Volunteerism and What You Can Do- Supplies to those in need

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.

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.

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