First Pres supports 16 partners in Berkeley, Oakland, and the East Bay.
Our local outreach offers church members meaningful opportunities to learn firsthand about economic and social issues affecting our neighborhoods, and to work alongside inspiring leaders who are making a difference in the lives of children, families, and others in need. Several of these local partners offer regular opportunities for members of the First Pres community to join in their ministries. Learn about these opportunities below and scroll down to meet all 16 of our local partners.
Ongoing Service Opportunities
The following organizations offer opportunities to serve year-round. We invite you to learn more by visiting their websites, or by taking a look at upcoming events on our calendar.
Children Rising employs volunteers during the academic year to teach and mentor 2nd grade children in public schools most affected by poverty, violence, and educational inequity. Faithful volunteers help these young students develop the academic and life skills they need to realize their God-given potential. children-rising.org
CityTeam programs provide food, shelter, clothing, training, and spiritual transformation in order to restore lives and rebuild communities. cityteam.org
Harbor House is a Christian nonprofit serving at-risk children and families in the lower San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland. hhministries.org
Meet Our Local Partners
We invite you to get to know each of our local mission partners, as listed in the categories below. We have a deep love for these organizations that are the hands and feet of Jesus, and we encourage you to become engaged with them. If you would like to get involved, please visit the volunteer links, reach out to the organizational contact, or email your First Pres liaison. If you have any other questions, please contact Director of Outreach Beth Thomsen.