A Showcase of How Alameda County Employees Care for their Communities
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When she was struggling to make ends meet, Wilma Haymon learned about free tax preparation programs that took the dread out of the annual tax season and helped provide a significant boost to her pocketbook as well. Years later, when she learned that her employer, Alameda County, offered such a program to low- and moderate-income residents in the area, she seized the opportunity to support the program as a volunteer.
“There was a time when I was in those people’s shoes – I was unemployed and didn’t have money to get my taxes done,” she says. “I found a free tax preparation service and it really helped me. So I know first-hand that this is a great way to give back and to support people in our community.”
Wilma is a longtime volunteer with the Alameda County Social Services Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides no cost tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers every year.
“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.
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.”
The Board of Supervisors and County Administrator extend our sincere condolences and support to those affected by wildfires in other parts of California that have taken numerous lives, destroyed thousands of homes and devastated communities at both ends of our state.
We are reactivating the Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund to enable Alameda County employees and people in the community to make voluntary cash and/or online donations to benefit the victims of the wildfires in Butte and Los Angeles counties. 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 Board of Supervisors established the Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. The Fund has been reactivated numerous times in response to tragedies including Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Northern Japan Earthquake/Tsunami in 2011, mass shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando, and the fatal Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood on December 2, 2016.
Alameda County intends for all current contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund to go directly to victims of the recent wildfires. Thank you for your leadership, generosity and support.
Bikes for Butte
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is collecting donations to help pay for bicycles, helmets and play equipment to donate to the children affected by the deadly Camp Fire. The “Bikes for Butte” fundraiser, which is hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, will help buy bikes so the kids who lost everything may return to normal activities faster.
The cost for a helmet and bicycle is about $150 per child. The sheriff’s office hopes to collect enough to purchase at least 100 bikes.
“When children can exercise and socialize it reduces their anxiety and stress,” Sgt. Ray Kelly said in a statement. “This helps families and parents. Many of the organized activity programs in Butte County lost their equipment, including bicycles.”
The Camp Fire began in Butte County on Nov. 8 and quickly spread across 240 square miles killing at least 85 people and displaced thousands more. Most of Paradise was charred within 24 hours. Nearly 19,000 buildings, mostly homes, were destroyed. It was the nation’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire in a century.