July 2016
Our Neighbors, Our Community
We have more reasons than ever to come together. We've got lots of ways to get involved here in Oakland, and we hope you'll join us.
Community Engagement
Wanted: Action Team Members!
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, or 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 stipend for the time spent working on project.

Applications are due Fri., September 2 by 5pm to Mario Balcita. To apply, complete and submit an Action Team Member application to Mario at  mario@hopecollaborative.net  or fax to (510) 444-4819. Or call  (510) 444-4212  for more information.
Make a Difference with HOPE Steering Committee
Looking for another way to get involved with HOPE? You are invited to join the Steering Committee, HOPE's decision-making body that provides leadership, guidance, and strategic direction to the collaborative's work, and oversees implementation of our Community Action Plan. As part of the Steering Committee, you will become a voting member 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, you will be part of a diverse and tightly knit community of Oakland residents and agencies working together towards community transformation.
Steering Committee members serve a two year term (2016-2018) and must be able to attend a monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday from 4-6pm at the HOPE office.  
To apply, please fill out this online application or complete a hard copy application and email it to info@hopecollaborative.net or fax to (510) 444-4819 by July 31, 2016.
We look forward to your application!

Built Environment
Neighbors on G-Street - Join us August 2nd
On Wednesday July 13, HOPE Collaborative held a community potluck near G-Street in the Elmhurst neighborhood of East Oakland. The potluck's  goals were to host a fun, community-friendly event and to inform residents about the G-Street beautification project that Block By Block Organizing Network  District 7 (BBBON D7) and HOPE Collaborative have partnered  on to reduce blight on G-Street.
Overall, about 20 residents and children attended the potluck. During the potluck attendees enjoyed Latin American food cooked by HOPE members, apricots harvested at New Highland garden (another HOPE-supported health project in Elmhurst!) and shared their experience with the illegal dumping happening in the area. Residents also spoke about the need to address high-speed driving in the area, and the need for greater support from the city.  At the end of the meeting, all the attendees expressed a desire to continue meeting to build bonds between neighbors and to develop resident-led solutions to health issues. As a result, the attendees decided to host a block party on National Night Out on August 2 (see our calendar for details!).

The recent potluck and upcoming National Night Out event reflect recent efforts by BBBON D7 and HOPE to increase participation of residents, local businesses and the City of Oakland with the G-Street project. In fact, in late June BBBON D7 held a meeting with staff from the City Attorney's office, Public Works, the City Administrator's office and City of Oakland Councilmember for District 7 Larry Reid in order to request greater city support on the G-Street project. So, please keep an eye out for upcoming events to build greater awareness as well as support for the G-Street project.
If you are interested in learning more about the G-Street project, attend BBBON D7's next monthly meeting (held on the last Friday of the month, 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Allen Temple Baptist Church, Family Life Ctr. 2nd Flr., end of the hall) or contact Ruben at ruben@hopecollaborative.net or 510.444.4295.
Farewell and Best Wishes to Brytanee Brown!
Brytanee joined HOPE at the beginning of 2016 to support the Healthy Corner Store Project in deepening, refining, and building our community engagement strategies to support transformation on both the store and community levels. She brought a breadth of knowledge and insight from her work in organizing and economic development, her education as an Urban Planner, and her experience as a lifelong East Bay resident. Jumping right into the work, she immediately connected and built strong relationships with store owners, partners, and HOPE members. During her time at HOPE she supported youth and adult leaders in clarifying their goals and developing plans to make them happen. She also developed new relationships with community partner groups and deepened existing ones. With interns and HOPE leaders she launched a monthly event that takes place at all three of our store simultaneously, Taste Test Tuesdays. Additionally, she supported developing systems and a redesign of the corner store work to increase opportunities for community leadership and participation.

But even more than her skills, knowledge, and accomplishments, we will miss the fresh ideas, creativity, and unstoppable energy and optimism Brytanee brought that made all of our work feel more exciting and possible.  We will miss her, and wish her the best in her new role working toward transit justice with TransForm!