COVID-19 - We Are Santa Monica Fund
What Can I Do To Help?
The City of Santa Monica is proud 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:
- Obtain necessary sanitation and medical supplies
- Provide food to those experiencing food insecurity through the City's food pantry at Virginia Avenue Park. Learn more.
- Provide shelter to those in need
- 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.
Are you a nonprofit interested in Coronavirus response funding? Apply here.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis as funding is available.
Food Pantry Donations
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.
How Can I Help Others?
Food Pantry Donations
The City of Santa Monica is operating a food pantry to serve those facing food insecurity in our community. The Westside Food Bank provides over 13,000 pounds of both perishable and nonperishable food items to help us serve over 200 people per week, and we continue to explore capacity to scale up the program and expand food options to include more produce, shelf-stable dry goods and pre-packaged meals. Do you have items that you would like to donate to the food bank? If so, complete this form.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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
A community organization dedicated to helping seniors and the sick with the pickup and delivery of groceries, medicine, and toiletries. In need of volunteers to assist, sign up form on website.
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.
The Giving Tree is a site where anyone who is experiencing difficulty acquiring their basic needs right now can post requests (either on our site or by calling our hotline at 415-964-4261), and nearby helpers can volunteer to assist.
Join the amazing team of volunteers at the Santa Monica Farmers Markets. Volunteers are needed to meet operational and health regulations and to run all four of the City's farmers markets.
I have extra supplies. How do I get them to those in need?
The City and its partners are currently in need of the following items.
- N95 Masks (NIOSH certified)
- N95 (FDA certified)
- Surgical face coverings
- Washable face coverings
If you have access to any of the items listed, please complete this form and someone will follow up with you shortly. Thank you for reaching out and for your offer!
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.
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 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, masks, gloves
Drop Off Info: Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM at 1823A Michigan Avenue
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
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 St., Suite 100, Santa Monica
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.
- Donation Needs: Food items, such as cereal, cup of noodles, eggs, apple sauce cups, Lunchables, protein snacks, mini muffins, and string cheese. Cleaning/protective items such as Lysol spray, masks, disposable gloves, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant cleaner/ pine sol, and anti-bacterial hand soap.
- Drop Off location: Please drop-off all in-kind goods at 1020 12th St., Santa Monica, CA 90403.
Toilet paper, hygiene items, sports drinks, canned foods, dry foods. (Detailed list on website)
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.
Providence St. John’s Health Center Child and Family Development Center
Needs: Art supplies (markers, paint, bubbles, crayons, construction paper)
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
The Westside Food Bank collects and distributes food to food pantries across the westside. This has been impacted by COVID-19, and they recently partnered with the City of Santa Monica to open a food pantry at Virginia Avenue Park.
Needs: Masks, hand sanitizers, gloves
Drop Off Information: See website
Community based nonprofit focused on providing services and programs for older adults.
Needs: Toilet paper for clients. Masks and gloves for staff and clients. Cleaning/sanitizing solutions
Drop Off Information: Call (310)-394-9871
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
Needs: Gloves, masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, and no-touch thermometers
The Tiyya Foundation is a non-denominational organization that supports refugee resettlement, which has been severely implacted by COVID-19.
Can I donate blood?
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
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 Family YMCA in Downtown Santa Monica (new location). Blood will be collected for patients at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.
- Location: Santa Monica YMCA, 1332 6th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
- Appointments: www.ucedonor.com. Click Blood Drives and enter SMAP in Zip Code or Account Code box
- Dates: Thursday, May 7, 14, and 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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 Liz Scharetg at firstname.lastname@example.org.