The Resilient Fruitvale collaborative was established in 2017, with the mission of reinforcing the Fruitvale community’s resilience, through a community-based organization (CBO) and community-led plan designed to prepare the Fruitvale neighborhood in responding to natural or man-made disasters. By working with stakeholders to collectively respond with confidence and compassion, we can aid the community in both surviving, as well as bouncing back quickly from life-altering disasters such as fires, earthquakes, and widespread viruses.
The need for such a collaborative has been reinforced through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which Oakland has accounted for nearly 40% of the county’s infections, with the majority of confirmed cases in the 94601-zip code, making the Fruitvale District one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods. To respond to the disproportionate effects of the pandemic, many CBO’s have pivoted their efforts to meet the needs of the community during these uncertain and difficult times.
2020-2021 Identified Focus Areas/Community Needs:
- Health & Wellness (COVID-19)
- Economic Relief
- Financial Support
- Food Insecurity
The Collaborative’s Mission
The Resilient Fruitvale Collaborative will be responsible for reinforcing the Fruitvale community’s resilience through enhancing community-led and built response and recovery plans by working collaboratively with all stakeholders to collectively respond with confidence and compassion.
Resilient Fruitvale Campaigns
The Resilient Fruitvale collaborative developed and submitted a Budget Request to Address the Devastating Effects of COVID-19 in East Oakland Communities to the City of Oakland and Alameda County based on a collaborative and community-led COVID-19 response and recovery plan. The request included support for the following activities:
- Continuing first responder efforts towards 1.) health and wellness services, 2.) emergency economic relief/development, and 3.) outreach and education;
- Covering unfunded costs associated with our organization’s significant contributions to preserve public health for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), low-income, essential workers and immigrant communities; and
- Funding real economic and health recovery for our communities over the next several
The Resilient Fruitvale collaborative partnered with OUSD, Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), Oakland Public Library, and UCSF to create a “Test and Respond” campaign: Sanando Juntos: Fruitvale. This campaign helped to gather data that highlights the pressing needs in our community for targeted public health outreach; more COVID-19 testing and contact tracing; as well as economic relief for food, housing, and income replacement assistance. Knowing this, Resilient Fruitvale will build on the results of the Sanando Juntos campaign by focusing its efforts on the emergency preparedness of the Fruitvale community. This will be done with the immediate goal of addressing the pressing needs of the community during the pandemic; as identified by the Sanando Juntos campaign, in a collaborative and strategic manner.
In December 2016, the Fruitvale community was shaken by the terrible Ghost Ship fire tragedy that took the lives of 36 artists, musicians, and beloved community members. Our neighborhood came together, as we always do, and supported the residents and organizations that were impacted by this tragedy. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of this tragedy, and with disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and mass shootings devastating communities throughout the U.S. and world, a cohort of local and regional agencies came together and formed the Resilient Fruitvale Initiative, a cross-sector initiative that advances the resilience of Fruitvale at the individual, organizational, and community levels. The goal is to streamline and strengthen access to resources and expertise for local leaders, so we can all do our part to protect our community, and its vulnerable residents, for years to come.
As a result, the collaboration launched the 2018 Resilient Fruitvale Action Plan at a Block Party and community celebration at Fruitvale Village. Visitors could learn more about each partners’ role in this work and the services they provide to the community, as well as learn what they should do in case of an emergency.