HOPE is looking for community residents to become community advocates! Find out how you can support our work at upcoming events and meet current health advocates creating changes in their neighborhoods in this month's newsletter.
Mary Forte, BEAT Partner
This month, we would like to highlight Mary Forte, who participates in neighborhood groups such as Block By Block Organizing Network (BBBON) to improve neighborhood conditions.
Born and raised in East Oakland, Mary Forte knows how vibrant, clean and well taken care of East Oakland was in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. There were many thriving businesses along East 14th Street (now called International Blvd) from 73rd Avenue to 98th Avenue. There were two Safeway grocery stores, a bowling alley, a skating rink, two major banks, a movie theater, realtors, dentist, doctor offices, a 5 and dime store, ice cream shop, several major gas stations and small neighborhood grocery stores. The streets were always clean and safe. People took pride in their homes, neighborhood, and maintained their homes and yards. A return to this kind of environment is the reason that Mary works hard in District 7.
Mary has been active in two NCPCs for more than 15 years, holding various positions including treasurer, secretary, and co-chair. Mary is also a Neighborhood Block Captain and her neighbors refer to her as "the Mayor" because she is always taking care of the neighborhood, looking out for neighbors, keeping neighbors informed, and organizing events and activities on National Night Out and Earth Day. Mary has a strong passion for keeping Oakland beautiful with litter-free, clean streets and trees and plants planted along the walkways. Mary has also adopted a spot in her neighborhood and has been picking up litter in her neighborhood for more than 20 years. Most recently, Mary was asked by Councilmember Reid to liaison with the Mayor's Office on the first of a series of cleanups in District 7.
Mary has been a member of BBBON since 2011, a partner of HOPE's Built Environment Action Team (BEAT) for the past two years. BBBON builds stronger and more sustainable communities for the benefit of all Oakland residents, aligning with HOPE's mission and vision. BBBON D7's G Street Transformation project is of special interest to Mary as she remembers when the Poultry and Fish store on 86th Avenue and G Street was the number one place to buy fresh chicken and fish in East Oakland and the store was owned by an African American family that lived in the Elmhurst community. The store on 85th Avenue and G Street was also owned by an African American family that lived on the corner of 85th & G Street. These memories inspire Mary to work with the BBBON D7 team and continue the partnership with BEAT to improve Oakland's flatlands.
Last Mile Foods Wants to Come to You
This month, HOPE is launching Last Mile Foods, a new healthy food enterprise distributing healthy, nutritious, fresh food the "last mile" via small "healthy coolers." Last Mile Foods is an ordering and delivery platform connecting local food businesses to small retailers and consumers with the goal of bringing healthy food to underserved markets.
Last Mile Foods is looking for additional distribution points in the flatlands of East and West Oakland for healthy coolers, especially offices, housing developments, community centers, childcare centers, fitness centers, and more!
What we provide: a branded healthy cooler which will be stocked with fresh, healthy grab and go items (sandwiches, wraps, and salads). This will provide a convenient source of healthy, affordable, locally prepared foods to your employees, clients, participants, or other community members who come through your site.
If you are interested in having a healthy cooler at your site or if you have questions, please contact David Derryck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating Healthy Changes at Sunbeam Market
This Saturday, July 18, healthy changes are coming to Sunbeam Market, located at 1400 Adeline Street in Oakland. HOPE invites you to come celebrate and support the changes happening at the store, as part of the Healthy Corner Store Project.
Come meet the store owner and people in the community, participate in the cook off and taste testing, and give us your feedback on the store changes. There will also be family friendly activities including bike smoothie making, games, raffles, photobooth, music, and a bouncehouse.
WHAT: Healthy Changes at Sunbeam Market
WHEN: Saturday, July 18 from 12-4pm
WHERE: 1400 Adeline St., Oakland CA 94607
HOW: RSVP to Ang Hadwin at email@example.com or (510) 444-4221
HOPE Welcomes New Steering Committee Members
HOPE Collaborative is excited to introduce our newest cohort of Steering Committee members. The HOPE Steering Committee is the decision-making body that provides leadership, guidance, and strategic direction to the collaborative's work and oversees implementation of our Community Action Plan. Steering Committee members are voting members of HOPE, helping to decide how program dollars are allocated and what projects and initiatives to prioritize in order to advance HOPE's vision. More importantly, the Steering Committee is a diverse and tightly knit community of Oakland residents and agencies working together towards community transformation.
Please welcome our newest members: Angela Sevin, Chanel Williams, Jenny Huston, Kelly Curry, Korin Merle, Maria Perez, Paula Beal, and Sheryl Walton.
Build a Healthier Oakland!
Applications are due Fri., September 4 by 5pm to Mario Balcita. To apply, complete and submit an Action Team Member application to Mario at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (510) 444-4819. Contact Mario at email@example.com or (510) 444-4212 for more information.
Are you an Oakland resident? Do you want easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you want a healthy neighborhood where it is safe to walk and play in? HOPE Collaborative is seeking Action Team members to join our
Youth Action Board
Healthy and Safe Elmhurst Neighborhood Team
Healthy Corner Store Team
. We provide leadership opportunities for residents to lead our work and create change directly in East and West Oakland. Action Team members receive a
for the time spent working on project.
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HOPE Healthy Corner Store Workday
Saturday, July 18 from
Sunbeam Market (1400 Adeline St.)
Block By Block Organizing Network, District 7 (BBBON D7) invites you to their
1st Annual Picnic on
Saturday, July 18 from
Dimond Park (3860 Hanly Rd.)
Built Environment Action Team (BEAT)
July 28 from
81st Ave Library (1021 81st Ave.)
Neighbor Day hosted by
East Oakland BHC and
EastSide Arts Alliance on
Saturday, August 1 from
11am-5pm at the
Rainbow Recreation Center (5800 International Blvd.)
HOPE Steering Committee meeting on
Tuesday, August 11 from
HOPE (221 Oak St., Suite D)
Alameda County Social Services Agency
Farm Stand every
Eastmont Self-Sufficiency Center (6955 Foothill Blvd.)
10am-3pm, get fresh and healthy produce at the
Freedom Farmers Market (5316 Telegraph Ave.)