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JPOW: Justice Poverty Oppression Women

Beginning in 2013, we began to focus our mission efforts on justice, poverty, oppression, and women: JPOW. Through events like the Girl Rising film screening, Summer Institute, Summer Reading Groups the Global Church Conference, we've had the opportunity to learn about the oppression of women both locally and globally and to examine how God might be calling us to act as people of faith. Join us as we move from education to engagement through service.

Ongoing Local Opportunities
Other Opportunities

For more information, contact Megan Luckhardt at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.

Read about all of our Local Mission Partners and Global Mission Partners.


Ongoing Local Opportunities

There are always opportunities to serve with some of our JPOW Mission Partners! If you would like to know more about how to get involved in the local community, feel free to contact Megan Luckhardt at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.

Days of Service | Project Peace East Bay

Upcoming Dates: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Location: Various sites around the East Bay
More Information: For more information, please visit

Days of Service are opportunities to gather family, friends, and neighbors to serve in our local community. Project Peace, our partner for Do Justice, connects local churches and social service providers that work together for just and sustainable communities in Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas. Join friends from First Pres Berkeley and other East Bay churches to worship God together through acts of service.

Project Mercy 2017 Mission Trip

Upcoming Dates: October 14–29, 2017
Location: Yetebon, Ethiopia
More Information: Please contact Megan Luckhardt at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.

For the last several years, First Pres has participated in a multi-church mission trip to Project Mercy in Ethiopia. This year’s team will be comprised of a medical team (Surgical, OB/GYN, Primary Care/Pediatrics + Support Staff), an educational team (Health Education, Mentoring), and others (Tutoring, Music, etc…). The cost will be roughly $4000 per person. For more information, contact Megan Luckhardt at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.

2017/2018 Thailand Mission Trip

Dates: December 29, 2017–January 14, 2018
Location: Northern Thailand
More Information: Please contact Tim Buscheck at or (925) 323-2040.

First Pres Berkeley will send a team to Northern Thailand, December 29, 2017–January 14, 2018, to build houses with Fuller Center for Housing. We will also visit our Mission partners, Free Burma Rangers, New Life Center, and IJM. Trip registration has ended but if you would like to learn more about this trip please contact Tim Buscheck at or (925) 323-2040.

1951 Coffee Company Open Cafes

Upcoming Dates: September 15, 21, and 22, from 10 am–12 pm,
Location: 238 E. 15th Street, Oakland
More Information: Please contact Dee at or Maya at

1951 Coffee Company invites you to volunteer as a mock customer at one of their Open Cafes, which take place three times a month during their Barista Training Program. As a mock customer, you meet 1951's participants, help them practice their customer service skills, and enjoy a free coffee or tea beverage that they've learned how to prepare. Your participation in the open cafes is instrumental in instilling 1951's participants with confidence as they enter the American workforce. The training cafe is large with several seating options, so you're welcome to hang out or take your drink(s) to-go. Please contact Dee daum@1951coffee.comat or Maya at maya@1951coffee.comto sign-up.


Habitat for Humanity Third Saturday Builds

Date: Third Saturday of each month, ongoing
Time: 8:30 am–4 pm
Location: Hayward
More Information: Please contact Megan Luckhardt at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221 or Tori Bommarito at

Join an ecumenical and interfaith crew of volunteers in the East Bay to build affordable homes with Habitat locally. First-timers and experienced builders welcome, ages 16 and up, on the third Saturday of each month. We build to end generational poverty and put God’s love into action. To volunteer for a build, click here to sign up. For more information, contact Bridget Satchwell atbridgets@fpcberkeley.orgor Tori Bommarito at

Oakland International High School

Our JPOW Partner Oakland International High School (OIHS) has a student population that is primarily comprised of refugees and immigrant newcomers who are adjusting to life here in the US. The school has an ongoing need for classroom aids, after school tutors, social service navigators, and mentors. To learn more click here to watch a short video and/or contact Megan Luckhardt at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 221.

Harbor House

Harbor House has a long history of extending love, compassion, and welcome to immigrant and refugee families in Oakland. Below are some ways that you can join them in this urgent work:

1. Tutor/mentor kids in Harbor House's after-school program, particularly with English language learners.

2. Write encouraging notes of welcome to the adults in the ESL program.

3. Provide snacks/baked goods for adults in the ESL program or kids in the after-school program.

4. Help provide childcare for preschoolers/toddlers while their mothers attend the ESL class.

For more information on any of these opportunities, please email or call (510) 534-0165.

Supporting Refugees—International Rescue Committee (IRC)

As of March 31, our partner, the Oakland office of the IRC, has received 257 Refugees (108 families) of whom 73% are Afghan, 20% are under 5 years old, and 21% are ages 5–17. Individuals and families are still arriving and very much need and deserve support and assistance. Click here to read more about the life of a refugee family relocated to Oakland from Uganda.

How can you help?

  • Donate: Clipper cards loaded with $20+ are needed to help clients get to and from appointments as well as to jobs. Bikes are also in high demand. Please email
  • Advocate: Call your senators and representatives in support of the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program. This is the funding that supports the IRC's work with trafficking victims across the country, including here in Northern California. Here is a script you can use: "My name is XXXXX and I am a constituent. Can I speak to the staffer who handles immigration? I'm calling to express my concern for victims of trafficking. Due to an increase in the number of victims coming forward, the money approved to date has already been used. $3 million is needed in additional funding for fiscal year 2017 for the foreign-born Trafficking Victim Assistance Program funded by Health & Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. Without additional dollars, we are required to turn survivors away. In fact, we have been informed our last enrollment was March 31! I'm asking for Rep/Senator XXXX to support this request. Would you like to meet and discuss it more, or should we talk now?"
  • Attend: Donors, volunteers, refugee employers, and others who want to support and advocate for refugees are invited to join the IRC at upcoming meetings with municipal, county, state, and federal representatives to advocate for refugees. If you are interested, please email, and include in your email where you live and how you are connected to the IRC.

Cityteam Oakland

First Pres JPOW partner Cityteam has a number of opportunities for volunteer engagement.

  • Outreach/Prayer Walks—Cityteam believes in the power of prayer and reaching out to the community around us. Every Friday and Saturday we pack up hygiene kits and bag lunches to take to the homeless encampments in our area. Please come join us to make lunches, show kindness to the poor, and to pray for our city. This opportunity is open Friday’s and Saturday’s 11am–1:30pm.
  • Kitchen Assistance—Cityteam Oakland serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year. The kitchen is open to volunteers 9am-7pm Monday through Saturday.
  • Learning Center—The Learning Center provides educational/vocational services to clients in Cityteam's Recovery Program. Volunteers are needed on a weekly, ongoing basis on Tuesday and Thursday from 1–4 pm.
  • Clothing and Laundry—Volunteers are needed for 2 hours 2–3 times a week to help maintain a clean and comfortable experience for those in need.

To view a full list of volunteer opportunities and to sign up, visit