COMMUNITY OUTREACH

OACC is a member of the Oakland Chinatown Coalition, which “works for a strong, vibrant and healthy future for our neighborhood” by engaging in several different issues important to the community through monthly meetings and special projects.  The Coalition was founded in 2011, consists of seventeen organizations and five individual members.  OACC’s participation in the Chinatown Coalition demonstrates our commitment to cross-sector collaboration and the mutual goal of enhancing the vitality and stability of Chinatown.

OACC participates regularly in two free outdoor community event series in Oakland’s Chinatown: Lincoln Summer Nights and First Wednesdays at Madison Park, which are produced in collaboration with several other community organizations and individuals.  These event series contribute to community building and are important avenues for revitalizing Chinatown.  Lincoln Summer Nights was initiated by the Chinatown Improvement Initiative in 2016, and attracts hundreds of participants at each event, including families, young children, teens, adults, and seniors.  In 2018, the events were held from 5-9pm on the first Friday of the month (June through October) at Lincoln Park and Recreation Center, and included a variety of free programming such as arts and crafts, interactive dance and sports, numerous free bike giveaways for kids, and performances by local groups.  OACC also participates in First Wednesdays at Madison Park, which began in late 2017 and is held during the first Wednesday afternoon each month throughout the year.

OACC also participates in community events produced by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (e.g. StreetFest in August) and Oakland Museum of California (e.g. Lunar New Year).

Please refer to the links below to access important information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and resources to support you, your family, and our community businesses and organizations during this challenging time. Information sourced from Councilmember Nikki Bas, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, CA Healthy Nail Salon Collective, and other community partners.

DONATION AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Due to COVID 19, like many other nonprofits and local businesses, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center is facing major disruptions that affect the sustainability of OACC’s programs, rentals, and operations. Our activities are broad in nature and examples range from art classes for kids, to a sobering exhibit on WWII Japanese internment camp at Tule Lake to book readings from award-winning Philpinx authors. In these times, we want to not only remain relevant but continue to reach out to our audiences with our unique programming to the best of our abilities, including the opportunity to provide online and virtual programs. Please consider making a donation to OACC to advance our capabilities.

ARTogether Emergency Relief Fund – created to support artists who have lost incomes and are most vulnerable. Consider supporting this fund.

APEN COVID-19 Emergency Community Stabilization Fundto support working-class Asian immigrant and refugee families through the COVID-19 pandemic.
OUSD Free Lunches – “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available for all OUSD students or families and any Oakland child under 18. Check the linked website for pick-up locations and updates.

SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESSES

Oakland Chinatown open businesses a list of Oakland Chinatown businesses including details about their current operations, whether they offer delivery/takeout, etc. Compiled by Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.

Oakland’s Open – a crowdsourced list compiled by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce of organizations providing modified services during COVID-19. Email officemanager@oaklandchamber.com to be included. #OAKPROUD  #StayInOrderOut

How to Shop Responsibly – information on how you can support our local economy in the Grand Lake and Lakeshore Ave corridors. Includes information from virtual fitness classes, online or by-phone purchases, gift cards, and take-out/delivery hours.