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Our Mission
To help families and individuals build wealth and assets through comprehensive programs of sustainable economic, social, and neighborhood development.

2014 Dia de los Muertos-calling all artists!

Dia de los MuertosPaco Garcia: 2013 Winner

The Unity Council cordially invites all interested artists to submit original art work for this year’s 19th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival!!

This image should embody the spirit of what makes Fruitvale’s Dia Festival unique, and pay special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of The Unity Council. The winning design will be prominently displayed on multiple billboards including the Oakland Coliseum’s digital board and reproduced on numerous marketing collateral pieces.

Your submission will be judged by a panel of prestigious Bay Area arts organizations and artists; read more.

Final Cash Prize to be determined could be up to $1,000 to the winner.
submit your design in jpeg or pdf file format, brief biography & statement about your art, relevant past work samples, to by Friday April 25th, 2014.

We have t-shirts from the 2013 Dia event to purchase call 510-535-6900 or email to place an order.

Join Our Mission

Your contribution will directly impact the East Bay. Together, we will grow our programs to help more individuals and families attain a successful and secure place in our community through youth and education services and job training. A livable wage will enable them to become first-time homebuyers and long-time neighbors.

We make your donation count. Support our 50-Year legacy of service to our community. Just $25 a year can transform a life in Fruitvale. DONATE ONLINE click here

Become a Volunteer! Join us as we care for the people and places of Oakland through all of our programs and events.  Click here to keep up to date on upcoming volunteer opportunities.


Latest News

  • Our Spring Newsletter is available online! Find it under the “About Us” section of our website, or by clicking on the links above. Want to subscribe? Enter your email address in the box to the right!
  • The Unity Council and Visit Oakland together partnered in a media tour that included a personal tour of our Fruitvale Village with COO Sofia Navarro. The Oakland travel story has been published and included a section on the real Fruitvale and the great things it has to offer. Check out the article. ttp://

  • One of our own has been voted Nonprofit Professional of the Year!

Thank you to our Dia Sponsors!

Download Historical Mural PDF

FINAL Unity Council History

Employee Benefits click here


CityLift, a program of Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America, and in partnership with The Unity Council, can help you become a default-resistant homeowner. Click here for more information.

ΘOur Green Mission!

The Unity Council believes in a being a sustainable organization, green practices speak directly to our mission. Some of our achievements to date are : Our Fruitvale Transit Village which encourages the use of public transportation. Our Farmer’s Market promoting fresh, organic produce available to our community. Our organics recycling program- which means that every resident, merchant and office at the Village collects their food waste to be industrially composted offsite. Our social enterprise, Peralta Service Corporation, as well as our low-income senior housing property Las Bougainvilleas, are proud to be certified Green Businesses of Alameda County.



Unity Council in the News

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Have you heard CEO Chris Iglesias on the radio, or seen his face in your local newspaper? The Unity Council worked with our supporter Wells Fargo on a recent ad campaign, available in newspapers, magazines and radio stations across the Bay Area. Listen to the radio segment here, featuring The Unity Council’s CEO Chris Iglesias and HOC Senior Housing Counselor Carlos Almanza:  Wells Fargo-Unity Council Conversations