A Showcase of How Alameda County Employees Care for their Communities
For many of us the celebration this year will be different and more distanced than we would like. We wish all of you – moms, daughters and sons – a healthy and happy Mother’s Day!
2020 marks Social Services Agency, Department of Workforce & Benefits Administration’s 5th annual Mother’s Day giveaway. The Agency will distribute a combination of over 270 purses, gift bags and organza fabric bags to our clients who come to our lobbies to apply for or inquire about public benefits.
Each purse and bag include a variety of toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, and disposable masks that individuals are not able to purchase with their CalFresh benefits. One of our division offices will also distribute diaper bags with diapers for new mothers, and 40 additional bags for
homeless individuals. This year’s giveaway was in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to limit public access to our lobbies, but staff created a safe and socially distanced method to continue this amazing work.
Heroes of the Week
Each week we will highlight county employees for heroism, acts of kindness and exceptional service to the community
The County Salutes a Winning Team!
The Alameda County Public Health Department’s Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (DCDCP) is among the longest serving Bay Area front-line teams working on the pandemic. Comprised of clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, public health investigators, the Health Officer, and
the Public Health Lab, this group of heroes has led the COVID-19 response for Alameda County since January 22, 2020.
The DCDCP Team is a division within the Health Department, where its purview includes all aspects of infectious disease and public health preparedness and response activities. Their day to day work includes preventing and controlling the spread of more than 80 infectious diseases that are reportable by law to the State, including TB, HIV and STDs. They also oversee the County’s immunization program.
The team springs into emergency action when there are outbreaks. The team was monitoring the Wuhan outbreak in December and activated its emergency response on January 22. Led by Health Officer, Dr. Erica Pan and DCDCP Director, Dr. Nicholas Moss, this team forms the foundation of HCSA’s Department Operations Center, which now includes nearly 300 people across the agency.
DCDCP is at the core of the County’s COVID-19 containment and mitigation strategy, which includes testing, investigating all cases and close contacts of cases, providing clinical and community guidance, and ensuring that all Alameda County residents have the resources they need to safely isolate and quarantine. Working around the clock, the team’s scope has expanded to include direct support for longterm care facilities, Santa Rita Jail, homeless encampments, and management of medical volunteers.
Thank you, DCDCP for leading the way in saving thousands of lives!
CAO Book Drive
Looking for a way to give back to the community and also support a fellow County department, staff at the County Administrator’s Office (CAO) reached out to the County Library to host a book drive at their offices.
The CAO teamed up to purchase old favorites, fun board books, early reader books, and a variety of others to be donated to children visiting incarcerated parents or guardians at Santa Rita and Glenn-Dyer Jails. Nearly 140 children’s books and cash donations were collected for Start With a Story – a great feat during an already busy holiday season!
In the U.S., an estimated 2.7 million children, ages 5-18, have a justice-involved parent and around 10 million children experience parental incarceration at some point in their lives.
An Alameda County Librarian who runs the jail’s inmate literacy services initiated Start With A Story in early 2007 after watching children wait in line for hours — often an entire day — to spend a few minutes with their incarcerated loved ones. An untapped opportunity to provide literacy outreach to these youngsters was recognized, and since then, Start with a Story has delivered story times, free books, and family literacy activities to children, 0-16 years old, who come for visits at Alameda County jails.In 2018, roughly 2,300 books were distributed through Start With a Story.
For more information on Start With a Story and how you can help, contact Lisa Harris, Director of Social Justice Services at email@example.com or Raul Rodriguez, Jails Literacy Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 Program (VITA):
A Real Difference
Everyone Deserves Their Fair Share: Some would like you to believe that we can all just kick back and relax with unemployment at historic lows; the stock market at record highs; and GDP on the rise. Unfortunately, the nation’s prosperity has not trickled down to families and individuals who rely on County services to provide medical coverage, food security, cash assistance, child care and employment assistance.
Bring On The Equalizers: The Federal and State Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC and CalEITC). Receiving the EITC increases the likelihood that a family will be over the poverty line after taxes. The EITC is widely hailed as a successful program that encourages work and helps to raise low-wage workers and their families out of poverty. Studies show that many deserving taxpayers miss out on EITC, CalEITC and other benefits because they don’t know how to claim them and can’t afford private tax preparation services.
Knowledge + Action = Results: The VITA program provides NO COST IRS-certified tax preparation services to low income families, individuals, and seniors. All VITA services are made possible through the generosity of volunteers. People just like you who simply have a desire to help and are willing to complete the mandatory IRS-certified training that will ensure low income taxpayers receive every credit and deduction that they have earned.
Stimulate Your Endorphins: We feel happier and more fulfilled when we’ve done something that enriches someone’s life, and recent studies confirm that volunteering is good for both mental and physical health. VITA volunteers tell us year after year how much they enjoy working with each other while meeting the needs of deserving taxpayers.
The Time Is Now! Volunteer registration is open for the 2019/2020 Tax Season.
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.
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 United States is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease known as COVID-19 that has now been detected in worldwide, and communities everywhere are dealing with unprecedented challenges. We have asked the Board of Supervisors to formally approve the reactivation of the Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund to enable Alameda County employees and people in the community to voluntarily make cash and/or online donations to benefit the victims of this unprecedented event.
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 several times to help victims of tragic events including mass shootings, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires.
We assure you that all contributions to the Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to helping the many people impacted by COVID-19.
COVID-19: Donate Personal Protective Equipment
The County is organizing donations of much needed personal protective equipment (PPE). We can only accept new items in original packaging.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
- Donating 100 individual pieces of PPE or less? Donate
directly to hospitals, long-term care facilities, or the
local fire department.
- Donating 100 individual pieces of PPE or more? Email
email@example.com with a list of items to be
donated and you will receive drop-off information.
Supplies we need include:
N95 or P100 Respirator Masks
Disinfectants & Wipes
Goggles & Eye Protection