LMB Featured in OUSD Video: Healing Through Health and Culture:

The Oakland Unified School District featured The Latino Men & Boys staff and students in an amazing video to talk about the program and the impact it has on the personal life and academic achievement of nearly 250 Latino young men. On the video, Luis Ramirez, Castlemont High School graduate and former Latino Men & Boys student said, “If it... Read More ➞

Meet Natalia Hernandez, Mom & Cal-SAFE Teacher

Seven years ago Natalia Hernandez came to The Unity Council looking for posada – Spanish for shelter. At the time she was under-employed, with two young children, and at risk of homelessness; she saw the large sign for Posada de Colores senior housing on Fruitvale Ave one day and stopped in to ask for help. The front desk assistant at Posada... Read More ➞

5 Things You Need to Know About VITA’s 2017 Tax Season

Did you know The Unity Council’s VITA Program refunded $1,155,399 to Fruitvale families in 2017? According to Clarissa Johnson, Financial Opportunity Specialist and VITA Site Coordinator, “Most of the people who visit our VITA site at The Unity Council live in the Fruitvale neighborhood. This year we helped return over 1 million dollars in Federal Tax refunds directly to the... Read More ➞

Seniors Celebrate Mother’s Day at Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center

“Me gusta bailar, aunque hay veces que nada mas puedo bailar los ojos” –Francisco Daza When asked why he celebrated Mother’s Day at The Senior Center, Francisco Daza, told The Unity Council’s staff, “Because I like dancing, even though sometimes, the only things that that seem to be able to dance are my eyes.” Francisco Daza is one of the... Read More ➞

Successful East Bay Gives Fundraiser Nets $20,000

On May 4th, 2017, The Unity Council participated in East Bay Gives, a coordinated day of giving hosted by the East Bay Community Foundation. With a goal of $15,000, The Unity Council staff worked hard to get our community to donate to help us reach our goals. Douglas Parking, a local company, chipped in $5,000 to start the day off... Read More ➞

Douglas Parking: an Oakland Grown Philanthropic Leader

Not much in Oakland has survived since 1930, so it’s hard to believe that a family-owned and operated, Oakland-based company not only thrives to this day, but has since expanded into eight other states! Douglas Parking, the ubiquitous blue “P” seen on signs from Walnut Creek to San Mateo, with the vast majority in downtown Oakland, has been in the... Read More ➞

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 ➞