Community heroes, ways to give & receive help, and more

This newsletter includes:

  • A spotlight on heroes stepping up to support Oakland
  • A list of community-based funds to contribute to or seek assistance from
  • Crowdsourced guides to support small businesses & grant opportunities
  • City updates, including new legislation & COVID-19 testing
  • State updates on job opportunities and medical supplies


I hope you and loved ones are healthy and finding joy, peace, and connection. Like many of you, sheltering in place has been an adjustment for my family.

We are doing our best to convert bedrooms into offices, take long walks to get fresh air, and appreciate each other’s company, the most time we’ve spent together in years! We are also trying to stay positive through what feels like overwhelming, uncertain, and challenging times.

District 2 Community Heroes

Neighborhood Spotlight: Trybe

Community-based nonprofit Trybe -- rooted in Eastlake/San Antonio/Fruitvale -- serves hundreds of families and young people by providing opportunities to build and serve, and creating “ubuntu” spaces for people to be together.

We want to shout out Executive Director Andrew Park and the Trybe team for their incredible work not only during this crisis, but year-round, day in and out.

During the health crisis, Trybe has led rapid response, grassroots efforts to meet the needs of hundreds of households where caregivers still need to work in person and lack the resources to cover costs such as babysitters while children are out of school. Thank you, Trybe, for:

  • fundraising to provide families with cash assistance, supplies, gift cards, technology to stay informed and support students’ distance learning
  • working with youth to deliver homemade cooking and baked goodies along with 2020 Census information to households
  • coordinating volunteer drivers, off-loaders, loaders, and organizers to get out 17K+ pounds of food out to 115 families (27K+ individual meals!)
  • partnering with parents, community school managers, teachers, and afterschool program directors to coordinate direct assistance to families

They’ve also been distributing in-kind donations of food, toilet paper, peroxide, soap, shampoo, arts & crafts, school supplies, board games, bikes, skates, scooters, helmets, and gas cards. Donate financially or email [email protected] to set-up drop-offs. Fill out this form if you are in need of food.


Small Business Spotlight: Luka’s Taproom & Community Kitchen

Luka’s has launched a nonprofit initiative, Luka’s Community Kitchen, to provide healthy meals to Oakland’s unsheltered and keep restaurant workers employed.

Working with organizers who’ve raised funds for the project, Luka’s has hired workers otherwise left jobless and is serving 1,000+ meals weekly over at least the next month, all while recruiting donors and additional restaurants.

Luka’s has been following up with unhoused neighbors to see about meal requests and feedback on the food, like any customer deserves to be treated. Please support their efforts!


Ways to Give or Receive Help

Donate to or apply for help from these funds and projects, from financial assistance for small businesses and tipped workers to undocumented households and families with OUSD students. 

  1. Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund addresses food insecurity, homelessness, community health & education, and economic security of workers, nonprofits and small businesses -- donate here. Already, Oakland's Fund has supported testing of first responders and direct service providers, meal delivery to seniors, support to our homeless community, small business grants, and seed funding to OUR Fund, One Fair Wage Emergency Fund and Rapid Relief Fund for Kids and Schools. 
  2. Oakland Undocumented Relief / OUR Fund provides $500 grants to undocumented immigrants and those in mixed-status families who’ve lost jobs / income -- apply or donate. Gratitude to community partners for launching this unique fund that supports community members who do not have access to federal relief. 
  3. One Fair Wage Emergency Fund serves very low-income service and tipped workers. The fund has a grant from the Oakland COVID-19 Fund of $100,000 dedicated to Oakland residents -- apply here.
  4. Rapid Relief Fund for Kids and Schools to purchase healthy food for students, distance learning materials, and to ensure school facilities are safe when students return. Contribute online or by texting “Oakland” to 31996.
  5. East Bay FeedER purchases meals at full price plus tip from local, independently-owned restaurants and delivers those meals to feed frontline workers at five East Bay hospitals, including Highland Hospital in our district. Get your restaurant involveddonate, or volunteer to drive. Shoutout to District 2's Tay Ho and Holy Land for participating.
  6. Call for Oakland Volunteers: The City continues to seek able and healthy volunteers to help deliver food and medicine to our seniors and low-income families. We also need help sorting at food banks. Over 70 volunteers have already been deployed -- sign up here. 


Support our Small Businesses

  • Oakland Chinatown Open List for the latest list of restaurants, cafes, tea shops, bakeries open for take out or delivery and pharmacies and markets open for limited hours from the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Also check out the new effort by Chinatown Improvement - Good Good Eatz { Where eating good does good }. Let's feed the businesses that have been feeding us in Oakland's Chinatown. Follow on Instagram and Facebook
  • Vietnamese-Owned Open List for the latest list of restaurants/cafes open for takeout and delivery from the Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce.
  • Lakeshore & Grand Open List for the latest info on eateries open for takeout or delivery and grocery stores hours.
  • Grand Lake Farmers Market Bounty Box Program: You can now order and pay online for Bounty Boxes of fresh produce for curbside pickup on Saturdays to support our local farmers, bakers and producers of packaged goods. Orders for the weekend should be placed by Thursdays no later than 4pm.
  • Facebook Grants to Small Businesses: Facebook is providing up to $15M in grants to small business owners in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on helping women, people of color, and veteran-owned businesses -- apply here.


City Updates

1. Supporting Our Refugee Communities. This week, City Council unanimously passed my and Councilmember Sheng Thao’s resolution urging Governor Newsom to protect our Lao, Hmong, Iu Mien, Khmu and Southeast Asian refugee communities from deportation by the Trump administration and to pardon Oakland community members Somdeng Danny Thongsy and Sakhone Lasaphangthong. 

Tearing families apart causes extreme trauma to families and makes us less safe as a community. Both Danny & Sakhone impress so many of us with their work ethic, selflessness, and compassion. Oakland is safer and more hopeful with these leaders in our lives.

2. The City has opened a second testing site at the Kaiser Auditorium parking lot to serve direct care and frontline workers taking care of us all during this emergency. I joined Mayor Schaaf to open the site and thank  healthcare workers, grocery store, food bank, pharmacy employees, homeless outreach workers, those who provide in-home healthcare, and other direct service providers. 

This new center can test 240 people per day. It's a drive through site and takes walk-ins for those without vehicles. The City has contacted organizations in these sectors with instructions and is aligning with Alameda County health guidelines on who to test in order to not overwhelm our medical providers. If you think you're eligible for testing, have your employer email [email protected].

3. See my office's resource page on Oakland's eviction moratorium. Oakland adopted California’s strongest emergency eviction moratorium for renters, small businesses and nonprofits. I'm proud to have authored this legislation and thank my co-sponsors, Councilmember Dan Kalb and City Attorney Barbara Parker, and the thousands of tenants and small businesses who shared their stories.

State Updates

Help Increase Critical Medical Supplies: The Governor has launched to get critical medical supplies to the frontlines. The website allows individuals and companies to donate, sell or offer to manufacture 13 of the most essential medical supplies, including ventilators, N95 respirators and testing materials. 

Are you Hiring? For essential businesses that need to expand their workforce to meet increased demand during COVID-19, will match job seekers with employers. Please share the details for vacant positions using this online form. 

Stay safe!


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