COVID-19 Updates – The Unity Council

COVID-19 Updates

To the community and our clients, are doors are always “open”

All in-person services and operations are closed effective March 17th through May 31st, in compliance with the region’s stay at home order. But our programs and services are still open to you! 

We are here to help you get through the COVID-19 crisis.

Connect with us via email or phone to get the support you need for you and your family.

Closures, Reduced and Modified Services:

  • Fruitvale Neighborhood Career Center. In an effort to support all community members, The Unity Council’s Fruitvale Neighborhood Career Center will be operating online. Click here to fill out our Career Center’s intake form and our staff will contact you within 48 hours to help you.
  • Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center: The Senior Center will be closed as of March 17th through May 31st. We are working with each of our senior clients to identify needed food, health, and transportation resources that can help them in this difficult time. 
  • School-based Youth Achievement Programs: The Oakland Unified School district has closed until May 31st. All school-based youth programs (such as Latino Men & Boys and Latina Mentorship and Achievement) are suspended until school is back in session.
  • Early Childhood Development Centers (Head Start and Early Head Start): In accordance with OUSD guidelines, all of our Oakland early childhood development centers will be closed through May 31st. The Cesar Chavez Center in Concord will be closed through March 31st or until further notice. We are working with each of our senior clients to identify needed food, health, and transportation resources that can help them in this difficult time. 
  • Census Outreach: We have postponed all external community outreach presentations and events. Our Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1900 Fruitvale Ave remains open for questions and support. Please call us at 510-543-3091 for questions about the Census. 
  • VITA: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be closed as of March 17th through May 31st
  • Employees Working Remotely: While our offices remain open for the time being, we have asked staff who are able to work from home to do so to limit exposure to our community. We have canceled or postponed all non-essential events and large meetings to further mitigate the risk of exposure. 

We will continue to update you as the response to this virus outbreak unfolds. We are grateful for your help in weathering this storm and we look forward to resuming business as usual as soon as possible.

How You Can Help

Hundreds of community members have already turned to us to help them access public benefits, obtain food for their families, and stay sustainably housed. 

Our coaches, educators, mentors and direct service staff serve as guides, translators, and advocates to help all families get through this crisis.

The community we serve includes:

  • Children under five with household incomes of no more than $26,000 per year for a family of 4
  • Immigrants, regardless of status
  • Unaccompanied minors enrolled in OUSD schools
  • Seniors with low or no income who speak a language other than English
  • Job-seekers who have recently been laid off
  • Small business owners who contribute to the local community

The needs we are meeting are urgent and essential. Make a gift to our COVID-19 fund.

These funds support the following urgent response efforts:

  • COVID-19 Update: Get a $300 “Above-the-Line” tax deduction in 2020 for charitable contributions. As part of the CARES act, this deduction can be claimed by every donor of up to $300 in 2020 when they file their 2020 taxes. 

Our Impact During Covid

Other Ways to Give: