A Showcase of How Alameda County Employees Care for their Communities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Raul Rodriguez, Jails Literacy Specialist at email@example.com.
“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 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.
Watch KGO TV’s coverage: