Meet a Fruitvale Merchant: Equinox Party Supply

Elsy Gomez is the proud business owner of Equinox, a one-stop-shop for all events and parties in the Fruitvale. Like many of the more than 400 entrepreneurs in the Fruitvale, Elsy is an immigrant from Ecuador and single mother. Elsy found the tools and resources she needed to thrive through working with the Fruitvale Business Improvement District, including getting connected to... Read More ➞

Late Night Happy Hour for East Bay Gives

Join The Unity Council for a late night Happy Hour for East Bay Gives! WHERE: Caña Cuban Parlor & Cafe WHEN: May 4th, 9-11 PM WHY: We can win $3,000 if we have the most donors between 10pm – 11pm. So, to make it fun, we decided to gather everyone together to end East Bay Gives in style and enjoy $5... Read More ➞

Join us for Neighbors Appreciation Day!

What: Open House & Dinner When: Friday, April 21, 5-7 PM Where: 1900 Fruitvale Ave. Oakland CA. 94601 The Unity Council would like to recognize our Fruitvale neighbors by hosting an open house at our Community Resource Center on 1900 Fruitvale Ave. on Friday, April 21 from 5 to 7 PM Come and meet our staff and learn about The... Read More ➞

For Rent: Loft at the Fruitvale Village!

Looking For Convenience? Look No Further than the Fruitvale Village! Wonderful 2 bed/ 2 bath LOFT available.  The loft unit features granite counter tops, two spacious wooden spiral stairs, high ceiling with views over the Fruitvale Bart station and Plaza, hardwood floors, and lots of light. Apartments located in a very vibrant, multi-cultural environment, and Farmer’s market downstairs (Tuesday, Thursdays,... Read More ➞

The Unity Council’s Tax-Prep Site Featured on NPR

Contrary to some belief, immigrants of all statuses pay millions of dollars in federal taxes every year. National Public Radio (NPR) approached our organization to learn more about this myth-busting fact and on Tax Day they published a radio story on their nationally syndicated show, Morning Edition. Each year our VITA site helps hundreds of families get free tax-preparation help each... Read More ➞

State Farm Awards $25,000 at VITA Site

Three representatives of State Farm Insurance visited The Unity Council’s VITA site on April 6th, 2017, to award a check of $25,000. CEO Chris Iglesias accepted the generous award, surrounded by staff and interns from the Workforce Development department. The grant award was presented by State Farm’s Oakland territory Agency Field Leader, and Unity Council Board Director, Ashish Dhawan; and... Read More ➞

Cesar Chavez Day Clean-Up & Celebration

Beautiful clean neighborhoods are essential to the well-being of our community! Which is why we organize dozens of work parties throughout the year. Last month, The Fruitvale Business Improvement District (BID) organized a work party followed by a celebration to commemorate the legacy of Cesar Chavez. People of all ages and backgrounds participated in the event. Neighbors, local business owners,... Read More ➞

STEP: We Help Youth Become Job Ready!

Have you heard of the STEP program? STEP is a new program of The Unity Council to help young adults with their job and career search and to be job ready, and we need your help! We have to meet our enrollment goal by the end of March or we may lose funding! The program offers significant resources to youth, and it would... Read More ➞

Third-Floor Office Space Available at 1900 Fruitvale Ave

Come be our neighbors! Third-floor office space available at 1900 Fruitvale Ave. in a building shared with Merritt College’s Fruitvale campus, the Praxis Project, and many of The Unity Council’s programs, including our Fruitvale Neighborhood Career Center, Fruitvale Head Start Center, and our administrative offices. Nonprofit or Social Enterprise tenants preferred! 500 – 2,668 sq. feet available Free off street... Read More ➞

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant

The new administration is clearly targeting immigrants and refugees through policy changes. While we still don’t know the full implications of the new policies on our community, it is important to be as prepared as possible.  The Unity Council does not offer immigration services, but we are surrounded by incredible organizations that do. To better serve our community, The Unity... Read More ➞