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Meet Armando Hernandez, Community Programs Director

Armando joined The Unity Council almost two years ago. Starting as the Director of Workforce Development, Armando’s position recently transitioned to the Director of Community Programs, a new consolidation of programs which includes the Latino Men & Boys Program (LMB), Youth Workforce, Oakland Youth Engaged, and the Career Center. All of these programs work together to improve educational and career... Read More ➞

Help Your Child Be Kindergarten Ready!

Transitions are not easy, especially for young children. That is why we asked The Unity Council’s Head Start experts to help us compile five strategies to help children be kindergarten ready. Encourage independence: Your little one will be away from you for a couple hours, and they need to feel confident doing things on their own. Encouraged them to use... Read More ➞

10 Things to Do This Summer: The Fruitvale Edition

1.Experience the Fruitvale Night Markets! Enjoy music, kids’ activities and live performances at Avenida de La Fuente every second and fourth Thursday of the month. The markets only happen during the summer, so make sure to stop by soon. 2. Enjoy a mangonada at Nieves Cinco de Mayo! There is nothing better to cool down on a hot summer day... Read More ➞

The San Francisco Foundation Awards $75,000 Equity Grant to The Unity Council!

As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing racial and economic equity in the San Francisco Bay Area, The San Francisco Foundation announced today that it is making grants totaling $11.5 million to 140 Bay Area organizations. This is the largest combined grant announcement in the foundation’s history. The Unity Council is one of the 140 recipients of this grant,... Read More ➞

Mayor Announces 300 New Summer Jobs for Oakland Youth, Bringing Total to 2,000 Jobs

On July 11, 2017 Mayor Libby Schaaf joined representatives from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, OUSD, and young Oakland residents to announce that 300 additional summer jobs are now available for Oakland’s youth through the Mayor’s Summer Job Program. The 300 new available positions bring the total number of jobs, this summer alone, up to the Mayor’s stated goal of 2,000... Read More ➞

Fruitvale Residents Survey! Your Opinion Matters

The Unity Council, your local non-profit community development corporation committed to enriching the quality of life for Oakland residents, with a focus on the Fruitvale neighborhood, is conducting a follow-up resident survey to one done 4 years ago in 2013. Your household has been randomly selected to participate.  We want to take this opportunity to inform you that we will... Read More ➞

Google Marketing Workshops for Small Business in Fruitvale!

Learn how to reach new customers and grow your business with AdWords. Learn the advertising basics, setting up an AdWords campaign and improving your results. This workshop is for you if your business has a website and you want to take it to the next level. Refreshments will be served. WHAT: AdWords Express Workshop WHEN: Thursday 7/13 from 5:30 to... Read More ➞

We Can Help You Fill Out Your ITIN Renewal Paperwork!

Taxpayers with ITINs set to expire — or that have expired — should take action now to avoid issues with their 2018 tax filing and help ensure a smooth renewal process. All ITINs not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will expire on December 31, 2017. Additionally, all ITINs issued before 2013... Read More ➞

$10,000 Awarded by Latino Community Foundation’s Nuestro Futuro Fund

On June 28th, Jacqueline Garcel, Chief Executive Officer of the Latino Community Foundation awarded a grant of $10,000 to The Unity Council. The grant is part of the Latino Community Foundation’s Nuestro Futuro Fund for Latino-led organizations that are equipped to provide legal aid, defend immigration rights, and/or support youth civic and political engagement. The Latino Community Foundation is awarding $124,000... Read More ➞

Family-Friendly Activities at Night Market Event Series

WHEN: The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month during the summer TIME: From 2:00 PM to 7:00 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! Come down to Fruitvale and enjoy an afternoon... Read More ➞