How do I become A Volunteer?

We believe in bridging the gap between housed and unhoused community members through acts of kindness, compassion, and empathy. Our initiatives not only help clean our cities but also build lasting relationships and provide crucial services to those in need. There are so many ways you can help contribute to UCP. We are currently in need of additional bookkeeping support and help crunching numbers! Here are a few ways you can share your compassion and be a part of our meaningful community.

Community Cleanups

Most of our volunteers like to join in on our Saturday morning cleanups. These events are aimed at not only beautifying the area but also at fostering trust and connection among all community members.

Donations & Distribution

Every Wednesday and Thursday, we collaborate with local community businesses to collect & distribute essential items to our unhoused neighbors. This includes clothing, hygiene products, hot meals, and more.

Community Advocacy

UCP offers highly  successful case management. We actively advocate and work with our unhoused neighbors to connect them with crucial housing and services upon request.


Our biggest challenge is securing funds. Help us gain access to the vital resources needed in our programs. Your efforts in engaging the community and fundraising will directly empower our mission and expand our reach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Find quick answers to common questions below.

How do I donate?

There are many ways you can donate. We use WPGive, which is a super safe and secure platform that makes it easy to make one-time or recurring donations. We also have an amazon wishlist and accept donations in other forms of giving. Please reach out to us if you’d like to donate your time and professional skills or new and lightly used goods. 

What will my donation support?

Donations are crucial for funding our cleanups, resource distributions, and case management services. Your support helps us provide essentials like food, clothing, and hygiene products, and contributes significantly to our efforts in rehousing. 

Are donations tax-deductible?

Absolutely! Urban Compassion Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your contribution to UCP is tax-deductible.

Tax EIN 86-2807260

Can groups or businesses volunteer with UCP?

Yes! Please visit our Community Partnerships page in the “Get Involved” section to learn more. We are looking for Saturday cleanup sponsors as well as other other community events. We can set up group and business volunteer events for you as well.

Reach out to us about collaborating with us and contact for public speaking.

Can I participate in UCP if I am not local to Oakland?

Absolutely! We value the time and skills of our volunteers. There are many ways to get involved, from participating in cleanups to assisting in our administrative tasks. 

Is there a minimum age requirement to volunteer?

Other than special events, youth under the age of 15 are not permitted at regular Saturday cleanups, 


490 43rd Street,
Oakland, CA 94608

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Call: (510) 332-0617

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The unhoused crisis is a growing concern that affects countless individuals and families, leaving them without a stable roof over their heads and essential resources. It is a complex problem with multifaceted challenges that demand our collective attention. Our organization, Urban Compassion Project, is committed to creating a positive impact and uplifting those in need.

We are planning an ambitious initiative to provide immediate relief and long-term solutions for the unhoused individuals in our area. With your generous contribution, we can make a substantial difference in their lives and improve the overall well-being of our community.
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