Events

What’s happening at SSA and in our community

Monday, May 27, 2024 -

Memorial Day Holiday - Offices Closed

All County Offices

Memorial Day Holiday - Offices Closed

The Agency will be observing the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 27th. Offices will be closed.

For a list of the other County Holidays click here.

Recurring event

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month!

The month of May -

Throughout the State of California

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month!

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month! Preparation is key to your recovery after a disaster/emergency.

Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or prairies. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildlife and natural areas, but also communities.

In 2023, CALFIRE reported 7127 wildfires with up to 324,917 burned acres. Being prepared is the single best thing you can do for your home, family, and community.

May 2024 is also Older Americans Month. While you prepare for wildfires, don’t forget to consider those who may be most vulnerable during wildfires and discover ways you can teach them about preparedness or support their efforts directly.

The Social Services Agency (SSA), Government and Community Relations (GCR), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management’s (DPEM) wildfire response and support to Agency staff and Alameda County residents include:
• monitoring wildfires and air quality
• issuing communications—bulletins, emails, website updates
• updating the Employee Emergency Hotline, (510) 208-3929 with information and reporting instructions
• supporting evacuations
• establishing evacuation points
• setting up shelters

Are You Prepared?
All of us have an essential role in protecting ourselves, loved ones, and communities from wildfire. Take the following steps to proactively stay prepared and mitigate devastating impacts:
Know Your Risk – Prepare for environmental risks in your area.
Make a Plan – Create a plan specific to your household before a disaster/emergency strikes.
Take Action – Be ready to respond and recover from a disaster/emergency.

Most importantly, remember to stay safe and evacuate premises immediately if authorities tell you to do so!
Learn more at:
• Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM)
• SSA’s Wildfire Smoke Hazards Communication & Control Protocol
• DPEM Preparedness Flyer

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wildfire and Heat Season Training for Service Providers

Hayward Library - 888 C St, Hayward

Wildfire and Heat Season Training for Service Providers

Free, interactive Wildfire & Heat Season Training in English and Spanish for community-based and faith-based groups, neighborhood groups, non-profits, clinics, schools, and more! Wednesday, June 5th from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Hayward Library, 888 C. St. Register: https://forms.gle/HCx9EUMXMse51woF9

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Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 6:30pm - 8:15pm*

Hybrid Meeting

Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

*Commission meeting schedules are subject to change. 

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:

In Person:

Gail Steele Multi-Service Center (formerly Eden Area)

Room: Cal Poppy, 2nd Floor

24100 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544

Join the webinar:

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 275 519 355 469 

Passcode: Qu9Wgn

Join on the web

Or call in (audio only)

+1 415-915-3950,,764269720# United States, San Francisco 

(888) 715-8170,,764269720# United States (Toll-free)

Phone Conference ID: 764 269 720# 

Recurring event

COSW - Policy and Advocacy Committee

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 5:30 P.M.

Hybrid Meeting

The Commission on the Status of Women - Policy and Advocacy Committee will meet at 5:30 P.M. It will be followed by the full Commission meeting at 6:30 P.M.

In Person:

Gail Steele Multi-Service Center (formerly Eden Area)

Room: Cal Poppy, 2nd Floor

24100 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544

Join the webinar:

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 288 412 445 948 

Passcode: ZowH5z 

Join on the web

Or call in (audio only)

+1 415-915-3950,,943927133#   United States, San Francisco 

(888) 715-8170,,943927133#   United States (Toll-free)

Phone Conference ID: 943 927 133# 

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Advisory Commission on Aging

Second Monday of each month - 9:15 am - 11:45 am

In-Person and Online

Various Locations - See Posted Meeting Date For Meeting Location

Advisory Commission on Aging

Meets every second Monday of the month. 

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE INDEFINITE CLOSURE OF THE EASTMONT TOWN CENTER - FIRST FLOOR, ACA MEETINGS WILL NO LONGER BE HELD IN THE MAXWELL PARK ROOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  
General session meetings will be held in various locations, please see posted meeting agenda and/or individual meeting calendar invite for specific address and location of each meeting.
 
Public participants may also attend the meetings online via Zoom.
 

 

Or Dial-in by your location 
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 899 2454 4024
Passcode: 839169
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abzuOIeRu4

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Veterans Affairs Commission

Third Monday of each month (subject to change; please see below) - Executive Mtg: 9:30am to 10:00am /General Mtg: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Alternating Sites

(See below for more information)

Veterans Affairs Commission

To be more inclusive of our Veterans Community, the Commission will be holding its meeting at various locations within Alameda County. 

The April Meeting will be at the Fremont Veteran Memorial Building on 37154 2nd St in Fremont.

For public participation through virtual meeting attendance, join online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99526750740?pwd=YlpjQ1JsRm5FM2VsNndTL3FZRmg0Zz09  or Dial-in by your location: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)  Meeting ID: 995 2675 0740   |  Passcode: 995735
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abzuOIeRu4 

To access the meeting agenda (normally available at least 72 hours in advance) or previous meeting minutes, please scroll to the corresponding section above.

Recurring event

Human Relations Commission Meeting

Fourth Wednesday of the Month - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Gail Steele Multi Service Center and Online

Human Relations Commission Meeting

To access the agenda (normally available at least 72 hours in advance) for this meeting as well as previous minutes please visit our Human Relations Commission page.

To participate in meetings of the Human Relations Commission:

Option 1: In person (required of all Commissioners)
24100 Amador St Hayward, CA 94544 

Gail Steele Multi Service Center, 2nd Floor, Room: Cal Poppy

Option 2: On Microsoft Teams

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 249 170 014 714 

Passcode: c9TQnK 

 Join on the web

Or call in (audio only)

+1 415-915-3950,,635160506#   United States, San Francisco 

(888) 715-8170,,635160506#   United States (Toll-free)

Phone Conference ID: 635 160 506# 

Monday, May 27, 2024 -

Memorial Day Holiday - Offices Closed

All County Offices

Memorial Day Holiday - Offices Closed

The Agency will be observing the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 27th. Offices will be closed.

For a list of the other County Holidays click here.

Video available -

Resource Parent Receives KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award

Virtual - see below

Resource Parent Receives KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award

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."

Recurring event

Focus on Clients-Not Case Numbers-Wins KPIX Jefferson Award for ACSSA Assistant Director & Staff

Video available -

Virtual

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 ssoublet@acgov.org.

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.