Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to bring health, welfare, and empowerment to those who are often overlooked, creating a network of support with community. Through our efforts, we aim to build bridges between our unhoused and housed, fostering understanding, compassion, and unity.

Our vision is a society imbued with empathy and solidarity, where comprehensive health and welfare services are accessible to all, and every person is empowered to reach their full potential. In this future, our community’s collective efforts lead to enduring change, setting a precedent for how society uplifts individuals through physical, financial and emotional disparities.

Show your support, and help us keep our Bay Area clean and beautiful!

Urban Compassion Project

Explore our Initiatives


In collaboration with our unhoused neighbors and community volunteers, we conduct weekly cleanups throughout Oakland, that remove on average 1.2 tons of trash and debris from our streets, parks and waterways per cleanup. This debris poses public health, safety and environmental hazards. With every cleanup, we provide our unhoused neighbors with the tools necessary to sustain cleaner and safer areas themselves.

Mutual Aid

Every Thursday we distribute community donated mutual aid items to hundreds of our unhoused neighbors around the greater Bay Area.

We accept gently used and new items including, but not limited to:

Blankets, bedding and pillows, coats, clothing, shoes, toiletries, & kitchenware


Case Management

With a client centered care model, we put an emphasis on listening to clients and their needs, versus guiding them. This ensures that we can link clients to services and build case specific plans tailored for each individual.

Additionally, we offer national district trainings to further empower our team in delivering effective, personalized care to those we serve.

Become a Volunteer with Urban Compassion Project!

We are dedicated to improving the lives of our unhoused neighbors, not just in Oakland but beyond. Whether it’s through volunteering, donations, or spreading the word, your involvement with UCP helps in building a future where homelessness isn’t a life sentence. UCP is committed to a better, more compassionate tomorrow. We envision a world where everyone, regardless of their current circumstances, has access to a life of safety, dignity, and self-sufficiency.


Our Goals

Relieving Human Suffering

Dedicated to alleviating the hardships faced by our unhoused, providing compassionate support and immediate relief in times of crisis.

Environmental Stewardship

Engage in community initiatives that promote environmental cleanliness and sustainability in our urban spaces.


Zero Hunger

Consistent access to nutritious meals for our unhoused neighbors, striving towards eradicating hunger in our community.

Inclusive Advocacy

Advocate for inclusive and dignified policies and practices that recognize and protect the rights of our unhoused population.


Help Globally

Extend our reach beyond local boundaries, inspiring and collaborating with global communities to address homelessness.

Clean Hygiene

Promote health and dignity through regular distribution of hygiene products and access to sanitation facilities.

People Housed

Tons of Trash Removed

Volunteer Participation

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will my donation be used?

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 to our efforts in rehousing. 

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, we are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your contribution to UCP is tax-deductible.

Tax EIN 86-2807260


Can I volunteer my time instead of donating money?

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. 

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