Oakland Prepares for 1st City-Wide Service Day and Festival

For Immediate Release: 8/9/2011
Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis
Media Relations Manager
(510) 428-3939 x232

Inaugural “Throw Down for the Town” planned with more than 25 service projects and hundreds of Volunteers confirmed throughout the city

(Oakland,CA)- On August 13th,  2011, the City of Oakland will have its first Service Festival organized by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Over 25 service projects throughout Oakland and more than 200 volunteers have been confirmed thus far. The event is the first of its kind in Oakland and will feature civic leaders, community residents, and youth of all ages.

Oakland Service Festival Schedule - Saturday, August 13, 2011

  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 25+ service projects throughout Oakland
  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Mosswood Park Celebration (3699 Broadway, Oakland, California)
  • For all Press Inquires: Please contact Abel Habtegeorgis 510-910-2672 / abel@ellabakercenter.org and please meet at Mosswood Park before leaving to various service sites 

“One of the best kept secrets about community service is that we often get back more than we give,” reflected Mayor Jean Quan. “Working side by side with new friends, building community, and helping a neighbor is not only rewarding, but addictive! So take your pick of one of more than 25 projects to Throw Down for the Town.”

After four hours of people-powered community service, there will be a celebration at Mosswood Park (3699 Broadway, Oakland, California). There will be food for volunteers, dance, and a solar paneled hip-hop concert. The event is family-friendly and an opportunity to build community after a hard day's work.

“This day will be about residents of Oakland coming together and taking ownership of their neighborhoods through service and then celebrating all that is positive about the Oakland community,” said Nwamaka Agbo of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, “Oakland is home to a very connected community of residents filled with so much potential and pride and we want to highlight that on this day”


The Ella Baker Center is named for an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who inspired and guided emerging leaders. We build on her legacy by giving people opportunities and skills to work together to strengthen our communities so that all of us can thrive.