Dear YWCA Berkeley/Oakland family,

We want to make sure that we are all safe and informed during this uncertain time. Please see below our current updates and resources to share.

Our building will now be CLOSED until at least May 3. We will update this page if anything changes.

  • Please check our EVENTS page for up-to-date information about specific events.
  • For program-specific questions, please contact the appropriate program director.
  • If you have an existing rental and have questions or concerns, please email
  • We will not be not be accepting any new rentals at this time. 

The YWCA is committed to supporting our student workers throughout this unusual circumstance. We will continue to honor wages for both salaried and hourly staff as a part of our mission to empower women, eliminate racism and develop leaders. 

Resources for you and your community



  • Governor Newsom’s Executive Order – CA Governor Gavin Newsom put out this press release that discusses his executive order which delays the deadline for tax filing, waives waiting periods for unemployment and disability benefits, explains state efforts to assist CA workers, and has community guidance for home, offices, schools, and more.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 updates
  • Check out the California Department of Public Health’s website for up-to-date information on COVID-19 in our region. (Please note: at the time of writing the guidance on these sites if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is to call your doctor or an urgent care clinic and seek their advice.)

Workers Rights in California

If your employment has been impacted, visit the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency website to review what benefits are available to you:

  • If you lost your job or had reduced hours for reasons related to COVID-19 you may qualify for unemployment insurance. File A Claim Here
  • If you are unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) you may qualify for Disability Insurance. File a claim here
  • If you or a family member are sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine you may qualify for paid sick leave. File a Claim Here
  • If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) you may qualify for Paid Family Leave. File A Claim Here

Undocumented People living in California


  • Coronavirus Resource Kit: Broken down by state, though not all states covered. From Equality Labs. 
  • Learning to Live with Coronavirus: The Daily Podcast episode that covers public transportation, supermarkets, and more. (Link is with Spotify)
  • Get The Facts Straight: short video on Coronavirus. Information about the coronavirus outbreak is spreading fast, but what do we actually know about the illness? CBC News medical contributor and family physician Dr. Peter Lin breaks down the facts about what it is, where it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.
  • Legal Representation: Common Q&A About Legal Representation & COVID-19

Resiliency Resources:

Mutual Aid Resources:

Education & Curriculum for Kids During Social Distancing

For college students:

What can you do to help?

Support small businesses

Advocate and call your legislators

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