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 ➞

What to Bring to Your VITA Appointment

Proof of identification (photo ID) Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents  An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the... Read More ➞

Host a STEP Participant At Your Workplace

Are you passionate about helping young adults develop into a new job or career? Do you wish you had more capacity in your organization? We have great news for you! We need businesses and organizations to provide opportunities for our STEP participants to work and develop their professional skills. Your organization will greatly benefit from hosting a STEP participant! Host... Read More ➞

TUC’s Cal-SAFE Celebrated the Holidays with a Generous Supporter

TUC’s Cal-SAFE celebrated the holidays with a generous supporter who lifted the spirits of the children and their teenage mothers. “I just love this program and the support it provides for teen moms,” said Patricia Smith, who visited the center on December 19th with a van loaded with gifts for the young children to enjoy. More than 50 stocking and... Read More ➞

Oakland City Hall: TUC’s Associate Director of Community Health Receives the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month Award

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Oakland recognized The Unity Council’s Associate Director of Community Health Jae Maldonado for his groundbreaking work in both the Latinx and LGBTQ communities throughout the region. “Jae has a long history of serving the Latinx community and empowering a wide variety of residents -from immigrants to homeless residents to parents to... Read More ➞


The Unity Council in collaboration with the Mercy Retirement & Care Center, a nonprofit that provides English language instruction in both speaking & writing, is NOW offering English classes! WHAT DO WE OFFER? We offer help with everyday conversational speaking, passing driver license written test, help filling out medical or government forms & more!! WHEN: Tuesday and Thursday WHERE: 1900... Read More ➞

You Are Invited to Fruitvale’s Posadas & Carols

When: Saturday, December 14th Where: East 12th Street and Ignacio de la Fuente Plaza Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM The Fruitvale Business Improvement District is partnering with Oakluv and Councilmember Noel Gallo to bring back the most expected event of the holidays, the Fruitvale’s Posadas and Carols. The Posadas tradition involves a special song, as well as a variety... Read More ➞

Thank you to our friends, community, and partners for supporting the 2019 Dia de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, November 2nd!

Every year, the Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival elevates the stories, history, and traditions of Oakland’s diverse Latino community, at a time when many neighborhoods throughout the East Bay are rapidly losing their diversity.   This year, we paid homage to Los Ausentes, those who are no longer with us, whether they are loved ones who have passed away, or members of... Read More ➞

Mourning the Loss of Bernard Tyson, a Champion for Equity

The Unity Council is profoundly sorry to hear of the passing of Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente over the weekend. Kaiser Permanente, under Mr. Tyson’s tremendous leadership, became one of The Unity Council’s strongest partners. His advocacy pushed Oakland to recognize the unbroken line between better careers, education, housing, and health.  He saw the incredible influence that... Read More ➞