Local organizations are seeking donations and volunteers to meet the growing needs in our communities. Below are opportunities around the Bay Area to support those who need a helping hand.
American Red Cross
Blood drives are vital to ensuring the health of the community, and the Red Cross is continuing to hold blood drives during this challenging time to help meet patient needs. Learn more about how the Red Cross is protecting both donors and their staff under these new conditions.
The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Regional Response Fund works with partners in the 10-county Bay Area region to provide housing/shelter, food, clothing, and financial assistance to those without health insurance or sick days, communities of color, and healthcare and gig workers.
Berkeley Relief Fund
The City of Berkeley recently approved $3 million in emergency relief grants for small businesses, nonprofit arts organizations, and worker rent support. The hope is that the community will match this amount for those in need. See how you can help.
UC Berkeley Food Pantry
The UC Berkeley Food Pantry provides emergency relief to help students and staff at the University of California. It is seeking donations.
Oakland Fund for Public Innovation
The Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide immediate grants to nonprofit organizations working on the frontlines. The Fund will focus on four priority areas: food, homelessness, community health, and economic security.
United Way Bay Area
United Way Bay Area’s COVID-19 Relief Fund seeks donations. The fund provides immediate and long-term recovery assistance in eight local counties. It supports the basic needs of families and workers affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 prevention measures.
Alameda County Community Food Bank
The Alameda County Community Food Bank is increasing production of emergency food bags that contain a few days’ worth of nourishing staples. It is seeking volunteers and donations; it is taking safety precautions to ensure the safety of clients, volunteers, partners, staff, and the community.
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
The SF-Marin Food Bank is actively opening pop-up pantries across SF and Marin to accommodate large numbers of people who have lost access to food due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also has seven pantries at schools that are offering to-go meals and groceries for students and their families. The food bank is seeking volunteers and donations.
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties is seeking volunteers and donations. Volunteers must not display any symptoms of being sick or be living with anyone who is sick; group sizes are limited to allow for social distancing during each shift.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is seeking volunteers and donations. It is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help stop the spread of germs.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels delivers meals to home-bound seniors, keeping this vulnerable population safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals on Wheels of Alameda County, Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa, Peninsula Volunteers – Meals on Wheels, Meals on Wheels San Francisco all are seeking volunteers and donations.