A Showcase of How Alameda County Employees Care for their Communities
“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.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Earned Income Tax Credit (VITA/EITC) Program
YOU have what it takes to make a difference. Don’t delay; sign up today!
Last year, the Social Services Agency’s VITA program assisted low-income families and individuals in recouping $1,643,077.00 in Federal EITC and $54,000.00 in State EITC. That is a huge amount of money flowing back into Alameda County’s local economy. We need to ensure that these households are able to file their tax returns accurately and timely, without having to rely on costly or predatory services to get the tax refund they deserve. We anticipate record demand for our no cost tax preparation services this year.
50 more volunteers—that’s all we need to meet the anticipated demand.
If you are looking for a way to make a positive impact in our community—as well as gain new skills and forge connections with compassionate colleagues—step up and volunteer for the VITA program this tax season. All volunteers receive FREE IRS certified tax training. THREE classroom sessions are still available for new volunteers without experience. VITA program services kick off January 22.
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.”
We are reactivating the Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund now to enable Alameda County employees and people in the community to voluntarily make cash and/or online donations to benefit the victims of recent tragedies. County employees may also have the option to donate up to 5 days of their accrued vacation time, compensatory time and/or holiday in-lieu time.
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 on multiple occasions to support those in need following natural disasters and tragedies.
Alameda County intends for all contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund to go to those suffering the devastating impacts of the October fires in Northern California, the mass shootings in Las Vegas and the recent hurricanes that ravaged parts of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean.
Thank you for your leadership, generosity and support.