BOSS is extremely thankful to all of our community partners – foundations, companies, civic and faith groups, individuals, schools, and others – who generously provide grant funding, donations, volunteers and support of our programs and participants.

To donate, volunteer, or otherwise support BOSS programs, contact Sonja Fitz, Director of Development & Marketing, at or (510) 649-1930, ext. 1008.

Latest Thank You’s!

Thank you to the latest groups who have most recently funded or contributed to BOSS, including:

Zell Family Foundation – Funding to support the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC)
Kaiser Permanente – Funding for the BOSS Reclaiming Our Communities (ROC) Program, providing violence prevention and mediation services in West Oakland
Sunlight Giving Foundation – Funding to support pilot implementation of a new database for tracking BOSS data and outcomes
East Bay Community Foundation – General support

BOSS Funders & Partners

Including but not limited to (if we accidentally omitted your name, contact us so we can update this list!):

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency
Alameda County Probation Department
Alameda County Sheriff’s Department
Alameda County Social Services Agency
Berkeley Community Fund
Berkeley City College
Berkeley City Council
Berkeley Lions Club
Berkeley Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Bernard & Alba Witkin Foundation
Black Pine Circle School
Black Repertory Group
City of Berkeley
City of Oakland
East Bay Community Foundation
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Fourth Street Shops (Abrams/Millikan)
Heffernan Foundation
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Kaiser Permanente
Malaga Corp. Communications Team
Mal Warwick & Associates
Mechanics Bank
Morning Glory Family Foundation
Nonstop Wellness
Oakland Athletics Community Fund
Oakland Unite
One Warm Coat
Rotary Club of Oakland
Safeway Foundation
Schonfeld Foundation
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
Socius Foundation
Sunlight Giving Foundation
The California Endowment
The Companion Group
The Morning Glory Family Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation
The Tileshop
U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Whole Foods
William G. Gilmore Foundation

Employer Partners

Local businesses, both small and large, partner with BOSS programs to provide opportunities for participants through apprenticeships, internships, and employment, as well as facilitating on-site workshops in areas such as financial literacy or technology training. Below are some of the businesses our Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) has worked with since its inception in 2014, and we are continuing seeking new partners to help us create pathways out of poverty!

To partner with CTEC, contact Clyde Lewis, Director of Workforce Development, at 510.419.0669 or

911 Restoration
99 Cent Store
Accurate Staging
Acrobat Outsourcing
Adult Educational Technologies
Aero Tek Staffing
Balance Staffing
B Enterprises
BOSS Burger
Call Socket
Chartwell Staffing Solutions (Tesla)
Cort Furniture Warehouse
Cross Burger
Del Pueblo
Dome Print
Ehret Plumbing
Every Dog Has Its Daycare
Extreme Pizza
Ghiradelli Chocolate Company
Goodwill Industries
Greater Bay Area Termite and Pest Solutions
Higher Ground
J&R Pierce Plumbing
Kettle Kell Popcorn
Largo Concrete
Maleko Staffing
Modern Courier
Muscular Distrophy Association
MV Transportation
New Horizon
Nordstrom Distribution Center
Pizza Hut
Plumbing Ministry
ProPark America
Pucci Foods
Quanta Computers
Remx Staffing Agency
Reynolds Cleaning Service
RHINO Staging
Ricaro Auto
Saturn Café
Select Staffing
SF Academy of Science
Simple Building Solutions
Snelling Staffing Services
Sols Restaurant
Southern Café
Special Distribution
Specialty Café
Staffing Solutions (Quanta)
Sterling Staffing (USA)/United Foods
Tech Styles
Telecom Communications
Tel Star Instruments Inc.
Tesla Automotive
Umami Burgers
Weathers Masonry
Whole Foods
Vforce Staffing Solutions
Village Mart
Volt Workforce
XM International Inc.
Your Voice Media


Invite A BOSS Speaker

BOSS is always looking for opportunities to share what we do with the community, and connect with new volunteers, donors, and partners. We make presentations year-round of varying lengths, and table at local fairs and events.

If you would like to invite someone from BOSS to speak to your class, club, faith group, or business, please contact Sonja Fitz, Development Director,