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 liz.scharetg@smgov.net. 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.  

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Donation Opportunities

We Are Santa Monica Fund

The We Are Santa MonicaFund 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:

  1. Obtain necessary sanitation and medical supplies   
  2. Provide food to those experiencing food insecurity through the City's food pantry at Virginia Avenue Park. 
  3. Provide shelter to those in need
  4. Support volunteer relief efforts

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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 F oundation  (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.  


Additional Food & PPE Donation Needs

Santa Monica  Ca res  

Opportunity:  D onate  new or lightly used blankets  for those in need in Santa Monica. There are four drop-off locations. There are four donation locations:   

  • Perry’s Café at 2400 Ocean Front Walk (at the end of Hollister) any day  between 10am and 5pm.  
  • Three Information Centers; text before delivering, to make sure staff are available and there have been no COVID-related changes . The text number is for all three locations and is 424 -443-7444.    Hours are Wednesday –   Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.  
  • 2427 Main Street | 1400 Ocean Ave. | 200Santa Monica Pier  

Santa Monica Educat i on Foundation  

Opportunity:  Donations of gently used books , CDs and DVDs  raise funds for the School District through the American Book Drive. Big Bins are located on each Santa Monica school campus, outside the security fencing  (the locations vary from school to school) . Clean out your bookshelves and find a  new  home for your books outside a landfill. No  magazines, Yellow Pages, outdated textbooks, law journals, VHS or severely damaged books, please. The items that earn the most money are textbooks (2006 and later), reference books,  and books  on  philosophy  (including  new   age and alternative  beliefs), arts/music, and social sciences.    


Foster Nation   

Opportunity :   Foster Nation is accepting new and gently used clothing for their free store ,  The Emporium, which provides clothing, shoes, accessories and toiletries to foster youth and foster families.  There is a special need for clothing for foster youth in college.   

Contact:  Email  team@fosternation.org  with questions and to arrange drop-offs at 1261 Angelo Drive  Los Angeles 90210.  


Volunteering Opportunities

If you are a local non-profit and are in need of volunteers please contact liz.scharetg@smgov.net.  


Meals On Wheels: 

Opportunities:

Meals on Wheels needs meal delivery volunteers! Help deliver meals to 8-12 homebound community members on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Meals are picked up at 1823 A Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404 between 10:30-11:30am and the deliveries typically take 1-2 hours. Meals on Wheels West is following strict COVID procedures and provides PPE to all volunteers, clients and staff. To sign up or for more information, contact Jen at jen@mealsonwheelswest.org or (310)394-5133x2. Thursday is an added additional day of delivery so Meal Delivery Volunteers are especially needed. 

Phone Reassurance Volunteers - Do you speak Farsi or Spanish? Call 2-4 homebound community members on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. The calls are done remotely, and volunteers are provided a script, guidelines and a resource list to utilize for the calls. Calls typically take 30 mins-1hour. Farsi and Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed. To sign up or for more information, contact Maggie at margaret@mealsonwheelswest.orgor (310)394-5133x3. 


The American Red Cross:    

Opportunities:   Volunteer opportunities include donating blood   other volunteer roles.   Vi sit https://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/volunteer.html  to enroll.   


CLARE/Matrix  

Opportunity:    The Inspiration Series is 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.  Volunteers are needed to facilitate these series. Workshop ideas can be but are not limited to, financial literacy, meditation and breath work, yoga, creative writing, drawing.   

Contact:   For more information contact Jen  Maduko  at  jmaduko@clarematrix.org  


Equal Pla y Inc.   

Opportunity:    Volunteers  are  needed to coach and supervise beach volleyball, lacrosse and strength training/yoga for Santa Monica’s youth. All activities follow CDC guidelines of physical distancing and appropriate use of PPE.    

Contact:   Email   Bryan.Cuthbert@equalplayinc.org o:  312-399-0857 www.equalplayusa.org    


The  People Concern    

Opportunity :    A variety of  individual and group activities with K9 group training youth to work with dogs, Sojourn services for victims of domestic violence, and providing meals and other necessities to  people experiencing  homeless ness Visit   www.thepeopleconcern.org   – drop down  Volunteers menu; the Volunteer application is online. For in-kind donations of hygiene kit supplies, select  Donations  menu  and go to In-Kind Donations, hygiene kits . There is a link to Amazon to facilitate the purchase of hygiene items ; schedule drop off at Santa Monica center M-F 9am-4pm by calling 323-334-9000  

Contact :   nmendoza@thepeopleconcern.org  for  questions.    


SPY (Safe P l ace for Youth)  

Opportunity:   Clean-up   projects, meal   del i veries, work  at SPY Community Garden,  and donate  supplies.  

Contact:  Sahar Khundmiri  at  sahark@safeplaceforyouth.org      


Wise and Healthy Aging    

Opportunity : Be a volunteer instructor for  virtual  classes  available to active seniors  who  have a life-long love of learning.  Host  prepared  video courses or share your  personal  knowledge, skill, passion or interest with others.   

Contact :  Candace Shivers at 310-857-1527 or cshivers@wiseandhealthyaging.org.  


St. Joseph Center  

Welcome Home Kits - Creating bags with household items/supplies for our newly housed clients. Bags should include (5) or more household items   (dish soap, bathroom cleaner, kitchen/multipurpose cleaner, laundry detergent, toilet bowl scrubber, kitchen towels, cutlery, sponges, etc.)   

*please note that we are unable to accept any used items.   

Pet Food  Donations - Pet food is needed for dogs and cats  

Contact:  Shelly Aydin, Volunteer Relations Manager,  saydin@stjosephctr.org , 310-396-6468 x326, 310-367-0058,  www.stjosephctr.org    


Venice Family Clinic  

Opportunity:   H ot meal program is a partnership between UCLA and Venice Family Clinic where over 10,000 prepared meals are distributed weekly to patients of the Clinic. These patients are experiencing food insecurity, health concerns such as diabetes, and hypertension. We rely on our volunteers to help us prepackage the allotments given to each family. Prepackaging the meals helps us distribute the meals as quickly as possible to avoid overcrowding.   

*volunteer restrictions: must be over 15 years of age. All activities take place outside. We adhere by all social distancing guidelines and take every precaution to ensure COVID safety for our patients, volunteers, and staff. Temperature checks, and as needed gloves, face shields, facemasks, and hand sanitizer are provided for all volunteers.   Hot Meal Volunteer Sign Up    

Opportunity:   As part of our effort to provide comprehensive care, we also do what we can to address social needs that impact health. Unfortunately, food insecurity -- the inability to consistently put enough food on the table -- is common among our patients. Through our free food market program, we provide families with weekly fresh fruits and vegetables. With the help of  volunteers  we are able to sort and package over 10,000lbs of food to provide a COVID safety hand off to patients and community patrons in need.   

*volunteer restrictions: must be over 15 years of age. Must be able to lift over 25 lbs. All activities take place outside. We adhere by all social distancing guidelines and take every precaution to ensure COVID safety for our patients, volunteers, and staff. Temperature checks, and as needed gloves, face shields, facemasks, and hand sanitizer are provided for all volunteers.  Free Food Market Volunteer Sign Up  

Contact:   Stephanie Barreiro Volunteer Services Manager , o:  310 664 7561 , c:  323 304 4025   

sbarreiro@mednet.ucla.edu     


Chrysalis  

Opportunity:   Employment  S upport, Spanish  S peaking  

Eligibility Requirements: 18 and older, Bilingual/Fluent (Spanish), and access to a computer and phone for remote client services.   

Description: Assist clients by completing a cover letter and online job applications or job search engine profile during a 90-minute appointment via phone. This is a remote volunteer opportunity.   

Hours: Shifts are flexible based on volunteer availability during regular weekday operations hours of Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.    

Opportunity:  Employment Support, Spanish Speaking  

Spanish Resume & Practice Interview One-on-one Assistance (Fluent/Bilingual)   

Eligibility Requirements: 18 and older, Bilingual/Fluent (Spanish), and access to a computer and phone for remote client services   

Description: Assist clients by completing their resume or practice interview during an hour-long appointment via phone. This is a remote volunteer opportunity.   

Hours: Shifts are flexible based on volunteer availability during regular weekday operations hours of Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.    

Contact:   Faviola  Leonard (Volunteer & Program Manager)  

Faviola.Leonard@changelives.org  

(213) 806-6310  

 

 

Updated May 3, 2021


Post a Face Covering Yard Sign

Free yard signs and distance clings while supplies last to encourage friends and neighbors to wear a face covering and keep their distance.  Keep our community safe and pick up a FREE sign at Santa Monica City Hall. Please email 311@santamonica.gov so we can confirm inventory before swinging by. Best parking is the Civic Structure Parking Lot on 4th Street between Olympic and Pico.

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.

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If you cannot travel to pick up a yard sign in person, the artwork is available for you to download and and print yourself.

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