COVID-19: For the latest local coronavirus information, visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus. Questions? Call 310-458-8400 or email info@santamonica.gov, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. Please leave 9-1-1 open for emergency calls to help ensure emergency phone lines are used for life threatening circumstances only.

COVID-19 - We Are Santa Monica Fund

What Can I Do To Help?

The City of Santa Monica is pround to provide a local relief fund in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The We Are Santa Monica Innovation Fund (Santa Monica COVID-19 Relief Fund) will provide critically needed funds to organizations and the City to help in the following areas:

  1. Obtain necessary sanitation and medical supplies,  
  2. Provide food to those experiencing food insecurity,  
  3. Provide shelter to those in need, and  
  4. Support volunteer relief efforts. 

The fund is managed through the California Community Foundation (CCF), a 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 associated with the COVID-19 emergency. We Are Santa Monica Innovation Fund is a component fund of the California Community Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors.  

 

The City invites the entire community to get involved.

Donate Today

How Can I Help Others?

In the last Wellbeing Index, 74% of residents feel they can count on their neighbors. During this difficult time, here are some tips, ideas and useful links of how you can help others. 

Helping Your Neighbors

There are many things that you as an individual can do to help your neighbors and others in need during this time.  Please remember to practice social distancing and be safe while helping others!

Wellness Checks

Check on older neighbors with a call, text, or talk through the door.

Help others who should not leave home

Vulnerable populations (children, senior citizens, and those with preexisting conditions) should avoid public interactions.  If you have neighbors who are vulnerable, please contact them by phone or email to see if they need food delivered to their homes. If you’re going to the store, ask if they need anything.

Create Hygiene Kits

Create hygiene kits with items such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper for those in need.

Set up technology for those who cannot leave home

Technological platforms provide critical pathways for people to connect with the outside world.  Not everyone is comfortable setting up or using technology so, if you have technological experience, act as the tech support line for friends, neighbors, or relatives in need. Or if they need to use technology, like texting a relative or using a food delivery app.

State of California “Let’s All Work Together to Keep Our California Communities Healthy”

The State of California published a toolkit to help proactively and aggressively protect the health and well-being of Californians.  They recently published a toolkit to engage every Californian with recent, relevant, and reliable data on how they can stay healthy and get help.

LA County - How You Can Help Webpage

What Volunteer Opportunities Exist?

Donate to a local nonprofit: service agencies are incurring unexpected costs to keep staff and participants safe and continue to deliver essential services. A list of local agencies can be found at: weare.santamonica.gov/get-involved

Meals on Wheels 

Meals on Wheels is seeking neighbor to neighbor donations of bags with basic necessities such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper.  They are also seeking volunteers to call clients and check on their health and wellness as they shift to deliveries twice a week.  Contact ashley@mealsonwheelswest.org

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army 1533 4th st in Santa Monica, is providing food boxes to families in need on a weekly basis. Volunteers are needed to help create these boxes with canned proteins, vegetables, pasta/grains, soups, etc. Additionally, we are providing food bags for individuals experiencing homelessness on a daily basis. Some lifting required.

Find opportunities at: https://volunteer.usawest.org/Home.aspx

Santa Monica Helpers

A community organization dedicated to helping seniors and the sick with the pickup and delivery of groceries, medicine, and toiletries.

Kaiser West LA

Kaiser West LA is looking for volunteers to call and talk to patients as they are not open to visitors. The Kaiser contact is Keisha Kennedy, 323-203-7500.

Venice Family Clinic

The Venice Family Clinic hosts free food markets every two weeks (2nd and 4th Tuesday, 10am - 12pm), through which they distribute 8,000 pounds of produce. Through our free food market, community patrons and Clinic patients will be able to take home fresh food and vegetables to make delicious and nutritious meals at home. Please complete the form to volunteer at our free food markets: Venice Family Clinic Free Food Market Sign Up

I have extra supplies.  How do I get them to those in need?

Donate to a Local Nonprofit

Service agencies are incurring unexpected costs to keep staff and participants safe and continue to deliver essential services. Check out the map below for ways to contribute during this difficult time. 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.  


Food and Cleaning Supplies:

The People Concern

The People Concern empowers the most vulnerable among us to rebuild their lives.

Needs: Launched nonperishable food drive for people in supportive housing.

Drop off location: Mondays between 9AM and 12PM at the 16th Street Office "Bea's Room" 1453 16th Street in Santa Monica, 90404.  On Tuesdays, receiving donations from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at 2116 Arlington Avenue, Suite 100, LA, CA 90018

St. Joseph Center

St. Joseph Center’s mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.

Needs: From frozen foods to cotton balls to egg cartons, St. Joseph Center is seeking several items to help with their relief efforts. Please click here for the full list!

Meals on Wheels West

Meals on Wheels West provides community based services that nourish and enrich the lives of our homebound neighbors of all ages by providing nutritious meals, an emergency preparedness program and referrals to other services that promote independent living and wellbeing.

Needs: Cleaning wipes

Drop Off Info: Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM at 1823A Michigan Avenue

CLARE Matrix

Propelled by the shared belief that together we can save more lives, CLARE Foundation and Matrix Institute on Addictions joined forces in 2018.

Needs: Thermometers, soap, and other sanitary supplies

Drop Off Info: 2644 30th street suite 100 in Santa Monica

Upward Bound House

The mission of Upward Bound House (UBH) is to eliminate homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles [and Santa Monica] by providing housing, supportive services, and advocacy. We strive to reduce the number of homeless families with minor children who are hungry and living on the streets of Los Angeles, by helping them access basic resources and successfully transition into their own homes with the capacity to remain there permanently. 

Drop Off location: Please drop-off all in-kind goods at 1020 12th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

St. Johns Medical Team

The nurses and doctors at St. Johns are working long hours, and barely take time to grab a lunch or dinner. 

Needs: Pre-packaged snacks that are easy to eat on-the-go, such as: Nuts, Power/Energy bars, Dried Fruit, Trail Mix, Jerky, Crackers, or Popcorn. Homemade items cannot be accepted due to health concerns.

Drop off location: Please contact Nina Maggio at 480-225-9975 (cell) or nina.maggio@stjohns.org


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

LA County Department of Health Services

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services has identified three drop-off locations for businesses, organizations, and individuals looking to donate new and unused medical supplies. 

Needs:  Disposable face masks • N95 masks, sometimes called respirators • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles • Disposable gowns • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex • Disposable surgical caps • Disposable foot covers • Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial • Hand sanitizer

Drop off location: Various. See above link for location nearest you. 

Venice Family Clinic

Venice Family Clinic provides high quality comprehensive health care to families and individuals who might otherwise go without the care they need.

Needs: Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers

Drop off location: 2509 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica between 9:00AM and 4:00PM

UCLA Health

Needs: UCLA Health is seeking in-kind donations of products to protect front-line providers and patients.  Donations must be unused and unopened.    Needed items include antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, N95 masks, disposable lab coats, isolation or surgical gowns, and commercially manufactured medical grade face shields.

Drop off location: UCLA Health COVID-19 Collection Center, 16001 Strathern Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406; Monday-Saturday 9AM-2PM


Other Needs:

American Red Cross

Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations. The Red Cross follows the higheststandards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. Note: Please read this important safety information before giving blood!

Needs: Blood donations

Drop off location: Various. See above link for location nearest you, or participate in the Blood Drive below

UCLA Health

You can help donate blood in this critical time for so many. Click the link above to schedule your blood donation at the Santa Monica Airport.

Resources

Transportation and Food Service Resource Guide

Access Services Paratransit

The consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) for Los Angeles County, Access Services is responsible for the administration of Access, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandated paratransit transportation program for Los Angeles County.  Riders are reminded to (1) if possible, stay at home during the Coronavirus COVID-19 public health crisis; do not use Access if you are sick; (3) Cover your coughs and sneezes; and (4) wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer.

WISE & Healthy Aging

If you are a WISE & Healthy Aging WISE Diner member, to-go meals are available twice a week at Ken Edwards Center:

  • Mondays and Thursdays 11:30a – 1pm
  • 3 box meals provided on Mondays and 2 box meals on Thursdays
  • Please contact WISE & Healthy Aging at 310-394-9871 for information on membership

Westside Food Bank 

 westsidefoodbankca.org (Does not link to direct service)

LA County Mental Health Helpline

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Healht has a 24/7 Access Line and is also available to provide mental health support, resources, and referrals.  The number is (800)-854-7771.  

Santa Monica Helpers

A community organization dedicated to helping seniors and the sick with the pickup and delivery of groceries, medicine, and toiletries.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is providing weekly food boxes to those in need (housed individuals) and can mobile delivery as requested. They are also serving the homeless community with food to-go Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Additionally, they also providing charging station for homeless individuals during this timeframe – charging stations are 10 individuals at a time and are spaced 6ft apart.

The City of Santa Monica set up a customer service line.  Please call (310)-458-8400 with any questions.

If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like to post, please email Coronavirus-Volunteer@smgov.net with the opportunity.  We will review, contact you if we have any questions, and consider for posting.


Stay informed on what’s happening in Santa Monica


The City invites the entire community to get involved.  To donate or volunteer, please visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus-volunteer. For information on how to make a cash or in-kind donation to the City of Santa Monica for a particular use, please contact Tim Dodd at tim.dodd@smgov.net 

 

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