News – The Unity Council

Are you a restaurant owner? Participate in Visit Oakland’s Restaurant Week!

As part of Visit Oakland’s “Spend. Stay. Love. Oakland.” campaign, they are also launching Oakland Restaurant Week: Late Summer Edition from Sept.1 to Sept.13 to help promote restaurants with outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.  Different to January’s Restaurant Week, this September’s Restaurant Week does not require a Prix Fixe Menu from participating restaurants. Instead, we are encouraging restaurants to do... Read More ➞

The Unity Council will reopen all of its Head Start & Early Head Start sites starting Monday, August 17th, 2020.

The COVID-19 virus has deeply impacted Head Start and Early Head Start programs, enrolled children and families, and their communities. Throughout the pandemic, our team continued and continues to adapt and provide a range of services to better support all the children and families enrolled in our programs across Oakland and the Monument Corridor in Concord. To continue to serve... Read More ➞

Major Investment from the #StartSmall Initiative for Covid-19 Relief in Fruitvale

The Unity Council is thrilled to announce a $2 Million investment in our COVID-19 response and recovery efforts from Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall initiative! This gift is a transformational investment in our capacity. We are humbled by Jack Dorsey’s generosity, his bold commitment to give away ~28% of his wealth publicly, transparently, and quickly (and his invitation to other billionaires to do... Read More ➞

Youth Find Jobs Despite the Shelter-in-Place

With the nation at a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, job seekers like Antonio are at a crossroads as businesses have closed and ceased hiring at the moment.  Since January, Oakland resident Antonio has been looking high and low for new career opportunities in various sectors with no luck. But he knew one way or another, not even a... Read More ➞

State of California Grants $30 Million for Housing, Community Development in Fruitvale

On Thursday, The Unity Council and BRIDGE Housing were awarded $30M for the Fruitvale Transit Village Phase IIB from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant program. This was a competitive grant from the State of California Strategic Growth Council, awarded to projects that help create holistic communities with affordable housing and transportation options near jobs and other vital... Read More ➞

True Story: Getting Tested for Covid-19 in Fruitvale

Oakland resident Jessica was recently exposed to Covid-19 after shopping at a local market.  After hearing of the outbreak, she felt it was right to get tested for the sake of her family. “My mom is considered high-risk,” said Jessica. “Even though I was following the safety guidelines, I would be heartbroken if I exposed my mom to it.” According... Read More ➞