Downtown Oakland Agency, Comrade, Invests in Oakland

Dec 17, 2015, 11:13 ET from Comrade

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Comrade, a leading strategy and design agency announces its holiday giving programs that support its continued commitment to investing in Oakland and the East Bay Area community.  These programs will help fund the youth-driven Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, and also provide food to those in need through the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

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"Comrade is committed to investing in Oakland by supporting local community-driven initiatives that help make a positive impact in the city," said CEO Thelton McMillian. "We are excited to work with the Art Esteem program and Alameda County Community Food Bank this year to give back and help make a difference," added Mr. McMillian.

Comrade, a business resident in downtown Old Oakland since 2010, chose to headquarter its office in downtown Oakland because of the enriching cultural environment, diverse community, and variety of quality restaurants.  "The downtown area is now an intersection of culture and commerce and will continue to grow over the years," said CEO, Thelton McMillian.  "As the city continues to grow and new businesses move in the area, it's important to us that we continue supporting community-driven programs that help preserve the spirit of Oakland," add Mr. McMillian.

Over the years, Comrade has supported many community programs in Oakland and nearby cities including participating in the 2015 NewCo Oakland event that featured companies that drive positive change, and hosting the Oakland Sustainability Jam in 2013 (part of the 68 city Global Sustainability Jam). Other initiatives include donating funds to the Edible School Yard in Berkeley and volunteering at the East Bay Habitat for Humanity.  Comrade also takes special interest in ensuring its company celebrations, and business functions include food provided by local restaurants.

Holiday Giving Programs in Detail:

This year, Comrade chose to donate funds to the Art Esteem Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, an Attitudinal Healing Connection community development initiative that helps educate youth in community issues and solutions through public art. To support this project, Comrade created a digital version of the Super Heroes Mural, where anyone can go online to create his or her own custom super hero.  For every super hero created, Comrade will donate $5 (up to $5000).

Comrade's second holiday giving program helps provide food to those in need this holiday season.  They are collecting non-perishable food onsite and donating the food to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.  To help raise awareness of the food drive, Comrade created a one-of-a-kind holiday window display filled with 2,346 custom soup cans that showcase the symbolic hugs and kisses symbol (XOXO) as a representative of their love for Oakland. 

Anyone Can Help:

Those who wish to support the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project can create a custom super hero on Comrades digital mural.  Comrade will donate $5 to Art Esteem for each super hero created (up to $5,000).  The digital mural can be found here:

Individuals who wish to make a non-perishable food donation can drop off food at the Comrade headquarters at 484 9th Street, Oakland, California, or can share the promotional message about the food drive from the Comrade Facebook page.

About Comrade:

Comrade is a digital product strategy and design agency that specializes in financial services, healthcare, technology and transactional design. They help firms better understand their customers to design experiences that get web and mobile products to market.

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