Visit the Fruitvale Farmer’s Market every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at the Fruitvale Transit Village! Conveniently located near BART and multiple AC Transit lines, The Fruitvale Farmer’s Market brings fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables from local producers to the neighborhood. Other vendors sell prepared foods like roasted almonds or candy, or merchandise and music.

Farmer’s Market Schedule:

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

We accept WIC, SNAP, and EBT

Contact:

Francine Gadsden, Assistant Property Manager
510-535-6941
fgadsden@unitycouncil.org

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Peralta Service Corporation (PSC) is The Unity Council’s social enterprise: a business with a social mission. PSC’s mission is to increase the economic self-sufficiency of low-income adults through on-the-job training and living-wage employment. PSC is a second-chance employer, and employs committed job-seekers with significant barriers to employment due to checkered employment history, criminal backgrounds, language, and more.

PSC workers keep Oakland clean and beautiful by providing public area maintenance services to local business improvement districts, commercial centers, neighborhoods, or individual business sites. PSC provides graffiti abatement, pressure washing, street sweeping, litter and trash pickup, and more. PSC always uses biodegradable and environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions.

Interested in joining the PSC workforce? Check our Jobs page for available opportunities.

Want to Hire PSC For Your Next Job?

Are you the manager of a Business Improvement District or commercial real estate? Request a Quote for services to get the best in public maintenance. See Peralta Service Corporation’s website for more: www.peraltaservicecorporation.com

Contact:

Gordon Leung
(510) 485-5870
psc@unitycouncil.org

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Have you lost wages or been laid off because of Coronavirus? We can help you access benefits like temporary unemployment insurance or food stamps. Fill out our Career Center’s intake form and our staff will contact you to help you. Our coaches make sure that each client gets access to the services, knowledge, and training they need to find permanent employment quickly.

All Career Center clients are also connected to housing, financial, immigration, and education resources provided by The Unity Council and our partners. 

Services are provided in English, Spanish, and Khmer.

The Unity Council’s Career Center provides:

  • Job search assistance
  • Job application assistance
  • Cover Letter and Resume Writing Workshops
  • Job Readiness and Computer Skills Workshops
  • Free access to Computer Lab, printer, and fax for career-related activities
  • One-on-One employment counseling (for qualified job-seekers)
  • Financial coaching for improved credit and savings
  • Public benefits enrollment
  • Connection to community resources 

Referral services and On-The-Job-Trainings are offered from an extensive network of partnerships with local educational institutions and local businesses. All services are linguistically and culturally available and take place at a central location with easy access to staff, transportation, and community resources.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Hours:

The Career Center location at 1900 Fruitvale Ave is closed due to shelter-in-place order. Our staff is currently offering services over the phone and online Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

DO YOU NEED ACCESS TO A COMPUTER FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH? The Fruitvale Neighborhood Career Center’s computer lab located at 1900 Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland is available to you! To access the computer lab, make an appointment over the phone at (510) 535-6101 or email careercenter@unitycouncil.org.


Virtual Job Readiness Workshops

Do not stress about the resume, job search, and interview. The Unity Council’s Fruitvale Neighborhood Career Center can help you search and apply for a job! Join our ongoing workshops and get the support you need to land your next job.

Workshops topics include:

  • Job Search
  • Resumes
  • Networking and Elevator Pitches
  • Interviewing
  • Customer Service and Professionalism in the Workplace

ZOOM TROUBLES? Need assistance with downloading and operating zoom ahead of one of these workshops reach out to Luis Arevalo at larevalo@unitycouncil.org.


Medical Assistant Program

Enter a career in healthcare! If you are a CalWORKS recipient, you can enroll in a paid training program to gain a Medical Assistant certificate. The 6-month program is meant to increase the economic stability of low-income families by placing CalWORKs job seekers in temporary Medical Assistants and Medical Administrative Assistant positions with a local medical employer partner. Through training, professional development, mentoring, paid internships, supportive services, and networking opportunities, the program helps job seekers transition into permanent unsubsidized jobs with career advancement opportunities.

This program is offered in collaboration with Alameda County Social Services Agency. Contact us to find out if you might qualify. We enroll up to 25 participants in each cohort.

Click here to learn more.


The Unity Council and WIOA Title-I-financially assisted program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

El Unity Council y el programa o actividad con asistencia financiera Título I de WIOA es un empleador / programa con igualdad de oportunidades. Los auxiliares y servicios auxiliares están disponibles bajo petición para personas con Discapacidades.

Contact:

One-Stop Front Desk
510-535-6101
careercenter@unitycouncil.org

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $60,000 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.

Services are available in English and Spanish, and we can provide translation in Mam and Khmer.

THE VITA SEASON HAS ENDED.

Contact:

Yolanda Lopez
510-535-6101
vita@unitycouncil.org

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The center is closed to the public, but seniors can come and pick up to-go lunches Monday through Friday.

The Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center addresses the cultural and linguistic needs of the community’s increasingly diverse elderly population by providing services in Cambodian, Spanish, and English. Over 45 seniors visit the Center every day, and each year we serve a total of 1,000 seniors age 50 and up, many of whom are monolingual and at risk of cultural and social isolation.  Our staff is dedicated to promoting healthy and on-going social, educational and physical development for seniors on a daily basis by a rich array of activities.

Centrally located in an ADA accessible space at the Fruitvale Village, right outside of the Fruitvale BART station and an AC Transit hub, the Senior Center is equipped with a full-service kitchen, community rooms, small computer lab, game room, on-site social service staff. We offer free transportation from a client’s Oakland home to the Center, and back again.

The Senior Center staff members are culturally and linguistically matched to the clients and can assist with referrals to other community services. For more information about senior services and activities, please contact us.

Seniors can get a nutritious hot lunch every day at the center, provided by Spectrum Community Services, for a suggested donation of $3.75 for seniors and $10.00 for non-seniors. We recommend making your reservation a day in advance by calling (510) 535-6123.

Social ActivitiesEducational ClassesPhysical Exercise
  • Pool, Cards, Chess
  • Bingo
  • Mental Health Discussion Forums
  • Multicultural Luncheons
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Field Trips to local and regional attractions
  • Computer Literacy
  • Citizenship Preparation in Spanish and Khmer
  • Culturally Appropriate Library with Books on Tape
  • Support Groups
  • Educational presentations on relevant topics
  • Health and Wellness workshops
  • Fitness Fun
  • Tai Chi
  • Healthy Seniors (Stretch, Balance and Dance Class)
  • Walk Club
  • Zumba
  • Yoga

Contact:

Senior Center Front Desk
510-535-6123
seniors@unitycouncil.org

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Join our Head Start and Early Head Start preschool program! Depending on the needs of our families, location, and availability, we offer both center-based and home-based care. Center-based programs take place at one of our locations in Oakland or Concord.

Our early childhood education program uses a play-based curriculum designed to meet each family where it’s at on the path to school readiness and meeting each child’s full potential. Our teachers make every effort to speak with children and their parents in their home language, we offer services in at least eight languages throughout seven head start and early head start sites. Parents are fully engaged and part of their child’s success.

Learn more about enrollment requirements and read frequently asked questions!

Fill out an eligibility application in English or Español and our Family Advocates will contact you.

Oakland Sites 

  • Yamin Jara Center
    1900 Fruitvale Avenue, Suite 1C, Oakland, CA 94601
    (510) 535-6942
  • De Colores Center
    1155 35th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601
    (510) 535-6102
  • Thurgood Marshall Center
    1117 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
    (510) 836-0543
  • Foothill Square Center
    10700 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 10, Oakland, CA 94605
    (510) 553-9926
  • Cal-SAFE Center
    2615 E 15th St, Oakland, CA. 94601
    (510) 536-6086

Concord Sites 

  • Cesar Chavez Center
    1187 Meadow Lane, Concord, CA 94520
    (925) 798-1013
  • Concord Child Care*
    1360 Detroit Ave, Concord, CA 94520
    (925) 798-1013

*These are partner locations. We offer Head Start and Early Head Start services in collaboration with other non-profit partners.

Do you want to learn more details about the impact of our Head Start & Early Head Start programs? Read our 2018-2019 Head Start Annual Report here. 

Contact:

Children & Family Services Headquarters
510-535-6102
headstart@unitycouncil.org

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Has your small business been affected by COVID-19? The Fruitvale Business Improvement District  (BID) is here to help you! We are rolling out the Pandemic Response & Economic Recovery Program to address the needs of Fruitvale businesses. All our staff is bilingual in Spanish and ready to answer your questions. 

These are the services we provide:

  • Small Business Help Line, call (510) 535-6916
  • Financial Resource Navigation
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Business management/operations advising
  • Tax, Accounting, HR & Legal Services Referrals

For help fill out our intake form and a member of our team will contact you. 

Visit our COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses page to view a list of resources and opportunities compiled by The Unity Council.


How Can We Better Help You?

Take 10 minutes to fill out our small business services survey! Your answers will help our team assist your needs better. Please answer each question to the best of your ability.


Meet the Team

The Fruitvale Business Improvement District (BID) physically and economically revitalizes the commercial corridors of International Boulevard, Fruitvale Avenue, and Foothill Boulevard. The BID works directly with over 350 locally owned businesses and property owners. We work to create clean and safe streets, offer community-building activities and attractions, and build business skills among our small business owners to support sustainable growth. These ongoing services result in increased economic activity, a lowered perception of crime, and a greater sense of pride in the community.

The BID program started in 1996, and since that time has completed over 200 façade improvements, decorated dozens of public trash cans with mosaic art throughout the neighborhood, worked with the City of Oakland for street and asphalt improvements, offered business assistance for local merchants, and continues to coordinate daily sidewalk cleaning, and seasonal tree and flower planting.

The BID team serves as a liaison with the City of Oakland, reporting safety hazards that otherwise would go unchecked and unrepaired. We also report and address blight, and organize full neighborhood cleanups, park clean-ups, and creek restoration in conjunction with the City and other community groups.

Contact:

Regina Moreno
510-535-7176
rmoreno@unitycouncil.org

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