OPC annual report

By @ 10/31/16 in News

Letter from the Executive Director (full PDF of the annual report below):

“We Can Do More Together”

The team at the Oakland Peace Center is gearing up for a year of phenomenal programs in 2017, but I could not let this moment pass without acknowledging what we accomplished together in our last fiscal year (August 2015-July 2016).

San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland show up in lists of the Top Five Most Expensive Cities to Live In. Five years ago, we did not anticipate that the Oakland Peace Center would play a crucial role in stopping the displacement of a dozen essential nonprofits in Oakland. But we are so glad we had the foresight to create an affordable space for nonprofits to serve the community. In the last year, partly thanks to our 40,000 square foot facility, our 40 partners served over 86,000 people. That includes groceries distributed to neighbors in need, It includes yoga classes for underserved communities. It includes wrestling classes for Mongolian children and youth. It includes nonviolence trainings in jails and prisons. It includes workshops on addressing the needs of the Black immigrant community. It includes work to de-escalate violence in the street as well as work to end state-sanctioned violence.

We could not accomplish all this work on our own: we are a staff of 1.5 plus occasional dynamic interns. But our forty partner organizations accomplish so much more because of our space and our support and our ability to connect them with each other. We are excited to expand on that work in the coming year, thanks to your support.

Peace Starts With You. Violence, Hate, and Injustice End With Us.

We Can Do More Together.

Peace,

Sandhya Jha, executive director

PS: You can support the work of the Oakland Peace Center by joining our volunteers (email info@oaklandpeacecenter.org) or by donating to support the amazing programs happening in the coming year (http://oaklandpeacecenter.org/donation). You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to learn about our partners’ work every month by emailing caleb@oaklandpeacecenter.org!

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