Below are some of DIA’s ongoing projects. There are many ways to support the DIA, and volunteering to help with these projects on a regular basis may work for you. If your schedule doesn’t allow you the time to volunteer, the DIA annual events are another good way to help out once in a while.
Keep Dimond Clean
Members: Zandile Christian, David Coleman, Stan Dodson, Tomasz Finc, Marion Mills, Tom Rose, Karen Marie Schroeder, JoAnn Tracht Rawson
Purpose: Keep Dimond Clean (KDC) volunteers have been removing litter from public sidewalks and gutters in the Dimond business district since 2009. Our goal is to contribute to a litter-free and graffiti-free neighborhood, which is the foundation for a safe and inviting community. If not removed, the litter enters the storm drains emptying into Sausal Creek and continues on to pollute San Francisco Bay.
Description: Comprised of about 20 dedicated volunteers, KDC collects 12,000 pounds of litter (6 tons) every year. In addition, volunteers remove graffiti from signs, posts, and utility boxes. Volunteers meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Experienced members rotate as weekly leaders, assigning different walk routes to volunteers. La Farine Bakery supports us by offering “thank you” cards good for coffee and treats to volunteers. KDC contracts with a maintenance company to do litter pick-up and additional services the other five days of the week and raises $21,620 a year – about two-thirds from Oaktoberfest proceeds and about a third from the community – to cover the cost. Read more about Keep Dimond Clean and consider donating to the Help! Keep Dimond Clean Fundraiser at https://keepdimondclean.com/
Join Us! Come join the crew any Wednesday or Saturday. Meet at the parking lot at Giant Burger, 2055 MacArthur Blvd. (at Dimond Ave.) at 8:30am on Wednesdays and 9:00am on Saturdays. All supplies are provided and we’re done in an hour. (Notice 3/19/20: All litter walks have been cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Dimond Park Litter Walk
Purpose: To provide an inviting, litter-free, and safe environment in Dimond Park.
Description: We hold Monday walks in Dimond Park to clean up litter and to report needed repairs to the city’s public works department. Dimond Park is an official Adopt-a-Spot sponsored by the DIA.
Join Us! We welcome more community volunteers, adults and youth (6+ years old) alike! Come out on Mondays at 8:00am, April through October. November through March, walks are held the first Monday of the month only. Meet us at the corner of Fruitvale and Lyman at the entrance to the park. All supplies are provided. Volunteers receive a La Farine Bakery coupon good for pastries and coffee for two. (Notice 3/19/20: All park litter walks have been cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Purpose: To showcase our great Dimond neighborhood and locally crafted quality beers, and create a family friendly festival that raises funds for important Dimond community projects.
Description: Oaktoberfest in the Dimond is Oakland’s family friendly craft beer festival and the biggest event held in the Dimond each year. Now in its eleventh year, the festival brings out neighbors near and far. Beyond the beer, Oaktoberfest features food, entertainment, artisans, community groups, local schools, organizations of faith, elected officials, and service providers. The DIA and the Dimond Business & Professional Association (merchants’ association) are the principal sponsors and invest the proceeds back into the community. In 2020, Oaktoberfest will run two days—October 3 and 4.
Join Us! First of all, mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend. Bring family and friends. We can also use many more volunteers before the event and on the days of. If you can help, please contact us! We guarantee that you’ll have great time.
Dimond News Group
Purpose: The Dimond News Group, sponsored by the Dimond Improvement Association, is an email list serve that provides the greater Dimond District and nearby neighborhoods with local information and a way to communicate with each other about issues and opportunities of local interest.
Description: This news group is a private, moderated list that adheres to DIA and Google list guidelines. It is on a Google platform, offering subscribers the ability to post graphics and photos. Subscribers are also able to select their preferred delivery method (once daily, or all messages ‘as-they-post’). In addition, the Google platform offers a forum for easy reference of posts by chronology and topic. This forum can be viewed at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dimond-news-group. The Dimond list was started in 1998 by Tim Chapman, an advocate of community communication, who moderated the list until 2014. The Dimond List transferred to the Google platform in 2015 under the guidance of DIA Chair Chris Harper, assisted by Mike Dodson, Carol Lonergan, and Kathleen Russell.
Join Us! Sign up and be connected! Community members are invited to join the Dimond News Group by sending an email to: Moderators@dimondnews.org including first name and street name, as in: Tom/Fruitvale.