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Oakland Thanksgiving: Volunteer or donate to get into the spirit of giving

Get into the season of giving!

UCOP will be participating in the City of Oakland’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Coat Giveaway, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center, corner of 11th St. and Broadway.

Now in its 23rd year, the event serves Oakland seniors, low-income families and the homeless. You can participate by either volunteering at the event or donating to the drive, or both, as follows:


UCOP is sending a delegation of staff to volunteer at the Nov. 25 event by helping to serve dinner to guests from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Twenty-six volunteers are needed. If you’re interested, please contact Michael Kusiak at or 510-987-0659 no later than noon, Thursday, Nov. 20.


Donate new or gently used coats and jackets, which will be passed out to guests at the Nov. 25 event. A bin will be placed in the Franklin lobby this week for collecting coats; please bring your donation in no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 24.

Donations by check or money order can also be made to the City of Oakland Hunger Program and mailed or delivered to Chrishelle Chatman, Department of Human Services, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4340, Oakland, CA 94612.

For questions, contact Michael Kusiak at the above email address or phone.

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  1. Sonia November 25, 2014 Reply

    Volunteering at the City of Oakland Thanksgiving Dinner was so much fun! I felt totally energized afterwards and met some great people.

    Thanks to Michael Kusiak and all of those who made arrangements so we could volunteer.

  2. Andrea Simpson December 2, 2014 Reply

    What an amazing experience! I appreciated the opportunity to volunteer alongside my UCOP colleagues and participate in the City of Oakland Thanksgiving Dinner.

    Thank you, Michael , YPA and UCOP.

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