Check out community events happening around Alameda County, including festivals, town hall sessions, health and wellness events, job fairs, and more. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.
Emergency Food Distribution (Zhone Way - Arena Center)
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through December 2021 - 9am - 3:30pm
Zhone Way (Arena Center) Distribution Site
7105 Oakport Street, Oakland, CA 94621
Emergency food distribution takes place weekly Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Pre-packaged emergency food bags, boxes and/or produce are distributed on a first come, first served basis. No walk-ups are permitted. Masks must be worn by customers. Days and hours of operation are contingent upon weather.
The car line forms on Oakport St. and proceeds in the southern direction. Customers are directed to drive up one at a time to a covered pick-up location next to the building.
Advisory Commission on Aging
Second Monday of each month - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Meets every second Monday of the month, online.
To access the agenda (normally available at least 72 hours in advance) for this meeting as well as previous minutes please visit our Advisory Commission on Aging page.
To participate in the meetings of the Advisory Commission on Aging:
Special meeting note: There will be a special meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 11/10/21, 8:15 to 8:30 PM. This meeting will immediately follow the regular monthly meeting of the commission.
To access the agenda (normally available at least 72 hours in advance) for this meeting as well as previous minutes please visit our Commission on the Status of Women page.
To participate in meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women:
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Resource Parent Receives KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award
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Watch and be inspired: Ms. Linda Owens of Hayward has received KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award for her 34 years as a resource parent with SSA's Department of Children and Family Services (DCSF). You can watch the KPIX report to learn what her experience caring for more than 80 newborns means to her - and what her dedication has meant to DCSF and the community they serve. "It's a challenging job, but very rewarding," notes the retired grocery department manager, who has cared for babies with challenges such as drug exposure in the womb and developmental delays. Mia Buckner-Preston of DCSF comments, "Her experience, the care, the love she provides to the babies - it's immeasurable."
Focus on Clients-Not Case Numbers-Wins KPIX Jefferson Award for ACSSA Assistant Director & Staff
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Andrea Ford, Assistant Agency Director for the Alameda County Social Services Agency – Workforce and Benefits Administration (WBA), received KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award on June 30, 2021 for her work to address the human needs of clients beyond documents and case numbers. She noted that in more than 30 years with the Alameda County Social Services Agency (ACSSA), including ten years at the helm of WBA, she and her dedicated colleagues and staff “have made a top priority of overcoming misconceptions and stereotypes about the Agency, and humanizing our role beyond simply issuing benefits.”
It was this spirit that moved Ms. Ford and WBA staff to create the Agency’s annual “A Purse of Her Own…” Mother’s Day event six years ago. The following year, they added “A Father Is…” Father’s Day event. Both quickly became annual traditions, mobilizing staff from ACSSA and other County departments to donate purses, toiletries, clothing, and other necessities, and to create meaningful celebrations at ACSSA sites for mothers and fathers to mark the national holidays in their honor. This year alone, both events served 700 people. One dad who attended the Father’s Day event with two of his children told KPIX, “When they help out in those little ways it’s great, because you know there’s some kind of hope out there.”
Feeling inspired? Join Andrea Ford and the dedicated staff from WBA and other County departments in celebrating the parents of our community. Anyone interested in contributing to the Mother’s Day “A Purse of Her Own” event or the Father’s Day “A Father Is… ” event can contact Alameda County Social Services Public Affairs Director Sylvia Soublet at firstname.lastname@example.org.