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The organization's Family Literacy Nights provide parents and students with academic tools and services aimed at ensuring that children master reading and writing in English. The program provides an opportunity for parents and children to share a learning experience as they play games, solve puzzles, and craft projects designed to boost literacy. OASES hopes to distribute literacy kits for up to 240 students at Family Literacy Nights held at Lincoln Elementary School on October 20 and at Cleveland Elementary School on December 16. Each kit includes a book, a parent-participation guide, puzzles and word games, and a notebook and pencils for practicing writing skills.
196 10th St
Oakland,
CA
US
Though it disbanded in 1938, the Wa Sung Athletic Club once stood as Oakland's preeminent all-Chinese semi-pro baseball team. In 1952, the club rose as a non-profit service organization dedicated to the Chinese community, promoting understanding and good will among its citizens. Today, the Wa Sung Community Service Club includes members of all races and ethnic backgrounds, all united in a devotion to to providing service to the entire Oakland community.
388 Ninth St
Oakland,
CA
US
Bay Localize is a non-profit that promotes growth in the community by educating residents about environmental justice, energy conservation, and cultural activism.
436 14th St
Oakland,
CA
US
Prior to adoption, cats at Hopalong are vaccinated, tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses, and spayed or neutered. In 2010, Hopalong saved the lives of more than 500 cats or kittens in the Bay Area. As a nonprofit donor-funded organization, Hopalong struggles to cover the costs of spaying ($40/cat) or neutering ($27/cat) each adoptable animal, along with other costs involved in caring for them and ensuring their wellbeing.
945 22nd Avenue
Oakland,
CA
US
In Sanskrit, the word “niroga” means “freedom from disease.” Staying true to their business' namesake, the instructors and healers at Niroga Yoga Studio strive to guide students down a path of mental, physical, and spiritual healing. The aforementioned path takes on a literal form in the palatial exercise space—students lie on mats beside a path formed in the floorboards that leads to an image of a blossoming lotus. Beneath spheres of soft light, teachers walk about to offer modifications for poses or inspirational shadow puppets. They hold classes that are meditative, therapeutic, or fitness oriented, and regularly offer separate workshops on stress management and the physiological benefits of yoga practice. There are also yoga therapists and massage therapists that can further aid in healing and finding peace of mind. The nonprofit Niroga Institute, which specializes in transforming the lives of incarcerated youth, underserved high-school students, and cancer survivors, operates Niroga Yoga Studio.
111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland,
CA
US
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 with the goal of building homes in partnership with families across the country in need of affordable housing. Since then, the organization has grown into a behemoth of goodwill in more than 70 countries, bringing housing financing to villages in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, promoting sustainable building and energy efficiency, and responding to overwhelming need during natural disasters. But the organization is best known for its home-building projects. When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, it enlists the help of the family who will be living there. They dedicate their time and sweat to completing the project alongside volunteers, neighbors, donors, churches, and other supporters, engendering a spirit of renewal and fellowship. Once they move in, families pay a no-profit mortgage. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that promotes the construction of more homes. In 2009, Habitat launched the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, whose holistic community development approach promotes construction, repair, and rehabilitation of affordable housing in partnership with low-income families in markets hit hard by foreclosures. To date, Habitat has helped build and repair more than 600,000 houses and served more than three million people across the globe, welcoming people of all races, religions, and nationalities to partner in its mission as a nonprofit Christian housing organization. Since embarking in 1986, the East Bay/Silicon Valley division of Habitat has put roofs over the heads of over 380 families in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties.
2619 Broadway
Oakland,
CA
US
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