We'd love to have you on board with us!

Hello Oxfam SF/Bay Area friends,

Thank you for your continuous moral support and volunteering efforts! As our group is expanding month by month, we'd love to have you on board with us-- in the SF Oxfam Action Corp Leadership Board!

If you'd like to be further integrated into our OXFAMily network in the Bay Area, and believe Oxfam can leverage your skills and strengths to help us get to the next step, send us a quick interest email at: sanfrancisco@oxfamactioncorps.org

We would love to continue this chat with you individually and explore various initiatives and tasks we have at hand together. Please see our open role descriptions below.


Janet & Nadine

1) Local Agriculture Liaison + Hunger Banquet Manager

Leading outreach efforts at local farmer's markets. Building relationships and alliances with local food producers. Maintaining OAC presence at Bay Area farmer's markets. Will also assist lead organizers with the Hunger Banquet (with operations/booking/gathering volunteers), one of our biggest events of the year, in November. This is a role with great visibility, as we are hoping to gain more media attention through the Hunger Banquet. 

2) Lead Graphic Designer

Will partner with lead organizers, social media specialist and lead blogger to create original, engaging and creative branding graphics for use in OAC communications efforts. Graphics may include online banners, promotional graphics, infographics, flyers and handouts. 

3) Political Advisor

Partnering with the lead organizers to create strategy and messaging for political outreach to local elected official and government organizations. Securing lobby visits and recruiting political constituents to attend lobby visits with elected officials and/or partisan policy groups. Building relationships with local elected leaders or their staff. Added bonus if the member has a flexible work schedule to conduct lobby visits during the weekdays!

4) Strategic Partnership Liaison

Partnering with the lead organizers to build relationships with and partnership opportunities with local organizations working on issues relevant to Oxfam America's current campaigns. Must research and filter all potential partners prior to any relationship building to avoid controversial alliances. This can be broken out into non-profit partnership and for-profit partnership!

5) PR/Editor In Chief

Will be responsible for brainstorming monthly blog and newsletter content with the lead organizers. Will spearhead some of the writing initiatives and can assist with social media upkeep (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). Fun, energetic, and a great Oxfam America promoter who is passionate about sharing our campaigns and initiatives online and offline! 

6) Chief of Volunteer Happiness

Do you love setting up social events and fostering a great culture within organizations? Do you have a knack for being a social butterfly in the room, a talent for hospitality in making everyone feel invited and at ease? This role is intended to have someone closely monitor our current and future members' happiness and to manage social events/plan various city outings aside from our monthly recap meetings. 

#Winning- Our big victory with Kellogg

As part of our GROW Campaign, Oxfam America has been urging Kellogg and General Mills to cut down on their greenhouse gas emissions and their significant contributions to Climate Change. 

We are so happy to report that since we've started this campaign back in May, General Mills and Kellogg have both responded positively and made important commitments toward looking into their supply chains and to help stop Climate Change. 

A huge thank you to consumers like you, and for your support in signing and gathering petition signatures for the last couple months! We were able to garner hundreds of supporters' signatures just within SF/Bay Area through various concert outreach activities ranging from Broken Bells, OK GO, to Outside Lands Music Festivals. 
Our second victory with Kellogg, August 12th

In late July, General Mills committed to setting targets to reduce emissions, participate in real climate advocacy, and become a true climate leader. On August 12, Kellogg followed suit and became the second global food giant in one month to commit to bold new steps to fight climate change and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. 

General Mills has pledged to: 

  1. “Know and show” by disclosing their emissions as well as their suppliers of sugar cane and palm oil.
  2. Set emissions reductions targets by 2015 and put in place stronger safeguards against deforestation.
  3. Advocate by taking a leadership role in addressing climate change with businesses and governments.

While Kellogg specifies that, for the first time, the company will set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to agricultural production. It will also join a leading coalition of businesses committed to working with lawmakers to pass meaningful climate and energy legislation. 

The companies' full commitments can be viewed through the links below: 



Ok Go!- July Concert Outreach

On July 16th, Oxfam Action Co-Lead Organizers, Janet and Nadine, led the OK GO concert outreach at The Independent venue in San Francisco.
With Ok Go after the dress rehearsal 

It was a great experience speaking to various OK GO fans regarding the band's support for Oxfam America, and to also educate them about Oxfam's GROW campaign. For this particular concert, we focused on speaking to the fans about Oxfam's latest initiative to urge Kellogg to make commitments towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and their contributions to Climate Change.

At the end of the night we were able to gather multiple pages of our supporters' signatures and it was great to see the fun performance!

Promoting their latest album, Hungry Ghosts, on their 2014 tour

A night filled with fun confetti and enthusiastic fans
Oxfam Volunteers Build Community in a Population of 7.4 Million

The San Francisco Bay Area has quite the reputation; one of flowering natural vistas, pronounced diversity, technology driven innovation and social activism, but advocating for hunger, poverty and social justice inequality is no easy task even within an activism incubator like the Bay Area. Bearing this in mind, how does one build relevance and elevate above the clutter of bustling lifestyles and boundless priorities to become a force for change in the Bay Area's local advocacy landscape?

For Oxfam America's California based grassroots arm, the Bay Area Oxfam Action Corps (OAC), the answer lies in community building and a microscopic focus on relationships to connect advocates, volunteers, local leaders and politicians alike in an area with a population of 7.4 million.

As OAC volunteers, we worked to make community building center stage and create relationships based on the shared vision of a world without hunger and poverty by prioritizing one-on-one communication, managing diverse and engaging local events and creating fun, social atmospheres.

We help foster an active passion for social justice advocacy within members of the Bay Area Oxfam community by establishing partnerships with leading nonprofits, opening dialogue with local elected officials and of course encouraging our communities to flex their outreach muscles.

Effecting these tiny moments of connection create countless memories and allow us to master the dynamic relationship and community building skills invaluable to any career path and essential to promoting social awareness anyplace whether San Francisco or Indianapolis.

In Case You Missed It

USA defeats Ghana in World Cup match, but can Ghana defeat the ‘Resource Curse’?

Like so many of you, I cheered at home earlier this week as the USA’s Clint Dempsey scored the quickest goal of the World Cup so far, seconds after kick-off, and later as John Brooks put the US ahead of Ghana with an 86th-minute goal. The 2-1 victory over Ghana in the first round was significant, since the USA was eliminated by Ghana in the past two World Cups.

But the game also made me think about a much more important issue for Ghana than emerging from the so-called Group of Death: avoiding the “resource curse” that has plagued too many African nations.

Ghana is Africa’s second largest gold producer. But Ghana, which traders named the Gold Coast due to its mineral wealth, hasn’t seen its hopes for the gold trade realized. Mining hasn’t transformed the country’s economy or addressed poverty. In fact, most of the gold money leaves the country, and the industry has seen human rights violations, pollution, land grabs, and conflict between security forces working for the mining companies and the local communities. Ghana is struggling to properly regulate the industry, and many people turn to illegal mining to support themselves – often at a terrible health and safety risk as they use toxic mercury in the process. Despite their mineral wealth, a quarter of Ghanaian citizens live in poverty.

Oxfam America has been working with our partners in Ghana for years on extractive industry issues – making sure natural resources benefit Ghanaians, and they have the right to decide how these resources are developed. Ghana has taken big steps to try to avoid the “Nigerian model” and push the government to put strong transparency protections in place. The government has made a strong commitment to transparency and good management of these resources by passing a Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA) in 2011 designed to make sure that payments between companies and the government are transparent. 

To help, visit our natural resources rights page, or tell the SEC to protect transparency. You can also watch the documentary Big Men, which follows Ghana’s oil discovery and the debate over how to develop the reserves. 

While the World Cup is an exciting time for countries around the world, Ghana’s most important match right now isn’t in Brazil, but back home fighting poverty and corruption. If the oil wealth isn’t managed properly, it could fail to address the poverty or even make it worse. The question is whether this revenue will go to support sustainable and inclusive development.

To read more: 

Fighting Climate Change through Corporations

If General Mills and Kellogg are serious about their commitment to addressing climate change, they will come clean about their position on the President’s Climate Action plan and exactly what they are doing about it. They can start by publicly supporting the EPA’s new rule, disassociating themselves from the backwards lobbying by the US Chamber, and signing on to Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy’s (BICEP) Climate Declaration.

To read more: http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2014/06/kellogg-general-mills-come-clean-about-climate-lobbying/

Farmers from different hemispheres come together to face the same changing climate.

Virginia lives in a region that relies on water flowing from rivers emerging from glacier and snow melt. Living and growing at an altitude of 13,500 feet, these indigenous farmers have relied for centuries on the Pastoruri glaciers, and a progression of seasons that alternated between rainy and dry, warmth and cold. The changing seasons have not been kind to Virginia’s potato and vegetable production and Virginia said that since climate change is taking effect, “there is little water, little rain, and spring water is scarce. In the area, there are places where there is no water.”  If the Pastoruri glacier continues to disappear and the weather continues to become more extreme, there will be limits to the community’s ability to adapt. That is why Virginia came to ask food companies and people in the US to do their part to fight climate change and decrease greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate this growing disaster.

To read more: 

Combating poverty

Starting June 11th, Oxfam launched an interactive series of maps on the working poor and a new report that illustrates how raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would give 25 million workers across the US a much-needed raise. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which works out to $15,080 per year for a full-time worker. That’s almost $4,000under the poverty line for a family of three.

Although the US is a wealthy country, tens of millions of workers today earn wages so low that they and their families are either poor or “near poor.” Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would benefit more than 25 million workers, one-fifth of the nation’s workforce, as well as the family members who depend on their earnings.

To read more: 

Storming Social Media to Help Stop Climate Change

Climate change may be the single biggest threat to the fight against hunger and the companies that produce popular brands are also adding to the problem. Oxfam’s latest Behind the Brands action is focused on getting the ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies to step off the sidelines and do more to combat climate change – both in their own supply chains and through their influence with other industries and governments. We singled out General Mills and Kellogg as two companies that are lagging behind others on climate and challenged them to step up and lead the way to do more. 

On May 20th, Nadine and Janet, along with people across the nation, took to grocery aisles, public squares, and corporate facilities as part of the Oxfam's Behind the Brands Initiative to urge Kellogg's and General Mills to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chain. The Action Corps handed out mocked up cereal boxes and took pictures at branded locations to show that people across the nation are fed up with climate change. Elsewhere Oxfam staff and volunteers staged social media stunts at corporate headquarters and industry expos. 

Then on June 5th, we began a social media blitz. The objective was to raise awareness among consumers, but also to send a strong message to these two companies to shape up their climate policies. You can read the full report here.

Supporters posted pictures like these directly on the Kellogg's and General Mills' sites like Pillsbury Doughboy and Frosted Flakes and using their Twitter handles @GeneralMills and @KelloggsUS. We know that Kellogg's and General Mills are now getting the message from us globally, but we need to increase the volume in calling to them and use our power and influence to protect the future of our food from the impact of climate change.

Now that we've set the internet abuzz, the push does not stop here. Oxfam wants the world to continue to advocate for climate change and ensure companies follow through on making policy reforms. They need to hear your voices.

To join us in taking action, visit www.behindthebrands.org, sign the petition, and begin sharing Facebook and Twitter posts!

Oxfam Action Corps DC Training!

We are honored to be part of the Bay Area Action Corps this year! We are both new to volunteering for Oxfam America, but are very excited to help right the wrongs to poverty. At the leadership training in DC we were surrounded by intelligent people, listened to inspiring stories, bonded with fellow Action Corps leaders, lobbied on Capitol Hill, and tried to absorb all the information we could about Oxfam America.

Here are a few highlights:

Getting to know our fellow Action Corps Organizers 
We had a great time meeting other Action Corps organizers. This was the first time we met each other, but after spending 12 hour days together we bonded pretty quickly! 

Janet was born in South Korea and grew up in Southern California. She studied Business at USC and moved to San Francisco in 2012 to work for Apple. When she is not working or volunteering for Oxfam, she loves to perform with her traditional Korean dance group.
Nadine is also from Southern California. She moved to the Bay Area in 2010 to attend UC Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Since then she has worked in the microfinance industry and volunteered for various non-profits. In her free time she enjoys photography and baking delicious treats. Nadine is thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Oxfam America and can't wait to see what the year has in store!
The GROW Dinner 
On the first night of training we hosted a GROW Method dinner and invited our friends and family, if they were in the area. Little did we know, that we, the freshly trained "leaders", were put in charge of every detail and only had a few hours to throw it all together. Luckily for us, and the people we invited, the event was a complete success and a great learning experience.

Lobbying on Capitol Hill 
The most exciting day though, was definitely Lobby Day. By this point we heard the stories, read the information, prepared for the events, and knew why we were there. The last thing to do was to meet with members of Congress and lobby for what we believed in. We scheduled appointments with Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Represenative Nancy Pelosi. We didn't actually get to meet these incredible ladies, but we did meet with their staff members and that was nerve racking enough! The meetings all went well; we were preaching to the choir, after all.  Our talking points were to ask them to invest in effective, poverty-reducing aid programs that support local leaders around the world as they work to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. These programs included: Feed the Future, climate programs, and The Transition to Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act. Such an awesome experience!

We were then sent on our way, back home to the Bay Area, to engage volunteers, advocate for change, and have some fun! And the fun has already begun!

What are our plans for the upcoming year? 

Farmers Markets
Volunteering at a Food Bank
Behind the Brands publicity stunts
World Food Day Event
International Women's Day event
and MORE!

Hope you can join in on the fun!

Save the Date: Act Local, Think Global Awards 2014

The Bay Area is renowned for it's political activism and for nurturing a true spectrum of social movements and exceptional leaders. This spring, the Bay Area Oxfam team will honor several women breaking ground on critical issues facing our world today at the Oxfam - Act Local, Think Global Awards 2014.

We'll recognize these accomplished women who are tackling global issues such as food justice, climate, water, land and corporate responsibility on March 23rd, 2-4:30 pm in San Francisco and you're invited attend. Don't miss your chance to rub shoulders with some of the Bay Area's most notable leaders, hear their stories and pay tribute to International Women's Day.

Date: Sunday, March 23rd
Time: 2-4:30 pm
Location: 518 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Public transport: Walking distance from the 16th St. Mission BART station

Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Light, sustainable and vegan friendly hors d'oeuvres will be served. Space is limited, so early RSVP is highly encouraged.

This event is brought to you by the Oxfam America Bay Area Action Corps. Contact sanfrancisco@oxfamactioncorps.org for more information.

More of a behind-the-scenes person?
There are open volunteer opportunities to assist the Oxfam Action Corps during the awards ceremony. Find out how you can help by emailing sanfrancisco@oxfamactioncorps.org.
Special Monthly Meeting: Happy Hour Edition - February 2014

This February join the local Oxfam team and other like-minded individuals for a casual happy hour. We'll get to know one another, discuss Oxfam's current campaigns, share volunteer opportunities and have a drink or two. Save the date for February 24th, 6:30-8 pm, at Sugar Lounge in downtown San Francisco. If you haven't yet made it to a meeting, don't be shy just look for the Oxfam logo and join the fun.

To ensure space, RSVP is highly encouraged. Contact sanfrancisco@oxfamactioncorps.org to be added to the guest list.

Date: Monday, February 24th
Time: 6:30-8 pm
Location: Sugar Lounge, 377 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Public transport: Accessible by Muni and BART from the Civic Center station
Parking: Metered street parking available
An Inside Look at the Oxfam Organizer

The Oxfam Bay Area Action Corps hosts an array of events and activities throughout the year, but ever wonder who's behind the scenes pulling these events together?

Introducing the Oxfam Bay Area Organizers, dedicated volunteers working directly with Oxfam America's largest office to rekindle hands on advocacy for food justice, small-scale farmer empowerment, social justice and gender equality.

Organizers handle everything from social media and volunteer relations to strategic alliances and event management. Every tablng opportunity, lobby visit with elected officials, volunteer work day and speaker event is shaped by the passion and eclectic experience that each Organizer brings to the table.

Members of the organizing team have exclusive access to a national network of fellow Organizers, support from Oxfam America senior staff and comprehensive skill training with an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for a 4-day leadership workshop. If this sounds like your kind of gig, your in luck because we're now recruiting for 2014 Organizers.

With the February 14th deadline approaching, all interested parties with a desire to help create lasting solutions to hunger and poverty are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Organizer role or to apply visit oxfamamerica.org/take-action/volunteer/community

Want a better feel for the position? Chat with a current Organizer by sending an email to sanfrancisco@oxfamactioncorps.org.

You know Oxfam, you love Oxfam, now lead Oxfam in your hometown

Leadership opportunity:  Organize in your community to end global hunger – join the Oxfam Action Corps! 

Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization, invites you to play a leading role in the Oxfam Action Corps, an exciting grassroots effort to stand up to poverty, hunger, and injustice around the world – starting right in your community.  The Oxfam Action Corps is a group of trained grassroots advocates in fifteen US cities who organize with other local volunteers in support of our GROW campaign for policies that will save lives, defend the rights of women and farmers, and protect communities worldwide from rising food prices and climate change.  It includes a free national advocacy and leadership training for select participants. You will gain leadership skills, have fun, and change the world!

Sign-up by February 14 to apply for Oxfam’s free four-day leadership training in Washington D.C. April 5-8, 2014.  

"This is leadership in practice. You can't just read a book on leadership. You have to put it into practice." - Jill Mizell, Researcher, New York

“Oxfam Action Corps has given me a ton of confidence… Gaining knowledge and being able to speak to people about the issues.”  - Amy L., Business Operations Analyst, Des Moines

"This has become one of the best parts of my life… I can't express enough how satisfying it is to be organizing with people who are just as committed and dependable and passionate. It is so great to have the support from the Oxfam America staff, and I've been really impressed by their accessibility, competency and friendliness." – Isaac E., Educator, New York City

View and share the short video below, highlighting the great work done by the Action Corps.

Sign up at www.oxfamactioncorps.org by February 14
Season for Sharing

The party starts early this holiday season with the Oxfam Bay Area Action Corps. This Thursday, December 12th, 6-8:30 pm join your fellow Oxfam America supporters in Berkeley, CA and enjoy a delicious spread of GROW Method themed potluck dishes while playing games and making new friends.

The Action Corps asks that everyone bring a potluck dish that follows the GROW Method and any canned or packaged food items cluttering your cabinets that you can spare for donation to a local food bank, but if you can't bring anything, don't fret all are welcome.

The celebration will take place at the home of an Oxfam Action Corps member in Berkeley and is easily accessible from the Ashby BART station. Let us know if you're interested in joining the celebration for the exact address. You can RSVP by email or Facebook.

For ideas and recipes using the GROW Method check here: www.pinterest.com/oxfamgrowmethod/

Date: December 12th
Time: 6-8:30 pm
Location: Berkeley (near the Ashby BART station)

RSVP by email or Facebook.

Hope to see you there.