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and kindness that brings
our community closer together

Why volunteer?

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Every board member, committee partner, or event organizer is a volunteer donating their time to make a difference. If you want to be one of these passionate professionals or students working to advance our industry, come join us!

More Volunteer Opportunities

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Partnership

At IIDA NC, we recognize the importance of exposing career options to students at a young age.  As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are currently working with the OUSD to develop programs, beginning Spring 2021, to teach students about the interior design profession and to provide them with creative opportunities to grow. 

The Oakland Unified School District is a public education district comprised of 116 K-12 schools, serving 49,000+ students.  The vast majority of the student population are racial and ethnic minorities: 44% Latino, 23% African American, and 14% Asian, Pacific Islander.

Oakland Indie Alliance (OIA) Flex Streets Program 

Oakland’s independent small business community is facing extreme economic hardship. The local restaurants, bars, and shops we love are negotiating layoffs, evictions, and permanent closure as they struggle to survive the pandemic.  OIA has been working with the City of Oakland on the Flex Streets Initiative, so businesses can conduct their business outdoors. 

Founded in 2014, the Oakland Indie Alliance (OIA) is a community of more than 500 small-scale entrepreneurs who have united under a common goal of preserving Oakland’s variety, energy, and social fabric. Through sharing experiences, connections, and advocating for Oakland’s independent economy, OIA allows small businesses to thrive. 

In interested in the above programs, please let us know!

Volunteering for IIDA empowers me to connect and grow with our community. Contributing to the team allows me to reset my daily work routine and make an impact.
Joyce Mizuhara