A Showcase of How Alameda County Employees Care for their Communities
Virtual Food Drive
The Alameda County Community Food Bank serves 1 in 5 residents in Alameda County. Nearly two-thirds of these residents are seniors and children who rely on the Food Bank for nutritious food resources.
Summer vacation can mean the loss of a meal for children who rely on school lunch programs.
For every $1 donated via the Virtual Food Drive, the Food Bank is able to distribute $6 worth of food.
The County’s partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank carries over into the summer months as employees mobilize to support an innovative “Virtual Food Drive” to bolster its support for local families struggling to make ends meet. The Alameda County Employee Summer Virtual Food Drive runs from July 31 through September 1.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
Alameda County employees play many roles in delivering a wide range of vital services to our communities like health, well-being, safety, vital, recreational, and infrastructure. Our employees are proud to continue their community service off hours too. We collectively volunteer our time to helping local non-profit agencies, and programs deliver their services to the community.
The organizations could use your help too. Won’t you join us in caring for the communities around you.
You can get started by viewing the opportunities in your area.
Eligibility Service Technician III, Social Services Agency
Thelma serves as the volunteer Family Resource Coordinator for her church, which means she organizes a monthly food giveaway for residents in need in Oakland.
“We help a couple of hundred people each time – seniors and just anybody who comes. I’m a Christian, and volunteering is something I’ve always done through church. You always give back. That’s how you receive your blessings.”
She adds: “The best part is when you see the smiles on their faces, when you cheer someone up. I want positive so I give out positive.”
You Helped Make It Possible – More than 2,300 Children Served in 2016!
The Social Services Agency’s 2016 Adopt-a-Family holiday gift program reached greater heights than ever before! This past holiday season, the program was able to provide gifts to 750 families and over 2,300 children from among our County’s neediest residents. This could not have been possible without the generosity of local organizations, businesses, community individuals, and especially the unprecedented participation from County employees.
You provide the joy that make the holidays special. The Holiday Adopt-a-Family gift program started four years ago and has grown into a County wide multiple department effort. Social Services Agency identifies the need and you provide the magic.
Donors will have an opportunity to select the family or families they would like to adopt. Find out more at the link below.
The mission of the annual Combined Charities program is to provide a platform for Alameda County employees to give to the charity of their choice. Pledges are made annually through one-time requests or via payroll deduction to help spread the donation over the year. Workplace campaigns are a very efficient form of non-profit fundraising to help make our community and world a better place.
Stir the creative juices that flow within Alameda County’s 9,000-plus employee workforce, mix in some friendly competition among eight County departments, add a healthy splash of holiday spirit and what do you get? Alameda County’s Stone Soup Holiday Food Drive and Design Competition, which culminated in November 2013 with some inspired displays made entirely with boxes and cans of non-perishable food.
Alameda County is proud to host a number of wide-ranging Mentorship programs throughout the year.
Find out which of our varying programs might be a great fit for you, and check back to see if the opportunity you’re interested in is accepting applications.
Youth Leadership Academy
A program that gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about and discuss County programs and services, develop leadership skills and meet students from schools throughout Alameda County.
A 6-session interactive program that provides insight to County services and operations and offers opportunities for civic engagement in the County.
Student Internship Program
The internship program at the Alameda County provides the interns an opportunity to work on the latest technologies solving real business problems under the guidance of an experienced professional.
Disaster Relief Fund
“Each of us as human beings has a responsibility to reach out to help our brothers and sisters affected by disasters. One day it may be us or our loved ones needing someone to reach out and help.”
Alameda County has reactivated its Disaster Relief Fund to enable its approximately 9,600 employees and people in the community to voluntarily donate funds to benefit the victims of the tragic fire late Friday at a converted warehouse space in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood.
The Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund was initially established in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and has been reactivated for the South Asia Tsunami/Earthquake in 2004, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
More recent causes include: the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010, the Northern Japan Earthquake/Tsunami in 2011, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, the massive earthquake in Nepal and shootings in San Bernardino in 2015 and Orlando in 2016.
Alameda County intends for all contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund to go directly to victims and families affected by the fire.
Thank you for your leadership, generosity and support.