A Showcase of How Alameda County Employees Care for their Communities

Adopt-A-Family: Now accepting donors!


Meryl Klein

Administrative Analyst, County Administrator’s Office

Meryl Klein volunteers 3-4 hours each week at the Oakland Animal Services shelter, providing behavioral training to rescue animals in order to maximize their chances for adoption into safe, loving homes.

Meryl also fosters stray kittens and dogs at home, offering them a temporary home where they can recover from abandonment and other traumatic experiences and polish their social skills. These foster animals join what is already a pretty busy household, with two dogs and two cats that are permanent members of the family.

“They’re often extremely scared when I first meet them, hiding under chairs and refusing to be touched,” Meryl says. “To see them grow into being lovable, cuddly pets is the best feeling ever.”


“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

Oscar Wilde

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.

Combined Charities

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.


$11,000 RAISED


You can help contribute in the fight to end hunger, too! Alameda County Food Bank takes donations year-round.

Stone Soup Food Drive Displays
Photos and Video


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.

Citizens Academy

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.”

Michael W. Hawkins, American Red Cross

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.