Check out community events happening around Alameda County, including festivals, town hall sessions, health and wellness events, job fairs, and more. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.
Emergency Food Distribution (Zhone Way - Arena Center)
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through December 2021 - 9am - 3:30pm
Zhone Way (Arena Center) Distribution Site
7105 Oakport Street, Oakland, CA 94621
Emergency food distribution takes place weekly Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Pre-packaged emergency food bags, boxes and/or produce are distributed on a first come, first served basis. No walk-ups are permitted. Masks must be worn by customers. Days and hours of operation are contingent upon weather.
The car line forms on Oakport St. and proceeds in the southern direction. Customers are directed to drive up one at a time to a covered pick-up location next to the building.
Free COVID Vaccine
9/14/21 & 9/15/21 - 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Eastmont Town Center
6955 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland 94605, Suite 143 - 1st Floor, Sobrante Conference Room A & B
#FreeCOVIDVaccine - The Alameda County Social Services Agency will host Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics.
Eastmont Town Center, 6955 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland 94605. Suite 143 - 1st Floor, Sobrante Conference Room A & B
• Tuesday, 9/14/21, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
• Wednesday, 9/15/21, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Make an Appointment. At the end of the registration, choose AlCoSocial Services Agency -Eastmont Town Center.
No Cost. No appointment required. No ID required. No insurance required.
• Wear short sleeves or a loose-fitting long sleeve shirt.
Each September, National Preparedness Month reminds us how important it is to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Disasters and emergencies can strike at any time without warning. Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year, leaving behind lasting effects on people and property.
The Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) encourages all—staff and community—to “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
In the month of September, take the following steps:
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM) Team
Is YOUR Money Unclaimed? VITA is Here to Help!
September 11, 2021 - October 30, 2021 -
Call the VITA Hotline - 510-271-9141
If you receive ANY of the following (CalWORKs, CalFresh, or Medi-Cal) and have children, the federal government may have money waiting for you to claim! Why wait?
The Alameda County Social Services Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer special tax support to public assistance recipients who have children and qualify for the Advance Child Tax Credit but are not yet signed up. Services will be available from September 11 through October 30, 2021. Call the VITA hotline at 510-271-9141 for more information and assistance.
Did you know...?
If your only source of income is public assistance benefits, you qualify.
You do not have to be employed or have worked during the tax year to qualify.
If you have at least one child under the age of 6 or between the ages of 6 and 17, you qualify. (Please note: Children cannot have been claimed as dependents by anyone else on a 2020 tax return. Both the parent and child(ren) must have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). If the parent has an ITIN, the child must have an SSN.)
What do you qualify for?
Up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 or
Up to $250 per month for each child between the ages of 6 & 17.
Families can receive advance payments as identified above through December 2021. Don't miss out! For more information, see the flyers in English and Spanish or call the VITA hotline at 510-271-9141.
Advisory Commission on Aging
Second Monday of each month - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Meets every second Monday of the month, online.
To access the agenda (normally available at least 72 hours in advance) for this meeting as well as previous minutes please visit our Advisory Commission on Aging page.
To participate in the meetings of the Advisory Commission on Aging:
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Resource Parent Receives KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award
Virtual - see below
Watch and be inspired: Ms. Linda Owens of Hayward has received KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award for her 34 years as a resource parent with SSA's Department of Children and Family Services (DCSF). You can watch the KPIX report to learn what her experience caring for more than 80 newborns means to her - and what her dedication has meant to DCSF and the community they serve. "It's a challenging job, but very rewarding," notes the retired grocery department manager, who has cared for babies with challenges such as drug exposure in the womb and developmental delays. Mia Buckner-Preston of DCSF comments, "Her experience, the care, the love she provides to the babies - it's immeasurable."
Focus on Clients-Not Case Numbers-Wins KPIX Jefferson Award for ACSSA Assistant Director & Staff
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Andrea Ford, Assistant Agency Director for the Alameda County Social Services Agency – Workforce and Benefits Administration (WBA), received KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award on June 30, 2021 for her work to address the human needs of clients beyond documents and case numbers. She noted that in more than 30 years with the Alameda County Social Services Agency (ACSSA), including ten years at the helm of WBA, she and her dedicated colleagues and staff “have made a top priority of overcoming misconceptions and stereotypes about the Agency, and humanizing our role beyond simply issuing benefits.”
It was this spirit that moved Ms. Ford and WBA staff to create the Agency’s annual “A Purse of Her Own…” Mother’s Day event six years ago. The following year, they added “A Father Is…” Father’s Day event. Both quickly became annual traditions, mobilizing staff from ACSSA and other County departments to donate purses, toiletries, clothing, and other necessities, and to create meaningful celebrations at ACSSA sites for mothers and fathers to mark the national holidays in their honor. This year alone, both events served 700 people. One dad who attended the Father’s Day event with two of his children told KPIX, “When they help out in those little ways it’s great, because you know there’s some kind of hope out there.”
Feeling inspired? Join Andrea Ford and the dedicated staff from WBA and other County departments in celebrating the parents of our community. Anyone interested in contributing to the Mother’s Day “A Purse of Her Own” event or the Father’s Day “A Father Is… ” event can contact Alameda County Social Services Public Affairs Director Sylvia Soublet at email@example.com.