood and join... Read More ➞

Casa Arabella Lease Up Waitlist Opening!

Located at 3611 E. 12th Street in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, Casa Arabella is a new 94-unit, multi-family project of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units. The anticipated completion of Casa Arabella is December 2019. Applications to join the lease up waiting list for housing at Casa Arabella will be open and available online from Monday, June 10, at 9:00am to... Read More ➞

The Unity Council Awarded Workforce Accelerator 7.0 Grant from State

The Unity Council is pleased to have been selected for a California Workforce Accelerator Fund 7.0 grant for its project, “Connecting Immigrant Workers to Unionized Trades.” The award of $135,000 will help The Unity Council, in partnership with the Building and Constructions Trades Council of Alameda County and several other partners, develop a toolkit for effective outreach and recruitment of... Read More ➞