How to Give Back to Your Community in Oakland, CA

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It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everybody has it good in the Bay Area. After all, it has one of the highest per capita GDP incomes in the world.

But that’s not the whole story. In the Bay Area counties served by Reading Partners (we’ll get to that in a minute), only 53 percent of incoming fourth graders can read at grade-level proficiency.

The take-home? There’s always a need for help—no matter where you live.

5 Ways to Give Back to Your Community in Oakland

The key to happy volunteering it to find a good fit for your personality. And no matter what you’re interested in, you’ll likely find it in a volunteering opportunity in Oakland.

Adopt a Spot

You may not be able to change the world in a day, but you can transform a corner of your community. Oakland’s award-winning Adopt a Spot program hooks you up with a spot to beautify through weeding, planting, pruning, or litter pick up.

Become a Reading Partner

Reading skills are a key to success—and pride—in school, but it’s difficult to get struggling kids the one-on-one help that is so beneficial. Become a reading partner and change a life by helping a child get the best possible start in school.

Support Song

The Oakland Youth Chorus certainly sounds beautiful, but there’s a lot of behind-the scenes work that goes into the show. Volunteers are always needed to serve as ushers, sell tickets, assist in mailings, and help out with rehearsals.

Show Your Love for Your City

Become a volunteer guide for the Walking Tours Program and you’ll have the chance to help your hometown while also indulging your interest in history and architecture. Guides are needed the most from May to October.

Help End Hunger

Each year, the City of Oakland hands out more than 10,000 brown bags of groceries to low-income residents through its Hunger Program. That’s done each year with the help of 3,900 volunteers—and more are needed.

About StorageMart

At StorageMart, we’re proud to be a part of the communities we serve, including Oakland, CA, where so many individuals and groups are working to make their community—and the world—a better place.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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