About us

Welcome to Oakwood Community Center!

The mission of Oakwood Community Center is to bring neighbors together and build bridges among grassroots organizations in the city of Troy, New York. We do this by maintaining the historic Oakwood building as a welcoming and nourishing space.

Oakwood prides itself on making space available for you to use. Some examples of who might use this space include: 

  • Community members looking for an affordable place to host a birthday party/baby shower/repast or even a wedding in our Sanctuary space
  • Neighborhood/community groups who need a place to meet
  • Organizations interested in offering a service to the local community
  • A motivated individual who wants to get a program up and running and needs some organizational support and space!

As a building that once was a church, we also offer space to local churches that find it more affordable to rent space, rather than own a building. We run a weekly Saturday food pantry to act as a bridge while other food pantries are closed for the weekend. Swordpaw Collective rents space from us as does the Capital Bookkeeping Cooperative. Come see a show, or get help with your finances! Our Soul Cafe offers a monthly community pay what you can dinner providing Troy residents a place to touch base, share a meal and connect. 


Oakwood front

We are currently in the midst of a strategic planning process to identify how to best use our building as a resource to our community, and how to sustain these efforts financially. We are a small grassroots non-profit organization with two part time staff that coordinate with our very active Board of Directors.