Ways to Help Your Community
There are opportunities to give back and support a resilient Santa Monica. If you are a local non-profit and are in need of volunteers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Service agencies are incurring unexpected costs to keep staff and participants safe and continue to deliver essential services. For more information, scroll down to the details below, or check out our list of local agencies found at: http://www.weare.santamonica.gov/get-involved.
We Are Santa Monica Fund
The We Are Santa Monica Fund was established by the City to support nonprofits with direct costs related to COVID-19, business recovery, and the Black Agenda in Santa Monica, including:
- Obtain necessary sanitation and medical supplies
- Provide food to those experiencing food insecurity through the City's food pantry at Virginia Avenue Park.
- Provide shelter to those in need
- Support volunteer relief efforts
Nonprofits can apply here for funding. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis as funding is available.
About the We Are Fund
The fund is managed through the California Community Foundation (CCF), a 501c3 public charity and leading nonprofit organization driving change throughout Los Angeles County. A donation to the We Are Santa Monica Innovation Fund is a donation to a donor-advised fund. The City will make recommendations to CCF regarding the distribution of the proceeds, which CCF will distribute to eligible nonprofits or uses by the City. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors.
Virginia Avenue Park Holiday Pantry
Help the City of Santa Monica raise $30,000 to support Santa Monica families experiencing food insecurity. Every $30 donation feeds a family of four for one holiday meal and a $100 donation supports a family of four with a nutritious food box for the holiday month of December.
To make a contribution, please visit https://www.calfund.org/wearesantamonica/ and select HOLIDAY FOOD PANTRY
Gently Loved Business Clothing Drive
Donate gently loved business attire now through December 31 to benefit Chrysalis. Help someone build their confidence going into a job interview with a new set of clothes. Curbside service is available for clothing drop-offs, text 15 minutes ahead of arrival time to 424-443-8830 and a staff member will pick up the donation curbside at 2427 Main Street.
The Giving Tree With Loews Hotel
Beginning November 25, the Giving Tree is an opportunity for businesses and residents to sponsor a personalized holiday tree to share their brand, a message of hope, a dedication or for just plain fun, and to be displayed in the Loews Hotel lobby. Each decorated tree will be showcased in Loew’s “A Miracle on Ocean Avenue” holiday light and decor display. The best Giving Tree winner will receive $1,000 to donate to a local participating nonprofit.
Additional Food & PPE Donation Needs
Virginia Avenue Park Food Pantry (City)
Needs: Produce, non-perishable food, pre-packaged meals, drinks.
Drop-Off: Sign up here. Coordinate with VAP staff.
Needs: Thermometers, soap, and other sanitary supplies
Drop Off: 2644 30th St., Suite 100, Santa Monica
Needs: Toilet paper, hygiene items, sports drinks, canned foods, dry foods. (Detailed list on website)
Drop Off: 603 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica. HELLO@METROPOLISSM.COM
The People Concern
Needs: Launched nonperishable food drive for people in supportive housing.
Drop off : Mondays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the 16th Street Office "Bea's Room" 1453 16th St. in Santa Monica, 90404. On Tuesdays, receiving donations from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. 2116 Arlington Ave., Suite 100, LA, CA 90018
Providence St. John’s Health Center Child and Family Development Center
Needs: Art supplies (markers, paint, bubbles, crayons, construction paper)
Santa Monica YMCA
Needs: Gloves, masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, and no-touch thermometers
St. Joseph Center
Need: Food. Please click here for the full list!
Meals on Wheels West
Needs: Cleaning wipes, masks, gloves
Drop Off: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1823A Michigan Ave.
The Tiyya Foundation
The Tiyya Foundation is a non-denominational organization that supports refugee resettlement, which has been severely implacted by COVID-19.
Venice Family Clinic
Needs: Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers
Drop off: 2509 Pico Blvd., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Westside Food Bank
Needs: Masks, hand sanitizers, gloves
Drop Off Information: See website
Wise and Healthy Aging
Needs: Toilet paper. Masks and gloves for staff and clients. Cleaning/sanitizing solutions
Drop Off: Call (310)-394-9871
If you are a local non-profit and are in need of volunteers please contact email@example.com.
Virginia Avenue Park Food Pantry
The City of Santa Monica’s operates a food pantry at Virginia Avenue Park to help serve those facing food insecurity in our community. To help us serve the 150+ households and 300+ boxes distributed each week, we need volunteers on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Liz Scharetg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up to donate to the food bank.
Adult Literacy Volunteer with the Santa Monica Public Library
Volunteer as a literacy tutor to work one-on-one with adult learners in a library setting. Training hours and a minimum six-month commitment are required. Tutors meet with learners once or twice per week for 1 to 2-hour sessions.
Contact: (310) 458-8603, email@example.com, VolunteerMatch.
American Red Cross: Volunteering opportunities include serving as a disaster services worker, donating blood, and other volunteer roles. For more information about how to volunteer, visit: redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/volunteer.
CLARE/Matrix: Volunteers Needed—The Inspiration Series
Volunteers are needed to facilitate the Inspiration Series, an online program providing participants the opportunity to learn a skill, meditate, paint, and engage in other activities from a skilled volunteer in an effort to reduce anxiety and depression due to isolation. Workshops are broadcast via Zoom and each session can be up to 90 minutes. Workshop ideas can be but are not limited to, financial literacy, meditation and breath work, yoga, creative writing, drawing.
Contact: Jen Maduko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Toy Giveaway
Every year at Children’s Holiday Movie, Venice Family Clinic distributes thousands of toys to our pediatric patients. For the safety and well-being of our patients, we have restructured the event this year. We will distribute toys during our free food market Tuesdays. Beginning Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at our Simms/Mann location and we need your support! (Volunteer requirement: age 15 or older) Sign up here!
Equal Play: Volunteers needed to coach and supervise beach volleyball, lacrosse and strength training/yoga for Santa Monica’s youth. All activities follow LA County health and safety guidelines of physical distancing and appropriate use of PPE.
Meals on Wheels West
Opportunity: Needs volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am-2pm to help with meal delivery to homebound community members.
Contact: Meal Delivery Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (310)394-5133x2.
Saint Monica Catholic Community Thanksgiving Dinner & Boutique
For those wishing to support the 2020 Dinner, we're asking you to Volunteer to Donate here. And know, we'll be excited to have you back in person in 2021!
Opportunity: Needs food donation pickup volunteers for the Food not Bombs Thursday night meal service. Volunteers pick up food donations at three Santa Monica stores on Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 7:45am and 9:30am.
Contact: Christopher Wikle at Christopher.Wikle@usw.salvationarmy.org to
Salvation Army Rehab on 11th and Olympic
Opportunity: Need Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or other inspirational speakers to provide counseling sessions via Zoom or in person. Registered nursing volunteers are needed to provide TB testing on-site. Other volunteers are needed to help with separating donations in the warehouse.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Santa Monica CARES & Perry’s Café Blanket Drive
Donate new and used blankets to be given out to homeless individuals and families around Santa Monica. If you are interested in being part of a blanket distribution day, please email email@example.com.
For more information about how and where to donate, click here.
St. Joseph Center
Opportunity: Needs grocery delivery drivers.
Contact: Shelly Aydin, Volunteer Relations Manager, 310-396-6468 x326 | c: 310-367-0058 www.stjosephctr.org
Venice Family Clinic:
Opportunity: Food Distribution
Help tackle food insecurity that affects our community and patients through various food program initiatives taking place throughout all of Venice Family Clinic’s clinical sites. There is an opportunity for you to become involved every day of the week! Please see below for details:
- Join every Tuesday and some Thursday’s of the month, to sort, package, and distribute over 10,000 pounds of food. (Volunteer requirement: age 15 or older)
New volunteers to Venice Family Clinic click here.
Returning volunteers click here.
- Monday – Friday Venice Family Clinic is distributing 2,000 hot meals daily at various clinical sites. (Volunteer requirement: age 15 or older) Sign up here!
Updated November 12, 2020 from this blog post.
Post a Face Covering Yard Sign
Free yard signs while supplies last to encourage friends and neighbors to wear a face covering. Keep our community safe and pick up a FREE sign at these locations:
- Main Street Visitor Information Center located at 2427 Main Street, Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Please pull inside the Edgemar Center parking lot, alert the parking attend you are there to pick up an item at the Visitor Information Center, enter the Visitor Center through the front door on Main Street where our friendly staff will assist you.
Download and Print Your Own Sign
If you cannot travel to pick up a yard sign in person, the artwork is available for you to download and and print yourself.
Support Buy Local
Open for Business
We are especially excited to highlight businesses that have reopened following COVID-19-mandated closures. Include #BuyLocalSM in your social posts so we can elevate you on the City's Buy Local social accounts.