Coming Together, Working Together, Making a Difference
Volunteering For Oakland (VFO) a 501(C)3 non-profit, is a dynamic all-volunteer group formed in 2009 with the goal of taking Action with projects, events and programs serving our community as a whole. Simply put, we identify needs in Education, Healthcare, the Urban Environment and other arenas, and seek to address them in ways achievable for a group of committed volunteers.
We don’t “re-invent the wheel”-VFO innovates with new projects as well as adds value to the mission of local social agencies, community and governmental programs. Our initiatives are shaped by input to and from our Board members, all long-time Oakland residents. We continue to explore new projects, inviting fresh ideas and collaboration from the community. In our actions, we are supported by a variety of donors and work with community oriented participants. Our projects, past and present, include the following:
EDUCATION, SCHOOLS AND YOUTH
- Fall Volunteer Fair for Oakland Public Schools and Youth Programs (2009-16): bringing together volunteers and 30+ organizations at a “one-stop sign-up” venue with programs that match the individual volunteer’s interests, schedules and abilities.
- Dictionary Day (2012-16): Bringing Dictionary to 3rd graders in the Oakland Public Schools, focusing on under-resourced schools.
- Assisting with OUSD enrollment events (2010-15)
- School supply drive (2009-10)
- Children’s book drives (2010-11). This led to the formation of Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries.
- Publicized, organized and managed Affordable Care Act/Covered California enrollment events at libraries, churches, and community colleges (2011-16). Recruited licensed and Certified Insurance Agents and Educators, signing up 1,000+ individuals and families for health insurance.
- Greening Oakland Homes (2009-12): organized Green Fairs to educate Oakland residents on home energy upgrades and conservation, with participation by local Green businesses, non-profits, the City of Oakland, PG&E, StopWaste.org and others.
- Sponsored neighborhood workshops with the City of Oakland and Energy Upgrade California to educate Oaklanders about residential energy-saving retrofits and programs.